St. Joe and Marian split eventful 'Holy War' double-header
One matchup guaranteed to pack the house at St. Joe High School is the 'Holy War' between the Indians and their rivals, the Marian Knights.
The two schools met for a double-header starting with the girls game. While the Tribe took the win, 46-41, a special moment came when Knights senior Meghan Urbanski set the all-time scoring mark for the Marian girls hoops program.
"It's a big rival game, so that was cool," she said after the game. "I kind of wish I would've gotten it at home, but in this gym, in front of that crowd, my family, friends and all the support we've been getting, it was nice."
Urbanski's record was just one special moment on the night.
St. Joe also dedicated its new Alumni Gymnasium between games, marking the culmination of a long but successful drive to reach their fundraising goal.
"We were just thrilled with the generosity of so many of our former students, families, former faculty and staff," said principal Susan Richter. "It really was a collection of everyone that's been a member of the St. Joe family for so many years."
In the end, Marian somewhat spoiled the party, earning a split with a 59-44 win in the boys game. Still, for a night with so much fanfare, the action on and off the court lived up to the rivalry's hype.
"It was fitting, we thought, because the last game at 1441 in the old Alumni Gym was against Marian," said Richter. "We have great respect for our arch-rival. We thought, 'what better way to dedicate the new Alumni Gymnasium than a game with both the boys and girls basketball programs?'"