Teams in the eighth grade championship: St. Leo the Great and St. Martin de Porres.
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St. Leo the Great wins girls hoops championship
In the St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence O'Toole fifth-grade championship game, LaMya Harrell of St. Lawrence O'Toole has the ball. Her teammate Chardai Victorian is in front of her and opponent Shailyn Pringle behind her.
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The 2015 Girls' CYO Basketball Playoffs crowned new diocesan champions in each of the grade divisions except the seventh-grade, which saw the team from St. John the Baptist in San Lorenzo repeat from its championship last season.
The eighth-grade championship game featured two rival teams from Oakland representing the East Bay Parochial League, with St. Leo the Great defeating St. Martin de Porres 39-34. Although St. Martin had won its two league contests against St. Leo this season, an inspired St. Leo team established a lead throughout the championship game, and was led by the hot shooting of Victoria Nelson with 18 points and Nia Chinn with 17 points. High scorer for St. Martin de Porres was Mae'ana Alexander with 13 points.
In the seventh grade, a fast-paced St. John, San Lorenzo, team outscored the team from St. Patrick, Rodeo, 47-29 for its repeat championship. Myka Mabandos was the high scorer for St. John, scoring 21 points while a well-distributed scoring offense from St. Patrick had Munachi Udenyi leading with 8 points.
In sixth-grade action, two teams from the Metro CYO league competed in the championship game with All Saints, Hayward, capturing the championship by defeating St. Felicitas, San Leandro, 24-9. The game was low scoring with the score at halftime 6-5 in favor of St. Felicitas and with the third-quarter score 10-8 in favor of All Saints. In the fourth quarter, All Saints exploded for 14 points to secure the victory. Janessa DeFranco led All Saints with 8 points.
After the game, the last one in all of the CYO seasons, and after the award presentation, Olaf Pollard, announcer and athletic director for St. Leo the Great, led both teams in prayer and closed the playoffs by singing the Lord's Prayer.
The results of all the championship games at Moreau Catholic High School were:
8th grade – St. Leo the Great, Oakland, over St. Martin de Porres, Oakland, 39-34
7th grade – St. John, San Lorenzo over St. Patrick, Rodeo, 47-29
6th grade – All Saints, Hayward, over St. Felicitas, San Leandro, 24-9
5th grade – St. Martin de Porres, Oakland, over St. Lawrence O'Toole, Oakland, 21-15
4th grade – St. Leo the Great, Oakland, over St. Theresa, Oakland, 22-14
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