‘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 most notable do I have time to mention now. Before Christmas I officially lost my starting position.

John Cooper, Dennis Ramella, Bobby Stormes, Bob Hoeffner and  Joey Thompson are the starting five. I must, in order to start, beat out Coop. Gary Cacciatore — Dennis. P.J. Brennan – Joey. Chris Cashman Stormesie. Dave Glielmi — Heff.

Two nights ago, we lost to Baptist Bible, 84-82. WE WERE UP NINE AT HALFTIME!  They out-gutted us down the stretch. Coach said it, and he was right.

We had a team meeting after the game. Everybody seemed to be really down.

Tommy Shirley surprised everybody – well, at least me – by talking. He said that he felt that Coach’s idea of having one man sub for one man was not going to work. He felt that, and told Coach, “You need different people for different situations.  Which could mean Steve and Coop in at the same time, or P.J. and Joey at the same time.”

He also said that because Jerry Fleming is such a good passer and he knows how to control a game, that “Flem should have played last night, against Baptist Bible, and if he had, we would have won the game.”

Tonight, against Wilmington, Coop, Dave, P.J., Dennis and Stormesie are starting. Obviously I have not yet beat out Coop. He is still putting the ball in the basket better than I am. But I am quite sure I am going to see a good deal of action tonight, Wilmington is BIG, and they can jump.

And yesterday after practice I talked to Coach about my present situation. He said the only way he can see us winning consistently is if I get more playing time. I liked to hear that.

WE WIN TONIGHT WE CAN TURN THE SEASON AROUND. I know we can.

PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 82, Baptist Bible 84, two days ago

NEXT GAME: Wilmihgton College, tonight

1972-73 CENTAUR SEASON Schedule and Results:

12/1  — at Lehigh CCC — W/81-71 — 1-0

12-4 — at Northampton CCC — W/87-50 — 2-0

12-6  — EASTERN BAPTIST — L/73-75 — 2-1

12-12 — SPRING GARDEN — L/54-66 — 2-2

12-16 — PHILLY BIBLE — L/72-79 — 2-3

1-18   — at Baptist Bible — L/82-84 — 2-4

1-19  — WILMINGTON

1-25  — at Philly Pharmacy

1-30  — at Spring Garden

2-3   — at Messiah College

2-6   — at  Wilmington

2-13  — RUTGERS, S. JERSEY

2-16  — LEHIGH CCC

2-20  — MESSIAH

2-22  — NORTHAMPTON CCC

2-24  — PHILLY PHARMACY

2-27  — BAPTIST BIBLE

 

 

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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.

Check back often. Sign up for CentaurSeasonAlerts. Email CENTAUR SEASONS to friends.

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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