The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 31, 2014

H.S. boys basketball: Worth 1,000 wins


"In the state championship game, I fouled out with three minutes left and when I huddled up with everyone on the floor, I looked into their eyes and I knew that we were still going to win the game," Reiprish added.

Lourdes won the game with a pair of late free throws.

The other living coach for the Red Raiders is John McKay, who compiled a 260-97 record from 1975-87 which included six District 4 Class AA championships from 1977 through 1986.

"I don't know if the play of the game had changed so much, but I think the kids in today's society have so many other things to do that they don't spend as much time on the court in the offseason," he said. "They can go to all of the camps and clinics they want, but if they are not willing to go out and work on the playgrounds or get in the gym in order to get better, then that's kind of defeating the purpose."

McKay noted that a lot of the success of Lourdes program over the years was not only thanks to a good Catholic Youth Organization feeder system, but talented men such as Leo Muhall who set the coaching standard at the school, according to McKay.

"We had to travel to coaching clinics back in the days like they ones they had in Cherry Hill, N.J," he said. "They were run by Al McGuire, and Bobby Knight was usually there and Dick Motta from the pros. They would say you put your 6-10 forward here and your 7-foot center here and we were dealing with 6-1 forwards and 6-2 centers and we had to adapt and run stuff that was good for our kids".

McKay is second on the all-time win list (which was complied by Ryan) to Korbich, who had 304 from 1987-2002.

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