SFDS Summer Classic Settles Championships
While the Graybeard division champions have put their long sleeve tees through the wash a few times already, Championship week began in earnest last Thursday at the St. Francis Summer Classic. The Girls Grammar Senior championship was moved up to Thursday evening as many players for Walsh Properties were not available for the originally scheduled slot on Monday August 13. It didn’t matter. Rockaway W.I.S.H. ran out to a 16-5 first quarter lead and continued to increase it until Walsh Properties made a fourth quarter run to keep it respectable as W.I.S.H. seized the title with a 45-33 victory. Keeley McEachern led with 12 points and the rest of the championship squad included Ryan Ward, Rory Kirk, Meaghan LaSorsa, Danielle Willoughby, Keira Walsh, Kelly Ward, Lizzie Mulvaney, Grace DeCrescenzo, and Sabrina Vitale and were coached by Loretta Courtney and Kelli Donohue.
The Boys Grammar Middle semifinals were Wednesday August 8 and Rockaway Little League beat The Wave 47-41, while T. Moriarty & Son knocked out NY Surf School 37-32. In the championship on Tuesday, the two teams battled closely throughout and it appeared that some foolish fouls at the end of periods was going to haunt Rockaway Little League. However, in the fourth quarter they got some separation going up by 7 points. Moriarty would not give up and clawed back but not all the way as Rockaway Little League prevailed 56-53. Jag Guidarelli scored 16 and Robbie Rose and Timmy Moran 11 each for T. Moriarty. Ian Thurlow led Marty Andresen’s Little League with 14 and Chris Izien and Gerard Roche had 10 apiece. They were joined by Liam Howley, Dylan Abernethy, Chris Florio, Chris DeMarco, John Mullen, Connor Anderson, and Michael Reardon.
Boarders Surf Shop won their Boys Grammar Senior semifinal in convincing fashion, 54-44 over Denis S. O’Connor, while Cyberzone won an exciting contest with Zella Lane Racers 54-50. In Monday night’s championship, poor shooting early in the game but Boarders in a hole that they spent the entire game trying to get out of. They nearly did as they pulled within 7 in the 4th quarter but then missed good opportunities to cut further into the lead. John Boyle scored 18 for Boarders and Carson Benya and Brian Ostrander each added 10. Finn Kinsella had 10 but it was younger brother Rory who stepped out of the shadows with 28 to lead Cyberzone to the 61-48 victory. Andrew Sullivan added 12. Jack Bender’s championship roster was rounded out by Christian Lanzetta, Matt Coletta, James Carlton, Joseph Langan, Marc Torres, Ryan Gray, and Bobby Berman.
In the Boys high school division, the top two seeds fell in the semifinals as Ameritag beat the Orangemen 56-51 and J & E Industries knocked off Total Office Planning 60-57. In Tuesday night’schampionship,Ameritagestablisheda7point lead at halftime and built it to 13 after three. J & E would not give up and brought it down to two with under a minute to play. Ameritag went the length of the court for a three point play after a jump ball and held on for a 54-48 win. Lucas Savage had 22 and Andrew Pettric 13 for J & E. Ameritag coach Richie George returned to the winner’s circle and was led by Justin Manon with 23, Michael Buckley with 13 and Bryan Carley with 10. Ryan Kilgallen, Chris Ellis, Danny Donohue, Thomas Clark, Ray Henry, and Douglas Maffia all contributed to the victory.
In the Men’s Open quarterfinals, Slices and Ices outscored Mason Jar 78-71, Caiazzo Heating & Plumbing squeezed by Quigley Insurance 47-43, Richard Kenny Law beat St. Camillus Spring League 63-47, and Rock Park All-Stars held off Bungalow Bar 52-45. In the semifinals, Slices & Ices beat Caiazzo Plumbing 58-54 and Rock Park All-Stars defeated Richard Kenny Law 68-58. The championship was on Friday night and Slices & Ices completed their dark horse run with a 48-45 win over Rock Park. Captain Johnny Divilly was supported by Glenn Forde, Steven Marfe, Justice Favor, Paul West, Shawn Flowers, and Nicholas Conroy.
The Men’s Open added a ‘Court 4’ division to prepare teams for future entry. Epstein’s Bar, West End Party Rentals and the Monstars played a schedule mixed between games against each other and games against teams from the ‘A’ division. All three teams proved their competitiveness and in the championship on Wednesday August 22, the Monstars found the truth to the axiom that it is difficult to beat an opponent three times in a season, as West End Party Rentals handed them their first loss, 61-53, to take the title.
The Monstars had two opportunities to tie the game with less than a minute to go but when both missed, they were forced to foul and West End closed it out on the line. John Evans had 18 and Tom Tsatsis 17 for the Monstars. West End Party Rentals got a balanced effort with four players in double figures and captain Ryan Woerner’s teammates were Matt Crockett, Charlie Marquardt, Stephen Oliver, Adam Elfassi, Brendan Kaylor, Kriston Ryan, Anthony Reyes, and Tommy McNoble.
The girls high school division was the last to start but after a compact, intense schedule, finished with their championship on Friday night. In the semi-finals, Animal Hospital of the Rockaways beat Walter Blum’s Giants and Seawolves beat Harbor Optics.
The Seawolves had given Animal Hospital some tough competition during the season but in the championship, the girls in red showed their true colors and prevailed 70-50. The members of the championship team are Ashley Raaf, Taylor Butigian, Jackie Gillen, Erin Klein, Kerry Mackey, Shannon Barrett, Victoria Murgida, and Valeria Rojas.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and we’ll see you next year for the 29th St. Francis Summer Classic.