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VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania – Hoops Mania returned after a year of compulsory abstinence from COVID-19 and was welcomed with open arms by the Nova Nation student unit at the Finneran Pavilion on Friday evening. A packed house with more than 4,000 students helped Villanova kick off the 2021-22 basketball season for men and women.

Trainer of the women of Villanova Denise DillonIn her second season as head coach, she took part in her first Hoops Mania. Her team was featured shortly thereafter, and Maddie Siegrist received a basketball for breaking the 1,000-point plateau in just two seasons. Siegrist later attempted to set a world record for the most 3-pointers in one minute but missed just two points and sank 11.

Men’s head coach Jay Wright asked Dillon and her team to join him in the Swag Surf, a trademark of the Villanova student section.

The returning members of the Villanova men’s team received BIG EAST championship rings for both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 regular season titles. Banners to celebrate these titles have been unveiled by the three newest Wildcats: newcomers Angelo Brizzi, Jordan Longino and Nnanna Njoku.

Brandon Slater won the Slam Dunk Contest and the Pitch Blue Wildcats beat the Light Blue Wildcats on 15 in an intrasquad scrimmage.

At the end of the evening, Grammy-nominated musical artist “Offset” came on stage to perform a concert and join a long list of prominent entertainers who have taken the stage at Hoops Mania.

The Villanova men open the regular season 2021-22 on Tuesday, November 9th against Mount St. Mary’s in the Finneran Pavilion at 4:30 p.m. Dillon’s Wildcats will host an exhibition game on Saturday evening (October 30th) at 6:30 p.m.

Hoops tourney raises cash for charity

Group photo of Rex6 players and family at the Danny Rumph basketball tournament.
Photo by Vincent Thompson, Councilor Kenyatta Johnson’s Office.

A team of basketball players from South Philadelphia was recently honored for winning the Daniel “Danny” Rumph 2021 tournament.

Now in its 16th year, the annual charity tournament brings together some of the best hoop talent on the east coast.

The South Philadelphia Rex6 was crowned this year’s champion after an exciting 128-119 double win in overtime against Team Chuck Ellis Workouts. The games took place over a five-day course in August at the University of La Salle.

Councilor Kenyatta Johnson honored the winners with a special ceremony on August 31 in the courtyard. Every Rex6 player and coach received an official quote from the city council. The ceremony is also held in partnership with the Ralph Brooks Community Basketball League and the Point Breeze Youth Development Basketball League.

The tournament honors the memory of Rumph, a Philadelphia native who played college ball at Western Kentucky University. Rumph died in 2005 at the age of 21 playing a pickup game at the Mallery Recreation Center, now the Daniel E. Rumph II Recreation Center, in Germantown. Rumph’s death was caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is the leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest in today’s youth.

The tournament also raises money for the Philadelphia-based Daniel E. Rumph II Foundation and aims to raise funds and promote HCM. It also provides automated external defibrillators for community recreation centers across the state and CPR / AED training to the public in hopes of increasing the chances of survival for those who may experience sudden cardiac arrest.

Clyde hoops coach Marc Case maintains fiery type amid uncommon 12 months

CLYDE – In a season that was far from routine, at least one aspect remained consistent for the Clyde boys’ basketball team: Marc Case.

The experienced coach, who has been an integral part of Big Country for over 30 years, was still himself – fiery, emotional and demanding.

And the folks around the Bulldogs program wouldn’t have it any different.

“He just treats you like his own son,” said senior security guard Jacob Roberts. “He treats you like one of his own, and you have to love him for that.”

“Intensive trainer, better guy”

Called “old school” itself, Case’s coaching style is often expressed in yelling – whether it be against officials during a game or against players who make a mistake.

Although Case was toned down compared to decades ago, he said it was difficult to keep his passion bottled up. It has been so since Cooper hired 23-year-old McMurry University and Amarillo Tascosa in 1974. He spent 20 years with Cooper.

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“Sport has always been very emotional for me,” said Case. “I’m just not one of those coaches – I see a lot of these guys sitting with their legs crossed and not getting up much. It just was never my style.

“If this ball goes up in the middle of the jump, a fire will start in the oven and it will keep burning.”

That makes it understandable that Case could be referring to Texas Tech trainer Chris Beard, a friend and former McMurry trainer who went viral this week after his rant after an expulsion.

“I don’t know how you can train and spend the time we spend making the sacrifices we make and not being fully involved in what you do,” Case said. “They ask your players to do that. Sometimes things just overflow. That’s why they have technical fouls.”

Case, 69, has never shied away from sharing his thoughts with officials, but he said his number of technical fouls was low. He values ​​referees, what he calls a “thankless job,” and has always tried to remain professional, even with disagreements.

It is also noticed by officials.

Jeff Groban, a 33-year-old referee, likes to name Case’s games. He got to know the coach off the field, where he behaved very differently.

“It’s actually pretty cool,” said Groban. “I know he’s passionate about the game. He yells and yells a lot, but that’s just part of his personality on the basketball court. All in all, he’s just a really, really nice guy off the court. He gets very intense at the basketball court, but I’m used to it. I’ve seen it for 30 years …

“He’s very popular with pretty much everyone. Everyone knows he’s a very intense coach, but he’s a better guy.”

Players get it too

This intensity is sometimes aimed at players too. It’s a persistent approach that has turned some off but tries to get the best out of its group.

“We have our moments,” said Roberts with a laugh. “You do something bad and then you get yelled at. I like being yelled at. It makes me play harder … The ones who probably haven’t left us earlier this season. But everyone who’s on the team loves it now. “

Scott Campbell, Clyde Sporting Director, lured Case out of retirement in 2018. Campbell said it is important that his staff can be themselves and he knows that Case’s players are better because of their sophisticated style.

“It definitely takes a tougher kid on your mind,” said Campbell. “We’ve added kids to the basketball program for the past few years who realized that for some reason this wasn’t for me. But those who stuck to it, those who followed his course really did.” benefits from it. “

Jacob Roberts, Senior Guard for Clyde, tries when Merkel's Reid defends Hoyle in a District 6-3A game at Merkel High School on Jan. 12.

For Case, it’s about setting standards and complying with them.

“I don’t know if I’ve changed that much,” said Case. “… I think kids still want to know what the parameters are, what your expectations are, what your goals are, and how you are going to try to achieve them. That really hasn’t changed.”

Feisty bunch of bulldogs

Case admits those goals were missed this season, which Clyde finished 14-12 after losing to Jim Ned on Friday.

But the road was not easy for the Bulldogs, whom Case described as “the hardest-working, liveliest bunch I’ve ever trained.”

Three of District 6-3A’s playoff teams won at least 20 games, and Jim Ned, the multi-year performance, finished third, 10-4. Clyde lost three competitions against the top teams in the league by four points or less.

This competitiveness comes as no surprise to Groban, who said Case teams are always made up of fighters.

“One thing about him is that his kids always play hard for him,” said Groban. “Since I’m officiating for him, whether it was Clyde or Cooper … anyone who plays for him you know they’ll come out and play hard no matter what.”

Marc Case, the Clyde boys' basketball coach, expresses his displeasure with a Friday without a call.

That’s what Roberts and the other three seniors on the team did. This group, which includes Monroe Burleson, Jorge Cantu and Dusty Porter, holds a special place in Case’s heart. Because of the unique challenges the pandemic and the entire team bring, it has been a year the coach will not forget.

“They don’t seem to be bothered by anything,” said Case, “whether it’s about the COVID issues or whatever. We lost some really close games that kept us out of the playoffs, but they just kept grinding and continued working. ” Your attitude was great. “

Be continued

This is not the end of the line for Case.

The coach believes the program, which had a 19-2 JV roster, is a step in the right direction. And there is no hesitation in his desire to move on. After all, Case said he struggled to fill his free time during his previous retirement.

“Coach Case and I have already talked about how things will look in the future,” said Campbell. “I know he still feels like he still has a few things left in the tank and I think the kids at Clyde will definitely benefit from that.”

As long as his second stint with Clyde continues, Case will no doubt keep doing things the way he can.

“My plans are if they want me to come back I’ll definitely come back,” said Case. “But I know somewhere on the street I can’t do this forever. When that time comes, all I can do is thank Clyde, the ward, and the school administration for the support they have given me.

“It was just a fantastic situation.”

Clyde basketball coach Marc Case claps Merkel during a District 6-3A basketball game on Jan. 12.

Stephen Garcia is a sports reporter who primarily covers schools in the Big Country. Follow him on Twitter at @ARN_Stephen. If you value local news, you can get local journalists with one digital subscription to ReporterNews.com.