2009-03-13 / Sports

St. Camillus/St. Virgilius Winter Basketball League Completes Another Successful Season

Junior Girls Champions Team sponsored by Bryan's Auto. Bottom Row (left to right): Katie Marquardt and Maddie McDade. Middle Row (left to right): Taylor Slakman, Rory Kirk, Grace DeCrescenzo, and Rebecca Boland. Back Row: Kathy Marquardt (Coach). Junior Girls Champions Team sponsored by Bryan's Auto. Bottom Row (left to right): Katie Marquardt and Maddie McDade. Middle Row (left to right): Taylor Slakman, Rory Kirk, Grace DeCrescenzo, and Rebecca Boland. Back Row: Kathy Marquardt (Coach). The St. Camillus/St. Virgilius Winter Basketball League ended another fun and exciting year. This year, there were more than 240 players participating in the action. The league hopes every one of these players had fun, and learned some of the important values and principles that we try to teach.

Noteworthy, this year was the fact that the boys' basketball program had the first female player ever. Taylor Butigan was the young lady who broke this barrier. Not only did she play, Butgian had an outstanding year, and was one of the top players in the league. The year ended with some great championship games with almost every one of them coming right down to the wire. Everyone was on the edge of their seats for the Junior Boys championship. The game was about a close as it could get, with the winner eking out a two-point victory.

Junior Boys Champions Team sponsored by the O'Connor Funeral Home. Front Row (left to right): Kenny Dean, Patrick Minihane, Charles Bostwick, Jonathan Sebhatu, and Michael McGuinness. Back Row (left to right):Jack Carter, Greg Grosseto (Coach), Peter Keane, and Sal LaLumia. Not Pictured: Liam Malsy and Dillan Beehler. Junior Boys Champions Team sponsored by the O'Connor Funeral Home. Front Row (left to right): Kenny Dean, Patrick Minihane, Charles Bostwick, Jonathan Sebhatu, and Michael McGuinness. Back Row (left to right):Jack Carter, Greg Grosseto (Coach), Peter Keane, and Sal LaLumia. Not Pictured: Liam Malsy and Dillan Beehler. The Senior Boys champions had to first play their way into playoffs, since they finished the season in last place. They went on to win a semi-final game against the league's top team, and then prevailed in the finals with a three-point victory.

This team showed everyone what can be achieved if you persevere and simply never give up. The championship game also went right down to the final seconds, where the Senior Boys were able to hold on to a two-point victory.

The Junior Girls' championship game wasn't quite as close, but may have been the most fun to watch. The young girls' demonstrated such great enthusiasm, sportsmanship, and they just love to play.

Special thanks to the volunteers who ran the various programs: Kathy Marquardt, Guy Nevirs, and Calvin Stanley. Thanks to the sponsors and parents who supported our program. Last, but certainly not least, a thank you to Father Richard Ahlemeyer who made all this successful season possible.

Senior Boys Runner-Ups Team sponsored by the Animal Hospital of Rockaway. Front Row (left to right): Henry Malinowski, Brendan Scott, Michael Stanley, and Paris Moses. Back Row (left to right): Calvin Stanley (Coach), James Carricato, Nicholas Ultsh, Kevin Crockett, Greg Charles, Ryan Suglia, and Sean O'Connor. Senior Boys Runner-Ups Team sponsored by the Animal Hospital of Rockaway. Front Row (left to right): Henry Malinowski, Brendan Scott, Michael Stanley, and Paris Moses. Back Row (left to right): Calvin Stanley (Coach), James Carricato, Nicholas Ultsh, Kevin Crockett, Greg Charles, Ryan Suglia, and Sean O'Connor. Senior Boys Champions Team sponsored by Allstate Insurance. Front Row (left to right): Conor Ward, Mike Castellano, and Shea Pires. Back Row (left to right): Benjamin Appleman, Patrick Cashin, Alex Claudio, Scott Appleman (Coach), Louis Cohen, and Charlie Marquardt. Not Pictured: Steven Mercado and Quinton Rocke. Senior Boys Champions Team sponsored by Allstate Insurance. Front Row (left to right): Conor Ward, Mike Castellano, and Shea Pires. Back Row (left to right): Benjamin Appleman, Patrick Cashin, Alex Claudio, Scott Appleman (Coach), Louis Cohen, and Charlie Marquardt. Not Pictured: Steven Mercado and Quinton Rocke.

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