Mike Drago Sports Podcast
By Mike Drago Sports
Mike Drago Sports PodcastMar 02, 2022
Berks Basketball, Episode 10, with Dr. Robert Lombardi
Dr. Robert Lombardi, Executive Director of the PIAA, talks about the upcoming state basketball tournament, and site selection, the surprising move from Hersheypark Stadium to Cumberland Valley for the state football championships and the controversial PIAA "Success Formula" and where that might be headed.
Berks Basketball, Episode 9, with Barry Sherman
Longtime Berks basketball official Barry Sherman talks about what it takes to be good official, the shortage of officials at the high school level, the coaches he's run into over the years and the biggest games he's worked over his 44-year career.
Berks Basketball, Episode 8, with Tigh Savercool, Mike Gaffey and John Walk
We prep for the District 3 Tournament with Cedar Cliff coach Tigh Savercool, Bishop McDevitt coach Mike Gaffey and LNP News sportswriter John Walk of Lancaster.
Berks Basketball, Episode 7, with Matt Flowers, Terry Sitler and Snip Esterly
We get ready for the Berks Conference playoffs with three of the coaches preparing for the quarterfinals: Muhlenberg's Matt Flowers, Fleetwood's Terry Sitler and Berks Catholic's Snip Esterly.
Berks Basketball, Episode 6, with Muhlenberg coach Matt Flowers
Matt Flowers has the Muhlenberg Muhls headed to the playoffs in his first season as head coach after coaching at Reading High for the past decade. He talks about his team, the progress made by Muhls' center Edwin Suarez, and the upcoming showdown against the Red Knights and their coach, his long-time friend Rick Perez.
Berks Basketball, Episode 5, with Mike Gross
Lancaster sportswriter Mike Gross breaks down the top boys basketball teams in the Lancaster-Lebanon League and which have the best chances to win championships in the upcoming District 3 Tournament. Also, we discuss the upcoming LL-Berks football merger, plus Penn State football and Nick Singleton's prospects.
Berks Basketball, Episode 4, with Reading High coach Rick Perez
Red Knights coach Rick Perez talks about his team's upcoming challenges, against Vertical Academy and Archbishop Wood, and Play-by-Play Classics CEO Jeremy Treatman talks about the big event at Santander Arena, featuring national recruit Mikey Williams.
Berks Basketball Week 3, with Exeter coach Matt Ashcroft
We talk about Exeter's thrilling comeback win over Wilson, the Eagles' fast start and hopes for the District 3 playoffs. Also, we talk about Matt's days playing at Central Catholic, where he was part of a PIAA championship team, and his upcoming match-up against Berks Catholic and his former coach, Snip Esterly.
Berks Basketball Week 2, with Berks Catholic coach Snip Esterly
Snip Esterly, the winningest coach in the history of Berks basketball, talks about his days at Central Catholic and Berks Catholic, the great players he's coached and coached against, and his current Saints' team, which is off to a 6-0 start and about to play Reading High in a Berks Division 1 game.
Berks Basketball Week 1, with Tony Zonca
Long-time sportswriter Tony Zonca discusses his recently published book on Reading High basketball, as well as his career in sportswriting, covering the Phillies and Sixers, and his encounters with Muhammad Ali.
Berks Football Week 16, with Ross Tucker, Eric Epler and Noah Hiles
We dive into all aspects of Wyomissing's state championship game. Ross Tucker, former Spartans lineman, talks about what it will take for Wyomissing to win. Eric Epler, of PennLive.com, gives his impression of the Spartans and picks winners for each of the six PIAA championships. Noah Hiles, who writes for the Beaver County Times, shares his insights about Wyo's opponent, Central Valley.
Berks Football Week 15, with Mike Brennan, Darren Zeiner and Paul Schofield
We break down the Wyomissing vs. Neumann-Goretti match-up with Danville coach Mike Brennan and talk about Exeter vs. Penn-Trafford with Eagles broadcaster Darren Zeiner and Pittsburgh sportswriter Paul Schofield.
Berks football Week 14, with coaches Bob Wolfrum and Matt Bauer
Wyomissing coach Bob Wolfrum and Exeter coach Matt Bauer talk about their football programs and their big playoff games this weekend.
Berks Football Week 13, with Wilson coach Doug Dahms and Harrisburg coach Calvin Everett
We talk to the rival coaches for the District 3 Class 6A championship game, Doug Dahms of Wilson and Calvin Everett of Harrisburg to get their takes on the game and how their respective teams have progressed to this point.
Berks Football Week 12, with Gerry Yonchiuk, Jeff Lang and Bob Locker
We take a tour around the District 3 playoffs to speak to head coaches from Central York, Gov. Mifflin and Warwick. Gerry Yonchiuk talks about his QB, Penn State recruit Beau Pribula. Jeff Lang talks about the guys who do the blocking for Nick Singleton, and what it takes to make a good offensive lineman. Bob Locker talks about the Warriors' season and the challenge that awaits them against the Mustangs.
Berks Football Week 11, with Rod Frisco and Eric Epler
We break down the District 3 Tournament and talk state rankings with Eric Epler, and talk about the history on the tournament on its 40th anniversary with Rod Frisco.
Berks Football Week 10, with Ross Tucker
We discuss the ins and outs of college recruiting with Ross Tucker, founder of GoBigRecruiting.com, and talk about Ross' former team, the Wyomissing Spartans and their chances in the upcoming playoffs.
Berks Football Week 9, with Doug Dahms and George Eager
We talk about the biggest game in Week 9, the Lancaster-Lebanon League showdown between Wilson and Hempfield. Head coaches Doug Dahms of Wilson and George Eager of Hempfield talk about their teams, and the match-up. Eager, a former Bulldogs assistant coach, talks about his days on the Wilson staff and what he learned from Dahms.
Berks football Week 8, with Jeff Lang and Mick Vecchio
We discuss Gov. Mifflin football -- past, present and future -- with the Mustangs' current head coach and former head coach.
Berks football Week 7, with Joe Mays and Daryn Zeiner
We talk about the big game of the week, Gov. Mifflin at Exeter, and whether anyone will beat the Mustangs this season. We also take a deep dive into the upcoming District 3 playoffs, and talk about who's on the hot seat.
Berks football Week 6, with Jan Johnson
We talk about Jan's football career at Gov. Mifflin and Penn State, his thoughts on Nick Singleton and the Mustangs, and his prospects for the NFL.
Berks football Week 5, with Jeff Reinhart
Jeff and Mike talk about the opening weekend of the 50th season of the Lancaster-Lebanon League.
Berks football Week 4, with Gerry Slemmer
Former Wilson football coach Gerry Slemmer talks about his playing and coaching career, Kerry Collins and Nick Singleton.
Berks football Week 3 with Jerry Geleff and Daryn Zeiner
We talk about The Exeter Sport's networks livestream broadcasts and the big games in Berks football for Week 3, including Wilson at Exeter.
Berks football Week 2 with John Yocum
Interview with former Wilson quarterback and Muhlenberg head coach John Yocum
Berks football Week 1 preview
Mike and his panelists talk about the upcoming season and the Week 1 match-ups in Berks football.