MAAC Cancels 2020 Fall Season

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced on Monday its cancelling its 2020 fall sports season due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Manhattan College and Iona College are schools in the archdiocese that compete in the MAAC.

“The decision to cancel fall sports was made with student-athletes being top of mind,” said MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor in a press release.  “It is difficult to put into words how I feel for all of the student athletes, coaches, and administrators who put in so much work on a daily basis. Health and safety protocols have been of the utmost priority the last several months, but unfortunately, there are too many factors that prohibit the MAAC and its institutions from safely delivering a competitive atmosphere that these individuals deserve.”

Fall student-athletes will be permitted to train once they return to campus for the 2020-2021 academic school year.

The conference will announce at a later date whether the fall 2020 sports season will be held in the spring semester.

Kirby Qualifies for National Showcase

Archbishop Stepinac High School kicker Enda Kirby will be heading to the National Showcase in Austin, Texas, Dec. 5-6, after his performance at a two-day Kicking World Kicking Camp in Toms River, N.J.

Kirby, a rising senior on Stepinac’s football team, was one of five kickers in Toms River to qualify for the showcase. Forty-five high school kickers competed.

Kirby won the field goal and kickoff elimination competitions, and placed second in the kickoff and punt competitions.

Kirby earned an invitation to the national showcase with Liam Quigley, Governor Livingston High School, N.J.; Gage Hammond, Montclaur High School, N.J.; Mason Yorty, Central Columbus High School, Pa.; and Christian Colasurdo-South Lehigh High School, Pa.


Chimezie Commits to BU

Archbishop Stepinac High School’s Malcolm Chimezie verbally committed to play basketball in 2021-2022 at Boston University.

The 6-foot-8 rising senior averaged 10.7 points per game in leading the Crusaders to the 2018-2019 archdiocesan championship.

Chimezie was one of three Stepinac players in 2018-2019 to earn all-state honors, receiving a spot on the Class AA ninth team from the New York State Sportswriters Association. Teammate R.J. Davis was named co-player of the year and is off to the University of North Carolina for 2020-2021. Rising senior Adrian Griffin Jr. was a fourth-team all-state player and has verbally committed to Duke University.

Boston University is the defending Patriot League tournament champion, and finished the 2019-2020 season with a 21-13 overall and 12-6 Patriot League records. The Terriers, who finished third during the regular season, were denied the opportunity to compete in the NCAA tournament due to COVID-19.


on his commitment to Boston University of the Patriot League!

CHSAA Delaying Start of Season

The New York State CHSAA is delaying the start of the fall 2020 sports season until Sept. 21, which is the same date the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced it will be starting its fall 2020 season.

Like the NYSPHSAA, the New York State CHSAA may have three condensed athletic seasons when conditions permit if teams are unable to begin their fall season on Sept. 21. The NYSPHSAA announced last Thursday it will begin its three condensed seasons in January with its winter season, followed by its fall and spring seasons.

All but four Catholic high schools in the archdiocese compete in the CHSAA. Four Catholic high schools in the Hudson Valley — Our Lady of Lourdes, John S. Burke, Albertus Magnus and The Ursuline School — are members of the NYSPHSAA.

Kevin Pigott, president of the Boys CHSAA in the archdiocese and the vice president of the New York State CHSAA, said the New York State CHSAA will base its decisions for the 2020-2021 sports season on mandates and instruction from the governor, New York Department of Education and Health and the educational leadership from the archdiocese, Diocese of Brooklyn, Diocese of Rockville Centre and Diocese of Buffalo.


Kelly Battling for Starting Job at Navy

John Kelly III is entering training camp at the top of the depth chart for the 2020 U.S. Naval Academy football team.

The graduate of Monsignor Farrell High School on Staten Island is a 6-foot-2, 232-pound raider, a pass-rushing outside linebacker, for the Midshipmen.

As a sophomore in 2019, Kelly played one game, the season opener against Holy Cross. The quantitative economics major did not see any action in 2018.

At Monsignor Farrell, Kelly competed for the football, baseball and track and field teams, earning all-state honors in football.

Click here to read more about Kelly.

NYSPHSAA Delays Start of Season

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Thursday it is delaying the start of the fall 2020 season till Sept. 21 and is cancelling the fall 2020 state regional and state championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ursuline School, Our Lady of Lourdes, Albertus Magnus and John S. Burke are Catholic high schools in the Hudson Valley competing in the NYSPHSAA.

“As the state considers reopening, it is unrealistic to believe athletic seasons can start on August 24th as originally scheduled,” said Paul Harrica, NYSPHSAA president in a press release. “The priority will continue to be on the educational process and a return to learning in the safest way possible.”

The vote by NYSPHSAA officers for the delayed start came at the recommendation of the NYSPHSAA COVID-19 Task Force, which met via Zoom on Thursday.

“We recognize this is challenging for everyone, but the decisions made at the state level are based upon data and statewide infection rates all in an effort to stop the spread of COVID and reopen responsibly,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director, in the press release.

“At this time, Department of Health guidance presented on July 13th prohibits interscholastic athletics across the state. The (NYSPHSAA) will continue to follow state guidance and will work collectively with state officials to ensure high school athletics will start up responsibly in the future. As an association, we must be willing to be flexible and continue to explore all options with students’ safety as our main focus.”

The NYSPHSAA also announced a three-season condensed schedule starting in Jan. 2021 if the fall 2020 is postponed due to the pandemic.

Season I is the winter 2020-2021 season and will run tentatively from Jan. 4 to March 13. Sports are boys and girls basketball, boys and girls skiing, boys swimming, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls indoor track, wrestling and competitive cheer.

Season II is the fall 2020 season, which will run tentatively from March 1 to May 8 with boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, field hockey, boys and girls volleyball, girls swimming and football. 

Season III is spring sports and will operate from April 5 to June 12 with baseball, softball, boys and girls golf, boys and girls outdoor track and field, boys and girls lacrosse and boys and girls tennis.

Please note girls tennis is being moved from the fall to spring season in the condensed schedule, and wrestling and competitive cheer may be moved to the second or third season depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PHOTO COURTESY OF USA BASKETBALL — The Ursuline School’s Sonia Citron, shown competing for Team USA, is one of the top returning basketball players in the state for the 2020-2021 school year. She has committed to play at the University Notre Dame in 2021-2022.

Anderson Back at West Point

Christian Anderson is returning for his senior season at the U.S. Military Academy after a historic junior campaign with the football program in 2019.

The graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx became the first Army quarterback in 40 years to make his first collegiate start in the Army-Navy game. He ran for 56 yards and one touchdown in the game last December.

Anderson appeared in six games, including the one start, and ran for 429 yards and four touchdowns on 67 carries, averaging 6.4 yards per carry.  He also threw for 135 yards and a touchdown.

Anderson threw an 80-yard touchdown pass in his first game against Morgan State and rushed for a career-high 114 yards versus Hawaii.

Army is scheduled to open the season on Friday, Sept. 4 against Bucknell. The Black Knights host Oklahoma on Sept. 26 and play Navy to close the season in Philadelphia on Dec. 12.





Stepinac, Hayes Meeting Oct. 24

Circle October 24 on your calendars.

If there is high school football in 2020, this is the day Archbishop Stepinac travels to play Cardinal Hayes on the Roof Top Field at Yankee Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Why is this a big game? The game may determine the Catholic High School Football League AAA regular-season championship and the top seed for the playoffs.

In the last six years, Stepinac has won four postseason championships and Cardinal Hayes has captured two titles, including the 2020 championship with a 25-7 victory over the Crusaders.

Stepinac has played in the title game in each of the last six seasons, and Cardinal Hayes competed in four of the last five championship games.

What may keep these programs from competing for another championship is the COVID-19 pandemic. Both schools are waiting to learn if there will be fall sports at their schools after the governor put a hold on summer workouts in the final days of June due to the pandemic.

Manhattan XC Invitational Cancelled

The 2020 Manhattan College Cross Country Invitational has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a release from the Manhattan College athletic department.

The meet, founded in 1972, is the largest one-day high school cross country meet in the country with some 10,000 runners representing about 300 teams. Manhattan hosts the event in October at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

“Our greatest concern is always the health and safety of all the competitors and families who attend this event each year,” said Matt Centrowitz, director of Manhattan’s cross country and track and field programs, in the press release from the college. “Despite how much we all want to host this year’s race, there are too many unknowns right now. While this decision is difficult, it is without a doubt in the best interest of all involved.”

The 2021 meet is being planned for October 9.


Virtual Duathlon Starts July 12

Ulster CYO and Catholic Charities of Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties will be holding its first virtual duathlon beginning Sunday, July 12.

The event will continue through Sunday, July 26.

Participants will have the option to do a run/walk, bike ride or both. There is a 5K minimum for the run/walk and a 10-mile minimum for the bike ride. Individuals may do more than the required distances, and all miles must be logged from July 12-26.

Registration is $25 per individual for one event, and $35 per person to participate in both events.

Click here to register.