Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 (8:52 PM)

Ramblers beat Vincent, remain perfect in Region 7

By Dominic Sansone

  • Score: Prep 58, Vincent 53
  • Records: Prep (13-3, 4-0),Vincent (12-5, 3-1)
  • Location: Hammermill Center, Erie, Pa.
  • The Short Story: Charlie Fessler and Jose Casiano were dominant in the paint, while Antonio Frisina made several clutch plays as the Ramblers knocked off Strong Vincent in a Region 7 boys basketball battle in front of more than 1,400 fans at the Hammermill Center. Fessler scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Casiano had six points and nine rebounds. Frisina scored 11 points, including 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Cathedral Prep (13-3) improved to 4-0 in Region 7, while Strong Vincent (12-5) dropped to 3-1. The two teams will meet again on Feb. 14 at the Hammermill Center. (
The Box Score

Cathedral Prep 58 Strong Vincent 53
STRONG VINCENT (12-5, 3-1) -- Wofford 2 4-6 10, Morris 6 8-8 21, Green 1 0-0 3, Bryon Williams 3 3-6 9, Pointer 4 0-0 8, Miller 1 0-0 2, Brandon Williams 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 15-20 53.
CATHEDRAL PREP (13-3, 4-0) -- Frisina 2 6-7 11, Fessler 5 1-1 11, Colpoys 3 6-8 14, Heidelberg 3 0-0 7, Cross 3 0-0 6, Bowen 1 0-0 2, Narring 1 1-2 3, Casiano 2 0-2 4, Lindenberger 0 0-0 0, Simpson 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 14-20 58.
Strong Vincent: 15 5 20 13 — 53
Cathedral Prep: 9 10 23 16 — 58
3-point goals: SV 4 (Wofford 2, Morris, Green), CP 4 (Colpoys 2, Heidelberg, Frisina).

Beyond The Box Score
  • Prep now sits alone in first place in Region 7.
  • Prep will make the short trip to East (9-9, 1-3) on Friday. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.
  • Joe Fustine (12.8 ppg) did not play Tuesday due to a left foot injury.

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at


Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 (4:06 PM)

Prep falls, St. Ed's captures 3rd Classic crown

By Dominic Sansone

THE RUNDOWN: 2015 Burger King Classic

  • Friday semifinals
    St. Edward (Ohio ) 57, No.14 Pope John XIII (N.J) 43
  • Constitution 61, Cathedral Prep 56
  • Saturday consolation
  • No. 14 Pope John XXIII 68, Cathedral Prep 43
  • Saturday championship
  • St. Edward 70, Constitution 63 (OT) 

  • Location: Hammermill Center, Erie, Pa.

Classic recap: For the third time in school history St. Edward captured the Classic title. After Kimar Williams of Constitution hit a 35-footer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, St. Ed's settled down to dominate the extra period and defeat the Generals 70-63 in the Burger King Classic championship Saturday night at the Hammermill Center. It was the first Burger King Classic championship game to go to overtime and first overtime game in the tournament overall since 2011. In the consolation game Prep dropped their second game of the weekend 68-43 to Pope John XXIII (N.J), ranked No. 14 in the country.

St. Edward advanced to the title game after a 57-43 upset of Pope John on Friday night, while the host Ramblers stumbled in the final minutes to Constitution 61-56, the No. 1 team in Pennsylvania Class A. 2015 Burger King Classic all-tournament team:

Kipper Nicholas (St. Ed's)

Sean Flannery (St. Ed's)

Moustapha Diagne (Pope John XII)

Ahmad Gilbert (Constitution)

Matt Colpoys (Prep)

Coach: Eric Flannery (St. Ed's)

"This is best tournament around and it doesn't matter if it's four or 10 teams or whatever. This is a class organization with great people that are here to help run a well-organized tournament. Anytime we get invited we jump on it. It makes it even more special that we beat two great teams, and the point of these things is to get better and try to win a state championship later in the season." - Eric Flannery, head coach St. Edward.

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at


Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 (11:45 AM)

Classic preview 2015

By Dominic Sansone

Today, semifinals at Hammermill Center
St. Edward (Ohio) vs. No.14 Pope John XIII (N.J), 7 p.m.
Cathedral Prep vs. Constitution, 8:30 p.m.


Location: Philadelphia, Pa.
Record: 7-3
Scoring leaders: G Kimar Williams 15.7 ppg; F Ahmad Gilbert 14.8 ppg.
Notable: Constitution won the PIAA Class AA championship last season before moving down to Class A in the offseason. The Generals are ranked as the No. 1 Class A team in the state in the latest Harrisburg Patriot-News rankings. Constitution features 6-foot 6-inch senior forward Ahmad Gilbert, a George Mason recruit. Gilbert is listed as a three-star recruit who also had offers from Duquesne, Hofstra, Quinnipiac, Rhode Island, South Florida and Wichita State before committing in August. Constitution has several non-committed recruits in point guard Kimar Williams and 6-foot 6-inch center Chad Andrews. The Generals have won three in a row and six of their past seven games. Constitution routed Math, Civics & Sciences, the No. 2 Class A team in the state, 85-64 on Jan. 9. The Generals also took Archbishop Carroll, the No. 2 Class AAA team in the state, to the limit before losing 74-71.

Location: Sparta, N.J.
Record: 9-0
Scoring leaders: G James Scott 20.9 ppg; F Moustapha Diagne 18.4 ppg; F Jeromy Rodriguez 11.2 ppg
Notable: Pope John XXIII is ranked as the No. 1 team in New Jersey and recently joined the USA Today Super 25 at No. 14. The Lions have rolled through their first nine games of the season and have a showdown with St. Benedict's scheduled for Jan. 31. Pope John features one of the top centers in the country in 6-foot 9-inch four-star recruit Moustapha Diagne. He committed to Syracuse in May after also receiving offers from Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Iona, Kansas, La Salle, Memphis, Minnesota, Oregon State, Rhode Island, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's. Temple, Villanova and West Virginia. He is scoring 18.4 points per game and is known for highlight-reel dunks. James Scott is an explosive guard who averages 20.9 points per game, while shooting guard Matt Zignorski has committed to Fordham after also fielding offers from American, Boston, Bucknell, Monmouth, Penn and Princeton. Zignorski missed the first eight games of the season with an ankle injury but played in the Lions' game Wednesday. Zignorski, Diagne, Damion Rance and Jeromy Rodriguez are all on the latest list of nominees for the McDonald's All-American game.

Location: Lakewood, Ohio
Record: 7-3
Scoring leaders: F Kipper Nichols 18.3 ppg; C Derek Funderburk 14.4 ppg
Notable: St. Edward went 27-2 last season and won the Ohio Division I state championship. Most of the Eagles' team is back this season and features several Division I recruits. Senior 6-foot 7-inch forward Kipper Nichols is averaging 18.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and was recently named to the McDonald's All-American game nominees list. Nichols is a three-star recruit and has not decided on his future, but he has offers from Clemson, Dayton, Duquesne, Kent State, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Tulane and Xavier. He is joined in the frontcourt by 6-foot 9-inch junior center Derek Funderburk, who averages 14.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Funderburk is listed as a four-star recruit and has standing offers from Iowa, Ohio State and Xavier and interest from Dayton, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin. The Eagles have won three in a row since losing back-to-back games to end 2014. St. Ed's is averaging 79 points per game and is one of the top teams in the Cleveland area.

Location: Erie, Pa.
Record: 11-0
Scoring leaders: Matt Colpoys 14.8 ppg; Joe Fustine 13.6 ppg.
Notable: Making a return to the Classic for the 32nd straight year will be the host Cathedral Prep Ramblers, a three-time winner of this event.  Prep grad and head coach Mark Majewski is in his seventh season and has recently taken the Orange and Black to the state semifinals and quarterfinals in back-to-back years. The team also garnered their fourth straight Region crown last season.


Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 (2:45 PM)

Prep hosts East in Metro doubleheader at the Audi

By Dominic Sansone

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Hammermill Center, Erie, Pa.
7 pm

  • The Ramblers enter Tuesday's Region 7 contest against East with a perfect 10-0 record on the season. The Ramblers are coming off a nine-point win over Girard Saturday night.
  • Tuesday will feel much like an old school Metro League doubleheader, as Vincent will take on McDowell following the Prep-East game.
  • Prep brings in a 1-0 Region record, that win coming against Central. Tuesday will be the first region game of the year for East (6-4, 0-0). 
  • This will be the Ramblers' last game before heading into the Burger Classic on Friday and Saturday. Prep will take on Constitution at 8:30 p.m. St. Edward's (OH) will battle Pope John XXIII (NJ) in the opening game at 7 p.m. Pope John will enter the Classic with a No. 14 national ranking by the USA Today.
  • I will have a complete preview of the Classic by Thursday night.  

Roll Ramblers!

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at


Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 (11:45AM)

Ramblers roll over Warren

By Dominic Sansone

  • Score: Prep 72, at Warren 47
  • Records: Prep (8-0), Warren (7-3)
  • Location: Warren, Pa.
  • The Short Story: Matt Colpoys scored 12 of his 17 points in the third quarter to lead Cathedral Prep to a non-region win over Warren. Joe Fustine chipped in with 11 points for the Ramblers. Evan Suppa led the Dragons with 14 points.


  • CATHEDRAL PREP (8-0) -- Mackowski 1 1-1 3, Frisina 1 2-2 4, Fessler 1 0-0 2, Colpoys 7 3-4 17, Lindenberger 3 0-0 6, Cross 1 2-2 4, Simpson 1 4-4 7, Fustine 4 2-2 11, Bowen 2 0-0 4, Heidelberg 3 0-0 6, Casiano 1 0-3 2, Jefferys 2 0-0 6, Falconer 0 0-0 0, Majewski 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 14-18 72.
  • WARREN (7-3) -- Vasilisin 1 0-0 3, Waterfield 2 0-0 5, White 1 2-4 4, Nowacki 3 1-2 7, Suppa 5 4-5 14, Hultquist 1 0-0 2, Skerda 0 2-2 2, Gross 3 4-6 10, Passmore 0 0-0 0, Galloway 0 0-0 0, Lindquist 0 0-0 0, Deppas 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 13-19 47.


  • The Ramblers will return home Thursday to take on Harbor Creek at the Hammermill Center. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
  • Prep will enter the contest at 8-0, while the Huskies are 3-5 on the year. helped contribute to this story.

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at

Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 (12:45PM)

Prep holds off Central, stays unbeaten

Prep took their six-game winning steak into the first Region 7 game of the year and came out on top with a 55-51 win over Central Friday night at the Hammermill Center. 

Senior forward Joe Fustine knocked down two free throws with 6.8 ticks left to secure the victory for the Ramblers. 

Fustine's clutch free throws gave Prep (7-0 overall, 1-0 Region 7) a four-point cushion and Central Tech (7-2, 0-1) missed twice in the final seconds to come up short in a furious comeback attempt.

The Falcons made a run at the Ramblers to cut the lead to 41-40 with 5 minutes left after Justice Davis went coast-to-coast for a fastbreak layup. Davis had several clutch shots in the fourth quarter to finish with 19 points to lead all scorers.

Matt Colpoys, a senior leader for Prep, came down and drilled a 3-pointer before firing a pass to Dajon Heidelberg to get the lead back to 46-40. Colpoys, Heidelberg and Taylor Mackowski then scored in three straight possessions to make it an 11-0 run and seemingly put the game out of reach at 52-40 with less than 3 minutes to play.

Central wasn't done just yet.

Davis, Noah Severino and Malik Brinson all connected on 3-pointers to cut the lead to 53-49 with 26.6 seconds left. Fustine missed on the front end of a 1-and-1 before Mauryon Bowers drove the lane for Central to make it 53-51.

Fustine would atone for his miss after being fouled with 6.8 seconds left.

The win moves Prep to 7-0 on the year and 1-0 in Region 7. Prep sits atop the region standings. Vincent, East and McDowell have not played a region game yet. helped contribute to this story.

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at



Monday, December 15, 2014 (7:55PM)

Prep sweeps Atlantis Beach Bash

The Ramblers have started the season in grand fashion after winning three straight games at the Atlantis Beach Bash at Nassau, Bahamas. Prep (4-0) opened the tournament with a 61-47 win over St. Augustine, before defeating Korah Collegiate 81-49 in a early morning game Friday. The Ramblers then topped Upper St. Clair 66-47 to finish the three-day even. 

Prep will get back into action on Friday, Dec. 19, when they travel to Fort LeBoeuf. 


Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 


Tuesday, December 9, 2014 (1:02PM)

Prep opens season with 60-55 win



At Sharon, Matt Colpoys opened the season with a career-high 27-point performance to lead the Ramblers past Sharon 60-55 in a non-conference matchup Monday.

The Ramblers took a 32-25 lead into halftime, but Sharon responded with a dominant 22-point third quarter. Jaquan Waller capped the comeback when he sank a 3-pointer with 7 minutes, 13 seconds left in the game to give Sharon the 49-48 advantage.

Prep clawed its way back and took a 56-55 lead with 2 minutes remaining. Colpoys converted all four free-throw attempts on back-to-back trips to the foul line in the final minute to seal the game.


Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 


Thursday, February 27, 2014 (4:22PM)

Season Finishes With Disappointing Ending

By Dominic Sansone

It took McDowell four years to beat Prep and they did it in the biggest game of the season. Prep's 11-game win streak against McDowell and a shot at a 4th consectuive District 10 championship ended on Tuesday night when the Ramblers were outplayed in every aspect of a 66-52 loss.

The loss marks an end for Prep's newest 1,000 point-club member Matty Harris. Harris finished with a game high 25 points, including 10-10 from the charity stripe. Harris finishes his Prep career with 1,086 points, good for 8th on Prep's all-time scoring list.

This will be the first time since 2008 that Prep will not make an appearance in the PIAA Tournament.

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 


Sunday, February 23, 2014 (11:02AM)

3rd Meeting With McDowell Set

By Dominic Sansone

Prep and McDowell will meet for a 3rd time this season on February 25th for the District Ten championship. McDowell locked up a spot in the title game after a 76-46 rout of Central on Saturday. The District Ten championship is slated for Tuesday at 7:30 pm at the Hammermill Center. Tickets for the game will go on sale at Prep Monday morning, according to Prep's official Twitter account. The winner of Tuesday's game will play DuBois in a PIAA play-in game, with the winner advancing to the PIAA Tournament first round.

*Prep has won three straight District 10 championships and 8 of the last 10.
*This will be Prep's 31st District 10 championship appearance.
*Since joining the PIAA in 1973, Prep has won 20 District Ten championships. The Ramblers are 20-10 in District Ten championship games.

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 


Tuesday, February 18, 2014 (8:34PM)

Ramblers Hang On For Wild Win

By Dominic Sansone

Prep finished off the regular season last night by holding off Vincent 61-60 in a nail-biter. Matt Colpoys hit the game winning shot on a putback with 5.1 seconds left. Vincent got two shots off before the final buzzer sounded, neither of which would fall. Prep finishes the regular season at 15-7 and now awaits the winner of Central-McDowell for the D-10 Championship.
Coming off a 12-point win against the Colonels on Saturday, the Ramblers could have over looked this game with Vincent. Prep already had a spot in the D-10 Championship coming into the game, but you never want to lose your final game before D-10. And you especially don't want to lose it to your in-city rival.

The Ramblers and Colonels took turns building leads but neither could put together a run to pull away. Prep led 55-48 with a little less than 4 minutes to play before Jason Miller scored inside and freshman David Morris drilled a jumper to cut the lead to 55-52. Simeal Wofford drilled two free throws with 1 minute, 21 seconds left to give the Colonels a 58-57 lead before Colpoys scored with 35 seconds on the clock to give Prep a 59-58 lead. Wofford came down the floor and went right to the hoop to score and give Vincent its final lead, 60-59 with 14.9 seconds to play.
Prep called a timeout and set up its final play. After Colpoys' heroics, the Colonels called a timeout and Wofford attempted a shot just inside the half-court line. His shot was just off the mark and Dajhere Pacley got a hand on a possible off-balance putback but couldn't convert at the buzzer.
Oh, and in case you were wondering...Strong Vincent freshman standout David Morris led all scorers with 23 and had a break away dunk.

Prep notes:
*Prep completed a regular season sweep of the city schools, including McDowell. Prep finished 7-0 against East, Central, Vincent and McDowell in the regular season. In the past four seasons Prep is now 28-1 against
city schools, including McDowell.

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 

(Erie Times-News contributed to this article)

Saturday, February 15, 2014 (12:30PM)

Trouncing Of The Trojans: Part VII

By Dominic Sansone

Our "Trouncing of the Trojans" series continues today with part VII.

Friday night Prep locked up their 4th straight region championship and a spot in the District Ten title game with a 59-47 win over McDowell. Prep has now won 11 straight over the Trojans.

Prep jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead, which was huge in setting the tempo especially on the road at McDowell. McDowell managed to weather the storm and cut the lead to 24-18 at the half. A back and forth third quarter would end in a one-point lead for the Ramblers. The fourth quarter continued in the Trojans favor and McDowell would take their largest lead of the game 40-37 with a reverse lay-up by Dalton Grafius.

The new scenario for Prep wasn't pretty: Now down three, with McDowell fans finally back into the game, Prep had to fix this issue. And fix it they did. Following a Prep timeout, Felix Manus-Schell knocked down a three to knot it up at 40. Then what Matty Harris did next would seal the deal for the Ramblers. Harris would rattle off 12 straight points as Prep completed a 22-7 run to end the contest. Harris was the lone Rambler in double figures, finishing with 29 and going over the 1,000 point mark in his career.
Harris went over 1,000 career points in the first quarter and now has 1,022. He became the 11th player in school history to reach the milestone and is ninth on the Prep scoring list.

So now Prep will wait to see who they will play in the District Ten championship. D-10 officials will decided on whether or not Central gets in the playoffs to set up a semi-final game with McDowell. If not, Prep and McDowell will meet for a third time in the D-10 final.

With the win Mark Majewski improves to 14-2 all-time against McDowell. Prep's last loss to McDowell came back on Feb. 20, 2010, when the Ramblers fell in overtime 55-54.

Trouncing of the Trojans: Last 10 meetings, Prep (10-0).
*Prep 59, McDowell 47 (Feb. 14, 2014)
*Prep 52, McDowell 47 (Jan. 23, 2014)
*Prep 64, McDowell 46 (Mar. 2, 2013)
*Prep 73, McDowell 50 (Feb. 14, 2013)
*Prep 69, McDowell 46 (Jan. 24, 2013)
*Prep 47, McDowell 45 (Feb. 17, 2012)
*Prep 65, McDowell 56 (Jan. 18, 2012)
*Prep 51, McDowell 40 (Mar. 3, 2011)
*Prep 52, McDowell 41 (Feb. 28, 2011)
*Prep 41, McDowell 35 (Jan. 18, 2011)

*Prep has won the last 11 meetings.

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 


Prep vs. McDowell (REPLAY)


Monday, February 10, 2014 (1:15PM)

Busy Week Ahead

By Dominic Sansone

The Ramblers will finish off the regular season with a full slate of games coming up. Prep will play a total of five games in seven days. It starts tonight when Warren travels to the Hammermill Center. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. Prep will then travel to Franklin on Tuesday for a non-region game before taking on McDowell in the final region game of the year on Friday. The Ramblers will then finally play city-rival Strong Vincent for the first time this year on Saturday and then again on Monday to finish off the regular season.

Playoff Talk:
Prep is currently in first place in the region at 3-0, followed by McDowell at 2-1 and Central at 0-4. If Prep wins at McDowell on Friday, Prep will be region champions and guaranteed a spot in the D-10 Final. However, if Prep loses, both Prep and McDowell will be co-champions and be guaranteed a spot in the playoffs and more than likely leaving 0-4 Central out. Another scenario if Prep wins will be the decision of D-10 officials letting Central in the playoffs. Last year D-10 allowed McDowell in the playoffs
(which was a horrible decision in my opinion) after finishing the regular season at 11-11 and 0-4 in the region. The Trojans ended up beating Central (17-6, 2-2 region) in the semi-final game. If this scenario plays out, Central will finish 0-4 in the region and no worse than 12-10 overall this year, better than McDowell's 11-11 last season. If this happens, to me it is a clear decision that D-10 must allow Central in the playoffs.

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 


Sunday, February 8, 2014 (9:35PM)

Prep Falls On Road To Canisius

By Dominic Sansone

At Buffalo, the Ramblers saw a late rally fall just short against one of New York's top teams, as Canisius held on for a 56-54 win. Matt Harris' last-second shot wouldn't fall for the Ramblers, who briefly overcame a 53-47 deficit late in regulation.The Ramblers (10-7) rattled off seven straight points, including a 3-pointer by Antonio Frisina, to take a 54-53 lead with 25.3 seconds remaining.
After Frisina's shot, the Crusaders' Stafford Trueheart made the first of his two free throws, and Canisius (17-2) gathered an offensive rebound after he missed the second. Following a timeout, Leterrance Reed converted the game-winning layup with 5 seconds remaining.

Josh Huffman came off the bench to lead the Crusaders with 18 points, while Trueheart and Howard Washington finished with 12 points each.
Matt Colpoys led the Ramblers with 17 points, while Harris added 13 and Carter Cross chipped in with 11.

Playing the Crusaders....
2009-10 (Away): Canisius 66, Prep 63. -- With 3.6 seconds left the ball was in bounded to me at half court, I then passed the ball to a wide-open ReSean Thrower on the right wing, but his shot did not fall.
2010-11 (Home): Prep 69, Canisius 58. -- Down by two at the end of the 3rd, Prep out scored Canisius 22-9 in the final quarter to grab the W.
2011-12 (Away): Canisius 72, Prep 59. -- Prep can't hold on to an 8-point 3rd quarter lead.
2012-13: (Home): Prep 72, Canisius 53. -- Ramblers cruise past the Crusaders.
2013-14 (Away): Canisius 56, Prep 54. -- Prep can't finish off a late rally.

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 

(Erie Times-News contributed to this article)


Sunday, February 2, 2014 (12:35PM)

Harris Scores 40, Majewski Gets Win No. 100

By Dominic Sansone

Matty Harris exploded for 40 points as the Ramblers earned a 91-86 overtime win against Blessed Pope John Paul II in Toronto Saturday afternoon. Harris tied the game when he hit a three at the buzzer at the end of regulation. Harris' 40 points tied him for third on the all-time single-game scoring total for the Ramblers.  Prep, which also got 11 points from Taylor Mackowski, led 56-49 entering the fourth quarter but the Panthers' Tyrell Gumbs-Frater scored 11 of his 28 points in that quarter to help the host team take a 76-73 lead with 6 seconds to play. That set the stage for Harris' game-tying three. Prep found their stroke at the foul line, finishing 25-29, including 10-10 from Matt Colpoys. Coach Mark Majewski reached a milestone Saturday, getting his 100th win as head coach. Majewski's overall records is 100-45 while at the helm. He's the fourth coach in Prep history to reach the 100-victory mark. Prep's next game is on Feb. 5th when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on Perry.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014 (10:55AM)

Prep vs. Strong Vincent (Postponed)

By Dominic Sansone

Tonight's Prep vs. Strong Vincent game is postponed.

From Cathedral Prep's official Twitter account...

"Due to the Erie School District closing schools on Wednesday, tonight's Prep/Vincent basketball game at the Hammermill is postponed."

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 


Sunday, January 26, 2014 (2:10PM)

Prep vs. McDowell Game Video

Game video and play-by-play by Mike Gallagher.


Friday, January 24, 2014 (12:00PM)

Trouncing Of The Trojans: Part VI

By Dominic Sansone

Our "Trouncing of the Trojans" series continues today with part VI.

The Ramblers took complete control of first place in the region after a bloody 52-47 win over McDowell Thursday night. Prep sits atop the region standings at 2-0, followed by McDowell in second (1-1) and Central in third (0-2). Prep has now won 10 straight games vs. McDowell.

A lot of Ramblers stepped up last night in a huge way. Matt Harris took over the game in the second half, finishing with a game-high 24 points. Along with Harris, Taylor Mackowski was the only other Rambler in double figures with 10, while nifty moves down low led to nine points for Matt Colpoys. However, the stat of the night for me is 11. That was the rebound total for Felix Manus-Schell last night. The Ramblers were strong and aggressive on the boards all night and that produced second chance opportunities and limited McDowell's possessions.

You have to give a lot of credit to this team for not giving up. Getting down early and trailing by 10 at the end of the first quarter to a McDowell team that was 14-1 and had total momentum, Prep could have easily folded. Instead, Prep sent McDowell and their fans home with their tails between their legs yet again, after another loss from the Men of Prep.

With the win Mark Majewski improves to 13-2 all-time against McDowell. Prep's last loss to McDowell came back on Feb. 20, 2010, when the Ramblers fell in overtime 55-54.

Trouncing of the Trojans: Last 10 meetings, Prep (10-0).
*Prep 52, McDowell 47 (Jan. 23, 2014)
*Prep 64, McDowell 46 (Mar. 2, 2013)
*Prep 73, McDowell 50 (Feb. 14, 2013)
*Prep 69, McDowell 46 (Jan. 24, 2013)
*Prep 47, McDowell 45 (Feb. 17, 2012)
*Prep 65, McDowell 56 (Jan. 18, 2012)
*Prep 51, McDowell 40 (Mar. 3, 2011)
*Prep 52, McDowell 41 (Feb. 28, 2011)
*Prep 41, McDowell 35 (Jan. 18, 2011)
*Prep 57, McDowell 49 (Feb. 25, 2010)

*For a photo gallery of last night's game click here

*For highlights of the game click here

*For parts I, II,III, IV and V of "Trouncing of the Trojans" click here

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 


Monday, January 20, 2014 (1:55PM)

Another Classic In The Books

By Dominic Sansone

For thirty years Erie has witnessed some of high school basketball's greatest teams and players in the Classic and the 31st edition of the event was no different. On Friday night a huge crowd of over 2,000 saw St. Rita squeak by Villa Angela-St. Joseph in a 61-59 nailbiter in the opening game. In the night cap the host Ramblers were out muscled by Archbishop Carroll, the No. 18 team in the country, 47-35. The wins by St. Rita and Archbishop Carroll set up a Classic championship battle between several division one recruits and two of the top juniors in the country.

In the consolation game on Saturday the inexperienced Ramblers fell to
Babe Kwasniak's Villa Angela-St. Joe Vikings 64-46. Kwasniak is a West Point and Villa Angela-St. Joe's grad who played in the '94 Classic. The Classic final matched up Pennsylvania state runner-up Archbishop Carroll and Chicago regional finalist St. Rita. The title tilt got out to a high flying start between division one recruits, but in the end Archbishop Carroll rolled to a 64-38 win. "This was a fantastic experience for our guys to come to a tournament like this in Erie," Archbishop Carroll coach Paul Romanczuk said. "We had a huge crowd both nights and saw two different styles of basketball, which really helps us down the road."

The Classic stopped naming an All-Tournament team a few years back, so I decided I would pick an All-Tournament team myself.

2014 Classic All-Tournament Team                                              
Derrick Jones (Archbishop Carroll)
Austin Tilghman (Archbishop Carroll)

Carlton Bragg (Villa Angela-St. Joe's)
Charles Matthews (St. Rita)

Dominique Matthews (St. Rita)
Head Coach: Paul Romanczuk (Archbishop Carroll)

Before I finish I want to ask one simple question: Can we bring back the Dixie Doodlers or a band similar to them, please? Having a live band perform at the Classic was part of what made this tournament standout and give it an environment like no other. Click here for a video of the Dixie Doodlers from the 2008 Classic.

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 


Saturday, January 18, 2014 (10:45AM)

Classic: Friday Night

By Dominic Sansone

      St. Rita 61, Villa Angela-St. Joe's 59
#18 Archbishop Carroll 47, Prep 35

A packed house of more than 2,000 watched the opening night of the Burger King Classic as St. Rita edged Villa Angela-St. Joe's 61-59 and No. 18 Archbishop Carroll held off Prep 47-35. I will have a full recap of the Classic tomorrow. One note from Prep's game was the game plan. You have to give credit to Mark Majewski for preparing his undersized squad against one of the top teams in the country. Moving the ball and sometimes making 10-15 passes a possession before taking a shot really took Archbishop Carroll out of their game and it showed on the scoreboard in the first half. If you didn't get a chance to get down to the games last night, make sure you head down to the Audi tonight. Consolation game starts at 7, while the Classic championship will tip of at 8:30pm.

Roll Ramblers!

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 


Wednesday, January 15, 2014 (5:25PM)

Classic Preview 2014

By Dominic Sansone

We are now just two days away from the basketball highlight of the year here in Erie. The Classic will tip off for the 31st time and will feature one nationally ranked team, seven major D-1 recruits and three of the top 15 juniors in the country.

FRIDAY: St. Rita vs. Villa Angela-St Joe's (7:00) Prep vs. #18 Archbishop Carroll (8:30)
SATURDAY: Consolation (7:00) Championship (8:30)

*St. Rita (Chicago, IL) – Returning every starter from a team that lost on a last second shot in the 4A region final, St. Rita will make it’s way to Erie for their first ever Classic. The Mustangs are led by 6-5 shooting guard Charles Matthews who has received nine division one offers including the likes of Duke, Illinois, Michigan State and Kansas. Matthews is rated the 11th best player in ESPN’s Top 60 in the class of 2015. He is also rated the No. 1 shooting guard in the state of Illinois by ESPN. Along with Matthews, Victor Law, Dominique Matthews and Myles Carter are also D-1 recruits. Small forward 6’6 senior Victor Law has committed to Northwestern, 6’2 senior guard and returning leading scorer Dominique Matthews has offers from SMU, Valparaiso and Wisconsin-Green Bay while 6’7 junior power forward Myles Carter is being recruited by DePaul, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.

*Archbishop Carroll (Radnor, PA) – The Patriots entered the 2013-14 season looking to get back to the Pennsylvania AAA state final, where they lost to last year’s Classic champion Imhotep Charter. Led by 6-6 standout Derrick Jones, Archbishop Carroll looks like an early favorite to get back to Hershey. Rated No. 18 in ESPN’s Top 60 in the class of 2015, Jones has offers on the table from Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, Villanova and many others. Jones is also ranked the No. 1 small forward in PA. He also has assistance up front in the form of Ernest Aflakpui, a 6’10 center who has been offered by Temple. The Patriots are currently ranked in the top 25 of three nation high school polls: No. 18 (National Prep Poll), No. 21 (MaxPreps) and No. 22 (Student Sports).

*Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland, OH) – No stranger to the Classic, Villa Angela-St Joe's will make their fourth trip to Erie and their first since 1994. The Vikings will bring along 6’9 junior Carlton Bragg. He was offered early in his high school career by Ohio State and a large number of other Division I schools have joined the list including UConn, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan State and UCLA.

*Cathedral Prep (Erie, PA) - Making a return to the Classic for the 31st straight year will be the host Cathedral Prep, a three-time winner of this event. Head coach Mark Majewski will enter his sixth season at his alma mater after guiding the Orange and Black to a Region and District 10 title a year ago, as well as the Pennsylvania Elite Eight. The Ramblers are led by D-1 commit Matthew Harris Jr.

Top Players To Watch....

Charles Matthews (6'6", 175 lbs, Jr., St. Rita) Rated the 11th best player in the country in the class of 2015, Matthews has received nine division one offers including the likes of Duke, Illinois, Michigan State and Kansas

Victor Law (6'6", Sr., St. Rita) Law will continue his basketball career in college with Northwestern.  

Myles Carter (6'7", Jr., St. Rita) The junior forward has received offers from
DePaul, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin

Derrick Jones (6'6", 180 lbs, Jr., Archbishop Carroll) Jones has offers from Villanova, Temple, Syracuse, Seton Hall, St. Joseph’s, Maryland, Kentucky, Kansas and Arizona. Jones is rated as the 18th best player in the country in the class of 2015.

Ernest Aflakpui (6'10", Sr., Archbishop Carroll) Aflakpui has an offer from Temple University.

Carlton Bragg (6’9", Jr., Villa Angela-St. Joe’s) Bragg is being recruited by the likes of
Ohio State, UConn, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan State and UCLA. Bragg is ranked No. 10 in ESPN's Top 60 in the class of 2015. 

Matthew Harris Jr. (6'2", Sr., Cathedral Prep) Harris will continue playing basketball next season at division one University of Massachusetts of Lowell


Sunday, January 12, 2014 (1:25PM)

Prep Gets Win Before Classic

By Dominic Sansone

After getting out to a sluggish start the Ramblers hit their stride and cruised to a 49-38 non-region victory over General McLane. After being down 10-12 at the end of the first Matt Harris, who was held to just two points in the first quarter, scored 17 of Prep's 24 points in the second quarter as the Ramblers erased their deficit and roared to a 32-17 lead at the half. Prep improves to 7-3 on the year. Prep will hit the hardwood again on Friday when they host the Burger King Classic. The Ramblers will meet Archbishop Carroll, the No. 1 team in the state and ranked top ten nationally. I will have a full preview of this year's Classic this week.

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 


Saturday, January 4, 2014 (3:01PM)

Young Ramblers Keep Growing

By Conor Colpoys

The Ramblers entered region play Friday night against familiar foe Central Tech, edging the Falcons 58-44. The game was supposed to played at Gannon's Hammermill Center, but due to an electrical fire it was moved to Central. Central’s gym is a very tough place to go into and get a win. The Ramblers came out slow offensively but kept the lead with tough defense.  With a strong second quarter, they took a 13 point lead into half. However, Central came out strong after halftime with a 21 point third quarter to cut the lead to 7 heading into the 4th. The Ramblers held on to a tough hard fought win with some clutch foul shooting and timely defense down the stretch.

Takeaways: This was a huge test for the young Rambler team. It was their first region game and probably the largest crowd they have played in front of this year.  When Central went on a run in the second half I was interested to see how Prep would react. Matt Colpoys had a big role in slowing the run with 12 points in the second half and 9 in the final quarter. Matt Harris hit clutch free throws down the stretch as a veteran is supposed too. Prep played a lot of guys and all of them did a good job playing within themselves and sharing the basketball. The Ramblers did a decent job on the boards and will need to continue to gang rebound as the season progresses.  Also the Ramblers did a good job taking charges early in the game. Overall the young team played three very good quarters defensively and they will still need to work on putting together a full game as the season progresses. 

*Click here for a box score and stats from Friday's contest.

Conor Colpoys is a contributing writer for Cathedral Prep Hoops.


 Monday, December 23, 2013 (6:01PM)

Prep 76, Fort LeBoeuf 30

By Dominic Sansone

Tonight the Ramblers will take on Fort LeBoeuf at the Hammermill Center. Tip off is set for 7pm.

Roll Ramblers!

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 


Sunday, December 22, 2013 (12:23PM)

Ramblers Finish 2-2 In Las Vegas

By Dominic Sansone

After beating Lynwood (48-33) and Foothills Christian (66-55) the Ramblers fell flat and lost their last two games at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas. Prep fell in the semi-final game of the gold bracket to Orem 78-44. Prep then finished out their trip with a 66-52 loss to Timpview. Prep will return to action tomorrow at the Hammermill Center when they take on Fort LeBoeuf at 7pm. 

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 


Tuesday, December 17, 2013 (10:33AM)

Prep Beats Harbor Creek

By Dominic Sansone

At Harborcreek, Carter Cross scored 11 points to lead the Ramblers to a non-region win.Prep (2-0) raced to a 15-2 lead after the first quarter to pull away from Harbor Creek (3-1). Matty Harris and Matt Colpoys each contributed with 10 points.

Isaac Mattson led the Huskies with eight points and four rebounds. Prep now heads to Nevada for the prestigious Bishop Gorman tournament later this week, while Harbor Creek travels to Iroquois on Saturday. (From

*Yesterday the new PIAA basketball enrollment numbers came out. Prep is opting to not play up this next year and play in AAA. This will be the first time in school history the team will not play at the highest class level...This is not sitting well with me.

*Click here for stats and box score from Monday's contest.

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 


Thursday, December 12, 2013 (1:00PM)

Back To Business

By Dominic Sansone

The Ramblers are back to business after opening up the season with a 65-51 win over East Wednesday night

We got a couple of questions answered last night. As reported, Prep will add four players to the line up next week: Billy Fessler, Charlie Fessler, Felix Manus-Schell and Marlon Tyree. None of the four played last night. I have a feeling practices will become a little more intense in the next few weeks as players try to keep and gain starting positions.

Rebounding will be a big issue for Prep this year with the lack of height they have. Although Prep out rebounded it's 2012-13 defensive rebound average of 19.2 with 27 last night, the Ramblers gave up a lot of offensive rebounds and second chance points to the Warriors. This has got to be a big area of concern for Mark Majewski going forward. One thing that will help on the boards will be the addition of 6'4" Charlie Fessler. The addition of the football players will help Prep's speed and will add two more Division I commitments to the team. Matt Harris has committed to play basketball at UMass-Lowell, Manus-Schell has committed to play football at Old Dominion and Tyree as committed to play football at Bowling Green. Charlie Fessler is also being recruited by a couple top Division I football programs.

There are still lot of unknowns about this year's squad, but with time, this team could start to be tough to beat come later in the year. 

*Click here for stats and the box score from Wednesday's contest. 

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 


Friday, December 6, 2013 (10:32AM)

Prep at Pope John Paul II (Rescheduled)

By Dominic Sansone

*Update 12/8*: Prep's season opener against Pope John Paul II Catholic yesterday was rescheduled for February 1st. The Ramblers will open the 2013-14 season December 11th at the Hammermill Center when they take on East at 7 pm.

We are just 27 hours away from a new chapter of Prep hoops. After the graduation of a group of seniors that led the Ramblers to a 44-9 record over two seasons and back-to-back Elite Eight appearances as well as an appearance in the Final Four, Prep returns only one starter from last year....District Ten Pre-season Player of the Year, Matt Harris. Harris will lead a group of new underclassmen in what could be a tough rebuilding year for Prep. The Ramblers will tip off the 2013-14 season at 1pm tomorrow in Toronto when they take on Pope John Paul II. Prep defeated Pope John Paull II Catholic 80-70 in the first game of the season last year.

Rambler Notes

*For the first time in two seasons the Ramblers are not ranked in a state poll. The 2012-13 team finished with a No. 6 state ranking by the Harrisburg-Patriot News. 

*The Erie Times-News picked McDowell as the pre-season favorite to win the District 10 Championship. 

Roll Ramblers!

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 


Wednesday, November 6, 2013 (10:56AM)

Nationally Ranked St. Rita (Ill.) Headlines 2014 Classic

By Dominic Sansone

Here they are:

St. Rita (Chicago, Ill.), Archbishop Carroll (Radnor, Pa.), Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland, Oh.), Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa)

Another set of nationally-ranked and power house programs will invade Erie this January. St. Rita, the only team ranked in pre-season national polls, will return all five starters from a team that lost on a last second shot in the Class 4A regional final last season. Archbishop Carroll will enter this season looking to get back to the Pennsylvania Class 3A title game. The Patriots lost in last year's championship game to the 2013 Burger King Classic champion Imhotep Charter. Villa Angela-St. Joseph will be the only team in this year's field who won a state championship last season. The host Ramblers are coming off a 23-3 season were they marched to the PIAA Class 4A Elite Eight.

The 2014 Burger King Classic is set for Janurary 17th & 18th at the Hammermill Center.

I will have more in-dept coverage of the 2014 Classic as we get closer to this year's tip off.

Dominic Sansone is the editor for Cathedral Prep Hoops. He can be reached at 




Friday, Jan. 30              7:30 p.m.
Prep (13-3, 4-0) @ East (9-9, 1-3)
East High School


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