2010-01-22 / Sports

St. Francis de Sales Seek CYO Playoff Victories

The St. Francis de Sales CYO season is coming into crunch time. The girls finished the regular season this past weekend and now start playoffs.

The Girls Pee Wee Gold was at home this week and played Sacred Heart in the last CYO scheduled game of the season. They were victorious by the score of 27-4. Alice Murphy and Sydney O’Brien played unbelievable defense. Elizabeth Clark and Katie Marquardt each had 6 points, Makayla Beehler and Caroline Kelly contributed 4 points, and Claire Hughes added 3.

The team is now off to the playoffs, which will begin on Saturday, 1:00 p.m. at St. Pancras against Our Lady of Hope.

The Pee Wee Blue drew a bye and will face the winner of St. Stan’s of Maspeth and St. Mary Winfield on January 30, 1:15 p.m. at Corpus Christi.

The St. Francis Novice Girls ended their regular season with a home victory edging Blessed Trinity, 16-13. The girls were led by Nicole Gibson and Lauren Marten, who each scored 6 points. Courtney McCool, Kaitlin Neiswenter and Devin Gavigan were all over the court as St. Francis survived a late charge by the visiting team from Breezy Point.

The girls are looking forward to the upcoming playoffs and have posted an overall record of 11 wins and 7 losses. They drew a bye in the first round of the playoffs and their first game will be Saturday, January 30, 3:45 p.m. at Corpus Christi.

The SFDS Bantam Girls won the CYO Diocesan championship last year as novices. They begin their defense on Sunday 1:00 p.m. at St. Ann against the winner of St. Luke and Sacred Heart of Glendale.

The rookies go to Our Lady of Lourdes on Sat-urday for a 3:30 p.m. game against St. Gregory.

The intermediates take on Our Lady of Snows at St. Thomas Apostle this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. All roads will lead to St. John’s Prep on February 21 for the diocesan championships.

SFDS Bantam boys defeated Blessed Trinity, 31-7 on Saturday. John Boyle led all scorers with 9 points. Christian Apice was outstanding and scored 6. Eion Reen, Alex Goldberg and Ethan Ruiz shut down the Trinity guards with smothering defense. Jack Carter was strong on the boards.

On Sunday, SFDS lost a tough physical game to Gate of Heaven, 28- 18. The Bantams stayed close throughout but could not climb out of an early hole. John Boyle scored 5 points as did Ryan Moran, but the offense as a whole wasn’t there.

The rookie boys played two games this weekend and had two wins; OLPH on Saturday and St. Pat’s on Sunday. The lead scorers on Saturday were Charlie Gavigan, Bard Featherston and Anthony Scotto with a 49-18 win. Connor Ryan did a good job making his foul shots.

On Sunday, the boys beat St. Pat’s 48-35. The lead scorers were Ray Martin, Featherston and Gavigan. They showed strong defense especially John Whelan, Matt Prasenski and Chris Ray.

The annual trip to South Windsor, Connecticut is this weekend. The schedule on Saturday begins with the rookies at 12:30 p.m. followed by the intermediates at 2:00 p.m., novice at 3:30 p.m. and the bantams at 5:00 p.m. St. Francis will play host on February 13.

All boys teams are off on Sunday. The SFDS swimmers will compete this weekend in the diocesan championships at Eisenhower Park.

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