Peggy Boyle Tournament Honors St. Francis Champions
The championship games for the 13th Annual Peggy Boyle Memorial Girls Basketball Tournament were played this past Saturday, at St. Francis de Sales. The day consisted of five exciting championship games for the grammar school level. The first game was the third grade game with St. Adalbert from Elmhurst taking on the home team SFDS.
The girls all played hard and the winner was St. Adalbert. The next game involved “across the bridge” rivals Good Shepherd from Marine Park and Diocesan champs, SFDS, in a nail biter. Good Shepherd outscored St. Francis by one to capture the tourney title, final score 20-19.
The sixth grade game was probably one of the most exciting games played, with St. Adalbert of Elmhurst against Blessed Sacrament from Staten Island. The game was back and forth between both teams. In the last seconds of the game Blessed Sacrament had a great offensive play to jump ahead and win the game 34-31.
The final game of the day was eighth grade St. Adalbert of Elmhurst versus St. Mary Gate of Heaven from Ozone Park. These rivals battled and forced overtime. In the last seconds of the game, Gate of Heaven scored the last basket to win 38-36.
In between the games, the sportsmanship awards were given to one girl on each St. Francis team in honor of the outstanding coaches and players from St. Francis’ long and distinguished history.
Beth Dunn received the Jeanne Andews Jammin Award. Shannon Neiswenter is the recipient of the Kristin O’Grady Franchok Award. Hannah Harkins was honored with the Maureen Gigliello Award. Carolyn Diehm was selected for the Eileen Whelan McElroy Award. Carly McCann received the Eileen McCann Colvin Award. Keira Walsh is the recipient of the Janelle McManus award. Jackie Gallagher was selected for the Clare Droesch Award and Emma Michaels for the Betty Goldberg Award.
A special ceremony was also held for the eighth grade girls who are departing for high school. Good luck girls.