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Drexel Hill’s Hoops Legacy

May 21, 2008, 12:05 PM EDT

An article in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer focuses on the storied past of basketball in Delaware County. It’s a must read for anyone who has ever played CYO ball.

The roots of Drexel Hill’s passion trace back to its three Catholic
parishes – St. Bernadette’s, St. Andrew’s and St. Dorothy’s – whose
outstanding grade school teams, high school CYO leagues, tiny gyms, and
outdoor courts made basketball an overwhelming presence in their
parishioners’ lives.

"It got in our blood somehow," said Eddie Hastings, another 1971
Villanova player who also was a star at St. Andrew’s and Monsignor
Bonner High. "The schools were definitely a factor. The people who
coached us were truly dedicated, and they tended to stay on forever."

It even goes on to mention the courts at Bailey Park in Havertown just two blocks from where I grew up. It was on those legendary courts that a young Campitelli mastered his crossover move and failed to ever really develop a dependable jump shot.

>>Tim Donaghy and Drexel Hill’s hoops glory [Inquirer]