Sport: Champs by Crum

In Allentown, Pa. the natives said it in the old Pennsylvania Dutch way: "It wonders [mystifies] me." In the city's only public high school, a dozen drum majorettes strutted up & down the gym. The 40-piece school band blared away. Allentown's basketball team, unconquered in three years, was in step as usual: down went rival Weatherly, 62-33.

So long as Allentown kept marching (it had won 60 straight), there was no argument about which of the 16,000 high-school teams was the nation's best. Coach Jay Birney Crum's champions were no accident; he had simply brought collegiate production-line tactics down to the high-school...

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