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Recalling Neumann’s initial state basketball title in 1972

March 15, 2014
By JIM CARPENTER ( , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

(EDITOR'S NOTE: In the 1970s, parochial schools in Pennsylvania were banned from playing in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association and, instead, formed and competed in the Pennsylvania Catholic Interscholastic Athletic Association, which operated from 1943-74. In 1972, Bishop Neumann High School, the forerunner to today's St. John Neumann Regional Academy, posted a 22-4 record and won the PCIAA Class C state championship. Coached by Gary Koons and paced by leading scorer Paul Petcavage, who averaged nearly 16 points a game and now coaches the Knights, Neumann completed a 17-4 regular season, and then knocked off East Stroudsburg Notre Dame, 98-42; Mt. Pocono, 76-57; West Scranton Central Catholic, 92-67; St. Francis Prep of Spring Grove, 65-40; and captured the title with a 70-64 win over Bradford Central Christian Catholic at the Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg. These are Sun-Gazette championship-game preview highlights and a reprint of the championship game).



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