Delone Catholic head coach Gerry Eckenrode coaches his team against Trinity during the 2020 District 3 Class 3A girls’ basketball championship game in Hershey. Delone lost its final appeal on Wednesday, meaning the Squirettes will move up to Class 4A for the next two-year cycle due to the PIAA competitive balance rule.

Gerry Eckenrode is not one to mince words.

The longtime Delone Catholic girls’ basketball coach subscribes to the theory that brutal honesty is the best policy. Eckenrode put that philosophy into practice on Thursday afternoon when addressing the PIAA’s denial of Delone’s appeal to avoid reclassification under the competitive-balance rule.

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