MASH '87: Meadville's legends of the hardwood

MASH’s Mike Pero hitting the game winning shot against Allderdice in the PIAA Class AAAA West final (state semi-final) at the Erie Civic Center, 1987. -- Courtesy of Meadville Tribune

MASH’s Mike Pero hitting the game winning shot against Allderdice in the PIAA Class AAAA West final (state semi-final) at the Erie Civic Center, 1987.

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During the 1986-1987 season, perhaps the hottest ticket in Western Pennsylvania was to see the Meadville Area Senior High basketball team. Known for their electric play above the rim and total domination of the competition, the high school boys became local celebrities. 

MASH head basketball coach Norm Price helping standout player Mike Burnett review the stacks of college recruiting materials that came in for him, 1987. Price coached the team for 23 years over two stints before retiring in 2013. Price had 413 wins while at the helm of the Bulldogs, leading them to a state runner-up finish in 1986-1987. -- Courtesy of Norm Price

MASH head basketball coach Norm Price helping standout player Mike Burnett review the stacks of college recruiting materials that came in for him, 1987. Price coached the team for 23 years over two stints before retiring in 2013. Price had 413 wins while at the helm of the Bulldogs, leading them to a state runner-up finish in 1986-1987.

Courtesy of Norm Price

Led by head coach Norm Price and coveted college recruit Mike Burnett (above) and lifted by heroics by players like Mike Pero (top), the MASH Bulldogs made their way to the PIAA AAAA State Championship before finally falling to Carlisle by one point

MASH boys basketball team celebrating their state runner-up finish at Diamond Park after returning home from Hershey in 1987. -- Courtesy of Tom Compton

MASH boys basketball team celebrating their state runner-up finish at Diamond Park after returning home from Hershey in 1987.

Courtesy of Tom Compton

Read more about this legendary team at the Meadville Tribune: Still Legends -- The story of the 1986-87 Meadville Bulldogs

And see many more classic photos of these Bulldogs and hundreds of other Crawford County athletes and memorable moments in the Tribune's new hardcover, heirloom-quality book, Crawford County: Sports History Highlights!

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