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Nine Rockland CYO Basketball Teams Head to States

Local teams travel to Yonkers for big competition.

Nine different Catholic school teams will represent Rockland County this weekend at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers at the CYO Basketball New York State Championships.

“We’re very proud to have nine teams going down there to the championships,” said Tom Collins, director of Rockland County CYO. “Anything can happen in these games as you see in the college tournament right now. Rockland won four Archdiocese Championships last year and we’re excited to see what happens this year.”

St. Paul’s CYO 5th grade boys is one of the many teams going to states. Coach Ruben Roman explains the process that they went through to get to State: They beat St. Francis in the Rockland County championships and went on to play and defeat St. Joseph’s from Ulster County. Last weekend, they won the Upstate Championship title against St. John's of Goshen.

This weekend, they’re going against the downstate Champions St. Joseph's of Bronxville.

“I think they’ll do fine,” said Roman. “We’ve been practicing since Septemeber, October and they’re very prepared. They practiced very hard this season and winning this weekend will be like the cherry on top of our sundae.”

Another local team that’s going to state is the 8th grade girls from St. Anthony in Nanuet. Coach Jennifer Wettje is excited about their upcoming game.

“I can’t be more proud of them they’re a great group of girls and they’ve worked so hard throughout the season,” said Wettje. “They deserve to be there this Sunday and hopefully we can pull out a win.”

They’re going up against St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish from Shrub Oak in Westchester County this Sunday.

Earlier in March, they claimed the title of Rockland County Champions and then qualified for the semifinals where they played against an Ulster County team. The next step was to win the Upstate Championships against a Dutchess County team last weekend.

“Now we’re off to the Archdiocese State Championships,” said Wettje. “For St. Anthony to make it to the State Championships, it has been awhile, quite a few years, so this is a big deal for them.”

Downstate includes the following counties: Westchester, Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island.

Upstate includes the following counties: Ulster, Duchess, Rockland and Orange.

Patch will keep you posted on the weekend proceedings.

Leave a comment and wish a youngster good luck.

Dan March 26, 2011 at 10:21 PM
FYI - The 5th Grade St. Paul's girls team won their 2nd NY State Chamionship with a 41-23 win over Our Lady Star of the Sea (Staten Island). The girls are an incredible 55-0 over the last 2 years... That"s right - FIFTY-FIVE and ZERO!! Congratulations to Coach Mike Conti who has piloted this team for the last 2 years. The team is made up of 6 girls from Nyack-Valley Cottage; 3 girls from Congers; and 1 girl from West Nyack. Congratulations to the 5th Grade girls of St. Paul's - You are Champions!!
Mimi March 30, 2011 at 03:17 AM
Congrats to the St. Pauls 5th grade girls. We hope to follow in your footsteps as the team that can't be beat! Parent of St. Peters 4th Grade Girls State Champion
Mrs. D March 30, 2011 at 03:45 AM
Congrats to St. Pauls!! The 4th grade St. Peter's girls are in your footsteps. They are currently 25-0 and have clinched the State Title YAY!!! We are looking forward to doing it again next year. A St. Peter's Gidget Mom
Robert Heinemann March 31, 2011 at 07:23 PM
I personally apologize for the omission. It was no one's fault but my own. When recording the information, I simply marked St. Peters as a Westchester team. I have already reached out to the coach and parents and am planning on writing a feature about the St. Peters girls next week. Thanks for catching my mistake, otherwise this may have gone unnoticed. Rob Heinemann
Maria Santos December 13, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Robert could you please get in contact with regarding a tournament that is being held this Weekend Deceber17th - December 21st at St. Peter's in Haverstraw in Memory of Janiah Rollins. THank you.

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