Stratford school wins basketball tournament

April 3, 2019

STRATFORD — The St. James School’s junior varsity girls basketball team has won the 2019 New England Catholic Youth Organization championship.

The tournament was hosted by the Manchester Diocese of New Hampshire over the weekend. The St. James team won the Bridgeport Diocesan tournament last month.

In the first two rounds Saturday the team beat St. John Evangelist of the Fall River Diocese in the first round 47-37 and St. Leo’s of the Worcester Diocese 34-14.

In Sunday’s championship game St. James beat St. Raphael’s of the Boston Diocese by a score of 31-21.

The team made it to the tournament last year but was knocked out in the first round.

“It was an incredible weekend spent with family and friends who came up to support the team,” Lela Castaneda, the team’s head coach, said.