- Post by: mcalibrary
- December 15, 2023
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Back in the days when educators would frown on pool shooting as a sign o “of a misspent youth”…and shooters themselves were not recognized as the great athletes they are, Paul Kotch was head and shoulders above everybody else. But as if to prove that a good pool shooter could also be interested in education, Paul Kotch was an honor graduate of Mount Carmel High Schoool and went on to earn a Degree at Bloomsburg State College.
Between 1948 and 1955 there were a number of excellent pool shooters in the Mount Carmel Area. There were enough to form a league which drew hundreds of spectators to each match. When word would get out that Paul Kotch would be shooting Johnny Patrick the match-sites would be overflowing…it was difficult for a 13-year old to sneak in to watch without being chased.