The Crushers and Little Lions will be attempting to join Tyrone, which is the only District 6 squad to capture a state crown. The Golden Eagles won 13-6 over Mount Carmel in the Class AA championship in 1999.
The other two matchups in this weekend’s state championships feature the all-private school battle in Class AA between Greensburg Central Catholic and Lancaster Catholic in Saturday’s 1 p.m. contest while the Class AAA title game pits Selinsgrove against Manheim Central, both eastern squads, at 7 p.m. Friday.
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Out in the cold: Local radio station ROCKY 99.1 carried the Crushers win over Tri-Valley on Friday and the announcers were lamenting the cramped conditions at the State College High School facility where there were three radio stations crammed into the small press box.
At least they were inside.
Co-worker Mike Mastovich and I were on the outside looking in, earning spots in the Little Lions' outside press deck.
We shared a pair of propane heaters with other reporters until one of the heaters overheated at halftime and began shooting flames, threatening the wooden structure.
If you’ve ever tried to write with a pen in frigid conditions, you could appreciate our circumstances.
The people that we dealt with at State College were all very pleasant, but the location for the PIAA semifinal game was not exactly appreciated by many.
The battle for parking at the downtown facility was challenging (Mastovich and I at least had a press pass) and fans were told they could use the bathrooms in the administrative office or the church across the streets.
McCort fans sitting near us were not impressed.