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St. Aloysius Girls’ Fifth Grade CYO Basketball

The St. Aloysius girls’ fifth grade CYO basketball team just completed a perfect 12-0 season. Playing in their first year, this travel team of thirteen 10 year olds, rode a strong offense, led by point guard Dalaisja “Dee” Chunn. The contributions to the offense by Taylor Kaplan, Jessica Hicks, Romi Sofi, Shaminta Hamidian, Laura Bokser and  Leila Shirian were essential to the team’s success. On  defense, a tenacious, focused group,  Ella Rastegar, Rachel Linden, Jamie Spiel, Keren Slepack, Linoi Sivan and Liane Bluth drove them to victory week after week. Each team member can take pride in her efforts this season.

The team started with clinics and practices last summer led by their Coaches John Sobolewski and Alan Golus. Slowly but steadily throughout the year they learned plays, a favorite called “Bob Ate The Pie”  confounded the opposition. They practiced dribbling, foul shooting, lay-ups and setting picks for their teammates. Simulated game situations coordinated by the coaches gave the girls a sense of the competitive atmosphere they would encounter all season long.

Team parents carpooled their daughters to gyms throughout Nassau County. Their participation and enthusiastic cheerleading was an integral part of the team’s success. Even though the Tigers were eliminated in a heartbreaking one point loss in the playoffs, the girls were rewarded with an invitation to scrimmage during half-time of a Great Neck North High School varsity boys basketball game.

The old adage, Practice Makes Perfect, was proven true for the St. Aloysius Tigers.