Abreu Signs with Manhattan

Keury Abreu, a senior at St. Raymond High School for Boys, signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Manhattan College.

Abreu has been a starting player at St. Raymond since his sophomore season in 2016 and hit .300 with three doubles and 14 RBI as a junior in 2017. He has played third base, shortstop and pitcher in his two varsity seasons.

“In the end, I chose the school that fit me best and I am excited to become a Jasper,” said Abreu in a press release.

 

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Stepinac Wins State Title

Archbishop Stepinac High School scored 26 unanswered points in rallying back from a 14-9 halftime deficit to defeat Canisius, 49-28, for the New York State CHSAA football championship in Buffalo on Saturday.

The Crusaders won their second state title and avenged a 23-10 loss to Canisius in the first state final in 2014.

Trailing 14-9, Trill Williams caught a Michael Nicosia and took it to the end zone to complete a 61-yard play that gave Stepinac a 16-9 lead.

The Crusaders never relinquished their lead and it was the first of three second-half touchdowns for Williams, who will attend Syracuse in 2018.

 

Stepinac Claims Football Crown

Archbishop Stepinac High School scored 33 unanswered points in rallying from a 14-0 deficit to defeat top seed St. Anthony’s, 47-22, for the Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York’s AAA League championship at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale Nov. 18.

The third-seeded Crusaders, who won a third title in four years, took a 33-14 lead in the first minute of the fourth quarter before St. Anthony’s scored to cut its deficit to 33-22 with 7 minutes, 45 seconds remaining.

The Crusaders, playing in a fourth consecutive title game, answered with two touchdowns in the final four minutes.

Stepinac’s Trill Williams ran for 183 yards to earn offensive player of the game honors, and teammate Kevin Gray, a middle linebacker, was named the game’s top defensive player.

The Crusaders play at Msgr. Martin Athletic Association champion Canisius High School in Buffalo for the state title at noon Saturday, Nov. 25.

Cardinal Spellman Wins Thriller

Michael Booth scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with 25 seconds left as Cardinal Spellman High School tipped Xaverian, 20-18, to win its first Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York’s A League title since 2008 and third overall at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale on Saturday.

The Pilots, playing in a third consecutive league title game, avenged a pair of regular-season losses to Xaverian.

Xaverian trailed 14-0 before scoring 18 straight points, taking an 18-14 lead on a 94-yard touchdown pass from James Resker to Timothy McCabe with 2:55 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Spellman gained possession and scored the game-winner with help from big plays – including Isaac Yearbook’s 5-yard run to inside the 1-yard line on fourth down to keep the drive going.

“It was an up and down emotional game. The kids deserve a lot of credit,’’ said Cardinal Spellman coach Will Cawley.

“The kids were confident. We felt we had enough time and we had two timeouts. We set up plays, converted some key plays and used the clock well. They refused to lose.’’

Yearwood and Booth were named the offensive and defensive players of the game, respectively.

Fordham Prep Falls Short of Title

Matt Sluka scored six touchdowns as Kellenberg notched the game’s final 33 points in winning its first Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York’s AA title with a 54-19 victory over Fordham Prep at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale Nov. 18.

Matt Valecce, who is heading to Boston College next season, threw touchdown passes to Liam McHale, Will Loffredo and Tommy Walsh for Fordham Prep.

Lourdes Star Signs with Villanova

Maddy Siegrist, a senior at Our Lady of Lourdes High School, signed a National Letter of Intent last week to play basketball next year at Villanova University.

Siegrist averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds in earning all-state honors from the New York State Sportswriters Association as a junior in 2016-2017. She is rated among New York State’s Top 2018 Recruits by Northeast Girls Recruiting.

Siegrist is the daughter of George and Ginna Siegrist. Her dad played basketball at Marist College and later was an assistant coach at the college.

Bishop Named Shining Star

Eileen Bishop was named an adult shining star for her work with the St. Augustine’s CYO basketball program by Catholic Charities Community Services at the second annual Ulster County CYO Shining Stars Awards in Kingston.

Nearly 130 people attended the event recognizing youths and adults for their contributions to their parishes.