CYO Appoints Rockland Leaders

Three commissioners were appointed to lead the Rockland County CYO programs during the 2017-2018 season.

Patrick Buckley, an active Rockland County CYO member  at St. Francis parish in West Nyack, was named the girls basketball commissioner. Buckley has been the girls basketball coach at Albertus Magnus High School since 2010 and is a two-time Rockland County Coach of the Year. He played boys basketball at Albertus Magnus, was named the Rockland County Player of the Year in 1993 and scored over 1,000 points in his collegiate career at Catholic University.

Joseph McGrane, varsity boys basketball coach at Xavier High School in Manhattan, is the boys basketball commissioner. McGrane played collegiately at Adelphi University on Long Island and holds a master’s degree in education from Fordham University. He is a parishioner at St. Margaret of Antioch in Pearl River.

Dan Doherty was appointed commissioner of cross country and track. Doherty, the girls cross country coach at Pearl River High School for 39 years, is a two-time national high school coach of the year and is the state’s all-time wins leader for girls cross country.


CYO Releases XC Schedule

CYO New York released its schedule of nine meets for the 2017 season.

All of the meets are at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, including the Upstate Championships on Oct. 28 and the Archdiocese Championships on Nov. 4. The season opens with the CYO Endless Summer meet on Sept. 16.

The course lengths are 400 meters for kindergarten through second grade, 1,500 meters for grades 3-5 and 2,000 meters for grades 6-8.

Click here to see the complete schedule.


Staten Island Sweeps Titles

The Staten Island boys and girls track and field teams swept the CYO New York Track and Field Championships at Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx on June 11.

The Staten Island boys finished with 412 points, followed by Westchester with 280. Manhattan and Bronx were third and fourth with 63 and 14, respectively.

The Staten Island girls collected 420 points, compared to Westchester’s 267, Manhattan’s 45 and the Bronx’s 27.

Next up is the AAU Track and Field Championships on July 11-15.


CYO Track Hitting Home Stretch

CYO New York’s outdoor track and field season is entering its championship portion of the schedule.

It all begins on Sunday with the County Championships, a 1 p.m. meet at Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.

The athletes are off for two weeks before returning on the track on June 11 for the Archdiocese Championships at Mount St. Michael. Registration is 12:30 p.m. with the meet scheduled to start at 1.

Qualifying athletes will have the opportunity to compete at the Team CYO New York at Track Nationals at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World, July 10-15, and/or the AAU Junior Olympics in Detroit, July 29-Aug. 5.

Learn more here.

CYO Dinner — A Huge Success

Some 420 guests attended the 81st Annual CYO Club of Champions Tribute at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan, an event that raised over $500,000 for the archdiocese’s CYO program on May 2.

Over 26,000 participate in the CYO program with the help of more than 3,000 volunteers.

CYO honored five individuals:

— Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (CYO Hometown Hero and former CYO player for Our Lady of Mercy in Port Chester)

— Former Rutgers football player and now motivational speaker Eric LeGrand (Spirit of CYO Award)

— Two-time NBA All-Star and 2011 NBA champion with the Dallas Mavericks Caron Butler (Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award)

— Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year Award)

— Founder and CEO of Bruin Sports Capital George Pyne (Gold Medal Award)

Giants co-ower John Mara, Cardinal Dolan and Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan were among the speakers, and Chris Russo of the MLB Network and formerly of the Mike and Mad Dog Show emceed.

The Mara family was there as were members of the Giants and Nets.

My complete story, including comments from a press gathering with McAdoo, will be in the May 11 edition of Catholic New York.