Vikings claim state title

File photo Venango Christian players celebrate at center court in Hersheypark Arena following their 37-33 victory over Pine Grove for the girls PIAA Class A basketball championship on March 22, 1980. Among the Vikings pictured with some of the team's cheerleaders are Angie Burkett, Annette Etzel, Mary Kay Lynch, Marcia McDonald and Jean McNamara.

(Editor's note: The newspaper will take a daily look back at past highlights in sports. The following is City Editor Mark Oliver's first-person account of what transpired on March 22, 1980.)

HERSHEY - Venango Christian coach Father John Weibel said the Vikings had everything under control in Saturday's state championship basketball game against Pine Grove.

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