CHSFL Releases Schedule

The Catholic High School Football League released its 2021 spring schedule for CHSAA teams in New York City.

The season begins April 17 and continues for four weeks.

A story on the league’s spring schedule will be in the next issue of Catholic New York.

Click here to see the complete schedule.

Iona, Stepinac Meeting

Iona Prep will bring an unbeaten record into Thursday’s Catholic High School Football League game at 11 a.m. against Archbishop Stepinac in New Rochelle.

The Gaels are 3-0 entering its final regular-season game. The playoffs begin April 17.

Stepinac is 1-1 following a 56-35 victory over Kellenberg. The Crusaders host Chaminade April 10 in its final regular-season game.

Schedule

Thursday, April 1

St. John the Baptist at Kellenberg, 11 a.m.

Holy Trinity at Kennedy Catholic, 11 a.m.

Chaminade at St. Anthony’s, 1:30 p.m.

Rockland Basketball Registration Open

Registration is open for the Rockland CYO Spring Basketball League.

The season opens April 24 and continues through June 27. Games are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at St. Aedan in Pearl River and St. Catharine in Blauvelt.

Cost is $1,050 per team with a max of 12 players. League is open for boys and girls in grades three through eight. A high school division may be added.

Click here to learn more.

Football, Lacrosse in NYC to Begin Competitive Games in Mid-April

The New York City Department of Health (DOH) has cleared athletes in the outdoor high-risk, high school sports of football and lacrosse to begin competitive games in mid-April.

The Catholic High School Football League announced Catholic high schools in New York City will begin a shortened four-game schedule of games April 17. Practice will begin April 5.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced high-risk sports could begin Feb. 1,  with final approval from local officials. CHSAA high-risk sports athletes began having practices and games in February in the Hudson Valley and on Long Island. The Catholic High School Football League had its first games March 12 for programs in the Hudson Valley and on Long Island.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Department of Health announced March 8 that New York City schools may begin having high-risk sports athletes train April 5, start official team practice April 26 and compete May 15. The department of health has since changed this, permitting high-risk outdoor sports of football and lacrosse to start competing a month earlier.

High-risk sports are ones where Covid-19 may be more prone to spread among athletes, coaches and officials. These sports are football, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, competitive cheer, wrestling and ice hockey. High school football and lacrosse are the only sports in this group normally contested outdoors.

Week 3 of Football

The third week of Catholic High School Football League action is Saturday and features four games with one being hosted in the archdiocese.

Here is the complete schedule:

Kellenberg at Archbishop Stepinac, 1 p.m.

Iona Prep at St. Anthony’s, 1:30 p.m.

Kennedy Catholic at St. John the Baptist, TBA

Holy Trinity at Chaminade, 1:30 p.m.

Iona Prep is the only 2-0 team after convincing wins over Kellenberg and Chaminade. The Gaels host rival Stepinac on April 1 before having a bye in Week 5 before the playoffs start on April 17.

PHOTO BY ALAN ZALE

Sacred Heart Captures Tournament

Sacred Heart High School rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat John F. Kennedy Catholic Prep, 45-44, and capture the Conquering Covid boys basketball tournament championship.

Sacred Heart’s Josendy Nova was named tournament most valuable player.

Iona Prep B tipped Archbishop Stepinac B, 33-32, in the consolation game.

All tournament team: Jayden Watkins and Lou Hoonkis, Kennedy; Jalen Lewis and Dwayne Pennicooke, Sacred Heart; John Iscaro, Iona; and Elijah McKelvin, Stepinac.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SACRED HEART

Athletes Safely Returning to Action

Catholic high school athletes from the archdiocese are returning to action in high-risk sports such as basketball and football.

John F. Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School became the first football program from the archdiocese to compete.

Read how athletes and coaches are safely competing in the archdiocese.

Click here to read the story in this week’s Catholic New York.

PHOTO BY ALAN ZALE OF CATHOLIC NEW YORK

CYO Releases Track Schedule

CYO New York released its 2021 spring track schedule that features nine meets and opens April 18.

The first seven meets will be held at Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx and the final two at Iona Prep in New Rochelle.

Athletes in grades kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible to compete. Participants must be pre-registered as no walk-ups will be permitted. Athletes may enter to compete in two events at each meet.

Click here to see the complete schedule and see eligibility rules.

Off to Sweet 16

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Alan Griffin and the Syracuse men’s basketball team are heading to the Sweet 16 after the 11th-seeded Orangemen upset third seed West Virginia, 75-72, in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday.

Griffin, a junior forward, had three points and two assists in 11 minutes of action.

The Orangemen defeated sixth seed San Diego State, 78-62, in the first round last Friday. Griffin finished with a rebound, one assist and one blocked shot in 15 minutes.

Syracuse will play second seed Houston at 9:55 Saturday night.

At Noon today, Cardinal Hayes graduate Joe Toussaint will look to join Griffin in the Sweet 16 when second seed Iowa meets seventh seed Oregon.

Iona Students Holding Pregame Rally

Iona College students will be having an outdoor, socially distanced pep rally on Saturday, March 20 at 2:30 p.m. on the steps of Spellman Hall on the college campus in New Rochelle.

The one-hour rally will feature a food truck, entertainment and gameday giveaways prior to the 4 p.m. NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament game between 15th seed Iona and second seed Alabama being televised by TBS and live streamed on NCAA.com.

Iona earned an automatic bid to the NCAAs by beating Fairfield for the program’s 13th Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament championship March 13.

PHOTO COURTESY OF IONA COLLEGE