Spotlight on Corpus Christi CYO Junior Varsity Girls Teams
CYO basketball continues to flourish at Corpus Christi with the two Junior Varsity girls teams. Players, coaches and parents are all enjoying CYO basketball this season as the two JV girls teams compete for victories each and every Sunday.
The 6th grade JV girls team is coached by John and Nathalie Berger, who have coached at Corpus Christi for multiple seasons. “We love the opportunity to coach young girls and watch them mature on and off the court as they advance through the CYO program” says Nathalie Berger. John & Nathalie coached their daughters in the CYO program and continue coaching for the love of the game. “Having John & Nathalie on the coaching staff is a tremendous benefit to the CYO program. The experience that John & Nathalie have attained and the guidance they provide help our program grow as we look for these future CYO players to eventually play high school and potentially college basketball” says Drew McKenzie, Athletic Director at Corpus Christi.
The 6th grade girls team has a record of 5 wins and 3 losses, and will qualify for the playoffs at the end of the season. Assistant coach Patrick Sullivan is encouraged by the team’s development and progress stating “the players are improving each week and the smiles on their faces continue to grow after each game”. Parent manager, Mike Hyland adds “the girls enjoy everything about the CYO basketball, from the weekly practices and Sunday games to the special CYO season tipoff Mass and the CYO spirit wear clothing.”
The next home game for the 6th grade girls team is Sunday, February 6th against St. Rose at Corpus Christi with a 4:15pm tipoff.
The second JV girls team has flourished under the coaching of head coach Kim Cronin and assistant coaches Dan Kehoe and Kieran Kelly. “Dan and Kieran have been a tremendous help this season as our players have learned the basics and are now developing their own unique basketball skills” comments coach Cronin. “We take a team approach to everything we do – where every player has a role to perform” says Kieran. “Coach Cronin has opted to play for ‘development’ rather than play to win every game” says coach Kehoe. “Winning can be easy at this level when you only play your 5 best players. Kim’s strengths have been to recognize that the team is more important than the individual, and that the wins will come in the next few years, once a solid foundation of basketball skills has been mastered” adds Le Mon.
The next home game for coach Cronin’s team is Sunday, January 30th at Corpus Christi gym. Tipoff time is 5:15pm against St. Therese.
Information regarding Corpus Christi’s CYO program can be found at www.leaguelineup.com/corpuschristicyo.