It was a hard-fought battle but when it ended the clergy team beat the student all-star team 23-22 in the first annual Bishop’s Cup basketball tournament held April 17 at Miller Catholic High School.
“I think they gave us a few points,” said the sweating team captain, Regina Archbishop Don Bolen, following the game. His team was made up of clergy from the Regina archdiocese. Their all-star opponents were selected from the student teams that were playing earlier in the evening. They were mostly high school students from Grade eight and up and several played regularly on their school teams. This was the first time the tournament was held in Regina. “We started this in Saskatoon,” said Bolen who was Bishop of Saskatoon prior to his appointment as Archbishop of Regina. “It was such a fun time for everyone we thought to try it here.”
Cheryl Harvey’s Miller High School Catholic Studies 10 class took on the task of organizing the tournament as part of their Christian Action plan. Harvey said it began with a phone call from Archdiocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator Michelle Braden who told her about the tournaments held in Saskatoon and suggested the Archbishop would like to do something similar for the kids in the Regina Archdiocese. Harvey said her class did everything, designing and sending posters to all the churches and schools to recruit participants, organizing the teams, designing and making the trophies, scheduling the evening’s games, recruiting referees and score keepers.
The evening began with a pizza supper at 6:30 p.m. with the games starting at 7 p.m. Each team was assigned an alphabetic letter and referred to the posted schedule to determine their opponent and when they played. The preliminary games were 15 minutes and played on the half courts. The all-star team that played the Archbishop’s clergy team was selected from those teams.
The Bishop’s Cup game was a half-hour long and was played on the full court. A donut break split the evening between the preliminary and main event games. The Clergy team was outfitted with white and blue-trimmed jerseys; the Archbishop wore Number 55 with ARCH-DON on the back. A few other clergy had their names on their jerseys. The front of their jerseys had ARCH in black over an orange background.
Harvey said she and her class offered to do it all again next year.