Salesian Grad Competing in Fencing at Tokyo’s Olympics

Salesian High School graduate Daryl Homer will be competing in sabre fencing later tonight (midday Saturday in Japan) at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

This is the third Olympic Games for the St. John’s University graduate, who became the first sabre medalist for the United States since 1984 and first silver medalist since 1904 when he won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics.

Homer, who turned 31 on July 16, is a 2008 Salesian graduate.

NHL Defenseman Shattenkirk Visits Iona Prep with Stanley Cup

Kevin Shattenkirk of the Anaheim Ducks visited Iona Prep’s Lower School with the Stanley Cup on Saturday.

Shattenkirk, a 2003 graduate of Iona Prep’s Lower School, was a member of the 2020 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Stanley Cup champions were unable to take the cup on family visits and to their hometowns. 

The Lightning repeated as Stanley Cup Champions in 2021.

Shattenkirk was greeted at Iona Prep’s Lower School by members of the Iona Prep hockey program; Iona Prep School President Brother Thomas Leto, C.F.C.; Iona Prep’s Lower School Principal Deirdre Mone; and fellow alumni.

Shattenkirk’s mother, Barbara Shattenkirk, is a longtime teacher at Iona Prep.


Summer Camps Offered

Summer camps are listed on the CYO New York website.
The listed camps include softball and basketball at Preston High School, the Bronx; basketball at Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia; soccer and basketball at John F. Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School, Somers; and basketball at Immaculate Conception, Tuckahoe. There are many more listed.
Visit for more information on the camps.

Giants Draft Fordham Pitcher

Matt Mikulski, a former player at John F. Kennedy Catholic in Somers and Fordham University in the Bronx, was selected by the San Francisco Giants with the 50th overall pick in the second round of the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft.
Mikulski pitched four seasons at Fordham, finishing with a 21-12 record and a 3.17 earned run average.
It was after his sophomore season that his career reached new levels. He pitched in the summer of 2019 for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League, going 1-1 with a 1.86 ERA and earning a spot in the league’s all-star game.
In a shortened junior season due to Covid-19 in 2020, he was 2-1 with a 1.29 ERA at Fordham. As a senior, he was 9-0 with a 1.45 ERA, allowing 11 earned runs on 29 hits and striking out 124 in 68 ⅓ innings.

CHSFL Releases 2021 Schedule

The Catholic High School Football League released its 2021 fall schedule which begins and ends with interesting matchups.

The regular season opens Sept. 4 with Moore Catholic hosting Staten Island rival Msgr. Farrell and closes Oct. 30 with a meeting between league powers Archbishop Stepinac and Cardinal Hayes in the Bronx. Cardinal Hayes quarterback Henry Belin just announced he will be heading to Duke University to play football.

The playoffs start the weekend of Nov. 6 and championship games are scheduled for Nov. 20.

Visit for the complete schedule.

Iona Prep Grads Playing on Cape

Iona Prep graduates Anthony DeFabbia and Samuel Bello are both spending their summer competing in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

The Cape Cod Baseball League is considered the top collegiate wooden baseball league in the nation with many of its players later competing in Major League Baseball.

DeFabbia is playing for the Falmouth Commodores and has a 1-0 record with a 1.00 earned run average and 10 strikeouts in nine innings. He will be entering his sophomore year at Stetson University in Florida.

Bello earned a save for the Brewster Whitecaps by allownng no runs and no hits in one inning of work during a 2-0 victory over Cotuit. He will be a junior at the University of Maryland.