Stamford Youngtimers Basketball League (SYTBB) is the largest ALL Girls basketball league in Stamford. Nearly all of the Girls High School players on the Stamford High, Westhill High and Trinity Catholic High School teams (past and present) have played in the SYTBB league. Many of the current players are also coaching in the league.
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The Stamford Youngtimers Basketball League held its annual “Super Sunday” activities at Westhill High School on March 9. “Super Sunday” features the House League Championship Games as well as skills competitions in an effort to celebrate the entire winter season. In the Senior Division, Allyson Rioux Memorial Foundation upended Contractors Supply 23-16 to capture the League Championship. Kaleha Morgan dominated for Rioux with 15 points while Andrea O’Conner chipped in with six. Alissa Lauture posted eight points for Contractors. Stamford Peace captured the Junior League Championship with a 21-9 win over Good Dreams Daycare. Julia Conforti scored 13 points, including 11 in the second half, to help Peace close out an undefeated season. Peyton Hackett added four points for the champions. Jessica Nelson tallied three points for Good Dreams.
In the Seniors Skills Competition, Morgan captured the 3-point contest championship while teammate Jenna Farro of Allyson Rioux took home the free throw contest title. Heather Fraioli of the Youngtimers 8th Grade Travel Team ran her way to the speed dribbling championship. In the Junior Skills, Nelson collected the speed dribbling championship while Charlie Karukas of Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara collected the free throw shooting championship.
The Starters Division was showcased at the annual "Futures Game" which features the league's fourth graders moving up and playing on 10-foot baskets. Twenty-eight young ladies participated in an exciting contest which gave all the parents and fans an inside look at the talent rising into the Junior Division next year!
In one of the most special moments of "Super Sunday", the Youngtimers organization awards the Allyson Rioux Sportsmanship Award to a special young lady from both the Senior and Junior Division. The Rioux family comes to “Super Sunday” each year to present the award which is named in honor of Allyson Rioux, one of Stamford’s greatest high school athletes who passed away at a young age from cancer. This year, Meaghan Lavelle of Tibbetts, Keating & Butler earned the award in the Senior Division while First American Title’s Theresa Lupinacci collected the honor in the Junior Division. Both girls exemplified the spirit of Allyson Rioux with their teamwork, sportsmanship and character throughout the Youngtimers season.
Also on Sunday, the Stamford Youngtimers 7th Grade Travel Team put up a valiant effort but fell just short to Wilton in the Fairfield County Basketball League A Division Championship Game 33-29. The game was close the whole way with the Youngtimers carrying a 25-24 lead into the fourth quarter but a strong finish by Wilton was the difference. Adira Orbach paced the Stamford attack with 16 points while Madison Cortell tossed in 10. Grace Hansen collected 11 rebounds for the Youngtimers, who finished with a 17-3 record.
The Stamford Youngtimers 8th Grade Travel Team captured the Fairfield County Basketball League AA Division Championship with a 63-52 win over Waterbury-North End on March 8 at Darien High School. The Youngtimers, who finished the season 29-2, avenged a loss to Waterbury from early January.
Waterbury controlled the glass in the opening period with a 19-9 advantage but Stamford managed to stand tied at 14 after one. Waterbury scored the first five points of the second quarter but the Youngtimers finished the half on a 14-6 run to grab a three-point halftime lead. Stamford took control in the third quarter, forcing eight Waterbury turnovers in the period to collect a 22-13 advantage and grab a 50-38 lead after three quarters. Waterbury could get no closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Stamford held the runnerup to just 28.8 percent shooting for the game and forced 22 turnovers. Over the final three quarters, the Youngtimers were almost even on the boards with Waterbury holding a slim 37-36 advantage after their dominance in the first quarter. Maya Klein poured in 26 points for Stamford while Alexa Kellner chipped in with 13 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks. McKenna Frank played an outstanding floor game finishing with 11 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and four steals. Brooke Kelly accounted for nine points, four assists and three steals for the Youngtimers.
The 8th grade captured both the regular season and tournament championships of the FCBL. Stamford received great contributions from Lizzy DeMarkey, Heather Fraioli, Julia Howe, Sydney Leeds, Gloria Mattioli, Kaleha Morgan and Molly Murray throughout the season en route to one of the finest seasons in Youngtimers history. Earlier in the day on March 8, Frank was a co-winner of the Fairfield County 3-point shooting championship.