2008-08-08 / Sports

Exciting Championship Finishes Highlight St. Francis Summer Classic

The end is almost here. Four more champions have been crowned in the 24th edition of the St. Francis Summer Classic.

Maroon used the inside-outside, veteran rookie tandem of Jimmy 'Leaper' Howley and Kevin 'BB' Murphy to outlast Black for the Graybeards championship. Howley garnered season MVP honors and Murphy was named Rookie of the Year.

Cross County Federal Savings Bank beat Ludwig's Caterers and Ryan's Rebels beat Walsh Properties to set up Friday's Girls Grammar Senior championship.

Taylor Butigian and Deirdre Munday formed a strong duo for Cross County but were outlasted by the balance and strong defense of Ryan's Rebels. Casey Collins and Shannon White led the offense, while Grace Kelley, Cassie DeMatteis, Shannon Twomey and Regina Paskoff keyed the defense.

Coach Billy Collins championship squad also included Brigid Campbell, Emily Gifford, Gina Davan, Maggie McDermott, and Victoria Rivera.

Monday's boys semifinals saw Caucig Utilities hold on to beat the Orangemen on AJ Santiago's game winning shot. Business Relocation Services knock off Belle Harbor Breezy Point Physical Therapy in the Senior Division.

Belle Harbor Yacht Club edged the Cougars and Rockaway Little League got by Coastal Real Estate in the Grammar Middle games. Tuesday's High School semifinals began with Treiber-Roberts pulling away from R. Tyne Painting down the stretch. They will face Ridgewood Savings Bank in the championship after an easy win over Denis S. O'Connor.

Coach Marty Andresen added to his trophy case on Wednesday as Rockaway Little League beat Belle Harbor Yacht Club, 41-34, for the Grammar Middle championship. The champions are: Bard Featherston, Dylan Evans, Paul Rayder, Nick Tsatsis, Liam Gallagher, Brendan Gallagher, Matt Savastano, Dominick Borelli and Alex Claudio.

In the nitecap, Anthony Reyes added to his collection of Summer Classic championship shirts as Business Relocation Services pulled away from Caucig Utilities to win 49-29.

Coach Craig Carey's team also received strong contributions from Matt O'Neill, Brendan McCabe, Danny Donohue, Matt Linares, CJ Carey, Steven O'Connor, Brendan Margolies, Tim Steffens, and Jack Fitzpatrick.

The Men's Open Championship was contested Thursday night, immediately after the Boys High School Championship. Coverage will be in next week's edition of The Wave.

Boys basketball action was one of the highlights of the St. Francis Summer Classic. Boys basketball action was one of the highlights of the St. Francis Summer Classic.

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