The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 12, 2014

Jon Gerardi's boys basketball column: Midd-West thanks Goss for his time

Timekeeper spent six decades at clock

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.

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