Fordham Prep 27, Xavier 13
Cardinal Hayes 49, Mount St. Michael 14
Fordham Prep 27, Xavier 13
Cardinal Hayes 49, Mount St. Michael 14
Looking to get out of the house to enjoy a Thanksgiving tradition before celebrating the day with family and turkey?
Four Catholic high school football programs will carry on their Thanksgiving tradition and rivalries on Thursday morning.
Xavier and Fordham Prep will play at 10 a.m. at Fordham University’s Coffey Field, and Cardinal Hayes will travel to Mount St. MIchael Academy in the Bronx for a 10:30 a.m. game.
These Thanksgiving games were not played in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2019, Cardinal Hayes and Mount St. Michael did not play because Cardinal Hayes won its league title and was preparing for the state championship game.
Four John F. Kennedy Catholic Preparatory seniors signed their letters of commitment to play baseball in college.
The four players are Gary Gill Hill (pictured) of Walden, Fairleigh Dickinson University; Brendan Kenneally of Yorktown Heights, Adelphi University; Russell Hunter of Croton Harmon, Hofstra University; and Pierson McGinnis of Montgomery, Bard College.
The four players were a part of the 2020 Kennedy Catholic baseball team that lost to St. Joseph by-the-Sea in CHSAA City Championship game. They were joined at the signing by their coaches and parents.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KENNEDY CATHOLIC
Our Lady of Lourdes High School senior Ryan VanDeWater signed a National Letter of Intent Nov. 23 to play baseball at the University of Connecticut.
The Hyde Park resident grew up playing in the Hyde Park Little League and with The Bronx Bombers travel baseball program. He pitched and played first base at Lourdes, and chose UConn after receiving offers from Georgetown, St. Thomas Aquinas and Pace.
VanDeWater plans to major in financial risk management at UConn.
“I plan to play the game of baseball as long as I possibly can,” he said. “If that takes me to professional baseball, I plan on playing at the highest level that I can. Eventually, when the game passes me by as a player, I hope to teach and instruct younger players in their pursuit of excellence in the game of baseball.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES HIGH SCHOOL
Ajani Sheppard threw for three touchdowns, ran for two touchdowns and was named the Catholic High School Football League AAA Championship game’s offensive most valuable player after leading Iona Prep to a 49-15 victory over Msgr. Farrell at Mitchel Athletic Field in Uniondale on Saturday.
Sheppard completed 17 of 22 passes for 220 yards and ran for 75 yards on 10 carries for the Gaels, who will host St. Francis of Buffalo in the state Catholic high school championship game at noon Saturday.
Iona Prep, the state’s No. 1 Class AA team in the state sportswriters poll, will be playing for the program’s first Catholic high school state football title.
“Major accomplishment for the program/school,” Iona Prep coach Joe Spagnolo told Catholic New York/Catholic Sports Scene. “The boys are very excited to be playing for a state championship on Saturday.”
Justin Joly caught five passes for 73 yards and one touchdown, and had seven carries for 76 yards and a touchdown for Iona Prep. Michael Senatore, MIke Ryan and Colin O’Garro each scored a touchdown.
Defensively, Iona Prep stopped Msgr. Farrell’s running game and had three quarterback sacks. Zyian Moultrie-Goddard was named the game’s defensive most valuable player.
PHOTO COURTESY OF IONA PREP
Msgr. Farrell 37, Christ the King 7
St. Anthony’s 42, Cardinal Hayes 28
Archbishop Stepinac 42, Kellenberg 7
Moore Catholic 35, Xavier 21
St. Francis Prep 28, St. Joseph by-the-Sea 27
Fordham Prep 13, St. Peter’s 12
St. John the Baptist 34, Cardinal Spellman 6
Kennedy Catholic 35, Xaverian 12
Holy Cross 43, Mount St. Michael 14
St. Dominic’s 35, Nazareth 14
Iona Prep 35, St. Anthony’s 28
Msgr. Farrell 24, Archbishop Stepinac 21
Chaminade 31, Fordham Prep 0
Moore Catholic 18, St. Francis Prep 7
Holy Trinity 28, Holy Cross 0
St. John the Baptist 42, Kennedy Catholic 29
AA2–Holy Trinity 21, St. John the Baptist 10
AA1–Chaminade 43, Moore Catholic 7
AAA–Iona Prep 49, Msgr. Farrell 15
Myles Hogan won the boys race to lead Fordham Prep to the CHSAA Intersectional Championship at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on Saturday.
Fordham Prep compiled 43 points. Xavier was second with 49 points.
Hogan, a senior, ran to a time of 12 minutes, 50.4 seconds over the 2.5-mile course. His teammate and classmate, Liam Dennehy, was third in 13:27.6.
Xavier senior Michael Hawkes placed second in 13:12.2.
In the girls race, Notre Dame of Manhattan was the top finisher from the archdiocese with 171 points in fifth place. Notre Dame Academy and St. Joseph Hill Academy followed with 172 and 173 points, respectively.
Notre Dame Academy’s Lola Dinneen was the race winner in 15:06.5.
St. Joseph Hill’s Ava Gumb placed second in 15:15.4, and Notre Dame Academy teammates Alyssia Brown (15:57.4) and Meghan Leonard (16:25.3) were third and fourth, respectively.
Fordham Prep graduate Andrew Velazquez was claimed off waivers Friday by the Los Angeles Angels.
Velazquez was one of several players the Yankees lost via waivers on Friday as they cleared spots on their 40-man roster.
Velazquez, a Bronx native, was called up by the Yankees in August when Gleyber Torres was injured and again on the final weekend of the season. when D.J. LeMahieu and Gio Urshela were battling injuries. He was the team’s starting shortstop for the team’s American League wild-card playoff game against the Boston Red Sox.
The 27 year old hit .224 with a home run, six RBI, 11 runs scored and four stolen bases for the Yankees, who signed him last December and invited him to spring training.
Velazquez was a seventh-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks out of Fordham Prep in 2012. He previously played in Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays organizations.
Darius Wilson and the William & Mary football team will bring a two-game winning streak into Saturday’s 1 p.m. game at the University of Delaware after defeating Villanova, 31-18.
Wilson, a graduate of Iona Prep, completed 10 of 18 passes for 109 yards and ran for 33 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries for William & Mary. The freshman quarterback has thrown for 957 yards and rushed for 330 yards this season.
William & Mary (6-2 overall) competes in the Colonial Athletic Association. Following its game against Delaware, William & Mary will host James Madison, ranked third in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision poll.
Villanova was ranked fourth in the same poll before meeting William & Mary.
Iona Prep, Chaminade and Holy Trinity all picked up top seeds for the upcoming Catholic High School Football League playoffs.
All three received byes and will compete in the semifinals on the weekend of Nov. 12-14. The quaterfinals will be played this weekend.
Here are the results from the final week of the regular season and the playoff schedule.
Week 8 Results
Xaverian 13, Cardinal Spellman 0
Kellenberg 35, Moore Catholic 13
Iona Prep 51, Chaminade 14
Msgr. Farrell 35, St. Peter’s 6
Holy Trinith 42, Kennedy Catholic 0
Cardinal Hayes 49, Archbishop Stepinac 48
Mount St. Michael 30, Nazareth 6
St. Anthony’s 44, St. Francis Prep 7
St. Joseph by-the-Sea 30, Christ the King 15
St. John the Baptist 17, Holy Cross 14
No. 1 Iona Prep bye
Friday, Nov. 5–No. 5 Cardinal Hayes at No. 4 St. Anthony’s, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 6–No. 7 Christ the King at No. 2 Msgr. Farrell, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 7–No. 6 Kellenberg at No. 3 Archbishop Stepinac, 1:30 p.m.
No. 1 Chaminade bye
Friday, Nov. 5–No. 5 St. Peter’s at No. 4 Fordham Prep, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 7–No. 7 Xavier at No. 2 Moore Catholic, 1 p.m.
No. 6 St. Francis Prep at No. 3 St. Joseph by-the-Sea, TBA
No. 1 Holy Trinity bye
Friday, Nov. 5–No. 6 Xaverian at No. 3 Kennedy Catholic, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 6–No. 7 Cardinal Spellman at No. 2 St. John the Baptist, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 7–No. 5 Mount St. Michael at No. 4 Holy Cross, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 6–St. Dominic’s at Nazareth, 7 p.m.