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Our program boasts one of the finest basketball traditions in the Philadelphia area. La Salle competes in the famous Philadelphia Catholic League, one of the most storied high school leagues in the US.

Looking Back…

The Explorers graduated only two seniors in 2017. Senior Matt Paulus, a two-year starter, moves on to Ursinus College. His backcourt mate, Jarrod Stukes, will begin his career at Clarion University, in January of 2018. Stukes, a two-time All-Catholic, and Paulus made up the last members of a state runner-up team in 2014. Both will be missed for their leadership and steady guard play.

Looking Ahead…

With only two seniors on last year’s team, the Explorers checked in at tenth place in the Philadelphia Catholic League. Hopes are high with so much experience returning for the 2017-18 campaign. Two seniors that saw extended playing time last year were Sean Simon and Matt McMahon. Both will be expected to contribute heavily if the Explorers will have better success this season. Also rounding out the senior class are Nick Hoffman and Isaiah Snead. Both players will add depth and physicality for the Explorers.

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In addition to Simon, two other starters return to La Salle this season. Six feet, nine inch junior, Zach Crisler returns after a terrific summer on the AAU circuit. Crisler amassed scholarship offers from Penn State, Temple, St. Joe’s, Columbia, and Lafayette, among others. He will be expected to lead the team on and off the floor as a returning captain, as well. Another returning starter and captain, junior Konrad Kiszka, missed the last ten games of last season. He looks to rebound from his injury and lead the Explorers at both ends of the floor. While these two juniors will certainly garner a lot of attention from opposing teams, the 2019 class for La Salle is perhaps one of the deepest in a long time on the Wyndmoor, PA campus. Point guard, Allen Powell, who saw extended minutes last year, and who started several games, will have to fill Stukes’ roll as lead guard. Titus Beard and Emmanuel Freyre are also talented ball handlers and savvy guards that should allow Powell to play off the ball some, and give the team added scoring. Combo guard/forwards, Jack Rothenberg and Luke Baldini are poised to contribute meaningful minutes. Both players saw Varsity minutes last year, and had terrific off seasons. Khalil Ashley-Diarrah should also see significant minutes at the forward position. At 6’6”, his size and presence in the middle should complement the Explorers’ front court well. Another junior, Joe Dempsey, Jr., will add toughness and grit to this already deep and talented class.

While the Explorers should be much improved, a gauntlet of a schedule awaits. The season begins on Dec. 8th, with two games in the Haverford School Tournament. Home games against three-time state champion Constitution, Malvern Prep, and Central High school will certainly challenge the Explorers. Additionally, there is a trip to see defending state champion, Reading High School, and three games at the Benedictine Classic in Richmond, VA. – one of the most famous Christmas Tournaments on the East Coast. Then, there are the thirteen games in the Philadelphia Catholic League, which some observers deem one of the toughest leagues in the country.

It should be a challenging, but meaningful journey for this year’s team. Coach Dempsey and his staff will certainly have the players up for the challenge.

Basketball scores

Varsity

Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Result Score
Haverford School Tournament
TBD
Haverford School Away
Haverford School Tournament
TBD
Haverford School Away
vs.
Constitution High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Hoop Group Event, Reading High School
Albright College Away
vs.
Malvern Preparatory School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Central High School
La Salle College High School Home
Benedictine Classic
TBD
Benedictine Away
vs.
Lansdale Catholic High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Bonner-Prendergast Catholic High School
Bonner-Prendergast High School Away
vs.
Conwell-Egan Catholic High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Archbishop Carroll High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Cardinal O'Hara High School
Cardinal O'Hara High School Away
vs.
Archbishop Wood High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Neumann-Goretti High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Bishop McDevitt High School
Bishop McDevitt High School, Garden City High School Away
vs.
Roman Catholic High School
Roman Catholic Away
vs.
St. Joseph's Preparatory School
St. Joseph's Preparatory School Away
vs.
West Catholic Preparatory High School
West Catholic Preparatory High School Home
vs.
Father Judge High School
Father Judge High School Away
vs.
Archbishop Ryan High School
La Salle College High School Home

Junior Varsity

Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Result Score
vs.
Haverford School
Haverford School Away
vs.
Archbishop Wood High School
Archbishop Wood High School Away
vs.
Constitution High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Imhotep Charter School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Malvern Preparatory School
La Salle College High School Home
Math, Civics, and Sciences
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Central High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Lansdale Catholic High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Bonner-Prendergast Catholic High School
Bonner-Prendergast High School Away
vs.
Conwell-Egan Catholic High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Holy Ghost Preparatory School
Holy Ghost Preparatory School Away
vs.
Archbishop Carroll High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Cardinal O'Hara High School
Cardinal O'Hara High School Away
vs.
Archbishop Wood High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Neumann-Goretti High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Bishop McDevitt High School
Bishop McDevitt High School Away
vs.
Roman Catholic High School
Roman Catholic Away
vs.
St. Joseph's Preparatory School
St. Joseph's Preparatory School Away
vs.
West Catholic Preparatory High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Father Judge High School
Father Judge High School Away
vs.
Archbishop Ryan High School
La Salle College High School Home

Freshman

Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Result Score
vs.
Haverford School
Haverford School Away
vs.
Archbishop Wood High School
Archbishop Wood High School Away
vs.
Father Judge High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Episcopal Academy
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Malvern Preparatory School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Cheltenham High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Malvern Preparatory School
Malvern Preparatory School Away
vs.
Lansdale Catholic High School
Lansdale Catholic High School Away
vs.
Bonner-Prendergast Catholic High School
Bonner-Prendergast High School Away
vs.
Conwell-Egan Catholic High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Archbishop Carroll High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Cardinal O'Hara High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Archbishop Wood High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Neumann-Goretti High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Bishop McDevitt High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Roman Catholic High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
St. Joseph's Preparatory School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Wissahickon Senior High School
La Salle College High School Home
vs.
Father Judge High School
Father Judge High School Away
vs.
Archbishop Ryan High School
Archbishop Ryan High School Away
Basketball news & events

Recent News

Explorers Fall Short In Bid For Basketball Glory
La Salle's impressive run at its first state basketball championship finally came to an end on Saturday, March 22, 2014 with a 52-39 loss to New Castle Area High School in the finals of the Pennsylvania State Championship (PIAA Class AAAA Boys Championship) at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA.
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Basketball Team Advances to State Finals in Hershey
The Basketball Team continued their "Cinderella Run" at Coatesville Area High School where they defeated Chester High School by a score of 61-55 to advance to the finals of the Pennsylvania State Championship on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the GIANT Center in Hershey, PA.
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Basketball multimedia
Basketball Web Page Video 1
2017 Silent Night vs Bishop McDevitt 2
Game-Winner vs North Penn 12-22-16 1
2014-2015 HIghlights 0
Varsity Basketball Team Defeats SJP in 2016 Finale 1
Explorers Defeats SJP in Reg Season Finale 2/7/16 1
Varsity Basketball vs Roman 1-18-16 57
Explorers Defeat Bonner at the Buzzer 1-22-16 1
2016 Silent Night vs Lansdale Catholic 2
2015-16 La Salle Basketball Photos 35
2016 Silent Night Promo 1
2015-16 Basketball Preview by Jackson Lake '16 1
Walk With Francis 1
Varsity Basketball Falls to McCaskey at Buzzer 1
PIAA Round of 16 vs Abington Heights 1
2015 PCL Quarterfinals: La Salle defeats SJP 1
2015 Senior Night 127
2015 Student Section "Silent Night"Game 1
Varsity Basketball vs O'Hara 1/14/15 23
Varsity Basketball vs Father Judge 1-5-15 1
Coach Dempsey Season Preview on WEXP 12-5-14 1
2014 PIAA State Semifinal - La Salle vs Chester 1
2014 PIAA AAAA State Championship 55
2014 PIAA 2nd Round vs Cedar Crest 1
2014 PCL Semifinal at The Palestra 89
Varsity Basketball 2014 PCL Semi at The Palestra 1
Celebration After SJP Game; Advancing to Palestra 1
PCL Quarterfinal Pump Up Video 1
2014 Student Section Silent Night vs Ryan 1
Varsity Basketball vs SJP 1-31-14 56
Varsity Basketball vs Bonner 1-28-14 102
Gymnasium Renovation Dedication Ceremony 25
Coach Dempsey's Coaching Philosophy 1
Senior Day 2013 29
Senior Day 2013 - Photos by Arthur Bailin '13 31
Summer Program 2012 7
Varsity Basketball vs Archbishop Carroll 2-10-13 39
Amar Stukes '13 Scores 1,000th Career Point 1
2013 "Silent Night" vs Archbishop Carroll 2-15-13 1
2013 Silent Night Promo 1
Varsity Basketball vs Neumann-Goretti 1-7-13 1
Varsity Basketball vs Roselle Catholic 12-27-12 20
National Signing Day 11-15-12 1
National Signing Day 11-15-12 23
Student Section "Silent Night" vs Judge 2-15-12 1
Player Profile: Darnell Artis '12 1
2011 Varsity Basketball Preview by C. Endrigan '13 1
Basketball Welcome Page Slideshow 25
2010 PIAA District 12 AAAA Basketball Championship 31
2010 PIAA District 12 Basketball Championship 1
2010 PIAA Basketball AAAA Playoffs 1st Round 1
Varsity Basketball 2010-11 13
Eddie Mitchell '11 Signs National Letter of Intent 1
Varsity Basketball vs N-G 1-6-11 1
Varsity Basketball vs. Archbishop Ryan 1-9-11 1
Varsity Basketball vs Roman Catholic 1-17-11 1
Varsity Basketball vs West Catholic 1-14-11 1
Varsity Basketball vs Saint Joseph's Prep 1-24-11 1
Varsity Basketball vs McDevitt 1-30-11 1
Varsity Basketball vs Archbishop Wood 2-6-11 1
Varsity Basketball vs Monsignor Bonner 2-11-11 1
PCL Quarterfinals vs Archbishop Wood 2-18-11 1
PCL Quartfinal vs North 2-20-10 1
Coach Dempsey Talks About the Palestra 2-22-10 1
2009 PCL Playoffs - Round 1 Upset Over St. Joe's 1
2009 Alumni Basketball Game and Reception 17
2009 Summer Camp - Session 1 98
1981 PCL Champs 25th Anniversary 23
2008 Summer Basketball Camp 73
2007 Summer Basketball Camp 70
Game v Archbishop Ryan 2-2-07 17
Game v Archbishop Wood 1-29-07 15
Game vs Conwell-Egan Catholic 1-25-07 26
Game v Father Judge 1-22-07 19
Game v North Catholic 1-19-07 22
Game v Bishop McDevitt 1-14-07 16
Game vs Dougherty 1-12-07 19
2006 Summer Camp - Session 1 83
2006 Summer Camp - Session 2 68
Game vs Archbishop Ryan 01-13-06 25
2005 Purple Wave Classic 5
2005 Shooting Clinic 20
Game vs Conwell-Egan 17
Game vs Downingtown West 0
Game vs Germantown Academy 0
Game vs Kennedy-Kenrick 3
Game vs St. Joseph's Prep 27
Game vs St. Peter's Prep 6
Game vs Wissahickon 12-29-06 13
LS v Wood 1-5-07 11
Playoff Game vs. Dougherty 21
Preview Video - La Salle vs Judge Playoff Game 1
Ryan-1-8-07 15
Varsity Basketball vs. North Catholic 1-22-10 1
WEXP Skit - Dick Vitale (Dan Saccheta '08) 1
Summer camp

Boys Basketball Camp

Ages 9 to 15

Session 1:
June 26, 2017 to June 30, 2017
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Session 2:
July 10, 2017 to July 14, 2017
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

$255 per session
$460 for Both Sessions (Save $50)

Plus: a $25 discount for all registrations before April 30th

Registration Information

Click here to Register and Pay Online

Walk-ups welcome! Email Coach Dempsey to be sure there is room.

For more information call 215-402-4153 or email Coach Dempsey

Summer Camp Multimedia

Program history
PlayerCareer PointsYear
Tom Gola1,3921951
Craig Conlin1,2021985
Chip Greenberg1,1351982
Joe Meade1,0981997
Matt Mihalich1,0801976
Amar Stukes1,0372013

1941-1949


YearFirst TeamSecond TeamThird Team
1941Ed BunsEd Shepper
1942John MlodzianowskiBill Maher
1943
1944
1945Jim DelaneyJohn Weglicki
1946John WeglickiJim Phelan
1947Jim PhelanChas. "Buddy" Donnelly
1948Chas. "Buddy" Donnelly
1949Tom ChecchiaTom Gola

1950-1959


YearFirst TeamSecond TeamThird Team
1950Tom GolaJohn Kane
Fran O'Hara
1951Tom Gola
1952Harry Bense
Tom Derago
1953Tom DeragoSid Kraemer
1954Al Haeber
George Schmidt
1955Joe HeyerHugh Brolly
1956Hugh Brolly
Rich Amejka
1957Jerry Cosgrove
1958Jerry Cosgrove
1959

1960-1969

Year
First TeamSecond TeamThird Team
1960Bill Garberina
1961Joe Lynch
1962
1963Frank Gaidjunas
George Smith
1964
1965Mike Osborne
Paul Stonis
1966
1967Jack Meehan
Frank McLaughlin
1968Tom Duffy
Bill Walters
1969Tom Duffy

1970-1979


YearFirst TeamSecond TeamThird Team
1970Steve Wiley
1971Steve Wiley
1972Rick HoganSteve Javie
1973Dennis PurcellTed Gutowicz
Lou Canelli
1974Ted Gutowicz
Joe Mihalich
1975Bob Carber
Matt Mihalich
1976Matt MihalichMike Finley
Joe Hand
1977Fran McCafferyBernie Fitzgerald
1978Dave Gray
1979Dave Gray

1980-1989


YearFirst TeamSecond TeamThird Team
1980Chris O'BrienMark Mischler
1981Chip GreenbergChris O'Brien
Mark Mischler
1982Chip GreenbergJohn Gay
1983Craig ConlinLarry Guess
1984Craig ConlinLarry Guess
1985Craig Conlin
Tom Gizzi
1986Mike Matthews
Matt Moyer
1987Kevin Laquinto
Malcom Macklin
1988Terry BurkeMark Fitzgerald
1989Mark FitzgeraldChris Lazorcheck
Brian Reilly

1990-1999


YearFirst TeamSecond TeamThird Team
1990Chris LazorcheckErnie Koschineg
1991Ernie KoschinegBrian McGill
1992Kevin Olender
1993Kevin OlenderBrendan O'Neill
1994Brendan O'NeillBarry WhelanTim Erb
1995Jack Horgan
1996Joe MeadeB.J. Hargadon
1997Joe MeadeMatt HorganMike Morsell
1998Chris McSheaEd Bongard
Alex Ramos
1999Chris StantonBrian "Whitey" HorganSteve Erfle

2000-2017


YearFirst TeamSecond TeamThird Team
2000Brian "Whitey" HorganDennis Stanton
2001 Gabe MarabellaTom MatternRob Sullivan
2002Rob Sullivan
2003Will FureyChris Reedman
Brian Donohoe
2004Nick ShattuckRyan KirkCollin Fitzgerald
2005Joe Soboncinski
2006Clay Penecale
2007Clay PenecaleMatt Crozier
2008Matt CrozierC.J. Aiken
2009Troy HockadayTom Cooney
2010Eddie Mitchell
2011Eddie MitchellJoe BrownAmar Stukes
2012Amar StukesMatt Rodden
2013Amar StukesSteve Smith
2014David KrmpotichShawn Witherspoon

Najee Walls
2015Najee Walls
Shawn Witherspoon
David Krmpotich
2016Ryan McTamneyJarrod Stukes
2017Jarrod StukesSean Simon

1 - State Championship Appearance (2014)

1 - 4A District 12 Title

1 - City Title (La Salle's first since 1950)

1 - Catholic League Red Division Championship

2 - PIAA 4A Elite Eight quarterfinal appearance

2 - Coach of the Year awards for Coach Dempsey in 2010 & 2014

4 - Catholic League semifinal appearances

4 - 20 win seasons in the past six years (22 game regular season schedule)

4 - Division 1 scholarship winners

6 - 1st-Team All Catholics

8 - Kairos retreat leaders from the basketball program

8 - Consecutive appearances in the Catholic League playoffs

8 - Current graduates playing college basketball

12 - Number of elite programs that La Salle has played in the past three years: Chester, Imhotep, Neumann-Goretti, Malvern Prep, Reading, Plymouth-Whitemarsh, Council Rock North, Roman Catholic, St. Joe's Prep, Wissahickon, Philadelphia Electric, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Norristown, Allentown

23 - Years that Coach Dempsey has served as a coach at La Salle (11 as head coach)

23 - School Record for number of wins (2013-2014)

41 - Record number of wins in a two-year period (2009-2011)

44 - Record number of wins in a two-year period (2013 - 2015)

100s - Friends made through an affiliation with Athletes Helping Athletes, a program that fosters friendship with special needs children in the Philadelphia community.

Alumni Currently Playing Collegiate Basketball

Jarrod Stukes '17 - Clarion University
Matt Paulus '17 - Ursinus College

Ryan McTamney '16 - Ursinus College
Shane Stark '16 - Ursinus College

Najee Wells '15 - East Stroudsburg University
David Krmpotich '15 - East Stroudsburg University
Shawn Witherspoon '15 - Nyack College

Stephen Smith '13 - West Chester University
Amar Stukes '13 - La Salle University

Alumni That Recently Played Collegiate Basketball

Steve Erfle ‘03—Ursinus College

Dennis Stanton ‘04—Ursinus College (Division III All-American)
Ryan Kirk '04--Scranton University

Brian Horgan ‘05—King's College (Division III All-American)

Rob Sullivan ‘06—St. Joseph's University

Will Furey ‘07—Ursinus College

Nick Shattuck ‘08—Ursinus College (Centennial Conference Player of the Year and Division III All-American)
Matt Crozier '08—John Carroll University

Todd Stokley '09 - Immaculata University
Tom Cooney '09 - Elizabethtown College

Troy Hockaday '10—West Chester University

Joe Brown '11 - Arcadia University
Steve Collins '11 - Dickinson College

Sean Dougherty '12 - Chestnut Hill College
Darnell Artis '12 -Gwynedd Mercy College

All Alumni Under Coach Dempsey

2017: Matt Paulus, Jarrod Stukes
2016: Chris Ferguson, Phil Held, Ryan McTamney, Dan Remolde, Shane Stark
2015: Dan Corr, Mike Crone, Kevin Crozier, Matt Dessner, Charlie Hemcher, David Krmpotich, Pat Meenan, Najee Walls, Shawn Witherspoon
2014: Mick Barrett, Langston Ellison, Sean Greenberg, Jalen Herdsman
2013: Amar Stukes, Steve Smith, Ryan Winslow, Jon Naji, Malik Janifer, Pat Cooney, Alex Cuoci
2012: Sean Dougherty, Matt Murphy, Darnell Artis, P.J. Acierno, Colin Buckley
2011: Joe Brown, Steve Collins, Mike Glatz, Eddie Mitchell, Joe Naji, Mike Poncia, Brennan Woods, Tim Young
2010: Chris Edger, Troy Hockaday
2009: Mike Cassidy, Tom Cooney, Mike Donohoe, Brendan Duffy, Tucker Durkin, Tom McAloon, Todd Stokley
2008: Matt Crozier, BJ Fitzgerald, Joe Migliarese, Frank Pierson
2007: Anthony Acie-Davis, Sean Benz, TJ Brown, Greg Dusing
2006: Matt Greenfield, Billy Keenan, Tyrell Marshall, Billy Warrender, Doug Maxwell
2005: Brian Carlin, Mike Chapman, Ryan Gibbons, Kevin Miller, Joe Sobocinski

2005-2006 Honors and Awards

Clay Penecale - Second Team All-Catholic

T.J. Brown - Archbishop Carroll Classic - All Tournament Team

Billy Warrender - Christian Brothers Wave Classic All Tournament Team

Tyrell Marshall - William Markward Weekly Award Winner

Billy Warrender - William Markward Weekly Award Winner

Doug Maxwell - William Markward Unsung Hero Winner

Billy Keenan - William Markward Unsung Hero Winner

Matt Greenfield - William Markward Unsung Hero Winner

Billy Warrender - Ferguson Scholar-Athlete Award Winner

Gresham Cooney - Inaugural Andy Dougherty Manager of the Year Award

2006-2007 Honors and Awards

Kevin O'Connell - Andy Dougherty Manager of the Year

Philadelphia Catholic League

Clay Penecale - Second Team All-Catholic

Matt Crozier - Third Team All-Catholic

Mike Topley - Christian Brothers Classic All-Tournament Team

Clay Penecale - Christian Brothers Classic MVP

Frank Pierson - Wissahickon Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team

Clay Penecale - Wissahickon Holiday Classic MVP

Sean Benz - William Markward Award Winner

Anthony Acey-Davis - William Markward Award Winner

T.J. Brown - William Markward Award Winner

Greg Dusing - William Ferguson Scholar Athlete Winner

2007-2008 Honors and Awards

Matt Crozier - First Team All-Catholic

C.J. Aiken - Second Team All-Catholic

Matt Crozier - Markward Club Weekly Award Winner

Joe Migliarese - Ferguson Award Winner

B.J. Fitzgerald - Weekly Award Winner

Frank Pierson - Markward Club Weekly Award Winner

Matt Crozier - Christian Brothers Classic All-Tournament Team

2008-2009 Honors and Awards

Tom Cooney - Second Team All-Catholic

Todd Stokley - Weekly Markward Award Winner

Tom Cooney - Weekly Markward Award Winner

Eddie Joyner-Mitchell - Alex Rodriguez All-Tournament Team

Eddie Joyner-Mitchell - Wissahickon All-Tournament Team

2009-2010 Honors and Awards

Eddie Joyner-Mitchell - First Team All-Catholic

Eddie Joyner-Mitchell -Red Land All-Tournament Team

Troy Hockaday - First Team All-Catholic

Troy Hockaday - Third Team All-State

Troy Hockaday- Triangle Club All-Tournament Team

Chris Edger - Feguson Award Winner

Troy Hockaday - Markward Club Award Winner

2010-2011 Honors and Awards

Eddie Mitchell - First Team All-Catholic

Joe Brown - Second Team All-Catholic

Amar Stukes - Third Team All-Catholic

Eddie Mitchell - First Team Philadelphia Daily News All-City

Eddie Mitchell - Second Team Philadelphia Inquirer All Area

Eddie Mitchell - Second Team PIAA - All State

Joe Brown - Markward Award Winner

Eddie Mitchell - Markward Award Winner

Coach Joe Dempsey - Phiadelphia Catholic League Coach of the Year

2011-2012 Honors and Awards

Amar Stukes - First Team All-Catholic

Matt Rodden - Second Team All-Catholic

Matt Murphy - Markward Award Winner

Darnell Artis - Markward Award Winner

2012-2013 Honors and Awards

Amar Stukes - First Team All-Catholic

Stephen Smith - Second Team All-Catholic

Amar Stukes - First Team - Daily News All-City

Amar Stukes - Third Team - All-State

Amar Stukes - Norristown Times Herald - Player of the Year

Amar Stukes - Third Team - Philadelphia Inquirer All-Area

Stephen Smith - Markward Award Winner

Amar Stukes - Markward Award Winner

2013-2014 Honors and Awards

Dave Krmpotich - Second Team All-Catholic

Najee Walls - Second Team All-Catholic

Shawn Witherspoon - Third Team All-Catholic

Mick Barrett - Ferguson Award Winner

Langston Ellison - Markward Award Winner

Jalen Herdsman - Markward Award Winner

Sean Greenberg - Markward Award Winne

Coach Joe Dempsey - Philadelphia Inquirer Coach of the Year

2014-2015 Honors and Awards

Najee Walls - First Team All-Catholic

Shawn Witherspoon - First Team All-Catholic

Dave Krmpotich - Second Team All-Catholic

Program faqs

If I make the team, can I play sports other than Basketball at La Salle?

Absolutely! The coaching staff encourages our players to play other sports if an athlete has the ability and a passion. While we encourage our players to participate in as much off season training as possible, we believe that participation in other athletic programs can also be a valuable experience. Unfortunately, many schools have taken an “all or nothing” approach toward their athletes, essentially asking their athletes to “specialize” in a particular sport. In other words, you have to choose what sport you want to play, unfortunately, very early in your high school years.

How many guys make the freshman team?

Typically, we keep between 12 and 15 players on the freshman basketball team.

When are practices held?

Most of the time, our teams practice after school. The Varsity team rotates practice time with the Freshman/Junior Varsity teams. In other words, if the Varsity practices right after school, the Freshman/JV teams will go to study hall first, then practice after the Varsity. This “down time” after school can be fun, productive, and valuable for our student athletes. Many guys like to grab a snack after school, get extra academic help from a teacher, or just relax a little before practice.

What is your schedule like?

We believe in playing the most competitive schedule available to us. Because we don't compete in the PIAA, we do not have to worry about rankings or seedings in the district tournament. The only thing that ultimately matters is making our league playoffs and competing for our league championship. Consequently, our schedule last year was extremely ambitious and featured many ranked teams from the area – Episcopal Academy, Germantown Academy , Abington Friends, Archbishop Wood, and St. Joseph's Prep.

Do you take any trips or go to any special tournaments?

In the 2005-06 season, our team will be taking a trip to Memphis , Tennessee to play in the “Wave Classic” at Christian Brothers High School . Generally speaking, we always go to at least one tournament that allows our team to travel out of the area. We have typically gone to places like New Jersey , Virginia , Washington , D.C. , and Connecticut in past years. The guys really like getting away and experiencing other levels of basketball competition.

How many of your players go on to play college basketball?

La Salle has had many of its alumni go on to play in college. True, most of La Salle 's recent grads have played at the Division III level. Many college coaches tell us that our players are well prepared for college basketball because they have been taught the fundamentals of the game and have a strong understanding of the physical, emotional, and intellectual demands necessary to succeed at the collegiate level. We are continuing to pursue high caliber student athletes, and one of our primary goals is to help our players continue their educational and athletic experiences at excellent schools across the country. Two of our most recent alumns have been named All-Americans. (See Recent Alumni link.) While it is true that many high school basketball players aspire to play at the “D 1” level, the realitiy suggests that many more go on to have highly successful careers at the Division II and III level. The style of basketball that we play along with the importance that we place in our program in developing fundamentals allows our players to go to whatever level of basketball suits them.

What is so special about the Philadelphia Catholic League?

The Catholic League is perhaps, one of the most tradition-rich high school basketball leagues in the country. The league is consistently one of the toughest, most competitive leagues in the state if not, the East Coast. The league also encompasses some of the most competitive teams, coaches, and fans in the area. There are always a few of the league schools in the local rankings. If you aspire to be a high school basketball player, it is something, quite simply, that you have to experience!

What kind of exposure does your program receive?

Because of our affiliation with this prestigious league coupled with the added bonus of being located in the suburbs, but playing in a city league, the media coverage our school and program receives is extensive. We are covered by The Philadelphia Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Montgomery Newspapers, The Ambler Gazzette, Bucks County Courier Times, The Springfield Sun, The Norristown Times Herald , and many other local publications. Additionally, the Catholic League is a hot bed for college coaches of all levels. It is not uncommon to go to one of our games and have coaches from all three competitive levels, I, II, and III, present.

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