2007-11-09 / Sports

SFDS Scores A Fast Start To CYO Basketball Season

The CYO Basketball season is now underway and the St. Francis de Sales girls are off to a fast start.

The Subnovice squad got its first taste of competition with games against St. Thomas More White and St. Thomas More Green.

Teamwork ruled the day against the White with Courtney McCool, Lauren Marten, and Devon Gavigan leading the scoring. Terrific defense led by Bridget Breslin and Maria DiCarlo, highlighted the game against the Green.

Emma Meade displayed her fine passing skills from the guard position. This past weekend, Kaitlin Neiswenter was 'all hands' on defense, taking her cue from center Taylor Tsatsis, who protected the middle with ease in a great game against Our Lady of Mercy.

Pee Wee Gold beat St. Adalbert 12-2 as Therese Gallagher and Jenna McCann scored 4 points each. Lauren Guidarelli and Shannon Rochelle added 2 points apiece.

The girls followed this with a win over OLMM as Johanna Sullivan, Ryan Ward, and Gallagher, McCann and Guidarelli scored.

Pee Wee Blue also remained unbeaten with wins over OLMM, St. Rose, and St. Raphael. Great defense and Brianna Suhr's 6 points, keyed the win over St. Rose. Nrynn Nagle led the way with excellent passing, which set up great shots against St. Raphael

The Novices lost a tough one at Gate of Heaven 14- 11. Emma Michaels, Jenna Tipaldo, and Taylor Vegh came off the bench to spur the team, but Gate held on.

They bounced back to beat Resurrection/Ascension as Emma Knox and Jenna Tipaldo started the scoring. Cassie Moriarty scored on a beautiful layup off an assist from Mary Ellen Woods. Kerri Rose Brennan showed off great defense as her grandpa watched from the audience.

The Bantams won twice to stay on a roll. In a physical game against St Helen, St. Francis only had 4 points at halftime from Meghan King. In the second half, Therese Boyle and Marina Cregan combined for 7 steals that were converted into 8 points to break open the game, as St. Francis prevailed, 19-7. On Saturday, the whole team shined with their hustle, defense, and 100% effort leading to a 24-14 win over St. Stans.

Special thanks to Caitlin Byrne for handling the book as she recovers from her injury.

Taylor Butigan scored 12 and Marissa Scotto 6 for the Rookies as they eased past St. Raphael.

The Intermediates cruised past St. Helen, 42-14, with a great defensive effort and balanced scoring. Ashley Raaf and Deirdre Ray led with 10 points each. Bridget Klein, Maegen Reed, and Casey Collins were outstanding in their rebounding. They continued their good play with wins over Our Lady of Grace, 42- 27, and St. Thomas More, 38-27.

On the boys' side, the Subnovice Gold made their debut against St. Stan Ozone Park. Mike Piccone and Luke Erhard led the scoring. Billy McDonnell and Matt Schonfeld excelled with their ballhandling. Dylan Carey was ferocious on the boards and Jonathan Machado and Benjamin Edwards keyed the defense.

The Subnovice Blue also opened up with an impressive game against Our Lady of Grace. St. Francis took control after halftime as Teddy Stathis dropped in four shots from just inside the three-point line. Jack Watt and Mike Sullivan also scored. Dominic Savino, James McFadden, and Matt Meade led the defense while Christian Lanzetta, Matt Coletta, and Andrew O'Sullivan were the leading rebounders.

The Pee Wee Gold got off to a strong start with a win over Our Lady of Grace as Eoin Reen scored 6 points, Alex Goldberg chipped in with 4, and John Boyle and Matt LaSorsa each had 3.

Mark Butigan got it all started with a basket off the opening tip and Shane Malloy also scored.

In a scheduling quirk, the Pee Wee Blue played a home and home against Gate of Heaven and lost a pair of tough ones. Christian Apice and Matt DeCrescenzo each had 4 points on Saturday, while Matt Erhard scored 5 points and Ryan Moran added 4 on Sunday.

The Novices got off to a slow start, but tough defense and smart offense led to a 37-10 win over Gate of Heaven.

Charles Gavigan scored 14 points and Max Frankel had 6.

The Bantams held a 12-point lead after three quarters. They went scoreless in the fourth, but held off a late rally by Gate of Heaven to win 22-19. Michael Buckley scored 8 points and Patrick Cashin had 6. Dennis Barnes and Alex Moule came up big in the paint.

The Rookies also began with a win over St. Thomas More.

The Intermediates began their CYO season with wins over St. Thomas More 30-22 and St. Rose 35-14.

Liam Ryan and Billy Buckley scored 6 points each each against St. Rose while Jonathan Maranga and Ian Clayman swept the boards. Great team defense secured the win against St. Thomas More.

The Boys started their season with the St. Edmund Tournament in Brooklyn. Chris Tsatsis scored 10 and Kevin Cregan 7 points in the opening victory. Pat Kilgallen tallied 7 and Danny Donahue added 5 points as they also spearheaded the defense in a win over Our Lady of Grace Gravesend.

In the championship game, they came up just short, falling to St. Columba 64-58. Rob Peters and Chris Tsatsis, who both scored 44 points in the three games, were named to the All-Tournament team. Optimism is high for a successful season.

Play continues with a full slate of games at St. Francis this weekend.

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