St. Thomas Aquinas Adding Sprint Football Program for 2018

Collegiate football is coming to Rockland County.

St. Thomas Aquinas announced it is adding a sprint football team for the 2018-2019 school year, the first collegiate football program in Rockland County.

The Spartans will compete in the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL), which includes the U.S. Military Academy, Caldwell, Chestnut Hill College, Cornell University, Franklin Pierce University, Mansfield University, the U.S. Naval Academy, Post University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Sprint football is for player weighing 178 pounds or less.

Click here to learn more about the league.

Carrera Hits in 11th Straight

Manhattan College graduate Jose Carrera has hits in 11 straight games to raise his average from .156 to .253 for the Gulf Coast League Yankees East.

Carrera, signed as an undrafted by the Yankees in late June, is 21 for 83 with five doubles, one triple, one home run and 14 RBI. He has walked 11 times, giving him an on-base percentage of .361.

The Gulf Coast League is a short-season rookie league.


Cosgrove Earns 1st Win

Msgr. Farrell High School graduate Tom Cosgrove picked up his first professional win by allowing no earned runs on three hits and striking out five over five innings for the Tri-City Dust Devils in its 4-0 Northwest League win over Everett on Aug. 18.

He threw 46 of his 67 pitches for strikes.

Cosgrove is now 1-3 with a 4.15 earned run average this season for the Dust Devils, the Class A short-season affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Cosgrove played three seasons at Manhattan College before being drafted by the Padres in the 12th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft.



Yankees Honor Manhattan Student

Corporal Nicholas Jurek, a Manhattan College student who completed two tours of Afghanistan with the U.S. Marine Corps, was honored when the Yankees hosted the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 1.

Jurek and his family were honored on the field behind home plate during the seventh-inning stretch for Jurek’s service. The Yankees honor a veteran during the seventh-inning stretch of each home game in association with the Wounded Warrior Project Foundation.

Jurek, who is expected next to graduate next May, is studying nuclear medicine technology at Manhattan.

Yankees sign Manhattan’s Carrera

Jose Carrera became one of the newest members of the New York Yankees organization.

The 5-foot, 2-inch infielder, who just completed his senior season at Manhattan College, was signed as a free agent by the Yankees last week and was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Yankees, Rookie League.

“I’m thrilled for Jose to have the opportunity to play at the next level within the Yankees organization,” said Manhattan baseball coach Jim Duffy in a release from the college. “He has been the heart and sole of the Manhattan baseball program over the last four years. Now he has his chance to chase his dream. I’m proud of him and his perseverance. He’s a great example that hard work, faith and believing in yourself can go a long way.”

Carrera, who grew up in Miami, hit .266 with seven doubles, two triples and 11 stolen bases for the Jaspers in 2017.

Iona Men Fall to Oregon

The 14th-seeded Iona College men’s basketball team suffered a 93-77 loss to third seed Oregon in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Tournament in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, March 17.

Jordan Washington had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Gaels, who finished the season at 22-12.

Iona will enter the 2017-2018 season as the two-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament champions.