Stepinac, Iona Prep Meeting Again

The first meeting was a thriller.

What will the second meeting be?

The Archbishop Stepinac and Iona Prep boys basketball teams will play 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Iona College in New Rochelle.

This will be the second off-campus meeting between the two archdiocese schools in Westchester County this season. Stepinac won the first meeting, 82-78, in double overtime at the Westchester County Center in White Plains on Jan. 5.

Stepinac (14-4) is ranked 14th in this week’s New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA poll, and Iona Prep (16-4) follows at 16. Both teams are coming off wins on Tuesday with Iona Prep beating Holy Cross, 60-50, and Stepinac cruising past St. Francis, 81-56.

Cardinal Hayes in SNY Invitational

The Cardinal Hayes High School boys basketball team is competing in this weekend’s 10th SNY Invitational at City College’s Nat Holman Gym.

The Cardinals, ranked 10th in this week’s Class AA state poll by the New York State Sportswriters Association, are playing defending New Jersey state champ Hudson Catholic at 8 p.m. Hudson Catholic was ranked nationally by USA Today and MaxPreps in December.

Long Island Lutheran, fifth in state Class AA poll, and Archbishop Molloy, 19th in state Class AA poll, meet at 6 p.m.

The consolation game is 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by the championship game at 4 p.m.


Lourdes Girls Lead State Poll

Our Lady of Lourdes is ninth in this week’s New York State Class AA high school girls basketball poll compiled by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Lourdes, located in the Town of Poughkeepsie, competes in the NYSPHSAA’s Section 1, which includes public and Catholic schools in the lower Hudson Valley. The Warriors are led by Maddy Siegrist (photo above with family), who is signed to play at Villanova University next season.

Five CHSAA schools from the archdiocese were recognized in the state poll.

In Class A, Msgr. Scanlan is second, followed by Cardinal Spellman at 13 and John F. Kennedy Catholic at 20.

In Class B, Aquinas and St. Vincent Ferrer are 13, and 24, respectively.

Click here for the complete polls.


Stepinac at No. 2 in State Poll

Archbishop Stepinac is ranked second behind Mount Vernon of the NYSPHSAA in this week’s New York State Boys Basketball Class AA poll compiled by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Both schools are located in Westchester County.

Joining Stepinac as CHSAA archdiocese schools in the Class AA poll are Iona Prep, seventh; Cardinal Hayes, 10th, and St. Peter, 18th.

In Class B, La Salle Academy is second.

Click here for the complete polls.

All-State Football Honorees

The New York State Sportswriters Association just released its all-state football teams.

Here are the honorees from the archdiocese:


First team: Derek Ferraro, Iona Prep; Lucas Nunez, Cardinal Hayes; Trill Williams, Archbishop Stepinac

Second team: Michael Nicosia, Stepinac; Elijah Jones, Cardinal Hayes

Third team: Sofian Massood, Cardinal Hayes, Michael DeGasperis, Iona Prep

Fourth team: Shawn Harris, Stepinac; Malkelm Morrison, Iona Prep


First team: Matt Valecce, Fordham Prep; Will Loffredo, Fordham Prep; Joseph Petti, Fordham Prep

Third team: Anthony D’Urso, Lourdes; Sean McDowell, Lourdes; Jaheim Jones, Lourdes

Fifth team: Liam McHale, Fordham Prep


Second team: Michael Booth, Cardinal Spellman

Third team: Ed Longest, Kennedy Catholic


First team: David Ross, Burke Catholic; Mark Przybocki, Burke Catholic

Third team: Heath Hoovler, Burke Catholic

CYO Winter Track Begins

CYO NY winter track practices started Monday at Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx and will continue each Monday through March 15 at Mount St. Michael from 6-7:30 p.m.

Additional practices and meets may be added. Forty-seven athletes participated in the first practice.

Registration is still open for winter track as well as the 2018 spring track season.

Click here to register for the winter and spring seasons.


Pat Joyce Memorial Tournament Surpasses $10,000 Over 8 Years

The Pat Joyce Memorial CYO Boys Basketball Tournament surpassed raising $10,000 over eight years with the money donated in Pat Joyce’s name to the Tree House, a Westchester County Bereavement Center.

Joyce, a husband and father of two daughters, lost his life fighting a fire as a Yonkers fireman in October 2009. Patrick Woods, Joyce’s CYO coach at St. Margaret of Cortona in 1984, started the tournament with Billy McLoughlin of Annunciation and Dan Harrigan of St. Joseph’s.

The eighth annual tournament, featuring 12 CYO teams of sixth and eighth grade boys, took place Dec. 26-30 with preliminary games at St. Margaret of Cortona in Riverdale, Annunciation in Crestwood and St. Joseph’s in Bronxville. The championship games were at Fordham Prep, where Joyce attended high school, and were won by St. Catherine’s of Blauvelt (eighth grade) and Annunciation (sixth grade).

Pat Joyce’s nephews – Matthew, Regan and Will Brunner – competed in the tournament with St. Peter’s of River Edge, N.J.

Five Archdiocese Basketball Teams Ranked in State Sportswriters Poll

Five CHSAA boys basketball programs from the archdiocese are ranked in this week’s high school state poll by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

In Class AA, Cardinal Hayes is fourth, followed by Archbishop Stepinac and Iona Prep at seventh and 11th, respectively. Stepinac won a thrilling overtime game over Iona Prep at the Westchester County Center over the weekend.

St. Peter of Staten Island is 20th in Class AA.

In Class B, LaSalle Academy is fourth.

The rankings include public and private schools in New York State.

Myers Signs with Seahawks

Marist College graduate and kicker Jason Myers signed a reserve/future contract with the Seattle Seahawks for 2018.

Myers, 26, played three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, making 64 of 79 career field-goal attempts with a career long of 58 yards before being released during the 2017 season. Prior to his time with the Jaguars, Myers was a member of the Arizona Rattlers and San Jose SaberCats in the Arena Football League.