New class inducted into North Catholic Soccer Hall of Fame

The North Cath­ol­ic Soc­cer Alumni As­so­ci­ation in­duc­ted its 7th Hall of Fame class dur­ing a March 30 ce­re­mony at Ro­mano’s Ca­ter­ing.

Red blazers, sym­bol­iz­ing their alma ma­ter and ath­let­ic ac­com­plish­ments, were spor­ted by all pre­vi­ous in­duct­ees and presen­ted to the new in­duct­ees.  

This year’s in­duct­ees were Gene Chyzow­ych, ’54; Jim O’Don­nell, ’72; Joe Steffa, ’76; Tim Comey, ’88; Mike Krecko, ’92; Chad Don­nelly, ’00; Chris­toph­er Bru­netti, ’03; and the 1977 soc­cer team.

Des­pite the per­man­ent clos­ing of North Cath­ol­ic High School in June 2010, alumni have ral­lied to keep the North soc­cer tra­di­tion alive — the school won 22 Phil­adelphia Cath­ol­ic League cham­pi­on­ships — and re­main an act­ive part of the com­munity.

One of the ways this is ac­com­plished is award­ing schol­ar­ships. Aside from bring­ing to­geth­er old friends, fam­ily and team­mates, the hall of fame ce­re­mony is one of sev­er­al fun­draisers to make Cath­ol­ic edu­ca­tion fin­an­cially at­tain­able for loc­al stu­dents. 

“That’s ba­sic­ally what it comes down to,” said Jerry Brind­isi, former soc­cer coach at North. “We want to help people in the name of North Cath­ol­ic and we’re al­ways try­ing to take the high road. We’re not go­ing away.” ••

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