May 1, 2015
OBI ROMEO, a 6-10 forward who played sparingly as a freshman last season, will transfer from Saint Joseph's. He played in just four games for the 13-18 Hawks, averaging 6.5 minutes. Romeo, who came to this country from Nigeria in 2011, was recruited from Greenbrier East High School in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., where he averaged 13 points, 14 rebounds and 4.5 blocks as a senior. "You can't find a better human being, better teammate or harder-working student than Obi," said St. Joe's coach Phil Martelli.
March 22, 2015 |
HERSHEY, Pa - Ciani Cryor is the floor general for the Neumann-Goretti girls' basketball team. The fiery senior point guard constantly directs her teammates - pointing, pulling players aside, and shouting out orders. Even before the contest, she's there - clapping, nodding, giving words of encouragement. It's not a stretch to say the Georgia Tech recruit has swagger. But it's her passion for the game that has made her a dynamic player. Her desire was on display Friday afternoon, as the Saints captured their first PIAA Class AA state title by defeating the defending champion, Seton-La Salle, 79-34.
March 21, 2015 |
A.J. Timbers is lights out from three-point land. Alisha Kebbe has a penchant for rebounding and a tendency to be clutch in big games. Then there's Kamiah Smalls, the spark plug off the bench. Their names may not be Ciani or Sianni - Neumann-Goretti's headline-grabbing backcourt duo of Cryor and Martin - but this unsung trio of guards help power the Saints. They will look to continue that Friday at noon, when Neumann-Goretti (30-0) gets a rematch in the PIAA Class AA final against Seton-La Salle.
March 19, 2015 |
VAUGHN COVINGTON isn't shy on the basketball court, but you could call him offensively bashful. The 5-11 junior for Neumann-Goretti High is a pass-first, second and third point guard for the Saints. Before last night's Class AAA semifinal against Imhotep Charter, Covington had never topped the Saints in scoring in Catholic League play or the playoffs. He also only recorded double digits three times this season after only thrice last season. Against the Panthers, however, Covington's 21 points led the victorious Saints to a 75-67 triumph and another state title appearance.
March 19, 2015 |
Vaughn Covington isn't shy on the basketball court, but you could call him bashful on offense. The 5-foot-11 junior for Neumann-Goretti is a pass-first, -second, and -third point guard for the Saints. So much so that Covington had never led the Saints in scoring heading into the PIAA Class AAA semifinals Tuesday night. He had recorded double digits just six times in the last two seasons. Tuesday night, however, Covington's team-high 21 points led the Saints to a 75-67 triumph over Imhotep Charter and another appearance in the state title game.
March 15, 2015 |
READING, Pa. - Maybe the 21/2-hour drive in stop-and-go traffic from South Philly had something to do with what Neumann-Goretti's coach Carl Arrigale said was a "lack of focus" against Harrisburg's Bishop McDevitt. Whatever it was, the Saints, who trailed the determined Crusaders by three points with just over a minute to play, nearly saw their bid for a fifth PIAA Class AAA state title in six seasons go up in smoke. But Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble and company survived Friday night's thrilling quarterfinal.
March 8, 2015 |
NEUMANN-GORETTI fought past Imhotep Charter last week to repeat as District 12 Class AAA boys' basketball champion, but Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree was less than satisfied with his own performance. "I played real timid," the 6-8, 195-pound sophomore center said. "I wasn't mentally prepared. That's unacceptable. " Cosby-Roundtree was considerably more locked in last night in a PIAA state opener against District 3's Gettysburg. The rising uncerclassman netted 14 points and nine rebounds, including five on offense, as the Saints cruised to a 77-29 victory at Archbishop Ryan.
March 1, 2015 |
The loss apparently stole the breath from their voices. After Neumann-Goretti's Catholic League title-game loss to Roman Catholic on Monday, the Saints' locker room was quiet. Words of consolation were used sparingly. Instead, tears, sniffles, and muffled cries filled the air. On Monday, the Saints had tasted defeat at the Palestra for the first time in six seasons. "Silence, silence, silence," junior forward Zane Martin said. "We were all hurt, that's all I can say. We were all hurt.
February 27, 2015 |
AMHERST, Mass. - The last time Phil Martelli's Saint Joseph's Hawks won a road game, they hadn't even unwrapped their Christmas presents. Last night, DeAndre' Bembry gifted the Hawks a career-high scoring performance and a big Atlantic 10 Conference win over the University of Massachusetts. Bembry had a career-best 33 points to go with 14 rebounds and four assists as the Hawks ended a nine-game road losing streak, and a three-game overall skid, with an 82-71 win over UMass.
February 24, 2015 |
ST. LOUIS - In the past four seasons, whenever the La Salle Explorers have held a late lead, you could pull out the Sharpie and mark a "W" in the book. But not yesterday afternoon at Saint Louis University. Despite leading for virtually all of the first 39 minutes, the Explorers were unable to close the deal and ended up losing, 68-64, in overtime to the Atlantic 10's last-place team. It marked only the fifth time in the past 74 games since 2011-12 that the Explorers were defeated when they led with 5 minutes to go. The loss dropped La Salle (15-12, 7-7)