Schaefer near milestone win The longtime Cheltenham coach can log his 700th victory tomorrow, plus a 22d league title.

Posted: February 04, 2010

Cheltenham girls' basketball coach Bob Schaefer not only can pick up his 22d Suburban One League American Conference championship with a win over host Wissahickon tomorrow night, but a victory would also be the 700th of his career.

In his 29th season with the Panthers, Schaefer didn't need any reminders that he was approaching the 700 figure.

"My assistant coach, John Rogalski, kept reminding me," said Schaefer whose team is 18-0. "After a game he would say, that was No. 681, that was No. 682."

At the beginning of his career, Schaefer said 700 wins never crossed his mind. He simply wasn't thinking about coaching for as long as he has.

"Once you start, your don't think about the long haul," he said. "You figure you'll give it a try and see how it goes. In my case, basketball has been a big part of my life, both as a player and a coach."

In addition to the 21 league championships, Schaefer's teams have won four District 1 Class AAAA titles and a pair of PIAA championships.

Retired from teaching after 35 1/2 years at Cheltenham, Schaefer was asked if he was thinking of retiring as coach.

"My wife is still working. What would be my reason to do that?" he replied. "I'm honored to have worked with the people I do."

Record on display. From the time she moved to Quakertown from Brooklyn as an eighth-grader, Daniella Ciccarone knew how many points she would need to break the school scoring record for girls. Marian Afflebach finished with 1,144 points in her career and her mark stood for 80 years until Ciccarone broke it Jan. 12 in a 76-52 loss to North Penn.

Afflebach's record was posted on the gym walls.

Ciccarone, a 5-foot-8 point guard, scored 10 points in the first quarter against North Penn to surpass Afflebach. The Suburban One League's leading scorer, averaging 22 points a game, Ciccarone finished the game with 25 points.

"She's taken her game to a new level," said Panthers coach Greg Swavely. "She's a real team player, too. She averages about seven assists a game."

Ciccarone learned her game on the courts in Brooklyn where she played all day, every day. And she played AAU ball, particularly in summer leagues on Coney Island.

As for college ball, she is undecided. "It's all so confusing," she said. "I'll take my time on that, too. Probably Division II or III. I want to study abroad at some point."

No secret. Archbishop Carroll coach Chuck Creighton said there was no secret to his team's 64-50 win last week over Germantown Academy, a game that led to a switch in the top two spots in The Inquirer's weekly top 10.

Carroll is currently No. 1 and GA is No. 2. Germantown Academy had been in the top spot since Archbishop Carroll lost to Mount Lebanon on Jan. 16.

"We played well all around," Creighton said. "We took care of the ball, got good looks offensively, and played our full-court man-to-man to limit their opportunities."

He assigned his daughter Meghan and Ryann Fiacski to guard Germantown Academy's Maggie Lucas, a 2,000-point career scorer, and Rachel Pearson and Jen Carney to take on Tory Thierolf, a 1,000-point scorer.

It worked. Thierolf and Lucas combined for 30 points, but nobody else scored more than seven for GA.

Contact staff writer Don Beideman at 267-815-0733 or

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