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Williamsburg H.S. Basketball 1954-55: A Tradition Revisited


September 3, 2020

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The 1954-55 Williamsburg High School boys' basketball team finished with a record of 22-3 and captured the Juniata Valley league title for only the second time in school history. Team members were (from left): Front row: Ed Allender, Allen Shaffer, Phil Over, John Burger and Don Wagner. Back row: Coach Melvin McCorkle, Bob Rice, Dick Dibert, Pepper Frank, Ron Robeson, Stan Shaffer, Galen Hall, James Shultz and head coach Bill Casper.

As I walked into the Williamsburg High School gymnasium recently for a boys' District 6-A semi-final playoff game, showcasing Saltsburg and the Blue Pirates, it was my privilege to run into an old friend and fellow WHS "alum," Ed Allender (1955).

I had an immediate flashback to the 1954-55 Juniata Valley League championship team that Ed made a major contribution to. Interestingly, the "Allender" family lived directly across the street from the front entrance to the high school, an easy commute across West Third Street.

On this winter evening in 2020, Ed, myself and hundreds more were treate...

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