by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB
The MAS Guardians Basketball team played their final game of season at home last night against Portland Bible College, and even with a loss of 61-87, the fans filled gym with cheers and celebration.
Portland Bible College pummeled the Guardians with numerous 3-point shots, and MAS player Michael Nguyen returned to the game after a minor injury in the second half.
Abbot Peter Eberle, MAS Guardians fan and Vice-Rector of the Graduate School said, "Being here with everyone is great fun, and hope springs eternal!"
"Even when they're down, they keep going," said Cindy May, Guardians fan and Executive Secretary for the Graduate School. They "are a good bunch of guys" she said.
At the half-time break, coach and player Alex Woelkers thanked all of the "crazy" fans for their support this season.
Prior to the game, the fans decorated the Damian Center with blue and white streamers and balloons, and they came armed with signs, a Vatican flag, and an oversized stuffed basketball that they tossed between the fans on the floor and those in the balcony.
Throughout the game, the team's logistical and spiritual efforts were supported by many members of the seminary community. These included team chaplain Father Theodore Lange, timekeeper Frank Villanueva, DJ Felipe Villalobos, the members of the social committee who provided drinks and snacks, and President-Rector Monsignor Joseph Betschart who led both teams and all the fans in a closing prayer.
Red, white, and blue confetti poured down on the Guardians after the closing prayer, and team photos and more music brought the night and the season to a close.