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Schenley's reputation enhanced

Written by Mike White on .

  Mike White | 8:45 a.m., Tuesday, January 6

Notes, rankings and thoughts from the area basketball scene

The 2007 Schenley boys' basketball team already had a lofty reputation, winning a PIAA Class AAAA championship in impressive fashion. But sometimes, the greatness of a team isn't fully determined until a few years later, depending on what players do in the future.

If that's the case, then the 2007 Schenley team has to be one of the best from the WPIAL or City League in probably the past 30-40 years.

Why? Because of what some of the players are doing nowadays. We don't get many Division I college players around here these days, let alone three from one team. But the '07 Schenley team had two players who are making major impacts at Big East Conference schools and another who most likely will play in the Big East next year.

Can you name the last WPIAL or City League team who had three players make it at a level comparable to the Big East? Do you have to go back to the 2007 Ambridge team or a few of the star-studded Schenley teams in the 1960s and early 1970s? Many consider that Ambridge team to possibly be the best in WPIAL history. Dick DeVenzio went on to play at Duke, Dennis Wuycik at North Carolina and Frank Kaufman at Purdue.

The 1976 Fifth Avenue team had Sam Clancy (Pitt), David Kennedy (Cincinnati) and Bill Clarke (Duquesne). Schenley's teams in the 1960s and 70s always had Division I players. But the Schenley 2007 team featured DeJuan Blair. We don't have to tell you the impact he has had at Pitt. D.J. Kennedy was a senior guard on the Schenley team of two years ago. He is now at St. John's and had 20 points and 10 rebounds in a victory against Notre Dame Saturday. For the season, he is tied for second on the team in scoring at 13 points per game, leads the team in rebounds at 7.3 and is second in assists. Kennedy will go against Blair Sunday when Pitt plays host to St. John's.

Deandre Kane was a junior guard on the '07 Schenley team and a standout player. He is now at The Patterson School, a prep school in North Carolina. Kane is being recruited by major colleges and has narrowed his choices to Pitt, Seton Hall and Marquette.

The other two starters on that Schenley team were Greg Blair, DeJuan's brother, and Jamal "Onion" Bryant. Greg Blair played football at a prep school in North Carolina this season. Bryant's whereabouts aren't known. He played at Broward Community College last year, but is no longer on the roster. If Kane goes on to have a successful college career, the '07 Schenley team's reputation will only be enhanced.

Schenley streak in jeopardy

Speaking of Schenley, the Spartans' long City League winning streak will be on the line this afternoon when they play at Perry in a City League showdown (3 p.m. tipoff). Schenley has won 80 City League games in a row. The last time Schenley lost a City League game, Blair and D.J. Kennedy were freshmen. That was in 2004, when Schenley was defeated by Perry in the City championship game.

Top games

There are two big WPIAL games tonight. In Section 3, Central Catholic plays at North Allegheny. In Section 4, Peters Township plays at Upper St. Clair.

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* I haven't seen Chartiers Valley play yet, but those who have say this might be the best team in the WPIAL - regardless of class. And the Colts also are fun to watch. They run, they trap everywhere on defense (even on missed shots), and they shoot 3-pointers, of course. They lead the WPIAL in scoring at 80.4 points a game and they average 11 3-pointers a game. They have 104 in nine games.

* Franklin Regional's Nick Novak is the leading scorer in the WPIAL, averaging a little over 30 points a game.

* Allderdice's Will Clarke is a Pitt football recruit, but he's fairly adept on the basketball court, too. He scored his team's first 16 points in a recent game.

* Antonio DiMaria, a former standout player at Bishop Canevin, has left Kent State and is now attending Highland Community College in Kansas. DiMaria, who attended a prep school for a year after Bishop Canevin, was in his second season at Kent State.

State rankings

Here are the Harrisburg Patriot-News boys' basketball state rankings.

CLASS AAAA--Rec-- Pvs
1. Penn Wood (1) -- 9-0 -- 1
2. Pennsbury (1) -- 6-2 -- 2
3. Roman Catholic (12) -- 4-5 -- 3
4. Conestoga (1) -- 11-0 --9
5. Chester* (1) -- 6-1 --5
6. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1)-- 8-2 -- 8
7. Norristown (1) -- 7-2 -- 4
8. York (3) -- 12-0 --NR
9. John Bartram (12) -- 9-0 -- NR
10. Harrisburg (3) -- 9-1 --NR

Honorable mention:

Central Dauphin East (3) 8-2; Coatesville (1) 9-2; McDowell (10) 8-2; Parkland (11) 9-1; Reading (3) 10-2; St. Joseph's Prep (12) 7-2; Upper St. Clair (7) 10-1; Williamsport (4) 8-2.


CLASS AAA -- Rec -- Pvs
1. Neumann-Goretti (12) -- 5-1 -- 3
2. Chartiers Valley (7) -- 9-0 -- 7
3. Susquehanna Twp. (3) -- 7-2 -- 2
4. Eastern York (3) -- 10-0 -- 10
5. York Suburban (3) -- 11-0 -- NR
6. Abington Heights (2) -- 8-1 --6
7. Archbishop Carroll (12) -- 10-0 -- NR
8. Thomas Jefferson (7) -- 6-1 -- NR
9. Archbishop Wood (12) -- 9-1 -- NR
10. Shamokin (4) -- 9-0 -- NR

Honorable mention:

Crestwood (2) 8-1; Girard (10) 7-2; Hampton (7) 8-2; Hickory (10) 9-1; Indiana (7) 7-3; Phoenixville (1) 9-3; Steel-High* (3) 4-4; Uniontown (7) 9-2.

CLASS AA -- Rec -- Pvs


1. Imhotep (12) -- 9-1 -- 1
2. Holy Cross (2) -- 8-0 -- 3
3. Strawberry Mansion (12) -- 6-2 -- NR
4. Prep Charter (12) -- 5-2 -- 2
5. Beaver Falls (7) -- 8-2 -- 4
6. Hughesville (4) -- 8-1 -- 6
7. Jeannette* (7) -- 8-3 -- 7
8. Communications Tech (12) -- 6-2 -- 8
9. North Catholic (7) -- 8-0 -- NR
10. Notre Dame-Green Pond (11) -- 9-1 -- NR

Honorable mention:

Delone (3) 7-2; GAR Memorial (2) 7-2; Greensburg Central Catholic (7) 8-3; Holy Name (3) 9-3; Loyalsock (4) 8-1; Mercyhurst Prep (10) 8-1; Quaker Valley (7) 8-2; Southern Columbia (4) 5-3.

CLASS A -- Rec -- Pvs


1. Serra Catholic* (7) -- 9-1 -- 1
2. Kennedy Catholic (10) -- 8-1 -- 2
3. Girard College (1) -- 5-2 -- 3
4. Math, Civics & Science (12) -- 8-1 -- 5
5. Paul Robeson (12) -- 7-1 -- NR
6. DuBois C.C. (9) -- 7-1 -- NR
7. Scotland (3) -- 5-1 -- 7
8. Sewickley Academy (7) -- 6-4 -- 10
9. Camp Hill (3) -- 8-2 -- NR
10. Our Lady Sacred Heart (7) -- 7-2 -- NR

Honorable mention:

Bishop Carroll (6) 9-1; Greenwood (3) 9-1; High Point Baptist (3) 7-1; Marian Catholic (11) 8-2; Millville (4) 8-0; Northern Bedford (5) 9-1; Reading Central Catholic (3) 6-4; Williams Valley (11) 8-1.

*-PIAA champion. Number in parentheses is PIAA district.

 

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