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Though in disbelief of Algeo’s death, family and friends reflected on his life and the remarkable impact he made, as well as prayed for his ultimate victory in eternal life, during funeral rites this week.
Dominant pitching and plenty of drama led La Salle (class AAAA), John Paul II (AAA) and Devon Prep (A) to the PIAA championships this month. Each of the teams might not have expected their seasons to go so far, let alone end so well.
Neumann-Goretti first baseman Josh Ockimey, who hit .411 for his career with the Saints, signed a contract to begin playing ball in the Boston Red Sox organization. Meanwhile, other Catholic League teams are still vying for the state baseball title, while the softball season ended for two other teams.
SAO PAULO (CNS) — Hours before the kickoff of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil welcomed the 32 teams competing in the global soccer event with a special program and a reminder of Pope Francis’ advice about sports.
Pope Francis told athletes to “Put yourself in the game with others and with God; don’t settle for a mediocre ‘tie,’ give it your all, spending your life on the thing that really matters and lasts forever.” He urged them to live life the same way they play sports: Don’t hog the ball and keep it fun.
Neumann-Goretti, one of four local Catholic high schools playing in the state baseball playoffs, have used lights-out pitching and defense to record shutouts in five of their 10 postseason games.
MIAMI (CNS) — As the NBA finals got underway, once again pitting the Miami Heat against the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski placed a friendly bet with San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller.
The Saints topped rival Roman Catholic twice in three days by a combined score of 22-1 to emerge convincingly as this year’s Catholic League champ. It was N-G’s third title in four years and fourth in the past six.
The Ragdolls beat Lansdale Catholic 5-0 to win the championship May 22. They had dedicated their season to their coach who died in February from cancer, and they are convinced he was the source of heavenly tears that deluged the victory celebration.
Since Roman Catholic seized the winner’s bracket in the Catholic League’s double-elimination baseball playoffs, Neumann-Goretti will follow its 11-1 win over the Roman Wednesday for a rematch against the Cahillites today for all the marbles.