Fan Attendance: 4
Points: Lou Schmitt - 17pts (5-9 FG, 3-7 3FG, 4-5 FT), Cole Cruse - 10pts (4-12 FG, 0-4 3FG, 2-3 FT), Daniel Sondreal - 7pts (2-3 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-2 FT), Mojo Williams - 6pts (2-3 FG, 2-2 FT), Ben Gray - 6pts (3-10 FG, 0-1 3FG), John Richey - 5pts (2-6 FG, 1-1 FT), Joe Ahmadian - 3pts (1-4 FG, 1-2 3FG)
Assists: Joe Ahmadian - 4asts, Ben Gray - 3asts, Daniel Sondreal - 2asts, Lou Schmitt - 1ast, Cole Cruse - 1ast, John Richey - 1ast, Mojo Williams - 1ast
CJP forward Joe Ahmadian missed the first thirty-eight minutes of the game due to a work related matter. Fan Attendance: 2
Points: Lou Schmitt - 24pts (9-14 FG, 3-4 3FG, 3-3 FT), Cole Cruse - 16pts (7-18 FG, 2-8 3FG), Ian Emerson - 13pts (6-10 FG, 1-3 3FG), Daniel Sondreal - 4pts (2-3 FG), Mojo Williams - 4pts (2-8 FG, 0-1 3FG), Ben Gray - 2pts (1-4 FG), John Richey - 2pts (1-5 FG)
Assists: Cole Cruse - 6asts, Lou Schmitt - 5asts, Mojo Williams - 4asts, Ben Gray - 3asts, John Richey - 2asts, Daniel Sondreal - 1ast
CJP forward Mike Logan missed the game due to attending game three of the 2014 American League Championship Series in Kansas City. CJP center Brandon Whightsil missed the first half of the game due to a work related issue. CJP is now 1-3 all-time versus the Fighting Wombats. Fan Attendance: 6
Points: Jason Holzmueller - 22pts (8-10 FG, 4-4 FT), Sean Hunt - 13pts (5-11 FG, 1-1 3FG, 2-4 FT), Cody Isbell - 11pts (5-18 FG, 0-7 3FG, 1-1 FT), Jim Hammen - 6pts (3-10 FG, 0-2 3FG), Matt Donnelly - 5pts (2-6 FG, 1-2 3FG), Daniel Sondreal - 3pts (1-3 FG, 1-2 3FG)
Assists: Matt Donnelly - 9asts, Daniel Sondreal - 5asts, Cody Isbell - 3asts, Jim Hammen - 2asts, Jason Holzmueller - 2asts, Brandon Whightsil - 1ast
Team CJP is now 0-2 all-time in Division 3 season openers. John Richey and Lou Schmitt played in their first ever games for CJP Basketball. Hannah Sondreal recorded the game. Fan Attendance: 3
Points: Lou Schmitt - 12pts (5-12 FG, 1-4 3FG, 1-4 FT), Cole Cruse - 10pts (4-12 FG, 1-5 3FG, 1-2 FT), Daniel Sondreal - 9pts (3-4 FG, 3-4 3FG), John Richey - 8pts (4-8 FG, 0-1 FT), Joe Ahmadian - 5pts (2-7 FG, 1-6 3FG), Mojo Williams - 4pts (2-3 FG), Ben Gray - 2pts (1-4 FG, 0-1 3FG)
Assists: Ben Gray - 3asts, Joe Ahmadian - 2asts, Daniel Sondreal - 2asts, Lou Schmitt - 2asts, Ian Emerson - 1ast, John Richey - 1ast, Mojo Williams - 1ast
CJP is now 18-3 all-time in season openers. The team played its first ever game in the Sports Pavilion Lawrence at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, KS. Guard Sean Hunt played in his first ever game for team CJP. Lawrence socialite Stephanie Zielaskowski recorded her first ever game for the team. Fan Attendance: 3
Points: Mike Logan - 20pts (8-10 FG, 4-5 FT), Jason Holzmueller - 13pts (4-12 FG, 5-8 FT), Matt Donnelly - 8pts (3-10 FG, 2-6 3FG, 0-1 FT), Sean Hunt - 7pts (2-8 FG, 1-4 3FG, 2-6 FT), Jim Hammen - 5pts (1-5 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2-2 FT), Brandon Whightsil - 4pts (2-3 FG), Cody Isbell - 4pts (2-6 FG, 0-2 3FG), Daniel Sondreal - 3pts (1-2 FG, 1-2 3FG)
Assists: Matt Donnelly - 6asts, Mike Logan - 4asts, Daniel Sondreal - 3asts, Jason Holzmueller - 2asts, Jim Hammen - 1ast, Sean Hunt - 1ast, Cody Isbell - 1ast, Brandon Whightsil - 1ast
Last week team CJP added their final player to their 2014 Fall Tuesday Night Team. That player is Sean Hunt. Hunt, 36, lives in Lawrence, KS and will be making his return to city league basketball for the first time since 2010. Sean and a few other players from Curtis J. Phillips Basketball have been playing basketball over the past few weeks in a Monday night pickup game. Most notably CJP big man Mike Logan as the two of them have been playing basketball with and against each other since 2006. Thus when team CJP captain and general manager Daniel Sondreal asked Logan his thoughts on adding Hunt to the team, Logan simply and boldy replied with "He's my guy." Therefore with Mike's backing and history with Sean and the fact that Sondreal liked the way Sean carried himself during the aforementioned pickup games they asked Sean to join the team. "I had only played basketball a few times with Sean but it was easy to see he is a confident player. He doesn't shy away from taking big shots and in fact the first time I ever guarded him I believe he drilled a three on me for the win. He also is great at attacking the hoop. His confidence, ability to get to the hoop, and clutch shooting will be a great addition to our team" said Sondreal in an interview with Grantland.com's Zach Lowe.
Hunt will be sporting the number 8 and lists Scottie Pippen, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Michael Jordan as his favorite basketball players of the past and as for present day players he likes James Harden, Lebron James, and Kevin Garnett.
Schmitt, 24, has been playing basketball against CJP's Tuesday night team for years. He has also been playing pickup basketball with and against most of the Wednesday night players for several years as well. "Lou to be honest with you has been a major pain for team CJP over the past few years. We have played against a few of his teams and he usually has gone off for big games against us. Whether it be raining threes from the outside or taking our smaller players into the post, he has been a lot of trouble. Thus thankfully he will be on CJP on Wednesday nights so we can watch and help him score and smile rather than guarding him and getting frustrated when he scores on us on Tuesday nights" said Sondreal in an interview with Kansas Public Radio.
Richey, 33, has played basketball with or against every player on the team at some point in time over the past few months in local pickup games. In fact Richey even attended a few CJP games last summer as a fan and as a good friend of CJP player Joe Ahmadian. He and Joe go way back as the two of them were known in many tennis circles for brief but triumphant two month period in 2012 as the best doubles tennis team from the United States outside of the Williams sisters. "For a guy that is 33, 6'5", and 250lbs John is unusually quick and always on the go. Add that to the fact that he is a lefty, that he has three-point range, and can control the paint, I believe we have added a great basketball player to our team and a player that likely has the best hair in the league as well" said CJP captain Daniel Sondreal in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine.
Richey will be sporting the number 17 and Schmitt will be sporting the number 15.
The 2014 Fall League doesn't start for team CJP until October 7 and 8. Therefore the site likely won't be updated much or at all until a few weeks before October. However we leave you with this exciting rumor. Rumor has it some league games may be played at the newly built Sports Pavilion Lawrence at Rock Chalk Park. The SPL is set to open October 5.
A legend was born in Topeka, Kansas 29 years ago.
He may not think he is a legend but he is.
Thomas fell in love with the world of sports at a young age playing three of the four big team sports in North America...baseball, basketball and football.
What no hockey?
It was two-and-a-half years ago that Thomas joined the ranks of the Curtis J. Phillips basketball team playing in the Lawrence Park and Recreation Department Men’s Basketball League.
The 5-foot-8 quicksilver guard made an instant impact with his hustle and scoring.
“He has a lot of heart and soul and he is talented,” said team captain Daniel Sondreal of Thomas. “He cares about the game. He also cares about his team. He gets along with everyone and is always encouraging his teammates. And Mario is clutch. He made a lot of big shots and plays for Curtis J. Phillips Basketball.”
Of his first joining Curtis J. Phillips, Thomas recalls: “When I first joined up we had some tough times and after a few months we had a nice run...a great run. Last year was pretty memorable as we won all four of the league championships.
“I had a chance to meet some great guys and made some good friends. Lawrence is the mecca of basketball and there were a lot of great players that came through here and it meant a lot to be able to play with and against them.”
So where does the Legend come from.
Team owner, Curtis J. Phillips, can fill us in on this one.
“I was visiting Daniel (Sondreal) two years ago and he convinced me to suit up again for one last game,” said Phillips, who made the trip down from Alberta, Canada to Kansas. “Now I still shoot around a bit but had not played in a few years. I was 55 at the time with the passion of an 18 year old and the knees of an 80 year old.
“We were in control of the game when all of a sudden the other team got hot and took the lead with a few minutes to go. Sitting the bench, and with my shoes off now, I was playing the role of coach calling out from the sidelines.
“Now in my heart I knew that this would probably be my last ever competitive game and to be honest I did not want the team to lose. I was not used to losing in this great sport as I was blessed playing with great teammates at all levels.
“With a few seconds to go Mario came down and hit a long three and then on the inbounds pass he darted in to take the ball away from the dribbler to make a layup and secure the win at the buzzer.
“You do not know how much joy the victory meant. I had an OK game with a couple of assists and steals and a few rebounds but it was the first time that I can ever remember that I had not scored. That did not matter. What mattered was that Mario the Legend had given me an amazing parting gift. One I will always cherish.”
Thomas will have his uniform number 5 retired as he is leaving for Kansas City to work in the recreational field at the Olathe Community Centre.
Mario Thomas played for team CJP from April 3, 2012 to July 15, 2014. In that time he played in 10 consecutive sessions, 63 games, and helped lead team CJP to four championships. Thomas is believed to be a top three all-time leader for the team in points scored, steals, and game winners.
* Article by Curtis J. Phillips. Notes provided by Daniel Sondreal.
CJP center Brandon Whightsil sat out the game due plantar fasciitis. CJP is now 12-11 all-time versus The Dawgs. CJP is now 11-10 in season finales. CJP Fan Attendance: 1 (Brandon's father).
Points: Matt Donnelly - 13pts (5-8 FG, 3-5 3FG, 0-1 FT), Jason Holzmueller - 11pts (4-13 FG, 1-4 3FG, 2-2 FT), Cody Isbell - 9pts (3-12 FG, 3-9 3FG), Mario Thomas - 8pts (3-15 FG, 2-8 3FG), Mike Logan - 7pts (3-6 FG, 1-3 3FG), Daniel Sondreal - 6pts (3-7 FG, 0-3 3FG)
Assists: Matt Donnelly - 3asts, Daniel Sondreal - 2asts, Cody Isbell - 2asts, Mike Logan - 2asts, Jason Holzmueller - 1ast
CJP Fan Attendance: 2
Points: Jason Holzmueller - 18pts (8-9 FG, 2-3 FT), Cole Cruse - 14pts (5-21 FG, 2-7 3FG, 2-2 FT), Ben Gray - 9pts (4-9 FG, 1-3 3FG), Daniel Sondreal - 5pts (2-2 FG, 1-1 3FG), Joe Ahmadian - 5pts (2-7 FG, 1-5 3FG), Keith Pipkin - 2pts (1-5 FG, 0-2 3FG), Mojo Williams - 2pts (1-2 FG), Ian Emerson - 0pts (0-2 FG, 0-1 3FG)
Assists: Daniel Sondreal - 3asts, Cole Cruse - 3asts, Ben Gray - 2asts, Keith Pipkin - 2asts, Joe Ahmadian - 2asts, Mojo Williams - 1ast
CJP center Brandon Whightsil missed the game due to plantar fasciitis.
Points: Cody Isbell - 23pts (9-21 FG, 5-16 3FG), Mario Thomas - 17pts (6-16 FG, 2-6 3FG, 3-4 FT), Jason Holzmueller - 12pts (6-10 FG), Matt Donnelly - 10pts (4-8 FG, 2-3 3FG), Mike Logan 4pts (2-5 FG, 0-1 3FG), Daniel Sondreal - 2pts (1-4 FG, 0-3 3FG)
Assists: Mario Thomas - 7asts, Daniel Sondreal - 6asts, Mike Logan - 4asts, Jason Holzmueller - 3asts, Matt Donnelly - 2asts, Cody Isbell - 1ast
CJP forward Joe Ahmadian missed the game due to a recruiting trip to the North Sentinel Island of India. CJP center Jason Holzmueller missed the game due to spousal duties. CJP Monday night player Mike Logan filled in for them. CJP Fan Attendance: 1
Points: Cole Cruse - 26pts (8-24 FG, 2-12 3FG, 8-9FT), Keith Pipkin 7pts (3-6 FG, 1-1 3FG), Mike Logan - 6pts (3-6 FG, 0-2 FT), Ben Gray - 6pts (3-8 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-2 FT), Mojo Williams - 3pts (1-3 FG, 1-1 3FG), Daniel Sondreal - 2pts (1-5 FG, 0-2 3FG), Ian Emerson - 2pts (1-3 FG)
Assists: Daniel Sondreal - 8asts, Mike Logan - 3asts, Ben Gray - 2asts, Keith Pipkin - 2asts