Athletes Earn All-State Honors

The New York State Sportswriters Association recognized Catholic high school girls basketball athletes from the archdiocese as all-state honorees on Tuesday.

The honorees are:


Kateri Poole, Msgr. Scanlan, second team; Ava Learn, Our Lady of Lourdes, 6th team; Paulina Paris, Albertus Magnus, 8th team; Alexa Mustafaj, Ursuline, 12th team; Tanasha Mills, Albertus Magnus, 12th team; Kaylen Banwareesingh, Msgr. Scanlan, 13th team


Jada Rogers, Cardinal Spellman, 4th team; Catherine Finnerty, Msgr. McClancy, 6th team; Gianna Samuels, Notre Dame Academy, 10th team; Brittany Stenz, McClancy, 12th team; Lauren DeMartino, St. Joseph Hill, 13th team


Kyra Villegas, Aquinas, 2nd team


CHSAA Girls Basketball Playoffs


Varsity B: Aquinas def. Cristo Rey Brooklyn

Varsity A: Cardinal Spellman def. St. John’s Prep

Varsity AA: Christ the King def. Msgr. Scanlan



Msgr. Scanlan def. Cardinal O’Hara

Christ the King def. St. Anthony


Cardinal Spellman def. Sacred Heart

St. John the Baptist def. St. John Prep


Aquinas def. Christian Central

Holy Trinity def. Cristo Rey Brooklyn


Class B final: Holy Trinity def. Aquinas

Class A final: Cardinal Spellman def. St. John the Baptist

Class AA final: Christ the King def. Msgr. Scanlan

3 Teams in State Girls Basketball Poll

Msgr. Scanlan, Cardinal Spellman and Aquinas are ranked in this week’s New York State Sportswriters Association girls basketball poll.

Msgr. Scanlan, which posted a 64-48 victory over John F. Kennedy Catholic on Wednesday, is ranked 14th in the Class AA poll. Cardinal Spellman is 10th in Class A and Aquinas ranks 20th in Class B.

Msgr. Scanlan, Cardinal Spellman and Aquinas are the only three CHSAA programs from the archdiocese in the state poll, which includes teams from around the state.


14 Girls Earn All State Honors

Fourteen Catholic high school girls basketball players from the archdiocese earned all-state honors from the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Here is the list of honorees:

Class AA

Second team — Maddy Siegrist, Lourdes

Fourth team — Sonia Citron, Ursuline

Ninth team — Kate Mager, Albertus Magnus

13th team — Mairead Durkin, Albertus Magnus

Honorable mention — Dani LaRochelle, Albertus Magnus; Tanasha Mills, Albertus Magnus; Rebecca Townes, Lourdes

Class A

11th team — Jaylene Brown, Msgr. Scanlan

12th team — Alexis Suarez, Kennedy Catholic

15th team — Kateri Poole, Msgr. Scanlan; Vanessa Duarte, Kennedy Catholic

Class B

First team — Kaitlyn Downey, Maria Regina

Fourth team — Ronella Kennedy, Aquinas

Ninth team — Kira Villegas, Aquinas

PHOTO: Maddy Siegrist is shown with her family after signing a National Letter of Intent to play next season at Villanova University.

Stepinac boys, Aquinas Girls Playing for Federation Championships

The Archbishop Stepinac boys and the Aquinas girls advanced to their respective New York State Federation high school basketball championship games in Glens Falls with wins on Friday.

Stepinac (CHSAA champ) tipped Long Island Lutheran (NYSAIS champ), 76-72. Long Island Lutheran was ranked ninth in the USA Today national poll. Stepinac will meet PSAL champ South Shore, an 80-48 semifinal winner over NYSPHSAA champ Liverpool, at 8 p.m. Saturday for the championship.

Aquinas (CHSAA champs) defeated John Jay Campus (PSAL champs), 68-37, and will play Susquehanna Valley (NYSPHSAA champs) at noon Sunday.


Federation Matchups

Below are brackets including archdiocese schools for the New York State Federation boys and girls basketball tournaments being held in Glens Falls on March 23-25.


Class AA



Archbishop Stepinac, CHSAA champion (25-5) vs. Long Island Lutheran, NYSAIS champion, (22-2), 6 p.m.

Liverpool, NYSPHSAA champion (26-0) vs. South Shore, PSAL champion (20-8), 7:45 p.m.



Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.

Class B



Fannine Lou Hamer, PSAL champion (27-4) PSAL vs. Lawrence Woodmere, NYSAIS champion (20-5), 9 a.m.

Regis, CHSAA champion (19-8) vs. Mekeel Christian, NYSPHSAA (24-3), 10:45 p.m.



Semifinal winners, 2 p.m.


Class B



Aquinas, CHSAA champion (22-2) vs. John Jay Campus, PSAL champion (22-2), 12:30 p.m.



Aquinas-John Jay Campus winner vs. Susquehanna Valley, NYSPHSAA champion (26-0), noon

Aquinas Wins State Championship

Aquinas High School in the Bronx won a second consecutive CHSAA B championship with a 69-43 victory over St. Dominic at Fordham University on March 11.

Kira Villegas scored 24 points to lead the Lady Bears (24-0). Lauren Malcolm and Ronella Kennedy had 18 and 17 points, respectively.

Aquinas will compete in the state federation tournament at Glens Falls on March 23-25.


Catholic State Girls Basketball Tournament



Christ the King 60, Cardinal Spellman 34

Cardinal O’Hara 52, St. Anthony’s 48


Christ the King 74, Cardinal O’Hara 48



Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart 76, Our Lady of Mercy 63

St. John Villa 57, St. Joseph 38


Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart 62, St. John Villa 49



Aquinas 35, St. Saviour 20

St. Dominic 46, Nardin 23


Aquinas 69, St. Dominic 43

Lourdes Girls Lead State Poll

Our Lady of Lourdes is ninth in this week’s New York State Class AA high school girls basketball poll compiled by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Lourdes, located in the Town of Poughkeepsie, competes in the NYSPHSAA’s Section 1, which includes public and Catholic schools in the lower Hudson Valley. The Warriors are led by Maddy Siegrist (photo above with family), who is signed to play at Villanova University next season.

Five CHSAA schools from the archdiocese were recognized in the state poll.

In Class A, Msgr. Scanlan is second, followed by Cardinal Spellman at 13 and John F. Kennedy Catholic at 20.

In Class B, Aquinas and St. Vincent Ferrer are 13, and 24, respectively.

Click here for the complete polls.