Final State Basketball Polls

The New York State Sportswriters Association released its final high school state basketball polls for the 2018-2019 season.

Here is how schools in the archdiocese fared:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Class AA: 9-Stepinac, 10-Cardinal Hayes, 16-St. Raymond, 27-Mount St. Michael

Class A: 7-Msgr. Farrell, 13-Fordham Prep

Class B: 14-Regis

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Class AA: 7-Ursuline, 8-Msgr. Scanlan

Class A: 6-Cardinal Spellman, 13-Msgr. McClancy

Ulster CYO’s Spring Programs

CYO Ulster has announced its spring programs.

— The CYO Four-Fun Program will offer a different activity each day on April 15-18 at the Catholic Charities Community Center Gymnasium in Kingston. The program for children in grades three through eight will have indoor soccer, April 15; wiffleball, April 16; flag football, April 17; and kickball, April 18. Cost is $35 per child.

— Recreational volleyball for children in grades three through 12 will be offered on Wednesdays from May 1 through June 19 at the Catholic Charities Community Center Gymasium. Children will learn and play volleyball in a fun, non-competitive way. Cost is $35 per child.

— Boys and girls instructional lacrosse for children in kindergarten through fifth grade will be held on June 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Catholic Charities Community Center Gymnasium in Kingston and John A. Coleman High School in Hurley. No previous lacrosse experience is necessary. Cost is $35 per child.

Click here or call 845-340-9170, ext. 107, to learn more and register for these programs.

CYO Cheerleading Champions

Varsity Overall Cheer: Our Lady Star of the Sea

Debs Overall Cheer: St. Clare

Biddy Overall Cheer: St. Charles

Varsity: St. Joseph-St. Thomas and St. John Neumann

Debs Large: St. Clare

Debs Small: St. Patrick

Itty Bitty: Our Lady Star of the Sea

Biddy Small: Blessed Sacrament

Biddy Large: Our Lady Star of the Sea

PHOTO BY MARY DIBIASE BLAICH

Spellman Falls in Federation Semifinal

The Cardinal Spellman High School girls basketball team suffered a 70-60 loss to Staten Island Academy in a Class A state federation semifinal at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls on Friday.

Jada Rogers scored 18 points for the Pilots, the CHSAA champions who finish their season at 22-7 overall. In 2019, Cardinal Spellman won its first CHSAA state title in 20 years and fourth overall.

Staten Island Academy, the AISAA champion, will play NYSPHSAA champion Pittsford Mendon at 4:45 p.m. Saturday for the state federation title.

 

 

Why follow Virginia in the NCAAs?

The answer is simple: Ty Jerome.

Jerome, an Iona Prep graduate, is a 6-foot-5 junior point guard who can help take the Cavaliers far in this year’s NCAA tournament.

Virginia, a No. 1 seed and the top seed for the recent ACC tournament, plays No. 16 Gardner-Webb in the opening round of the NCAA tournament at 3:10 p.m. Friday.

The second-team All-ACC performer has team highs with 166 assists and 51 steals. He’s third on the team with his 13 points per game and fourth with four rebounds per game. He has season highs of 25 points, nine rebounds, 14 assists and five steals.

Jerome earned third-team All-ACC honors in 2017-2018 and was the ACC Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 31 points against Boston College on Dec. 30, 2017.

Iona Preparing for “Opportunity”

Iona College is off to Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, to play top seed North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s Midwest Region at 9:20 p.m. Friday.

The Gaels will look to join the 2018 UMBC team as the only 16 seeds to beat a No. 1 seed.

“It’s a great opportunity to play against one of the best teams in the country,” said Iona coach Tim Cluess on ICGaels.com after learning his team drew North Carolina.

“We’re going to go out and play the best basketball, the hardest basketball that Iona can play. Whatever the results are … You gotta believe you have a chance when it’s March.”

Iona became the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference program to win four consecutive conference men’s basketball tournaments when it defeated Monmouth, 81-60, in Albany March 11.

E.J. Crawford and Rickey McGill average 17.9 and 15.5 points per game, respectively, to lead the Gaels (17-15 overall), winners of 10 consecutive games.