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Local Villanova Alums Cheer On Wildcats At NCAA Final In Houston

Villanova band and cheerleaders get the crowd going in Houston.
Villanova band and cheerleaders get the crowd going in Houston. Video Credit: Daily Voice
A contingent of local Villanova fans cheering on the Wildcats Monday in Houston. Photo Credit: Contributed
Jim Striker VU '87 and his son Michael of Briarcliff Manor. Photo Credit: Contributed

A contingent of local Villanova University alums have arrived for a pre-game reception in Houston to cheer on the Wildcats in Monday night's NCAA men's basketball final against North Carolina.

After that, it will be game-time at NRG Center.

In the photo above, from left:

Jim McGrath of Ridgefield, Connecticut, VU '90.

Kevin Morrissey Of Huntington Bay, Long Island, VU '87,

Sean Gildea of Farmington, Connecticut, VU '87

John Finnegan of Glastonbury, Connecticut, VU '87

Bill Attardi of Colts Neck, New Jersey, VU '86

Bill Mooney of Yonkers, VU '87

The V's in the air is for Villanova and of course Victory, they point out.

"While I do like the hat I'm wearing it isn't my favorite Villanova ball cap, however I have worn it for every NCAA game this year," Mooney noted. "Whether at home or in attendance in person at the game."

Sean Gildea was the Wildcat mascot for the school/team for the 1985 national championship team that stunned Georgetown in the final for the Wildcats' first-ever national title. 

The shirt he is wearing is from that year and game.

Bill Attardi has been to every NCAA game this year. 

That's not an easy feat with kids 11,10 and 8, but a very understanding wife who also attended four of them and is also a VU alum. 

"Bill has worn the sweatshirt in his hand to every game he's attended this year and while it's almost 80 degrees in Houston today he has pledged to do so again today at game time." Mooney said.

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