The Girls' Basketball Playoffs Eighth Grade Champion team from St. Mary, Walnut Creek.
BILL FORD/Special to The Catholic Voice
40 teams compete in CYO
Girls Basketball Playoffs
The girls' CYO basketball season concluded for the Diablo East CYO and West Diablo CYO leagues as 40 teams, in Fourth through Eighth grades, competed in the 14th annual Oakland Diocese East Girls' Basketball Championships.
In the Eighth Grade final, St. Mary, Walnut Creek, won its first-ever Eighth Grade championship, defeating St. Anne, Byron, 59-45. Haley Van Dyke led the scoring for St. Mary with 32 points. Haley Reyes scored 13 points for St. Anne. In what made a very rare "double championship," the Eighth Grade boys' team from St. Mary CYO was also champions, winning the diocesan Eighth Grade boys championship at playoffs the previous weekend.
In the Seventh Grade, St. John Vianney, Walnut Creek, won its third straight championship, winning the final game over St Agnes, Concord, 35-27. Macy Woodworth scored 12 points for SJV with Ali Bamberger scoring 10 points for St. Agnes. The game was highlighted by spirited and excited fans from both teams.
Results of the championship games:
8th grade St. Mary, Walnut Creek d. St. Anne, Byron, 59-45
7th grade St. John Vianney, d. St. Agnes, Concord, 35-27
6th grade Immaculate Heart of Mary, Brentwood, d. St. Perpetua, Lafayette, 30-20
5th grade St Perpetua, Lafayette, d. Good Shepherd, Pittsburg, 41-25
4th grade St John Vianney, Walnut Creek, d. Christ the King, Pleasant Hill, 16-12
Games were played at Holy Rosary Gym, Antioch; Tice Valley Community Gym, Walnut Creek; Christ the King Gym, Pleasant Hill; and St. Francis Gym, Concord.
Girls' CYO basketball teams from parishes in the western half of the diocese play in the spring, with playoffs for those teams to be held in May.
(Bill Ford is CYO director for the Diocese of Oakland.)
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