February 6, 2012

YOU MEAN THEY DON'T USE PEACH BASKETS?:

Concordia Seminary basketball is a throwback (RON COBB, 2/05/12, ST. Louis Post-Dispatch)

It was about time for the tip-off at Concordia Seminary's Pederson Fieldhouse, but before the Preachers could start their game against visiting Williams Baptist College, there was the matter of the national anthem.

A crowd of some 25 people rose from their seats to hear the anthem -- sung by the Concordia players.

That's standard practice at Pederson Fieldhouse. This clearly was no ordinary college basketball game. It was more, or less depending on your point of view.

There was no admission charge, no bleachers, no concession stand and no game programs. The fieldhouse on the Concordia campus in Clayton is named for the Preachers' longtime coach, the late Eldon "Pete" Pederson. I didn't know Pederson, but I remember him as an imposing figure when I attended Preachers games as a youngster in the late 1950s and early '60s. It was during that era when I was a neighborhood gym rat and got to serve as a ballboy for the St. Louis Hawks during their preseason camp at Concordia.



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