09/19/11 - posted by Frank Dunnigan
The St. Cecilia-Holy Name rivalry began when Monsignor William Flanagan became pastor of Holy Name in 1956, while his longtime friend Monsignor Harold Collins was pastor at St. Cecilia's. The "tournament" was an annual event every January from the late 1950s until at least the end of the 1960s, and as one writer said, it was always held at a packed Riordan High School gym. The match-ups involved basketball (boys only, with individual teams for Grades 5-8) and volleyball (girls only, with individual teams for Grades 7 & 8). The income from the modestly priced tickets provided much of the funding for school sports in that era of $6 per month per family tuition.
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