Statewide Observations

by pahoops editor, Bill Gaffey

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Past pahoops photo gallery



Bill Gaffey (left)
with the Coach from
Green Mountain College,
Brad Rideout (right)

1/14/19, Carter Day, Kennard-Dale (2021)

Last season, the 5-foot-5 Day burst on to the YAIAA basketball scene as the jitterbug freshman point guard for a Kennard-Dale team that featured four senior starters and reached the state playoffs for the first time in 22 years. He averaged 12.5 points per game.. This year as a sophomore, he is oneof the five players in the league averaging 20 points or more.
(Credit- Public Opinion, 1/10/19)

A latest addition to our list of all players in Pennsylvania basketball history to score 50 points or more

55, Joe Grzymski, Nanticoke, March 12, 1964 in a 97-66 win over Williamsport (Credit: CHESTER ZAREMBA -Scranton Tribune article courtesy Chester Zaremba)

Players scoring 50 points
or more in one game


Bishop McDevitt vs  Mifflin County

Photo taken before the scrimmage- the Bishop McDevitt H S Coach Mike Gaffey,
 former Coach Bill Gaffey, and Mifflin County Coach Scott Gaffey- Bill  Gaffey
visited the scrimmage to watch his son, Mike coach against grandson Scott. 


Halle was a Big 60 College Exposure Shootout MVP

We are proud to add Halle to the special list of
Players scoring 50 points or more in one game


NEWPORT — Juniata had three players have double-digit scoring performances in its 55-24 win over Newport in Tri-Valley League boys basketball Saturday afternoon. Bryson Clark led the way for the Indians, outscoring Newport by himself with a game-high 25 points. Devon Nealman (2020) scored 11 and Jacob Condo (2022) had 10.   (Lewistown Sentinel 1/14/19)



Maddie Vizza, Germantown Academy 2020) got fouled on a drive with 1:22 left in the third, with Wood’s bench picking up a technical foul at the same time, so the point guard would get four free throws. The junior said she wanted to be in that spot and knew it was a pivotal moment in the game, so Vizza calmly hit all four freebies as GA trailed 36-32 at quarter’s end.  Germantown Academy defeated Archbishop Wood 51-44.  (Prep Live, 1/13/19)