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It seems an annual tradition that when the state playoffs start up, soon thereafter begins the increasingly hostile debate on whether boundary and non-boundary schools should be competing within the same state tournament in the PIAAs.

​Such was a topic of debate on a recent edition of ATVN SportsTalk

Recently within District XI, we’ve had non-boundary schools once again dominating the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District XI playoff championships.  ​ The debate gets louder and more heated as more and more non-boundary schools dominate competition and scores become more and more lopsided (no boundary school has defeated a non-boundary school in the last eight years of District XI competition and a school like Executive Education Charter school has won it every year of its existence). 

Over the last few years we have had a number of politicians, school administrators, current and former coaches and athletic directors and other people in the sports world weighing in on this issue.  With no easy resolution ever in sight, the only thing people seem to agree on is that it will take an act of legislation to change what is currently in place at the state level.

As far as if there will be anything that ever changes on a local league or regional level, stay tuned over the coming months to see what develops.


Now here’s highlights of recent sports broadcasts on ATVN, with many of these games still available to watch for free for Astound video customers at anytime!

1.  Astound Sports: Nazareth vs. Freedom (12/22)

  1. Astound Sports: Liberty vs. Freedom  (1/23)

  1. Astound Sports: Blue Mountain vs.  Bethlehem Catholic (11/22)

  1. Astound Sports:  Parkland vs. Freedom (11/22)

Check back in a few weeks for more samples of the best plays from this past high school winter sports season, along with some final thoughts on the season gone by!

Also, don’t forget to check out this weekend’s schedules of PIAA state basketball playoff games on our website to see which games will be broadcasting on our network.


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