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Posts tagged "Cathedral Prep basketball"
Posted: October 28th, 2013

Cathedral Prep Ramblers
Coach: Mark Majewski (16th season overall, 6th season at Prep, 225-165 overall, 90-46 at Prep)
2012-13 overall record: 23-3
2012-13 region record: 4-0 (champion)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated McDowell 64-46 to win the District 10 Class AAAA championship. Prep then defeated Seneca Valley 79-54 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs and Hampton 58-50 in the second round before losing to New Castle 80-70 in the quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Sheldon Zablotny, Dan Blazek, Conor Colpoys, Chris Francis, Matt Hess, Jeremy Lynch, Jarrett Pound
Top returning player: Matt Harris
Assistant coaches: Bob Maxson, Dave Repko, Matt Harris, John Bowen

Cathedral Prep senior Matt Harris is one of the few experienced players back for the Ramblers this season.

Outlook: Cathedral Prep had another stellar season last winter as the Ramblers won their third straight District 10 Class AAAA championship and seventh in the past nine years. Prep will have a new look this year after graduating most of its regular rotation. Sheldon Zablotny, Dan Blazek, Conor Colpoys, Chris Francis, Matt Hess and Jeremy Lynch all graduated in the spring and Jarrett Pound transferred to Seneca. Zablotny was a 1,000-point scorer, an all-district selection and all-region selection as a senior. He averaged 19.1 points per game last year, while Colpoys, another all-region selection, averaged 11.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. Francis scored 7 points per game and Hess averaged 6.2 points per game. Pound looked like the future of the Prep varsity team, but his transfer leaves just Matt Harris, a UMass-Lowell recruit, back with varsity experience. Harris has developed into one of the top shooters in the area and is on his way to reaching 1,000 career points this year. He averaged 13.6 points per game as a junior and drilled 38 3-pointers. Harris stepped as a leader in the playoffs last winter and will need to lead a young and inexperienced team this winter. The unknown should make training camp interesting as new players battle for playing time and starting spots. The Ramblers will have to dip into their junior varsity team from last year and develop some of the juniors that came off the bench. Marlon Tyree, Matt Viera, Joe Causgrove and Anthony Pearson are returning seniors that all played in at least 16 games last winter. Prep has also loaded its schedule with trips to Canada, Las Vegas and Ohio. The Ramblers also have their traditional big-time tournament in the Burger King Classic. It’s hard to tell where Prep will fall this year. The Ramblers could develop a strong team and win yet another D-10 title or this could be a growing pains year where McDowell or Central Tech rises above Prep.

7 at Blessed Pope John Paul II 1
11 at East 7
16 at Harbor Creek 7:30
19 Bishop Gorman tournament
20 Bishop Gorman tournament
20 Bishop Gorman tournament
21 Bishop Gorman tournament
23 Fort LeBoeuf 7
27 at DeSales (Ohio) 5
3 Central Tech* 7:30
6 Strong Vincent 8:30
11 at General McLane 7:30
17 Burger King Classic
18 Burger King Classic
23 McDowell* 8:30
25 Warren 1:30
27 at Central Tech* 7:30
29 at Strong Vincent 8:30
5 at Perry 6
8 at Canisius (N.Y.) 3
11 at Franklin 7:30
14 at McDowell* 7:30
*Region 7 games

Tuesday: Central Tech

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: March 21st, 2013

No Erie or District 10 basketball teams advanced to the PIAA championships this weekend.

However, three former Erie residents, Jeff O’Brien, Darren DeFranco and Ron Leeds are scheduled to be on the Giant Center court in Hershey this weekend. O’Brien will officiate the PIAA Class AA girls championship game between York Catholic and Bishop Canevin today at noon. DeFranco and Leeds will work the Class AA boys game between Beaver Falls and Holy Cross on Saturday at 2 p.m.

O’Brien, 50, has been officiating for 29 years, but this is his first chance to work a PIAA title game. He now lives in Easton.
His mother, Reggie O’Brien, still lives in Erie. His father, James, died in 2008.
Reggie O’Brien has three sons, three grandsons and one son-in-law who have attended Prep. James O’Brien was a 1949 Prep grad.

DeFranco is a class of 1986 graduate from Girard and Leeds graduated from Fairview in 1993.

All eight PIAA championship games can be watched on Pennsylvania Cable Network this weekend.

Posted: January 25th, 2013

Matt Hess

The Cathedral Prep basketball team needed someone to step up when Delton Williams left the team after Christmas.

Matt Hess has been that player.

Hess, a 6-foot 3-inch junior, is a dual threat who can score from the outside and play underneath the hoop.

He came through with a career-high 18 points to go with five rebounds and four assists in an 80-75 upset of nationally ranked Bishop O’Connell (Va.) in the Burger King Classic.

Hess is fourth on the team with 3.4 rebounds per game and is scoring 5.6 points per game, but both numbers should continue to rise.

Poll results:

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Posted: January 4th, 2013

Posted in: Basketball
Posted: November 13th, 2012

The Burger King Classic field will be announced by Cathedral Prep athletic director Bill Flanagan this afternoon. The three teams coming to the Hammermill Center January 18-19, include Bishop O’Connell out of Arlington, Virgina along with Philadelphia powerhouses Lower Merion and Imhotep Charter. Bishop O’Connell will take on Lower Merion at 7 p.m. in the semifinals, followed by Prep and Imhotep Charter at 8:30 p.m. The consolation (7 p.m.) and championship (8:30 p.m.) will be the following day on Jan. 19.

Area fans should recognize Lower Merion and Imhotep Charter. Lower Merion, Kobe Bryant’s alma mater, defeated Cathedral Prep in the PIAA Class AAAA semifinals last year. The Aces lost to Chester in the state championship but return a loaded group. B.J. Johnson, a 6-6 senior, is a Syracuse recruit along with 6-7 senior Yohanny Dalembert, who has interest from Drexel and Rider. Senior guard Raheem Hall is a Division II recruit for the Aces.

Imhotep Charter has three Class AA state championships in the past three years. They moved to Class AAA this season and feature all-state first-team selection Brandon Austin, a 6-6 senior forward. He has offers from Connecitcut, Georgetown, Temple, Texas and Xavier but has committed to Penn State. Imhotep also has D-1 recruit Nigel Grant, a 6-6 senior, along with 6-6 junior prospect Basil Thompson.

Bishop O’Connell, which is making its second appearance in tournament history, has five state championships in the past 10 years. Coach Joe Wooten is the son of legendary Morgan Wooten, and has several D-1 recruits at his disposal. Junior Etou, a 6-7 senior forward, has offers from Kansas State, Maryland and West Virginia along with 6-2 junior guard Romelo Trimble, who has offers from Notre Dame, Villanova and West Virginia.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Basketball
Posted: October 22nd, 2012

Cathedral Prep Ramblers
Coach (season, record): Mark Majewski (5th season at Prep, 15th season overall, 67-37 at Prep, 202-156 overall)
2011-12 overall record: 21-6
2011-12 region record (place): 5-1 (co-champion)
2011-12 playoff results: Defeated Strong Vincent 85-43 to win the District 10 Class AAAA championship. Prep then defeated Obama Academy 79-57, Central Catholic 50-49 and Shaler 52-49 in the PIAA playoffs. Prep lost to Lower Merion 79-48 in the PIAA semifinals.
Top players lost: None
Top returning players: Sheldon Zablotny, Chris Francis, Matt Harris, Conor Colpoys, Delton Williams, Matt Hess, Dan Blazek, Jeremy Lynch
Assistant coaches: Robert Maxson, Dave Repko, Matt Harris, John Bowen
Outlook: Cathedral Prep is coming off one of its best seasons in recent history. The Ramblers dominated District 10 to win the Class AAAA championship before a thrilling run to the state semifinals. Prep returns everyone from last year’s team and could be a threat to make another deep playoff run. The Ramblers return their starting five of Sheldon Zablotny, Conor Colpoys, Delton Williams, Chris Francis and Matt Harris. Prep also brings back key reserves off the bench, including Matt Hess, Dan Blazek and Jeremy Lynch. Zablotny was named the District 10 Player of the Year last winter after an outstanding junior season. He has 874 career points and is well on his way to reaching the 1,000 career point milestone. Zablotny averaged 17.4 points per game last fall, while Colpoys scored 10.1 points and pulled down 4.9 rebounds per game. Colpoys is part of a terrific inside duo with Williams, a Michigan State football recruit. Williams led Prep with 5.3 rebounds per game as a junior. Colpoys (6 feet, 3 inches) and Williams (6-2) overcame their size disadvantages last winter with big-time rebounding and boxing out. Francis and Harris provide plenty of pinpoint shooting and ballhandling on the outside, while Hess, Blazek and Lynch are solid contributors off the bench.

Prep opens its season in Canada before a rivalry game right away on Dec. 10 against Strong Vincent. The Colonels moved down to Class AAA in the offseason but will still square off twice with the Ramblers. Prep also hosts East, who the Ramblers will play twice, before a quick two-game set with Fort LeBoeuf and Harbor Creek. January will be a brutal month for Prep. The Ramblers will get new region opponent Central Tech twice, rival McDowell, the Burger King Classic, a road game at St. Francis in New York and Class AAA powers Franklin General McLane, Strong Vincent and Warren. With only three teams in Class AAAA this season, the games with Central Tech and McDowell become even more important.

8 at John Paul (Canada) TBA
10 at Strong Vincent 8:30
12 East 8:30
15 at Fort LeBoeuf 7:30
17 Harbor Creek 8:30
20-22 KSA tournament (Fla.)
29 at East 3
4 at Central Tech* 7:30
8 at St. Francis (N.Y.) 6:30
12 General McLane 7:30
16 Franklin 7:30
18-19 Burger King Classic
24 at McDowell* 7:30
26 at Warren TBA
28 Central Tech* 8:30
31 Strong Vincent 8:30
2 Perry 7:30
7 Canisius (N.Y.) 7:30
14 McDowell* 8:30
*Region 7 games

Note: Cathedral Prep does not have a girls basketball team.

Tuesday: Central Tech

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: March 15th, 2012

This week’s Varsity Letter takes a look at the postseason success of the three remaining Erie County basketball teams: Cathedral Prep, Villa Maria and the General McLane boys.

We’ll also examine what’s ahead this weekend in the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships.

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Posted: March 15th, 2012

The Cathedral Prep basketball team will play its PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal game against Shaler Saturday at 2 p.m. at Sharon High School.

Prep (20-5), the District 10 champion, is coming off a dramatic 50-49 overtime victory over Pittsburgh Central Catholic Wednesday at Sharon High School.

Shaler (25-3), the No. 4 seed from the WPIAL, beat District 10 champion Gateway 62-49 Wednesday. Check out the Class AAAA bracket.

In Class A girls basketball, District 10 champion Kennedy Catholic (22-3) will take on WPIAL champion Vincentian Academy (27-1) Saturday at noon at North Allegheny High School in Wexford. Here’s the complete Class A bracket.

Posted: February 18th, 2012

Conor Colpoys

Cathedral Prep’s main concern entering the season was the departure of almost every sizable forward to graduation. Conor Colpoys has put those concerns to rest this winter.

Colpoys, a 6-foot 3-inch forward, has held his own with opposing big men with 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

The junior put together solid performances this past week with 16 points in a 59-36 win over Fort LeBoeuf and 16 more in a 64-59 overtime win against Central Tech.

Colpoys has the poise of a veteran and is developing into a solid scoring threat for the Ramblers.

Poll results:

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Posted: November 17th, 2011

The Burger King Classic is set for Jan. 13-14 with another loaded field this year. Aside from host Cathedral Prep, which will be in transition with four starters and several key reserves gone to graduation, Jamesville-Dewitt out side of Syracuse will make the trip along with Milton from Georgia and Trent Internationale from Houston.

Jamesville-Dewitt features 6-foot 10-inch DaJuan Coleman, who is committed to Syracuse, as well as Wake Forest-bound Tyler Cavanaugh. They will take on Trent Internationale in the tip-off at 7 p.m., while Prep will take on Milton. Trent Internationale features 6-foot 9-inch Ali Mohamed, a Rice commitment, as well as 6-8 Ahmed Hamdy and 6-5 Edgaras Kvedaravicius.

Milton has four Division I players in its lineup after winning a state title two years ago and finishing as the state runner-up last year. Evan Nolte leads the way as a 6-7 Virginia recruit, while 6-5 forward Shaquille Johnson is headed to Auburn. Add in 6-4 Charles Mann, a Georgia recruit, and 6-8 Tevin Glass and Milton could be the tournament favorite. Glass has several D-1 offers but has not decided.

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Basketball
Posted: October 25th, 2011

Cathedral Prep Ramblers
Coach (season, record): Mark Majewski (14th season overall, 4th season at Prep, 181-150 overall, 46-31 at Prep)
2010-11 overall record: 14-10
2010-11 region record (place): 6-0 (champion)
2010-11 playoff results: Won the District 10 Class AAAA championship. Lost 60-52 to Butler in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Adam Blazek, Mike Knoll, Dominic DiRaimo, Dominic Sansone, Joe Gnacinski
Top returning players: Sheldon Zablotny, Delton Williams
Assistant coaches: Robert Maxson, Dave Repko, Matt Harris, John Bowen
Outlook: Cathedral Prep could be in complete rebuild mode this season, which might not be a bad thing. The Ramblers will have plenty of opportunities for younger players to step up with four starters and a sixth man gone to graduation. Prep lost most of its size and could turn to Delton Williams to manage the paint. Williams came on strong last season to compensate for several injured players. Sheldon Zablotny is back after seeing plenty of varsity minutes the past two seasons and is one of the top shooters in the area. He will be counted on along with Williams to replace Adam Blazek, who was named the District 10 Player of the Year. Prep will be one of the more inexperienced teams in Class AAAA this season and will need several underclassmen to come through. Matt Harris, Dan Blazek, Chris Francis, Jeremy Lynch and Conor Colpoys could all see varsity action this season to contribute.

The Ramblers, once again, have a brutal schedule. Prep will play one game until Jan. 8 when the Ramblers host a team from China. Prep hosts St. Francis out of New York on Dec. 16 and will play the rest of the early part of the schedule on the road. The Ramblers have a tough road game at General McLane to start the season and will travel to Florida for the KSA tournament. It won’t get any easier after the Ramblers take on Nanyang China, with four games in nine days. That stretch includes huge region showdowns against McDowell and Strong Vincent as well as the Burger King Classic.

13 at General McLane 7:30
16 St. Francis (N.Y.) 7:30
19-21 KSA tournament
28 at St. Ignatius (Ohio) 7:30
30 at East 7:30
5 at George Junior* 7:30
8 Nanyang China 3:30
9 Strong Vincent* 8:30
13-14 Burger King Classic
18 McDowell* 8:30
21 at Canisius (N.Y.) 3
23 Corry 8:30
25 at Harbor Creek 7:30
27 North Allegheny 7:30
2 George Junior* 7
6 Fort LeBoeuf 7:30
10 at Central Tech 7:30
13 at Strong Vincent* 8:30
17 at McDowell* 7:30

Wednesday: Central Tech

– Tom Reisenweber

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