St. Camillus/St. Virgilius Concludes Exciting B-Ball Campaign
The St. Camillus/St. Virgilius Basketball League ended another fun and exciting year. This year, there were almost 300 players participating in the action. The league hopes every one of these players had fun, and learned some of the important values and principles the league tries to teach in the basketball program. 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 his/her seat for the majority of the Junior Boys championship. The Red team, coached by Isacc Parsee and sponsored by Team Deuce/Sorrentino, played the Tan team, which is coached by Frank Henglein and sponsored by John J. Curley III DMD.
The Tan team battled all game long and only trailed by five points heading into the final quarter. The Red team showed a lot of poise and fended off all the efforts of the Tan team. The Red team was able to pull away in the fourth quarter with a well deserved victory.
The Senior Boys championship featured a showdown that had been brewing all year. The Blue team, sponsored by Walsh Properties, Inc. and coached by Calvin Stanley, took on the Yellow team, sponsored by The Knights of Columbus #2672, and coached by Juan Montero.
The teams battled each other in the two games during the regular season. In each match, the Blue and the Yellow team each came up with a victory that was decided in the final seconds.
The Blue team pulled out to a huge lead heading into the fourth quarter and looked like they had the championship wrapped up; but not so fast. The Yellow team made a dramatic comeback by scoring off turnovers, and draining one three-point basket after another. However, in the end, the Blue team persevered and hung on to a very tough victory.
The Senior Girls’ championship featured the Green team, sponsored by O’Connor Funeral Home and coached by Kevin and Morgan Shannon. The Blue team was sponsored by Bryan’s Auto and coached by Calvin Stanley.
The Blue team played an almost flawless game and was able to come away with a substantial victory. Many people who watched the game felt sure the Green team still walked off the court feeling good about what they had accomplished and making it to the championship.
The St. Camillus/St. Virgilius league would like to thank the coaches who came down every week to teach the players how to play the game the right way. Special thanks also go out to Calvin Stanley, who ran all three programs practically on his own. Hopefully next year the league will have some more people to step up to the plate to help out.
The league also expresses a big thanks to all their sponsors: The Wave, Dr John Schilling, Bryan’s Auto, John J Curley III DMD, O’Connor’s Funeral Home, The Harbor Light, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Allstate Insurance, Team Deuce / Sorrentino, Harbor Optics, Animal Hospital of Rockaway, Walsh Properties, Inc., American Legion Post 272, Knights of Columbus #2672; The league would like to commend all the parents who supported the program and helped to make it such a success.
Last, but certainly not least, a big thanks to Father Richard Ahlemeyer, who made all this possible.