82 THE QUEENS COURIER • OCTOBER 1, 2015 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com sports Interparish Basketball League looking for more teams for 20th year BY ANTHONY GIUDICE email@example.com @A_GiudiceReport This year the Interparish Basketball League (IBL) will be celebrating its 20th year as part of the Interparish Sports Association (ISA), and it’s looking for more teams to register for the 2015-16 basketball season. This nonprofi t organization creates a basketball league for teams of players, boys and girls alike, aged 8 to 17 years-old, with different divisions for each age group. “Right now we are trying to get more teams involved,” said Mark Mellone, vice president of the IBL. “We are trying to push more donations Photo courtesy of the Interparish Basketball League St. Athanasius, the 2014-15 17U junior division champions. St. John’s men’s soccer opens up Big East play with scoreless draw against Marquette BY ANTHONY GIUDICE firstname.lastname@example.org/@A_GiudiceReport St. John’s Red Storm goalie John Stagmiller made a career-high nine saves as his team played to a 0-0 tie against Marquette at Belson Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 26, to open up Big East Conference play. “Marquette has a lot of offensive weapons and they came in here well-rested so we knew it would be a typical Big East battle,” said Dr. Dave Masur, Red Storm head coach. “I thought our guys did well to meet that challenge and earn a result. We are still learning, but we are continuing to get better and tonight was a big step.” The Golden Eagles put the pressure on Stagmiller early on as Kelmend Islami had a shot in the fi fth minute, David Selvaggi blasted a shot in the ninth minute before C. Nortey collected the rebound and sent a shot attempt high. Alex McBride had his shot attempt blocked in the 11th minute before Stagmiller saved a follow-up shot from Selvaggi. St. John’s was held without a shot until the 36th minute of the contest when Lucas Fagotti made a run toward the right edge of the 18-yard box and beat a defender before unleashing a shot that bounced off the goalpost. The second half was much of the same, with Marquette registering fi rst shot of the half, but Stagmiller made the save. The Red Storm was able to get some pressure as Filippo Ricupati had a shot blocked in the 50th minute and Jean Leveille missed high in the 55th minute. Marquette goalie Luis Barraza made saves against Leveille in the 62nd minute and Luis Esteves in the 66th minute. The back-and-forth play continued throughout regulation as neither goaltender would relinquish a goal. In overtime, both teams had their opportunities but could not sneak a go-ahead goal past Stagmiller or Barraza, resulting in a 0-0 draw. Photo courtesy of St. John’s Athletics The Red Storm opened up BIG EAST play with a 0-0 draw against Marquette. so we can do more things for the kids. This year we are trying to do some tournaments as well. On one or two weekends during the season we will try to hold tournaments.” Mellone runs the IBL along with the organization’s president, Mike Rossetti. Together they have seen the IBL grow from just a handful of teams to an impressive 50 to 70 teams per year. The IBL does not register individuals, only already formed teams. The teams are then placed in a division based on the age of the players. “We accept teams from everywhere, it doesn’t matter, as long as they can meet the schedule,” Mellone said. “We do our best to work around the CYO schedule as well.” The IBL is hosting a registration meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Knights of Columbus located at 3051 Nostrand Ave. in Brooklyn at 6:30 p.m. Any organization that registers and pays for their team for the 2015-16 winter season at this meeting will receive a 10 percent discount. The winter season runs from the fi rst week in December to just before the Easter and Passover holidays, and usually has eight to 12 games per season. “It’s exciting because not many organizations have made it this far,” Mellone said of the IBL celebrating its 20th year. “It’s a nice feeling knowing that for 20 years we’ve helped get kids off the street so they have a place to go to play organized sports and learn the aspects of the games.” For more info about the IBL, call 718-645-0269 or visit www.eteamz.com/Interparish.
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