BISHOP HANNAN FALLS IN OVERTIME IN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!:Top Story (updated 3-25-00)
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Gerry McNamara is a junior point guard on the Bishop Hannan High School basketball team in Scranton, PA. In his freshman year debut, McNamara burst onto the state and local basketball scene, when he scored 33 points in a 90-84 upset over eventual PA class AAAA state-champion Williamsport. He was the leading scorer as a freshman on a team that finished with a 28-3 record and a trip to Hershey for the class A state-championship game. Last year, Gerry and the Lancers continued league dominance, as the team ended the season with a 27-4 record and another trip to the state final. The Golden Lancers fell to two-time defending state-champion Kennedy Christian in overtime.
For his efforts last year, Gerry tacked on several more honors. He was voted Player of the Week by both The Scranton Times and Newswatch 16. He was a Scranton Times first-team all-league selection as well as all-regional player of the year. He was also named first-team all-state by the Associated Press, the only sophomore in the state to receive such honors. Gerry's talents have also opened some eyes across the country. He was mentioned in USA Today, Street & Smith's, and is the #11 ranked sophomore in the country according to HoopScoop. Gerry is ranked as high as the 4th best junior in the country according to FoxSportsNews.
This past summer was an exciting one for Gerry, as he attended the famous Adidas ABCD basketball camp, putting his talent up against the best high school basketball players in the country. At the camp, Gerry enjoyed success that named him to the All-Star team.
This season, McNamara and Bishop Hannan will be playing in Class AA, and look forward to some tough competition. With the return of 6'8" center Brad Fellecia, the Lancers look to be tough. Look for juniors Chris Flynn, Chris Lewis, Sean Kerrigan and Martin Healey to contribute. Talk of a return trip to Hershey has already begun. While their quest will undoubtedly be difficult, Coach John Bucci appears to have both the talent and the depth necessary for another run at the state title. And this year, they might be coming home with gold instead of silver!