WHERE’S THE CENTAUR? (part 1): Finding Little Allentown College in the Big Basketball Picture

Posted on Sep 28, 2012

When I graduated from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales I was in the school’s sixth graduating class.  But in Centaur years that was basketball season No. 7 – 1967-68 to 1973-74. In the universe that was college basketball, these years were dominated by four letters: U-C-L-A, and one coach: John Wooden. By the […]

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CENTAUR REASONS: Why playing for A.C. was my chance of a lifetime

Posted on Sep 26, 2012

I didn’t play basketball in high school, to begin with. And from that one sentence can now flow all the rest of CENTAUR SEASONS. I didn’t pay basketball in high school. I was on the freshman team at York Catholic High School, in south central Pennsylvania, but only because everyone who tried out made the […]

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COLLEGE OF CORNFIELDS: WHY CENTAURS BELIEVE, part 1

Posted on Sep 23, 2012

Welcome to the opening tip of CENTAUR SEASONS, a “memory blog” of my years playing basketball for Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales. I plan to post three days a week — stories of the school’s beginnings, conversations with teammates, of my freshman and sophomore years — starting today, September 24. Beginning November 30 I  will […]

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Welcome to CENTAUR SEASONS: A ‘memory blog’ of the basketball beginnings of a half-good, half-bad, all-new college team.

Once, I was a Centaur.

I played basketball for Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales in Center Valley, Pa. I was on four of the school’s first seven teams, was MVP senior year and in 1974 graduated in the fifth class.

My junior year I kept a diary: A History of the Events of the 1972-1973 Allentown College B-Ball Season, as Chronicled by, and With the Personal Memoirs + Occassional [sic] Philosophizing of the Author, One Stephen J. McKee.  One-hundred-forty-five hand-writ pages. (Yes, I was an English major.)

But it occurs to me now: Were I today a “Bulldog” playing for “DeSales University” (both mascot and name changed in 2000), my private “History” would be not a diary but a blog.

So starting November 30  “…Personal Memoirs…” will be re-imagined as CENTAUR SEASONS

A blog before its time, posted 40 years after in real time.

Meanwhile, beginning on September 24, here at CENTAUR SEASONS the preseason has already tipped off, with stories, interviews and reminiscences of the people, the place and the purpose of those early years of Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales.

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We were not a bad team, we Centaurs. We just weren’t very good. Winning was always the goal, if never exactly the point. How could it be, with victories so few?

Back then Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales was a couple of buildings in some cornfields.  Our commitment to the school’s basketball program was far greater than was the school’s commitment us. So what? We got to play college ball – and paid for the privilege! In return, we got to be part of a team, wear the red and blue, be Centaurs. And we got to create a place that was, right then, as much concept as it was college, making itself up as we went along.

What we got was a once-in-a-life-time chance.

All we had to do was keep showing up -- next practice, next game, next season. And so we did.

Welcome to CENTAUR SEASONS.

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