Sports Round-Up Aug. 29

The 3-on-3 By the Sea basketball tournament returned for a seventh year in Rockaway Beach. The tournament, a fundraiser for breast cancer research, took place Saturday, Aug. 28 in the schoolyard of St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor.

All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Clare Droesch Scholarship Fund. Droesch, a former standout guard on the Christ the King H.S., Middle Village, girls’ varsity basketball team, died in May 2018 at the age of 36 after a more than six-year battle with breast cancer.

Msgr. McClancy H.S., East Elmhurst, rising senior varsity baseball third baseman Matthew Filip has committed to continue his baseball career at Queens College, Flushing.

Following suit of a number of collegiate athletic conferences nationwide, the Big East Conference and its member institutions – including St. John’s University, Jamaica – have announced that fall sports competition will not be conducted in 2020 due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference will assess alternative options to stage fall sports contests during the spring of 2021.

“St. John’s fully supports the actions taken by the Big East presidents and recognizes that the decision to cancel competition this fall was difficult and challenging,” said St. John’s Director of Athletics Mike Cragg. “As a member of the Big East COVID-19 Task Force, I know that our conference leadership’s daily focus has been on the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff as we continue to navigate through this global pandemic.”