2008-11-28 / Sports

St. Francis de Sales CYO B-Ballers Do Well In First Weeks Of Season

The Boys began their season on November 1 and have done well the first three weeks. The Subnovice Gold played a great game with visiting Nativity and showed cooperative effort in their success. Liam Howley led with 6 points, Kenny Dean with 4, Aidan Donahue with 3. Jack Bambury, TJ Powerly and Brendan Vasquez also scored for the Gold. Assistant Coach George Long said, "How did they get this good?"

In their first away game, the Subnovice boys played an exciting game and exhibited impressive teamwork at St. Adalbert. Led by Kenny Dean with 9 points, Joseph Allessandro, Aidan Donahue, Sean O'Connor and TJ Powerly also put it in the hoop. The front court was hard fought by David Hanrahan and ChrisDeMarco. The back court stood tall with Trevor Foti, Adam DeSilva, Al Catanese and Robert McManus showing the right stuff in the win.

Pee Wee Gold took to the road in week three. On Saturday SFDS faced a much taller St. Margaret team. SFDS speed and tough defense was no match for St. Margaret. Kyle Hoffman, Teddy Stathis and James McFadden led SFDS to a victory. On Sunday SFDS traveled to Brooklyn to play Our Lady Of Grace. The home team played a very aggressive defense, but by the third quarter SFDS offense could not be stopped. James Carlton played an outstanding game on both offense and defense and he led all scorers, followed by Mario Cimino, Matt Coletta, Teddy Stathis and Kyle Hoffman. SFDS also had a strong play in both games from Matt Meade, Jack Watt, Andrew O'Sullivan and Dominic Savino. Previously, the boys beat St. Helen 17-11 and Our Lady of Grace of Howard Beach.

Pee Wee Blue lost to St. Helen after a previous win over St. Pancras. Matt Schonfeld, Peter Tuffey, Michael Sullivan and Billy McDonnell have been the leading scorers. The defense and rebounding has been forged by Dylan Carey, Ben Edwards, Luke Erhard, Jimmy Lunny, James McManus and Chris Moore.

The Novice have begun with comfortable wins over Our Lady of Hope and Holy Child, sandwiched by a thrilling win over St. Stans 17-14 on Saturday. Bantam Boys defeated St. Stans 42-16. Bard Featherston led all scoring with 11 points. Chris Ray, Ray Marten and Charles Gavigan had 6 each. John Whelan, playing the point, made everyone look good with great passes. The Bantams met their match today in a tough OL Angelus squad. St. Francis ran up a 10 point lead in the first half, but started turning the ball over in the second half against an aggressive manto man press by Angelus. The 10 point lead dissolved into a 5 point deficit. However, St. Francis showed their grit in the end. Bard Featherston (15 points) tied the game with a layup off a steal and John Whelan hit a 10 foot jumper with 5 seconds remaining to seal the win at 33-31. Ray Marten was a monster in the paint with his defensive rebounds.

The Rookies have sprinted out to four wins to start the season with a 48-41 win over OLPH, followed by easier tests from St. Thomas Apostle, St. Stans and St. Pancras. Michael Buckley has shouldered the scoring load in each game assisted by Patrick Cashin, Conor McHale, Billy Collins and Alex Moule.

The Intermediates have beaten OLPH and had a come-from-behind victory at St. Stans. The team battled valiantly against Gate of Heaven before succumbing, as half the team was not available due to a football championship game.

The Novice girls lost two tough ones, 21-19 to St. Stans, and 14-9 to Our Lady of Hope. Shannon Rochelle led the scoring with 9 against Stans, while Jenna McCann took the honors against Hope. Ryan Ward, Justine Twomey, Lauren Peters and Francesca Castellano are to be commended for their outstanding hustle in the two games.

On Saturday, November 8, the Bantams played Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Brooklyn, losing 18-13. Scorers were Mary Ellen Woods, Kayla Kilgallen, Emma Knox and Serena Yannello. Great defense was played by Taylor Vegh and Courtney Blum. On Sunday, November 9, St. Adalbert was the opponent and SFDS lost 17-11. Scorers were Kerri Brennan, Cassie Moriarty, Mary Ellen Woods and Serena Yannello. This weekend they faced off against St. Mary Winfield and could not end their slide, losing 27-19. Scoring was done by Kayla Kilgallen, Erin Klein and Mary Ellen Woods. The whole team played really hard till the end.

The Rookies played hard but had an unsuccessful game against Sacred Heart, losing 39 - 23. Shannon Twomey scored well and played hard defensively. Casey McDade, Meaghan King, Kristie Carey, Deirdre McCool and Shannon DeSilvia played hard and gave it their best shot.

The Intermediate girls traveled to St. Margaret's for an always competitive game. The score was close throughout, with the lead changing hands a number of times. The girls showed strong teamwork and some nice passing. Although the game was not high scoring, almost every player on the team was able to contribute a number of points.

Marissa Scotto was a standout on defense, denying St. Margaret's shooters any comfort room. Kaelin Rivera and Regina Paskoff exhibited strong rebounding. With a minute left, SFDS dug itself in a hole and could not retake the lead, losing 28 - 24.

The previous week the team traveled to Our Lady of Hope for what turned out to be a very lopsided game. St. Francis started off slow but eventually dominated the scoreboard with Taylor Butigian leading all scorers with 14 points. Lynn Rayder had a great game off the boards racking up 10 points, followed by Erin Blum with 8 points. Marissa Scotto was an aggressive force on defense, joined by Catherine Murphy, who made some key passes throughout the game. Kaelin Rivera provided strong rebounding. The only threat came in the fourth quarter when Rayder notched her fourth foul and Coach Janelle McManus feared she might have to sub herself, as the reserves on the bench dwindled. St. Francis girls took the victory, 41 - 15.

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