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Chaldean Final Four Set for Showdown in Royal Oak Michigan
By Sam Yousif :: Friday, April 17, 2009 :: 88641 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Chaldean Church Sports League, Chaldean Churches

Michigan, USA - The Chaldean Church Sports League (CCSL) has reached the playoff point.  Five divisions of the Chaldean community's top basketball players compete in a final four showdown for a bid at the championship game.  Games begin at 2 o’clock in the afternoon at the Boys and Girls club of Southeast Oakland County in Royal Oak.

The CCSL proves to be one of the Chaldean community’s hottest leagues showcasing top talent from ages 10 – 18 in basketball.  The heat is on in the CCSL in all divisions as last year’s returning coaches hope to repeat.  However, new rookie coaches in the league are proving to be a bit to handle. 

The CCSL final four will be played this Sunday at the Boys and Girls Club of South Oakland County.  CCSL organizers invite the entire community to join their family, friends, and fans as they cheer their players on to the championship games. 

In the boys junior varsity division the final eight look to be cut in half to the final four this Sunday.  Leading the division is St. Thomas Team 3 with a slight advantage over St. George Dragon Slayers who are predicted the favorites for the championship by sports fans. 

CCSL sports fan Kevin Brikho says, “Dragon Slayers should win the championship in the JV division.  They pass the ball much better than the Twin Tigers and hustle after the ball and fight for rebounds.”  Kevin’s brother, Kenny Brikho disagrees.  “St. Thomas Twin Tigers are ready to pounce.  They have been taking the game easy and the coach has been nurturing younger players.  In the final four this will be the team that gets to take home the trophy.”

The varsity boys division has turned out to be surprising season.  Returning champions Mother of God Guardian Angels, coached by the Petrous brothers, Salam and Samer Petrous barely made the final four squeezing in the fourth seed by a fraction.  St. Joseph Protectors dominated the season and remain the favorite going into the final four.  Season records predict the Protectors and St. Thomas Team 2 in the championships. 

St. Thomas aggressively recruited players this year topping the league with a total of fourteen teams in five divisions.  “St. Thomas is guaranteed a championship team since both their team 1 and team 2 made the playoffs and will challenge one another in the lower bracket,” says Nick Abdel.  “Our church was able to secure two teams in the league.  It would be a shame if neither of our teams brings home a trophy in the varsity division.” 

In the middle school boys division, St. Thomas is also the favorite.  “Our middle school boys went undefeated in the season and it looks like we will have to take on St. George for the championship.  We beat the team in the past, but you can’t underestimate them.  St. George is full of surprises.”

The girl’s varsity and middle school divisions in the CCSL are just as competitive.  St. Thomas looks to dominate the ladies division with hopes of a full house in the championships.  “We have all our teams in the middle school division and a potential to have both our teams 1 and 2 in the girl’s varsity division in the championship,” says Angela Challangoe.

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The Sunday, April 19th, 2009 CCSL Playoff game schedule is as follows:

Middle School Boys Playoffs 

2 PM on Court #1
(2) Mother of God vs. (3) St. George

Middle School Girls Playoffs

2 PM on Court #2
(2) St. Thoams 3 vs. (3) St. Thomas 2

JV Boys Playoffs
Round 1:

2:50 PM on Court #1
(2) St. George vs. (7) St. Joseph 2

2:50 PM on Court #2
(4) Mar Addai vs. (5) St. Thomas 4

3:40 PM on Court #1
(1) St. Thomas 3 vs. (8) St. Thomas 1

4:30 PM on Court #1
(3) St. Thomas 2 vs. (6) St. Joseph 1

Round 2 (Final Four):

5:20 PM on Court #1
Highest Seed vs. Lowest Seed

6 PM on Court #1
2nd Highest Seed vs. 2nd Lowest Seed

 

 

Varsity Girls Playoffs

4 PM on Court# 2
(1) St. Thomas 1 vs. (4) Mother of God

5 PM on Court #2
(2) St. George vs. (3) St. Thomas 2

Varsity Boys Playoffs

6 PM on Court #2
(1) St. Joseph 2 vs. (4) Mother of God

7 PM on Court #2
(2) St. Thomas 2 vs. (3) St. Thomas 1

Mar Addai Church, MI USA

Mar Addai Chaldean Catholic Church
24010 Coolidge Hwy.
Oak Park, MI 48237
Tel: (248) 547-4648
Fax: (248) 399-9089

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Founding Pastor:
Rev. Stephen Kallabat

Current Pastor:
Rev. Stephan Kallabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Fadi Habib Khalaf

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Sulemina Denha
 


 

Rev. Stephen Kallabat


Fr. Stephan Kallabat was born in Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing seven years of scholarly work for the priesthood in Mosul, Iraq Fr. Kallabat was accepted at the prestigious university in Rome.  There he spent six additional years of scholarly work in the areas of philosophy and theology and an additional four years in scriptural studies. 

Ordained a priest in 1966 by Pope Paul VI he returned to Iraq to serve the Holy Family parish until his departure to Michigan, U.S. in 1979 to serve the growing population of Chaldeans.  Fr. Kallabat was appointed assistant pastor, then pastor of Mar Addai Parish in Oak Park, Michigan. 

Hitting the ground running, Fr. Kallabat is credited with raising the necessary funds to provide Chaldeans in the local area a church and community center of their own.  Fr. Kallabat continues to serve the parish and Chaldean community as their pastor.   

Rev. Fadi Habib Khalaf

Fr. Fadi Habib Khalaf was born in Baghdad May 10, 1974.  Fr. Khalaf graduated from Baghdad University in 1997 and soon after joined the Chaldean seminary in Baghdad.  While there Fr. Khalaf earned a scholarship to attend the Urbanian Pontifical University in Rome.  There he earned another bachelor’s degree in theology and was ordained deacon in Rome on May 8, 2004. 

Fr. Khalaf then returned to Baghdad where he was officially ordained as a priest.  Afterward Fr. Khalaf returned to Rome to further his studies.  In 2006 Fr. Khalaf was appointed to serve Chaldeans in the United States.  

In the summer of 2006 he arrived to the Chaldean diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle and was cardinated into the Diocese and elected to serve at Mar Addai parish on March 15, 2007 as the Parochial Vicar.

Rev. Suleiman Denha

Rev. Suleiman Denha was born in Telkaif, Iraq.  He began his priestly studies in 1951 in Mosul, Iraq and was ordained in 1959.  Fr. Denha taught in Telkaif until 1961, when he was appointed pastor in Basra, Iraq in 1966. 

After immigrating to the Unite States in 1979, he was appointed to serve the Chaldean community in Virginia.  A year later, Fr. Denha was recruited to assist the much larger population of Chaldeans in Detroit. 

Upon his arrival Fr. Denha assisted Fr. Yasso at Sacred Heart Church.  In 1982 he was asked to temporally assist St. Joseph Church in Troy, returning a year later Sacred Heart. 

In 1991, he was appointed to Mar Addai Church in Oak Park, Michigan as the Parochial Vicar, where he still serves the community today.