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Each year, throughout the months of December to February, teams from parishes and grammar schools of the Archdiocese of Boston compete in various Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) basketball leagues. At the culmination of each season, the winningest teams from each of the 11 archdiocesan leagues are invited to participate in the annual CYO basketball tournament.
This March, the tournament played host to 74 boys and girls teams from local parishes and grammar schools of the archdiocese.
In releasing the results of the tournament, the CYO committee thanked, "the supporters, coaches, and players from all of the tournament teams for their cooperation, sportsmanship, and virtuous participation in each game played. You are all champions for Christ! We pray that you continue to use your talent to serve Him well, not only on the court, but in all things!"
The tournament committee also expressed its gratitude to Boston College High School, Catholic Memorial High School, and Xaverian Brothers High School for hosting the tournament competitions.
Tournament winners will move on to the New England CYO basketball tournament, hosted in Bridgeport, Connecticut from March 31 to April 2.
"Please join our committee as we pray for each of these teams. May they continue to persevere in service to Christ with strength, courage, and humble sportsmanship. Go, 'fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith,'" the committee said.
The following are the 2017 Archdiocesan tournament champions in order of each division:
Parish Division Champions
Girls Grades 5 and 6 -- St. Denis, Westwood
Boys Grades 5 and 6 -- St. Margaret Mary, Westwood
Girls Grades 7 and 8 -- St. Agatha, Milton
Boys Grades 7 and 8 -- St. Mary, Winchester
Girls High School -- Gate of Heaven, South Boston
Boys Grades 9 and 10 -- St. Edward, Medfield
Boys Grade 11 and 12 -- St. Mary, Franklin
Catholic Grammar School Champions
Girls JV -- Blessed Sacrament, Walpole
Girls Varsity -- St. Catherine, Norwood
Boys JV -- St. Francis of Assisi, Braintree
Boys Varsity -- Trinity Catholic, Brockton
More information regarding the archdiocese's CYO Basketball Program is available on Boston Catholic CYO web site, bostoncatholic.org/CYO.aspx or by calling athletic director Ken Foscaldo at 617-746-5813.