Putting Vincentian's scoring in perspective - and remembering Blackhawk of 1992

Written by Mike White on .

So, Post-Gazette colleague Terry Shields and myself are gabbing to each other yesterday about Vincentian's scoring. It's 92 points per game. I know, Vincentian plays in a small gym and plays Class A, but it's still 92 points a game, for goodness sake.

Anyway, the math whiz that he thinks he is, Mr. Shields decided to put Vincentian's scoring into perspective. He jotted down some math formula that I could never figure out and then Mr. Shields came up with these interesting stats:

If you converted Vincentian's scoring pace from a 32-minute high school game to a 40-minute college game, the Royals would average 115 points a game. Wow. And if you converted it to a 48-minute NBA game, Vincentian would average 138 points a game. Wow again.

Now I don't know if Vincentian can average 90 points for an entire season, including playoffs. There are no records to prove how many WPIAL teams have averaged 90. But I can guarantee you not many. The only one I know of and we have proof is Blackhawk in 1992. That still has to be one of the best teams in the WPIAL in the past 30-40 years. They averaged 91 points a game and scored 100 or more 11 times. ELEVEN!!!!


The team shot 53 percent from the field for the season and had 234 3-pointers. Dante Calabria, who went on to play at North Carolina, had 66, Hal Koenemund 63 and Andy Gray 61. The team made 18 of 24 3-pointers in one game. (the picture above is of Calabria, left, Gray and Koenemund accepting the trophy after winning the WPIAL title at Duquesne's Palumbo Center).

The Cougars, coached by John Miller, finished 32-1 and won WPIAL and state championships. The only loss was to Dunbar in the season opener. Dunbar was the No. 1-ranked team in the country at that time. 


That Blackhawk team won their 32 games by an average of 35 points.

It definitely was a team for the ages. 

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Sequel to Best Exotic Marigold Hotel reunites, expands core cast

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News from Fox Searchlight about a sequel to "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Here is the press release:




John Madden back to direct original screenplay by Ol Parker;

Production filming in India

New cast includes Richard Gere, David Strathairn and Tamsin Greig

LOS ANGELES, CA(January 10, 2014) – Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production Claudia Lewis and Participant Media Executive Vice President of Production Jonathan King announced today that production on THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL 2 has begun in India.  John Madden (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE) has returned to helm the follow-up companion feature to the 2012 international smash hit from an original screenplay by Ol Parker, from a story by Parker and Madden. Blueprint Pictures returns producing the film.

The renowned cast has reunited for the film including stars Judi Dench (Evelyn), Maggie Smith (Muriel), Bill Nighy (Douglas), Dev Patel (Sonny), Celia Imrie (Madge), Ronald Pickup (Norman), Penelope Wilton (Jean), Diana Hardcastle (Carol), Tena Desae (Sunaina) and Lillete Dubey (Mrs. Kapoor).

 Additional cast making their debut include Richard Gere, David Strathairn and Tamsin Greig. Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin will produce the film, with Participant's Jeff Skoll serving as executive producer. Fox Searchlight Pictures has worldwide rights and will co-finance the film in association with Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi.

“We're thrilled to reunite our creative and delightful Marigold Hotel family along with some intriguing new ‘guests’," said Lewis. "With John Madden's direction and Ol Parker's original screenplay, we look forward to further exploring our characters' rich stories and triumphs.”

King added, “We're delighted to be reteaming with our good friends at Fox Searchlight and the incredibly talented filmmakers for another chapter in this inspirational story.  We believe audiences will be as happy as we are to spend more time at The Marigold, as this remarkable cast continues to demonstrate that life can be an adventure at any age.”

“What are the odds of being able to re-assemble this extraordinary group of actors and filmmakers, let alone to add to their number?” said Broadbent. “We found a worldwide audience we never dreamed of for the first, and we feel very lucky to have the chance now to bring them this companion film.”

“This film presented us with an irresistible opportunity: to continue a story we realized we had only just begun. Not to tell the same story again, but to pursue where the lives of these very different characters lead, with an audience which already holds them in great affection,” said Madden.

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL was released in Spring 2012 to record-breaking business in the UK and US, earning more than $135 million worldwide, along with a host of critical acclaim and accolades.The new picture marks the first sequel ever released by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL 2 is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tena Desae). 

Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors.

Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone's secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.


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RIP Stevie 'Shuffles': A fixture on the concert scene

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QuinlanIf you attended a concert in Pittsburgh over the past 30 years, odds are you encountered Steve Quinlan.

He was the quiet, unassuming guy in the Grateful Dead tie-dye who handed you a flier, very passively, for an upcoming concert.

“He had the lowest job on the totem pool, but everyone loved this guy,” said Pat DiCesare, the former co-owner of concert promoter DiCesare-Engler Productions.

Quinlan, affectionately known as Stevie “Shuffles” for the way he walked, died last Friday at 48 of heart disease. He will be remembered at a memorial celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday at Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall.

Quinlan, who grew up in McKeesport and moved to the South Side in 1996, got his start in the concert business after finishing high school in the early ’80s.

“I remember him coming to us when we had the I.C. Light Amphitheatre at Station Square,” said Mr. DiCesare. “He and his brother Jeff. Stevie was a unique person, an extremely humble person. He loved the music business and wanted to be in it, and he didn’t care what level it was.”

DiCesare-Engler first hired him as a cleaning person, but he found his calling in street marketing.

“We needed someone to pass out fliers and posters,” said Mr. DiCesare. “He did that job diligently — better than anyone else. He became kind of famous for distributing fliers and posters, a job no one else would want to do. He did it with such pride.”

Quinlan never drove, so he did it all on foot, by bus or hopping rides from people like his friend Ryan Longeway.

“He really liked music and he really liked Pittsburgh,” said Mr. Longeway. “He knew the trends of what would do well where. He was a very simple guy. He didn’t ask for a lot, and he’d do anything for you.”

According to friends, since the death of their parents more than a decade ago, he has been a big help to his older brothers, Dave and Jeff, who went by their mother’s maiden name, Langer.

With the demise of DiCesare-Engler, Quinlan handled street marketing for Live Nation, Drusky Enterprises and Opus One Productions, which meant hanging posters and handing out fliers at such venues as Mr. Smalls, Carnegie Library Music Hall, Altar Bar and Stage AE.

“Steve used to work with me at Live Nation on our marketing team,” according to Matt Mager. “This kid could walk in to any concert without a ticket or a pass because he was so well known around the Pittsburgh live music scene — he was the pass. Such a super great guy who was dealt a lot of tough life cards, but he really made the best out of what he had. He kept such a positive attitude and had an extreme passion for music and promoting concerts via fliers and posters. Any poster you see in Oakland or South Side and other city places, Steve most likely put them up.”

DiCesare said he also got work as a vendor at Mellon Arena and in the Strip.

“We would see him on the corner in the strip, selling T-shirts and hats for sporting events. When he got a break he would come over and sit down. He would never talk. He would just sit and listen. In that way he was a great conversationalist!

“I must have had a thousand employees in my life,” Mr. DiCesare added. “A handful affected me. He was just a unique individual for this business. People respected him, yet he placed no importance on himself.”

He is survived by his brothers Dave and Jeff Langer.

Like Jerry Garcia, his musical hero, his remains will be scattered in the San Francisco Bay.

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Empty Netter Assists - 01-10-14

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-Brian Gibbons (right) was named to the AHL All-Star Game.

-Getting a one-way contract for the first time can be a significant milestone in a player's career.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins released forward C.J. Severyn, a native of Beaver, from a professional tryout agreement.

-Mike Condon made 25 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-2 loss to the Cincinnati Cyclones.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jeff Serowik. A free agent signing early in 1998-99, Serowik's Penguins career amounted to 26 games and six assists that season. A head injury midway through that season brought an end to his career. One of two natives of New Hampshire to play for the Penguins (Ben Lovejoy was the other), Serowik currently operates hockey camps throughout the United States.

-After the Jump: Craig Patrick joins the Sabres.

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"The Real Men of Topiary"

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog noah and lesterNoah Briel and Lester Bivens from Artisan Trellis make these rustic creations by hand. I enjoyed meeting them. Phots by Doug Oster

blog lightsI love this nice trellis, would you pay $26 for it? I would.When Noah Briel and Lester Bivens shake your hand, you know they use their hands for a living. They both offer a firm handshake and their hands are rough to the touch.

Noah started Artisan Trellis because he loved architecture, gardening and traveling. The traveling comes into play getting his work delivered around the country. "We make something that looks good for the plant as opposed to what fits in the UPS box," he says. They use special delivery trucks to get the art to the right place.

His designs are simple, wonderful and incredibly affordable. These hand made creations start as a straight pieces of solid steel and are worked into shape to form a variety of wonderful rustic garden accents.

Noah has a display at the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show and when I saw his work, it stopped me in my tracks. One of the most wonderful things about being a show like this is meeting people like Noah and Lester. There's a lot of cools stuff to see here, but there's something about this work which stands out.

In 1994, he was one of the first artists to work in rust, he says. The steel isn't painted, it's left to weather. He's had pieces along the coast of California which are unfazed by the salt spray.

Standing under one a giant trellis standing next to Lester, he said with a laugh,"We're the real men of topiary." But added, "that might be an oxymoron."

I have a feeling he'll be bringing his work to a nursery in Pittsburgh soon.

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