Barry Goss knew he would be recognized Tuesday night for 61 years of service as Midd-West's clock operator at halftime of the Mustangs' game against Warrior Run.
What he didn't know, however, was that dozens of past players, coaches and scorekeepers would also join him at mid-court for the ceremony.
It was no doubt a touching moment when he saw all those people step onto the court to join him.
For more than six decades, Goss worked the clock for the school -- be it known as Midd-West, West Snyder, Middleburg or even McClure High School -- for both boys and girls basketball, wrestling and even soccer, including both junior varsity and varsity.
When he was young, Goss knew he wouldn't be able to participate in sports due to a physical condition he's endured since birth. However, despite that, Goss wanted to somehow be involved in sports.
So when he was just a freshman at McClure High in 1952, he started as a clock operator. He probably didn't realize back then that he'd be with the Mustangs for 61 years.
Goss has witnessed his fair share of great moments, including two state wrestlers crowned in Allen Goss and Ken Hess in the mid-60s, the school's first-ever soccer state championship appearances in the early 70s, and plenty of District 4 banners over the years.
He's also one of the only timekeepers who can say they've seen every single 1,000-point scorer to grace the school, all eight of them.
"I really enjoy all sports, and being around kids for all those years helped to keep me young at heart," Goss said Wednesday via email. "I really had a fantastic ride doing what I love best."
He witnessed Tony McGlaughlin become the first 1,000-point scorer in 1961 (1,168 points), followed the next year by Mark Zechman (1,288). There was also Dennis Baker (1964, 1,015 points), Art Kline (1966, 1,212), and Brett Erb (1996, 1,033) at West Snyder, before Jerry Wagner set the boys all-time mark with 1,309 points in 2005 with Midd-West.
In girls basketball, Goss was there for Gloria (Hawk) Wagner as she set the school's scoring record with 650 points in the late 50s. Lisa Wagner then set the mark then with 901 points in 1984.
It was Lisa Wagner, a coach at the time, who saw her own record broken by Erica (Weaver) Wagner in 1994, becoming West Snyder's first 1,000-point scorer in girls basketball (1,298).
Fast forward a few years to when Wagner's children, Jerry and Emilee, played basketball.
"I'm one of only timekeepers that saw an entire family of four participate in a basketball program and followed them throughout their high school years," Goss said during Tuesday's halftime ceremony.
Jerry and Emilee Wagner are Midd-West's lone 1,000-point scorers with 1,309 and 1,457 points, respectively. Emilee Wagner is the school's all-time scorer.
Not a bad run of great athletic achievements Goss got to see in person from the scorers' table.
"I probably missed some names and moments, for which I apologize," Goss said Tuesday. "I have to tell you all, it was a great ride."
All those past players, coaches and scorekeepers on that court alongside Goss on Tuesday and all those applauding in the stands essentially had the same message for their beloved timekeeper: thanks for your service.
Note: Special thanks to former West Snyder and Midd-West coach Lisa Wagner for providing information on former players.
Jon Gerardi covers boys basketball for The Daily Item. Email comments to email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @JonGerardi.