Strong Start for Iona Prep Grad

Iona Prep graduate Colin Moran is off to a strong in his first full season of Major League Baseball.

The third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates is 10 for 29 with a home run, eight RBI and a .387 on-base percentage in the early season.

Moran, the sixth overall pick by the Miami Marlins in the 2013 draft, was traded to the Pirates by the Houston Astros in the Gerrit Cole trade. He played in 16 games over the previous two season for the Astros.

Marist Community Welcomes Dunne

John Dunne was introduced as men’s basketball coach to the Marist College community at the McCann Arena in Poughkeepsie on Thursday.

Dunne was named the 12th head coach in program history on Tuesday.

“This is a great opportunity for myself and my family,” said Dunne in a press release. “We’re excited to join the Marist and Hudson River Valley communities. Having been in the MAAC for the past 12 years, I’ve been impressed by the tremendous support this program has received. We’re excited for what this job has the potential to become.”

Dunne coached 12 seasons at St. Peter’s, coaching the Peacocks to 2011 MAAC Tournament championship, 2011 NCAA Tournament and the 2017 championship. Prior to St. Peter’s, he served as an assistant coach at Siena College, Manhattan College, Seton Hall University, Wilkes University (Pa.) and Adelphi University.

Dunne, a graduate of Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, played collegiately at Ithaca College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ithaca and a master’s degree in sports management from East Stroudsburg University (Pa.).


Stepinac Captures Championship

Archbishop Stepinac High School won the New York State Federation Class AA boys basketball championship with an 88-76 victory over South Shore in Glens Falls on Saturday night.

The Crusaders finished a historic season with a 27-5 record, winning the program’s first federation title and first CHSAA AA championship since 1960.

South Shore, the PSAL champion, ended its season at 21-9.

In a Class B semifinal, CHSAA champ Regis (19-9) suffered a 76-50 loss to NYSPHSAA champion Mekeel Christian (25-3).

La Salle Takes Over No. 1

La Salle Academy in Manhattan is this week’s No. 1 Class B boys basketball team in the state poll compiled by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

La Salle captured the state federation championship in 2017 (photo above).

Three archdiocese schools received a ranking in Class AA — Cardinal Hayes at No. 6, Iona Prep at No. 13 and Archbishop Stepinac at No. 16.

Click here to see the complete rankings.


Football Senior Game Coming Sunday

The Senior Bowl Game for the Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale.

No ticket is required to watch the game.

The day begins with a Communion Awards Breakfast, which follows a 9:30 a.m. Mass at Kellenberg. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are not available at the door.


St. Peter’s Claims Soccer Title

Dave Rocco scored two goals, including the game-winner with 12 minutes remaining, as St. Peter’s Boys High School tipped John F. Kennedy Catholic, 3-2, for the CHSAA City A boys soccer championship at SUNY Maritime on Sunday.

St. Peter’s, which won its first City Championship in 11 years, rallied from a 2-1 deficit, playing a man down for the final 30 minutes. Mike Giannino scored the tying goal on a penalty kick and assisted on Rocco’s two goals.

Guiseppe Antonacci made 10 saves for the Eagles, who finished the season at 17-2-3 overall and 14-0-3 against CHSAA opponents.

“This team is special,’’ said St. Peter’s co-coach Christina Monzi-Sanger. “They came together so well as a unit and they wanted this more than anything.’’