Xmas Tournament Ends With A Bang
The 27th St. Francis de Sales Christmas Tournament closed out 2011 in style with rousing championship games on December 29 and 30. The finals began with the hosts taking the first title as SFDS Blue surged in the final period of a defensive struggle to beat St. Patrick of Bay Ridge, 8-6.
Michael Tuffey led with 7 points, all in the final period, and was named MVP. Danny Cornish and Sean Peter Mullin were named All-Tournament and Ryan Murphy received the tournament Sportsmanship Award. Roger Erichsen of St. Patrick was Outstanding Player. For SFDS Gold, which was eliminated earlier in the action, Nico Allen and Aidan Harkins were All-Tournament and Colin Byrne received Sportsmanship. Michael Esposito and Brandon Fox were All-Tournament for Blessed Trinity and Brian Duggan received the Sportsmanship Award.
St. Joseph, Astoria beat St. Margaret, Middle Village in the Pee Wee division 26-16 as Keyshawn Leslie of St. Joseph earned MVP honors and Justin Angevine of St. Margaret was the Outstanding Player.
Local awards in this division included All-Tournament honors to Ian Byrne and Dillon Ostrander of SFDS Blue, James Resker and Seamus O’Connell of SFDS Gold, and Daniel Greene and Billy Reyes of Blessed Trinity. Sportsmanship recipients were Kyle Duffy-SFDS Blue; Patrick Powderly-SFDS Gold; Tyler Fillinger-Blessed Trinity.
After losing to St. Francis in the Novice division winners bracket final, Our Lady of the Angelus of Rego Park earned a rematch with a win over St. Rose. Tournament directors Marty and Keith Andresen put aside their director responsibilities for the championship and guided St. Francis to a thrilling 33-31 win for the title.
Kevin Connelly scored 9 of his game high 10 points in the final period, including a spectacular 4-point play, on the way to MVP honors. Brendan Buckley and Jack Mullally were selected All-Tournament and Bobby Baldrian received Sportsmanship. Kimani Merchant of OLA was Outstanding Player. All Tournament awards also went to Michael Henglein and John Weiss of St. Camillus-Virgilius, and Kevin Moriarty and Grace Collins of St. Rose. Connor Bradwisch and Bryan Bostwick received Sportsmanship Awards. Friday’s games began with the Bantam division. St. Francis took a one point lead into the final period, but St. Rose turned up the D and prevailed, 31-25. Puda Edmond was selected MVP. Kobie Thomas and Richard Rowe were named All-Tournament and Saveon Hicks received the Sportsmanship Award. For St. Francis, Jag Guidarelli was Outstanding Player, Aidan Donohue and TJ Powderly were All-Tour-nament and Kenny Dean was selected for Sportsmanship.
In the Rookie division, St. Francis completed an improbable journey that began with an opening round loss to Tri-Parish of Long Beach but ended in triumph with a stunning double overtime championship game victory over St. Patrick of Bay Ridge.
Over the course of the four games that followed their opening defeat, they developed a never-say-die attitude that carried them to the title. Joe Morelli willed himself to 20 points, earning MVP honors, and Teddy Stathis and Matt Colletta chipped in 10 each. Colletta and Kyle Hoffman received All-Tournament Awards and Jack Watt was the Sportsmanship recipient. JP Moran of St. Patrick was Outstanding Player. Other All-Tournament selections were Damon Anderson and Michael Bellettiere of Blessed Trinity and Isaiah Brown and CJ Gallagher of St. Rose. Billy Esposito and Matt Schonfeld received Sportsmanship Awards.
The Intermediate championship completed the 2011 Christmas Tournament and it was an interesting matchup. St. Rose was an easy winner earlier in the tournament and St. Francis was determined to change the style of play. The game became a combination chess/rugby match with St. Francis slowing it down and both teams playing tremendous defense, and contesting every loose ball. St. Rose emerged holding a 4-2 lead at the half.
The two teams continued to battle, but St. Rose wore down SFDS and pulled away to win the championship as Kobe Telford was named MVP, Douglas Tatum and Dante Pulido All-Tournament, and Mark Butigian Sportsmanship. For St. Francis, Alex Goldberg was Outstanding Player, Kyle Connolly and John O’Connor All Tournament, and John Boyle Sportsmanship.
The Championship nights also included Special Awards recognizing SFDS players for Sportsmanship throughout the season. This year’s recipients in the Subnovice Division are: Joseph Burns Memorial Award- Matthew Tubridy; Danny Onorato Memorial Award-Nick Abruzzo; Sister Patricia Chelius Award- Matthew Schmitt; Michael Andrews Memorial Award- Greg Tracey; Shelley Plock Award-Michael Colletta; Jim Morley Award- Timothy Mills.
This year’s recipients in the Pee Wee Division are: Peter McManus Memorial Award-James Agoglia; Richie Bogart Memorial Award- Michael McManus; John Cunneen Memorial Award-Mike DeMarco; Jim McKeon Award-Ed Conti; Jack Bender Award-Cooper Nagel; Brendan McDonagh Memorial Award- Matt McDonagh.
This year’s recipients in the Novice Division are: Dorothy Brenna Award- Dylan Abernathy; Chris Lawler Memorial Award-James Byrne; Terry Flynn Memorial Award- Kevin Erhard; Marty Andresen Award- Jack Mullally; Kathy Lawler Memorial Award- Terrence Mullin.
This year’s recipients in the Bantam Division are: Msgr. Geraghty Award-Tim Connolly; Eileen Lavin Memorial Award-John Moran; Charlie Heeeran Memorial Award- Matt Ostrander; Sister Margaret Memorial Award-Sean O’Connor; Walter Blum Memorial Award- Joseph O’Connor.
This year’s recipients in the Rookie Division are: Michael Glover Memorial Award- Teddy Stathis; Rev. Peter Rayder Award-Mario Cimino; Sean O’Hagan Memorial Award-Peter Tuffey; Richie Allen Memorial Award- James Carlton; Walter Hynes Memorial Award-Ben Edwards; Chet McNulty Memorial Award- Dominic Savino.
This year’s recipients in the Intermediate Division are: Msgr. Brown Award-Kyle Connolly; Joe DeMarco Memorial Award- John O’Connor; Joe Kenel Memorial Award- Matt DeCrescenzo; Keith Goldberg Award- Kyle Strehle; Teddy Marshall Memorial Award- Alex Goldberg; Tommy Maher Memorial Award- Brian Ostrander. Tournament Directors Marty and Keith Andresen wish to thank the players, coaches, referees, fans, SFDS cheerleaders, Msgr. Brown, Dorothy Brenna and the SFDS Rectory, Sister Patricia and the SFDS School, the Kitchen Crew, Door Committee, and the Graybeards for another outstanding tournament.
Special thanks to the Tournament Committee, particularly John Duggan, Jack Bender, Jim Morley, Rob Rose, Shelley Plock, Michael Friedman, Tom Laczynski, Rose Neiswenter, Randy Neiswenter, Kevin McEachern, Larry McGuire and Tim Harkins. Happy New Year to all.