CLASSIC REDUX: When the Centaurs of A.C. played the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame — yes, that Notre Dame
Posted on Nov 13, 2013
Forty-plus years ago, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame beat … the Centaurs of Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales in a season finale that rocked the college football world. “Stunned silence,” says Wayne Rizzo of the game’s aftermath among Centaur loyalists. Wayne was the play-by-play guy for the broadcast of that contest, paired […]Read more...
CLASSIC REDUX: “I know, let’s do a play!” — At a brand-new, no-where college, getting creative was the key to survival …
Posted on Nov 12, 2013
Jerry Wilkinson, senior co-captain with Tony Mazeo my sophomore year and our 8-and-8 half-good, half-bad Centaur Season, loved the TV show “The Odd Couple.” So his senior year a bunch of us tried to mount the actual Neil Simon play, “The Odd Couple,” starring Wilk himself as Tony Randall/Felix Ungar and a bunch of the […]Read more...
CLASSIC REDUX: “Allentown College gave me the opportunity to be who I always dreamed I could be.” (A Centaur’s Story)
Posted on Nov 11, 2013
BY THE TIME BOBBY STORMES got to the end of his sophomore year in high school, he was living the dream. Bobby Stormes grew up outside of New York City. Now here he was, gearing up for his junior year – knowing he was on the basketball team’s varsity starting five. He and his buddies had […]Read more...
CLASSIC REDUX: What a sprained ankle taught me about the quality of my education at Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales …
Posted on Nov 08, 2013
“You keep your foot in that bucket, Steve, you keep your foot in that bucket!” “Harry! I can’t do it! It’s killin’ me!” It really was. My right foot was in a dorm-room trashcan, in up to my knee. After my foot went in, Harry had filled the can with ice and a little water. […]Read more...
CLASSIC REDUX: Every Season Tells a Story — “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season, as chronicled by, and with the personal memoirs + occassional philosophizing of the author, one Stephen J. McKee’ — all 145 handwritten diary pages, all 29 inputted posts.
Posted on Nov 07, 2013
Like the title of this post says: “Every Season Tells a Story.” I wrote a diary of the 1972-1973 Centaur Season, my junior year, in a red Royal Composition notebook. Fanfare free, here it is, chapter and verse, every entry, the whole story told … #1: ‘TOMORROW IS OUR FIRST GAME’ November 30, 1972 #2: ‘FIVE HOURS TO GAME […]Read more...
Posted on Nov 06, 2013
JUNIOR YEAR at Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales I kept a diary of the 1972-1973 Centaur season. One-hundred-and-forty-six hand-scratched pages, a blog before its time. You can access the entire diary here, entry by entry. As for that junior year … JUNIOR YEAR I roomed with Dave Glielmi, in 311 Tocik Hall. A sophomore, […]Read more...
Posted on Nov 05, 2013
Sophomore year we Centaurs weren’t half bad. With an 8-and-8 record we were actually half good. Credit Jack Sabota, new coach, class of ’69 and member of the first Centaur team. Read about him here. But credit, too, senior co-captains Jerry Wilkinson and Tony Mazzeo. * * * * * ‘THE TWO WHO MADE IT […]Read more...
Posted on Nov 04, 2013
Sophomore year. New season. New coach. We only had five guys, fellas … He pressed the whole way, fellas … Subbed five at a time, fellas … AND HE STILL ONLY BEAT US BY ONE, FELLAS! From the opening practice that’s what our new coach, Jack Sabota, screamed at us. Every day. And this too: He beat […]Read more...
Posted on Nov 01, 2013
Every September, back at school, it was all brand new again. Even as part of the being there was a return to the old and familiar. My first ritual was to get myself to Billera Hall. To smell the place again, to stand in the lobby again, to peer out at the court again. I’d breathe […]Read more...
CLASSIC REDUX: At the End of the Bench — What a Centaur-turned coach learned at Allentown and shares with UCLA’s John Wooden (Plus: an exclusive interview with the late Bruins’ coach)
Posted on Oct 31, 2013
This CENTAUR SEASONS post isn’t meant to embarrass Tom Shirley. I suspect it might. Tom was a four-year Centaur, two years behind me. He didn’t play much.** “I went to Allentown thinking I’d play a lot,” he told me. “I came to realize that I wasn’t very good and the guys on the team weren’t all […]Read more...
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.×