IN MEMORIAM

Posted on Jan 31, 2013

Sometimes, timing is everything. Wednesday’s CENTAUR SEASON post, a “memory blog” diary entry from “the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …” talked of Coach John Compardo, the first athletic director at our Cornfield College in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Coach is still with us, now in his nineties. But on Tuesday, just the day before, word […]

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“… AN AMAZING MAN” — entry #18 from “A History of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

.. AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written 40 years ago today. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 56, Philadelphia Pharmacy 71, six days ago NEXT GAME: at Spring Garden College, tonight CENTAUR SEASON: 2-6 Pregame, on the bus to Spring […]

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“IT’S 2 A.M., BATTLING SOME KIND OF BUG” — entry #17 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written 40 years ago today. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 56, Philadelphia Pharmacy 71, six days ago NEXT GAME: at Spring Garden College, tomorrow CENTAUR SEASON: 2-6 I’m battling some kind of bug. […]

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‘THESE GUYS ARE SLAPPIN’ US IN THE FACE!’ — entry #16 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …

Posted on Jan 26, 2013

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written 40 years ago. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 56, Philadelphia Pharmacy 71, last night NEXT GAME: at Spring Garden College, in five days CENTAUR SEASON: 2-6 We lost to Pharmacy, 71-56. We were down […]

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‘COACH SAID HE HASN’T LOST FAITH IN ME’ — entry #15 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …

Posted on Jan 25, 2013

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written 40 years ago today. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 56, Wilmington College 71, six days ago NEXT GAME: at Philadelphia Pharmacy, tonight CENTAUR SEASON: 2-5 Pregame – on the bus to Philly Pharmacy […]

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CENTAUR STORY: “I should have been a much better teammate”

Posted on Jan 23, 2013

SPOILER ALERT. It has been mentioned more than once in my memory blog of the 1972-73 Centaur Season that Dennis Ramella, senior co-captain, was shooting that year to become the school’s first 1,000-point scorer. He will get there in 18 more days and three more games, when he scores four points in a humiliating blowout […]

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“I CRIED FOR 15-20 MINUTES” — Entry #14 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season…

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written 40 years ago. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 56, Wilmington College 71, three days ago NEXT GAME: at Philadelphia Pharmacy, six days CENTAUR SEASON: 2-5 We lost to Wilmington, 71-56. The score doesn’t […]

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‘WE CAN TURN THE SEASON AROUND’ — entry #13 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-Ball season …

Posted on Jan 18, 2013

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written 40 years ago today. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 82, Baptist Bible 84, two days ago NEXT GAME: Wilmington College, tonight CENTAUR SEASON: 2-4 Lots happened during the break. But only the […]

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SLEEPING IN THE GYM, OR: “The Process of Becoming a Basketball Program”

Posted on Jan 17, 2013

Christmas break ends tomorrow. The 1972-1973 Centaurs will be back on the court, playing Baptist Bible in Clark Summit, Pennsylvania, near Scranton. And with that “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season, as chronicled by, and with the personal memoirs + occasional philosophizing of the author, one Stephen J. McKee” […]

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CENTAUR STORY: “Basketball Had Been My Art Form”

Posted on Jan 15, 2013

By the time I was a junior, this CENTAUR SEASONS diary year, it was plainly evident what kind of high school players Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales needed to attract if the Centaurs were to get to the next level. Type No. 1 was Dave Glielmi (pronounced GELL-me; announcers at away games always mangled […]

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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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