St. Francis Summer Classic Begins Championship Quest
Championship Week is here at the St. Francis de Sales Summer Classic. The crowds are growing and the intensity is ratcheting up. Seats are hard to come by, so head over to Beach 129 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard early.
The Girls Grammar Senior division crowned its champion on August 4. T. Moriarty & Son was one of the youngest teams in the division, but they were not lacking talent. Coach Danny Quinn designed a fast paced precision passing game that got everyone involved. Mary Ellen Woods led a balanced attack with six points as Moriarty sprinted out to a 9-0 lead and coasted to a 27-12 win over Rockaway W.I.S.H. to take the title. Anastasia O’Byrne scored 6 for the W.I.S.H.
The rest of the championship squad is: Nicole Teta, Serena Yanello, Cliona Smith, Celeste Lynch, Erika Sorensen, Jenna Tipaldo, Allison Tipaldo, Therese Gallagher, Jackie Gallagher, Kathryn Gibson and Cassie Moriarty.
The Boys Grammar Middle division finished their regular season with makeup games including a Melons- Rockaway Little League matchup that decided first place. Alex Goldberg scored 35 points for the Melons as they earned the top seed. Isaiah Brown scored 25 points for Rockaway Little League.
Goldberg kept it going in Monday night’s quarterfinals, notching 27 as they eliminated Adams & Company. John Boyle and Luke Erhard scored 10 points each for Adams. Chris Boyhan scored 17 and Mark Butigian added 13 as Breen Electric knocked out Boarders Surf Shop. Brian Ostrander scored 16 and Teddy Stathis chipped in with 10 points for Boarders.
On Tuesday, Brown went for a game high 21 points as Rockaway Little League beat Cyberzone in a close one. Ethan Ruiz had 18 for Cyberzone. Jack McCabe and Ryan Moran combined for 40 points as McManus beat Buckley’s. The semifinals were played this past Wednesday night.
The championship game is scheduled for this Tuesday at 7:00.
The Boys Grammar Senior playoffs started off with an upset on Monday as J&E Industries stunned Kill, Wood, Ace & Mann, 38-34. Dylan Evans ignited the attack with 24 points and held Ray Marten of Kill, Wood in check as they combined for 18 points.
Kevin Crockett went for 26 points as B R S broke open a close game to beat the Thundering Herd. Benny Ljubanovic led the Herd with 13. Niall Reen poured in 32 for WJ Lachner Painting, but top seeded JG Electric prevailed, 65-51, behind 25 points from Max Lindon and 21 from Michael Buckley. Liam Monaghan scored 16 points as Denis O’Connor topped The Storage Place. Pat Cashin and Thomas Clark scored 12 each for Storage. The semifinals were played last Wednesday night and the championship is scheduled for this Tuesday night at 8:15 p.m.
The Boys High School division was well balanced all year, so it was no surprise when three of the top four seeds were knocked out in the quarterfinals. Charlie Marquardt, Chris Tsatsis, Sean Towey and Stephen Kelly led the way as Treiber-Roberts began Monday night by knocking off top seed The Wave, 55-51. Eddie Sullivan led The Wave with 18 points.
Tom Tsatsis and John Evans then took their cues from their younger brothers. Tsatsis scored 32 and Evans added 26 as Grayridersband.com beat Curran’s Superior Meats. Mark Holstrom tallied 22 and Kieran Monaghan 19 for Curran’s. On Tuesday night, Billy Hunter scored 16 and Sean Carley 14 as Twomey’s Boys gutted out a 60-56 win over the Graybeards, who were the betting line favorites to take it all. Jimmy Boyhan had 26 and Bobby Bruns 19 for the Graybeards.
In the opener, the Orangemen nearly made it a clean sweep for the lower seeds, falling just short of Schilling’s PODs by the score of 43-39. The Orangemen’s Matt O’Neill hit for 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Tommy Mercer’s late heroics nearly brought the Orangemen back and he led the team with 8 points.
The high school semifinals were to be played on Wednesday night. The championship is scheduled for this Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
Caiazzo Plumbing has taken sole possession of first place in the Men’s Open league going into the final night of the regular season. Quarterfinals are on Monday and semifinals on Wednesday. The championship is scheduled for Thursday at 8:15 p.m., immediately after the Boys High School final.
Boardwalk Bagel took regular season honors in Women’s Open B and faced Jameson’s in the semifinals. Bungalow Bar met Harbor Light in the other semifinal game. The championship is to be played on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. The Women’s Open A standings were still a tangled mess going into the final night of play with a three-way tie for first and six teams still contending for the four playoff spots. The semifinals were scheduled to be played last Thursday and the championship is this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the gym. 9Championship action takes place this week at the St. Francis Summer Classic on Beach 129 and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.