Boys Basketball Preview: Archbishop Carroll

Archbishop Carroll’s Luke House lays up and in for two points during a loss to Roman Catholic. House is among the leading returnees for Carroll under new coach Francis Bowe. (Digital First Media/Pete Bannan)

By Matthew DeGeorge

As he lugged boxes of new gear into the gym at Bonner & Prendergast and ran through the practice agenda Wednesday, Kevin Funston had time for a smile. There was only one thing that still eluded him in his first season in charge of the Friars after four as Jack Concannon’s assistant.“I can’t say, ‘it’s not my decision; you’ve got to ask Coach Jack,’” Funston said with a laugh. “I’ve got to figure out a different excuse now.”

There’s a lot of learning going on in Delaware County Catholic League gyms this winter. All three schools – with Funston at Bonner, Ryan Nemetz at Cardinal O’Hara and Francis Bowe at Archbishop Carroll – are breaking in new coaches, an oddity in a Catholic League steeped in tradition where tenures are as apt to be measured in decades as in years.

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