Post-Gazette writer Mike White profiles the Thomas Jefferson boys basketball team, which has gotten a lot of help from players who doubled as standouts on the school's football team. Click here to read his story.
"Thomas Jefferson has had one of the most successful football programs in the state over the past two decades. Now the boys basketball team is riding piggyback.
The Thomas Jefferson basketball team is having one of the best seasons in school history and coach Dom DeCicco doesn't try to hide the fact that football players play a huge role in the basketball program's success. And he likes it that way.
"To be honest, I've always had a core group of football players," said DeCicco, who is in his ninth season as the Jaguars' coach. "Cherp [football coach Bill Cherpak] encourages it. I just don't know why more schools don't do it. You take some football players and incorporate some basketball players, and it can work really well. We've had success with it."
Thomas Jefferson is 21-2 and meets Blackhawk (12-11) in a WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal game tonight at North Allegheny. A win puts the Jaguars into the semifinals for only the fourth time in school history. A win also gives Thomas Jefferson the most wins since it went 22-6 in 1988 and made it to the WPIAL title game before losing to Aliquippa."