NYSPHSAA Holds Quarterly Meeting

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Executive Committee held its first ever quarterly meeting by video teleconference earlier this week.

The Ursuline School, Our Lady of Lourdes, John S. Burke and Albertus Magnus are Catholic high schools in the archdiocese that are among the 788-NYSPHSAA member schools.

The committee approved a proposal to allow high school football teams to play a 10th regular-season game. Our Lady of Lourdes and John S. Burke both field football programs.

Winter and spring championship sites that had their tournaments postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic were given an additional year to host the state championship tournaments. This includes Glens Falls hosting the boys basketball state championships and Troy serving as host to the girls basketball state championships, which will host the respective tournaments through 2023.

The next executive committee meeting is scheduled for July 28 and 29.

Citron Wins Top Honor

Sonia Citron received New York State’s Class AA Girls Basketball Player of the Year from the New York State Sportswriters Association.

The 6-foot-1 junior guard helped The Ursuline School to a 24-0 record and 2019-2020 Section 1 championship in 2019-2020.

Citron announced earlier this month she will attend the University of Notre Dame in 2021-2022.

Citron was one of 11 Catholic High School players in the archdiocese to be recognized by the state sportswriters association. Joining Citron are:

CLASS AA: Paulina Paris, Albertus Magnus, second team; Ava Learn, Our Lady of Lourdes, third team; Alexa Mustafaj, Ursuline, ninth team; Tanasha Mills, Albertus Magnus, 13th team.

CLASS A: Amber Abusbeih, Moore Catholic, third team; Ashley Marrocco, St. Joseph by-the-Sea, sixth team; Jordan Welle, Moore Catholic, ninth team; Gianna Samuels, Notre Dame Academy, 13th team; Shanice Sinclair, Cardinal Spellman, 15th team.

CLASS B: Marie Cari, Notre Dame School, eighth team.



Salley Captures Figure Skating Honor

John F. Kennedy Catholic senior Lauren Salley was the winner of U.S. Figure Skating’s Platinum level Graduating Seniors Award.

The award is given at the platinum, gold, silver and bronze levels to student athletes for their hard work while participating in figure skating throughout high school.

Salley will study computer science at the University of Notre Dame during the 2020-2021 school year.



Costa Off to Ithaca

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School senior Julia Costa announced she will be playing collegiate volleyball at Ithaca College.
Costa was named the 2019 NYCHSAA Player of the Year for helping the Gaels win the CHSAA Intersectional Championship and finish second in the CHSAA State Tournament.

Citron Commits to Notre Dame

Sonia Citron of The Ursuline School announced on Twitter last week that she will be attending the University of Notre Dame for the 2021-2022 school year.

“So blessed and excited to announce my commitment to the University of Notre Dame. Thank you to everyone that has helped me along the way. I wouldn’t be where
I am today without you,” she said in her Twitter announcement.

Citron led Ursuline to the Section 1 Class AA championship and a 24-0 record in 2019-2020. The season came to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic before the state regional semifinal against Monroe-Woodbury.

The 6-foot-1 guard was named the 2019-2020 Gatorade New York State Girls Basketball Player of the Year. In 2019, she earned all-tournament honors after leading Team USA to International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) U16 Americas Championship in Chile.