CYO Weekend Roundup

It was a busy weekend of Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) sports in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Photo by Ken Schuermann for CYO  of Nassau / Suffolk
Photo by Ken Schuermann for CYO of Nassau / Suffolk

On Saturday, the second girls’ basketball Interdiocesan Classic was held at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, L.I.

The Nassau-Suffolk CYO hosted the event, which was held last year at St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows.

Each diocese submitted Class ‘B’ teams which had the opportunity to play against competition they had never seen. The following teams entered:

Novice: St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Jamaica, vs. St. Bernard, Levittown

Bantam: Monastery, Jamaica, vs. St. Frances, Wantagh

Rookie: Nativity, Ozone Park, vs. St. Agnes, Rockville Centre

Intermediate: St. Michael-St. Malachy, East New York, vs. St. Francis, Patchogue

The classic will be an annual spring CYO tradition.

Also on Saturday, CYO conducted the girls’ swimming Olympics at the Nassau Aquatic Center in Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, L.I.

Under the direction of CYO swim coordinator Kathy Kirker, over 950 swimmers participated in the day’s events.

To view the results, click link below.

2013 Girls Swimming Olympic Results

The 2013 Mercy Martyr Mermaids (Photo by Dierdre Leong)
The 2013 Mercy Martyr Mermaids (Photo by Dierdre Leong)

The girls from Tri-M, the Mercy Martyr Mermaids from Our Lady of Mercy and Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, had an impressive showing at the Olympics, taking home 14 gold, 12 silver and seven bronze medals.

Finally, the CYO indoor track season began Sunday with the Ragazzo Relays held at St. Anthony’s H.S., South Huntington, L.I.

The event began with a Mass in the school’s chapel celebrated by Father Kevin Abels, diocesan director of vocations. He was assisted by Our Lady of Lourdes, Queens Village, track coach Deacon Rick Moreno.

Father Abels spoke about his experiences playing CYO baseball for Our Lady of Hope, Middle Village, and related those experiences to the week’s gospel, the parable of the Prodigal Son.

Led by CYO track director Andy Kotowicz, the meet followed in St. Anthony’s state-of-the-art facility.

St. Margaret’s parish, Middle Village, took home both the boys and girls track meets.