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GOYA Basketball

Celebrating a winning tradition of sportsmanship and camaraderie, the cathedral’s basketball program is open to all students of the Sunday school program. With practices once a week and nearly 6 tournaments open to participation annually, the basketball program offers children the opportunity to develop their athletic skills in a fun team environment. Open to children ages 12-18. All skill levels are welcome.

2018-2019  Tournaments and Activities

September 9, 2018: First day of Sunday School

September 10, 2018: First Basketball Practice

September 16, 2018:  Welcome Back to Sunday School Picnic

October 7, 2018: Annual Hay Ride at Butler’s Orchard (TBA)

October 13-14, 2018: Saint George (Bethesda, MD)

October 27-28, 2018: Saint Sophia Cathedral (Washington, DC)

November 3-4, 2018: St. Katherine’s (Falls Church, MD)

November 17-18, 2018: Annunciation (Baltimore, MD)

December 15, 2018: Overnight Christmas Retreat at Saint Sophia

January 5 or 12, 2019: Ice Skating with Little Angels and JOY

January 26-27, 2019: Kimisis (Brooklyn, NY)

February 16-17, 2019: Wilmington, DE  (Canceled)

March , 2019: Pasta Bar Lenten Movie (TBD)

April 20, 2019: Saturday of Lazarus – Family Communion

April 20, 2019: Set-up and cooking for Plaki Luncheon in FJ Hall

April 21, 2019: Plaki Luncheon in FJ Hall

April 28, 2019: Easter

May , 2019: GOYA Basketball End of Year Celebration (TBD)

May 12, 2019: Last Day of Sunday School

May 18-20, 2019: Saint Sophia Annual Greek Festival



  • All Basketball tournaments have a dance on the Saturday evening of the tournament weekend. All GOYAN are welcome to attend the dances whether they play basketball or not.
  • All teenagers are welcome and encouraged to help run our basketball tournaments.




Our Coaches

Boy’s Head Coach: George Wallace (governorgw@gmail.com)
Boy’s Assistant Coach: Evan Gaginis (eganginis@yahoo.com)
Boy’s Assistant Coach: Alexander Planzos (aplanzos@verizon.net)

Girl’s Head Coach: Lia Psillos (lpsillos303@gmail.com)
Girl’s Coach: Maria George (Mgeorge430@gmail.com)
Girl’s Coach: Michael Polchert (mpolchert@gmail.com)

Youth Director

Father Dimitri, Sunday School Youth Director (frdimitri@saintsophiadc.com)


Christina Sardelis: (c.sardelis@verizon.net)

Voula Tsoutsouras: (vktsoutsouras@verizon.net)


Walt Whitman High School, Mondays 7:30-9:00pm


  • From I-495 (the Capital Beltway), take exit 39 (River Road/MD-190).
  • Bear right at the end of the ramp to merge onto River Road/MD-190 East to Washington.
  • Make a left onto Whittier Boulevard (the 5th traffic light).
  • Whitman is a 1/4 mile on the left.

Registering for the Basketball Team

To register for the Cathedral’s basketball team, all children must be registered in the Sunday School program first. Please see the Sunday School program for more details. To sign up for the basketball team, please complete basketball registration forms.