January 6, 2013
WILKES-BARRE – Remember how great it felt back in third grade when your team won third place in the St. Nick/St. Mary Holiday Basketball Classic in 1998? How about the fifth-place finish in the Anthracite Elementary Cheerleading competitions in 1975? Or maybe you were on the team that took a bronze medal in the Bishop O'Reilly indoor soccer tournament in 1989.
If you played with a team that snagged a trophy for St. Boniface School from 1969 to the Catholic school's closing in 2007, now is your chance to reclaim a little of that youthful glory. St. Andrew's Church – the parish created by the consolidation of St. Patrick, Holy Rosary and St. Boniface churches – is offering the awards to willing takers.
We just have no room for them, said the Rev. James McGahagan, pastor at St. Andrew's.
The church started offering the trophies – several dozen at least – a few months ago, but only had a few takers, McGahagan said. So notices have been popping up in the weekly bulletins of other churches to get the word out, advising that there is no specific charge for them; a donation would be appreciated. If you played on a team in those years or know someone who did, you may take the trophy.
They are sitting in the church hall, in boxes sorted by ranges of years to make it a little easier to find the one you might have helped to win. Most are for basketball, and in 38 years the teams brought home a lot of honors.
McGahagan said those people interested should contact the rectory between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at 823-1948.
The parish hall is in the basement of St. Andrew's Church (formerly St. Patrick's) at 316 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre.
So if you were on the team that won that big third place trophy in 1970, it's waiting for you.