The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) of Brooklyn and Queens will host its annual Hall of Fame Mass, dinner and induction ceremony June 1 at the Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston. The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to CYO as a player, coach, clergy member, coordinator, official, parish athletic representative or athletic director.
This year’s inductees include Msgr. John Brown (posthumously), Tony Colletti, Gary Evans, Gerard Lanci, Mary and Alex Leong, Bro. Edward Shields, F.S.C., Warren Ring (posthumously), Sam Romanzo, Fred Sporrer and Tom Usischon.
Table and seat reservations may be placed by calling Annmarie Creighton in the CYO office at 718-281-9548 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, athletics icons have announced their retirement.
Carl Quigley, ’75, is retiring from his position as assistant athletic director and director of aquatics. He led the men’s water polo team to the college’s first-ever appearance in an NCAA Tournament Final Four.
His teams won six Northern Division championships and five Eastern College Athletic Association championships. He was named assistant director of athletics in 1999.
“It has been my honor to serve the students, student-athletes and their families here at St. Francis College,” Quigley said. “It has also been my privilege to be part of the St. Francis College team, as a member of the administration and faculty.”
After six years leading the St. Francis women’s basketball team, head coach John Thurston recently announced his retirement.
He helped guide the 2014-2015 Terriers squad to a Northeast Conference tournament championship and a berth in its first-ever NCAA Tournament. During his time, the women’s team set the high-water mark for victories in a single season with 19.
“I will be forever grateful to the young women who have come through our program these past six years,” said Thurston. “What they have accomplished both academically and athletically during this time has been remarkable.”
During Easter break, the St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, varsity softball team cooked and served meals at the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish soup kitchen in Jamaica. The L’il Terriers fed over 150 people on April 5. This was the sixth year the team has volunteered at the soup kitchen.