The CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) St. Aloysius fifth grade boys basketball B team concluded their preliminary season as shining champions. The team ended their regular season with a record of 8-2. This exceptional record brought them to the playoffs, standing at first place in their division. Being that this is the team’s first year playing together, this is an outstanding achievement for the players and coaches.
The team’s success can be traced back to long-time CYO basketball coach, Yosi Soleimany, who is beyond proud of his team.
“This is my eleventh year coaching and I have never seen a group of boys come together so quickly,” said Coach Soleimany.
Along with head Coach Soleimany, his son Justin, an experienced athlete in the boys CYO basketball program, helped guide the team through their winning season.
Furthermore, the players this season were extraordinarily talented and unified. Star-studded players such as Ryan Soleimany, RJ DeRose, and Jayden Kim showed off their skills by snatching rebounds from the opposing players. Jonathan Yakubov and Bryce Hakimi excelled in their positions as point guards and ruthlessly ran the offense. Evan Bachrach and Jonah Fisher heavily contributed to the overall team through their supportive roles as shooting guard and provided valuable minutes. Also essential to the team’s success, Quentin Chong and Orel Kahan shut down opposing teams with their positions as shooting guards.
Coach Soleimany concluded by stating, “This is their first year playing together and I am amazed at their level of teamwork. I am so proud of my team and I am excited to see where this journey takes us”.
—Written by Daniella Nissim