On this page we'll post update messages from guys who were athletes at
city-leagues schools through the years. When I received an e-mail from Tom McDevitt, which
is posted first below, I thought a page like this would be a good idea. Kids still in
school need to know that there's a life beyond, and they need to hear that guys who came
before them are doing well.
Hi, Ted. Tom McDevitt-West Catholic 1985. How are you
doing? Hope all is
well. Long time no see/speak. Wanted to tell you that I had not bought
the Daily News for years now, no real reason. (sorry) . For some
reason, I bought it the other day and you had written an article about
the high school player whose father passed away this year. Great story.
How weird was that? I just wanted to tell you, Thanks. I know we have
spoken a few times after my article was written but I don't know if I
ever thanked you. I still have the article, framed, and I read it often
for inspiration. I am now a father of 2 beautiful girls, 4 and 2, and I
can only imagine the impact I have on their lives. I'm pitching again,
in the BuxMont Sr. Baseball League, over 30, for the Warrington
Senators. They are defending champs, we are 5-1 and I am 3-0. I have a
beautiful wife of 8 years, a great job and we are building a house in
Bucks county. So, life is good. Thanks again Ted, and take care.
(Ted's note: Tom was our Pitcher of the Year in 1985, and then fared
well at La Salle. The story he referred to was about GAMP 1B Michael
Sacco. I first wrote about Tom in 1984, and how he constantly tried to
honor his late father, James, with his pitching. I'm hoping Tom will realize
the error of his ways and resume buying the DN every day -- smile).
Well its almost football season, and I guess everything is
starting already. I mean those prep kids are still running there mouthes,
little do they know, they are digging themselves a hole, but anyway who cares about that.
Last season is over and another season of football is on the rise. Right now I
can tell you I have no place to play next year, I mean I could go and play for
Widener but its to much of an expense for me. You will probably see me on the O'Hara
sideline next year with a whistle around my neck coaching those boys. There is one
thing I'm sure of right now and that is O'Hara will be a threat next year. I mean
people look at us and see that we lost most of our offense and Defense, but there are kids
there that can straight up play ball. To have a CHAMPIONSHIP team you gotta have a
good scout team right Ted, I mean thats a known fact. When people say to me
that O'Hara will have there troubles next! year I just sit there and laugh
cause people also told me we weren't going to beat Prep, but well we all know
what happened..... okay let me mention the score O'Hara 35 Prep 10......
but anyway O'Hara will contend for the Championship next year and I promise
everyone that.... " Don't Forget About O'Hara "
What can I say about playing for a title, It's the greatest experience a Catholic League Football Player could ever have. From the the pre-game butterflies to the havoc at the end. I will remember that night for the rest of my life. All I can really say to the many football players in the Catholic League is whenever you start to get on a losing streek, don't ever get your heads down, because you never know what will happen at the end. Treat every game like it is your last because one day it will be over. I would do anything just to go out there on the field and play. Good Luck to everyone. Especially the players.
---- Mike Terenick, O'Hara 2001
(Ted's note: Mike was a key factor for the Lions' title squad. It's nice to hear that he enjoyed his football experience enough
that he intends to get into coaching.)
Hello, my name is Pete Terry. I played baseball for Roman Catholic,
Class of '95. I would like to commend you on a fine job you have done
with covering High School Sports in the Philadelphia area. Especially
in regards to baseball which seems to get a raw deal in terms of
recruiting for colleges. Your coverge and hard work has enabled people
to continue playing ball in college and pursuing an education where they
otherwise would not have. Such as the case for myself (Arcadia
University '99) and my younger brother Phil, Roman, Class of '00. I am
currently serving in the United States Army in Kuwait in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom and it's good to checkout your website to see
how the Cahillites are doing and also other schools. Hopefully, your
readers can see this and for those whose are still in High School don't
ever give up your dream know matter what anyone tells you. Thanks for
putting up the website and keep up the good work.
-- Pete Terry, May 2003
(Ted's note: Thanks very much, Pete. Stay safe over there and say
hello to Phil when you can! Your country appreciates your efforts!)
I cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work
and time and effort you put towards high school
sports, especially basketball. You and your staff,
especially Amauro do a great job of building kids up,
getitng them recognized and giving them an opportunity
to play at the next level. You guys deserve a lot of
praise for your hard work. I graduated from Wood in
2002. I played basketball for four years, varsity for
three. We made the playoffs one of those three years,
and it was a memorable experience even though we lost.
I cannot thank Coach Sette and his staff enough for
making those 4 years, four GREAT years. Coach has
influenced me greatly, and he is one of the main
reasons I want to get into coaching, there are a few
other people who influenced me as well.. Coach doesnt
just car for you as a player, he cared for us as
students and people as well, that is something I hope
I cann continue when I coach.I also have made life
long friends through basketball, including Mike
Spadafora and Tim Dougherty. I urge current student
athletes to focus on your grades as well as athletics.
You cant play sports forever. I was not fortunate
enough to play college ball (as of right now anyway) .
But I cocnentrated on my grades and received academic
scholarship and my current GPA is 3.5 I am an
elementary education major , I plan on going to
graduate school for psychology/counseling and then get
into that in the long term. I also plan on being a
high school or college coach in the near furture.
Thanks Ted for all the work you do for us, I hope it
is appreciated by everyone.
(Ted's note: Thank you very much, Blair. Best of luck
while going forward to achieve your career goals. I'm
sure I'll run into you at some games.)
It's Ari Bluestein, NE Vikings baseball player from 2000-2002. How is
everything? This year I have been doing my best to follow Northeast and
the Pub and I actually got out to about three games this season. It's
fun to watch young guys represent the same school that I represented 3
years ago (what seems like a lifetime ago!).
I am heading into my senior year at Rider University in
Lawrenceville, New Jersey. While I was being recruited for baseball from
other schools, I am glad I chose Rider because it was the right fit for
me academically, financially and socially. In fact, I am still playing
college baseball. Even though I could not make the Varsity Division I
team as a walk-on, I started up a Club Baseball team. As a member of the
National Club Baseball Association (NCBA), the Rider Baseball Club
played a 20-game spring schedule against other club teams in the area
(like UPenn, Rutgers, NYU and Princeton). It was a fun year for me and I
got a chance to work on my game to prepare for my summer season in the
local Pen-Del league.
To all you high schoolers -- Baseball is a great game and you should
try to continue playing it until you can't run, throw or swing anymore.
But keep this in mind -- Most baseball players do not make it to the
Major Leagues, or even the Minor League for that matter. So take it from
me and my experiences -- Make your college decision based on things
other than baseball. That is what I did and it turned out to be a great
To my Northeast Vikings -- Good luck in the PL Playoffs!!
-- Ari Bluestein - Northeast Vikings Baseball '02
(Thanks for this, Ari. I wish we'd get more contributions like this for
the Alumni Page. Best of everything!)
Dear Ted, I am a 2001 Graduate from Kennedy-Kenrick. I
and football there all 4 years, and believe me there are probably more
upsetting stories than there are good ones. I was the 2nd baseman for
the Wolverines, and the wing back for football. I just wanted to say
thank you to coach Carcarey and McTamney. My 3 fondest memories from
baseball were becoming academically ineligible junior year as this made me
become a student, and realize things. Playing Carroll in the last game
of the 01’ season and driving home with Nick Sacony from the Pocono’s
during prom weekend to play for the regular season title. The intensity
and atmosphere was unforgettable. Also playing against Carroll the day
we graduated in the Championship and wear all but my jersey under my cap
and gown “yes socks, jock and all!!”, also playing for the Baseball
Factory’s National team In Arizona. Football would be running back the
only kickoff in K-K history against Upper Merion on Thanksgiving 00’.
And also holding 2 records for football at K-K. There is nothing like
High School sports, and the memories will never be forgotten A word
advice to the current high school players, follow your dreams and don’t
let anything come between them “girlfriends, distance, friends” you only
get 1 chance so make it worth have no regrets, because you'll never
forgive yourself TRUST ME!!! Thank You Ted for having this area in your
site it is something that alumni can have to cherish.
P.S. all you need now is a forum about past teams and games for alumni.
(Ted's note: Thanks, Steve. You can send more stuff for this page -- smile.)