Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Philly Summer League Preview: Play Opens Tuesday Night

By Mel Greenberg

Annual play in the Philadelphia/Suburban NCAA Women's Summer Basketball League begins Tuesday night at 7 p.m. once again in Kelly Bolish Gym, Home of the AAU Renegades, at the end of Turnpike Drive in Willow Grove Commons business park in Horsham, Pa.

That is no different from the last several years along with the ongoing snack bar offering tasty and cheap items. As always, admission is free.

But there are some differences on several fronts, including the Summer of 2014 is launching a week later than usual because the NCAA claimed longtime commissioner David B. Kessler had not applied for needed certification so Division I athletes could participate.

While Kessler was stunned at that news, he's been applying for years, adjustments were made, including the delay and also getting as many nightly team byes into the front of the schedule that were loaded with D-1 players.

This way they would miss only three games, or at worst four, be charged pro-rated, and thus will begin appearing next week or after the fourth of July, which is next week.

Competition wise, this note says it all that was sent to the Guru via twitter from former Saint Joseph's star Katie Kuester, who was associated with the last several champions, including also coaching the 2013 winner,

"Time for a new dynasty."

That's writer, this time retirement from the league is for real as Kuester is now down in the Research Triangle on the staff of the University of North Carolina, where several persons there have lauded her work in recent months to the Guru.

Also the dangerous Shields sisters -- former Saint Joseph's star Erin, former Boston College star Kerri, and current San Diego star Shannon -- are not on any rosters this year.

The rosters are still loaded with Saint Joseph's players, and also have representatives from Lehigh and Lafayette, Penn, Villanova, and even a player from Delaware.

The Guru posted the rosters here several days ago so just scroll down around the other ongoing coverage to find them. Once the Guru can print them out for himself it will be easier to put some meat into the coverage, so to speak.

Thus play may be wide open though Ted Hagerdon and Keith Wood, who have coached teams at the top of standings in the past, will still be on the sidelines.

And as allowed under NCAA rules, the entire squads of Division 2 Philadelphia University, University of the Sciences of Philadelphia, and West Chester will compete, while Division III Scranton will dominate another roster, and Division II Holy Family looks a little more sprinkled.

The rosters posted identifiy who those teams are.

Medical Ward

The commissioner actually won't be on the scene Tuesday night or the next several weeks because of hip replacement surgery coming later this week, though once he is up to it, he will be barking orders by remote to his underlings, including your Guru.

Running the place on the scene is Stephen Michielli, and for specific questions, his cell is 267-252-2740, and his email is sdmichielli@yahoo.com.

Also, those of you reading this and have further questions as to driving directions, etc., feel free to email the Guru with your phone number, if needed, and he will be reachable during the day Tuesday and will have the usual post-game report sometime late Tuesday night.

Michielli will be printing a modify version of the nightly newsletter the commissioner hands out.

That said and because the schedules the commissioner sent were in a format the Guru can't de-claw quickly for posting, here is the immediate schedule for this week for Tuesday and Thursday night.

Tuesday Night Games -- June 24

7 p.m. (remember, if a team can't take the floor after a 15 minute delay for arrivals it is a forfeit.

Purple vs. Navy Blue -- Court 1
Royal Blue vs. Sky Blue -- Court 2
Back vs. Pink -- Court 3

8:15 p.m.

Red vs. Maroon -- Court 1
White vs. Kelly Green -- Court 2
Hunter Green vs. Gold -- Court 3

Bye: Orange -- There are again 13 teams and Pink is a new color in terms of squad names.

Thursday Night Games -- June 26

7 p.m.

Maroon vs. Kelly Green -- Court 1
Orange vs. Gold -- Court 2
Red vs. Black -- Court 3

8:15 p.m.

Navy Blue vs. Pink -- Court 1
Hunter Green vs. Purple -- Court 2
White vs. Royal Blue -- Court 3

Bye: Sky Blue

It appears next week due to the holiday, action will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

That slate will be published in a few days.

As this post ends, the Guru reminds Rob Knox has a WNBA feature right under on Atlanta Dream veteran Swin Cash, a UConn alum.

Also, he is trying to figure out when he will appear at Temple to fulfill the #Chilling4Charity callout issued early Monday night by Owls assitant Way Veney.

Stay tuned.

-- Mel

- Posted using BlogPress from the Guru's iPad


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