2007-08-03 / Sports

Wild PlayoffAction At St.Francis Classic

The action has heated up at the St. Francis schoolyard as the playoffs get underway. The first champions were crowned on Tuesday night in the gymnasium.

In the opening game, Erin White's Young Guns held off Grace Kelly's Veterans by one point in overtime, to grab their first Women's Open 'A' championship.

The 'B' final followed and ended with Harbor Light donning the championship tees.

Outside of the gym, Ameritag beat O'Grady Plumbing; Flynn & Flynn beat Kimball Construction; and T. Moriarty & Sons edged J&E Industries to advance to the Girls Grammar Senior semi-finals, where they will play Cross County Savings Bank. The semi-finals were scheduled for last Thursday night and the championship will be held Friday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m.

The Boys Grammar Middle division has been full of thrillers. In Monday's first round, J.G. Electrical Installations, sparked by the quartet of Mark Genovese, Conor Rayder, Pat Cashin, and Steven Leonard, overcame the outstanding play of Jack Hurley to hold off and defeat East Meets West.

Belle Harbor Physical Therapy rode Charlie Marquardt's amazing scoring performance to edge Mullin Basketball Camp. Kevin Magee and Ricky Comis played well for Mullin.

On Tuesday, J.G knocked out the second-seeded Cougars, despite Ryan Kilgallen's best efforts.

Belle Harbor's Charlie Marquardt outdid his Monday effort with over 40 points on Tuesday, but it was not enough for his Physical Therapy team to get past Rockaway Little League, who won with a strong contribution from Matt Sosnowski.

Jimmy Wolfer and Patrick Goldberg led a valiant fourth-quarter charge, but Walsh Properties came up short and the Orangemen advanced in the playoffs. Michael Buckley, Sean Morgan, and Greg Charles helped pace the Orangemen.

Dylan Evans put the exclamation point on the night, beating the buzzer with a last-second jumper to give BRS the win over Kennedy's Restaurant. Matt Linares and Niall Reen were the top stars for BRS. In defeat, Kennedy's were led by Ryan McDade, Kevin and Matt Crockett.

The semi-finals were scheduled for last Wednesday night and the championship will be played this Wednesday, August 8, at 6:00 p.m.

Belle Harbor Yacht Club is the talk of the Boys Grammar Senior division. After astoundingly going winless during the season, the "Big White" has risen like a phoenix by knocking off Lawrence Pharmacy and On The Rocks Liquors.

Belle Harbor's rebirth has been led by James Mercer, James McCool, Ryan Biddiscombe, Joe Wolfer, and Anthony Reyes.

Stephen Kelly and John Evans were the top performers for Lawrence Pharmacy. Pat Butera and Cody Greenstein could not overcome foul trouble, as On The Rocks fell to defeat.

Rockaway Rotary eliminated Snug Harbour and moved on to the next round. In Rotary's next contest, they looked ready to move onto the semifinals when Patrick O'Grady's 10-foot jumper gave them a 33-32 lead over Bailey's Construction, with 13 seconds remaining in the game.

Unfortunately for Rockaway Rotary, 13 seconds was just enough time for their opponent to score. Jason Perrone drove the lane and was fouled by O'Grady, whose fifth of the game sent him to the bench.

Perrone missed both free throws, but teammate Mike Cronin gathered the rebound and was fouled on his putback attempt with five seconds left.

Cronin calmly made both free throws and Rotary was unable to get off a shot on its final possession. Jimmy Boyhan and Greg Beehler guided Caucig Utilities to defeat Coastal Real Estate, who were led by Immanuel Thomas and Liam Ryan, before they ran out of gas.

McManus Plumbing had played VIP Sprinklers in the other quarterfinal, as of press time.

The semi-finals are on Tuesday August 7 at 7:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. and the championship is Wednesday, August 8 at 7:15 p.m.

In the first round of the Boys High School playoffs, The Wharf beat Ridgewood Savings Bank and Breezy Point Lumber defeated Treiber- Roberts.

The quarter-final matchups as of Wednesday at presstime were: Jameson's vs. Breezy Point Lumber, R. Tyne Painting vs. Wharf, Dr. Schilling's POD's vs. Sands Point Physical Therapy, and Graybeards vs. Rockaway Seafood Company.

The semi-finals are on Monday, August 6 and the championship will be played on Wednesday, August 8 at 8:30 p.m.

The Boys Grammar Junior and Girls Grammar Junior divisions completed play on Wednesday.

The Second Grade division will have their final two games this Monday and Tuesday.

At press time, the Gray team faced the Gold team in the Graybeards championship on Thursday. The Men's Open playoffs begin this Thursday, August 9 and the Girls High School division gets underway this Monday, August 6 in the St. Francis gym.

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