2017 8th Grade Boys CYO Championship Basketball
Holy Redeemer (White)
Coaches: Anton Glover, Terrence Lawrence Roberson, Joe Marx
Players: Trey, Quinn, Luke, Ryan, Samuel, Nickolas, Jalen, Dominic, LaVontae
Holy Trinity – Three time defending CYO Champions.
Coaches: Robert Holthaus, John Lang
Players: Sean, Joseph, Nicholas. Cole, James, Nathan, Ethan, Nathaniel, Amit, Charlie
Q1: Exciting first quarter action saw both teams come out to a very fast paced high flying level of skill with a touch of jitters especially on the 3 time champion Holy Trinity team. Quarter score 13 – 5 Holy Redeemer.
Q2: Holy Redeemer opened the quarter with a basket answered by Holy Trinity’s tall guy, Pickard. Both teams featured a variety of heights, stages of the growth process in action. Holy Redeemer’s Anderson answered on the other end of the court. Back and forth baskets and free throws resulted in a score of 20 -14 Holy Redeemer with 3 minutes left in the half. As both teams were fully warmed up and in their element by the end of the first half, there was evidence the game would be a good one. Holy Trinity would be within 4 points before a free throw made it five for Holy Redeemer at the end of the half. Half time score: 23 – 18 Holy Redeemer.
Q3: Holy Redeemer’s Johnson scores the first hoop of the half and Holy Trinity is unable to answer on the other end. Phillips puts another two in for Holy Redeemer and Trinity again loses the ball under their basket. Time out…regroup. Lang goes to the free throw line and sinks one, sinks two. Holy Redeemer travels on their end and Holy Trinity gets another chance to reduce the deficit. Airball! Holy Redeemer throws it out of bounds on an inbound as Holy Trinity takes over again ball stripped and two more points Redeemer.
Anderson shoots a three pointer and it swishes through the basket. Holy Trinity answers score 34 – 26 Holy Trinity. Holthaus attempts another hoop and draws a foul, misses one, misses two, Redeemer rebounds, Trinity steals and Lang is fouled at the layup. Lang misses one, hits one. Lang draws another foul on the next trip down, hits one, hits two now a 5-point game! Holy Redeemer puts in another two and that ends the quarter 36 – 29.
Q4: Lang opens the quarter with a hoop and Shuster draws a foul on the next trip down. Misses one, (don’t those free throws add up?), misses two, back and forth ensues for three trips up and down before Redeemer adds another 2. Pickard answers with a mighty muscle shot from below the hoop and time out is called, 38 – 35. Holy Redeemer inbounds the ball, Hallinan shoots, misses, Johnson rebounds and puts it in. Both teams give up the ball, Trinity’s Shuster picks up a free throw opportunity and puts them both in. 40 – 37 Redeemer. Houston…we have a game! Holy Trinity fans go crazy, launch into some great cheers, Redeemer joins in and the house is rockin’!
Holy Redeemer adds a score by Ridgeway after several player-attempts his goes in followed by another bucket by Anderson on the next trip down. Redeemer 44 – 37 and Trinity’s Valluri fouls.
Two minutes left in the game and it is not looking good for the three time defending champions. Not a team to roll over and play dead, Lulay scores for HT and they are still in the game. Anderson scores again not letting the door open again and he steals the ball, draws a foul. Holy Trinity takes it down the court but Lang cannot convert, Redeemer picks it up and draws another foul and this time Anderson goes to the line for two. With 46 seconds left and score of 46 – 39, Anderson throws the ball in as Holy Trinity begins the fouling sequence to extend the season a few minutes. Hallinan hits two for Redeemer as Holy Trinity rolls the ball down the floor then Lang shoots a three pointer and misses. Hallinan misses but Johnson puts it up for him and scores two more points. Shuster puts up a three but again they miss and Johnson goes to the line for Holy Redeemer. With a twelve-point lead and ten seconds to go, the Redeemer starters head to the bench and the game ends 52 – 39 Holy Redeemer. It is a great game in spite of the score. Holy Trinity has won the past three championships but today it went to Holy Redeemer. Both teams played great games and it was fun and exciting to watch.
March 12, 2017
CYO 8th Grade Girls City BXB Championship
St. John Fisher
Coaches: John Birrell, Kevin Grant, Tracie Napoli
Players: Megan, Molly, Paige, Mari, Lucy, Josie, Anna, Grace
Coaches: William Mildenberger, Greg Koleno
Players: Madeline, Sarah, Madeleine, Margaret, Bridget, Mickey, Molly, Hannah, Solvey
First Quarter: Both teams came out to a shaky start but it didn’t take St. John Fisher long to rev up te engines with some great shots under the basket and a few long shots by Napoli & Grant. Holy Family’s Koch had a great rebound and basket to score for the Cardinals as well. Q1: St. John Fisher 12 – 4
Second Quarter: St. John Fisher controlled the first half of the quarter scoring most of its 6 points lead by Napoli, and Grant. Holy Family hoisted a comeback with some good ball control and athleticism of Koch with some great down the court and in the hoop efforts. Q2 18 – 12 St. John Fisher
Third Quarter: Holy Family’s Potestio led off with a three point basket and a free throw following a SJF foul. SJF answered with a basket and with 6:00 to play SJF 20 – 16. Potestio drew another foul, sinking both of them to bring HF within 4. Q3 28 – 18 St. John Fisher
Fourth Quarter: With three minutes left in the game, each team scored a basket 26 – 20. Time out was called to save the ball and regroup. Holy Family came out of the timeout and delivered four fouls in a row to SJF for strategic purposes. P.Grant went to the line for SJF on the first shooting foul and connected for 2. Holy Family was fouled at the other end, Napoli picking up her fourth foul, the bucket counted and no conversions. SJF picked up two more on the other end then spread the offence and played keep away until Menendez was fouled with 1:14 in the game. No conversion and HF sunk 2 on the next trip. 30 – 24. P. Grant made another trip to the free throw line and missed as H.F.’s Potestio had a chance on the return end. With 38 seconds, Potestio sunk one, missed one, now within 5. Menendez went to the free throw line for SJF missed one, made one, 6 point spread again.
Holy Family, could not get the ball into the basket then sent Menendez to the line again, made one, missed one, picked up her own rebound and put it in for another two! Play of the game for sure! Made the extra shot with 5 seconds left in the game. Holy Family and St. John Fisher finish up their CYO careers with a game both teams can be proud of!
FINAL: St. John Fisher 35 – 25
March 12, 2017
7th Grade Boys CYO Championship Basketball
Coach: Adam Miller
Players: Benjamin, Zachary, Ethan, Jordan, Ryoma, Jordan, Jonathan, Luke, Kavish, Reynard
St. Pius X
Coach: Jonas Cisneros, Lawrence Hart, Loren Hotchkiss
Players: Russell, Tyler, Josh, Parker, Ryan, Jonathan, Matthew, Drew, Carter, Luke, Jacob, Dylan
Quarter 1: Back and forth, lots of running 7-4 Valley Catholic
Quarter 2: Quick pace up and down the floor by two very agile teams of boys. Bucket success favored Valley Catholic ending the quarter 21 – 8.
Quarter 3: St. Pius X made traction toward catching up and making it an exciting fourth quarter set up with their 3-poing last second shot finishing the quarter with a 26-22 Valley Catholic lead.
Quarter 4: An exciting battle between both teams with fast action, quick passes but loaded also with turnovers and lost balls. Ethan’s 3-point shots were critical. With two minutes left in the game, St. Pius X began the foul strategy to provide opportunities. With 1:42 Valley held the lead at 38 – 33. Valley Catholic’s Ben had two free throws with 1:25 left in the game which, if missed would have opened a door for the charging St. Pius team to enter. Ben closed the door with two buckets and St. Pius X could not get the traction going to open it up again.
FINAL: 43 – 33 Valley Catholic
March 12, 2017
7th Grade Girls
St. Clare (White)
(Photo will come)
Coaches: Bethany MacNeur & Barbara Harkins
Players: Maura, Megan, Michelle, Lauren, Lexie, Sophie, Fiona, Gillian, Gia, Makena
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Coaches: John Farra & Brian Grant
Players: Adriana, Maria, Ilena, Maggie, Megan, Willa, Myelle, Lizeth
FIRST QUARTER: St. Clare jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in the first quarter holding Holy Redeemer scoreless until the final minutes when they evened the score at 4-4. With .6 of a second remaining on the clock, Holy Redeemer drew a foul. Final quarter score: Tied 4-4
SECOND QUARTER: Holy Redeemer took control of the game adding two hoops to the score and outpacing St. Clare 8-4. St. Clare added three buckets in the second quarter but were in the red at the half time buzzer as Holy Redeemer put 13 points on the board. Final second quarter: 17 – 10 Holy Redeemer.
THIRD QUARTER: St. Clare missed to early free throws but came back with a two pointer in the first minute of play to reduce the deficit to 5. With 5:25 to go, St. Clare had held Holy Redeemer scoreless, going ahead by a point 18-17. The crowd roared! Not a team to cower, Holy Redeemer sunk a 3 pointer to go ahead by 2.
FOURTH QUARTER: St. Clare quickly answered with their own two points to tie it up and we were in the midst of a barnburner for sure! St. Clare added another two with 2:20 in the game to go ahead by 2-22-20! With 1:11 in the game, Holy Redeemer drew a foul but could not convert. Last minute helter skelter and long passes contributed to turnovers by both teams. St. Clare went to the line to shoot 1 and 1 but could not convert. Holy Redeemer dribbled the floor twice looking for a go ahead score, successful on the second attempt leaving 22.2 on the clock and two points ahead 24 – 22. St. Clare strategized for the last several seconds of the game for the final basket to tie. Lauren drew a foul for St. Clare and sunk the first shot. She missed the second basket and that was all she wrote.
FINAL 24 – 23 Holy Redeemer.
The second phase of the zip line is being installed this week at Camp Howard. It is going to be pretty exciting to zip from platform to platform this summer with the length of the entire line at about 1000 feet total! Campers age 13 and up are eligible to participate in the zip line and big swing programs at camp. We will keep you posted on the progress.
2017 CYO Sixth Grade Boys
St. Anthony (Navy)
Coaches: Kyle Ferrero, Robert Ferrero & David Roth
Players: Mateo, Nicholas, Russell, Austin, Sean, Pierce, Payton, Nicolas, Garrett
St. Andrew Nativity (White)
Coach: Theodore Brown
Players: Pierre, Adrian, Isaac, MyQuis, Chrisani, Yair, Fernando, Jahad, Jonas, Davyon, Nieby
St. Andrew Nativity School came into the tournament seeded #4 and upended the #1 seed, St. Clare in the second game of the bracket. St. Anthony, the number two seed won both of their great 8 bracket games leading to the championship game.
St. Anthony’s Nicholas scored the first bucket three minutes into the game. By the end of the first quarter, St. Anthony lead 14 – 7. The second quarter saw St. Anthony picking up a greater spread over St. Andrew Nativity with a final half time score of 32 – 16. The end of the game, however, St. Andrew Nativity was picking up the pace.
The second half began with St. Anthony sinking their first shot and stealing a couple of balls from St. Andrew. Both teams traded shots back and forth as St. Anthony maintained the lead 40 – 16.
By the end of the fourth quarter, St. Anthony had outdistanced St. Andrew Nativity by a score of 54 to 26. A fun game to watch as St. Andrew was not a pushover. Both teams had very athletic players but St. Anthony had the height (this year).
2017 6th Grade Girls Championships
St. John Fisher (White)
Coaches: Jason D’Ambrosio, Jason Hawthorne & Scott Olsen
Players: Reese, Catie, Addison, Isabella, Morgan, Isabel, Rosali, Alexandra, Cayton, Grace
St. Pius X (Black)
Coaches: Zach Jones & Bob Rosson
Players: Anabelle, Kaitlyn, Courtney, Kelsey, Julia, Abigail, Caitlin, Ella, Kate
Evenly matched teams kept pace with one another through the first half with lead changes and ties throughout. With a last second St. John Fisher shot, they took the first half 10 – 6.
Both teams scoreless first 2 minutes of second half until St. John Fisher hit the mark for two. St. Pius X had two breakaway layups and a steal converting on one to advance to 8 points near the minute mark in the third quarter. SJF’s “Allie”, a power player for sure, hit a critical 2-point shot with 10 seconds left following a few travel calls for her stutter steps. The third quarter ended 14-8 St. John Fisher.
The fourth quarter maintained a 6-point spread after trading shots at 5 minutes left. St. Pius X could not get the traction to give St. John Fisher a challenge for the balance. St. John Fisher advance the lead to 9 until St. Pius X swished a two pointer to bring it within 7. St. John Fisher’s “Allie” put in another quick 2 and brought it back to 9 with 1.25 left to play. A last second three-point swisher by St. Pius X reduced the deficit to three. Good games by both teams.
FINAL: St. John Fisher 23 – St. Pius X 16.
5th Grade Boys CYO City Championships 2017
Holy Family (White)
Coaches Chris Foley & John Gilroy
Players: Andrew, Luke, Lucas, Edward, Timothy, Gabriel, Niko, Sean, Connor, Milan, Paul, Dawson
Our Lady of the Lake (Navy Blue)
Coaches: Scott Adler, Michael McClaskey & Daniel Rooney
Players: Max, Kogen, Grady, Charlie, John G., John J., Mickey, John M., Zach, Nathaniel
Holy Family came into the tournament with one loss in regular season play to Holy Trinity. Our Lady of the Lake had three regular season losses: St. Pius X, Holy Trinity and Holy Family. In tournament play this week, Our Lady of the Lake upset the number two seed, St. Pius X to advance to the championship game.
Our Lady of the Lake shot out to an early lead in the game and finished the first half 15 – 10. With three minutes remaining in the third quarter, Holy Family lead 17 – 16 and kept the pressure on as the quarter ended 23 – 20 Holy Family.
The fourth quarter began with two rapid baskets for each team and a foul drawn by Holy Family that they could not convert on. Quick paced, helter-skelter, dribbling theatrics, put back attempts were the name of the game for these feisty fifth grade boys whose antics were entertaining and fun to watch.
Holy Family’s Luke F. had the hot hand for the day swishing 3 two pointers at critical moments. Game ended with a final score of Holy Family 40 – Our Lady of the Lake 27.
Coaches: Brenda Baumgart & Kelli Sullivan
Gillian, Lucy, Celine, Emma, Nancy, Eloise, Alice, Mallory, Catherine, Madison, Karson
Coaches: Chris Hicks & Anh Khoa Nguyen
Players: Lauren, Siena, Mikayla, Majorie, Kendra, Lauryn, Kyla, Adrienne, Mackenzie, Taniyah, Evelyn
The Madeleine scored four points in the first 5 minutes of the game and held Holy Trinity scoreless until the last minute and 20 seconds when Holy Trinity scored their first hoop. At the end of the first quarter, it was Madeleine 8 Holy Trinity 2.
As the second half opened, Holy Trinity added four more points in the first two minutes to come within two. The height on the Holy Trinity team especially Kendra #42 was a factor under the basket and she wasn’t shy going for the rebounds.
With less than 2 minutes left in the game, Holy Trinity went ahead 19-10, holding the Madeleine to 2 free throws the second quarter of the game.
The third quarter, after pep talks by both coaches, saw both teams with a renewed surge of energy. Holy Trinity finished the quarter with 13 new points and Madeleine 2 for a quarter ending score of 32 – 14 Holy Trinity.
The Holy Trinity defense forced Madeleine to take perimeter shots while the Holy Trinity team was able to break through for inside shots and most often obtain the rebound for the second and third try. When Madeleine did get it to the inside they were not able to convert. This write believes that the height factor for next year’s sixth grade girls will make a big difference!
Game Final: Holy Trinity 42, Madeleine 17
Feb 26, 2017
4th Grade Boys Championships
All Saints – Coaches: Ron DePalma & Peter Metz
Emmett, Ryan, Lucas, Samson, Garrett, Alonzo, Boden, Aidan, Peter
St. Cecilia – Coaches: Mark Adams, Benjamin Carrington & Jason Hawthorne
Chase, Brayden, Kristian, Dax, Cole, Jared, Joshua, Kaiden
All Saints had the advantage of their buckets going through the hoop. St. Cecilia could not buy a basket in the first half which ended with a score of 19-6 All Saints.
With 1:22 left in the third quarter, St. Cecilia began to turn on the burners and outscored All Saints for the quarter 12 – 11 with a score of 30 – 18 All Saints at the end of three.
With a very exciting fourth quarter and a lot of good play on both teams, All Saints maintained a lead of four points. The consistent ball handling and shooting of Lucas DePalma was too much for the St. Cecilia team to overcome in four quarters.
Great game and the game of the day for the CYO Championships! Good job to both teams!