St. Mary's Seminary competed in football for sure. St. Mary's alum Brian Regan tells us the school
did not offer basketball or any other sport during his time there. The school did not have a gymnasium. A hockey
rink was formed in the winter months that allowed the boys to gain their exercise in the cold months. There was
also a basketball hoop erected in the outdoor yard that was the site of many 'pick-up" games.
Regarding the football program, we are searching for information such as fight song, coach's names, season
records, and individual accomplishments. Any information you have to share regarding St. Mary's Minor Seminary
High School is welcome.
"I have several newspaper articles from Crystal Lake which listed the football coaches from St. Mary's for the 1956 season.
Joe Porkorny was the head coach and John Kirchberg was an assistant coach. There was
one other assistant coach named "Doc", unfortunately I can not remember his name (possibly Father
Norbert). Joe was from Cary. I remember that he had the unfortunate experience of having his new-born
baby die. This may have 1956 or 1957, and I remember the entire team going to the funeral home in Cary, Illinois.
John Kirchberg, I believe played at the University of Illinois and had a brother who also played at
**From Dr. William Celentano (Class of 1969):
"I just took a stroll down the lane of memories on your website. I attended St. Mary’s from September
1965 until graduation in June of 1969. I thoroughly loved my stay there and feel quite blessed to have been afforded
such a wonderful opportunity and education as was provided. Although I did not progress further on the path of priesthood,
I have felt the lessons and guidance instilled in me a source of ongoing strength and focus."
**From Frank Cherney:
"I attended St. Mary’s for my Freshman and Sophomore year. I had an old suitcase
in my basement that had not been opened in close to 60 years and this morning I
opened it for the first time and found a whole bunch of my old letters and
yearbook stored from my St. Mary’s days.
I have not looked at your site
thoroughly but you mentioned ‘doc’ and a St. Mary’s song. As far as I remember
‘doc’ was Father Norbert and although I do not remember an official school song
or football or sports team song I do remember and smile often as I sing a little
ditty to myself as taught to me by Stanley Kowalski I believe. The song goes
Give a cheer, give a
For the boys who drink the
In the cellars of St. Mary’s
We are brave, we are
For the beer that we can hold
Is a story that’s never been
For it’s guzzle, guzzle,
As the beer goes down the
And the cheer always comes out
loud and clear
If Father Simon comes in here
We’ll say ‘Father have a
In the cellars of St. Mary’s
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