The 2017-18 Diocese of Allentown Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Basketball Championship Tournament played out Feb. 24-25 at Marian High School, Tamaqua and March 4 at St. Joseph the Worker, Orefield, where the tournament was completed due to weather issues and lost power at Marian.
St. Joseph the Worker captured the high school boys’ division of the CYO Basketball Championship Tournament Feb. 25 at Marian with a 47-40 win over St. Thomas More. St. Joseph the Worker went on to play in Pittsburgh March 2-5, finishing in second place after losing 45-42 to St. Gabriel, Pittsburgh.
St. Thomas More is the grade school girls’ champion.
“It is always a pleasure to watch the teams compete on the basketball court,” said Daniel Jones, assistant coordinator/CYO with the Diocesan Office of Youth, Young Adult and Family Ministry (OYYAFM). “The kids, coaches and fans are really invested in their parish teams. On top of that you get to watch some really good basketball. I want to wish our teams success as the move on to play for State CYO Championships over the next couple of weeks.”
“It takes a lot of people to organize and run a tournament of this size. We have 20 teams representing our leagues from each county in the Diocese,” said Jones. “I want to thank all the teams involved, Phil Liszka, John O’Connell, Paul Rieger, Marian and St. Joseph the Worker. Halfway through our tournament power was lost at Marian, so we needed to scramble for a new location – thank you St. Joseph the Worker.”
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