Baltimore’s Top High School Hoops Teams Compete in William Wells Challenge

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Baltimore’s Top High School Hoops Teams
Compete in William Wells Challenge

No. 1 Mount Saint Joseph’s vs No. 2 Poly; St. Frances Plays Patterson

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Baltimore, MD (December 6, 2016) ─ The Baltimore Catholic League announced today the match-ups for this year’s William Wells Challenge, which will pit Charm City’s top catholic schools versus its rival public schools at UMBC’s RAC Arena on Saturday, December 10.

No. 1 Mount Saint Joseph Gaels will tipoff against No. 2 Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Engineers at 4:30pm. The Gaels feature senior guard Darryl Morsell, a 6-5 Terp recruit who averaged nearly 11 points per game last year. Coming off a 2015 Baltimore City title, Poly’s senior forward and Temple recruit De’Vondre Perry hopes to lead the Engineers to a state crown this season.

The second game of the William Wells Challenge will begin at 6:30 pm and feature No. 9 St. Frances Academy Panthers against the No. 13 Patterson Clippers. The two schools will compete for neighborhood bragging rights as they are both located in the same city district.

The Challenge has taken nearly five years of planning between Jack Degele, commissioner of the Baltimore Catholic League, Councilman Jack Young, and St. Frances founder William Wells. It marks the first time catholic schools have squared off against public schools in a regular season game since 1971.

Degele said, “The vision of the William Wells Challenge is to serve as the official tipoff of the high school basketball season and to showcase the best teams of the Baltimore Catholic League and the Baltimore City Public Schools on a rotating basis.  The inaugural event will feature no less than six DI recruits.”

Wells coached the St. Frances program for 28 years prior to his retirement in 2008. This year he was inducted into the Baltimore Catholic League Hall of Fame for winning more than 500 games and leading the Panthers to six BCL tournament championships.

Tickets can be purchased in advanced by calling Corrigan Sports Enterprises (410.605.9381). General admission tickets are $10 presale, $15 at the door while limited courtside seats are available for $50.