Barons are making history

By on February 20, 2014

Bruce Morgan

Bruce Morgan

The days of walking into the Manheim Central gymnasium and finding a good seat for a Baron boys basketball game seem like a long time ago.

Fill that small facility to capacity, with fans right on top of the action, and it really has to give the Central boys a home-court advantage.

This group of Baron players and coaches certainly deserve it. The reigning Section Three champs are currently 22-3 and headed to the District Three Triple-A quarter-finals.

Standing with Manheim guy Tom Swarr during Central’s 52-50 OT win over Conrad Weiser on Tuesday night, he summed up what a lot of people are thinking right now when he said, “Boy, it’s been a long time since Manheim has seen this kind of excitement for basketball.”

Football? Yes, you’d expect this at Manheim Central. Basketball? Probably not.

But when you consider that the Barons’ starting five – Tanner Brenize, Taylor Funk, Tony Staffieri, Matt Walsh and Dan Wiederrecht – are all underclassmen, the excitement around this team isn’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future.

In my book, coach Chris Sherwood also gets a lot of credit. Talk to him for a few minutes and it won’t take you long to see the passion he has not only for the game, but also for the best interests of his players. That passion has to rub off on the student-athletes. He knows the game, he’s a good guy and I’ve got to think that the players love competing for him.

There were a lot of questions after Tuesday’s game about when was the last time the Barons won a District playoff game. A year ago, they defeated Wyomissing 60-48 in a preliminary-round game. Does that count as a District win? Some would argue not, on the basis that it was a play-in game to get into the District playoffs.

That’s one to research, for sure.

In the meantime, enjoy the ride.

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