St. Francis Summer Classic Opens Doors To 23rd Season
By Keith Goldberg
The 23rd edition of the St. Francis de Sales Summer Basketball Classic is now underway. Over 90 teams and 1000 players will partake in this year's classic.
The Graybeards division kicked things off on May 17 and plays every Thursday night in the gym. The Boys High School division started the main action in the Fr. Grogan Memorial Schoolyard on June 11.
The division has been reinvigorated under the direction of Dan Edwards and for the first time in a while boasts 10 teams; R. Tyne Painting, Dr. Schilling's POD's, Rockaway Seafood Company, Breezy Point Lumber, The Wharf, Graybeards, Ridgewood Savings Bank, Jameson's Pub, Treiber-Roberts, Inc., and Sands Point Physical Therapy.
Games are held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. on Court 2.
The Boys Grammar Juniors are once again under the direction of Tom Morgan. Teams include; Cyberzone Gym, Ryan's Rebels, Plum Tomatoes, Melons, Curran's Superior Meats, Coastal Real Estate, Station Liquors, Brown's Hardware, Denis S. O'Connor, Inc., and TheRock awaysNYC.com.
Games start at 5:45 p.m. on alternating days with the Grammar Junior Girls. Jay Boyle's group also sports 10 squads; Ludwig's Sand Witches, Seaway Marina, Laurice Keating Realty, T. Moriarty & Sons, Belle Harbor Yacht Club, Honey B's, Harbor Optics, The Tap & Grill, Sony, and Walter Blum's Giants.
Jeff Mercer heads up the Boys Grammar Middle Division which inhabits Court 4 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday starting at 7:00 and 8:15 p.m.
The teams in the division are; J.G. Electrical Installations, Cougars, East Meets West, Kennedy's Restaurant, BRS, Mullin Basketball Camp, Walsh Properties, Belle Harbor Physical Therapy, Rockaway Little League, and Orangemen.
Due to space limitations, spectators for these games must watch from the Court 3 bleachers or outside the fence on Beach 128 Street. Only players, coaches and officials are allowed in the area by Court 4.
Ronald Whelan leads the Girls Grammar Seniors while Ray Corrigan once again handles duties for the Boys Grammar Seniors. The two groups alternate nights using Courts 1 and 3 at 7:00 and 8:15 p.m. The Girls Grammar teams are; T. Moriarty & Sons, J & E Industries, Cross County FSB, Ameritag, O'Grady Plumbing, Kimball Construction, and Flynn & Flynn. The 10 Boys teams are; McManus Plumbing and Heating, VIP Fire Sprink- lers, Caucig Utilities, On the Rocks Liquors, Baily's Construction Corp., Lawrence Pharmacy, Coastal Real
By Jim Trudden
On June 16, the Broad Channel Athletic Club/Jamaica Bay Little League Sub-Novice Shamrocks from St. Virgilius Parish traveled early in the morning all the way up to Whitestone.
Despite the long trip, the Shamrocks proved victorious over St. Luke's with an 11-2 win.
This team, made up of seven and eight-year-old boys, has made outstanding progress in every aspect of the game. This has been accomplished by the hard work of the kids, but also kudos to all the coaches and the parents!
The Shamrocks used southpaws Thomas Collins and Nicholas Manzi for the first four innings. Collins yielded two runs and had five strikeouts over the first two innings. He benefited from a nice defensive play at first base by Manzi, who then came in to pitch the next two innings and had four strikeouts.
Collins returned the favor to Manzi by also making a fine defensive play at first base. C.J. Gallagher also made a nice play at shortstop on a hard hit ball to end an inning, leaving the bases loaded. Matthew Trudden came in to close out the game over the final two innings and had 6 strikeouts.
On the hitting side, the Shamrocks scored a run in the first when Christopher Guiseppone crossed the plate after Manzi was hit by a pitch. In the second inning, the Shamrocks ignited their biggest rally on RBI singles by Gallagher and Trudden. Collins then followed with a double to clear the loaded bases.
The Shamrocks were able to score on a run on an RBI single by Zachary Warner. In the sixth inning, Trudden led off with a single and Collins followed with a walk. Manzi then came to the plate and hit an RBI single to bring home Trudden for another run. Charlie Bostwick and Sean Ryan each followed with RBI singles.
The final game of the season is on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. as the Shamrocks take on local rival St. Thomas More at the BCAC Memorial Field.