Iona Hires Panik as Baseball Coach

Paul Panik has been named head baseball coach at Iona College, the college announced on Monday.

Panik was the Gaels hitting coach in 2017 when Iona reached the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference playoffs for the first time since 2000. He also made stops as an assistant coach at the University at Albany, 2018; Canisius College, 2015-2016; Niagara University, 2014; Butler University, 2013, and Western Connecticut State University, 2012.

“We are excited to have Paul join our staff as our new head baseball coach,” said Iona Athletic Director Matthew Glovaski in a press release. “Paul brings tremendous experience, passion and vision to the program and I am eager to see the program succeed in all facets under his direction.”

Panik is a graduate of John Jay High School in Dutchess County and played baseball for four seasons at Canisius.


Ursuline Runners Win National Title

Four runners from The Ursuline School in New Rochelle won the Distance Medley Relay at the 28th New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet in Greensboro, N.C., June 15-17.

Representing the Koalas Track Club, the team of Sarah Flynn, Claire Wilson, Haley McLean and Lily Flynn clocked a time of 11 minutes, 47.05 seconds, beating the second-place West Springfield Track Club (Va.) by 2.4 seconds.

The four Ursuline runners are All-Americans and recorded the second-fastest time in the country during the 2018 outdoor season.

St. Charles Nets Track Titles

The St. Charles boys and girls track and field teams captured their respective team championships at the Archdiocesan Track and Field Championships at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island.

The updated results are completed online. Click here for the results.

PHOTO CAPTION: Raeanna Driscoll of St. Charles is shown winning one of her three individual events to help her team to the championship.



Interview with Mike Richter

I recently had a few minutes to chat with Mike Richter at the 82nd Annual CYO Club of Champions Tribute in Manhattan.

Richter, the goalie for the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers, received the John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year Award from New York Giants co-owner John Mara.

A story on the CYO Club of Champions Tribute, including the impact of playing CYO football on Richter, will be in the June 21 Catholic New York.

Here is a little more of what Richter said.

On the direction the New York Rangers are heading

They are great in goal and have great fundamentals in their organization. They have smart people at the helm and I think it was out of strength that you view that. You say how can we be great? Can we just continue along here or do we need to revamp? You want to be the first to recognize you need to reshuffle the deck rather than the last, and they did that. They did it proactively and I think it’s a courageous move. The new coach is fantastic. I love (Alain) Vigneault and he did a great job while he was here. It’s a different era and Dave Quinn comes in. He’s a great teacher coming from (Boston University) and I think they’re really steady hands in terms of management and coaching and great young players. Look at Las Vegas, nobody thought they could come out of the chute and do what they did. Look how exciting Toronto is. I don’t think the Rangers are going to stand still for long.

On winning the Stanley Cup in New York

It’s an incredible thing. You look at what’s going on in Las Vegas (with a first-year franchise getting to the final). They started out with that tragedy at the beginning of the year and sports can (help a city heal). We see a lot of the bad sides of it, you forget the fundamental struggle day-to-day is a real human struggle just overcoming obstacles and everything else. You have to do that every day. It’s a part of life.

And that’s why sports can teach you so much not about winning but also about challenges, obstacles and failure even and how you react to those hardships in life. That’s where sports is at its best. That what a lot of the volunteers I met in CYO helped me with, and that’s what Las Vegas is helping (the city) with right now.

You become the identity of a town a bit, So many of the guys that I played with were kind of scared of coming to New York They met the people here, loved it and this became their home. It’s an honor to represent such an amazing town. It was meaningful to the city we won. I wish we could do it every year.

Following his NHL career, Richter enrolled and graduated from Yale University with a degree in ethics, politics and economics with a concentration in environmental policy. He considered running for Congress and is now president of Brightcore Energy in Armonk.

I’ve always been motivated by the opportunity to be less wasteful and more efficient with our resources. one way or another in a way, it all comes together. My mom didn’t think of the word sustainability. She grew up in the depression. It was a moral issue for her. You don’t leave a light on. You don’t waste food. You don’t waste things that you have because some people don’t have it,

The world is getting smaller and smaller. There are more and more people and less and less opportunity in some ways but also less resources. Pope Francis has been very clear about that. It’s something he cares deeply about and I do too. I always have and I always thought on a practical level there was an opportunity to marry finance and efficiency. We’re doing that with the lighting right now. You get better lighting, you pay less money. It’s win-win.

Jones Captures 2 State Titles

Our Lady of Lourdes High School junior Jaheim Jones won two public high school championships and placed second in two events at federations to lead Catholic high school athletes from the archdiocese at the state track and field championships hosted by Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

Jones won public high school Division 2 titles in the 100-meter dash, 10.71 seconds, and 200, 21.78. He was second at federations in the 100, 10.57 seconds, and 200, 21.51.

Msgr. Farrell’s Charles Crispi was third in the pole vault at federations, clearing 15 feet, 3 inches. Crispi was the federation indoor state champion in the event earlier this year.

The Cardinal Hayes 400 relay team of Elijah Jones, Jose Franco, Sanjay Parilall and Jahlahnee Watkins was third in 42.54 seconds. Jones also was third in the 200, 21.72 seconds.

Ursuline’s Lily Flynn led the girls, placing third in the 1,500 with a time of 4:27.80. Lourdes’ Caroline Timm was the first Division 2 runner to finish, placing fourth overall in 4:28.41.


Iona Prep Falls in Final

Iona Prep suffered a 5-0 loss to Xaverian in the CHSAA Class AA city championship baseball game at St. John’s University June 8.

A day earlier, the Gaels recorded a 1-0 victory over Xaverian to force a playback game in the double-elimination tournament.

Iona Prep was attempting to win its second championship in three years.


St. Catharine Falls in City Title Game

St. Catharine Academy suffered a 14-3 loss to St. Edmund in the CHSAA Class A city softball championship on Wednesday.

Sophomores Shaniah Alago, Jaclyn Sanchez and Ciaran Iglesias all had hits as St. Catharine rallied for three runs to tie the game at 3-3.

St. Catharine finished the season at 16-6 overall.

“This year, we came together as a team and played great. Even when we lost, we did so as a team. We teach our players that the team comes first. Even through we graduated five seniors, we will still have talent returning and hope to have a competitive team again next season,” said St. Catharine coach Carlos Iglesias.

The Huskies reached the city championship game by beating Manhattan champion St. Vincent Ferrer, 6-5. Destiny Sanchez delivered the winning RBI hit.

St. Catharine won the Archdiocesan Championship with a 16-2 win over Msgr. Scanlan. Freshman Ciaran Iglesias was the winning pitcher.

Iona Prep Advances to Final

Iona Prep defeated Regis, 5-1, at Fordham University on Wednesday to advance to the CHSAA Class A city championship game at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Fordham against Xaverian.

If Iona Prep wins, the two teams play again at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. John’s University for the championship. If Xaverian wins tonight, it will be city champions.

Iona Prep last won this tournament in 2016.


MLB Draft Continues …

The San Diego Padres selected Seton Hall University’s Cullen Dana in the 30th round, 891st overall. Dana, who resides in Orange County and played at Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey, sat out the 2018 season due to injury. He was a 2018 Preseason All-Big East selection and was a All-Big East second-team honoree in 2016 and 2017. He also was a Freshman All-American in 2016.

Two picks later in the 30th round, the Oakland Athletics picked Gio Dincong of St. Thomas Aquinas College in Rockland County. Dincong, a California native, is a graduate of The Beacon School in New York City. In 2018, the senior outfielder hit .356 with 15 home runs, 55 RBI, 48 runs scored and 34 walks in 54 games.

In the 33rd round, the Oakland Athletics drafted Joseph Pena of St. Thomas Aquinas. Pena, who is from Brooklyn, hit .366 with a home run, 37 RBI and 50 runs scored in 2018.