Sports Round-Up Jan. 20

Cathedral Prep and Seminary, Elmhurst, hosted the seventh annual Jim Dilg Classic Christmas Basketball Tournament Dec. 28-29 in honor of longtime Cathedral Prep coach Jim Dilg. Cathedral JV, above, defeated Martin Luther, Maspeth, 72-50, in the championship game.

The Crusaders’ David Crismali was named tournament MVP, while Patrick Powerdly and Menzo Tucker earned All-Tournament honors. In the varsity title game, Cathedral dropped a 63-60 overtime contest to the Varsity ‘B’ team from Xaverian H.S., Bay Ridge.

Prep’s Anthony Leone and Neil Hickey were joined by Xaverian’s Jethro Casie on the All-Tournament team. Xaverian’s Thomas Baggot earned MVP honors.

The Swim Strong Foundation, a nonprofit community-based organization dedicated to saving lives through water safety education and teaching swimming skills, hosted a swimming class Jan. 13 at Far Rockaway H.S. in which Olympians Daria Talanova and Dion Dreesens taught the lessons.

Talanova represented Kyrgyzstan at both the Summer Olympic Games in London (2012) and Rio de Janeiro (2016) in the 100-meter breaststroke. Dreesens is a two-time Olympian (2012 and 2016), swimming freestyle for the Netherlands.

Swim Strong’s executive director Shawn Slevin is the former Catholic Youth Organization head swimming coach at St. Sebastian’s parish, Woodside.

Vincent Bezecourt, a former midfielder on the St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, men’s soccer team, has re-signed with the New York Red Bulls of the MLS. He is set to occupy an international spot on the Red Bulls roster.

As a junior, the native of France helped lead the Terriers to the 2014 Northeast Conference championship and a No. 22 national ranking. In 2015 as a senior, he led the squad with seven goals and was named a Third Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

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