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New Jersey school revives awesome 30-year-old tradition to support girls' hoops team

Ben Rohrbach
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Five Gloucester (N.J.) Catholic High boys' lacrosse players dribbled 10 miles to watch the Rams play a girls' basketball game. (Facebook)
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Five Gloucester (N.J.) Catholic High boys' lacrosse players dribbled 10 miles to watch the Rams play a girls' basketball game. (Facebook)

Reviving a school tradition that lay dormant for almost 30 years, five members of the Gloucester Catholic High boys' lacrosse team dribbled a basketball from their New Jersey school in Gloucester City to rival Camden Catholic roughly 10 miles up the road in Cherry Hill for a girls' basketball playoff game.

“They did it (in the 1970s), they did it when I played — Gloucester Catholic has the best school spirit,” Rams girls' basketball coach Lisa Gedaka, who led Gloucester Catholic to three state titles in the '80s, told the South Jersey Times. “I actually wanted to get a uniform on and play. This is why you work so hard, to play in this type of environment. They’re the best, and the crowd literally behind us — we felt it.”

Gloucester Catholic boys' lacrosse players Mike Corrado, Mark Deberardinis, Tyler Graham, Pat Rafferty and Pat Richardson reportedly left school at 2 p.m. Sharing dribbling duties, they arrived three hours later in Cherry Hill — an hour before tipoff of the girls' Non-Public South A basketball semifinal on Monday.

“We’re bringing back an old tradition,” Corrado, a senior midfielder, told the South Jersey Times. “It’s so much fun. My parents (Mike and Jean) actually did it back in the 80s, both of them. I had no idea. Our principal brought up the suggestion, and I was for it the entire time."

The girls responded with a 47-41 win over Camden Catholic. The victory set up a sectional championship showdown against Holmdel (N.J.) St. John Vianney on Wednesday at Liberty High in Jackson, N.J. That's roughly 65 miles from Gloucester Catholic. Better start dribbling now, boys.

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