Fox Chapel Winter League History

Revised 3-17-15

  • 1980: Harry Jenkins had the idea to start a local recreational basketball program in our area.  Together Jeff Leech, the league's 1st president, and Harry Jenkins, then Fox Chapel Varsity High School boys head coach, set their sights on developing a potential feeder program for the high school basketball teams.  They also hoped to offer more playing opportunities to the community at large.  Sean Miller, comes to the Jenkins clinic and does some amazing dribbling.
  • 1981:  Fox Chapel “Winter League” is born!  The league is initially co-ed which lasts for only 1 year and starts with 10 teams and 80 kids.  Only 10 girls play the first year.  All play is at O'Hara and refereed by high school students.  Age groups were from 9 years old to 15.
  • 1983:  Bud Forster, who played on Fox Chapel High School's 1st ever varsity team in 1961, becomes league president.  An interesting fact is that he scored the 1st point in school history.
  • 1985:  Perry Rofey becomes the first long term president.
  • 1991: Bob Mauro becomes president.  The league has 34 teams and 272 players
  • 1994: Moe Barr becomes the only 1 term president.
  • 1995: The Meinert brothers begin a 14 year stint as league president.  Pat runs the league for 5 years and is followed by his brother Denis who runs it for 8 years.  During that time a conscious decision is made to allow the travel program to work more as a separate entity and have the rest of the league instead focus on the fun and recreational side.  Many believe that the decision begins a huge surge in overall numbers.
  • 2000: the league has now grown to 425 players and 64 teams. Denis Meinert takes over for his brother Pat.  Denis, becomes the longest tenured president in league history.  In his typical humility, he refers to himself as league commissioner.
  • 2002:  Player count exceeds 500
  • 2004: PIAA referees are used for the 1st time with great success.
  • 2006: Player count grows to 650, with 88 teams.
  • 2007:  The adult league is started.   Teams counts near 100, with 95 total teams.  
  • 2008:  Separate girl’s 7th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade age groups are formed for the first time.  The initial year starts with a combined 14 teams (6 more than usual), as compared to the previous year’s total  of 8 teams. 
  • 2009:  Marc Reppermund becomes president and adds PayPal as a payment option.  65% of the registrations are paid that year via credit card or Paypal.
  • 2010: The Women’s League began under Commissioner Katie Skinner, who would stay for 2 years until moving to Chicago.  The league is well received but has only 3 teams, and they must share players, and use some high school girls to make it work.  The 3 man referee system is tested and then implemented for the 1st time.  It becomes a regular part of the post season the following year.
  • 2011 (30th Anniversary):  Player count peaks at an all time record of 850, with 115 teams.  A 2nd grade league is added with play on lower hoops, 3 on 3 side to side at Fairview.  Also in 2011, league schedules and standings began being posted online for the first time.  That same year the league began an annual in-house 3v3 tournament at no charge to its players in celebration of its 30th anniversary.   Also in 2011, the Men’s 40&Over league began with 6 teams.  This is the first year that all players are required to pay by credit card.  
  • 2012: Dan Gartland becomes the oldest player in league history, topping 60 years old, and playing not in the 40OV, but in the OHS league.  He retires and never plays again after that. The Men's 40&OV grows to 8 teams in only its 2nd year.  The Women's League grows to 5 teams but must contract back to 4 teams due to last minute issues with players.
  • 2013: "Winter League" as it is now affectionately called, boasts 830+ players annually plus a 100 or so in the travel program, some of which play in both programs.   The combined total is over 900 players, offering age groups ranging from 2nd to 12th, including Men's OHS, Men's 40&Over, and Women's OHS Leagues, and travel programs. 
  • 2014: Registration hits an all-time record 864 registrants and 119 teams, plus travel players.  Girls 3rd-4th changes to 4v4 format with great success.  The League throws a 25 year old OHS player out for life for pushing a PIAA referee.  Men's 40OV hits records 9 teams, and OHS hits record 13 teams.  Boys 1st/ 2nd has record 12 teams.  Boys 7/8 Commissioner Ron Schwartz adds skills competitions to our annual 3v3 tournament for his age group for the 1st time.  T-shirts are awarded as prizes to top teams in the 3v3 for the 1st time.  The Women's OHS holds it's 1st ever 3v3 at Shady Side MS.  The top referees are evaluated by a Quad A elevator for the 1st time.  Commissioner Robert Shepherd coordinates league wide team photos through professional photographer for the 1st time.  Boys 9th-10th has 1st ever double forfeit for substitution violations in the Semi Finals.  Neither team advances.  As a result Boys 9th/10th becomes 1st age group in history to declare no winner.
  • 2015 Registration 867 New All Time record.  Men's OHS record 15 teams, Men's 40OV record 10 teams, Boys 1st-2nd record 14 teams.  OHS team Kalp scores 98 points, most in league history.  Winter league kicks off first ever Summer League for the OHS, and 40OV leagues.
  • 2015: Team League starts in 2015 (1st league to allow you to bring your own team)
    Begin using the new LAW facility
  • 2016: Begin using professional Referee assigning software in 2016 from Horizon
    1st grade player, receives flagrant ejection
    OHS Team League Tenenini vs Gamblin both score over 100 points, final score is Tenenini 110 Gamblin 106


LEAGUE PRESIDENTS

2009 - present Marc Reppermund
2nd longest tenure
2000 - 2008 Denis Meinert
(Longest tenured commissioner / president - 9 YEARS)
1995 - 1999 Pat Meinert
1994 ONLY- Moe Barr
1991 - 1993 Bob Mauro
1985 - 1990 Perry Rofey
1983 - 1984 Bud Forster
1981 - 1982 Jeff Leech
Men's Out of High School
Circa 2008
Was the brain child of Denis Meinert, long time league president, who also served as the 1st OHS commissioner.  He handed the baton to Brian Shine in 2011.  The idea for the Adult League as it was called then, was enthusiastically received and was an almost immediate success!  It began with 6-7 teams in 2007 playing during the week at DMS, and eventually was forced to  move to the Shady Side Mellon Gym, due to the growth of the overall league.   The league has gotten younger every year.  Initially the average age was around 40, and has dropped every year to a new low of 30 in 2013.  Some of this had to do with the emergence of the Men's 40&Over league as well. They continue to average around 10 teams, with a high of 11 in 2010. 2014 saw 13 teams, a new record.

MEN'S OHS CHAMPS
2015
Gamblin(5) 68 to 47 Planavsky(2)

2014
Martin(1) 68 to 50 Planavsky(2)

2013
Powers(3) 74 to 66 Campbell(1)

2012
Planavsky(5) 69 to 64 Shine(3)

2011
Steiner(4)  58 to 49 Reppermund(2)

2010
?????????

2009
Allebach over Cunningham

2008
Livingston over N.Clements

BOYS LEAGUE CHAMPS
2015
11/12: (2) Shaw over (4) Massalski
9/10: (3) Killian over (1) Kelly
7/8: (2) Vogel over Hoffman (1)
5/6: (2) Denko over Shepherd (1)
3/4: (1) Fuhrer over Hoffman (3)
2014 
11/12: (2) El-Magbri over (1) Alfery
9/10: None- 4 teams forfeit (2 for substitution violations, and 2 lack the will to play afterwards)
7/8: (2) Guyaux over Stanton (1)
5/6: (1) Alfery over Boychuk (3)
3/4: (1) Paper over Stallings (3)
2013
11/12: (6) Schweiger o (5) El-Magbri
 9/10:  (2) Ramgopal o (5) Halasowski
   7/8:  (1) Schwartz over (3) Sodini
   6th:  (3) Marsh over (1) Trageser
   5th:  (3) Vogel over (1) Heinaur
3/4 A:  (1) Dockey over (2) Baldauf
3/4 B:  (1) Akinic over (3) Hunt
2012
11/12: (1) Gratter over (2) Sullivan
 9/10:  (1) Dively over (3) Frankert
   7/8:  (1) Szlachetka o (6) Ragguinti
   6th:  (2) Guyaux over (5) Schwartz
   5th:  (1) Veltri over (5) Schwartz
3/4 A:  (3) Humbert over (4) Paper
3/4 B:  (4) Merriman over (7) Lazzari
2011
11/12: (1) Lucas over (2) Pistorius
 9/10:  (1) Dively over (6) Larkin
7/8 A:  (4) Hardiman over (2) Chajson
7/8 B:  (2) Strohm over (1) Creo
   5/6:  (1) Killian over (2) Sheerer
      4:  (2) Sunseri over (1) Chivinsky
2/3 A:  (1) Ingram over (3) Paper
2/3 B:  (1) Baldauf o (3) B.Stevenson
2007
9/10: Duquette over Reppermund
Men's 40 and Over
Circa 2012
Marc Reppermund, who has served as its only commissioner, came up with the idea in 2010.  He said  he needed to lower the bar so he could hopefully be good again! Initially it met with some resistance, for fear of it hurting the numbers in the Adult League, later named the Men's OHS league. Despite the initial mood, in 2012 it started as the Adult League was at it's peak.  The 40OV league started with 6 teams, and not easily, but immediately grew to 8 teams in its 2nd year.  In fact the first year, we let 2 young guys (Brian Schutzman and X.Wang 38, and 39) into the league.  Future plans are in the works to attempt a 50 & Over league in the next couple years, numbers permitting. 2013 saw 9 teams a new record utilizing a photo draft for the first time.

MEN'S 40OV CHAMPS
2015
Pajerski(4) 57 to 47 Coldren(3)

2014
Meinert(1) 50 to 46 Bosser(2)

2013
Brookins(2)  58 to 56 Reppermund(8)

2012
Savage(2) 55 to 36 Reppermund(1)

Women's Out of High School
Circa 2011
  Through the urging of his daughter Carrie, Jim DeStout proposed the initial idea to start the Ladies League.  The name evolved that year and became the Women's League, finally being called the Women's OIHS.   It also met with skepticism initially.   Katie Skinner, who was the 1st commissioner, moved to Chicago after 2 years and passed the torch to Melissa Annett.  She passes the torch to Danielle Maloney in year 3. The quality of play improved dramatically in year 3 due to the heavy recruiting efforts of the players and Danielle.  The league started with only 3 teams the first year, even sharing players, and using some high school girls to make this work to have 2 games. They have since grown to a solid 4 teams each of the last 2 years.  In 2012 they almost reach 5 teams if not for injury and child birth.  In 2014 they took part in the first adult league 3v3.
Through the urging of his daughter Carrie, Jim DeStout proposed the initial idea to start the Ladies League.  The name evolved that year and became the Women's League, finally being called the Women's OIHS.   It also met with skepticism initially.   Katie Skinner, who was the 1st commissioner, moved to Chicago after 2 years and passed the torch to Melissa Annett.  She passes the torch to Danielle Maloney in year 3. The quality of play improved dramatically in year 3 due to the heavy recruiting efforts of the players and Danielle.  The league started with only 3 teams the first year, even sharing players, and using some high school girls to make this work to have 2 games. They have since grown to a solid 4 teams each of the last 2 years.  In 2012 they almost reach 5 teams if not for injury and child birth.  In 2014 they took part in the first adult league 3v3.

WOMEN'S OHS CHAMPS
2015
Maloney(1) 37 v Bourquin(2) 29

2014
Allgyer(1) 58 to 36 McKamish(3)
"Record High Final"

2013
Pifer(1) 36 to 30 McKamish(3)

2012
Brudnok(1)  55 to 47 DeStout(2) DBL OT

2011- No playoffs only 3 teams

GIRLS LEAGUE CHAMPS
2015
9th-12th: (4) Burdelski over (2) Palumbo
7/8: (2) Heininger over Reppermund (1)
5/6: (2) Skirbol over (5) Simpson
3/4: (1) Forun over (2) Fenton
2014
9th-12th: (2) Reppermund o (1) Niman
7/8: (2) Reppermund over (3) Cupps
5/6: (1) Grunden over (3) Delaney 
3/4 A: (1) Skirbol over (2) Fortun
3/4 B: (3) Rabbit over (4) Shepherd
2013
9th-12th: (1) Schaffner over (2) Slovenec
        7/8: (4) Rice over  (3) Larkin
        5/6: (1) Teele over (3) Watson
     3/4 A: (1) Kartsonas over (3) Oehrle
     3/4 B: (1) Shepherd over (2) Guerrieri
2012
9th-12th: (6)Schaffner o (1)Reppermund
     7/8 A: (2) Sauereisen o (1)Silverman
     7/8 B: (3) Watson over (1) Echnat
        5/6: (1) Sodini over (2) Usher
     3/4 A: (2) Echnat over (4) Lazear 
     3/4 B: (3) Tracey over (4) Smith
2011
9th-12th: (1) Chajson over (3) Matisko
        7/8: (1) Clements over (2)Silverman
        5/6: (4) Skinner over (2) McInerney
           4: (1) Hardiman over (4) Quinlan
        2/3: (8) Echnat over  (6) Delaney
2010
3/4: Muraca Champ
2007
7th-12th: Campbell over Reppermund
2006
         5/6:  Vogel over Reppermund

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