2011-03-25 / Sports

SFDS Rookies Push On To CYO Diocesan Semifinals

The St. Francis de Sales rookie boys continue to bring their lunch pails and hard hats to work as they ground out another victory over St. Mary Winfield on the strength of their defense. John Boyle found the range from the outside to spur the offense and Matt DeCrescenzo put the game out of reach with a couple of breakneck drives to the basket that could only be properly described by Walt Frazier.

Saturday’s 2:15 p.m. semifinal at McClancy High School matches them against longtime rival St. Stans of Maspeth. The winner returns to McClancy for the diocesan championship on Sunday at 4:15 p.m.

The Pee Wee gold team will also represent St. Francis in the final four after beating Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 33-25. Saturday’s game is at 9:00 a.m. at Martin Luther High School against St. Luke with the championship at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday at McClancy.

The bantam boys defeated St. Andrew, 34-31, in the second round of the St. Thomas Apostle Tournament. Joey Morelli led the attack with 10 points. Ben Edwards played his best game of the season in controlling the boards and also scored 7 points. Mario Cimino made perhaps the greatest contribution, coming off the bench and getting the ball inside to the scorers.

Back in Rockaway, the Peggy Boyle Tournament will finish with championship games this Saturday.

The 12:00 p.m. subnovice game pits SFDS G team against St. Adalbert at 1:15 p.m. The SFDS novice girls will try to match their diocesan championship as they take on Good Shepherd. St. Adalbert returns to the court at 2:30 p.m. for the bantam game against Blessed Sacrament of Staten Island. Our Lady of Hope will try to knock off the rookie diocesan champs St. Stans at 3:45 p.m.

The tournament concludes with the intermediate championship at 5:30 p.m. between St. Adalbert and St. Mary Gate of Heaven.

There will also be a special awards ceremony between the rookie and intermediate games recognizing one player on each St. Francis team for outstanding sportsmanship and team spirit this year. The awards will be presented by and in honor of legendary SFDS players and coaches.

An SFDS spokesperson says, “We hope to see you at the St. Francis gym and at McClancy.”

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