Iona Prep Grads Playing on Cape

Iona Prep graduates Anthony DeFabbia and Samuel Bello are both spending their summer competing in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

The Cape Cod Baseball League is considered the top collegiate wooden baseball league in the nation with many of its players later competing in Major League Baseball.

DeFabbia is playing for the Falmouth Commodores and has a 1-0 record with a 1.00 earned run average and 10 strikeouts in nine innings. He will be entering his sophomore year at Stetson University in Florida.

Bello earned a save for the Brewster Whitecaps by allownng no runs and no hits in one inning of work during a 2-0 victory over Cotuit. He will be a junior at the University of Maryland.

Davis, UNC Upset Virginia Tech

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate RJ Davis scored a team-high 19 points and added four rebounds, one assist and one steal for North Carolina in its 81-73 Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinal men’s basketball victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday night.

Davis, a freshman guard, and the Tar Heels (18-9 overall) play Florida State in an ACC semifinal at 9 p.m. tonight on ESPN.

Florida State (15-5) is playing its first game of the tournament after receiving a bye to the quarterfinals. The Seminoles were scheduled to play in the quarterfinals on Thursday against Duke, which was forced to withdraw from the tournament Thursday morning after someone tested positive for Covid-19.

Griffin Lifts Syracuse at ACC tourney

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Alan Griffin finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal for Syracuse, which defeated North Carolina State, 89-68, in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday night.

Griffin and Orangemen (16-8 overall) play top seed Virginia in an ACC quarterfinal at noon today on ESPN2.

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Davis Assists UNC at ACC tourney

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate RJ Davis had 14 points, two rebounds and three steals in 19 minutes as North Carolina defeated Notre Dame, 101-59, in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday.

Davis and the Tar Heels (17-9 overall) will play Virginia Tech in a quarterfinal at 9 p.m. tonight on ESPN.

Griffin Assists Syracuse

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Alan Griffin had 11 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks for Syracuse University in an 85-71 Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball loss to host Duke on Monday night.

The junior forward is averaging 15.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, both rank second on the team.

Syracuse (13-7 overall, 7-6 ACC) plays Saturday at Georgia Tech.

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Griffin Lifts Syracuse

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Alan Griffin finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks for Syracuse University in a 75-67 Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball win over Boston College.

The junior forward is averaging a team-high 15.8 points per game and is second with 6.8 rebounds per game.

Syracuse plays Louisville on Wednesday.

Griffin Leads Syracuse

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Alan Griffin scored a game-high 22 points as Syracuse defeated North Carolina State, 77-68, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

Griffin also had four rebounds and three steals for the Orangemen (11-6 overall, 5-5 ACC). The junior is averaging 15.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

Syracuse hosts Boston College on Saturday.

Griffin Leads Syracuse

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Alan Griffin scored a team-high 19 points and added six rebounds four steals, three blocks and three assists in leading Syracuse to a 76-73 Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball victory over North Carolina State on Sunday.

The junior transfer from the University of Illinois is averaging 15.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He ranks second on the team in scoring and rebounding.

Syracuse (10-5 overall, 4-4 ACC) hosts Louisville on Wednesday and plays at Clemson on Saturday.

Davis Leads UNC

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate RJ Davis scored a team-high and career-high 16 points and grabbed four rebounds for the University of North Carolina in an 82-75 Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball loss to Florida State.

Davis came off the bench to play 20 minutes. The freshman guard is averaging 9.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

North Carolina hosts Wake Forest on Wednesday and North Carolina State on Saturday. ESPN or ESPN2 will be televising the game with North Carolina State.

Williams Enters NFL Draft

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Trill Williams announced he is forgoing the remainder of his junior season and has declared himself eligible for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Williams is a defensive back at Syracuse and ranks among the top college defensive backs in the nation.

“I can’t begin to express how humbled I am by the love you’ve shown me throughout my time here,” Williams said in a letter to ‘Syracuse Nation’ posted on the university website. “From day one you’ve made me feel welcome, and because of that I played as hard as I could for you every week. Coach Babers, Coach Monroe and the rest of the coaching staff took a young kid and helped him on his journey to becoming a man. I’ll forever be grateful.

“The memories I’ve made with my brothers here will last a lifetime and I wouldn’t have wanted to share those with anyone else. We all play this game with hopes of reaching the highest level and now it’s my time to open that door. It’s been a dream of mine to play in the NFL since I was six years old. With that being said, I will forgo the final four games of the season and submit my name into the 2021 NFL Draft.”

Syracuse competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference and was 1-6 overall with Williams on the roster this season.

In his collegiate career, Williams collected 93 tackles, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and 3.5 tackles for loss in 28 games. He’s scored three career touchdowns, including a fumble recovery and touchdown during overtime in a 2019 win over Wake Forest.