Seton-La Salle High School has come up with an innovative way to raise money for its athletic department. During renovation of the gymnasium, the school is auctioning off its championship banners and replacing them with new, modern ones.
Anyone wishing to bid on the felt banners should contact athletic director Brian Geyer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Minimum bids are $75, and $1,000 guarantees a particular banner.
There are 73 remaining. Three have been sold, including the banners earned by the 1979 and 1980 WPIAL Class AA football championship teams. If the banners are ever found hanging in the homes of either Tom Donahoe, Greg Gattuso or Jim Sweeney, no one will be surprised. Donahoe, the former Steelers director of football operations, was the coach of that team; Gattuso, an assistant coach at Pitt, and Sweeney, who was an NFL offensive lineman for 16 years, were two of the star players.
Also gone is the banner commemorating the 2007 girls volleyball section and WPIAL championship team. The two oldest are tributes to South Hills Catholic’s section champion basketball teams of 1974 and 1975.
The auction will last until Aug. 15, or until the final banner is purchased.
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