Monday, January 11, 2010

The Prep & The University win this weekend...

Bro. Richard Kestler, FSC, of La Salle College High School, enjoys the
game with Fr. George Bur, SJ, of St. Joseph's Preparatory School .

On Friday The Prep honored Eddie Burke, SJP '63, who won the Catholic League title as a player in 1962, as a coach in 1971, and won 121 games in his tenure as coach from 1969-71 and 1993-99. Burke also served as the Director of Alumni Relations at the Prep in the 90s. The night was also the annual Coaches VS Cancer fundraiser with proceeds from food and other sales going to help the City 6 College coaches help fund cancer research. This was especially fitting since Burke battled cancer for several years.

St. Joe’s Prep beats La Salle in overtime Philadelphia Daily News

Ultimately, St. Joseph's Prep did conquer the visiting Explorers, 52-49, in overtime. Even if you're not a graduate of one of those fully private schools, you're smart enough to know that Brophy indeed regrouped and nailed that second free throw to conlcude regulation. Care to jump ahead? Want to know how the ballgame ended? With nails being bitten by all. The Prep's Joe Nardi converted a double-bonus with 20.7 seconds showing in the OT session, thus providing a 52-49 lead. LaSalle then got off three "last" shots. There was Mike Poncia's trey from the left wing. It was deflected by Steve Vasturia and the ball went over the baseline at 7.3. There was Troy Hockaday's trey from the left corner. It missed and again the ball trickled over the baseline, with possession going to the Explorers at 2.1. The last launch - another trey, of course - was by Joe Brown from the left wing.

Jesuit Basketball Spotlight pilot project is a nationwide effort to identify basketball games between Jesuit schools during the upcoming 2009-2010 season, and, through those games, bring greater positive awareness to Jesuit education and mission.

St. Joe’s outlasts Fordham Philadelphia Inquirer

For St. Joseph's, it was a therapy session as much as it was a basketball game today at Hagan Arena. After losing nine of their previous 10 games, the Hawks desperately needed to feel good about something. The session had some rough moments. But in the end, the Hawks walked off the court with a cheerier outlook after an 82-69 win over Fordham in an Atlantic Ten Conference matchup between two teams that could be hard-pressed to make it to the conference tourney in Atlantic City in March.

Chang and Laurie / Fr. Bill Byron, SJ hanging with the boys from NE Philly.

The Hawk T Models -- all grown up / New look on 54th Street.

It was sooo good to see my buddy John Prendergast, SJC '67, who is grateful for your prayers and is finally done with his 12 rounds of chemo. Phil Martelli had John as his guest on the bench for the game.

John sits at the end of the bench between assistan coach Rob Sullivan and team chaplain Fr. Bruce Bidinger, SJ.

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