by Mike McLeod

Legendary Germantown Academy basketball coach Jim Fenerty picked up his 500th career win with the Patriots, as his team ran away with a 63-34 win last Friday at William Penn Charter. The milestone comes in his 26th season at the helm for the Patriots, and pushes his record at the school to 500-203. Including his years at Bishop Egan, Fenerty’s career wins total now stands at 561, good for third all time in Philadelphia school history.

The game wasn’t always as lopsided for Fenerty’s team as the final score would indicate. His Patriots (18-4, 6-1) got behind Inter-Ac rival Penn Charter (3-19, 0-7) early, trailing 6-11 after the first quarter. The Patriots took over in the second, on their way to outscoring the Quakers 57-23 in the final three quarters, giving their coach a chance to enjoy his accomplishment.

The Patriots continued to be paced by their leading scorer, Tim Guers. The senior guard finished the night with 13 points. Tying Guers for the game-high was fellow Senior Sam Lindgren, who tallied 13 of his own. Junior Devon Goodman added 11, while fellow underclassmen Evan-Eric Longino, Joe Stinson, and Bailey Whitman added six each for a balanced Patriot offense.

Senior guard Julian Johnson led the Quakers, scoring 11, including a 3-4 night at the foul line. Michael Berk added six points for coach Lynard Stewart’s team while Patrick McCain and Harrison Williams chipped in with five each.

Earlier in the week, Fenerty got his 499th win against Springside Chestnut Hill Academy with a score of 74-41. He will look for number 501 this Tuesday at Episcopal Academy.

Leon stays hot as Germantown Friends rallies

Senior Ray Leon continued to put up gaudy scoring numbers, posting 29 points to help Germantown Friends come back to defeat the Academy of the New Church 55-54 last Friday at home. His performance came three days after putting up 30 points in a 62-35 win over the George School Cougars.

Leon’s Tigers (18-2, 5-1) trailed for the first three quarters, but brought their deficit to the Lions (7-11, 3-2) to a manageable 42-35 entering the fourth. Coach Shawn Werdt’s team turned it on in the final quarter, outscoring Academy of the New Church 20-12 en route to a one-point victory.

Leon led all scorers, and much of his offense came from getting to the foul line, where he made 12-13 clutch free throws that made the difference in the game. He also added eight rebounds, which was also a team high. Senior Andrew Aldridge complemented Leon’s scoring, adding in 10 points from a perfect shooting night where he went 4-4 from the field and 2-2 from the foul line. Senior twins Jalil and Jamil Pines-Elliot added a combined 10 points to round out the Tigers offense.

Leon was one point away from having back-to-back games of 30 points and eight rebounds after dominating the George School Cougars earlier in the week. He went 7-8 from three-point range in that game, and showed an ability to lead the offense and make Germantown Friends a contender in the Friends League.

News and Notes

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy suffered two Inter-Ac losses last week, falling 74-41 to Germantown Academy and 72-36 to Haverford School.

The Blue Devils (6-15, 1-6) got back on track in a non-conference game against Cristo Rey, winning by a decisive 70-48 score. They were led by Freshman Justin Anderson, who scored 29 points and added three rebounds and six steals. Senior Dylan Parsons added 16 points and tied for a team high with seven rebounds on the game.

Coach Jamie Chadwin hopes the team will get back on track in the Inter-Ac when they play at Episcopal this Friday.

Willian Penn Charter struggled last week, with three losses including their tilt against Germantown Academy on Friday. They went down 67-60 last Tuesday to Malvern Prep in an Inter-Ac game and 56-41 at home against non-conference opponent Freire Charter.

With the losses, the Quakers sit last in their conference and have a 3-19 overall record. The team will look to improve towards the final stretch of conference games this week against Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and Haverford School.

La Salle College High School hosted Archbishop Carroll on Sunday, taking the loss 69-57. The loss drops the Explorers to 7-2 in the Philadelphia Catholic League, placing them fourth behind three one-loss teams.

Shawn Witherspoon led the team in the loss with 17 points, while fellow Seniors Najee Walls and Dave Krmpotich added 13 and 12, respectively. La Salle will look to stay in the top of the PCL as they host Archbishop Wood this Friday.