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Runnin’ Revs set to battle Serra All Stars

Father Mitchel Zimmerman, chaplain/director of the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center in Lawrence, drives the ball against the Serra All-Stars in last year’s Runnin’ Revs game at Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park. This year’s games are scheduled for March 4 at Miege and April 29 at Hayden High School in Topeka. LEAVEN PHOTO BY LORI WOOD HABIGER

by Joe Bollig

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Sometimes skillful, but always entertaining, it’s time again to “Rev it up” for the first of two Runnin’ Revs basketball games.

The Runnin’ Revs, a team of basketball-playing archdiocesan priests and seminarians, will take on their perennial rivals the Serra All-Stars in a game for hoops glory and bragging rights at 7 p.m. on March 4 at Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park.

“The annual Runnin’ Revs basketball games are always a favorite for parishioners and priests alike,” said Father Dan Morris, archdiocesan vocations director. 

“In addition to the Pitching for Priests summer softball games,” he continued, “it’s one of two times a year that all the faithful can come out to see God’s wisdom on full display in just why he called us not to be professional athletes, but priests.”

It’s all in good fun. And although there will be no admission charged to attend, donations will be used to benefit archdiocesan seminarians. The game includes a silent auction, with a spot at Camp Tekakwitha and KC Royals tickets up for bids.

This year, the Revs have their work cut out for them. Although they usually and mysteriously win their games, this year they face an energetic All-Stars team coached by Bill Maloney. The All-Stars roster consists of two players from each of the Catholic high schools, and one 8th-grade player from each of the area Catholic elementary schools.

The second Runnin’ Revs game will take place at 7 p.m. on April 29 at Hayden High School in Topeka. This game, too, is open to the public and there will be no admission charged.

About the author

Joe Bollig

Joe has been with The Leaven since 1993. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in journalism. Before entering print journalism he worked in commercial radio. He has worked for the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press and Sun Publications in Overland Park. During his journalistic career he has covered beats including police, fire, business, features, general assignment and religion. While at The Leaven he has been a writer, photographer and videographer. He has won or shared several Catholic Press Association awards, as well as Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara awards for mission coverage. He graduated with a certification in catechesis from a two-year distance learning program offered by the Maryvale Institute for Catechesis, Theology, Philosophy and Religious Education at Old Oscott, Great Barr, in Birmingham, England.

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