Connecting with the community through hoops

Story and photos by Logan Johnson
The Catholic Accent Communications Intern

BROWNSVILLE – The Greensburg Priest Crusaders basketball team, made up of Diocesan priests, took to the court June 25 for a game against an alumni team from the former Holy Rosary School, the Cougars, at St. Peter Parish’s new multipurpose facility, St. Mary’s Hall.

“The reason we wanted to do this event was to get eyes on our new facility, and to get the parishioners and community here to see what we have to offer,” said parishioner Larry Franks, who helped organize the event.

Father Efren C. Ambre, Pastor, said he hopes the game made a connection between the parish and the community.

“The goal is to introduce ourselves to the community and to show that we are here for them,” he said.

St. Mary’s Hall, which opened this year, is home to the parish’s Lenten fish fries, plus volleyball and pickleball games.

Social hall manager Janet Cavrak Komacko said she hopes activities at the new facility encourage parishioner interest.

“We’re trying to get everyone involved in sports for the exercise and because we want to have something different for the community,” Cavrak Komacko said.

The Diocesan priests who played in the basketball game were excited with the fans’ energy despite their 105-70 loss to the Cougars. They’re already calling for a rematch.


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