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Sports Round-Up Aug. 27

This summer marked the third time the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) of Brooklyn and Queens hosted a summer basketball league.

A total of 65 teams from 25 parishes participated, making this summer the largest since the league’s inception.


In Queens, Nun Prays and Mets Play

They started hot out of the gate, but a rash of injuries have turned a potential World Series contender into a team fighting each day just to keep its hopes of a wild card playoff berth alive.


Brooklyn Swimmer Has Silver Souvenir From Rio

Right after the conclusion of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, Lia Neal had her sights set on Rio de Janeiro. She now has a silver medal to add to her collection.


Local Boxer Reaches Olympics

Richardson Hitchins, a student at Science Skills H.S., Downtown Brooklyn, recently competed in men’s boxing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, representing Haiti. He was one of 32 total boxers to fight in the men’s light welter 64-kg division.


Gymnast Keeps Rosary Close When Competing

U.S. Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Simone Biles says when she travels, she sometimes takes with her a statue of St. Sebastian, the patron saint of athletes, and she also carries a rosary her mother gave her.


There’s a Red Storm Brewing at Olympics

Watch out Rio de Janeiro! There’s a storm brewing – not a typical storm, but instead a “red storm.” A contingent of former athletes and current coaches from St. John’s University, Jamaica, have made the trip to Rio to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.


Former Terriers Soccer Star Playing in Pros

Vincent Bezecourt, a 2016 graduate of St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, is currently playing his first season with the New York Red Bulls II of the United Soccer League. He recently scored his first two goals of his professional career in a 5-0 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders.


Fencing Game ‘On Point’ for Maspeth Parishioner

Bernard Witek, a rising senior at Loyola School, Manhattan, and a parishioner at Holy Cross, Maspeth, runs cross-country and plays baseball during the school year, but in the summer, it’s all fencing all the time.


Local Boys Sign with Tucson Saguaros

Fresh off completing baseball careers at St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn, Brian Luebcke and Tom McKenna signed pro contracts to play this summer with the Tucson Saguaros of the Pecos League.