Summer Camps Offered

Summer camps are listed on the CYO New York website.
The listed camps include softball and basketball at Preston High School, the Bronx; basketball at Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia; soccer and basketball at John F. Kennedy Catholic Preparatory School, Somers; and basketball at Immaculate Conception, Tuckahoe. There are many more listed.
Visit cyony.org for more information on the camps.

Six Earn All-State Honors

Six Catholic high school girls soccer players from the archdiocese earned all-state accolades from the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports.

Here are the honorees:

CLASS AA: Fourth team–Jamie Strahm, St. Joseph by-the-Sea

CLASS AA: First team–Lily Winters, Albertus Magnus; Josie Cavallo, Albertus Magnus; Victoria Terranova, St. Joseph Hill. Second team–Isabel DiPrima, Albertus Magnus; Natalie Bala, St. Joseph Hill

NYSPHSAA Postpones Football, Volleyball, Cheer Seasons

The New York Public High School Athletic Association announced it has changed the football, volleyball and competitive cheer seasons from the fall to a start date of March 1, 2021.

Low-risk contact fall sports–boys and girls soccer, girls swimming, girls tennis, field hockey, cross country–may begin practicing on Sept. 21.

The start of spring sports will be pushed back to April 21.

The Ursuline School, Albertus Magnus, Our Lady of Lourdes and John S. Burke Catholic are Catholic schools in the archdiocese competing in the NYSPHSAA. John S. Burke competes in NYSPHSAA’s Section 9, which voted Thursday to postpone all fall sports–low- and high-risk contact–to March.

“We’ve spent two days speaking with nearly 500 athletic directors across the state and it’s clear that administering high-risk fall sports during the COVID-19 pandemic presents a significant challenge for our member schools,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director, in a press release. “These are unprecedented times and unfortunately, difficult decisions will have to be made to address this ongoing crisis. We continue to stay committed to providing support to our member schools and quality participation experiences for the students we serve.”

NYSPHSAA Delays Start of Season

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Thursday it is delaying the start of the fall 2020 season till Sept. 21 and is cancelling the fall 2020 state regional and state championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ursuline School, Our Lady of Lourdes, Albertus Magnus and John S. Burke are Catholic high schools in the Hudson Valley competing in the NYSPHSAA.

“As the state considers reopening, it is unrealistic to believe athletic seasons can start on August 24th as originally scheduled,” said Paul Harrica, NYSPHSAA president in a press release. “The priority will continue to be on the educational process and a return to learning in the safest way possible.”

The vote by NYSPHSAA officers for the delayed start came at the recommendation of the NYSPHSAA COVID-19 Task Force, which met via Zoom on Thursday.

“We recognize this is challenging for everyone, but the decisions made at the state level are based upon data and statewide infection rates all in an effort to stop the spread of COVID and reopen responsibly,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director, in the press release.

“At this time, Department of Health guidance presented on July 13th prohibits interscholastic athletics across the state. The (NYSPHSAA) will continue to follow state guidance and will work collectively with state officials to ensure high school athletics will start up responsibly in the future. As an association, we must be willing to be flexible and continue to explore all options with students’ safety as our main focus.”

The NYSPHSAA also announced a three-season condensed schedule starting in Jan. 2021 if the fall 2020 is postponed due to the pandemic.

Season I is the winter 2020-2021 season and will run tentatively from Jan. 4 to March 13. Sports are boys and girls basketball, boys and girls skiing, boys swimming, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls indoor track, wrestling and competitive cheer.

Season II is the fall 2020 season, which will run tentatively from March 1 to May 8 with boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, field hockey, boys and girls volleyball, girls swimming and football. 

Season III is spring sports and will operate from April 5 to June 12 with baseball, softball, boys and girls golf, boys and girls outdoor track and field, boys and girls lacrosse and boys and girls tennis.

Please note girls tennis is being moved from the fall to spring season in the condensed schedule, and wrestling and competitive cheer may be moved to the second or third season depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PHOTO COURTESY OF USA BASKETBALL — The Ursuline School’s Sonia Citron, shown competing for Team USA, is one of the top returning basketball players in the state for the 2020-2021 school year. She has committed to play at the University Notre Dame in 2021-2022.

NYSPHSAA Holds Quarterly Meeting

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Executive Committee held its first ever quarterly meeting by video teleconference earlier this week.

The Ursuline School, Our Lady of Lourdes, John S. Burke and Albertus Magnus are Catholic high schools in the archdiocese that are among the 788-NYSPHSAA member schools.

The committee approved a proposal to allow high school football teams to play a 10th regular-season game. Our Lady of Lourdes and John S. Burke both field football programs.

Winter and spring championship sites that had their tournaments postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic were given an additional year to host the state championship tournaments. This includes Glens Falls hosting the boys basketball state championships and Troy serving as host to the girls basketball state championships, which will host the respective tournaments through 2023.

The next executive committee meeting is scheduled for July 28 and 29.

Citron Wins Top Honor

Sonia Citron received New York State’s Class AA Girls Basketball Player of the Year from the New York State Sportswriters Association.

The 6-foot-1 junior guard helped The Ursuline School to a 24-0 record and 2019-2020 Section 1 championship in 2019-2020.

Citron announced earlier this month she will attend the University of Notre Dame in 2021-2022.

Citron was one of 11 Catholic High School players in the archdiocese to be recognized by the state sportswriters association. Joining Citron are:

CLASS AA: Paulina Paris, Albertus Magnus, second team; Ava Learn, Our Lady of Lourdes, third team; Alexa Mustafaj, Ursuline, ninth team; Tanasha Mills, Albertus Magnus, 13th team.

CLASS A: Amber Abusbeih, Moore Catholic, third team; Ashley Marrocco, St. Joseph by-the-Sea, sixth team; Jordan Welle, Moore Catholic, ninth team; Gianna Samuels, Notre Dame Academy, 13th team; Shanice Sinclair, Cardinal Spellman, 15th team.

CLASS B: Marie Cari, Notre Dame School, eighth team.

PHOTO OF SONIA CITRON COURTESY OF TEAM USA BASKETBALL

 

NYSPHSAA Cancels Spring Tourneys

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Monday it has cancelled its spring state championship tournaments due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The NYSPHSAA has spring state championships for baseball, softball, boys and girls track, boys and girls golf, boys and girls lacrosse and boys tennis.

“Unfortunately, with the continued impact of the COVID-19 crisis, hosting the spring 2020 state championships is no longer feasible (time factor, facility and venue availability, etc.)” said Paul Harrica, NYSPHSAA’s President, in a press release. “Canceling the remaining winter state championships in late March was challenging and the cancelation of our spring state championships today is equally disappointing.”

The regular season for spring sports remains on hold for nine of the 11 sections in the NYSPHSAA. Section Eight (Nassau County) and Section 11 (Suffolk County) announced the cancellation of spring sports on April 21.

19 Earn All-State Honors

Nineteen boys basketball players from Catholic high schools in the archdiocese received all-state honors from the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Senior R.J. Davis led the honorees by being named Class AA co-player of the year after averaging 26.5 points per game for Archbishop Stepinac. He’s signed to play at the University of North Carolina next season.

Here are the other honorees with name, school, height, year in school and points per game:

CLASS AA

First team: Luis Kortright, St. Raymond, 6-3, Sr., 20.1. Second team: Julien Soumacro, Cardinal Hayes, 5-10, Sr., 10.2. Third team: Liam Murphy, St. Peter’s, 6-7, Sr., 26.9; Malachi Smith, St. Raymond, 6-0, Jr., 19.2. Fourth team: Adrian Griffin, Jr., Archbishop Stepinac, 6-7, Jr., 17.3; Koby Brea, Msgr. Scanlan, 6-6, Sr., 19.0. Seventh team Shemani Fuller, Cardinal Hayes, 6-7, Sr., 18.1. Eighth team: Ibrahim Wattara, Mount St. Michael, 6-5, Sr., 16.7. Ninth team: Malcolm Chimezie, Stepinac, 6-8, Jr., 10.7; Joseph Munden, Msgr. Scanlan, 6-4, Sr., 16.3.11th team: Keeshawn Jones, Iona Prep, 6-2, Sr., 15.1. 13th team: Tyler Hawkins, Mount St. Michael, 5-9, Soph., 17.1.

CLASS A

Third team: Justin Zieris, Msgr. Farrell, 6-0, Jr., 20.2. Sixth team: Jarron Joseph, Albertus Magnus, 6-0, Sr., 20.2. 10th team: Blair Thompson, Xavier, 6-6, Jr., 19.1. 14th team: Ryan McPartian, Fordham Prep, 6-3, Jr., 15.9.

CLASS B

Fifth team: Joe Manfredi, Regis, 6-4, Sr., 22.6; Camar Neil, Salesian, 6-4, Jr., 16.9. 13th team: Brayson Reyes, Salesian, 6-5, Sr., 13.0.

PHOTO OF R.J. DAVIS

 

 

NYSPHSAA Suspends Championships

All winter regional and state championship events have been suspended indefinitely by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

The NYSPHSAA made this announcement late Thursday. The Ursuline School, John S. Burke, Our Lady of Lourdes and Albertus Magnus high schools are Catholic schools in the archdiocese that compete in the NYSPHSAA.

The Ursuline School won the Section 1 girls basketball championship and was competing in the state regional tournament.

Updated State Basketball Rankings

Here is how Catholic high schools in the archdiocese fared in this week’s New York State Sportswriters Association basketball polls:

Boys basketball

Class AA: 5-St. Raymond, 10-Cardinal Hayes, 21-Msgr. Scanlan, 22-Archbishop Stepinac. Class B: 18-Salesian.

Girls basketball

Class AA: 3-Ursuline, 11-Albertus Magnus. Class A: 8-Moore Catholic.