Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States. Pop legend Michael Jackson passed away. Avatar became one of the highest grossing movies in history. Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” was one of the top singles and Susan Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream” was the number one album. The Yankees, Steelers, Lakers, and Penguins were World Champions. Ford’s Fiesta was the top selling car. A movie ticket cost about $7.50 and a loaf of bread was $1.77. While all of this was going on, most people were trying to slip quotes from the hot movie, “The Hangover,” into every conversation. District 12 had just joined the PIAA for athletic competition. Their dominance in basketball was about to begin. The year was 2009.
2017 marked the ninth season District 12 has competed in the PIAA state tournament. The rest of the state may be wishing they could go back to 2009 and stop them from joining the field. Dominance is the word that describes District 12’s presence in the state tournament.
38 state champions have been crowned the past nine seasons. 22 have hailed from District 12. In those 38 state championship games, a District 12 team has represented in 33 of them. The state champions consist of Neumann-Goretti (7), Imhotep Charter (5), Constitution (3), Roman Catholic (2), Archbishop Carroll, Archbishop Wood, Conwell-Egan, MCS Charter, and Robert Vaux.
District 12 has played a total of 377 games in the PIAA state tournament. They have put together a record of 270-107. Many times, District 12 teams match-up against each other. If we were to count District 12’s record against every other district, it would look like this: 270-70.
The Neumann-Goretti Saints lead the way for District 12 with the most state titles, seven. The Saints have compiled an unreal, video game-like record of 39-2 in the PIAA state tournament. During the past nine seasons, Neumann-Goretti has been led by players such as Tony Chenault, Danny Stewart, Tyreek Duren, Mustaafa Jones, Lamin Fulton, Derrick Stewart, Billy Shank, John Davis, Troy Harper, Tony Toplyn, Ja’Quan Newton, Lamarr Kimble, Zane Martin, Vaughn Covington, Rasheed Browne, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, and Quade Green.
The Imhotep Charter Panthers follows with five state titles. The Panthers have compiled an extremely strong record of 34-4 in tournament play. Imhotep has been led the past nine years by players like Will Adams, Parrish Grant, Brandon Austin, Khyrie Wooten, Basil Thompson, David Beatty, Koby Thomas, Bernard Lightsey, and Daron Russell.
Constitution has three state titles and has put together an impressive 27-5 record in the PIAA tournament. Constitution was led to their championships by players such as Savon Goodman, Daiquan Walker, Ahmad Gilbert, Kimar Williams, Floyd Preito, Chad Andrews-Fulton, and Anthony Satchell.
With two state titles coming back to back in 2015 and 2016, the Roman Catholic Cahillites have compiled an 11-5 record in the states. The Cahillites were led by players such as Tony Carr, Gemil Holbrook, Nazeer Bostick, Manny Taylor, and Lamar Stevens.
The Archbishop Carroll Patriots have been a familiar face in the PIAA tournament the past nine seasons. With one state title, the Patriots have a strong resume, consisting of a 22-8 record. DJ Irving and Juan’ya Green were the key factors to their 2009 title.
Other notable records in the PIAA state tournament include MCS Charter (27-8), Conwell-Egan (8-3), Martin Luther King (8-5), Robert Vaux (8-2), Delaware Valley Charter (8-5), LaSalle (9-4), and Archbishop Wood (5-0 in their first ever appearance).
Key players for the other four state championship programs consist of the following:
2011 Class A MCS Charter: Jeremiah Worthem, Tyreek Riddick, Britton Lee, Quadir Welton
2013 Class A Robert Vaux: Rysheed Jordan, Sammy Forman
2015 Class 2A Conwell-Egan: Stevie Jordan, LaPri McCray-Price, Vinny Dalessandro
2017 Class 6A Archbishop Wood: Collin Gillespie, Tyree Pickron, Matt Cerruti, Seth Pinkney
It is now 2017, and the Penguins and New England Patriots are recent world champions. Two losing streaks and a curse were broken as well. The Cavaliers won the most recent NBA title, breaking a 52 year championship-less streak in Cleveland. The Cubs also broke the longest curse in sports history by winning the World Series, a curse that lasted 108 years. “Hello” by Adelle was the number one song of the year. Nemo wasn’t lost this time as “Finding Dory” was a top selling movie in theatres. Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the United States, and many Americans impatiently wait for the next season of “Game of Thrones.” British music legend David Bowie passed away and the iPhone 7 was released. Many things have changed, but District 12 will look to continue their dominance and their dynasty in the PIAA state tournament.