A Rip Roaring End To Annual SFDS Christmas Tournament
The 24th Annual St. Francis de Sales Christmas Tournament concluded with another rousing day of championship games on Saturday, December 27.
The day began with the Subnovice Division final, which set the tone for the day. John Moran scored nine points for St. Francis Blue and Joe O'Connor scored two key baskets down the stretch as the Blue defeated St. Adalbert, 14-12.
Moran was named most valuable player. Matty Ostrander and Timmy Connolly were selected to the All- Tournament team, and Chris Quagliariello received the sportsmanship award. For St. Francis Gold, Aidan Donohue and TJ Powderly were selected to the SFDS All-Tournament team and David Hanrahan received the sportsmanship award.
The Pee Wee championship game was a heartbreaker. St. Francis Gold took the lead with a minute remaining on a basket by Dominic Savino. The action was frantic down the stretch as Our Lady of Hope called timeout with 2 seconds remaining to set up a final play. It worked perfectly and the winning basket was scored as the buzzer sounded, giving Hope an 11-10 victory.
David Ruiz of Our Lady of Hope was named MVP. For St. Francis Gold, Teddy Stathis was named the Most Outstanding Player. Matt Coletta and Jack Watt were selected to the SFDS All-Tournament team and Mario Cimino received the sportsmanship award.
The previous night, St. Francis Gold outlasted St. Francis Blue. For the Blue, Matt Schonfeld and Michael Sullivan were All-Tournament selections and Luke Erhard was selected for the sportsmanship award.
The SFDS Novice Boys team dug a hole for themselves, falling behind 10- 1 midway through the second quarter. Alex Goldberg then went into overdrive for the Novice team and the lead was cut to 10-9 at halftime. John Boyle and Ryan Moran hit big buckets down the stretch and Goldberg completed the job with the winning basket as St. Francis beat St. Stans, 21-19.
Alex Goldberg finished with 10 points and was named MVP. John Boyle added 6 points in being named to the SFDS All-Tournament team along with Kyle Connolly. James Corrigan received the sportsmanship award.
The special awards ceremony was held as the sportsmanship awards were given out in honoring the many people who contributed and continue to be an important part of the St. Francis CYO program. Here is a list of the awards and and the participants who recieved them --Joseph Burns Memorial — Liam Howley; Danny Onorato Memorial — Robbie Rose; Sister Patricia Chelius — Sean O'Connor; Michael Andrews Memorial — Joseph O'Connor.
Pee Wee Division Awards
Peter McManus Memorial — James Lunny; Richie Bogart Memorial — James Carlton; John Cuneen Memorial — Billy McDonnell; Jim McKeon — Matthew Meade.
Novice Division Awards
Dorothy Brenna — Ryan Moran; Chris Lawler Memorial — Eoin Reen; Terry Flynn Memorial — Brian Ostrander; Marty Andresen — Matt DeCrescenzo; Kathy Lawler Memorial — Ethan Ruiz.
Bantam Division Awards
Monsignor Martin Geraghty award — John Whelan; Eileen Lavin Memorial — Charles Gavigan; Charlie Heeran Memorial — Bard Featherston; Sister Margaret Memorial — Ray Marten; Walter Blum Memorial — Tommy Morgan.
Rookie Division Awards
Michael Glover Memorial — Billy Collins; Reverend Peter Rayder —Alex Moule; Sean O'Hagan Memorial — Dylan Evans; Richie Allen Memorial — Michael Buckley; Walter Hynes Memorial — Tommy O'Connor; Chet McNulty Memorial — Paul Rayder.
Intermediate Division Awards
Msgr. John Brown — Ray Henry; Joe DeMarco Memorial — Mark Genovese;
Joe Kenel Sr. Memorial — Kevin Magee; Keith Goldberg — Patrick Goldberg; Teddy Marshall Memorial — Ryan Kilgallen; Tim Stackpole Memorial — Brendan McCabe- Good Shepherd.
The action resumed with the Bantam championship. St. Francis held a 9-8 lead at the half but St. Adalbert went up one after the third quarter. The St. Francis offense went cold in the fourth quarter and St. Adalbert closed out the win and the championship 34-28.
George Pena was named MVP. Tommy Morgan, John Whelan, and Ray Marten scored 7 points each for St. Francis. Whelan was named Most Outstanding Player. Marten and Bard Featherston were selected to the SFDS All-Tournament team. Thomas Baldrian received the sportsmanship award.
There was great anticipation for the Rookie championship, as fans were hoping for an encore of last year's triple overtime thriller. This time, St. Francis took care of business in regulation in beating Blessed Sacrament, 33-27. Michael Buckley scored 9 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and was named MVP. Patrick Cashin contributed with 6 points and Dylan Evans scored 5 points as both were named to the SFDS All-Tournament team. Nial Reen was selected for the sportsmanship award.
The tournament ended with the Intermediate Championship. Earlier in the tournament, St. Thomas Apostle handed a loss to St. Francis, but the home team turned the tide in the final with a 35-32 win for the title. Jimmy Wolfer was named MVP for his outstanding play throughout the tournament.
Charlie Marquardt led with 11 points and was named to the SFDS All-Tournament team along with Ryan McDade, who scored 6 critical points in the final three minutes. Patrick Goldberg received the sportsmanship award.
Congratulations to SFDS Tournament Directors Marty and Keith Andresen on another fabulous tournament. Marty and Keith would like to thank the tournament committee including John Duggan, Tom Laczynski, Eddie Laczynski, Kenny White, John Boyle, Paul Evans, Jack Bender, Jim McKeon, Keith Goldberg, Tommy Morgan, John Blum, Msgr. Brown, Dorothy Brenna, the Graybeards, SFDS coaches, SFDS cheerleaders, team reps, and kitchen crew.
We hope to see you at next year's 25th edition of the St. Francis Christmas Tournament. Happy New Year.