Marist College women’s basketball coach Brian Giorgis was presented the Kay Yow Award as the nation’s top Division I coach.
Giorgis received the award from collegeinsider.com after guiding the Red Foxes to a 26-4 record and a share of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season title. The 26 wins marked the ninth time Marist won 25 or more games in Giorgis’ 18 seasons as head coach. Giorgis has a career record of 425-160 at Marist.
Prior to his arrival at Marist, Giorgis coached the Our Lady of Lourdes High School girls basketball program to nine state championships and a 451-44 record in 19 seasons. He’s the only high school coach in state history to coach four different programs — basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball — to the state final four.
Yow won 737 games in 34 seasons as North Carolina State head coach and coached Team USA to a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics. She first was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and died of the disease in 2009.
Archbishop Stepinac High School’s R.J. Davis and The Ursuline School’s Sonia Citron each received basketball for their play during the 2019-2020 season.
Davis was named Mr. New York State Basketball by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York, and Citron received the Gatorade New York State Girls Basketball Player of the Year award.
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The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has cancelled the remainder of its winter sports state tournaments, the NYSPHSAA announced Monday.
The NYSPHSAA was in the middle of state regional tournaments for boys and girls basketball, state semifinals for ice hockey and boys and girls bowling state tournaments.
The Ursuline School won the Section 1 Class AA championship, and was scheduled to play Monroe-Woodbury in a state regional semifinal when the playoffs were suspended.
It was great season for Catholic high school athletes in the archdiocese — two state indoor track and field champions, one state wrestling champion and all-american swimmers.
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Salesian High School graduate Mike Breen is a recipient of the 2020 Curt Gowdy Award and will be honored at the 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend in Springfield, Mass., in August.
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All winter regional and state championship events have been suspended indefinitely by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
The NYSPHSAA made this announcement late Thursday. The Ursuline School, John S. Burke, Our Lady of Lourdes and Albertus Magnus high schools are Catholic schools in the archdiocese that compete in the NYSPHSAA.
The Ursuline School won the Section 1 girls basketball championship and was competing in the state regional tournament.
All CYO and CHSAA practices and games have been suspended indefinitely, according to a release from archdiocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools Michael Deegan.
Among the events suspended by this release:
— Two quarterfinal CHSAA AA boys basketball games scheduled for Friday at Mount St. Michael Academy.
— State championship boys basketball games in Buffalo on Saturday for Salesian and Fordham Prep.
— The Catholic high school girls basketball tournament semifinal and championship games that were originally for this weekend and were moved to March 20 and 21.
— This weekend’s CYO basketball semifinal and championship games at Mount St. Michael Academy.
— CYO Cheerleading Championships at the College of Staten Island on March 21.
— CYO Indoor Track and Field Championships at Ocean Breeze on Staten Island on March 28.