Baseball Miralces Visits Newburgh for “Super Sunday” of Baseball, Softball

It was a “Super Sunday” for 150 children in the Newburgh area, who received fundamental baseball and softball instruction from Major League Baseball scouts, college coaches and high school coaches in a free baseball/softball clinic from Baseball Miracles.

Each child received a free baseball glove and baseball. Many of the folks teaching the game on this Sunday are parishioners in the Archdiocese of New York.

Click here to read what everyone had to say about this event.

La Salle Remains No. 1

The La Salle Academy boys basketball team in Manhattan stayed at No. 1 for a second week in the state Class B poll compiled by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

La Salle, the 2017 state federation champions, is one of five CHSAA teams in the archdiocese in the state polls released on Tuesday. In Class B, Sacred Heart is 17th.

La Salle beat Sacred Heart, 80-76, on Saturday.

In Class AA, Cardinal Hayes is fifth, followed by Iona Prep at No. 8 and Archbishop Stepinac at No. 14.

Cardinal Hayes and Iona Prep meet tonight in New Rochelle.

 

D’Urso Signs with Marist

Our Lady of Lourdes High School senior Anthony D’Urso signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Marist College.

“I really want to thank the entire OLL coaching staff, faculty and my teammates as I would not be moving onto this next level without their help and support over these four years, and during the college recruiting process,” said D’Urso in a press release.

“I am excited to move onto Marist. Overall, it is a great school for me academically and athletically.”

The Stormville resident, a four-year varsity player and team captain his senior season, earned All-Section 1 honors and was named the Most Valuable Lineman in the league. As a sophomore, he helped the Warriors reach the New York State championship game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

 

Football’s National Signing Day

Football players from archdiocese high schools are signing today their National Letter of Intent to play college football in the 2018-2019 school year.

The Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York is monitoring today’s signings with several players already signing to play at major NCAA DIvision I programs, including the Cardinal Hayes duo of Elijah Jones (Boston College) and Qadir White (Syracuse) signing to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Click here to see the updated list.

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.

 

Baseball Executive Talks 2018

Excitement and anticipation for fans are building as Major League Baseball opens preseason camps next week with first spring-training games scheduled for Feb. 23.

The same could be said for people in Major League Baseball.

On Sunday, I had the opportunity to chat with Ben Cherington, vice president of baseball operations for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cherington was speaking at a Baseball Miracles event in Newburgh and resides in the Hudson Valley with his wife Tyler, a 1996 graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie. Tyler’s father John Tumminia, a scout with the Chicago White Sox for 32 years, is the CEO and founder of Baseball Miracles, which brings baseball and softball to children with economic and environmental disadvantages throughout the world.

Here is what Cherington, who won the 2013 World Series as general manager of the Boston Red Sox, had to say about what’s ahead for the Blue Jays and the American League East.

“We’re excited for it,” he said of the 2018 season. “Every year is a precious year in baseball. Every team starts spring training with beliefs they can contend and win. That’s certainly our aim this year. We’ve got a little work left to do between now and when the season starts. We still will like to add to the team.

“It’s going to be a very competitive division. Obviously, the Yankees and Red Sox are going to be really good. So we’re going to be in for a battle. We’ve got a great group of people in Toronto. It’s a great city. It’s a great fan base. We’ve got really good players. We just have to go out and play well everyday, stay healthy and maybe get a little bit of luck.’’