Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Norphan's Christmas Gift to Sacred Heart Home

Once again, thank you to everyone who has contributed to "our" cause. The benefits of your generosity is our ability to help North Catholic Alumnists who are making a difference in our community. One of the unsung hero's of North Catholic has been Fr. Neil Kilty. Through thick and thin, Fr. Kilty has been there for everyone, and I mean everyone.  It is our great pleasure to present our donation to the Sacred Heart Free Home for Incurable Cancer. Pictured below is Norphan, Mr. Mike McBride, Class of 78 '81, with the legend, Fr. Neil Kilty.

Monday, December 15, 2014

NC Soccer Celebrates Xmas With Overflow Crowd

Sunday, December 14th
Brynes Tavern in Port Richmond once again hosted NC Soccer's Annual Christmas celebration.  It was an overflow crowd of hundreds from 11 AM till 5 PM.  They gathered to celebrate their friendships, to gather cool gear for Christmas gifts and to spread good cheer of what is the character of North Catholic.  See below those who hung in the longest!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Norphan's and NC Soccer Annual Xmas Gathering and Sale

Tomorrow, Sunday starting at 11 AM, Jerry Brindisi is hosting NC Soccer and Norphan's Annual Xmas Gathering at none other than Bryne's Tavern in Port Richmond. Everyone is invited to stop in, say hello and Merry Christmas! Friendship, food and gear sales will be happening into the early evening. Come one, come all.


Thanks to everyone who have helped the Norphan's cause to help area children and families representative of North Catholic.  On Thursday, December 4th, Jason Marquess, Class of '67 Norphan presented the Veteran's Multi-Service Center in Philadelphia a contribution to help its cause. VMC exists solely to "serve those who served" our country. It is the only area not-for-profit organization that provides comprehensive resources to all Veterans in need. This group serves 2,500 local veterans each year, providing everything from food and housing to health care and job retraining.  Seen below on the left is Harry Lincoln Strehle, NC Class of '98 and next to him is Jack O'Neil, NC Class of '66. It is worthwhile to visit them if you get a chance. It is located at 213 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Saturday, September 27, 2014

North Soccer Alumni Annual Alumni Game: 10/18 @ Newts 3 PM

Calling all Falcon Booters

On Saturday, October 18th, North Soccer continues its proud tradition with its Annual Alumni Game. Newt's again will be the host site, once again outbidding fields In Qatar and Brazil while the telecast rights are being negotiated! Time of the match is 3 PM.  The game gear is being designed and will not disappoint.  The post-game news conference and reception is still under consideration but will be in either upscale Fishtown or the revitalized Port Richmond.  Cost for all the festivities is $60 which gets you the game ticket, game shirt and food and beverages at the post match headquarters.  For more information, please contact:  Jerry Brindisi 215-906-8496 (brindinski@aol.com), Joe Steffa 215-783-8020 (joesteffa.nc@gmail.com) or Mike Primavera 215-239-7539 (mike.primo@hotmail.com)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Third Annual Norphan's Weekend starts on Friday night at Keenan's in North Wildwood.  Our star studded, celebrity bartending will start our weekend. North renowns will be manning the pipes to pour, kibitz and most importantly raise funds for neighborhood kids and organizations. All proceeds, let me say that again, ALL PROCEEDS will to neighborhood kids and charitable organizations in Philadelphia. Here are a few of our luminaries:

Chal Szydlik    Jerry Brindisi     Franny Doc
Billy Hunter     Ed Turzanski     Eddie Alverez
Terry McNally  Rob Giamboy   Jim Schultice  
                        Jim Hooven   

So please come and visit, share the North connection that made this school great. 


Saturday, July 12, 2014


On Saturday, July 26th, North Catholic Alumni and friends of North will gather again to a Day in the Sun to celebrate what is North Catholic.  Here are the details:

When:                         Saturday, July 26th, 2014

            Where:                        Keenan’s Irish Pub, North Wildwood, NJ

            Time:                           3:00 PM till 7:00 PM

            Price:                           $20 in Advance/$25 at the Door

Tickets can be purchased at Bryne's, Dagwoods, Mercer Cafe, JP Tees in the Philadelphia area and are also available at the Firehouse Tavern in North Wildwood (see Larry Conte). You can also contact Jerry Brindisi at 215-906-8496, Mike McBride at 215-588-9411 and Mike Primavera at 215-239-7530. 

All proceeds will benefit the Philadelphia Veteran's Multi-Service Center, the Sacred Heart Cancer Center and the Ed White '55 Scholarship Fund.

The festivities start on Friday night, Julyu 25th, with a Celebrity Bartending event also at Keenan's. Joining us to name a few will be:  Franny Doc, Larry Conte, The Gilmore Brothers, Billy Hunter, Joe Rabbi, Fr. Howarth OSFS, Kevin McCloskey and Ed Turzanski.  They will be pouring your favorite spirits to help raise funds for the cause.

Special Guests on Saturday are Mr. Paul Moore, of course and musical headliners are The Soul Cruisers.

Never Forget, Never Forgive.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014


On Father’s Day, the world lost one of the best dads in Patrick “Rick” Steffa. Through his 59 years of life Rick was the rock, the lifeline, the support mechanism and the catalyst for his family, his friends and his neighborhoods. I write this knowing that Rick would not want any tears, even though I have cried, he would not want any sadness, even though I am very sad. He would want us to celebrate his life, his passion and his emotion to challenge life, to make things better for everyone else at the expense of ourselves. This is who Rick is.

Rick, while full of life, always shunned the spotlight. He was the one behind the scenes “fixing” things be it with his hands, his brains, or his wallet. No responsibility or favor was too much. And through it all, he never asked for a thank you, a payback or what’s in it for me. What he did for people was just part of his personality. His spirit and passion were captivating.  In every sense of the word, he is a hero.

Rick is survived by his wife Diane and children: Patrick, Olivia, Christopher and Nicole.  He is the grandfather of Tyler, Jake, Anthony and Dylan.  His mother Pat, brothers Kevin and Joe, and sister Marianne will miss him terribly. His dad George and brother Tommy will be welcoming him into his rightful place in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Rick was a caring husband, a terrific dad and grandpop, a devoted son and a loving brother, but yet he was a better man. You will be missed Rick while still being an inspiration.

The viewing for Rick is Thursday night at Spencer T. Videon of Drexel Hill on Garrett Road at Shadeland Avenue from 6 to 9 PM.  Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for Friday at St. Andrew the Apostle, 3500 School Lane in Drexel Hill, PA starting at 11 AM.


Thursday, April 24, 2014


North Soccer hosts its annual golf outing on Saturday, May 3rd at the venerable Juniata Golf Club and Spa.  All proceeds go to help kids attend Catholic High Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Tee time is 8 AM. Cost to golf is $90 and it covers the greens fees, food, adult beverages and gifts. Commemorative North soccer gear will be available of course.  For information, please contact:

Mike Primavera 215-239-7539
Jerry Brindisi     215-906-8496
Joe Steffa           215-783-8020
Tom Crossett     215-266-0640

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Buses, Trolleys and Winnebago

Sunday's driving rains could not dampen the spirits of nearly 300 North Catholic Soccer fans and Hall of Famers as they turned out enmasse at Romano's Caterers to honor the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.

Tailgating began right on schedule, 4 hours before the event, as the Fishtown contingent invaded the parking lot at Romano's in Juniata.  With a packed Winnebago and pop up tents, the loyal Towners welcomed the awaiting crowd in anticipation of local hero and North Catholic Hall of Famer, Mike Krecko '92.

Paul Moore, leader of the Paul Moore Band, once again emceed the event opening the festivities with a rousing rendition of our National Anthem.  The invocation was delivered by Fr. Jim Dever, OSFS, former teacher at North Catholic, and a Kenzo from Visitation Parish.  Fr. Jim spoke briefly on the importance of camaraderie of the North Catholic soccer community on and off the pitch and the place it held in the development of our lives after the North Catholic experience.

The day's main event, the induction ceremony, as in years gone by did not disappoint.  Acceptance speeches by the inductees were poignant and spoke of the various roads North Catholic Soccer had taken them.  Gene Chyzowych '53 his journey from Ukraine to Nicetown and North Catholic to US National Team Coach and a 50-year high school coaching and teaching career; Jim O'Donnell '72 from Ascension on the importance of his teammates and the role it played in his development; Joe Steffa'76 from Juniata on the essence of working for your fellow Falcons and how it influenced his career and family life; the 1977 Catholic League/City Championship Team, the first to be inducted, with 11 former greats in attendance and hosted by John Regan '78; the third Comey Brother, Tim '88, gratefully acknowledged all those who led the way for him, coaches, family and teammates; Mike Krecko '92 silenced the audience with a tribute to his mom and referenced his dad, Jim, for his coaching efforts on his behalf; Chad Donnelly'00, gave credit to his parents for the sacrifices they made in supporting his choice in attending North, following in his brother Bob's footsteps, and to the neighborhood local heroes who had gone before him; Chris Brunetti, the All-Everything in a 4-year varsity career culminating in 3 Catholic League titles and an All-American nod.

A short ride to Bobby T's Cigar Bar, ancestral watering hole of the North Catholic Soccer Hall of Fame, for a few nightcaps sealed the deal for the seventh annual event.  Nominations for the 8th NC Soccer Hall of Fame in 2015 are now open. 

The 24th annual North Catholic Soccer Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 at Juniata Country Club. Flag, hole sponsors and foursomes are still available.  It fills up fast; don’t be left out.  We are looking forward to seeing all friends of North Catholic soccer on the links!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wherever You Go, There's a Norphan

The following was written by Craig Matters, Managing Editor of Money, and a Norphan.  The subject of this editorial is Rev Tom Hagan.  Thought we'd pass this along to the Norphan masses.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dagwood Pub's 2nd Annual North Catholic Day for Norphan's

Dagwood's Pub at the corner of Torresdale and Linden Avenues will host it's 2nd Annual North Catholic Day, on Saturday, March 1, 2014, from 3 PM until 8 PM. Tips and donations will go to support the Norphan's Fund which primarily supports educational needs of families in need for Archdiocesan high schools. There will celebrity bartenders to reminisce with and plenty of North chatter.

Norphan Soccer Great Goes Pro

From Roman Catholic Head Soccer Coach, Ray DeStephanis:

Former North Catholic and LaSalle great John McCarthy agreed professional terms today with the Rochester Rhinos of the USL. McCarthy led the Falcons of North Catholic to the PCL and Division 12 championships in 2008 and garnered numerous awards and records for 4 years for the Explorers including several NCAA appearances. Road trips are in the works. Congrats to the entire McCarthy Clan and extended family!
Editor's Trivia Note:  In addition to his many successes on the soccer field, John also scored the final point for the North Catholic Football team in a stunning 28-22 win over Frankford in the exciting finale of this legendary series.  John kicked the PAT with 13 seconds remaining to give the Falcons a 28-22 lead and the win.

Monday, February 24, 2014

North Soccer Alumni to Honor 1977 Team at Hall of Fame Affair (March 30th @ Romano's)

The NCSA, working to recognize not just great individual soccer talent but also team success has decided to honor the 1977 team.  The roster was small in comparison, 16 players.  Today, we roster over 20 players to show you where the game has gone. 

 Of these 16 players, 5 of these players are in the Hall of Fame as individual players. The record of the squad was 13 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties, culminating in a 1-0 city championship over Lincoln.  The team had no less than 9 Division 1 players.  The team scored 49 goals and let in a miserly 14.  Two member of this squad won 3 PCL and City Championships while 7 of them won 2!

Come honor the boys at the celebration on 3/30 @ Romano's Caterers. For more information go to www.northcatholicsoccer.com

Monday, February 17, 2014


With a bang on the drums and rumble of trumpets, NCSA announces its seventh class of Hall of Fame Inductees. Like the six preceding classes before it, this Class continues the mystique of North Catholic soccer as the Best in Breed of any high school program bar none.  Without further ado, here is the roll call:

Christopher Brunetti                      Class of 2003
Gene Chyzowych                             Class of 1954
Timothy Comey                               Class of 1988
Chad Donnelly                                Class of 2000
Michael Krecko                               Class of 1992
Jim O’Donnell                                Class of 1972
Joe Steffa                                         Class of 1976

North Soccer is also going to unveil its first “team” induction.  With so many great champions to be considered the group has not decided what team it will be as of yet.
Please come and honor this Class on March 30th, at Romano’s Caterers. The ceremonies start at 2 PM. We expect a sold out crowd as usual, for ticket information, please contact:

Joe Steffa            215-783-8020        joesteffa.nc@gmail.com

Jerry Brindisi      215-906-8496          brindinski@aol.com            

Saturday, February 1, 2014


The week of January 26th was a big week for Norphans as the organization continues its support for kids to continue their Catholic education. The few fund raisers that we operate are for the sole purpose of helping boys and girls continue their educational needs through the Archdiocese system.  We created the Ed White Memorial Scholarship Fund for this exact purpose.  Additionally, we selectively support other “need” organizations that support societal programs close to our hearts and minds.

Norphans Donate to Philly FOP

On January 31, 2014, the Norphans made our first "official" donation to the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police (See photo below).  Norphan rep, Mike McBride presented a $3,000 check to Bill Hunter '79 (NC wrestling legend) and reps from the FOP, Mike Trask '89 (Financial Secretary) and John Ruane CD '91 (Treasurer).  In the coming weeks, additional funds will be dispersed. Each donation will be documented on the "Charities" page of this blog.

Sunday, January 5, 2014


Roughly two years ago, several North Alums got together to discuss ways as to how to continue the spirit, support (economic and spiritual) and philosophy that was North Catholic. Quite simply, neighborhood based support for those who desire a Catholic education. The first order of business was to rekindle a reunion of sorts, a party if you will to reignite the passion that was North. In July of 2012, at Keenan’s in North Wildwood nearly 700 alums, families of alums and friends of North gathered. Iconic teachers, athletes, coaches from as early as the 50s attended. While the goal was not to raise any funds, what little was raised was used to help kids who showed need in attending Catholic schools throughout the city.