Sports Round-Up Oct. 9

Charlie Neuweiler, a 2017 graduate of Msgr. McClancy H.S., East Elmhurst, was a member of the pitching staff of the Quad Cities River Bandits who recently won the High-A Central League championship. The River Bandits are a minor-league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

The St. John’s University, Jamaica, men’s and women’s basketball programs continued their fall tradition by hosting the 11th annual Dribble for Victory over Cancer event. In total, the teams raised over $75,000 to support work that will one day defeat pediatric cancer.

Dribble for Victory over Cancer, formerly known as Dribble for The Cure, is a joint venture between the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and the V Foundation for Cancer Research to end childhood cancer. All proceeds from the event support the work of Dr. Mitchell Cairo, Chief of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at New York Medical College.

On Sept. 26, St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, faculty member Casey Clark ran in the Tunnel to Towers Foundation 5K Race to support the Stephen Siller Foundation, which helps build new smart homes for seriously injured service members as well as pay off mortgages and provide housing for family members of first responders and service members killed in the line of duty.

The race follows the route that the FDNY Squad 1 member took from his firehouse in Brooklyn to the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Siller wasn’t scheduled to work that day, but he grabbed his gear and ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center where he ultimately lost his life.

Clark, who teaches chemistry and AP environmental science and co-chairs the Science Research Program at the Prep, ran alongside members of the Kings Park, L.I., Fire Department, where she serves as a volunteer. As she has done in the past, she ran the race in full turnout gear to honor Siller’s sacrifice.