Saturday, February 23, 2008
congrats to coach crummie, cchs
Here's to coach Chuck Crummie and the Central Catholic Vikings, who won the first WPIAL basketball title in school history last night by beating Moon, 55-54, on a buzzer-beater at Duquense University's Palumbo Center. Mr. Crummie, Central's coach for 28 years now, is a good man, and a good teacher of basketball. I learned a great deal about how to really play from him, and from Harry Sirockman, my junior varsity coach once upon a time. Both men emphasized fundamentals and execution with a team emphasis, which is why I'm surprised to see Central was so pitiful from the free-throw line (9-for-24) last night. But it's a minor quibble. This championship was long overdue, and my beloved alma mater has now won WPIAL titles in football and basketball in the same school year. Pretty cool.