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.

Stepinac Varsity Baseball Raises Money to Help Beat Pediatric Cancer

The Archbishop Stepinac High School varsity baseball team raised over $8,500 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s vs. Cancer campaign to defeat childhood cancer.

“Our team not only exceeded its goal of $5,000 but also placed first among the regional schools that participated,” Stepinac coach Keith Richardson. “We are ecstatic with the results that were made possible by the generosity of the Stepinac family comprising friends, family and fans and the community service spirit of the student athletes who mobilized for this great cause.”

The campaign funds are being used to help child life programs at local hospitals, assist families dealing with a pediatric brain tumor diagnosis and conduct research to cure pediatric brain tumors.

New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital’s pediatric oncology unit received a portion of the funds raised by the Crusaders.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ARCHBISHOP STEPINAC HIGH SCHOOL

Lourdes Swimmers Cherish Season

This is not a story on championship season or school records being broken. It’s about girls swimmers from Our Lady of Lourdes High School being grateful for the opportunity to compete during a pandemic when another school opened its pool for the Warriors to call home.

Visit cny.org to read more about the Lourdes swim season being cherished by coaches and athletes.

Hayes, Moore Catholic Finish 4-0

Catholic schools in New York City completed their abbreviated football season with Cardinal Hayes and Moore Catholic finishing with 4-0 records.

Moore Catholic defeated St. Peter’s, 29-12, finishing the season with two shutouts and outscoring opponents, 112-19. Cardinal Hayes beat St. Francis Prep, 45-6, and outscored its opponents, 148-44.

Here are the final scores from Week 4 games.

Msgr. Farrell 46, Christ the King 6

Holy Cross 35, Nazareth 6

Moore Catholic 29, St. Peter’s 12

Cardinal Hayes 45, St. Francis Prep 6

Mount St. Michael 16, Cardinal Spellman 0

One Season Ends; Another Begins

The Long Island and Westchester County Catholic schools had their high school football season end with bowl games over the weekend while NYC Catholic schools began their season.

Here are the bowl game results

Holy Trinity 27, Kennedy Catholic 7

St. Anthony’s 22, Chaminade 21

Kellenberg 35, St. John the Baptist 25

Here are Week 1 results for NYC Catholic schools

Xaverian 34, Cardinal Spellman 0

Cardinal Hayes 24, Msgr. Farrell 13

Moore Catholic 35, Nazareth 0

St. Peter’s 50, St. Joseph by-the-Sea 18

Army Releases Football Schedule

Army released its 2021 football schedule that opens Sept. 4 at Georgia State and ends Dec. 11 against Navy at MetLife Stadium.

Cardinal Hayes High School graduate Christian Anderson and Iona Prep graduate Malkelm Morrison will be seniors on the 2021 team.

Army has 12 games on its 2021 schedule, including the home opener versus Western Kentucky on Sept. 11, and games at Wisconsin on Oct. 16 and against Air Force in Arlington, Texas, on Nov. 6.

The Black Knights finished 2020 with a 9-3 record and a trip to the Liberty Bowl where it suffered a 24-21 loss to West Virginia.

PHOTO COURTESY OF DANNY WILD/ARMY ATHLETICS

Iona Prep Stars Sign with Colleges

Five Iona Prep senior football players were among the school’s scholar-athletes to sign letters of intent to play collegiate football in the 2021-2022 school year.

The signings took place in a ceremony at the school in New Rochelle on National Signing Day, Feb. 3.

The five signees with hometown and college are William Fox, Tuckahoe, Sacred Heart University; Marshall Futrell, Yonkers, Stony Brook University; Jalen Rotella-White, Ossining, Stonehill College; Jack Anderson, Poughkeepsie, Union College; and Taj McDowell, Beacon, Colby College.

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).