After A Slow Start Vreeswyk Stands Out In All-star Tourney

Posted: April 23, 1989

Mike Vreeswyk, Morrisville High class of 1985, finished off a busy week on April 8 by scoring 18 points in his team's victory in the consolation finals of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. This is a college all-star tournament for NBA scouts that has been held for the last 37 years in Portsmouth, Va.

"I didn't play very well in the first game, I guess I was a little nervous," the Temple University senior said.

Vreeswyk said that at one point, he spotted in the bleachers reserved for NBA people Boston Celtics president Red Auerbach and general manager K. C. Jones, Los Angeles Lakers general manager Jerry West and Sixers general manager John Nash.

Vreeswyk played on a team with Greg Grant of Trenton State and Tom Hovasse of Penn State. After losing the first game, when he shot poorly, Vreeswyk shot 45 percent and averaged 15.5 points as the team won its last two games of the tournament.

"The second night I came out, shot the ball better, played better defense. I did the things they (the NBA scouts) might like. Played defense, passed the ball, rebounded. By the third night I had completely settled down," he said.

Vreeswyk started the week off by finishing in a tie for sixth among eight competitors in a three-point shooting contest held in Seattle on April 2. The contest, sponsored by Intersport Inc. of Chicago, was on the day between the semifinals and the finals of the NCAA basketball tournament.

This week Vreeswyk said he planned to pick an agent. He also said he would like to compete in another tournament in Chicago a couple weeks before the NBA

draft in June.

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On April 10, Neshaminy High School announced that Bruce Simon, the long- time head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at Holy Ghost Preparatory School, would replace Charlie Podlesny as its basketball coach.

For Simon, a graduate of Neshaminy, who began his coaching career in 1976 as the freshman coach at Cherry Hill East High School in New Jersey, it was something of a dream come true. Simon, who introduced himself to his players this week, has promised a few changes in style and strategy.

"My style is I adjust to the team I have. (We will) play multiple defenses, press occasionally. We will adjust to the team we play. As far as offense we will run, up-tempo. At Holy Ghost we wanted to 'run smart.' That means knowing when to pull it out and get into a play."

Only one part-time starter, Mike Frederick, returns, but Simon is optimistic because Neshaminy's junior varsity and two of the area's junior highs won more than 60 percent of their games this season.

Several local wrestlers qualified for the Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association Eastern Nationals at King's College in Wilkes-Barre yesterday and today. To qualify, they had to finish in the top three at the South Regional at Norristown High last weekend.

The Penndel Wildcats Youth Wrestling Club, which took 14 wrestlers to the South Regional, was represented by Victor Hillaert, who took the club's only first place medal at Norristown, Bill Mervin, Keith Wurst and Randy Eleuteri.

The Pennsbury Falcon Wrestling Club, which took 25 wrestlers to the South Regional, was represented by Kip Kiefer, the Falcons' only first place medalist at Norristown, Mark Lofland, Brian West, Kevin Mastropaolo and Mark Hall.

Three other wrestlers, Justin Kinne, Vincent Sicalides and Todd Hyndshaw, made it to the semifinals and were awarded fourth-place medals.

Last year wrestlers from nine states and the District of Columbia competed in the Eastern Nationals.

The United States Youth Soccer Association held its Girls Olympic Soccer Development Program in Oakford, on April 7, 8 and 9, and four local players were invited. Jen Donaldson of Council Rock and Kristin Naper of Archbishop Wood participated in the under-16 tryouts. Naper's teammate Suzanne Laackman and Gennifer Kwiatkowski of Villa Joseph Marie were candidates for the under- 19 team.

The Region 1 tryouts involved 200 players in four age groups. Ten states

from New Hampshire to West Virginia took part in the development program. The girls were competing for a chance to play for the Region 1 teams that play in a national tournament at Orlando, Fla., in the fall.

The top 25 players are invited back for another look.

It rained on Jim Schlotter's parade at the Vet on April 15. The day-long downpour, which forced the postponement of the Phillies-Cubs game also meant that Schlotter, the Council Rock pitcher who was to be honored as one of the Carpenter Cup players-of-the-month, would not get to participate in the scheduled ceremony.

The Carpenter Cup, a tournament for area high-school baseball players is held at the Vet each June. Twelve regional teams participate in the tournament and one player from each region will be honored monthly through July. Since this is baseball, Schlotter got a rain check and will be invited back for a ceremony preceding the May 13 game against the Dodgers.

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