Football Quarterfinals Set

The Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York announced the pairings for this weekend’s quarterfinals.

The higher seed will host the game with the winners advancing to next weekend’s semifinals.

Here are the pairings:

AAA Playoffs

Friday, Nov. 3

No. 8 Christ the King at No. 1 St. Anthony’s, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 4

No. 7 St. Peter’s vs. No. 2 Cardinal Hayes, at Mott Haven, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Iona Prep at No. 4 Msgr. Farrell, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 5

No. 6 Chaminade at No. 3 Archbishop Stepinac, 1 p.m.

AA Playoffs

Saturday, Nov. 4

No. 8 St. Joseph by the Sea vs. No. 1 Kellenberg, at Mitchel Athletic Complex, 7 p.m.

No. 7 St. John the Baptist vs. No. 2 Fordham Prep, at Fordham University, 7:30 p.m.

No. 6 Xavier at No. 3 Holy Cross, TBA

Sunday, Nov. 5

No. 5 St. Francis Prep at No. 4 Mount St. Michael, 1 p.m.


Baseball Miracles Updates

Baseball Miracles shared its happenings during a busy month as its instructors prepare to leave for Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Nov. 9.

The non-profit organization announced it will have a booth at the 2017 Winter Meetings in Orlando and has a junior ambassador program for high school and college students to create awareness in their communities for Baseball Miracles.

Baseball Miracles is a group of baseball and softball instructors coming together to teach the sports to boys and girls with environmental and economic disadvantages throughout the world. The instructors have visited Kenya, South Africa, Honduras, Ireland and Canada as well as South Dakota, New Orleans and Kentucky.

Upstate Champions Crowned

The CYO New York Upstate Cross Country Championships were held Oct. 28 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx with Villa Maria Academy (6th-8th grade boys), St. Aedan’s (3rd-5th grade boys), Our Lady of Victory (kindergarten-2nd grade boys), Middle Village Prep (6th-8th grade girls), Immaculate Heart of Mary (3rd-5th grade girls) and St. Aedan’s (kindergarten-2nd grade girls) winning team championships.

Individual winners were St. Aedan’s Liam Lee (kindergarten-2nd grade boys), CYONY Club’s Paxton Reyes (3rd-5th grade boys, Villa Maria Academy’s Matthew Febles (6th-8th grade boys), Sts. John’s & Paul’s Elizabeth Culliford (kindergarten-2nd grade girls), Josephine Bruno (3rd-5th grade girls, unattached) and Mary Woodruff (6th-8th grade girls, unattached).

The runners conclude the 2017 fall season with the archdiocese championships at Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday.

Click here for the overall boys results.

Click here for the overall girls results.


CYO Cross Country Season Closing with Big Meets at Van Cortlandt Park

The 2017 CYO New York Cross Country season will close with meets at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.

The CYO Upstate Cross Country Championships begin with the first of six races at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

The Archdiocese of New York Cross Country Championships follow on Nov. 4 with six races starting at noon and an awards ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m. Course walk and warmups begin at 11 a.m.

Click here for more information.


Final Regular-Season Games Approaching

This is Week 8 and the final week of the regular season for the AAA and AA leagues before the football playoffs begin next week.

Kellenberg of Long Island is the only remaining unbeaten team in the Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York and will travel to Staten Island to face Moore Catholic in a AA League game on Saturday.

In AAA League, Archbishop Stepinac, Cardinal Hayes and St. Anthony’s all have one loss.

Click here for the schedule and results.

Click here for the updated standings.


Archdiocese Students Sit in Judge’s Chambers at Game 3 of ALCS

Immaculate Conception School’s Eagle Safety Patrol were honored by the New York Yankees at Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Monday night, a game won by the Yankees, 8-1.

The eighth-grade students from the school located on 151st Street in the Bronx were seated in the Judge’s Chambers, located in section 104 of right field.

“We are grateful to the Yankees. To recognize our students is a wonderful thing for them to do for our kids,’’ Sister Patrice Owens, S.C.C., principal of Immaculate Conception, told CNY.

The Eagle Safety Patrol, which consists of 21 students, was being honored for being leaders in the school and community. In recent months, the group have been difference makers in the school and community by doing such things as raising money for relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and Mexico. Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida suffered massive damage from hurricanes, and the people of Mexico were recovering from a devastating earthquake.

“They do a lot of service willingly,’’ said Sister Patrice. “One of our core values is service. We try to help the kids by providing opportunities to do service in the school and in the community. We make them aware of the opportunities and they are willing to to do it.’’

The Yankees also announced the Bronx-based Highbridge Voices will sing the National Anthem prior to Game 4 and will sit in the Judge’s Chambers for Tuesday’s game. Msgr. Donald Sakano, pastor at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, serves as president of the board for the Highbridge Voices and was a founder of the Highbridge Community Development Corporation, a non-profit dating back to the 1980s that now owns and manages some 50 buildings with over 2,100 households.

Highbridge Voices serves some 200 students, ages 9 to 18, between the academic year and summer programs.

Highbridge Voices has a 100 percent high school graduation rate and an 80 percent enrollment rate for college.

The Yankees have not announced honorees for Game 5. The Astros lead the best-of-7 series, 2-1.

PHOTO CAPTION: Students from Immaculate Conception School in the Bronx enjoy Game 3 of the American League Championship Series from the Judge’s Chambers in right field. Aaron Judge homered and the Yankees won, 8-1. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK YANKEES

Cardinal Hayes, Fordham Prep roll

Defending champ Cardinal Hayes handed Archbishop Stepinac its first loss of the season with a 47-21 victory in White Plains in Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York AAA League play last Saturday. Cardinal Hayes (4-1) hosts Msgr. Farrell (4-2, 3-2 league) on Saturday night.

In AA League action, Fordham Prep improved to 5-1 with a 42-30 win over Moore Catholic. The Rams (5-1) travel to Nassau County to oppose Holy Trinity (1-5) on Saturday.

Click here for the complete schedule and results.

Click here for the updated standings.


Pat LaFontaine’s Charity Golf Event Raises Over $120,000 for Foundation

Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine hosted his annual Companions in Courage (CiC) Foundation Golf Classic at Huntington Country Club on Long Island that raised over $120,000 for the foundation on Oct. 5.

LaFontaine was joined by a group of celebrities at the event, including Hockey Hall of Famer Clark Gillies, former NBA star Wally Szczerbiak and his father Walter, and retired hockey players Benoit Hogue, Bob Nystrom, Pat Jablonski, Randy Wood and Steve Webb.

Johnny Glavinic won the tournament with a 66, followed by Wally Szczerbiak’s 68. Szczerbiak’s foursome with Glavinic, Tommy Nagolo and Mike Matura captured the low gross team award with a 62. Greg Heinssen (longest drive), Brian O’Day (closest to pin) and Nike Patti Jr. (closest to goal) also won awards.

CiC serves almost 60,000 pediatric patients each year in North America with Xbox Kiosks and Lion’s Den playrooms.

CiC has 20 Lion’s Dens at hospitals scattered across North America with four being in the archdiocese — Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Valhalla; Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown; Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital, Manhattan, and New York Presbyterian’s Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Manhattan. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital opened the first Lion’s Den in 2005.


Cross Country Hits Hudson Valley

CYO New York’s Upstate Cross Country visits the Hudson Valley for its next two meets.

On Sunday, the CYO/Rockland County Invitational is happening at Pearl River Middle School with the first race at 4 p.m.

On Oct. 21, races are scheduled for Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, beginning at 9 a.m. Bowdoin Park is the site of some of the state’s and nation’s top meets, including the New York State High School Federation Championships and the Nike Cross Country Nationals New York Regional.

The 2017 schedules concludes with two meets at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, the CYO Upstate Cross Country Championships on Oct. 28 and the CYO Archdiocese of New York Cross Country Championships on Nov. 4.