Velazquez Returns to Minors

The New York Yankees sent infielder Andrew Velazquez back to their Class AAA affiliate in Scranton following Saturday’s win over the New York Mets.

His playing time became limited after shortstop Gleyber Torres and third baseman Gio Urshela returned from injuries. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the decision to move Velazquez was a difficult one as he earned the respect of his teammates and coaches, but the team needed to add some pitching to the roster due to injuries and with the Yankees being in a stretch of 20 games in 20 days.

“He’s been a big part of this now this season, and frankly I expect him to be a big part of it moving forward,” Boone said prior to Sunday’s loss to the Mets.

The Fordham Prep graduate was hitting .234 with four doubles, one triple, one home run and six RBI in 26 games since joining the Yankees on Aug. 9. He had a .246 on-base percentage, four stolen bases and struck out 21 times in 64 at bats.

The 27 year old hit his first major league home run against the Minnesota Twins in a nationally televised game by FOX at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 21.

Known for his defense and speed, Velazquez is hitting .188 and has a fielding percentage of .981, committing only four errors, in 91 games over four major league seasons.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK YANKEES

CHSFL Football Results/Schedule

Week 1

Friday, Sept. 10

St. Dominic’s 28, Nazareth 0

Zephyrhills Christian (Fla.) 47, Kennedy Catholic 7

Msgr. Farrell 34, LaSalle (RI) 20

All Saints (Texas) 38, Stepinac 28

Saturday, Sept. 11

St. Joseph by-the-Sea 29, St. Peter’s 0

Holy Trinity 27, St. Joe’s Collegiate (Buffalo) 0

St. Francis (Buffalo) 24, Kellenberg 21

St. John the Baptist 49, Xavier 0

Fordham Prep 26, Mount St. Michael 14, Morristown (NJ) 7

Western Wayne (Pa.) at Moore Catholic, ccd.

Delbarton (NJ) 21, St. Anthony’s 0

Iona Prep 35, Bishop Hendrickson (RI) 14

St. John’s Prep (D.C.) 38, Cardinal Hayes 6

Holy Cross 30, St. Francis Prep 15

Chaminade 44, Christ the King 6

Week 2

Friday, Sept. 17

Nazareth at Kennedy Catholic, 7 p.m.

Xavier at Kellenberg, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 18

Moore Catholic at St. Joseph by-the-Sea, noon

Holy Trinity at Mount St. Michael, 1:30 pm.

Archbishop Stepinac at St. Peter’s 1:30 p.m.

Msgr. Farrell at Iona Prep, 1:30 p.m.

Xaverian at St. John the Baptist, 1:30 p.m.

Chaminade at Cardinal Hayes, 3 p.m.

St. Dominic’s at Capital Prep Charter, 6:30 p.m.

St. Francis Prep at Fordham Prep, at Kennedy Catholic, 7 p.m.

St. Anthony’s at Christ the King, at Mitchel AC, 8 p.m.

Sunday Sept. 19

Cardinal Spellman at Holy Cross, 1:30 p.m.

H.S. Football Results/Schedule

Week 0

Holmdel (NJ) 28, St. Joseph by-the-Sea 0

St. Peter’s 36, Holy Cross 28

Donovan Catholic (NJ) 54, Stepinac 14

Don Bosco 21, Iona Prep 7 

Week 1

Friday, Sept. 10

Nazareth at St. Dominic’s, 5 p.m.

Kennedy Catholic at Zephyrhills Christian (Fla.), 7 p.m.

LaSalle (RI) at Msgr. Farrell, 7 p.m.

Stepinac at All Saints (Texas), 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 11

St. Peter’s at St. Joseph by-the-Sea, noon

Holy Trinity at St. Joe’s Collegiate (Buffalo), 1 p.m.

Kellenberg at St. Francis (Buffalo), 1 p.m.

Xavier at St. John the Baptist, 1:30 p.m.

Fordham Prep at Mount St. Michael, 1:30 p.m.

Morristown (NJ) at Xaverian, 1:30 p.m.

Western Wayne (Pa.) at Moore Catholic, 2 p.m.

St. Anthony’s at Delbarton (NJ), 2 p.m.

Bishop Hendrickson (RI) at Iona Prep, 2 p.m.

St. John’s Prep (D.C.) at Cardinal Hayes, 3 p.m.

Holy Cross at St. Francis Prep, 5 p.m.

Chaminade at Christ the King, 7:30 p.m.

Anderson Lifts Army

Cardinal Hayes High School graduate Christian Anderson threw a 40-yard touchdown pass and ran for 55 yards and a touchdown to lead Army past Georgia State, 43-10, in the season opener for both teams.

The senior quarterback scored on a 2-yard run on the final play of the first half and threw his touchdown pass to open the second-half scoring as the Black Knights took a 33-7 lead.

In seven games last season, Anderson ran for 419 yards and four touchdowns, and threw for 215 yards and one touchdown.

Army hosts Western Kentucky at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in a game being televised by CBS Sports.

PHOTO COURTESY OF DANNY WILD/ARMY ATHLETICS

Wilson Starts at William and Mary

Iona Prep graduate Darius Wilson became the fourth quarterback to start as a true freshman in the history of the William and Mary football program.

Wilson completed nine of 15 passes for 83 yards and ran for 29 yards on six carries in a 43-0 loss at Virginia.

A two-time team captain in high school, Wilson earned second-team all-state honors as a junior at Iona Prep when he finished with 2,800 all-purpose yards, 28 touchdowns and only three interceptions. 

High School Football Starting

The first Saturday of the high school football season features three non-league games with Catholic High School Football League teams on Sept. 4.

Moore Catholic hosts Staten Island rival Msgr. Farrell at 10 a.m.. At 11 a.m., St. Peter’s hosts Holy Cross and Archbishop Stepinac is at Rutgers University to play Donovan Catholic (N.J.).

The first full week of the CHSFL is Sept. 10 and 11, and will feature games in Florida and Texas as well as games for archdiocese teams against opponents from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

Stepinac Graduate Malcolm Koonce Earns Job with Las Vegas Raiders

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Malcolm Koonce earned a spot on the 53-man roster with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Koonce was a third-round pick, 79th overall, of the Raiders in this year’s NFL Draft out of Buffalo.

At Buffalo, Koonce was a two-time, first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection. In six games as a  senior, the defensive end had 30 tackles and a team-high 6.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks. As a junior, he led the MAC with nine sacks.

At Archbishop Stepinac, Koonce had 58 tackles as a senior to earn second-team all-state honors and helped the Crusaders to an undefeated season and the 2015 Catholic school state championship.

Spellman Graduate Chris Manhertz Set for 2021 Season with Jaguars

Cardinal Spellman High School graduate Chris Manhertz is heading further south for his seventh NFL season after signing a two-year, $7.25 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars back in March.

The Jaguars open the 2021 season against the Houston Texans in Houston Sept. 12.In five NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers, Manhertz has 12 catches for 142 yards and one touchdown in 70 games, 28 being starts. He finished with a career-high six catches and tied his career high with 52 receiving yards in 2020.

Manhertz played basketball at Canisius College in Buffalo and was offered a tryout by the Buffalo Bills following his collegiate career. After the Bills released him, he was on the practice squad for the New Orleans Saints in 2015 and was in uniform for three games in 2016 before being released.

The Panthers claimed him off waivers from the Saints. He had one reception for 10 yards in four games with the Panthers in 2016.

Stepinac Graduate Trill Williams Earns Roster Spot with Dolphins

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Trill Williams earned a spot out of preseason on the Miami Dolphins 53-man roster.

The Dolphins open the 2021 season with the New England Patriots in Foxboro, Mass.,  Sept. 12.

In three preseason games with the Dolphins, Williams had six total tackles.

In three seasons at Syracuse University, the defensive back had 93 total tackles, 65 being solo; four interceptions, two coming against Clemson; three forced fumbles; and one fumble recovery. He scored three touchdowns, one each coming on an interception return, a punt return, and one off a blocked punt.

Williams, who was undrafted in the 2021 NFL Draft, joined the Dolphins on May 17 after being waived by the New Orleans Saints.