St Francis Summer Classic Crowns New Champs
The St. Francis Summer Classic continued to move toward its climax as three champions were crowned this past week. Green took the Graybeard title with a win over Orange on Thursday July 28. Mark (MVP) Cannon led the Green ably assisted by Summer Classic commissioners Jeff Mercer and Jim Moriarty, RBVL Commissioner Rocky Dorogoff, John O’Connor, Jack Weber and Joe McCormick. Kenny Collins, Mark Ferro, and Dan Conlon could not get Orange’s usual high octane offense into gear enough to overcome a determined Green Machine.
In the Women’s Open A division, DJ’s@Work subdued The Inn to defend their championship. Clare Droesch hit a three to end the first half and give DJ’s a five point lead. Tricia Tubridy and Janelle McManus then put the pedal to the metal to start the second half by expanding the lead to 15. The Inn fought gamely but could not close the gap. Blackwater Inn beat Healy’s and Jameson’s beat Harbor Light to set up the B division final which will now be this Tuesday at 8:15.
The Girls Grammar Senior division was closely contested all year, but Walsh Properties stood out from the pack. Walsh went 7-0 and received a first round bye. In first round action, Plum Tomatoes beat J&E Industries, Kimball Construction surprised Station Liquors, and ATP Insurance edged JP Morgan Chase. Walsh Properties got a scare in the semi-finals before beating ATP by 2, while Kimball Construction sliced Plum Tomatoes. Walsh Properties completed a perfect season with a three point win over Kimball Construction in Wednesday’s championship.
Boys Grammar Middle, Grammar Senior, and High School playoffs are underway. The championship games were scheduled for this Tuesday but will need to be rescheduled due to a facility conflict. They will most likely be played August 12 or 15.
Belle Harbor Chemists began the Grammar Middle quarterfinals with a hard fought win over Rockaway Little League. Sands Point Physical Therapy followed by beating the Melons. On Tuesday, TAG Maintenance topped Design Tech Construction and Brown’s Hardware advanced past VIP Sprinklers. Brown’s pulled off the upset in Wednesday’s semi-finals, eliminating Belle Harbor Chemists. They will face TAG Maintenance for the title as TAG outscored Sands Point.
Boys Grammar Senior first round games were Monday night. University Sports Medicine knocked out Mocean and Ridgewood Savings Bank beat Harbor Optics. In quarterfinal games, Denis S. O’Conor stopped Ridgewood while University Sports Medicine upset West End Realty. G&G Exterior Maintenance upended Hugood, Ltd. And Kennedy’s Restaurant beat Rockaway Rotary. Semi-finals are Monday night with the championship TBD.
Boys High School quarterfinals saw Twomey’s Champs beat the Graybeards, R. Tyne Painting chop down Breezy Point Lumber, and Cross County Savings Bank over Dr. Schilling’s POD’s. Semi-final matchups on Monday will have The Wharf against Cross County followed by Twomey’s vs. Tyne.
The Men’s Open division completed regular season play on Thursday and playoffs begin this Thursday. The Girls High School division after a bit of delay begins on Monday. The 2nd Grade, Boys Grammar Junior and Girls Grammar Junior divisions completed their seasons this week.