Instruction: Pitching Delivery

Are you looking to fine-tune your pitching delivery as you prepare for your next baseball season?

Baseball Miracles, which brings baseball to children in under-served communities in the United States and around the world, has put together a series of instructional baseball videos.

Brian Sweeney, bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians and instructor with Baseball Miracles, shares his thoughts on the pitching delivery.

Click here to see the video.



MLB Announces Upcoming Draft

Major League Baseball announced its annual draft will consist of only five rounds in 2020 instead of 40 rounds in previous drafts and will take place on June 10-11.

The first round and Competitive Balance Round A will happen on June 10 with the remainder of the draft to take place the next day.

Mount St. Michael Academy senior pitcher Alex Santos is one of the top high school seniors in the nation and could be selected in the first five rounds of the draft. If not, he has signed a National Letter of Intent to pitch for the University of Maryland.

Click here to read more about Santos.

ABOVE: Alex Santos stands for a photo with Derek Jeter at a camp in Florida in 2019. COURTESY PHOTO

NYSPHSAA Holds Quarterly Meeting

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Executive Committee held its first ever quarterly meeting by video teleconference earlier this week.

The Ursuline School, Our Lady of Lourdes, John S. Burke and Albertus Magnus are Catholic high schools in the archdiocese that are among the 788-NYSPHSAA member schools.

The committee approved a proposal to allow high school football teams to play a 10th regular-season game. Our Lady of Lourdes and John S. Burke both field football programs.

Winter and spring championship sites that had their tournaments postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic were given an additional year to host the state championship tournaments. This includes Glens Falls hosting the boys basketball state championships and Troy serving as host to the girls basketball state championships, which will host the respective tournaments through 2023.

The next executive committee meeting is scheduled for July 28 and 29.

Annual Youth Golf Tournament on Staten Island Changed to Sept. 3

The annual Theodore Atlas Memorial CYO Grammar School Junior Golf Tournament has been changed to Sept. 3 at 8:15 a.m. at Silver Lake Golf Course on Staten Island.

The annual tournament was originally scheduled for June 29 but was changed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fee is $35 per golfer. Registration deadline is June 10 and the entry fee must be received by June 15.

Click here to register and learn more.


Citron Wins Top Honor

Sonia Citron received New York State’s Class AA Girls Basketball Player of the Year from the New York State Sportswriters Association.

The 6-foot-1 junior guard helped The Ursuline School to a 24-0 record and 2019-2020 Section 1 championship in 2019-2020.

Citron announced earlier this month she will attend the University of Notre Dame in 2021-2022.

Citron was one of 11 Catholic High School players in the archdiocese to be recognized by the state sportswriters association. Joining Citron are:

CLASS AA: Paulina Paris, Albertus Magnus, second team; Ava Learn, Our Lady of Lourdes, third team; Alexa Mustafaj, Ursuline, ninth team; Tanasha Mills, Albertus Magnus, 13th team.

CLASS A: Amber Abusbeih, Moore Catholic, third team; Ashley Marrocco, St. Joseph by-the-Sea, sixth team; Jordan Welle, Moore Catholic, ninth team; Gianna Samuels, Notre Dame Academy, 13th team; Shanice Sinclair, Cardinal Spellman, 15th team.

CLASS B: Marie Cari, Notre Dame School, eighth team.



Salley Captures Figure Skating Honor

John F. Kennedy Catholic senior Lauren Salley was the winner of U.S. Figure Skating’s Platinum level Graduating Seniors Award.

The award is given at the platinum, gold, silver and bronze levels to student athletes for their hard work while participating in figure skating throughout high school.

Salley will study computer science at the University of Notre Dame during the 2020-2021 school year.