<Originally posted 4/2/14>
Sunday's driving rains could not dampen the spirits of nearly 300 North
Catholic Soccer fans and Hall of Famers as they turned out en masse at
Romano's Caterers to honor the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.
began right on schedule, 4 hours before the event, as the Fishtown
contingent invaded the parking lot at Romano's in Juniata. With a
packed Winnebago and pop up tents, the loyal Towners welcomed the
awaiting crowd in anticipation of local hero and North Catholic Hall of
Famer, Mike Krecko '92.
Paul Moore, leader of the Paul Moore
Band, once again emceed the event opening the festivities with a rousing
rendition of our National Anthem. The invocation was delivered by Fr.
Jim Dever, OSFS, former teacher at North Catholic, and a Kenzo from
Visitation Parish. Fr. Jim spoke briefly on the importance of
camaraderie of the North Catholic soccer community on and off the pitch
and the place it held in the development of our lives after the North
The day's main event, the induction
ceremony, as in years gone by did not disappoint. Acceptance speeches
by the inductees were poignant and spoke of the various roads North
Catholic Soccer had taken them. Gene Chyzowych '53 his journey from
Ukraine to Nicetown and North Catholic to US National Team Coach and a
50-year high school coaching and teaching career; Jim O'Donnell '72 from
Ascension on the importance of his teammates and the role it played in
his development; Joe Steffa'76 from Juniata on the essence of working
for your fellow Falcons and how it influenced his career and family
life; the 1977 Catholic League/City Championship Team, the first to be
inducted, with 11 former greats in attendance and hosted by John Regan
'78; the third Comey Brother, Tim '88, gratefully acknowledged all those
who led the way for him, coaches, family and teammates; Mike Krecko '92
silenced the audience with a tribute to his mom and referenced his dad,
Jim, for his coaching efforts on his behalf; Chad Donnelly'00, gave
credit to his parents for the sacrifices they made in supporting his
choice in attending North, following in his brother Bob's footsteps, and
to the neighborhood local heroes who had gone before him; Chris
Brunetti, the All-Everything in a 4-year varsity career culminating in 3
Catholic League titles and an All-American nod.
A short ride to
Bobby T's Cigar Bar, ancestral watering hole of the North Catholic
Soccer Hall of Fame, for a few nightcaps sealed the deal for the seventh
annual event. Nominations for the 8th NC Soccer Hall of Fame in 2015
are now open.
The 24th annual North Catholic Soccer Golf
Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 at Juniata Country Club.
Flag, hole sponsors and foursomes are still available. It fills up
fast; don’t be left out. We are looking forward to seeing all friends
of North Catholic soccer on the links!