The spirit of Clare Droesch shined on the schoolyard of St. Francis de Sales once again this past Saturday for the 6th Annual 3 on 3 By the Sea basketball tournament. Droesch initiated the tournament while courageously fighting her battle with breast cancer, and this year's event was the second following her passing last year.
Saturday proved once again that her legend will never be forgotten as more than 300 players on 83 teams turned out to compete in her name. The day began with a free clinic in the St. Francis gym given by Kristi Dini, Grace Leahy, and Patrick Connelly. The life and legacy of Droesch was then recalled before play began with the 3rd and 4th graders. Teams began with round-robin play, with all teams guaranteed a minimum of two games, before advancing to elimination play, leading to champions in 11 different divisions.
These are: Boys 3rd Grade-The Ballers; Boys 4th-Crusty Crabs; Girls 3rd and 4th-Crusaders; Boys 5th and 6th-Spiders; Girls 5th and 6th-Pink Flamingos and Chunky Monkeys (co-champs); Boys 7th and 8th-BMJ; Girls 7th and 8th-Big Bad Ballers; Boys HS-My Girl; Girls HS-Jelly Fam; Men's Open-Dayton; Women's Open-White Claws.
DJ Matt Finley provided the musical soundtrack to the day along with P.A. announcements. Many Summer Classic referees volunteered their services, with some coaches and parents filling in on the whistles as well. Christ the King's girls basketball team, assisted with the clinic, and served as scorekeepers, while the CTK cheerleaders added to the festive atmosphere. Many SFDS teenagers took over the scorekeeping duties after their own games.
Thankfully, very few needed to use the services of the first aid tent. Whit's End provided pizza for all throughout the day as games went from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hundreds of spectators supported the event, cheering on the players and purchasing 3 on 3 By the Sea apparel. A celebratory party then followed at The Wharf where the Squid Trio provided the live music.
It was a great day and a great way to remember Droesch. Many thanks for a great job to the extended Droesch family and the 3 on 3 By the Sea Committee. All proceeds go to the Clare Droesch Scholarship Fund, administered by The Graybeards. In 2019, more than over $18,000 from last year's event, was distributed to students at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, Christ the King HS, and Boston College.
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