St. Jerome’s captures both boys and girls CYO championships

St. Jerome Parish’s CYO girls’ basketball team pulled off an upset, defeating Blessed Sacrament on Feb 26 at St. Bartholomew gym to lift the trophy as the 14U Mid-Atlantic CYO championship.

In pulling off their final win, the 14U girls from the Hyattsville parish joined the 14U boys’ squad from St. Jerome’s as Mid-Atlantic champions, who defeated St. Pius X from Bowie on Feb. 21 at DeMatha in the tournament finals, their second straight years as champions. The championship victories made St. Jerome’s the first 14U CYO joint winner since 1990, when St. Jude Parish in Rockville won both varsity boys and girls championships.

In the girls’ game, Aubrey Penn from St. Jerome’s scored 18 points and was named tournament MVP, receiving the Caitlyn O’Bannon Fitzgerald Memorial Award. It had been several years since the St. Jerome’s 14U team had won the Mid-Atlantic championship, according to Joe Sego, CYO athletic director at St. Jerome.

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