Yesterday afternoon, the Corona Mariae took place. Latin for "Mary's Crown," this is the name given to the annual basketball match(es) between St. Mary's Academy and La Salette Boys' Academy. This was the fourth year that it has been held... and, sadly, for my alma mater, the fourth year in which La Salette has won the cup. (For the record, although I am dating the coach for La Salette's junior varsity, I did root for St. Mary's. :))
Nonetheless, the games were extremely enjoyable to watch. Something about the unadulterated masculinity on the courts... not to mention in the stands! :) I know that St. Mary's got a lot of flack and (at least local) media coverage for not accepting a female referee at one of their basketball games a couple of years ago, but at the risk of being controversial myself, I agree with their position. There's something so inappropriate about a female being intimately involved in a contact sport. (I'm not dissing on soccer moms or female spectators. I'm speaking, rather, of cheerleaders and the like.) Anyway, that could be an entire post in itself and it's not my point here, so... moving on :) ...St. Mary's won the junior-varsity game 33 to 21. La Salette won the varsity match 44 to 35. The varsity game was surprisingly intense and, to my untrained-eyes at least, very well played. We were ahead at the end of the third quarter and it was only in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter that the La Salette Lions pulled ahead! Very exciting... and exhausting! It's amazing how exhausting it can be to sit on the bleachers and watch! LOL!
Afterwards, there was a banquet for the teams and then more games/other competitions followed. I'm hopeful that this went a long way to further the camaraderie between the two schools.
...So it was a fun day - and a happy St. Valentine's Day, since the games' falling on February 14 allowed me to spend just a little time with Mr. Borg while he was in town. :)