Strong Month for LaSorsa

Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSorsa is off to a strong start in September for the Montgomery Biscuits.

The left-handed pitcher has not allowed an earned run in his first four outings, allowing one hit and one walk over 5 1/3 innings for the Biscuits, the Class AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. He struck out five.

For the season, he’s 3-0 with a 3.45 earned run average and one save at Montgomery. In 31 1/3 innings, he’s allowed 25 hits, 12 earned runs, three walks and struck out 29.

LaSorsa was an 18th-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft.

The Biscuits open a six-game series with the Mississippi Braves tonight in Mississippi.

Siegrist, Villanova Playing at Marist

Maddy Siegrist is returning to Poughkeepsie to compete on a court her father once called home.

The Our Lady of Lourdes High School graduate will lead the Villanova University women’s basketball team into action against Marist College at the McCann Arena in Poughkeepsie on Monday, Nov. 7.

This will be Villanova’s first trip to Poughkeepsie since participating in the first game played in the renovated McCann Arena in 2011. Formerly called the McCann Center, Siegrist’s father George played four seasons at Marist and later served as an assistant coach with the men’s basketball program.

Siegrist, a senior, is coming off her best season at Villanova that ended with her being named the Big East and Big 5 player of the year, and All-American by The Associated Press and U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Siegrist was second in the nation with her 25.3 points per game and grabbed 9.2 rebounds per game. The forward, who finished with 12 double-doubles, shot 50 percent from the floor and 36 percent from beyond the three-point arc. She scored 20 or more points in 20 games and 30 or more points in nine games.

In August, Siegrist was one of six college players chosen to compete for the 2022 USA Basketball Women’s 3×3 U23 Nations League team at the FIBA 3×3 Nations League tournament in the Dominican Republic.

PHOTO COURTESY OF VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

Spellman Grad Padilla Joins Cubs

Cardinal Spellman High School graduate Nick Padilla made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

The 25-year-old pitcher, who was called up from the Iowa Cubs on Tuesday, allowed an earned run on two hits and two walks, and struck out one in 1 2/3 innings during a 13-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs are the fourth team for Padilla in 2022. He started the season in Class A with the South Bend Cubs, going 1-0 with a 1.80 earned run average and 18 strikeouts in 10 innings. He was assigned to the Class AA Tennessee Smokies on May 10 and finished 1-1 with a 2.82 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. Padilla joined the Iowa Cubs on July 22 and was 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings.

Padilla was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 13th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft. The 1994 graduate of Cardinal Spellman played one season at Grayson Community College in Denison, Texas, before being drafted.

In 2017, he was 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA for the Hudson Valley Renegades, which at the time was the Class A short-season affiliate of the Rays the New York-Penn League.

Moran Throws for Salt Lake

Brian Moran allowed an earned run on three hits over two innings for the Salt Lake Bees in a 13-11 loss to the Tacoma Rainiers on Tuesday night.

Moran, 33, struck out two and walked none. In five games this season, he is 0-0 with a 2.57 earned run average and seven strikeouts over seven innings for the Class AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels.

Moran was a second-round pick, 32nd overall, of the Baltimore Orioles in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. He is the brother of Cincinnati Reds infielder Colin Moran and nephew of former major leaguers Rick and B.J. Surhoff.

BC Connection Airs Today

Join Burke Catholic President John Douthit and Burke Catholic Principal Janice Clark for The BC Connection with special guests Andrew Jackson and Aaron Hasbrouck.

The show airs from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 8 on WTBQ in Orange County (93.5 FM) or listen at wtbq.com

Jackson, a 2006 Burke Catholic graduate, is the defensive line coach for the University of West Virginia football team and Hasbrouck is the dean of students and football coach at Burke Catholic.

Visit www.burkecatholic.com to learn more about Burke Catholic.

Peacock Pride Adds to Madness

Patrick Massaroni understands March Madness. 

The Archbishop Stepinac High School boys basketball coach lived through it as a student at Marist College in Poughkeepsie 15 years ago when the Marist women’s basketball team became the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s or women’s basketball program to reach the Sweet 16.

“It was awesome–they made it to the Sweet 16 and faced Tennessee and Pat Summit,” Massaroni told Catholic Sports Scene. “I actually went to the game. What it did for the school and the surrounding area is similar to St. Peter’s. Everyone knew who Marist was after that. This is why sports matter.”

Just like 15 years ago when college basketball fans were learning where Poughkeepsie is, fans are now learning of the Catholic university in Jersey City–the home of the MAAC champion and 15th seed St. Peter’s University men’s basketball team that will play third seed Purdue in tonight’s Sweet 16 East Regional game in Philadelphia.

“They have played as a team, really run their offense efficiently and have been able to defend at a high level,” Massaroni said of St. Peter’s success. 

What follows for the Peacocks and head coach Shaheen Holloway may result in great future storylines. Marist appeared in nine consecutive NCAA tournaments (2006-2014) and won five NCAA games under head coach Brian Giorgis, who coached Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie to nine state championships and is the only New York State public high school coach to lead teams in four different sports to the state final four. He is believed to be the only NCAA Division I basketball coach to win over 400 games at both the high school and collegiate levels, and now has 451 wins at both levels.  

You also wonder what the players will be doing years from now. What will be in the future of Jaylen Murray, who attended and played basketball at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx? Will Doug Edert follow in his uncle’s footsteps and be working for CBS at NCAA tournaments? 

Julianne Viani, a member of the 2007 Marist team who played basketball for Giorgis at both Lourdes and Marist, is now a basketball analyst on television, serving in the role this week for CBS Sports at the NCAA Division II women’s basketball championships.

Massaroni will be watching tonight as will millions more cheering for St. Peter’s to continue its Cinderella run. Many of the viewers will be learning more about Jersey City, Holloway, Murray and Edert.

“They are the 15 seed and fans love upsets. Not only will they be watching but rooting for them,” said Massaroni.

Massaroni also will be viewing with some extra interest as the winner of tonight’s game will play either North Carolina–led by Stepinac graduate RJ Davis–or UCLA in the Elite Eight.

Two former CHSAA guards–Davis and Murray–going up against one another with a trip to the Final Four on the line would make for another great March Madness story.   

“Do they have a 7-foot-3 starting center and a Big Ten, All-League sixth man–no, but what they have is confidence, a team that believes they can win and it should be a great game Friday night,” said Massaroni of St. Peter’s.

Giants Safety McKinney Speaks at Iona Prep’s Father-Son Breakfast

New York Giants safety Xavier McKinney was the guest speaker at the Iona Preparatory School’s annual Father-Son Breakfast attended by more than 230 people at the school on Sunday.

McKinney answered questions and signed autographs for those in attendance.

A 2020 second-round pick of the Giants, McKinney had 93 tackles and five interceptions in 2020 for the Giants. In two NFL seasons, he has 118 tackles and six interceptions. McKinney attended the University of Alabama and played football for coach Nick Saban.

The annual event began over 60 years ago. Former Giants owner and Iona Prep parent, the late Wellington T. Mara, had Giants attending the breakfast when his sons attended the event in the 1970s. His sons–John Mara, CEO and president of the Giants; Chris Mara, senior vice president of player personnel; and Frank Mara, vice president of community relations, all graduated from Inoa Prep in the 1970s.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER POPE PHOTOGRAPHY

NYSPHSAA Following State Health Guidelines for State Championships

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday it will follow New York State Department of Health guidelines for the upcoming state championships for winter sports.

This means large-scale indoor state championship tournaments exceeding 5,000 attendees each day–boys basketball and wrestling–will require all attendees ages five and older to show proof of full vaccination or a negative covid test before entering the tournaments. The boys basketball state semifinals and finals are being held in Glens Falls, and the state wrestling tournament will be in Albany.

Albertus Magnus, Our Lady of Lourdes and John S. Burke high schools are Catholic schools competing in the NYSPHSAA as does The Ursuline School, an all-girls school. CHSAA wrestlers will participate in the state wrestling tournament in Albany.

“As the governing body for interscholastic athletics in New York state, it is important that we adhere to NYSDOH guidelines that are in place for the health and safety of participants and fans,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director in a press release. “A year ago, hosting state championship events was not possible.  Thankfully, we now have the ability to provide participation opportunities for students under the direction of public health officials.”

The NYSPHSAA also will adhere to vaccination guidelines required by host Rochester Institute of Technology for the high school state cheerleading championships, meaning all attendees ages five and older must have proof of full vaccination at events with 400 or more attendees.

The state indoor track championships at Ocean Breeze on Staten Island, which will include NYSPHSAA and CHSAA athletes, will require all attendees ages five and older to have proof of full vaccination in accordance with New York City Parks and Recreation guidelines.

Walker to Knicks?

Kemba Walker, a product of Rice High School in Harlem, is planning to sign with the New York Knicks once he clears waivers after agreeing to a buyout with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to reports.

The four-time NBA All-Star was acquired by the Thunder in June from the Boston Celtics with two years and $74 million remaining on his contract.

The 31 year old would join Derrick Rose, who was just re-signed by the Knicks for three years, at the point guard position with the Knicks. The two played a high school game against one another at Madison Square Garden.

Walker led the University of Connecticut to the 2011 NCAA Division I championship and was drafted a few months later in the first round by the Charlotte Bobcats. He’s averaged 19.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.3 steals over 10 NBA seasons, the first eight with Charlotte and last two with the Celtics.

Walker averaged 19.3 points, 4.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game with the Celtics in 2020-2021.