St. Helena’s alphabet soup: C is for Al Carpy
From A for Ana’s Cantina to Z for ZD Wines, there is an alphabet soup of discovery in St. Helena. Each week, we’ll add another letter to the alphabet.
C is for Al Carpy, the founder of St. Helena’s beloved Carpy Gang, which celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2016. It began with a sandlot baseball game between Ursuline Academy and the local elementary school in 1936. Children wanted to compete, but their skills were lacking. Al Carpy stepped in to fill the void and teach local children not only the athletic skills necessary to play baseball, football, basketball, track and boxing but also the “life skills” of teamwork, sacrifice, sportsmanship and character that would last a lifetime.
St. Helena Carpy Gang is a member of the Mendo-Lake Empire Junior Football and Cheer League. We play (football and cheer) with three grade divisions, Pee-Wee, Junior Varsity and Varsity. For the 2016 season, football head coaches were Corey Beck, Joe Herdell, Donnie Taylor and Shane Pavitt. The Cheer coaches were Jessica Farrell, Stephanie Iacobacci, Hailey Covey and Marina Montelli.