Sports Round-Up Sept. 15

LeBron James visited Christ the King H.S. (Photo courtesy Christ the King H.S.)

Christ the King H.S., Middle Village, enjoyed a “King-sized” surprise on Sept. 4.

The King himself – Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James – stopped by the Queens high school to surprise the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams with new gear and renovated locker rooms.

The visit coincided with the release of James’ new Nike shoe, the LeBron 3 “Christ the King.” Upon the official release, pairs of shoes sold out in less than a minute.

James also sat down with WNBA star Swin Cash to engage the Christ the King student-athletes in a discussion about the theme of striving for greatness.

The 33-year-old is set to begin his first season with the Lakers later this year. James is a 14-time NBA All-Star, three-time NBA champion, three-time NBA Finals M.V.P. and four-time NBA regular season M.V.P.

St. Francis College women’s volleyball team (Photo Jeffrey Armstrong)

The St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, volleyball team hosted the annual Terrier Invitational tournament on Labor Weekend at the Genovesi Center.

The Terriers were joined in the two-day event by Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa.; California State University, Fullerton; Delaware State University, Dover; and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark.

On Day 1, St. Francis swept NJIT in three sets. The Terriers then dropped their first match on Day 2 to Cal State Fullerton before rallying to defeat Delaware State in straight sets to end the tournament 2-1.

Freshman libero Kizzy Rodriguez and junior outside hitter Lauren Montgomery were Terriers named to the All-Tournament Team.

The 3-on-3 By the Sea basketball tournament is back for another year Rockaway Beach. The tournament, a fundraiser for breast cancer research, takes place Saturday, Sept. 22 in the schoolyard of St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor.

Clare Droesch (Photo courtesy Christ the King H.S.)

There will be a free youth clinic from 9-10 a.m. for players in sixth grade and under. Grammar school games begin at 2 p.m.; high school games start at noon; and the open division begins at 2 p.m. Players must be registered at least 30 minutes before the start of their particular session.

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 May 11 at the age of 36 after a more than six-year battle with breast cancer.

St. Edmund Prep H.S., Sheepshead Bay, is hiring a girls’ tennis coach. Contact the school’s co-athletic director Dan Wiatre at

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