By EJ Holt
With the high school and college football seasons coming to an end, and the NFL quickly coming to it’s crescendo, some sports fans are left looking to find their next sports fix. I say we turn to hoops.The basketball season has been in full swing for a while now and it’s time to catch up. Let’s get to know some of our local high school basketball teams are doing shall we?
First thing you need to know is that Philly is well represented when it comes to the top basketball programs. I pulled up the high school boys basketball rankings, and immediately found my title for this article. Philly is Ballin. Out of the top 5 ranked basketball teams in the state, 4 of them are Philadelphia schools. The top 5 looks like this:
1. North Hills (Pittsburgh)
2. West Catholic (Philadelphia) – West Catholic has an impressive 10-2 overall record. They are undefeated at home and away, with a 6-2 record at neutral sites. Led by Head Coach Miguel Bocachica and Assistant Coach Jamaine Jackson. West Catholic just came off a tough loss to #19 ranked Roman Catholic and head into a showdown with #5 ranked Neumann-Goretti
3. Archbishop Ryan (Philadelphia) – Archbishop Ryan has only lost 1 away game and 1 neutral site game, giving them a solid 12-2 overall record. Archbishop Ryan is riding a 2 game winning streak into their next game against Archbishop Wood. The team is led by Head Coach Joe Zeglinski and Assistant Coach Anthony Minor.
4. Inhotep Charter (Philadelphia) – At #4 is Imhotep Charter led by Head Coach Andre Noble and Assistant Coach Sam Grant. Imhotep currently has a record of 12-4 with 3 away game losses and 1 neutral site loss, undefeated at home. Imhotep just came off a 74-57 win against Downingtown and look to continue their winning ways against John Bartram.
5. Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) – Neumann-Goretti is just getting started, but is already off to a 5-1 start. Riding a 2 game winning streak, Neumann-Goretti heads into a tough matchup against the #2 ranked West Catholic for and early season barometer test. Neumann-Goretti is led by Head Coach Carl Arrigale.
Also rounding out the top 20 is Philadelphia’s own Roman Cathlolic. Ranked 19 to be exact, Roman Catholic has an 8-3 record with 1 loss each home, away and neutral. Roman Catholic is coming off a big 70-63 win at #2 ranked West Catholic, and look to extend their 3 game winning streak against Devon Prep. Matthew Griffin and Bill Goebig are the Head and Assistant Coaches.
So that was a quick primer on what our local boys basketball teams are doing. Later on I’ll be taking a dive into the girls team as well. Stay tuned, maybe next time your alma mater maybe be having a great season!