2009-07-17 / Sports

25th Annual St. Francis Summer Classic Heats Up

The St. Francis Summer Classic action is heating up as the basketball playoffs are approaching. This year's event marks the 25th edition of the Summer Classic.

The Graybeard divisions began their playoffs on Thursday night with semifinals games in the Legends Division and a first round game for the Young Guns Division.

The semi-finals for the Young Guns Division are on Saturday morning beginning at 9:00. The Graybeard season concludes with the championship games on Thursday, July 23. The Legends Division title game tips off at 6:45 p.m., followed by the Young Guns at 8:00.

The Rock Park All-Stars and Belle Harbor Steakhouse have gone to the front of the pack in the Men's Open division. Caizzo Plumbing and Quigley Insurance trail closely behind the top two teams and are followed by WPE Catering and Knights of Columbus. Bungalow Bar, Jameson's and The Wharf pull up the rear.

The resurgent Hot Mommas have stunned the Women's Open A Division with a 7-0 record. Erin White and Tap & Grill are in the hunt with Bayview, The Inn, and Michelle Kenel posting disappointing seasons so far.

Harbor Light, Bungalow Bar, Treiber-Roberts, and Jameson's have been going at it in the Women's Open B Division where some hall of fame veterans have reappeared.

The Boys High School Division has been hotly contested with all enjoying success to varying degrees. Teams that include Breezy Point Lumber, Graybeards, Dr. Schilling's POD's, Seaway Marina, Coastal Real Estate, Denis S. O'Connor, Rockaway Rotary, Breen Electric, and Seawolves are all in the fray. Business Relocation Services is the last undefeated team in the Boys Grammar Senior Division. Plum Tomatoes and Cougars sport one loss each followed by Grayridersband.com, Treiber Roberts, Walsh Properties, Orangemen, Belle Harbor Breezy Point Physical Therapy, and JG Electrical Installations.

Irish Circle, Rockaway Little League, Ameritag, J & E Industries, Cyberzone Gym, Melons, Brooklyn Hurricanes, Curran's Superior Meats, and Station Liquors are all jockeying for playoff position in Boys Grammar Middle Division.

Carvel, Walter Blum's Giants, Laurice Keating Real Estate, ATP Insurance, T. Moriarty & Son, Adams & Company Real Estate, and Betty Boops are drawing the crowds to Court 3 in the Girls Grammar Senior Division.

Animal Hospital of the Rockaways, McManus Mechanical, Ryan's Rebels, and Flynn & Flynn are waiting on the side for the start of the Girls High School Division.

The 5:45 p.m. divisions do not have playoffs or keep standings. The Coed Second Grade Division consists of Mullin Basketball Camp, Blue Bear Risk Management, T. Moriarty & Son, and Buckley's.

The Boys Grammar Junior Division consists of Storage Place, Boarders Surf Shop, Rockaway Jetty, Belle Harbor Chemists, Kennedy's Restaurant, Harbor Optics, The Wave, and Kill, Wood & Mann, est. 1961.

Teams in the Girls Grammar Junior Division are Belle Harbor Yacht Club, R. Tyne Painting, Ludwig's Sandwiches, Walsh Properties, Coastal Real Estate, Rockapulco Medical, Ridgewood Savings Bank, and Kimball Construction.

The regular season in most divisions concludes this week. Barring rain, playoffs are scheduled as follows: Girls Grammar Senior Division - July 27, 28, 29 at 7:00 and 8:15 p.m. The championship game is on August 4 at 7:00 p.m.

The Boys Grammar Middle Division will be on July 27, 28, August 3 at 7:00 and 8:15 p.m. The championship game is on August 5 at 7:00 p.m.

The Boys Grammar Senior Division will take place on July 27, 28, 29 at 7:00 and 8:15 p.m. The championship is on August 4 at 8:15.

The Boys High School Division is on July 27, 28, August 3 at 7:00 and 8:15 p.m. The championship is on August 5 at 8:15 p.m.

Women's Open A Division games are on July 27, 30 at 7:00 and 8:15. The championship is on August 3 at 8:15 p.m. Women's Open B Division takes place on August13 at 7:00 and 8:15.

The championship game is on August18 at 8:15.

Men's Open games are on August 6 and 11 at 7:00 and 8:15 p.m. The championship is on August13 at 7:00 p.m.

Come on over to the Fr. Grogan Memorial Schoolyard to catch the basketball action in the St. Francis Summer Classic.

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