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March 27, 2014

St. Augustine scores 3 league hoops championships

St. Augustine School in Andover rocked the spirit of March Madness earlier this month as several of its teams earned championship victories to close out the season in the Merrimack Valley Catholic Basketball League.

The league, directed by veteran coach John Vitulli, showcases the talents of fifth- through eighth-graders, many of whom attend area parochial schools, including St. Augustine, St. Michael’s, St. Joseph’s, Sacred Heart and St. Monica’s, among others.

Vitulli maintains the spirit of the league, which hosted 10 playoff games on its very own Super Sunday, March 16.

This year, five teams from St. Augustine School advanced to the final round — the grade 5 and 8 girls teams and the grade 6, 7 and 8 boys teams.

Michael O’Dea, who has coordinated and directed St. Augustine School’s participation in the leagues, said the school’s presence in the finals made for an exciting day of basketball.

Three teams — the Grade 6 Boys coached by Chris Falvey and Randy Farina, the Grade 8 Girls coached by Kasey O’Dea, Sister Kathleen Leary and Meghan Buggy, and the Grade 8 Boys coached by Stephen Reddy and Peter Seward — left the court as league champions.

“Earning three team victories in the finals speaks volumes about our kids’ dedication to the game and the value the league continues to bring to the community,” O’Dea said.

For more on the league, visit www.mvcba.com.

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