Summer Classic


Year 33 Underway At St. Francis

The St. Francis Summer Classic is back for its 33rd year. Approximately a thousand players are on one of 84 teams ranging from the Coed 2nd Grade Division to the Young Guns and Legends divisions of the Graybeards. Phil Hughes guides the 2nd Grade Division, which plays in the gym on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. JoJo O'Grady helms the Boys Grammar Junior division with games in the schoolyard on Mondays at 5:45 p.m. The Girls Grammar Junior fills the same time slot on Tuesdays under the direction of Randy Neiswenter. At 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., the schoolyard switches over to the Boys Grammar Senior on Court 1 (Ray Marten and Michael Friedman), Boys High School on Court 2 (John Moran and Marty McManus), Girls Grammar Senior on Court 3 (John Blum), and Boys Grammar Middle on Court 4 (Terence Mullin and Matt Stack).

The Women's Open League plays in the gym on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The Men's Open plays Thursdays in the schoolyard at 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Bryanne Flaherty and Keith Goldberg coordinate the open divisions. The Girls High School division (John Blum) plays in the gym on Wednesdays and will also use the gym on Thursdays once the Graybeards season is complete. Semifinals for both the Young Guns and the Legends will be on Thursday, July 20, with the championships on July 27. Those games will be played in the St. Camillus gym.

Teams this year are: 2nd Grade Co-ed- Graybeards, Rockaway Rotary, DJ's@Work, Team Will, The Wave; Boys Grammar Junior- Sand-Bar Contractors, Dennis Cook Allstate, Lacrosse Club of Rockaway, Laquila Group, R. Tyne Painting, Curran's Superior Meats, Plum Tomatoes, Walsh Properties; Girls Grammar Junior- Ludwig's Sand-Witches, Gerlach Girls, D F X, McManus Mechanical, Blue Bear Risk Management, Harbor Optics, The Melons, Lacrosse Club of Rockaway; Boys Grammar Middle- Mullin Basketball Camp, Beach Bagels, Rockaway Little League, Bagel & Barista, Chelsea Irish, J & E Industries, Denis S. O'Connor, JG Electrical Installations,, Boys Grammar Senior- OCB Boyz, Servpro of Northwest Brooklyn, NY Surf School, Ridgewood Savings Bank, Kennedy's Restaurant, The Storage Place, Belle Harbor Chemists, Chelsea Irish; Boys High School- The Great American NYC, We 'R' Hoops, Boarders Surf Shop, Rathbones, Advanced Security Analysts, T. Moriarty & Son, Grayriders, Flynn & Flynn, Kill, Wood, Ace & Man est. 1961.

Girls Grammar Senior- Rockaway Times, Coastal Real Estate, Rockaway W.I.S.H., Walsh Management, Rockaway Gliders, Nicole Frontera Beauty; Girls High School- Walter Blum's Giants, Greene Machine, Pipin's Pub, Belle Harbor Yacht Club; Men's Open- Buckley's Pub, Pico, Jameson's, Mason Jar, Gee's Apostles, Caiazzo Plumbing, Portable Pig Men, Rock Park All-Stars, Quigley Insurance, One on One Physical Therapy; Women's Open- Bungalow Bar, Community House, Boardwalk Pizza, The Wharf, SJC Bears, Pico, One on One Physical Therapy, DKT HVAC.

The Fr. Grogan Memorial Schoolyard at St. Francis de Sales is buzzing with action. Playoff and Championship week will be August 14-18 so make the Summer Classic part of your summer routine. See you there.