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The Mike Drago Sports Team

Mike Drago

Founder/CEO/Sportswriter

Mike Drago has written about sports at every level for parts of six decades, most notably at the Reading Eagle for 38 years.

He has earned more than two dozen Pennsylvania writing awards for his coverage of high school football and basketball and professional baseball.

He has covered the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies, the Reading Phillies and Penn State football, and chronicled the careers of notable Berks County athletes and future pros such as Lonnie Walker IV, Chad Henne, Donyell Marshall, Alex Anzalone, Michal Menet, Chris Finch, Ross Tucker, and Kerry Collins.

He has interviewed dozens Hall of Famers, including Mike Schmidt, Ted Williams, Pedro Martinez, Bill Walton, Mike Ditka, Don Shula, Bob Feller, Rickey Henderson, Cal Ripken Jr., Willie Stargell, Reggie White, and Joe Paterno, as well as Reading High grads Lenny Moore and Chuck Thompson.

Mike once jumped center against 6-8 Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Harold Carmichael (an episode that did not turn out well).

He was courtside to cover PIAA basketball championships for Reading High, was there to write about Wyomissing’s unbeaten run to a 2012 state football title and has written about countless other state, district and county championships in baseball, soccer, softball and track and field.

Mike has written a virtual history of Berks high school football and in 2013 was inducted into the Berks County Football Coaches Hall of Fame.

Born in Baltimore, Md., and educated at the University of Maryland, Mike has called Berks County home since joining the Reading Eagle staff in 1983.

 

Jason GuarenteJason Guarente

Senior Correspondent

Jason Guarente has written about Berks County football, basketball, soccer and track and field for the past 11 years.

He started his career at West Chester’s Daily Local News, where he covered Downingtown’s run to the 1996 state football title.

He moved to Connecticut and spent six years reporting on local sports for the Bristol Press and Manchester Journal Inquirer, covering the UConn men’s and women’s basketball national championship teams in 1999 and 2000.

Guarente was hired by the Lancaster New Era in 2002 and was the beatwriter when Lancaster Catholic’s boys basketball team went 35-0 and won the state title in 2003.

He covered the famous snow game between Manheim Central and Pine Richland for Class 3A football gold later that year.

After he joined the Reading Eagle in 2010, Guarente wrote about some of Berks County’s most memorable recent events: Wyomissing’s 2012 state football championship, both of Reading High’s boys basketball titles and Fleetwood and Wilson winning PIAA boys soccer crowns on the same day in 2018.

He authored remembrances of legendary coaches Bob Rentschler and Ray Buss and many long-form features about some of Berks’ greatest athletes, past and present.

He has won Associated Press and Keystone Press awards for his high school sports reporting and lives in Lancaster with his wife, Modesty, son, Gannon, and daughters Evie and Caroline.

 

cavalieriSam Cavalieri

Correspondent

Sam Cavalieri is a graduate of the Penn State University where he covered sports for four years for The Daily Collegian.
 
He is a lifelong resident of Berks County and started covering sporting events in Berks County as a freelance journalist in 2014.
 
Throughout his time as a writer he has covered virtually every sport, including football, basketball, volleyball, soccer and field hockey. He also has covered professional boxing events and a Philadelphia 76ers training camp.
 
When he isn’t covering sports he enjoys participating in them. His favorite sports to play are basketball, golf, bowling, tennis, and bocce.

 

Sean McBryanSean McBryan

Correspondent

Sean McBryan started his communications career in 2017 with the Reading Eagle, shortly after graduating from Penn State.

He covered Berks County girls soccer, bowling and USL League Two’s Reading United, while also running the Reading Eagle Twitter account on football Fridays and helping update BerksGameDay. Sean has written for numerous sites including FanSided, Rookie Road and EasternPAFootball.

He recently graduated from Syracuse University with a M.S. in Communications and now covers basketball in the greater Philadelphia area for City of Basketball Love.

A Berks County Native, Sean graduated from Gov. Mifflin high school. He resides in Lancaster, where he works as the Lancaster County District Attorney’s media specialist.

Check out his portfolio.

 

Jennifer Drago

Digital Director

Mike’s daughter Jennifer designed and built our website. She is a 2007 graduate of Holy Name (now Berks Catholic) and received a degree in Graphic and Web Design from Drexel University. She is now the Creative Director for the healthcare web development firm Fyra in Conshohocken, but her favorite job she’s ever had was in the upstairs ice cream stand at the Reading Phillies stadium, which had a great view of the games.

Mark Wallace

Sales and Marketing Director

Mark Wallace has over 30 years of experience with Berks County sports, working at every level of athletics: High school, college and professional.

In Jan. 2020, Wallace, along with his wife Alison, began GameChangers Sales and Marketing Co., a company designed to assist start-ups or small businesses with their advertising and marketing efforts.

He first worked at Albright College in 1988 as the school’s first full-time sports information director and served as the Lions’ offensive line coach. 

He has held positions in sales, marketing and communications with the Reading Phillies and Reading Royals. He has also served as athletic director at Wyomissing High School and general manager of the Reading Royals, and later of Santander Arena.

Wallace is the only person to have championship rings from both the Reading Phillies (1995) and the Reading Royals (2013), when he was the hockey team’s general manager.

A long-time supporter of the community and its development, Wallace began working with Habitat For Humanity of Berks County in Jan. 2020; he was named general manager of the Habitat For Humanity ReStore in Temple in July 2020.

Wallace is from Uniontown, Pa., and is a die-hard Pittsburgh sports fan. He and his wife Alison have three grown children – Ben, Jessie and Jennifer, all of whom were multiple-sport athletes in high school.

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