The St. Joseph Varsity Varsity boys basketball season faced many challenges in 2020 - 2021, including a two week, mid-season quarantine and just a handful of practices in the final four weeks. However, no setback was more challenging than the loss of potential all-state candidate 6' 8" Kyle Thomas, who succumbed to a serious foot injury in the first game of the season. Senior forward and team captain Anthony Martin assumed the leadership role leading a young core of Chargers into the Covid shortened season. The 6' 4" Martin led the team in scoring, rebounding and defense as well as minutes played, landing him the team’s Most Valuable Player award and All-Catholic League Honorable Mention. Martin will be attending Purdue University next year on academic scholarship. Seniors Matthew Mason, Tupac Holmes and Andrew Ratliff also made an impact helping lead the way in their final season. The Chargers were also led by juniors Terrance Patton, the Chargers top perimeter defender, Mick Dempsey, who led the team in three-point percentage, and Bryant Handley who was one of the leaders in assists and rebounds. Sophomore guards Katrell Weekley and Emory Marshall led the team in steals and assists, forming an impressive guard tandem for the Chargers entering the 20-21 campaign. Also returning were juniors Kamron Brown, Damari Williams and Antwan Collins who gained valuable experience and look to play significant roles for the Chargers in 21-22. Senior Jean Baptiste Medjo-Me-Zengue earned the Super Charger Award. The young Chargers have much to look forward to in 21-22. Congratulations to all of our seniors!
With limited time for practice, the Junior Varsity Chargers found themselves on the shorter end in most of their games but remained competitive throughout the season. “Our best win was against a very competitive Leo team and in that game we had three players score in double digits,” said head sophomore coach DeAndre McCamey. Statistic leaders were Antoine Thomas (points), Marvin Stephens (assists), Damar Jenkins (rebounds), and Kris Hills (steals). Other honors were given to Antoine Thomas (Most Valuable Player), Khajeie Feazell (Spirit Award) as well as Damar Jenkins and Antoine Thomas (co-captains).
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Boys basketball at St. Joseph High School has enjoyed a rich history and is proud to celebrate its student-athletes who have gone on to achieve success in the business community, and other professional circles, including professional sports. Much of the program's success is due to the hard work and dedication of Coach Gene Pingatore. Coach "Ping" and his teams earned numerous regional, sectional, and super-sectional championships, many on route to trips to Champaign or Bradley for a state title. That elusive championship finally came to Westchester in 1999 and was followed up with a second championship in 2015. Coach Pingatore's sudden passing in the summer of 2019 left the school community stunned and heart-broken as he was celebrating his 61st year as a member of the school community and preparing for another campaign on the court. Long-time assistant coach Bill Riley has stepped up to head the program, using many of Coach Pingatore's ideas and skills to emulate the lengendary coach's success.