Basketball Season is HERE

The high school boys basketball season is underway with an interesting matchup on Friday highlighting the first full weekend of the campaign as Cardinal Hayes hosts Christ the King in a non-league game.

Cardinal Hayes features senior Tyrese Williams and junior Joe Toussaint. Both earned second-team all-league honors in 2016-2017.

Christ the King returns 2016-2017 third-team, all-league honorees in senior Tyson Walker and junior Kofi Cockburn.

Click here to see the 2017-2018 high school boys basketball schedule.


Baseball Miracles Plans Next Mission Trip for Newburgh in February

Baseball Miracles is planning its next mission trip for Sunday, Feb. 4 at the Armory Unity Center in Newburgh.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Each registrant will receive a baseball glove, baseball to take home as well as a hot dog, chips and drink as part of the “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” luncheon.

Field director is Philadelphia Phillies Scouting Supervisor Alex Agostino and team captains are Roy Underwood and Trevor Purcell, assistant baseball coach at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh.

A special guest round table at the clinic will include Ben Cherington, former Boston Red Sox general manager and current Toronto Blue Jays vice president of baseball operations, and Willie Fraser, a Newburgh native who pitched in Major League Baseball and is now a scout for the Miami Marlins.

The Baseball Miracles team just returned from Argentina where 300-plus kids participated over the two days. Baseball Miracles partnered with the Federacion of baseball in Argentina and the Buenos Aires Shankees baseball team.

Baseball Miracles, a non-profit organization, is a team of baseball and softball instructors teaching the game to boys and girls with economic and environmental disadvantages throughout the world. Founder and director John Tumminia, a Major League Baseball scout for the Chicago White Sox, is a parishioner at St. Mary’s in Marlboro.

Contact Caroline Breeden at or visit for more information about the event in Newburgh.

ABOVE: Courtesy photo from Baseball Miracles showing a group shot of participants in Argentina.

Football Senior Game Coming Sunday

The Senior Bowl Game for the Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale.

No ticket is required to watch the game.

The day begins with a Communion Awards Breakfast, which follows a 9:30 a.m. Mass at Kellenberg. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are not available at the door.


Silverio Going to Santa Clara

Omar Silverio, a senior at St. Raymond High School for Boys, signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball with Santa Clara University.

The shooting guard came to the United States at the age of 14 from the Dominican Republic and signing with Santa Clara is another step toward his goal of playing in the NBA.

“I am truly excited about having the opportunity to attend a prestigious university such as Santa Clara. I am also extremely excited about playing for Herb Sendeck and the Broncos,” Silverio said in a press release.


Abreu Signs with Manhattan

Keury Abreu, a senior at St. Raymond High School for Boys, signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Manhattan College.

Abreu has been a starting player at St. Raymond since his sophomore season in 2016 and hit .300 with three doubles and 14 RBI as a junior in 2017. He has played third base, shortstop and pitcher in his two varsity seasons.

“In the end, I chose the school that fit me best and I am excited to become a Jasper,” said Abreu in a press release.


Stepinac Wins State Title

Archbishop Stepinac High School scored 26 unanswered points in rallying back from a 14-9 halftime deficit to defeat Canisius, 49-28, for the New York State CHSAA football championship in Buffalo on Saturday.

The Crusaders won their second state title and avenged a 23-10 loss to Canisius in the first state final in 2014.

Trailing 14-9, Trill Williams caught a Michael Nicosia and took it to the end zone to complete a 61-yard play that gave Stepinac a 16-9 lead.

The Crusaders never relinquished their lead and it was the first of three second-half touchdowns for Williams, who will attend Syracuse in 2018.


Stepinac Claims Football Crown

Archbishop Stepinac High School scored 33 unanswered points in rallying from a 14-0 deficit to defeat top seed St. Anthony’s, 47-22, for the Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York’s AAA League championship at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale Nov. 18.

The third-seeded Crusaders, who won a third title in four years, took a 33-14 lead in the first minute of the fourth quarter before St. Anthony’s scored to cut its deficit to 33-22 with 7 minutes, 45 seconds remaining.

The Crusaders, playing in a fourth consecutive title game, answered with two touchdowns in the final four minutes.

Stepinac’s Trill Williams ran for 183 yards to earn offensive player of the game honors, and teammate Kevin Gray, a middle linebacker, was named the game’s top defensive player.

The Crusaders play at Msgr. Martin Athletic Association champion Canisius High School in Buffalo for the state title at noon Saturday, Nov. 25.