Preists vs. Seminarians Basketball Game 2011

Due to the timing of the game, the crowd was a little less than it had been in previous years, but we still had a fun time watching the Priests play the Seminarians in the annual Sr. Mary Finn Classic. 🙂

I arrived early wearing my inflammatory T-shirt. (“Sacerdotes delent! Scholares modo velint!” which translated is supposed to mean something like, “Priests dominate! Seminarians [students] only hope to!”)

The Priests:
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The Seminarians:
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Opening Tip-off:
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Player #24 is our very own Fr. Mark Prill:
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He did a great job of controlling the center court and observing some of the unorthodox soccer moves which were being displayed. 😛

There were many, many fouls called…particularly on the Priests…so we got to see a lot of photos like this:
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Some photos of athleticism in action:
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At halftime, the evening’s emcee, seminarian Jim Houbeck, spent some time razzing Fr. Mark and even interviewed his parents! 🙂

At which point, Fr. Mark stole the mike and said some words of self defense:
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Next, came the tricksy part of the evening. Due to a … scoring deficiency … despite creative scorekeeping efforts … the priests decided to call some seminarians to defect to their side. The new team, with the addition of the 2 deacons, was renamed the Clerics. Here’s the photo evidence of one of the defectors;
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At one point, we even tied the game!
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The question arose whether it was licit for the Priests to steal team members from the other side.
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Dr. Peters ruled in favor of the Priests. 🙂

Final score:
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Final prayer:
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After the game, Fr. Mark had me lead people up to the bar since “I knew the way.” Well, I found my way into the occupied locker room! I knew one of the doors lead to a stairway…I just picked the wrong one! We did eventually find our way up there.

Shortly thereafter, Jim gave us a tour of the seminary.

Sanctuary:
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St. Thérèse of Lisieux:
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Along the way, Jim quizzed us. If we got a question wrong, we owed him 3 Hail Marys. I was not allowed to participate, since I go to school at the Seminary.

We made it back to the bar and hung out for a bit.
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The anticipated pizza never arrived, so we concluded the evening by heading out to the Green Lantern for our evening meal.

And much fun was had by all.
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The End. 🙂

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