2008-07-11 / Sports

St. Francis Summer Classic Basketball In Full Swing

The Graybeards kicked off the 24th season of the St. Francis Summer Classic on Monday June 2, and all teams in all divisions are in action now.

The lone exception is the Girls High School Division which will be starting on July 28.

New blood has given a strongly needed infusion to the guys who can't get rid of their "Basketball Jones". Their regular season is nearing its close with the playoffs beginning in two weeks and the championship set for July 31.

The Men's Open League followed on June 5, with Rich McDonagh maintaining his streak and the distinction as the only player to compete in the Open League all 24 years.

Jameson's has taken the early lead with Belle Harbor Steakhouse, and the Rock Park All-Stars close behind. Also in the hunt are The Greene Machine, Caiazzo Plumbing, WPE Catering, Beer House Beverage, and Rick's Daily News.

Erin White's squad is the lone unbeaten in the Women's Open A Division, followed by Bayview, Hot Mommas, The Inn, and Michelle Kenel.

Kenny Whelan has once again done an outstanding job, assisted by the GOAT. Commissioner Kelli Donohue managed to coax enough players from the sands of the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League, to post two entries each from Jameson's and the Harbor Light in the Women's Open B Division. The players though seem to be saving their post game celebrations for the RBVL on Wednesdays.

Jim McKeon guides the Co-ed Second Grade League with teams from The New Irish Circle, Seaway Marina, Rockaway Lobster House, and On the Rocks Liquors.

Randy Neiswenter and John Blum are the new commissioners of the Girls Grammar Junior Division. Harbor Optics, Ready, Set, Go Travel, T. Moriarty & Son, Kennedy's Restaurant, Coastal Real Estate, Carvel, Honey B's, and Walter's Giants make up this group.

Ronald Whelan and Jay Boyle oversee the Girls Grammar Seniors with Flynn & Flynn, Ryan's Rebels, Ludwig's Sand Witches, Cross County Federal Savings Bank, Belle Harbor Chemists, Kimball Construction, Walsh Properties, and the Betty Boops vying for the title.

Summer Classic Director Keith Goldberg also doubles as Commissioner for the Boys Grammar Juniors. Buckley's Restaurant, Cyberzone Gym, Seaway Marina, Long Beach Surgical, The Storage Place, Boarders Surf Shop, Curran's Superior Meats, and the Melons comprise this division.

Tommy Morgan and Jeff Mercer lead the Boys Grammar Middle division with Mullin Basketball Camp, J & E Industries, Cougars, Belle Harbor Yacht Club, Long Beach Surgical, Coastal Real Estate, Ameritag, Rockaway Little League, Station Liquors, and Kill, Wood, & Mann, Est. 1961.

Jeff Mercer also teams up with Ray Corrigan for the Boys Grammar Seniors. The teams are Business Relocation Services, Caucig Utilities, Walsh Properties, McManus Mechanical, J.G. Electrical Installations, Belle Harbor Breezy Point Physical Therapy, Plum Tomatoes Pizza, and the Orangemen.

Joe Kenel has returned to the staff to join Dan Edwards with the Boys High School division. Treiber-Roberts, Inc., R. Tyne Painting, The Wave, Graybeards, Rockaway Rotary, Ridgewood Savings Bank, the Wharf, Dr. Schillings POD's, and Denis S. O'Connor are all gunning for the championship long sleeve tees.

The games are in the St. Francis Gym and the Fr. Grogan Memorial Schoolyard on Beach 129 Street at 5:45 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 8:15 p.m., Monday thru Wednesday, and 7:00 and 8:15 p.m. on Thursdays.

Seating and refreshments are available along with a place to leave and lock your bicycles.

Please do not bring basketballs to the Summer Classic, do not double park, and be respectful of our neighbors as you come and leave.

Playoffs begin July 24 and championships are currently scheduled as follows: July 8 at 8:15 p.m.- Women's Open A Division, July 31 at 7:30 p.m., Graybeards Division- August 6 at 7:00 p.m. and Boys Grammar Middle Division at 8:15 p.m., August 7- 6:00 p.m.- Girls Grammar Senior Division, 7:15 p.m.- Boys High School Division and 8:30 p.m. Men's Open Division. Women's Open Division at August 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Girls High School Division- August 25 at 7:30 p.m.

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