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Chaldean Final Four Set for Showdown in Royal Oak Michigan
By Sam Yousif :: Friday, April 17, 2009 :: 83266 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

St. George, MI USA
St. George Chaldean Catholic Church
45700 Dequinder Rd.,
Shelby Twp., MI 48317
Tel: (586) 254-7221
Fax: (586) 254-2874
 
Pastor: Rev.
Emanuel Shaleta
Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Basel Yaldo

Rev. Emanuel Shaleta 
Rev. Emanuel Hana Isho Shaleta was born in the village of Peshabur in northern Iraq. After completing his primary education he applied and was admitted in September 1971, to the illustrious St. John Seminary in Mosul, Iraq. In 1977 Rev. Shaleta was awarded a scholarship to study philosophy and theology in the renowned Urbaniana Pontifical University in Rome. There he obtained a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology. 
 
The reverends impressive work earned him the honor to be ordained to the priesthood by the hands of Pope John Paul II, in St. Peter Basilica in Rome on May 31, 1984. 
 
On June 3, 1987, Fr. Shaleta was assigned to serve as pastor for St. Paul Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church in North Hollywood, California, where he served for just about a decade and a half. 
 
In December 2000, Fr. Shaleta was called to assist St. Jospeh Catholic Chaldean Church in Troy, Michigan and shortly thereafter was appointed pastor in 2002. Fr. Shaleta’s impressive leadership merited a unanimous appointment as the first pastor of St. George Chaldean Catholic Church, in Shelby Twp. Michigan, billed as the largest Chaldean church in the world. Fr. Shaleta continues to this day to impressively lead the faithful and offer wonderful opportunities and service to the community. 
 
Rev. Basel Yaldo
 
Rev. Basel Yaldo was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1970. Rev. Yaldo graduated from the National Teachers College in Iraq in 1989 and was drafted in the army in 1990. In 1993, he was honorably discharged for his service. A year later Rev. Yaldo was admitted to Babel College in Baghdad to study philosophy and theology. There Fr. Yaldo, received a scholarship to study in Rome at Urban College, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in theology in 2001. 
 
On November 23, 2002, Fr. Yaldo was ordained a priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle for the Chaldeans. Fr. Yaldo continued his studies whereby he completed a masters degree in Dogmatic Theology with a focus on Marian studies from Urban College in 2003. 
 
The following year he was appointed assistant director of the seminary in the Dora district of Baghdad, and taught Dogmatic Theology at Babel College. His commanding leadership and steadfast skills earned him the secretarial appointment to Patriarch Emanuel III Delly. Upon completion of his duties as patriarchal secretary, Fr. Yaldo was nominated and selected as assistant pastor to St. George Chaldean Catholic Church Shelby Township, Michigan.