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The Press Box

Personal reflections on sports and sportswriting, the games I’ve covered, and the many people I’ve met along the way.

Shot clock about to get shot down again in Pennsylvania

Do we need a shot clock in Pennsylvania high school basketball? Most fans would say yes; they don't like to see a team hold the ball. It's not the way basketball should be played, they reason. Boring, too. Most coaches would

Kyle Conrad: ‘I’m not going to stop living life’

Kyle Conrad wishes you weren't reading this story. He'd prefer not to be the focus of it. He'd rather remain on the sidelines, off center stage, the way he does during Gov. Mifflin basketball games. He'd sooner ask how you're

Why the PIAA gave Hershey a goodbye kiss

Next week, when basketball teams across the Commonwealth clinch a trip to the state championship game fans will inevitably throw Hershey Kisses into the air. It's become a rite of passage, a way to celebrate a trip to Hershey, where

It’s Rick vs. Matt . . . or is it?

When Reading High visits Muhlenberg Tuesday night there'll be a lot more going on than just basketball. It'll be Rick vs. Matt, the first meeting as head coaches between Reading High's Rick Perez and Muhlenberg's Matt Flowers.

Are there ever any happy endings with COVID?

It's hard to imagine a person, industry or institution in America that hasn't been negatively affected by COVID. We're closing in on one million deaths in the United States; close to 60 million have been infected by the virus.

You could write a book about it

For years Tony Zonca considered Reading High's 1982-83 team his personal favorite among the 50 or so Red Knights basketball teams he has watched. The team included Pat Tulley, Charlie Chisholm and Rodney Hodge; it was coached by

On the road again

I haven't been to every high school football stadium in the nation so I can't say for sure but Wyomissing's A-Field has to be one of the nicest venues in the country. It's an idyllic setting, tucked away in a quaint neighborhood,

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