Lou Baldwin, '53, recently wrote an article for
CatholicPhilly.com on the Scholarship Fund. Go to
type Northeast Catholic Alumni in the search box to go to the article.
CATHOLIC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, INC.
We are happy to report that we have moved to our new home - 2700 Rhawn
Street (SEC Rhawn and Fairfield Sts. - one block east of Roosevelt
Blvd.) See photos below. All our equipment and some of the NECHS memorabilia
came with us. What we received when the school closed is now
proudly displayed. The Shrine of Our Lady Fatima
and the plaques honoring our members who died during World War II,
Korea, and Viet Nam, which was the property of the Association came with
us have been reconstructed at the site. The men pictured below -
alumni and friends and relatives - were responsible for getting us moved
Since June, 2010 when we
we've made a number of improvements to the building and property, not
the least of which, was installing the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in
the rear yard. Of course, the plaques honoring the memory of the
265 alumni who gave their lives for their country in World War II,
Korea, and Vietnam are next to Our Lady. The Shrine was dedicated by Father Kilty on
Memorial Day, 2011.
The office as you walk in from the
entrance on Fairfield Street is the nerve center of your Association.
On the walls are a number of mementos of accomplishments from years
past. The desk on the right belonged to the secretary to the
President of NECHS and was made by Frank Fedele, '64. Above the
mantle on the left is an original cartoon by Bil Keane, '40
Two views of the operations
center where all mailings are produced. It is also used for
committee meetings and meetings of the Board of Trustees of the
Scholarship Fund. On the far right is the plaque honoring those
killed in Vietnam which hung at the end of the first floor corridor at
North. It now graces a wall in one of our Memorial Rooms.
Something new was added in
the summer of '13. Thanks to Mariana Bracetti Academy, the charter
school that purchased the NECHS building, we were able to secure the
banner above which was the top the marquee on the corner of Torresdale &
Hunting Park Aves. With some expert craftmanship, we were able to
cut it to size, frame it appropriately and it now hangs in a place of
honor in our operations center.
Some the Catholic League
Championship shields given to us when school closed. Our Hall of
Fame which honors our Outstanding Alumni, Outstanding Achievement Award
recipients, Honorary members, and past Presidents and Chaplains.
Some of the sports memorabilia that were presented to us.
On the left some more sports
memorabilia. On the right, the NECHS Hall of Fame plaques and a
tapestry honoring the 1956 City Championship football team.
Between the Hall of Fame plaques are three items of interest. The
Crucifix is from the chapel at North. Just below is a school
shield which dates to 1932, and, finally, the podium which graced the
stage at North since it was presented as a graduation gift by the Class
A wall with the trophies we
were able to obtain from the school. Center is a number of the citations
the school received from local and state government over the years.
Some banners and pennants gathered over the years, in particular, one
honoring the basketball teams achievements.
Some more memorabilia, in
particular an autographed picture of honorary member, Pope John Paul II,
and a plaque honoring the legendary Father Thomas "Knobby" Walsh, Hon.
'66. On the right, plaques and photos honoring former alumni, an
original "Reds" Falcon cartoon by Jerry Buckley, '50, and a copy of the
recruitment poster emphasizing that the "right direction" was North.
Now that you've had glimpse, why not stop by and view the building first
hand. Give us a call at 215-543-1051 to make sure someone is
Some additional items have
been recently acquired by what we lovingly call the Northeast Catholic
Museum. The family of Father Dan McLernan, OSFS, '34, North's
long-time soccer coach donated the plaque the school awarded to
outstanding players in the 90's and his plaque commemorating his
induction into the NECHS Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008.
Another recent addition came
courtesy of Bill Maher, '53, shown as he presented to the Association.
It is the sweater awarded to the 1952 City Championship Football Team.
Bill was an end on that team. The sweater now proudly hangs in one
of our trophy rooms.
Anniversary Golf Classic at
Riverton Country Club
Waiting to tee off is one of Gold
Sponsor foursomes headed by Joe Gabor, '61 (seated) and including (l to
r) Ray Brown, '91, Jason Pacetti, '91, and Tony Aspite, '61. Our
second foursome includes Bob Carr, Charley Hines, Emmett Ruane, '55, and
Joe Malmacie. Our third group consists of Mike Hastings, Jerry
Johnson, Jim Kohlmeir, '65, and George Colella, '65.
Jim Walls, '66, Tom Walls, and Jim
Walls, Jr, are relaxed before teeing off. Followed by this group
from the Class of '81 - Ken Olejniczak, Tom Klingenberg, and Mike
McBride. Once again, a memory lapse by our photographer so we
can't identify this last group.
Long time supporters of the Classic
include Charlie Corace, Bill Hoffman, Greg Corace, and Tom Wysor.
The next two foursomes could also lay claim to that title. First,
JIm Kelly, Jr, Don Liebsch, '56, and Jim Kelly, Sr., '54; and then Larry
Carnesi, Patrick Wellde, Judy Welde, and Charlie McKee.
This handsome group includes Greg
Malkowski, '82, Ray Longstreth, Joe Kelly, '83, and Tom Prieb, '85.
Steve Coyle, '63, Gerry Lynch, '64, John McCourt, '67, and Jim Fenerty
are ready for all challengers. This foursome headed by Association
attorney Dennis George, Hon '03 (2nd from left), includes his son, and
Billy Blanco, and Chuck Barry.
Frank Heljenek, '64, Dom DiSandro, '57, Larry
Keefe, '57, and John Heljenek, '64, are ready to take on all comers.
Relaxed and ready to go are Joe Kaiser, '66, Mike Kaiser, '73, and John
Smith, '74. Another contingent of the Walls Family headed by Joe,
'60 (2nd from left).
This foursome of Joe Burns, Scott Burns,
Dave Leipert, '79, and Brian Smith represented two of our Silver
Sponsors - Burns Funeral Homes and Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate.
Classic Chairman Tom Morgan's daughter Colleen poses beside the array of
items that were available for bids at the silent auction. Colleen
and her sister, Rachel, were a great help all day
The foursome headed by Emmett Ruane,
'55, (2nd from left) enjoys a cold brew before dinner. President
Al Waskiewicz, '79, welcomes everyone to the Golf Classic dinner and
Golf Classic Chairman Tom Morgan, '64,
acknowledges the applause of those in attendance for another well run
successful outing. Larry Keefe, '57, Dom DiSandro, '57, Frank
Heljenek, '64, and John Heljenek, '64, acknowledge our photographer.
Tom Morgan's daughter
Rachel, a great help all day poses along with some of the silent auction
items. Tom congratulates Greg Corace - his foursome finished third
in the Classic.
Larry Keefe, '57, and Tom Morgan, '64,
acknowledge the foursome headed by Joe Gabor, '61, that captured 1st
place. Jim Walls, Jr. and Tom. Jim seems to be the perennial
winner of the longest drive contest. Jim was also part of
the second place foursome.
Tom Congratulates Ray Brown, '91, who
captured the prize for closest to the pin. Committee members
relaxing after dinner - Bob Kensil, '74, Jack Devine, '69, Joe Pilawsky,
'71, and John Hanejko, '65.
Memorial Day Services Chairman John
Handley, '58, reads the prayers at the Shrine on behalf of Father Neil
Kilty, OSFS, '59, who was unable to be with us this year as President Al
Waskiewicz, '79, and some of those in attendance listen in listen in
President Al Waskiewicz, '79, placed a
wreath in front of the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima honoring the 257
Alumni who gave their in defense of our country's freedoms. Some
of our guests enjoying coffee and cake after the ceremony.
All of the men - young and old -who
joined us for the annual services at the Shrine.
A dues paying member may apply for a grant for his child(ren)
and/or grandchild(ren). Grants are awarded to attend any of the
following colleges/universities: Cabrini College,
Radnor, Pennsylvania; Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania; Georgian Court University, Lakewood, New Jersey; Gwynedd Mercy
University, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania; Holy Family University, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania; Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pennsylvania; LaSalle
University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Neumann University, Aston,
Pennsylvania; Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania; St. Charles
Borromeo Seminary College, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania; St. Joseph's
University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Villanova University,
Villanova, Pennsylvania. The applicant must be a senior in high
school to be eligible. Four grants of $32,000 are awarded to
applicants who meet our minimum academic and financial need requirements. They are payable in equal semi-annual
installments over four years providing the applicant meets our minimum
are also awarded to attend an
(arch)diocesan or parochial high school operated within the
canonical jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden,
New Jersey, and/or the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, New
Jersey. The applicant must be in the 8th grade to be eligible.
The grants are awarded to applicants who meet our minimum academic
and financial need requirements. Five grants at $20,000, five at $16,000,
five at $12,000, and five at $8,000 are awarded. They are payable
in equal semi-annual installments over four years providing the
applicant meets our minimum academic standards.
Finally, grants are awarded to
attend a parochial grade school operated by a parish within the
canonical jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden,
New Jersey, and/or the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, New
Jersey. To be eligible, the applicant must be in the 5th
The grants are awarded to applicants who meet our minimum academic
and financial need requirements. Three grants of $9,000, four
grants of $6,000 and three grants of $3,000 are awarded.
They are payable in equal
semi-annual installments over three years providing the applicant
meets our minimum academic standards.
The first step in applying for a grants is the qualified (dues
payer) parent or grandparent must complete our
request form and
return it to the Fund Office - P. O. Box 7005, Philadelphia, PA
19149-0005 - The forms will be accepted during the period 12/1/18
2018 Scholarship Fund Recipients
The Board of Trustees of the
Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. selected
the following young men and women as the recipients of this year's grants.
Michael Galdo - Roman Catholic HS - DeSales University
Margaret Grant - Little Flower HS - LaSalle University
Addison Ra - Nazareth Academy - DeSales University
Halley Zaleski - Little Flower HS - Holy Family University
Sarah Bartelle - Archbishop Ryan HS - Holy Family University
High School Grants
Annaliese Pfeiffer - Good Shepherd
- Archbishop Wood HS
Coyle - Guardian Angels - Camden Catholic HS
Nicholas Edney - St. Jerome - Father Judge HS
Nicholas Garner - St. Laurentius - Roman Catholic HS
McGerry - St. Katherine of Siena - Father Judge HS
Brown - Our Lady of Port Richmond - John W. Hallahan
Christopher Caruso, Jr. - St. George - Father Judge HS
Meakim - Log College Middle School - Archbishop Wood HS
Nicholas McKee - St. Martin of Tours - Father Judge
Morgan Jenkins - St. Laurentius - John W. Hallahan HS
Abigail Slook - St. Katherine of Siena
- Little Flower HS
Bernadette Soltzman - Our Lady of Port Richmond - Little Flower HS
Soltzman - Our Lady of Port Richmond - Roman Catholic HS
Meakim - Log College Middle School - Archbishop
Mikolajewski - St. Matthew - Roman Catholic HS
Andrew Kessler - Presentation BVM - Father Judge HS
Patrick McLaughlin - St. Martha - Archbishop Ryan HS
Emily Gallagher - Alexander Adaire - John W. Hallahan HS
Peter Rola - Christ the King - Archbishop Ryan HS
Patrick Malloy - St. Martha - Father Judge HS
Mr. Kessler declined our grant
and it was awarded to Gabrielle Becker of
Franklin Towne Charter School to attend John W. Hallahan HS.
Grade School Grants
Lena Giamboy - St. Mary Regional, Vineland, NJ
Shane Szychulski - Maternity BVM
Somers - Blessed Trinity
Hayden Johnston - St. Laurentius
Anna Catagnus - St. Katherine of Siena
Connor McLaughlin - St. Martha
Sortino - Our Lady of Port Richmond
Kelly Walsh - St. Christopher
Katie Crompton - St. Martha
Alexa Harr - St. Laurentius
The Concelebrants and Acolytes
before heading to the altar (l. to r.) Frank Staub, '77, Fathers
Edward Dougherty MM, '67, John Spellman, OSFS, '56, and Richard
Rudy, '67, and Jim Henes, '61. Our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty,
OSFS, '59, was already on the altar.
Tom McAvoy, '59, was our
Lector. Father Richard Rudy, '67, proclaimed the Gospel.
Father Edward Dougherty, MM., '67, was the Principal Celebrant and
John Garson, '72, led the singing as
our Cantor while the congregation joined in.
Another view of the congregation and
our concelebrants - Fathers Kilty, Dougherty, Spellman and Rudy.
Those in attendance at the Breakfast
applaud Father Kilty's short and pleasant "Thank You's" to all the
participants at Mass.
Hall of Fame Chairman Len Knobbs,
'53, explains the history of the NECHS Hall of Fame and asks those
in attendance who are members to stand and be recognized. Our
photographer captured (l. to r.) for posterity Tom Morgan, '64, John
Hanejko, '65, and Ftaher Edward Dougherty, MM., '67.
Michael Trombetta, '72, accepts the
plaque for his brother Leo, '69, who was inducted into the Hall in
the category of Arts/Entertainment/Education. Len Knobbs, '53,
presents Pat Morris, '95, with a plaque symbolic of his
induction in the field of Athletics. Morris delivers his
Len Knobbs, '53, presents Vince
Market, '81, with his plaque emblematic of his induction in the
Business/Labor/Military category. Mike Kaiser, '73, accepts
the Service Award on behalf of his classmate Bob Devine.
President Al Waskiewicz, '79, delivers his "state of the
C. R. "Chuck" Pennoni delivers the
principal address. Mr. Pennoni's speech dwelt on the fact that
his Catholic upbringing and life had much to do with his success in
the business world. President Waskiewicz presents Father Kilty
with a check for the Oblate Missions. Pat Morris, '85, is
surrounded by his happy family.
Dr. Joseph R. Vaisnys, '52, A Yale
Professor was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the field of
Region/Science. Unfortunately, he could not be with us because
he was in Lithuania. Len Knobbs, '53, read his acceptance
speech. President Al Waskiewicz, '79, presents former
president John T. Musial, '63, with a plaque honoring him for 50
years of service on the Board of Governors. He is the seventh
man in our history to reach this milestone.
"Chuck" Pennoni smilingly shows off
his Outstanding Achievement Award. Len Knobbs, "Chuck" Pennoni,
Al Waskiewicz, and Toastmaster Mike The Legendary Wid Baldwin
pose for our photographer.
Speaking of poses! Here's our
Executive Board in their annual pose for posterity - (l. to r.) 3rd
VP Bob Kensil, '74, 1st Ass't Executive Secretary-Ass't Treasurer
John Hanejko, '65, Secrtetary Steve Cardullo, '72, Executive
Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53, 4th VP Jim Henes, '61,
Historian Tom Morgan, '64, Chaplain Father Neil Kilty, '59,
President Al Waskiewicz, '79, Ass't Secretary Jeff Brown, '79, 2nd
Ass't Treasurer Jim O'Connor, '61, and 1st VP Jeff Rzepczynski, '88.
Missing from the photo was 2nd VP Joe Pilawsky who was on vacation
John Peteraf, '70, and, our musician for
the day, Mike Brill, '88, pose for the camera while, in the background,
Tom Morgan, '64, readies the float. The float - carrying Brill -
was built by the Peterafs - John and Steve, '76, and decorated by they
and Morgan and Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, - on a trailer owned and pulled by
President Al Waskiewicz, '79, with his ever present cigar.
As we near City Hall, our banner carried
by former President Jeff Brown (l.) who is looking back to check that
the float and marching contingent are in close order and Len Knobbs, '53
are halted. Len and classmate Bob McMonagle, who is a parade
official, discuss the happenings with a Fire Captain who is an alumnus.
Throughout the length of the parade we
were greeted by many North alumni and supporters.
One our contingent straightens one of
the banners adorning the float as former president Tom Morgan, '64
marches proudly. The music of Mike Brill certainly enlivened the
marchers and and made the trip a little easier.
At the end of the parade, Jim Kelly,
Jr., '70 (c) and Len Knobbs, '53, were greeted by his Dad, Jim, Sr. who
served as president of North's Fathers' and Mothers' Club many years
ago. Of course, every Irish contingent must have a Leprechaun and
we have ours in the person of John Peteraf, '70.
Our Comedy Team consisting of (l.
to r.) Jake Mattera, Ed McGonigle, and Jim Daly played to a packed house
at AOH Division 39 Hall in Northeast Philadelphia. Daly, am
accomplished magician as well as comedian had part of his famous beard
shaped as a heart in recognition of Valentine's Day. The
production was under the guidance of Mike Dougherty, '74.
Lined up at the door waiting
to greet our guests are (l. to r.) Chairman John Hanejko, '65, Tom
Morgan, '64, and Bill Smith, '53. Gary McNulty, '59, entertains
the ladies - Joyce Hanjeko and Barbara Knobbs.
themselves are these two trios. Left - Joe Lamb, '93, Mark Toner,
'80, and friend. Right - Ray Rysak, '66, Bob Birney, '64, and
A number of long time attendees -
Jerry, '51, and Mrs. McCool, Ramiro, '60, and Mrs. Yabor.
The photo on the right features Jim Dugan, '63 (center) and friends.
This corner of the bar
features Charlie O'Donnell, '53, friends, and Charlie Meissler, '71
(green shirt). John Hanejko and '65 classmate Jim Fogarty.
Another group of long time
participants, the Nilan Family - Rich, '76, Rich, '02, Grandpop and Mrs.
Nilan. We didn't get the names of this lovely couple - sorry!
Something our photographer
said or did really tickled the Musial's - John, '63, Margaret Mary, and
Wanda. Immediate Past President Jeff Brown, '79, and his wife
Ann & Ed McKenna, '63
(center) and friends. Another lovely couple whose names our
photographer neglected to obtain - Sorry!
Bill Pellegrini, '71 (red
shirt) and friend had a great time. Left to right: Bernie Grill, Len Knobbs, '53,
Jack Devine, '69.
54 Alumni and friends
journeyed to Trenton to watch the Reading Fightin Phils lose to the
Trenton Thunder. Despite the rain and cold weather everyone had a
great time - so they say! Brian Devine, '80, and his wife.
Tom Morgan, '64, and his grandchildren and then Steve Cardullo, '72, and
his wife. Mrs. Peteraf, Ron Kliniewski, '62, and John Peteraf,
At this table enjoying the
buffet which was part of our admission package are Kathleen Knobbs-Coleman,
Barbara Knobbs, Robert Knobbs, and Frank Kelly, '50. John Garson,
'72 and his wife are stretching their legs.
Jim Kelly, '70 along with his wife and
father-in-law. A view of the picturesque park as darkness descends
John Malone, '47, and
his wife smilingly pose for our photographer. Obviously
enjoying themselves are President Jeff Brown, '79, John Cassidy,
'44, and John Malone, '47.
Joe Muffler, '49, Frank
Kelly, '50, and his lady friend Jean; standing are Walt Kirwan, '56, and
his wife. At this table we have (clockwise from lower left)
Nancy McCormick, Matt Fasbinder, '52, Jim Foley, '52, Bill Degnan,
'52, Frank Noonan, '51, and Marty McCormick, '52.
Some of the Class of '49
- Bill Hettel, Joe Kain, Jerry Murphy, Stephanie Hettel, and Pat
Boyle. This contingent from the Class of '53, had one outsider
and he (Joe Pajak, '50) has his back to the camera. Clockwise
from left - John Pajak, Barbara Knobbs, Dolores and Bob McDonnell, Tom and
Patricia Gilligan, Frank and Jean MacLeod, and Bill Smith.
Wayne McKeever, '53,
Luncheon Chairman Tom Dougherty, '51 and his wife Ellie, Arline McKeever,
Matt Berenato, '51, and Jack Bonner, '51, along with a couple of
gentlemen are photographer couldn't capture in the photo fill this
table. Among the Class of '56 in attendance were Joe Mulcahy,
Gene Mather, Tom O'Rourke, Ron Secoda, Dolores Mulcahy, Mrs. Secoda,
Jack McErlean, Bill Chase, and Walt Rider.
We got the photographer
to take another shot of this table so Joe Pajak, '50, could prove he
was there! That's him at the head of the table making the OK
The Class of '10 enters Holy
Innocents Church for the last Baccalaureate Mass for NECHS.
Families and friends of
graduates filled Holy Family University field house to overflowing.
The graduating class processes in under the watchful eye of Father
Vincent Smith, OSFS, school president.
Joining the Class of '10 in
singing the Alma Mater are: Father Robert Bazzoli, OSFS, '77
(Pastor of Our Mother of Consolation parish; Father Michael Murray, OSFS,
former NECHS principal and president; Father John Fisher, OSFS, teacher
at NECHS; Father Nicholas Waseline, OSFS, North's principal; Father
James Greenfield, OSFS, Provincial of the Oblates'
Wilmington-Philadelphia Province; Most Rev. Robert Maginnis, auxiliary
bishop of Philadelphia; Father Vincent Smith, NECHS president; Michael
McCall, '10, Valedictorian, and Robert Franco, '10, Salutatorian.
Sadly, this was the last
time the NECHS banner will fly over a graduation ceremony.
Class of '11
The young men pictured above
left: (1st row l. to r.) Robert Dunphy, Matthew Dugan, Thomas Goodyear,
Dylan Marnoch, Raymond Kolakowski, (2nd row l. to r.) Jeremy Reith,
Michael Negroni, Thaddeus Meyers, Patrick Bradley, and Andrew Mitchell
returned to North on May 7, 2011 to celebrate their Senior Prom.
On the right the boys pose with their dates for posterity.
Abramson, Jeremy Reith, Joseph Janda, Thomas McGowan, Ray
Kolakowski, and Justin Zarzycki on the steps at their Alma Mater
after their graduation from Judge on June 8, 2011. These
young men are eligible to join the Association and some already
have. We look forward to hearing from this year's
graduates from other schools who spent at least one year at
Brendan Bradley, '11 (l.)
and his best friend, Erik Crudele, '11, pose on the steps of NECHS which
they specially decorated for their graduation pictures (albeit from
Ryan). As you can see they altered the marquee outside North to
reflect their sentiments.
On Sunday, June 6, 2010, the
School and the Association combined to host a closing Mass and luncheon
for alumni and friends of the school. At the concelebrated Mass,
Jeff Brown, '79, Association 1st Assistant Treasurer and Len Knobbs,
'53, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, proclaimed the readings.
Hank Stahl, '66, Association
2nd V. P., read the intercessions. Father Vincent Smith, OSFS,
'74, NECHS president delivered an inspiring homily. After Mass,
Association President John Hanejko, '65, welcomed the crowd and advised
them that the Association would continue and would maintain all of the
Executive Secretary Ed White, '55, and 2nd Assistant Treasurer Joe
Mulawka, '51, presented the gifts. At the conclusion of Mass, the
entire assemblage rose as one and sang the Alma Mater.
Three classmates from '59 relax
and enjoy the luncheon (l. to r.) Helen and Ed Alegado, Kathleen and Tom
McAvoy, and Bill FitzPatrick. Another table of alumni enjoying the
Someone got the bright idea
of taking a photo of everyone on the front steps. Needless to say
by the time a ladder was found and the photo was snapped total chaos
Keep this picture and the
memories it invokes forever alive in your hearts and minds!
Prior to the 82nd Annual Northeast
Catholic - Frankford Thanksgiving Day Classic, a number of alumni
gathered in the LaSalle University Student Union Ballroom for our
version of a super box. Among those in attendance were John
Cutsavage, '70 (2nd from left) and friends. A crowd totaling 9000
or better were present. This photo taken 20 minutes before game
time shows the NC crowd extending to the goal line.
at the Brunch were immediate past president Ed White, '55, Class Rep Joe
Pilawsky, '71, and former Daily News reporter Frank Dougherty, '59.
Posing for our photographer were two members of the 1952 City
Championship team - Bill Maher, '53, and Pete Gibbons, '53, who proudly
displays the sweater awarded to team members. He notes, with due
pride, that he still fits into it. Prior to kickoff Father
Nicholas Waseline presented a framed NC jersey to the Pioneers Coach,
Mike Capriotti, and the team captains..
Rand proudly wearing Falcon red leads the crowd in the singing of our
National Anthem. To her right, our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty,
'59, who delivered the invocation. Coach Charlie Szydlik rallies
his team prior to kickoff. And the game is underway - notice the
gaps in the crowd on the Frankford side.
Frankford scored first, near
the end of the first quarter, on a 68-yard punt return by Taron Mills.
The try for the extra point was wide. They scored again in the
second period on a 16-yard run by Tyrell Martin and he ran for a two
point conversion to put the Pioneers up 14-0. That was the story of
the first half.
Falcon fans view the game from our version
of a Super Box while in the stands we spot a smiling Joe Glackin, '73
with his family and friends.
Attending the game from the Super
Box were three outstanding alumni - Paul Hondros, '66, and brothers,
John, '62, and Bob, '67, Doman. The Falcon crowd is on its feet at
halftime to sing the Alma Mater.
The Falcons came out
determined in the second half and marched down the field on a 16-play
70-yard drive that consumed eight minutes and thirty-four seconds capped by a
1-yard plunge by junior quarterback Anthony Reid. John McCarthy's
kick for the extra point was good and North trailed 14-7.
Early in the fourth stanza,
North scored on a 5-yard run by back-up sophomore tailback Taishan
Tucker. Then Coach Charlie Szydlik made a gutsy move and went for
the lead and potential win in what to then had been a tight game.
The Pioneers stopped the attempt for a two-point conversions and led
14-13 with a little more than eight minutes on the clock.
Surprisingly, this turned out to be the most exciting eight minutes of
Falcon - Pioneer football this writer has observed in sixty years of
watching the games.
After our defense forced a
three and out, the offense took over once again. Senior tailback
Eugene Byrd broke loose on a 45 yard scamper that set up an eight yard
TD pass from Reid to Julian Huggins and Reid carried it in for a two
point conversion and the Falcons led for the first time with 2:28 left
in the game.
The Falcons stands
anticipation of victory was short lived. A little over a
minute later, Frankford running back Jeffione Thomas took off on an
electrifying 55-yard cutback run to put the Pioneers ahead with 1:11 on
the clock. Then he ran it in for two points to put Frankford up by a
point. North was not to be outdone. Frankford, for some
unknown reason, made an on side kick which gave the Falcons the ball on
their 38 yard line with 67 seconds remaining. What happened next
will go down in the annals of Philadelphia High School Football as both
dramatic and historic. Reid engineered a seven play drive that
would have made some pro quarterbacks jealous. Using the sidelines
to march down field, He ended the drive with a pass
over the middle to tailback Eugene Byrd who took it in from twenty yards
out. McCarthy added the point and the Falcons were in front 28-22
with 13 seconds left. The defense held true on Frankford's one
play and that was all she wrote.
As the game ended and players
milled on the field, the crowd exploded from North's stands onto the
field to congratulate the team who afterwards saluted the stands.
And the crowd responded by standing and
saluting the team and singing our Alma Mater.
On Saturday, June 7, 2014, a mural of
Petty Officer 1/C Michael J. Stange, '04, was dedicated at
Belgrade & Clearfield Streets. Michael, a member of the
prestigious Seal Team Six, was killed in Wardak Province,
Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. The morning gegan with a
Memorial Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Fishtown celebrated by
the pastor, Father Michael Zingaro. The family was ecorted
from the church to the dedication site by a motorcycle escort
bearing our flag and led by the Philadelphia Fire Department's Engine
28 and Ladder 16. The invocation was delivered by our
Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59.
Among the speakers were U. S.
Congressman Bob Brady, State Representative John Taylor, '73, and
Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon, '87.
The chairman of the event, Tom
Hanson (son of Mike, '52) spoke of the many people involved who
donated their time and talent to create the mural. Mike's Dad,
Charlie, spoke eloquently of his son and his love of his family,
friends, North Catholic , and his country.