St. Francis Summer Classic Rolls On
The St. Francis Summer Classic is in overdrive in a race to Championship night on Friday, August 30th. Crowds have thronged to the Fr. Grogan Memorial Schoolyard and the reviews are glowing for the refurbished facility. Everyone can’t get enough, even with games scheduled Monday through Friday, plus Sunday night in the gym.
Phil Hughes will be wrapping up the Second Grade Division, which has been playing in the gym since early July, with games this Monday and Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. The teams are Mullin Basketball Camp, Rock- ’n’Roll Bagels, Laurice Keating Real Estate, DJ’s @ Work, and Betty Boops. The division is instructional with no score kept and the players now look ready for their CYO debut this fall.
The Boys Grammar Junior Division is under the direction of Dom Maiorano and Pete Tuffey. The teams are Ridgewood Savings Bank, R. Tyne Painting, RAM Title, Belle Harbor Yacht Club, Boarders Surf Shop, and McMahon Construction. There are no playoffs in this division and their season ends with games this Tuesday and Thursday at 5:45 p.m. Likewise, the Girls Grammar Junior division also does not have playoffs. Due to rain, remaining games are this Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and finally Monday August 26th.
This year’s teams are Channel Market, Harbor Optics, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, Carvel, Plum Tomatoes, Coastal Real Estate, Flynn & Flynn, and Rockaway W.I.S.H.
The Girls Grammar Senior Division finishes regular season play this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. on Court 3. Playoffs are Wednesday August 28th and Thursday August 29th, with the championship at 8:15 p.m. on August 30th.
The teams are 265 Entertainment, Ludwig’s Sand-Witches, Belle Harbor Chemists, Walsh Properties, and Belle Harbor Breezy Point Physical Therapy. The Girls High School division has been playing in the gym and semifinals were scheduled on Wednesday, August 14th with the championship on Thursday, August 15th.
The Wave, Animal Hospital of the Rockaways, Buckley’s Caterers, and Walter Blum’s Giants were in the chase for the title. John Blum and Randy Neiswenter coordinate all three girls divisions.
The Boys Grammar Middle generally plays on Court 4 at 7:00 and 8:15 p.m. The regular season ends on August 26th with playoffs on the next three nights and the championship at 7 p.m. on August 30th. The group is guided by Ray Marten, Terence Mullin, and Marty McManus. The teams are Blue Bear Risk Management, Pubco Tax, Rockaway Little League, T. Moriarty & Son, The Greene Machine, The Heat, Slices and Ices, McManus Mechanical, and www.Pro1tireservice.com. John Moran leads the Boys Grammar Senior division on Court 1 and they will finish on August 25th with playoffs August 26th, 27th, 29th and championship at 6 p.m. on August 30th.
The teams are The Storage Place, Adams & Company, New York Surf School, Walsh Management, Denis S. O’Connor, Inc., Curran’s Superior Meats, Breen Electric, #DigSports- Desk, and Kill, Wood, Ace & Mann, Est. 1961.
The Boys High School Division is under the auspices of Dan Edwards, Joe Kenel, and Tom Morgan and nightly games are mostly on Court 2. The season ends August 23rd with playoffs August 27th and 29th, and the championship at 7:15 p.m. on August 30th.
The teams are Total Office Planning, J & E Industries, Ameritag, Orangemen,
B R S, JG LIghtning, The Wharf, Melons, Graybeards, and Grayridersband.com.
The Women’s Open championship was Tuesday night as the Dolphins beat the Bears. Harbor Light, Dalton’s, Pico, and Caban completed the lineup. Bryanne Flaherty once again did a fine job running the division. The Men’s Open has had some bad weather and so many games have been shifted to the gym, St. Edmund, and Riis Park as well as their usual Thursday night, and this year Friday night slots in the schoolyard. The season ends August 23rd with playoffs August 26th and 28th, and the championship at 8:30 p.m. on August 30th. Kenny Whelan’s squads are Jameson’s Beauty Parlor, Bungalow Bar, Richard Kenny Law, Knights of Columbus, Keane, Inc., Pippin’s Pub, Caiazzo Plumbing and Heating, Quigley Insurance, Nickles and Dimes, JG Footwear, and Rock Park All-Stars.
Special thanks are due this week to Jeanne Lavin Zocks of Footlocker for providing the basketballs for this year’s Summer Classic, Guy Maranga of Total Kitchen Outfitters for once again transporting the bleachers from their winter home at Scholars’Academy, John Martin for providing bus service for the Mullin Basketball Camp when the lines were being painted, and James and Patrick Goldberg for salvaging the scoreboards and restoring them to use. We are looking to an exciting finish to the season so come by to watch the action at the St. Francis Schoolyard.