April 13, 1980

Scott Chamness, winner of the Bobby Clarke Award in the recently completed Flyers Cup, heads the Inquirer’s all-area hockey team. Chamness, the highest scorer in area scholastic-hockey history, has been named to the team in all four years at Archbishop Carroll. In a rare display of what he has meant to his team and his school, the Patriots retired his jersey, so that no one else can ever wear 10 again at Carroll.

Chamness scored 69 regular-season goals this year, far and away the highest total in the area. He led Carroll through the expansive Inter-County Hockey League (ICSHL) playoffs with only one loss, then scored 13 goals in the four Flyers Cup games to give the Patriots the first Cup championship.

In four seasons, he scored 271 regular-season goals in just 64 games – an average of 4.2 goals a game that will probably never be broken. Chamness also plays for the Tropicana Little Flyers junior C team, which made the national tournament. The twelve-man team also includes goaltenders Chris Cifone of Haverford and Carl Honer of West Chester, denfenseman Buddy Bender of Council Rock, Ricky Borsious of Lower Merion, Carmen Digiandomenico of Carroll, and Jeff White of Radnor; and forwards Steve Engle of Archbishop Ryan, Scott Iannelli of Malvern Prep, Ronnie Manto of William Tennent, Mike Robinson of Council Rock, and Chris (Gump) Whiteside of Germantown Academy.

Cifone, a junior, helped make Haverford and ICSHL power with a 1.71 goals-against average, surrendering only 28 goals in 736 minutes of play. He had six shutouts. Honer, a senior, kept West Chester in the ICSHL race virtually single-handedly, compiling a 1.18 goals-against average in eleven games. He had two shutouts and four one-goal games. Bender scored 34 goals and 27 assists while helping lead Council Rock to the Suburban League playoff final. Brosious, like Chamness a repeat selection from 1979, is a defenseman’s defenseman. A Little Flyer stalwart who rarely comes off the ice, he scored five goals and seven assists and never backed down from an opponent. DiGiandomenico, a junior, was as important to Carroll as Chamness, playing every minute except when in the penalty box. He scored nine goals and had 26 assists, and also played for the Little Flyers. White was Radnor’s highest scorer, with 18 goals and 25 assists. A superior athlete, the junior was a wide receiver on Radnor’s football team last fall and is a key defender for the Little Flyers.

Steve Engle scored 40 goals and 28 assists for Ryan, and led the Raiders to the only unbeaten regular season in the area. He then took them to a spot in the Flyers Cup, while also playing for the Bucks County Americans in the Middle Atlantic League. Iannelli scored 20 goals and had 21 assists for Malvern, which made the Final of the Flyers Cup before falling to Carroll in three games. The junior scored eight points in the Cup, including the overtime goal against Germantown Academy that advanced the Friars to the Cup final round.

Manto, the pint-sized (5-feet, 4-inches) center who was the driving force behind Tennent for two years, scored 44 goals and and 42 assists. He also plays for the Little Flyers. Robinson scored 42 goals and added 39 assists in helping lead Council Rock to the Suburban League Finals. Whiteside scored 40 goals and 48 assists to lead Germantown Academy to the championship of the Suburban League and into the Flyers Cup. The smooth skater scored a goal with just five seconds left to push the first-round game into overtime, before the Patriots succumbed to Malvern Prep. Another well-rounded athlete, Whiteside played varsity soccer for GA and also skates for the Wissahickon Juniors.

CREDIT: The Philadelphia Inquirer