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HOMETOWN, USAThe Corinthian
Corinth, NY
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Tomahawks Bested by Kerry Blues in Conference Game

by Bill Pike


Oh, what a wonderful flying blue horse—
You’ve probably seen him before.
Perhaps while we weep,
Mick Cleary has sweeped
With the ball the length of the floor.

We lost a basketball game to a real top notch Northern Conference team, the Kerry Blues from St. Mary’s Academy of Glens Falls, last Friday evening….

They played like champions, and champions they will probably be. With three remaining Conference games left, the inspired Kerries were ready and waiting for a Tomahawk team prepped by the string of seven wins in a row….

In dropping this game we have to salute a good looking St. Mary’s team. A team that is led in victory by Mickey Cleary’s 23 points; his three straight jump shots broke open a sparkling comeback which our boys were beginning to put forth. All who witnessed the contest will have to admit, Cleary was a paragon on the basketball court.
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Michael Cleary’s note:
What a kick to recall that 15 years before I ever thought of writing a poem, someone wrote one about me! I was a dedicated jock in a small parochial school that played David to public school Goliaths for several years. A shooting guard in basketball and quarterback in football, I played on 3 championship teams—two of them undefeated. Ironically, several years later the high school closed for lack of teaching nuns.

I approach sports subjects in works such as “Football at Catholic School in the Undefeated Season,” “Ex-Jock on Faith, Free Throws, Follow-Through,” “Legend,” “The Nature of Angels and Beauty.”

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