There was no room for compromising with Gardler, the UConn women's coach says.
Episcopal Academy's DeeWil Barlee and Lower Merion's Jalen Goodman have both committed to Villanova.
With a career record of 560-413, Mr. Gardler was the all-time winningest boys' basketball coach in Catholic League history until he was surpassed by Speedy Morris in 2011.
New Vikings head coach Kyle Adkins replaces Steve Devlin, who went 132-22-1 and won five state crowns in 11 seasons.
Kristian Marche had been a track and football standout at Imhotep Institute Charter High School.
The Friars have gained top Inter-Ac League honors in seven of the last 11 seasons (three shared).
Senior running back Garvey Jonassaint, a 1,000-yard rusher last season, returns for the Cougars.
The Panthers are loaded with talented skill-position players, including receivers Yusuf Terry, Tykee Smith and Anthony Gordon.
Coatesville's Ricky Ortega and Penn Wood's Desman Johnson Jr. threw for 3,283 and 2,225 yards, respectively, last season.
The Tigers are still scheduled to scrimmage Public League rival Strawberry Mansion on Aug. 18.
She qualified for the A final, but only the top two swimmers from one country advance, and she was the third.
The team's Aug. 18 scrimmage against Public League rival Strawberry Mansion is still on.
Indians Pacers guard Tyreke Evans will host a free basketball camp this weekend in his native Chester.