Points system could deprive St. Joseph's Prep of berth in district final

Coach Speedy Morris is not happy that St. Joseph's Prep must beat Neumann-Goretti to secure a berth.
Coach Speedy Morris is not happy that St. Joseph's Prep must beat Neumann-Goretti to secure a berth. (Staff Photo)
Posted: February 23, 2013

After Wednesday night's Catholic League semifinal win over Roman Catholic, St. Joseph's Prep coach Speedy Morris told his players that they had clinched a berth in the District 12 Class AAAA final.

Thursday, he had to tell them he was wrong.

According to the Catholic League's power-points system, the Hawks' average will drop below Roman Catholic's if St. Joseph's Prep loses Monday to Neumann-Goretti in the Catholic League final.

Roman Catholic, not St. Joe's Prep, then would advance to the district final March 2 against Martin Luther King. The Hawks would fall to the third-place game on Feb. 28 against Bartram.

Both teams from the district final will qualify for the PIAA state playoffs, but only the winner of the third-place game will advance.

"It doesn't make any sense," Morris said.

Both Roman and the Prep finished with 13-2 league records, and Roman won the teams' lone regular-season meeting.

The Prep has two more power points than Roman, but the standings are based on average power points, and Prep would trail Roman in that category if it falls to Neumann-Goretti.

Morris said it is unfair that his team has to beat the Saints, whom he considers the city's top team, to advance while Roman Catholic "sits at home."

"Roman does not deserve to be 4A champs," Morris said. "St. Joe's Prep does."


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