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Gatey Basketball Season Begins CYO hoop program has over 300 participants signed up for this season….program thriving

mentals…the basics of basketball and how the game should be played with an emphasis on fair play and good sportsmanship.

By Kevin Devlin

It’s getting cold outside and that only means that the Gate of Heaven CYO basketball program is back. Home games are held at the Walsh Center Gym and most of those games are played during the weekends. Overall, with over 300 youngsters participating, the “Gatey” program boasts two instructional leagues, fifteen house-league teams, and fourteen travel-league teams. The house and instructional leagues have already begun and travel league games commence in early December. There is an instructional league for boys in the first and second grade, overseen by Sean Monahan and Michael Donovan, as well as an instructional league for girls in the first to third grade, run by Allison Baker and Hannah Powers. There are five midget house league teams for boys in the third to sixth grade and five cadet house league teams for boys in the seventh to tenth grade. There are five teams in the girls’ house league for girls in the fourth to ninth grade, coordinated by Marie Laundry. In the travel league, Gatey

Happily pictured at the Walsh Gym aer (from left) Dan, Danny, Chris, and Dana will have at least eleven boys’ vide a positive environment, a travel teams this season, beginsafe, secure place for the kids to ning in the third grade, all the make new friends and stay occuway up to high school age. In pied in a positive manner,” Lally the girls’ division, Gatey has a added. “For the younger playfifth and sixth grade team, a severs, we want them to enjoy the enth and eighth grade squad, experience and learn the fundaand a high school travel team. mentals of the sports. Overall, we teach the players the fundaGate of Heaven CYO Athletic Director Kevin Lally is jubilant enrollment is up and glad that the program can serve as a positive experience for the young athletes.

“We are proud that the league is thriving,” he said. “Our numbers the past three years have increased. That’s good news for the program and good news for the community. It’s great for the kids so they can keep busy, be competitive, get a workout, and have some fun. “We are fortunate… and proud…that we are able to pro-

“Bottom line we are here to mentor youngsters in a positive light,” he concluded. “We want them to be productive members of society and respected members of this community. We don’t want to just make them better basketball players, but help mold them into better all-around people as they move forward in life.” The house league season has just begun and travel games begin in early December, so it’s not too late for any boy or girl register and play. Interested players should stop by the Walsh Center gym for further information or contact Kevin Lally at lallycompound@aol.com, or call him @617-943-5238.

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