2011-06-24 / Sports

27th Annual St.Francis Summer Classic Tips Off

The 27th edition of the St. Francis Summer Classic is now underway. The Second Grade division tipped off on Monday, June 20 under the direction of Phil Hughes. The Men’s Open began with a flurry on Thursday June 23. Kenny Whelan and his newlywed son Ryan are once again at the reins. Bryanne Flaherty leads a now consolidated Women’s Open division beginning this Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Marty McManus and Ray Marten take the helm for the Boys Grammar Junior beginning on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. The Girls Grammar Junior take the 5:45 slot this Wednesday as Randy Neiswenter once again guides the pack. John Blum directs the Girls Grammar Senior beginning on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Also beginning Tuesday at 7 are the Boys Grammar Middle and Boys Grammar Senior led by Peter Tuffey and Tom Morgan, respectively, as well as the Boys High School with Dan Edwards and Joe Kenel presiding.

In reality, the Summer Classic has been underway for quite a while now with the venerable Graybeards past their midway point. Commissioner Larry McGuire once again is the ringmaster.

Uniforms, schedules, rules, and applications for the Graybeards Family Run will be distributed at the first few games so please arrive early to allow for these tasks to be taken care of. After resurfacing the courts last year, a new lighting system has now been put in place this year. Organizers hope you will agree that these improvements are a great reflection of the high quality of the Summer Classic.

The Concession stand will open on July 5 so please bring water from home the first week. The public is asked once again to be mindful and respectful of our neighbors. For most there is no reason to drive to the schoolyard. Please walk or ride a bike.

If you do drive, do not double park, do not block driveways, hydrants or the entrance to the schoolyard and remember, the beach blocks are fire zones with no parking.

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