Stack Honors Father Judge HS Soccer Champs on Senate Floor
HARRISBURG, MARCH 9, 2010 — State Sen. Mike Stack today honored the 2009 Father Judge High School state championship soccer team on the Senate floor.
“These young men had a tremendous season and deserve to be recognized for their hard work,” Stack said. “It’s always a pleasure introducing Northeast Philadelphians to the entire Senate, but it’s especially exciting to meet and congratulate a championship team.”
The senator gave the team a tour of the Capitol and presented each team member a Senate citation, as well as a citation to be displayed at the all-boys Catholic high school, located in the Holmesburg section of Northeast Philadelphia.
The Crusaders, led by coach John Dunlop, were declared PIAA AAA co-champions after the championship game against Central Dauphin High School ended scoreless in double overtime on Nov. 21 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa.
The team went 22-2-2 and won the Philadelphia Catholic League Championship, then the District 12 title heading into the state championship game.
Father Judge is the first soccer team from the City of Philadelphia to win a state championship.
Additionally, Dunlop was named to the 2009 Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame. Under Dunlop, Father Judge has produced Philadelphia Catholic League Championship titles in 2007 and 2008, as well as 32 All-Catholic players in five years.