Siegrist Wins 10th Freshman Honor

Our Lady of Lourdes High School graduate Maddy Siegrist tied a conference record when she received Big East Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Week honors for the 10th time this season.

Winning the rookie honor for a 10th time ties Siegrist for the conference record with Connecticut’s Maya Moore (2007-2008) and Georgetown’s Natalie Butler (2013-2014).

The Villanova University freshman averaged 21 points and 7.5 rebounds in games against Xavier and Butler.

Siegrist leads the Big East with her 20.2 points per game.  In conference games, she’s third with 18.3 points per game and second with 9.2 rebounds per contest.

Villanova is seventh in the Big East standings with a 13-11 overall record and 7-6 conference mark.  The Wildcats play Sunday at Georgetown.


New Gym at Our Lady of Grace

Elijah McGhee is shooting a basketball through a rim 10 feet above a gym floor instead of a garbage can sitting on a cafeteria floor now that Our Lady of Grace School in the Bronx has a gym to call home.

The Jaguars hosted their first basketball games Dec. 22 after playing all road games a season ago when the fifth- and sixth-grade and seventh- and eighth-grade boys’ teams went undefeated against opponents from the Bronx and Westchester County.

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CYO Days at Iona Basketball Games

CYO New York and Iona College athletics are teaming up for Iona College CYO Days in New Rochelle.

CYO New York athletes and their parents will be admitted free into select men’s and women’s basketball games. Tickets are limited and must be ordered in advance at

Iona Basketball CYO Days are as follows:

Dec. 21 — Iona women vs. UMass, noon

Jan. 17 — Iona men vs. Fairfield, 7 p.m.

Feb. 11 — Iona women vs. Monmouth, 7 p.m.

Feb. 21 — Iona men vs. Rider, 7 p.m.


Coaches Clinic on Staten Island

CYO Staten Island will be having its 2019 Coaches Clinic at the CYO-MIV Community Center on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m.

The guest speakers are Kyle McAlarney and Mike O’Connor. McAlarney is the athletic director and varsity boys basketball coach at Moore Catholic after a playing career that included a collegiate one at the University of Notre Dame and a pro career in Europe.

O’Connor is the former varsity coach at St. Joseph Hill Academy and is currently a CYO coach at St. Clare’s.