Cardinal Hayes Tops in State Poll

Cardinal Hayes is ranked No. 1 in the Class AA state boys basketball poll by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Cardinal Hayes will bring a 5-0 record into Friday’s 7:30 p.m. game at home against Iona Prep.¬†The Cardinals started the season with wins over defending state champ Archbishop Stepinac, Chaminade, Holy Cross, Mount St. Michael Academy and St. Raymond.

Iona Prep is 3-1 following its 72-59 victory over Archbishop Molloy on Tuesday.



Crusader Basketball Classic Bringing Top Teams to White Plains Jan. 4

Tickets are selling fast for the second annual Crusader Basketball Classic being held at the Westchester County Center in White Plains Jan. 4.

Archbishop Stepinac, the defending Class AA state federation boys basketball champions, will play rival Iona Prep at 7:30 p.m. The two programs split their regular-season meetings in 2017-2018 before Stepinac beat Iona Prep in the archdiocesan semifinals.

Two perennial state powers in girls basketball — Christ the King and Ossining — will compete in the opener at 5 p.m.¬†Ossining senior Aubrey Griffin signed a National Letter of Intent last month to play collegiately at the University of Connecticut, becoming the third Ossining player to sign with Connecticut in the current decade.

Courtside seats and the private suites are sold out. General admission tickets are $10 and are available at participating schools or the Westchester County Center box office. Pre-sale student tickets are $5 with student ID (two ticket per student ID maximum).

PHOTO: RJ Davis, shown dribbling the basketball, is one of Stepinac’s top returners from last season’s state championship team.


CHSFL Honors Top Players

The Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York honored its top players at a breakfast held prior to the Senior Bowl on Long Island.

Student-athletes received honors from all three leagues.

The league also announced its Golden Eleven Award winners. They are Brandt Mandia, Msgr. Farrell; Tom Bossert, St. Peter’s; Matthew Mongelli, Kellenberg; Brendan Kennedy, Fordham Prep; Brendan Lebitsch, Kennedy Catholic; Antonio Corrado, Mount St. Michael; Matt Panker, Iona Prep; Philip Arnold, Chaminade; Joseph Garbowski, Stepinac; Stephen Ryan, Xavier; and Brandon Ramrattan, Xaverian.

Click here for the complete list of honorees.


Lourdes Fall Athletes, Teams Gain NYSPHAA Academic Honors

Eight fall varsity teams at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie were recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Scholar-Athlete Award Program.

Football, boys and girls soccer, field hockey, girls swimming, cross country, girls tennis and volleyball were honored for having at least 75 percent of its roster maintaining a team grade-point average of 90 or better.

Also, 138 of the 200 fall athletes achieved a 90 or better grade-point average to be considered as individual scholar-athletes.

The teams will receive a certificate and the individuals a pin for their accomplishments.


Geloso, Jastremski Earn State Honor

Alexa Geloso and Julie Jastremski earned all-state girls soccer honors from the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports.

Geloso, a junior St. Joseph by-the-Sea on Staten Island, was a fifth-team pick in Class AA.

Julie Jastremski, a senior at Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island, received sixth-team honors in Class A.



Bosse Chooses Xavier

Clare Bosse, a senior swimmer at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie, signed a National Letter of Intent to swim at Xavier University on Friday.

Boose holds seven of the eight girls individual swimming records at Lourdes and four pool records at Poughkeepsie Middle School, where Lourdes swims its home meets.

Bosse is a six-time state finalist, eight-time Section 1 finalist and one-time Section 1 champion. She qualified for the state swimming and diving championship meet in all four years at Lourdes.



10 Iona Prep Stars Pick Colleges

Ten Iona Prep athletes committed to play athletics collegiately in the 2018-2019 school year with eight of the athletes signing a National Letter of Intent to play an NCAA Division I sport.

The athletes are Sam Bello, Maryland, baseball; William Citron, Cornell, soccer; Jack Cleary, Marquette, lacrosse; Chris DiFiore, Bucknell, baseball; John Hufnagle, Providence, lacrosse; Jack Keenan, Marist, baseball; Matt Minerva, Villanova, golf; John Nowak, Bates, baseball; Jake Pasacreta, Tampa, lacrosse; and John Screiber, Johns Hopkins, lacrosse.

In 2017-2018, 31 Iona Prep athletes committed to play on collegiate teams, 17 signed to play an NCAA Division I sport.