The Archbishop Wood basketball team won its first championship last year, shocking Neumann-Goretti in the title game. But, it won off the court recently too. The team rallied around its head coach John Mosco, whose wife Diane tragically passed away at 51, in a fight with cancer and complications from chemotherapy. All members of the team were present at the funeral on Sept. 24.

“The team bonded very strongly,” said the senior swingman. “We know coach was going through something very rough and still is, and I know coach would do anything for me, so the least I can do for him is be there for him in a time of need. I think we all felt that way. It’s very sad and we are all reeling from this.” Pickron said the team is focusing on off-season workouts and competitions nevertheless. Wood has arguably seven Division I prospects and will be a Liberty City Press area top five team to start the season. “It’s definitely very possible that we can be better this year than last year,” he said. “We have the right pieces and a great coaching staff to do so but being better than last year is not our goal. It is repeating what we did last year in winning the league, the city title game, and a state title.”

Jeremy Treatman - Contributor

Jeremy Treatman is the founder and co-director of the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classics and Sports Broadcasting Camps. Over 50 NBA players, including Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Rajon Rondo played in his events when they were in high school. Jeremy wrote high school sports for the INQUIRER for 10 years, and was the first TV reporter for the HIgh School Sports Show on Channel 29 from 1994-2001. He currently is Comcast's announcer for all high school games.


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