Msgr. Farrell Remains Unbeaten

The Msgr. Farrell High School baseball team is a perfect 18-0 entering the postseason.

The Lions defeated Moore Catholic, 8-3, on Monday and have outscored opponents, 131-35, this season.

The 18 wins include a 7-2 triumph over Iona Prep in a rematch of last year’s CHSAA Class AA City Championship game, won by Iona Prep in nine innings.


Moore Catholic Returns to No. 3

The Moore Catholic High School softball team is ranked third in the Class AA state poll released by the New York State Sportswriters Association on May 16.

The Mavericks dropped to No. 4 last week before working their way back up to third.

Moore Catholic begins CHSAA playoff action this weekend.


CYO Track Hitting Home Stretch

CYO New York’s outdoor track and field season is entering its championship portion of the schedule.

It all begins on Sunday with the County Championships, a 1 p.m. meet at Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.

The athletes are off for two weeks before returning on the track on June 11 for the Archdiocese Championships at Mount St. Michael. Registration is 12:30 p.m. with the meet scheduled to start at 1.

Qualifying athletes will have the opportunity to compete at the Team CYO New York at Track Nationals at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World, July 10-15, and/or the AAU Junior Olympics in Detroit, July 29-Aug. 5.

Learn more here.

Stepinac Athletes Choose Making a Difference in Community

Did you hear it was Stepping Out Day at Archbishop Stepinac High School on Wednesday?

Stepping Out Day is the one day during the school year where teachers organize several trips for students to choose one for their day’s activity. It could be a day of golf, bowling, an afternoon at a Broadway show or attending the Mets-Giants game — as some students did.

However, Athletic Director/Football coach Michael O’Donnell and guidance counselor/assistant football coach Ken Barger did something a little different this year by arranging for students to rebuild a home for two families through Habitat for Humanity in Westchester County. Seventeen students took part in this project with 14 being football players.

“The kids had a great time & learned a lot about using tools & operating equipment,” O’Donnell said in an email. “But they get to spend time together & build relationships. As coaches you really find out a lot about kids when you spend an eight-hour work day with them you might never know before.  At end of day you could see how proud they were for accomplishing unbelievable tasks & giving back to the community. They also learned how hard of a trade building a house is & they all went home a little sore.”

CYO Dinner Honors 5

A week ago, CYO held its 81st annual CYO Club of Champions Tribute in Manhattan — honoring New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick, two-time NBA All-Star Caron Butler, motivational speaker Eric LeGrand and CEO and Founder of Bruin Sports Capital George Pyne.

Check out the complete story here.

CYO Dinner — A Huge Success

Some 420 guests attended the 81st Annual CYO Club of Champions Tribute at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan, an event that raised over $500,000 for the archdiocese’s CYO program on May 2.

Over 26,000 participate in the CYO program with the help of more than 3,000 volunteers.

CYO honored five individuals:

— Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (CYO Hometown Hero and former CYO player for Our Lady of Mercy in Port Chester)

— Former Rutgers football player and now motivational speaker Eric LeGrand (Spirit of CYO Award)

— Two-time NBA All-Star and 2011 NBA champion with the Dallas Mavericks Caron Butler (Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award)

— Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year Award)

— Founder and CEO of Bruin Sports Capital George Pyne (Gold Medal Award)

Giants co-ower John Mara, Cardinal Dolan and Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan were among the speakers, and Chris Russo of the MLB Network and formerly of the Mike and Mad Dog Show emceed.

The Mara family was there as were members of the Giants and Nets.

My complete story, including comments from a press gathering with McAdoo, will be in the May 11 edition of Catholic New York.