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Above, the Sixth Grade finalist team: St. John Vianney, Walnut Creek and Santa Maria, Orinda. Left photo, Fourth Graders, from left, Abby Roder, No. 44, from St. Mary and Sophia Bruzzone, No. 12, from St. John Vianney.
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24 teams participate in CYO Girls East playoffs
The girls' CYO basketball team from St. John Vianney, Walnut Creek, won the Sixth Grade division in the recent Girls' CYO East Basketball Playoffs, to complete back-to-back-to-back diocesan championships for their team.
The team had previously won diocesan championships in Fourth and Fifth grades. In the 16th annual playoffs for the eastern part of the diocese, teams from the Diablo East and West Diablo leagues recently concluded their season with two weekends of play.
In the low-scoring Sixth Grade final, St. John Vianney completed its "three-peat" by winning over Santa Maria, Orinda, 21-11. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 2-0 in favor of Santa Maria, but SJV quickly scored 10 points in the second quarter to take the lead for the rest of the game. Tegan Gaines led the scoring for SJV with 8 points while Cloey Breznikar was the high scorer for Santa Maria with 6. St. John Vianney was undefeated, 10-0, in their league season.
In the Fifth Grade, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Brentwood, won the championship over St. Catherine of Siena, 34-19 to be repeat champions. High scorers were Mikayla Drewry for Immaculate Heart with 10 points and Kyomi Apalit from St. Catherine with 9.
St. Mary CYO, Walnut Creek, captured the Fourth Grade championship with a victory over St. John Vianney, 14-4.
Twenty-four teams participated in playoffs for the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth grades. Teams in the Seventh and Eighth grades played in a league-sponsored tournament earlier in the season. Finals were played at Holy Rosary Gym, Antioch, with first round games at the Ultimate Field House in Walnut Creek and semi-final games at Clayton Valley Charter High School, Concord. Other participating parish CYO teams were from St Agnes, Concord; St. Perpetua, Lafayette; Good Shepherd, Pittsburg; Christ the King, Pleasant Hill; Holy Rosary, Antioch; St Anne, Byron.
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 the director of the Catholic Youth Organization in the Diocese of Oakland.)
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