8.01.2014

2014 Fall League Starts October 7 & 8

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.

7.18.2014

CJP set to retire the number 5 in honor of Mario Thomas.


A legend was born in Topeka, Kansas 29 years ago.

His name.

Mario Thomas.

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. Some guys are talented and don’t care about the game but he is both talented and passionate 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.

Notes

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.

7.15.2014

Curtis J. Phillips (5-2) topples to The Dawgs (6-1) 54-56



Game Notes


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).

Individual Leaders

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

7.14.2014

Curtis J. Phillips (4-3) turns down the Hornets (6-1) 55-49



Game Notes


CJP Fan Attendance: 2

Individual Leaders

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

7.08.2014

Curtis J. Phillips (5-1) thumps 5W2B (3-3) 68-42



Game Notes


CJP center Brandon Whightsil missed the game due to plantar fasciitis.

Individual Leaders

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

7.07.2014

Curtis J. Phillips (3-3) picks Beez in da Trap (1-5) 52-34



Game Notes


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

Individual Leaders

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

7.01.2014

Curtis J. Phillips (4-1) destroyed by the Fighting Wombats (5-0) 44-76



Game Notes


The 32 point loss is by far the worst loss in CJP history. CJP guards Mario Thomas and Matt Donnelly missed the game. Monday night CJP players Joe Ahmadian and Keith Pipkin filled in for them. CJP is now 1-2 all-time versus the Fighting Wombats. CJP Fan Attendance: 1

Individual Leaders

Points: Cody Isbell - 19pts, Jason Holzmueller - 7pts, Keith Pipkin - 7pts, Mike Logan - 7pts, Joe Ahmadian - 2pts

Assists: Mike Logan - 3asts, Daniel Sondreal - 2asts, Cody Isbell - 2asts, Joe Ahmadian - 2asts, Jason Holzmueller - 1ast, Keith Pipkin - 1ast

6.30.2014

Curtis J. Phillips (2-3) plunges to Half Decent (2-3) 35-43



Game Notes


CJP Fan Attendance: 8

Individual Leaders

Points: Cole Cruse - 13pts, Keith Pipkins - 7pts, Jason Holzmueller - 6pts, Joe Ahmadian - 5pts, Mojo Williams - 2pts, Ben Gray - 2pts

Assists: Mojo Williams - 2asts, Daniel Sondreal - 2asts, Cole Cruse - 2asts, Ian Emerson - 1ast, Ben Gray - 1ast, Keith Pipkin - 1ast

6.24.2014

Curtis J. Phillips (4-0) survives The John Denver Experience (0-4) 66-50



Game Notes


CJP forward Cody Isbell missed the game due to a work related matter. CJP center Brandon Whightsil missed the game due an undisclosed illness. CJP center Jason Holzmueller missed the game due to parental duties. CJP Monday night player Cole Cruse filled in for them. CJP is now 3-1 all-time versus The John Denver Experience.

Individual Leaders

Points: Mario Thomas - 29pts, Cole Cruse - 14pts, Matt Donnelly - 11pts, Mike Logan - 10pts, Daniel Sondreal - 2pts

Assists: Daniel Sondreal - 8asts, Matt Donnelly - 6asts, Mike Logan - 5asts, Cole Cruse - 4asts, Mario Thomas - 1ast


6.23.2014

Curtis J. Phillips (2-2) ruins the Road Warriors (0-4) 66-27



Game Notes

CJP center Jason Holzmueller missed the game due to parental duties. CJP forward Mojo Williams left the game midway through the second half with a bruised knee. CJP forward Ian Emerson left the game late in the second half due to a bloody laceration of the knee. CJP Fan Attendance: 1

Individual Leaders

Points: Cole Cruse - 18pts, Keith Pipkin - 11pts, Mojo Williams - 10pts, Ben Gray - 9pts, Joe Ahmadian - 7pts, Daniel Sondreal - 6pts, Ian Emerson - 5pts

Assists: Daniel Sondreal - 8asts, Joe Ahmadian - 3asts, Cole Cruse - 1ast, Keith Pipkin - 1ast

6.17.2014

Curtis J. Phillips (3-0) overcomes the Thunder (1-2) 56-52



Game Notes

CJP is now 2-0 all-time versus the Road Warriors. CJP forward Mike Logan missed the game due to being in Ireland. CJP guard Matt Donnelly missed the game due to a business trip. CJP Monday night player Cole Cruse filled in for them. CJP Fan Attendance: 2

Individual Leaders

Points: Cody Isbell - 19pts, Mario Thomas - 15pts, Cole Cruse - 13pts, Jason Holzmueller - 4pts, Brandon Wightsil - 3pts, Daniel Sondreal - 2pts

Assists: Daniel Sondreal - 3asts, Cole Cruse - 3asts, Mario Thomas - 2asts, Cody Isbell - 1ast

6.16.2014

Curtis J. Phillips (1-2) dries up the Boozehounds (1-2) 73-68 OT



Game Notes

CJP forward Ian Emerson missed the game due to food poisoning. CJP guard Ben Gray missed the game due to a work related matter. CJP Tuesday night player Mario Thomas filled in for them. The official league standings will show CJP scored 71 points in this game but our video footage shows the team scored 73 points. CJP Fan Attendance: 2

Individual Leaders

Points: Cole Cruse - 16pts, Mario Thomas - 16pts, Joe Ahmadian - 16pts, Keith Pipkin - 13pts, Jason Holzmueller - 7pts, Daniel Sondreal - 3pts, Mojo Williams - 2pts

Assists: Jason Holzmueller - 3asts, Keith Pipkin - 3asts, Mario Thomas - 3asts, Mojo Williams - 2asts, Joe Ahmadian - 2asts, Cole Cruse - 2asts, Daniel Sondreal - 1ast

6.10.2014

Curtis J. Phillips (2-0) shakes the Free Agents (0-2) 60-53



Game Notes

CJP is now 12-3 all-time versus the Free Agents.

Individual Leaders

Points: Mario Thomas - 19pts, Daniel Sondreal - 17pts, Mike Logan - 8pts, Jason Holzmueller - 8pts, Matt Donnelly - 7pts, Cody Isbell - 1pt

Assists: Mike Logan - 3asts, Cody Isbell - 3asts, Daniel Sondreal - 3asts, Matt Donnelly - 2asts, Mario Thomas - 1ast, Jason Holzmueller - 1ast

6.09.2014

Curtis J. Phillips (0-2) slumps to the Hawks (2-0) 43-63



Game Notes


CJP forward Joe Ahmadian missed the game due to being in love. CJP forward Mojo Williams missed the game due to being injured. CJP Tuesday night player Mike Logan filled in for them.

Individual Leaders

Points: Cole Cruse - 20pts, Keith Pipkin - 8pts, Ben Gray - 4pts, Jason Holzmueller - 4pts, Daniel Sondreal - 3pts, Rob Smith - 2pts, Mike Logan - 2pts

Assists: Daniel Sondreal - 4asts, Keith Pipkin - 3asts, Cole Cruse - 2pts, Mike Logan - 1ast, Ian Emerson - 1ast, Rob Smith - 1ast, Jason Holzmueller - 1ast