2014 – Roman Catholic

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2014 Tournament Champions Roman Catholic

Roman Catholic High School is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Front row: Dakuan Davis, Jon-Paul Sanders, Gemi Holbrook, D’andre Vilmar, Mark Tobin, Nazeer Bostick Back row: Aiden Rich, Kahlil Vincent, Trevaughn Wilkerson, Paul Newman, Manny Taylor, Tony Carr

Front row: Dakuan Davis, Jon-Paul Sanders, Gemi Holbrook, D’andre Vilmar, Mark Tobin, Nazeer Bostick
Back row: Aiden Rich, Kahlil Vincent, Trevaughn Wilkerson, Paul Newman, Manny Taylor, Tony Carr

Number Name Pos Grade Height Weight
1 Manny Taylor F 12 6’6 250
3 Jon-Paul Sanders G 10 5’11 170
4 Nazeer Bostick G 11 6’3 190
5 D’Andre Vilmar G 10 6’3 180
10 Tony Carr G 11 6’4 175
11 Khalil Vincent G 11 6’3 175
12 TreVaughn Wilkerson F 12 6’6 190
14 Mark Tobin G 11 6’1 175
20 Gemil Holbrook G 12 6’4 190
24 Dakquan Davis G 10 5’9 160
35 Paul Newman F 11 6’7 185
44 Aiden Rich F 10 6’4 200

The Team

In 2013-2014 Roman Catholic HS finished 25-3 and won the PIAA District XII AAAA Championship (City of Philadelphia). The Cahillites finished undefeated in the Philadelphia Catholic League regular season. At points of the 2013-2014 season Roman Catholic’s basketball team was ranked as one of the top teams in the state of Pennsylvania and even cracking the top 25 nationally by various publications. Roman graduated seniors Rashann London (Drexel) & Shep Garner (Penn State) in 2013-2014. Both are seeing significant time as freshmen at their respective schools. Roman returns 5 other players from its rotation last Season. 6’6 Senior forward, Trevaughn Wilkerson, has signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Hartford next season. Senior wing Gemil Holbrook also signed a letter of intent to attend Rider University after graduation from Roman next June. Roman’s final senior, 6’5 PF Manny Taylor has verbally committed to Rutgers University on a football scholarship. Junior PG Tony Carr will be back at the helm playing PG for the Cahillites. Carr was an all-league selection in the Philadelphia Catholic League. Jr. Nazeer Bostick and D’andre Vilmar will be key contributors at the guard position. 6’7 junior Power forward Paul Newman will provide very good depth in the frontcourt.

Team Administration

  • Head Coach: Chris McNesby
  • Assistant Coaches: Jamie Ross, Tom Salamon, Pat McKee, Bill Goebig, Tom McKenna
  • Rector: Rev. Joseph W. Bongard
  • Principal: Robert P. O’Neill
  • Asst. Principal: Terrence Kane, Brian Conroy, Domenic DiMartino
  • School Minister: Fr. James Casey
  • Athletic Director: Dan Diberardinas
  • Mascot: The Cahillites
  • Location: Philadelphia PA
  • Conference: Philadelphia Catholic League
  • Colors: Purple and Gold

The School

Roman Catholic High School, or simply “Roman,” as it is often called, was founded in 1890 by Thomas E. Cahill, a nineteenth-century Philadelphia merchant.to create a school that offered a free Catholic education for boys, past their grammar school years. Its mission is to continue its tradition of excellence as it strives to offer a comprehensive academic curriculum within a disciplined Catholic environment. Enriched by its cultural, racial, and religious diversity, Roman provides a community where each young man can learn to appreciate and respect the uniqueness of others, while becoming a man of personal integrity. It strives to bring the Gospel values of Jesus Christ to its students, while forming a Catholic community which embodies the Christian spirit of service to all.

The school was almost closed by the Archdiocese in 1985 due to declining enrollment, but the alumni, with the blessing of the Archbishop of Philadelphia Cardinal John Krol, initiated a campaign to save it. Today its enrollment has risen to over 1,000 boys from almost every city neighborhood as well as the outlying suburbs. Of the 600 or 700 students that apply every year, only about 300 to 350 will be accepted. Roman, like other high schools, has a three track system (first track, also called honors track; second track; and third track). Roman’s system, however, is unique in that it tracks its honors class into three classes. While students in the honors classes learn the same material at the same pace, it is believed that having students of the same level grouped together provides a better learning system.

Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, Roman implemented a 1:1 iPad initiative, starting with the incoming freshmen to accommodate the ever-changing face of education by providing students with different tools and strategies. The initiative allows students and teachers to individualize and differentiate instruction in ways that are familiar to today’s students. Students will work on essential 21st century skill sets needed to meet state and national standards.

Roman Catholic has been prominent in the Philadelphia Catholic League in basketball since the League’s inception, winning 28 championship games since 1920. Roman has also produced successful football, crew, golf, and ice hockey teams.

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