Holmes Is Heart Of A Giant Nominee

Cameron Holmes of Moore Catholic was one of 10 week two nominees from the Tri-State area for the 2019 USA Football Heart of a Giant Award presented by the Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York Giants.

Voting will be open for 25 days to determine the group’s finalist to go up against finalists from the other five weeks. All six finalists and four honorable mention finalists will receive $1,000 for their high school football program with the overall winner’s school receiving an additional $9,000. Click here to learn more about the program.

This is a summary of Holmes’ nomination:

After losing all of his and his mother’s possessions in an apartment fire, Cameron Holmes is now living with his aunt for the remainder of his senior year. Through this time of hardship, Holmes has never missed a practice or workout. Holmes adds, “the coaches and teams were very supportive and helped us try and get back on our feet.” Head Coach Nick Giannatasio says, “Cameron is an outstanding man and a great athlete.” Cameron is indeed a great athlete, leading his team in receiving touchdowns last year with seven. Cameron Holmes truly displays the purest sense of dedication every single day.

New York Finishes 2-1 in New Jersey

Iona Prep and St. Anthony’s turned up winners in the Battle for the Bridge football event at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday.

Iona Prep defeated Pope John, 41-21, and St. Anthony’s beat Delbarton, 16-14. In the third game of the day, Cardinal Hayes suffered a 33-7 loss to defending New Jersey state champion, St. Joseph’s.

Click here to see the entire scoreboard from Week 2 and what’s ahead this weekend, including Cardinal Hayes hosting St. Anthony’s in the Bronx.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEX MALECKI/IONA PREPARATORY SCHOOL

 

Smith Is Heart of a Giant Nominee

Jalen Smith of Cardinal Hayes High School was one of 10 week one nominees from the Tri-State area for the 2019 USA Football Heart of a Giant Award presented by the Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York Giants.

Voting will be open for 25 days to determine the group’s finalist to go up against finalists from the other five weeks. All six finalists and four honorable mention finalists will receive $1,000 for their high school football program with the overall winner’s school receiving an additional $9,000. Click here to learn more about the program.

This is a summary of Smith’s nomination:

After being faced with the challenge of transforming into a student athlete from being an athletic student due to academic probation, Smith used this as motivation to turn his priorities around. Not only did he turn his academic record around during this trying time, but he also led his JV team to an undefeated season and a championship. He used this platform to advocate for safety around the inner city. Moved by the violence he has witnessed in schools around the inner city, Jalen asks that every touchdown he scores gets a $1 donation that will be used to aid schools in the city with the appropriate safety methods, like more security cameras and metal detectors. Head Coach C.J. O’Neil states, “Jalen’s character far outweighs his efforts as a student-athlete on the field, which makes him the perfect candidate for Heart of a Giant.”

Battle for the Bridge in Week 2

Week 2 of high school football features three games at MetLife Stadium, called the Battle for the Bridge matching Catholic high schools from New York and New Jersey.

Iona Prep and Cardinal Hayes will be representing the archdiocese with games at 2 and 5 p.m., respectively.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Click here to purchase tickets.

Click here for this weekend’s games and last weekend’s results.

 

Consolmagno Voted into Hall

St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School graduate Diana Consolmagno was voted into the New York State High School Softball Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will be in May 2020.

Consolmagno was a third baseman/shortstop for four seasons, 1997-2000. She helped her team win a state CHSAA title and four archdiocesan championships.

A three-time all-state selection, Consolmagno hit .471 with 72 RBIs and 51 stolen bases in her high school career before competing at the University of Wisconsin.

H.S. Football Kicking Off

The Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York kicks off the 2019 season this weekend with a full slate of games, including a championship rematch.

Cardinal Spellman and John F. Kennedy Catholic meet in the Bronx at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in a rematch of the 2018 Class A title game won by Cardinal Spellman.

Defending state champion Archbishop Stepinac travels to Rutgers University for a noon game Saturday with Lincoln.

Click here for the full schedule.

 

Battle for the Bridge Set for Sept. 14

Two Catholic schools from the archdiocese will be a part of the tripleheader matching Catholic football programs from New York and New Jersey at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Iona Prep and Pope John will meet in the 2 p.m. game, which follows the 11 a.m. contest between St. Anthony’s of Long Island and Delbarton. Cardinal Hayes and St. Joe’s Regional will meet at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $15.

Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.