The Fourth Grade St. Joseph (Fremont) Blue and Gold teams were in a close matchup.
The Eighth Grade championship was a seesaw contest between St. Leo the Great (Oakland) and Assumption (San Leandro).
All: Bill Ford/Courtesy photos
St. Leo Eighth Grade girls
in basketball playoffs
The final games of the 2013 Girls' CYO Basketball Playoffs featured close games with outstanding basketball play in each of the five grade divisions. The results of the championship games at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward were:
Eighth Grade — St. Leo the Great, Oakland, defeated Assumption, San Leandro, 40-35
Seventh Grade — Our Lady of Grace, Castro Valley defeated St Leander, San Leandro, 40-29
Sixth Grade — St. Lawrence O'Toole, Oakland, defeated St. Leo the Great, 34-33
Fifth Grade — St. Felicitas, San Leandro, defeated St. Anne (Gold), Union City, 35-33
Fourth Grade — St. Joseph (Gold), Fremont, defeated St. Joseph (Blue), Fremont, 19-14
The Eighth Grade championship was a seesaw contest with St. Leo the Great winning over defending Seventh Grade champion Assumption, 40-35. Zakiya Mahoney scored 17 points for St. Leo, including 3 clutch free throws in the fourth quarter. Assumption was led by point guard Alexa Mason, scoring 15 points. After the game, St. Leo coach and athletic director Olaf Pollard announced during the awards ceremony that the team has a combined grade point average of 3.9 and a member of the team was Carolyn Gill, the 4.0 class valedictorian.
It is a classic matchup in CYO when a team from St. Leo the Great plays a team from St. Lawrence O'Toole. In last year's playoffs, the two Catholic school teams met in the Fifth Grade finals with St. Leo winning the championship. In this year's Sixth Grade finals, it was St. Lawrence O'Toole winning in a close game, 34-33. Morgan Dunbar from SLOT scored 14 points including 6 in the fourth quarter. Ria Chinn was high point for St. Leo with 14 points.
For the youngest players, the Fourth Grade St. Joseph (Gold) team won over St. Joseph (Blue) team in another close matchup, 19-14. It is unusual for two teams in the same grade from the same parish to qualify for playoffs and very rare for the teams to meet in the final game. Msgr. Manuel C. Simas, St Joseph parish pastor, was present and awarded medals to both of his teams after the game.
The annual weekend event concluded the basketball season for girls with games played in gyms at Moreau Catholic High School (Hayward), St. Joachim (Hayward), St. Leo the Great (Oakland) and St. Theresa (Oakland).
Forty teams were in the playoffs representing their leagues and marking the end of the Girls' CYO basketball league play in the spring. Teams in the eastern half of the diocese finished their season in March. More than 300 teams competed in the girls' CYO basketball program this past year.
Other parishes and Catholic schools in the playoffs included: St. Joseph (Pinole), St. Joseph (Alameda), St. John (San Lorenzo), St. Patrick (Rodeo), St. Martin De Porres (Oakland), St. John (El Cerrito), Holy Spirit (Fremont), St. Joachim (Hayward), St. Bede (Hayward), St. Clement (Hayward), St. Theresa (Oakland), St. Jerome (El Cerrito).
For complete playoff results or for more information on CYO basketball, visit the CYO website www.oaklandcyo.org.
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