Blizzard Doesn’t Halt St. Francis Christmas Tournament
Despite disruption from the blizzard, the 26th annual St. Francis de Sales Christmas Tournament came to a conclusion on schedule last Sunday with the Intermediates preserving the honor of the hosts in a 41-38 victory over St. Patrick of Bay Ridge to take the title.
Charles Gavigan’s 3-pointer proved to be the big shot but it was primarily a defensive triumph as they held St. Patrick to five points in the final quarter. Gavigan finished with 12 and was named to the All-Tournament team along with Ray Marten who had scores of rebounds and blocked shots to go along with 9 points.
Bard Featherston earned the MVP nod with an excellent all court game that also included 12 points. John Whelan directed the offense and added 8 points, including 2 key free throws in the fourth quarter. Matt Prasenski received the Sportsmanship Award. The rest of the squad includes Thomas Baldrian, Jimmy Howard, Tommy Morgan, Chris Ray, Connor Ryan and Anthony Scotto. Ronald Whelan and Bob Baldrian are the coaches. For St. Patrick, Doyin Isaacs was named Outstanding Player and All Tournament went to Kyle Chell and Chris Decapua.
The St. Francis Rookies faced Our Lady of the Angelus, Rego Park in a rematch of their opening game. Once again St. Francis hung with them for the first half which ended tied. OLA made their move in a decisive third quarter and went on to the win 37-25.
John O’Connor scored 10 to lead St. Francis and was Outstanding Player. John Boyle added 9 and was named All Tournament along with point guard Alex Goldberg. Matt DeCrescenzo received the Sportsmanship Award. Hamidou Diallo was the MVP for OLA and Tarif Hill and Damani Flanagan were All Tournament. St. Rose lost to St. Francis in the prior game. Shane Lee and Kobe Telford were All Tournament and Mark Butigian got the Sportsmanship award.
St. Patrick defeated Our Lady of Hope, Middle Village, 28-23, for the Bantam championship. Seamus Connolly scored 13 and was MVP. Charlie Neuweiler was Outstanding Player for Our Lady of Hope. St. Francis and St. Rose were eliminated earlier. For St. Francis, Matt Colletta and Kyle Hoffman were All-Tournament and Ryan Dougherty received Sportsmanship. Isaiah Brown and Chris Gallagher were All-Tournament for St. Rose and Keith Servello received the Sportsmanship.
Poor free throw shooting plagued St. Francis as they lost the Novice championship to St. Helen, Howard Beach. Aidan Donohue was named Outstanding Player. John Moran and Jag Guidarelli were All Tournament. Robbie Rose was named for Sportsmanship. Ryan Middlemiss was MVP for St. Helen. Joseph Campanella and Anthony Lampasona were All Tournament. For St. Rose, Michael Reardon and Petiri Edmon were All Tournament and Peter Delfeus received Sportsmanship.
Our Lady of the Angelus defeated St. Patrick 20-11 in the Pee Wee Division as Dahlu Bennett was MVP. Qai Kellman was Outstanding Player for St. Patrick.
For St. Francis Blue, Jack Mullally and Jack Casey were All Tournament. Connor Bradwisch got Sportsmanship. Joe Braskey and Kevin Connnelly were All Tournament for St. Francis Gold with Ryan Meade receiving Sportsmanship. Bryan Bostwick and Kevin Moriarty were All-Tournament for St. Rose. Grace Collins received Sportsmanship. Terrence Flynn and Timothy Moran were All Tournament for Blessed Trinity. James Corrigan won for Sportsmanship. Seamus O’Connell and Michael Henglein received All Tournament for St. Camillus/ Virgilius and Michael Lynch received Sportsmanship.
In the opening game of the day, St. Margaret, Middle Village, edged St. Francis Gold 13-10 for the Subnovice championship. Mike McManus scored 4 points and was named Outstanding Player for St. Francis. Jack Collins and James Resker were All Tournament and Brendan Watters received the Sportsmanship Award. Michael Hulbert was MVP for St. Margaret, which previously eliminated St. Francis Blue. Kyle Cornish and Mike De- Marco were named All Tournament. Dylan Ostrander was the Sportsmanship recipient.
The championship day also included the special awards given to St. Francis players for their sportsmanship during the year. The recipients are: Subnovice Division
Joseph Burns award - Patrick Powderly; Danny Onorato award - Tom Resker; Sister Patricia award - Danny Endall; Mike Andrews award - Kyle Duffy. Pee Wee Division
Peter McManus award - Dylan Abernethy; Richie Bogart award - Kevin Erhard; John Cunneen award - Bobby Baldrian; Jim McKeon award - Brendan Glynn. Novice Division
Dorothy Brenna award - Timothy Connolly; Chris Lawler award - Kenny Dean; Terry Flynn award - Griffin Skammel; Marty Andresen award - Liam Howley; Kathy Lawler award - Joseph O’Connor.
Msgr. Geraghty award - Jack Watt;
Eileen Lavin award - Matt Colletta; Charlie Heeran award - John Keeler;
Sister Margaret award - Teddy Stathis; Walter Blum award - Ben Edwards. Rookie Division
Michael Glover award - Chris Apice;
Rev. Peter Rayder award - Alex Gol dberg; Sean O’Hagan award - James Corrigan; Richie Allen award - Kyle Connolly; Walter Hynes award - Matt DeCrescenzo; Chet McNulty award - Kyle Strehle. Intermediate Division
Msgr. John Brown award - Matt Prasenski; Joe DeMarco award - Charles Gavigan; Joe Kenel award - John Whelan; Keith Goldberg award - Chris Ray; Teddy Marshall award - Bard Featherston; Tommy Maher award - Ray Marten.
St. Francis Tournament Directors Marty and Keith Andresen would like to thank everyone for another successful tournament, especially John Duggan, Jack Bender, Tom Laczynski, the Graybeards, the Kitchen Crew, the Door Committee, the St. Francis rectory and school and all the players, coaches, officials, and fans.
Happy New Year.