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St. Mary’s CYO Update: January 25, 2012

St. Mary’s fifth-grade team 7 fought weather and two tough opponents this past weekend and defeated both. Saturday saw snow and St. Philip Neri of Northport in their sights and both were melted. In a hard-fought physical game, St. Mary’s won 29-25 behind Joseph Mulholland (6), Patrick Reilly (6) and Nick Quinn (5). Huge efforts turned in by Steven Vlahakis, John Whelan, Alex Racanelli and Louis Perfetto (2). On Sunday the 7-0 team thawed out St. Anne’s of Garden City 31–27. Behind the scoring of Timmy Kiggins (7), Patrick Reilly (7) and Patrick Weber (4) and going 7-11 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, it was an outstanding team effort on offense and defense. Sparked by Louis Perfetto (3), Steven Salerno, Michael Farrell, Jackson Cherry and Alex Racanelli, the real Gael Force this weekend was their defense bringing them to an 8-0 mark.

St. Mary’s Boys fifth-grade team 4 (Doyle) won three close games last weekend. They beat Our Lady of Lourdes 30-24, St. Christopher’s 27-26 and St. Raymond’s 30-26, respectively, outscoring their opponents in the aggregate 27-12 in the fourth quarters and overcoming last minute deficits in the victories against St. Christopher’s and St. Raymond’s. Derek Mulholland pulled down 29 rebounds over the three games while contributing 8 point and tenacious defense. Edward Arnold provided 30 percent of the team’s offense over the 3-game span, with 12 points against OLL, 6 points against St. Christopher’s and 8 points against St. Raymond’s. Drew Miller, Victor D’Angelo, Greg Menke and Mike Stratford played tough defense against their speedy opponents. Because St. Mary’s had a few players missing in each of the games, Matthew Pegno (the ultimate utility man) played four different positions and contributed 14 overall points. Jack Hannan was the leading scorer against St. Christopher’s with 9 points, and Charlie Young poured in 10 points against St. Raymond’s. St. Mary’s front line scoring resulted mainly from impressive penetration and deft passing by guards Kevin Doyle, CJ Miller and Peter Doyle. Owen Connor had numerous blocked shots in the games and scored a clutch basket in the waning seconds against St. Raymond’s.

The CYO fifth-grade boys basketball team (Glynn/Lotruglio) continued its strong play and improved its record to 6-2 by beating a tough St. Anne’s team 23-10. The team played lock-down defense and controlled the boards throughout the game. The smothering defense was keyed by Anthony Carron and Spencer Flynn while Ryan Sullivan and Nick Barry dominated the boards. Ross Tortora lead the offense with 8 points followed by Chris Glynn (6), Luca Parisi (6), Aidan Lotruglio (2), and Daniel Desanctis (1).

St. Mary’s sixth-grade team 7 hosted St. Christopher’s of Baldwin on Sunday evening. In another nail biting contest, St. Chris narrowly won 35-34. Luke Ferrone, Chris Papadopoulos, Ed Jarvis and Jack Shelley rattled St. Chris’ ball-handlers while Malcolm Carter, Jadan McDermott, Jack Zaffiro and Eddie DeMatteis scored for the Gaels.

The Farrell/Quinn eighth-grade boys’ game against St. Aloysius went down to the wire but the boy’s lost a tough one in the final minutes. Stephen Farrell led the team in scoring with James Ranieri, Alex Alacqua and Conner Barrett contributing key baskets. Eamonn Scaring and Luke Ferraro played strong defense and played solid at the guard position. The rebounding was led by Tucker Quinn and Peter Papadakos.

St. Mary’s Boys HS (Downey) continued their winning ways and remained undefeated by beating St. Peter’s 51-43. Team scoring was lead by PJ Barry (14p), Mark Mancini (13), Mark Vecchione (10) and Chris Comerford. Great defense and up-tempo offense by Mark Downey, Jack Vessa, Bryan Jeffrey, Mike Christopher, and Luke Koskovolis helped pull away in the second half.

St. Mary’s seventh-grade Girls “A” Division (Cole Ritterband) team played the final game of the regular season needing a win to qualify for the playoffs. Their opponent St. Aloysius had beaten them in their first meeting by 6 points so they knew it would be a difficult game. The team played really well and beat them by 9 points to qualify for the playoffs. On Sunday the girls played against Christ the King, a 12-0 team, and fell behind early by 9 points but battled back to end the third quarter tied. The game remained close until about three minutes to go and lost by 7. The girl’s definitely gave it their all from start to finish and should be proud of their accomplishment this season playing in a very competitive Division “A.” Congratulations to Stephanie Cole, Kayla Keriazes, Rebecca Kinsley, Theodora Papandoniou, Stephanie Petras, Leah Ritterband, and Lauren Suga.