The Press of Atlantic City last week carried a front-page story by writer David Weinberg about Holy Spirit football coach Bill Walsh. Walsh is the assistant coach to A.J. Russo, whose Spartan team under their tutelage finished the season with a 9-3 record after losing to Mater Dei on the last play of the state championship game.

Two months ago, Walsh was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, for which there is no cure. The Holy Spirit family headed by Bob “Rip” Reynolds and Joe Watson quickly swung into action to support Coach Bill and his family. Their team to date has raised well over $100,000. The goal has been set at $500,000.

A fundraiser sponsored by “Walshy’s Warriors” for Bill’s 50th birthday will be held June 18 at Laguna Grill & Rum Bar. The goal is to provide funds for his wife, Cindy, and daughter Kelly, who is a sophomore at Holy Spirit.

Please pray for Bill Walsh and his family, and support the fundraiser.

Phillies’ secret weapon unmasked

On July 6, 2009, the Phillies scored 22 runs on 21 hits, beating the Reds 22-1 behind Cole Hamels. In attendance seeing their first baseball game were Father Al and Father Rich from Uganda, Father Paul from Nigeria and Deacon Lenny Long from Brigantine.

On April 8, 2017, the Phillies scored 12 runs in the first inning on their way to a 17-3 rout of the Washington Nationals. In attendance were Deacon Long and other deacon friends.

Rumor has it that team manager Pete Mackanin has offered a season pass to Deacon Long and any members of the clergy he wishes to invite. The seats will be at the highest level of the stadium.

Scrapbook Scribblings

The Holy Spirit girls won four races last Sunday at the Manny Flick Horvat regatta on the Schuylkill. Locals in the winning boats included Rachel Fabel, Maddy and Abby Koch, Kayla Driscoll, Mollye Knoff and Mogan Grimme.

Kevin Curau and Anthony Lawler helped the Holy Spirit Golf team defeat Cedar Creek 194-210. Curau stroked a 51 and Lawler a 49 in Spirit’s 195-218 win over Buena Regional.

Turning back the pages to …

1982: Andy Simson and Bart Beck bashed two home runs apiece to lead the Elks to a 9-8 win over the A’s en route to the league championship. Bear Clark and Meatball Basille added solo shots to provide the margin of victory. The Elks won the championship game 6-3.

1983: Phylis Koch was named the starting pitcher for the Women’s Beachcomber News All-Star team.

1989: Kim Mogan scored 27 points and dished out 6 assists to lead Holy Spirit to an 86-51 rout over Millville. Mogan was 10 for 13 from the foul line. Luanne Marrandino and Michelle Carney added 19 and 16 points, respectively, for the Spartans.

1998: Katie Zein received the first Stanley W. Marczyk Scholarship at the North School commencement ceremony. The $6,000 award was presented by Holy Spirit basketball Coach Bill Deibert and Joe Marczyk, son of Stanley Marczyk. The amount of the scholarship award was the most ever presented at the school’s graduation.

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