St. Vincent High School dedicated its new fieldhouse on N. Maple just off W. Market, Sunday.
Coach Ned Endress was asked to say a few words during the dedication ceremonies.
After praising the work of those responsible for the fieldhouse’s construction, the Irish coach said, “I hope we can respond with a victory today.”
Endress’ hopes materialized when his Irish cagers scored a major upset, 47-44, over highly-touted St. Mary, the Akron area’s No. 2 rated team.
Highlight of the ceremonies came when a message from the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Edward B. Conry, pastor of St. Vincent Church, was read:
“I offer my sincere congratulations and thanks to all who made the fieldhouse possible. To the parishoners of St. Vincent Church, the St. Vincent Booster Club, the students, faculty, parents and alumni I offer my heartfelt gratitude.”
St. Vincent’s fieldhouse will seat 1,500 … at yesterday’s game there were over 1,700, with the overflow taking up the standing-room-only space.
All Irish hands shared honors in the first quarter of yesterday’s game as St. Vincent gained a 10-9 edge.
Jim Firth’s for points paced St. Mary to a 20-19 halftime lead. It was 32-29 for the Irish going into the fourth quarter.
With 50 seconds left in the game, John Regallis scored on a tip to bring St. Mary within one point, 43-42. Then John Mihelich took charge with four straight points in the last seconds to clinch the win for the Irish … their fifth in 16 games.
Mihelich led all scorers with 26 points. Firth got 14 for St. Mary. It was the Crusaders’ third loss in 16 outings.