Keith Groller is a graduate of Dieruff High School where he began his involvement with basketball as a scorekeeper and PA announcer for Tommy Young’s girls team and also kept the stats for Terry German’s boys squad.
Keith has been a writer at The Morning Call for 32 years, and just finished his 30th full season of covering Lehigh Valley-area high school basketball.
He was the girls beat writer for the 1982-83 season, but has been the main boys basketball writer ever since while also covering the Philadelphia 76ers for a period of 10 years. In his career, Keith has covered more than 1,500 high school games, including Central Catholic’s state championship wins in 1984 and 1986.
He has also done a weekly basketball column for the paper for three decades, including his once-a-year Kegger Awards which attempt to salute all of the unsung heroes involved with the sport.
Keith has covered more than 20 state championship weekends in Hershey and State College and has also been a fixture at the area’s two major summer basketball tournaments – Lehigh Valley SportsFest and the Stellar Construction “Catch A Rising Star” Showcase. He has also promoted local basketball through The Morning Call’s weekly “Calling All Sports” TV and radio shows and has annually conducted awards shows saluting the season’s best players and coaches.
In 2002, Keith received the Distinguished Service Award from the Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase and a lifetime Achievement Award from the Stellar Basketball Tournament in 2010 for his promotion of the sport. Keith never played high school or college basketball, but did get to play for the Washington Generals against the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters before 3,000 fans at Stabler Arena.
Keith is also a member of the Lehigh Valley Softball Hall of Fame and the Blue Mountain Baseball League Hall of Fame and was honored by The Morning Call in 1999 with the Publisher’s Excellence Award, saluting him as the newspaper’s top employee.