2008-04-04 / Sports

St.Francis Pee Wee Gold Clinch CYO Championship Trophy

The St. Francis de Sales CYO Basketball season concluded with the Boys Diocesan Final Four last weekend.

The St. Francis Rookies began the day at Christ the King High School on Saturday by facing Corpus Christi.

St. Francis faced a significant height disadvantage, but despite this and some serious foul trouble, trailed only by 6 points at the half.

SFDS continued to battle, with a great effort by all the players, and they cut the lead to 2 with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

As time ran down, St. Francis was forced to foul and Corpus Christi held on for a 5-point victory.

The winners would go on to capture the championship in a 25-point victory the following day.

St. Francis' Jimmy Wolfer, Ryan Kilgallen, Jack Hurley and Charlie Marquardt led the team in scoring. Ryan McDade led St. Francis in steals and assists.

Coach Ray Corrigan's team also includes Patrick Goldberg, Matt Linares, Mark Genovese, Sean Leonard, Steven Leonard, Sean Moragan, Conor Rayder and Kevin Magee. The team was assisted by Joe Mingino and Matthew Corrigan.

The St. Francis Pee Wee Gold team traveled to Martin Luther High School and faced their seasonlong nemesis, St. Mary Gate of Heaven, in the CYO semi-finals. It was the sixth meeting of the year between the two teams.

St. Francis' Mark Butigian scored the first basket of the game and Alex Goldberg and Eoin Reen staked the team to a 10-4 lead at the end of the quarter.

Kyle Connolly poured in 6 points in the second quarter to expand the lead to 17-7 at the half.

Gate rallied in the second half, but baskets by Ethan Ruiz and Mark Butigian sealed St. Francis' win 23-18.

Sunday's championship opponent was undefeated St. Clare's and once again St. Francis struck first. John Boyle hit a turnaround jumper from the foul line, Eoin Reen tossed in 7 points and Kyle Connolly scored 4 points in the second quarter as St. Francis again took a lead into intermission, 15-7. St. Clare's turned up the heat in the second half. St. Francis kept their advantage as point guard Alex Goldberg continued to orchestrate the action.

John Boyle was the big hero, hitting three clutch free throws under hostile conditions after St. Clare's had taken the lead. His free throws provided the final scoring as St. Francis won the championship 20-18.

The Champion Pee Wees also included; Jack Carter, James Corrigan, Chris Inga, Matt LaSorsa, Shane Malloy, Ryan Olsen, James Pisano and Michael Said. Coach Keith Goldberg was assisted all year by Mark Butigian.

For Coach Goldberg, it was his first Diocesan Championship after four previous appearances in the finals. The championship marked the end of a CYO coaching career that began in 1980.

Both teams will celebrate their seasons with one more get-together, and all look forward to continue playing in the SFDS Intramurals and the St. Francis Summer Classic.

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