Summer Baseball Offers Athletes Chance to be Back on Diamond

Summer baseball leagues are giving athletes the opportunity to compete again after all Catholic high school players and college players from the archdiocese had their seasons cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mount St. Michael Academy graduate and St. Thomas Aquinas player Angelo Baez is playing for the Worcester Bravehearts in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England.

Click here to read his story and other stories from baseball players competing in summer leagues.

PHOTO BY CAROL MOROCCO/WORCESTER BRAVEHEARTS

 

Virtual Duathlon Starts July 12

Ulster CYO and Catholic Charities of Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties will be holding its first virtual duathlon beginning Sunday, July 12.

The event will continue through Sunday, July 26.

Participants will have the option to do a run/walk, bike ride or both. There is a 5K minimum for the run/walk and a 10-mile minimum for the bike ride. Individuals may do more than the required distances, and all miles must be logged from July 12-26.

Registration is $25 per individual for one event, and $35 per person to participate in both events.

Click here to register.

Davis Nets Another Honor

Archbishop Stepinac High School’s R.J. Davis was named Gatorade New York State Boys Basketball Player of the Year just days after being selected Mr, New York State Basketball by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York.

Davis led Stepinac to the archdiocesan championship and an 18-9 record by averaging 26.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He shot 51 percent from inside the three-point arc, 34 percent from beyond the arc and 87 percent from the free-throw line.

Davis, who will play at the University of North Carolina, was selected to play in the 43rd McDonald’s All-American game in Houston. The game was cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis (COVID-19).

Giorgis Wins Kay Yow Award

Marist College women’s basketball coach Brian Giorgis was presented the Kay Yow Award as the nation’s top Division I coach.

Giorgis received the award from collegeinsider.com after guiding the Red Foxes to a 26-4 record and a share of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season title. The 26 wins marked the ninth time Marist won 25 or more games in Giorgis’ 18 seasons as head coach. Giorgis has a career record of 425-160 at Marist.

Prior to his arrival at Marist, Giorgis coached the Our Lady of Lourdes High School girls basketball program to nine state championships and a 451-44 record in 19 seasons. He’s the only high school coach in state history to coach four different programs — basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball — to the state final four.

Yow won 737 games in 34 seasons as North Carolina State head coach and coached Team USA to a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics. She first was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and died of the disease in 2009.

Bernie Williams Performing at Sheen

An Intimate Evening with Bernie Williams will be presented at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in Manhattan on Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m.

The former Yankees outfielder, who received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Moving Forward,” played on four World Series championship teams with the Yankees before changing careers full time to music.

Tickets range from $45 to $65. A $95 VIP ticket includes a meet and greet with Williams before the show.

Click here to learn more about the show and purchase tickets.

Siegrist Wins Big East Honor

Maddy Siegrist was named Big East Women’s Basketball Freshman Player of the Week for the sixth time this season.

The Our Lady of Lourdes High School graduate averaged 20 points and 12.5 rebounds in road victories over Seton Hall and St. John’s. In a loss to Creighton, Siegrist had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Siegrist is averaging 20.6 points per game to lead the Big  East.

Updated State Basketball Rankings

Archbishop Stepinac was ranked second behind Long Island Lutheran in the New York State Sportswriters Association’s state high school boys basketball Class AA poll.

The Crusaders were 6-2 overall through Dec. 29, and were the highest ranked CHSAA school in the poll.

Other archdiocese schools in the rankings were:

Class AA: 4-St. Raymond, 7-Iona Prep, 13-Cardinal Hayes, 17-Msgr. Scanlan, 22-Mount St. Michael.

Class A: 6-Msgr. Farrell.

Class B: 19-Salesian.

In girls basketball, Ursuline, Albertus Magnus and Our Lady of Lourdes were ranked fourth, ninth and 16th, respectively, in the Class AA poll.

Class A: 14-Moore Catholic.

 

Reid Works Out at Mount

Mount St. Michael Academy graduate Caraun Reid was working out on Mount St. Michael’s new field in hopes he’ll receive a call to play professional football in 2019.

The defensive tackle was released by the Indianapolis Colts following the final preseason game in August.

The 27 year old played five seasons in the NFL after being drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 2014 NFL Draft. He played three seasons with the Lions, one with the San Diego Chargers and one with the Dallas Cowboys.

PHOTO COURTESY OF MOUNT ST. MICHAEL ACADEMY