2003-01-25 / Sports

SFDS 6th Grade Win At Successful Christmas Tourney!

SFDS 6th Grade Win At Successful Christmas Tourney!

Back (left to right) Marty and Keith Andresen: Middle (left to right ) Nick Mastros, Matt Alessi, Neil Howard, Eric Maxfield, Matt Ellis, Josh Steinberg Kneeling (left to right) John Ameruso, Mike Knott, John Reinhardt, Kenny Smith, Matt Knott, Tommy Ryan. (Ryan Meade not pictured)Back (left to right) Marty and Keith Andresen: Middle (left to right ) Nick Mastros, Matt Alessi, Neil Howard, Eric Maxfield, Matt Ellis, Josh Steinberg Kneeling (left to right) John Ameruso, Mike Knott, John Reinhardt, Kenny Smith, Matt Knott, Tommy Ryan. (Ryan Meade not pictured)

St. Francis de Sales basketball is doing very well. One of the highlights of our season is our 18th annual Christmas Tournament. This year we had almost 50 teams from Queens and Brooklyn. It was exciting and all had a fun time. It was fourteen days and one hundred and twenty games. The Christmas Tournament made almost two-thousand dollars for the SFDS CYO Program.

In the Subnovice 3rd Grade Division our friends from St. Thomas More won the championship. St. Francis de Sales B team came in second. It was a very exciting game. The winner of the 4th Grade Pee-Wee Division was St. Helen’s from Howard Beach. St. Helen’s had an outstanding victory over the strong St. Thomas Aquinas. The winner of the 5th Grade Novice Division was St. Adalbert’s who defeated St. Thomas Aquinas. The winners of the 7th and 8th Grade Divisions were Our Lady of Angelus from Rego Park. In 7th Grade Rookie Division, St. Andrew’s from Flushing ended up in second place. In 8th Grade Intermediate St. Francis de Sales finished in second place.

We had some special plaques awarded at the Tournament sorted by division. Starting with the 3rd Grade- the Rev. Louis de Gaetano plaque went to Danny Donaghue. The Danny Onorato Award went to Justin Esposito. The Sr. Patricia Award went to Kevin Ellis. The Mike Andrews Award went to Sean McVeigh.

In the 4th Grade the Peter McManus Sr. Award went to Steve Pulkoski. The Richie Dick Bogart award went to Sean Casey. The John Cunneen award went to Drew Winters. The Jim McKeon award went to Zander McDonald- Smith.

In the 5th Grade, the Chris Lawler award went to Mike Carnachio. The Walter Blum Award went to Johnny Duggan. The Kathy Lawler award went to Tommy Tsatsis

In the 6th Grade the Tim Stackpole plaque was awarded to a Good Shepherd player. The Msgr. Geraghty plaque went to John Ameruso. The Charlie Heeran award went to Tommy Ryan. The Sr. Margaret award went to Neil Howard. The Marty Andresen award went to Nick Mastros.

In the 7th Grade the Sean O’Hagan award went to Matt Patterson. The Richie Allen award went to Ryan Hurley. The Walter Hynes award went to Timmy Klein. The Chet McNulty award went to Mike Scanell.

In the 8th Grade the Joe DeMarco award went to John Aviles. The Joe Kenel Sr. award went to Desmond McGowen. The Jack Collins award went to Kiernan O’Malley. The Teddy Marshall award went to Billy Leckie.

The champions of the 6th Grade Bantam Division were our own St. Francis de Sales team. St. Francis defeated Good Shepherd in the championship game. It was a spectacular team effort on both ends of the court. All members of the team proved to be resilient, after coming back from a loss to Good Shepherd in the semi-finals.

All players contributed in the championship and the games leading up to it. John Reinhardt played excellent defense forcing several turnovers and steals. Shooting guard Kenny Smith came through with important shots, strong preventive defense, and aggressive drives to the basket. Matt Ellis proved himself as an aggressive rebounder and outside shooter. Ryan Meade came through with key jumpshots that made opposing teams freeze in their tracks. Small forward Josh Steinberg showed not only his ability to contribute offensively, but also his track-star quickness on the defensive end. John Ameruso displayed very strong rebounding and gave a lesson to the other teams on shooting form with his picture-perfect jumpshot.

The calm but focused three point shooting center Neil Howard came through with key jumpers and assists. Opposing teams thought twice about driving to the basket because of center Nick Mastros, who proved to own both boards, and also blocked multiple shots. Power forward Eric Maxfield showed great hustle and tremendous strength especially on the offensive boards. Matt Alessi displayed unmatched animal-like aggressiveness in his drives to the basket and overall hustle. MVP Matt Knott racked up double-digit points in several of the tournament games. Mike Knott showed his defensive prowess as well as offensive savvy in multiple fastbreaks. The team also benefited from shooting guard Tommy Ryan’s all around playing skill and court leadership. Congratulations to the team, coaches, parents, and most importantly the players and their teamwork, resilience, and heart. The 6th Grade coaches are well supported by the parents of the players.

The two highly prized All-Tournament Awards went to Mike Knott and Matt Alessi. The honorable Sportsmanship Award went to Kenny Smith. The prestigious Tournament MVP went to Matt Knott. Marty and Keith Andresen coach the team with Ken Smith assisting. We are first place in CYO with a record of 11-1.

We would like to thank Jim Morley for the scheduling logistics. Also thanks to Shelly Plock for the beautiful program. Much thanks also goes to the great Mr. Jack Bender for his duplication services and hours of help during the tournament. There are too many people to thank, so everyone who pitched in, thank you very much and have a healthy and Happy New Year.

The past weekend the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade St. Francis teams went "off the map" to snowy South- Windsor Connecticut to play their respective teams. Although all three SFDS teams lost we intend to get some friendly revenge when they come here February 8th. At 1:15 the 7th grade plays. The 8th grade plays at 2:30, and the 6th grade plays at 4:00 P.M.

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