American Heritage boys’ golf opened its 15th annual invitational with a win at Lago Mar Country Club.
The match was close as the Patriots defeated Benjamin School by two strokes, 287-289.
Four years ago, Kristian Caparros won this tournament as an eigth-grader. This time, Caparros led Heritage with a score of 67.
Freshman Brandon Donner led the Buccaneers by shooting a 70.
The days of opposing defenses loading up on Cardinal Gibbons’ all-state point guard Jose Morales are over.
Gibbons’ bid for a Class 5A state boys’ basketball title took a quantam leap with 6-7 swingman Maverick Rowan transferring in from Lincoln Park (PA). The addition of Rowan, ranked No. 43 in the 2016 class by Rivals.com and Scout.com, gives Gibbons the explosive wing player to complement the pass-first Morales, a preseason Class 5A player of the year candidate.
“Maverick is a great kid and has great parents,” said Gibbons’ coach Marty Seidlin said. “I think he and Jose will be best friends on the court because “who would not want to play with a kid like Jose, who is totally unselfish?”
Rowan, who scored 1,482 points, including 142 three-pointers in his career at Lincoln Park, averaged 26.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals to lead Lincoln Park to the PIAA Class A state title last season.
Rowan’s father, Ron starred for St. John's with Mark Jackson and Chris Mullin before being drafted by the 76ers.
Last season the Chiefs lost in the regional semifinals to eventual state champion American Heritage.