Stepinac Baseball Rolling

The football and basketball programs won 2017-2018 state championships and now the Archbishop Stepinac High School baseball team is looking to continue this momentum.

The Crusaders bring today a 4-0 record to Staten Island to play St. Peter’s (2-1). First pitch is 4 p.m. at Mid Island Little League Fields.

Stepinac, which is coming off wins over All Hallows this week, has outscored its opponents, 25-12, this season. The Crusaders and St. Francis Prep from the Diocese of Brooklyn are the only 4-0 CHSAA teams from New York City/Westchester County.

St. Peter’s picked up recent wins over Cardinal Spellman and Moore Catholic after losing a 1-0 decision to Salesian in its season opener.

 

 

 

CHSAA Baseball Season Arrives

Weather permitting, there are three baseball games scheduled for today, including one matching 1-0 clubs expected to do well this season.

Archbishop Stepinac hosts St. Raymond at 4 p.m. Stepinac beat Cardinal Hayes, 7-1, on Thursday and St. Raymond was a 6-2 winner over Salesian on Thursday.

All Hallows meets St. Joseph by-the-Sea in the Bronx at 4 p.m. All Hallows is coming off convincing wins over Bronx rivals Cardinal Spellman and Mount St. Michael on Wednesday.

Kennedy Catholic (1-0) travels to Brooklyn to oppose Xavier in its season opener at 4:30 p.m. Kennedy Catholic is coming off a 15-3 season in the CHSAA AA standings.

Stepinac Preparing for Next Season

Archbishop Stepinac High School boys basketball coach Patrick Massaroni guided the Crusaders to a historic season — one concluding with the program’s first state Federation championship with an 88-76 victory over South Shore in Glens Falls on March 24.

With the season now completed, Massaroni is turning his focus to next season when he returns two of his key players — RJ Davis and Adrian Griffin Jr. — from the 2017-2018 championship season. Both players earned all-tournament honors at the state Federation tournament.

“We will enjoy this for a little but will start preparing for next season in the coming weeks. The bar has been raised for Stepinac basketball. In three years the program went from 10 wins to 18 wins to 27 wins and a Federation title. We look forward to embracing the success, understand that we are one of the top programs in the CHSAA and build on that,” Massaroni told Catholic New York and Catholic Sports Scene.

Stepinac won its first CHSAA AA championship since 1960 with a victory over Christ the King, earning a berth at the state Federation tournament.

 

Stepinac boys, Aquinas Girls Playing for Federation Championships

The Archbishop Stepinac boys and the Aquinas girls advanced to their respective New York State Federation high school basketball championship games in Glens Falls with wins on Friday.

Stepinac (CHSAA champ) tipped Long Island Lutheran (NYSAIS champ), 76-72. Long Island Lutheran was ranked ninth in the USA Today national poll. Stepinac will meet PSAL champ South Shore, an 80-48 semifinal winner over NYSPHSAA champ Liverpool, at 8 p.m. Saturday for the championship.

Aquinas (CHSAA champs) defeated John Jay Campus (PSAL champs), 68-37, and will play Susquehanna Valley (NYSPHSAA champs) at noon Sunday.

 

Stepinac Preparing for LI Lutheran

Coming off its first CHSAA AA championship since 1960, the Archbishop Stepinac High School boys basketball team is gearing up for its biggest challenge of the season.

The Crusaders meet Long Island Lutheran (NYSAIS) at 6 p.m. Friday in Glens Falls in a state federation boys basketball tournament AA semifinal.

The winner competes against either Liverpool (NYSPHSAA) or South Shore (PSAL) for the state title at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Long Island Lutheran (22-2) is ranked first in the state Class AA poll by the New York State Sportswriters Association and ninth in the nation by USA Today.

Stepinac (25-5) ranks third in the state poll and 96th in the USA Today poll.

“We played them back in January and lost a close game. They are No. 1 in the state and No. 9 in the country for a reason — because they are really good but we will be prepared for the challenge,” Stepinac coach Patrick Massaroni told Catholic Sports Scene.

 

Federation Matchups

Below are brackets including archdiocese schools for the New York State Federation boys and girls basketball tournaments being held in Glens Falls on March 23-25.

BOYS

Class AA

Semifinals

Friday

Archbishop Stepinac, CHSAA champion (25-5) vs. Long Island Lutheran, NYSAIS champion, (22-2), 6 p.m.

Liverpool, NYSPHSAA champion (26-0) vs. South Shore, PSAL champion (20-8), 7:45 p.m.

Final

Saturday

Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.

Class B

Saturday

Semifinals

Fannine Lou Hamer, PSAL champion (27-4) PSAL vs. Lawrence Woodmere, NYSAIS champion (20-5), 9 a.m.

Regis, CHSAA champion (19-8) vs. Mekeel Christian, NYSPHSAA (24-3), 10:45 p.m.

Final

Sunday

Semifinal winners, 2 p.m.

GIRLS

Class B

Semifinal

Friday

Aquinas, CHSAA champion (22-2) vs. John Jay Campus, PSAL champion (22-2), 12:30 p.m.

Final

Sunday

Aquinas-John Jay Campus winner vs. Susquehanna Valley, NYSPHSAA champion (26-0), noon

Aquinas Wins State Championship

Aquinas High School in the Bronx won a second consecutive CHSAA B championship with a 69-43 victory over St. Dominic at Fordham University on March 11.

Kira Villegas scored 24 points to lead the Lady Bears (24-0). Lauren Malcolm and Ronella Kennedy had 18 and 17 points, respectively.

Aquinas will compete in the state federation tournament at Glens Falls on March 23-25.