Special events mixed with boys basketball games this weekend

It is perhaps the biggest weekend of the high school boys basketball regular season.

Besides games pertinent to determining who makes the league and District 11 tournaments, there are numerous specialty events attached to the games themselves.

For example:

•Whitehall will induct four new members — Jerry Lloyd, Ed Csencsits, Frank Szoke, and Val Nordquist — into its athletic Hall of Fame before tonight's varsity game against Central Catholic.

•Catasauqua will introduce its new Hall of Fame inductees — Andrew Skvoretz, James Murtaugh, Lee Bolmer, Lori James Schweizer and Jerome Maiatico — prior to tonight's varsity game against Palmerton.

•Nazareth and Liberty are doing their annual Rothrock-Kehoe Night tonight at Memorial Gym, remembering Todd Rothrock, the Nazareth-area native and Liberty coach and Derek Kehoe, the former Blue Eagles' standout. Both men, who were friends, died much too soon.

Proceeds from a raffle that will feature some nice prizes will be split between the Todd Rothrock Memorial Scholarship Fund and LMS research, in memory of Kehoe.

•Easton High School will salute its 1971-72 boys basketball team between games of a girl-boy doubleheader with Phillipsburg on Saturday. The first game is at noon. Rovers coach Jim Hutnik was a junior guard on that team which went 25-7, finished second in the District 11 3A tournament advanced to the state semis before losing to Chester.

And then you have perhaps the biggest event of the weekend on Sunday when the 17th annual Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase takes place at Parkland with four games that will bring some of the best teams and players from the East Coast to the Lehigh Valley for one day.

Kyle Griffin, the former Central Catholic player who helped put the schedule together for the Hoop Group along with Zak Boisvert, believes this four-game package may be one of the best cards the organization has ever assembled here.

"These are strong teams with a lot of talented players," said Griffin, who is in his first year as a director of team tournaments for the Hoop Group. "You've got a lot of guys who are committed to Division I schools and you have teams that are top ranked in either Pennsylvania, New Jersey or New York City."

The schedule:

Council Rock North vs. Central Catholic,1 p.m,

South Shore, Brooklyn vs. Neumann-Goretti, 2:40 p.m.

St. Benedict's, Newark vs. Constitution, 4:20 p.m.

Scranton vs. Parkland, 6 p.m.

As for the rankings, Parkland is No. 1 in the latest Morning Call poll and No. 8 in the state in the latest Harrisburg Patriot-News 4A rankings. Scranton, which was 12-2 at last glance with its only losses coming against very strong Lower Merion and Central Dauphin teams, had been ranked in the top-10 in 4A earlier this season.

Council Rock was 11-3 and had won 10 in a row at last glance.

Neumann-Goretti is No. 1 among 3A teams and ranked No.11 in the country by the National Prep Poll, and Constitution is No. 1 in 1A in the most recent state rankings.

St. Benedict's was ranked eighth in country by both USA Today and the National Prep Poll, and was rated No. 2 (behind St. Anthony's, of course) by NJHoops.com.





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