The 13th Annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard passed through Pennsylvania on Friday, Feb. 9 to recognize Pine-Richland (Gibsonia, Pa.)
High School and its football team for winning a state championship and earning a high national ranking.
Having upended St. Joseph's Prep 41-21 in the PIAA Class 6A
state title contest, the 16-0 Rams claimed their first state football championship and finished the season ranked No. 16 in MaxPreps' National Rankings
Enthusiastically greeted by Pine-Richland principal Nancy Bowman and athletic director Joshua Shoop on their arrival, MaxPreps and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard honored the Rams at halftime of the boys varsity basketball game against Shaler Area, an 85-64 Ram win. Bowman kicked off the celebration by introducing all of the sophomores and juniors. Then she called the seniors out by name.
Bowman praised the team's accomplishments and talked to the crowd about other characteristics of the Ram football team, calling them ‘gentlemen in every respect.' Bowman also recognized the football coaches in front of the crowd of about 600 spectators.
The microphone was then turned over to Pennsylvania Army National Guard Sergeant Jonathan DeCecchis, who presented Pine-Richland football coach Eric ‘Coach K' Kasperowicz and the Rams with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy. SGT DeCecchis spoke of the team's efforts and strength, adding that the Rams put in everything they had to reach their goal of being a winning team.
Kasperowicz and the rest of the Ram football program were honored and humbled to be recognized as one of the many great football programs nationally. The Rams, a celebratory group of players and coaches, later accepted their commemorative Tour of Champions t-shirts from the Army National Guard and posed for pictures at the conclusion of the program. Congratulations, Pine-Richland, for truly being among the "Best of the Best"! Click here
to view the Pine-Richland TOC photo gallery and for more information about the Football TOC, please visit the MaxPreps Tour of Champions site