DeMaro, Maccia Net All-State Honors

John S. Burke Catholic High School’s Jake DeMaro and John F. Kennedy Catholic Prep’s Arturo Maccia earned all-state basketball honors from the New York State Sportswriters Association.

DeMaro, a 5-foot-8 junior, averaged 15.0 points per game in receiving fifth-team honors in Class B.

Also in Class B, Maccia was an honorable mention pick.

The state sportswriters association released its all-state selections for Class B, C and D. The Class AA and A all-state picks are scheduled to be announced on April 27.

NYSPHSAA Following State Health Guidelines for State Championships

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday it will follow New York State Department of Health guidelines for the upcoming state championships for winter sports.

This means large-scale indoor state championship tournaments exceeding 5,000 attendees each day–boys basketball and wrestling–will require all attendees ages five and older to show proof of full vaccination or a negative covid test before entering the tournaments. The boys basketball state semifinals and finals are being held in Glens Falls, and the state wrestling tournament will be in Albany.

Albertus Magnus, Our Lady of Lourdes and John S. Burke high schools are Catholic schools competing in the NYSPHSAA as does The Ursuline School, an all-girls school. CHSAA wrestlers will participate in the state wrestling tournament in Albany.

“As the governing body for interscholastic athletics in New York state, it is important that we adhere to NYSDOH guidelines that are in place for the health and safety of participants and fans,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director in a press release. “A year ago, hosting state championship events was not possible.  Thankfully, we now have the ability to provide participation opportunities for students under the direction of public health officials.”

The NYSPHSAA also will adhere to vaccination guidelines required by host Rochester Institute of Technology for the high school state cheerleading championships, meaning all attendees ages five and older must have proof of full vaccination at events with 400 or more attendees.

The state indoor track championships at Ocean Breeze on Staten Island, which will include NYSPHSAA and CHSAA athletes, will require all attendees ages five and older to have proof of full vaccination in accordance with New York City Parks and Recreation guidelines.

Cardinal Hayes, Msgr. Farrell Win Boys Basketball Championships

The Cardinal Hayes and Msgr. Farrell high school boys basketball teams captured the CHSAA Spring Basketball Tournaments at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains on Thursday.

Cardinal Hayes beat Xaverian, 70-66, for the Ray Nash/Kevin Pigott title. Cardinal Hayes junior Tobe Awaka was named tournament most valuable player.

Msgr. Farrell defeated St. Joseph by-the-Sea, 50-42, for the Tom Murray/Rich Tricario title. Pat Gardner finished with 22 points and six rebounds, and Rob Frolic and Matt Hanley combined for 11 points and 11 rebounds for Msgr. Farrell.


Griffin Entering NBA Draft

Alan Griffin announced he will forego his senior season at Syracuse University and enter the 2021 NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-5 junior played two seasons at the University of Illinois before transferring to Syracuse where he averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. The Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate, who was third on the team in scoring and second in rebounding, had a team-high 46 blocks.

Griffin is the son of Adrian Griffin, who played at Seton Hall University and later in the NBA. He’s now an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors.

Griffin’s brother A.J. is a senior at Archbishop Stepinac and is signed to play at Duke University next season. His sister Aubrey averaged 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in 17 minutes per game during her sophomore season for the University of Connecticut in 2020-2021.

Basketball Season Opens for CHSAA

The CHSAA boys basketball season kicked off on Monday night with two games at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains.

All games this season will be played at Stepinac as games played in the five boroughs of New York City must be played outdoors. Games in Westchester County may be played indoors. All games will be streamed on LocalLive.

Monday’s results

Msgr. Scanlan 69, Fordham Prep 57

Bishop Loughlin 65, Archbishop Molloy 60


Ray Nash Division

Christ the King vs. Holy Cross, at Stepinac, 5 p.m.

Kevin Pigott Division

Cardinal Hayes at Stepinac, 7:15 p.m.

CHSAA Boys Basketball Starts Next Week; All Games at Stepinac

The Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn will be having a shortened spring boys basketball season with games beginning next week.

All games will be played at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains.

Teams will broken up into four divisions — Ray Nash Division, Kevin Pigott Division, Rich Tricario Division and Tom Murray Division. The Catholic schools competing are from New York City and one–Stepinac–from Westchester County.

Only essential game personnel, athletic trainers, school officials and accredited members of the media will be admitted into the gym.Spectators will not be permitted, All games will be streamed on LocalLive.

Basketball was listed as one of the high-risk sports in New York State during the Covid-19 pandemic. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced high-risk sports may begin Feb. 1 with final approval from local officials. Long Island and Hudson Valley officials gave their schools the OK to start competing. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Department of Health waited till March to make any announcement.

When an announcement was made, the mayor and the department of health said all high-risk sports competitions held in New York City must be played outdoors.

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Sacred Heart Captures Tournament

Sacred Heart High School rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat John F. Kennedy Catholic Prep, 45-44, and capture the Conquering Covid boys basketball tournament championship.

Sacred Heart’s Josendy Nova was named tournament most valuable player.

Iona Prep B tipped Archbishop Stepinac B, 33-32, in the consolation game.

All tournament team: Jayden Watkins and Lou Hoonkis, Kennedy; Jalen Lewis and Dwayne Pennicooke, Sacred Heart; John Iscaro, Iona; and Elijah McKelvin, Stepinac.


Stepinac Sweeps Iona Prep

Archbishop Stepinac swept rival Iona Prep in the Brother Stoldt Best-of-Seven Series behind the play of tournament most valuable player Malcolm Chimezie.

Here are the finals of the four high school boys basketball games: Feb. 26 — Stepinac 56, Iona Prep 47; March 2 — Stepinac 61, Iona Prep 54; March 5 — Stepinac 73, Iona Prep 52; March 12 — Stepinac 59, Iona Prep 58.

“The series was great for both schools and all the players who played in the four games,” said Stepinac coach Patrick Massaroni. “It allowed both Iona and Stepinac to showcase our respective programs and we are excited we came out on top 4-0.”

Chimezie, who is signed to play at Boston University in 2021-2022, averaged 10.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game for Stepinac. Isaiah Alexander contributed 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.

Rivals Iona Prep, Stepinac Playing Best of 7 Boys Baskeball Series

Iona Preparatory School and Archbishop Stepinac High School will be playing in the Brother Stoldt Best of 7 Series, beginning with the first game of the boys basketball series on Friday night in New Rochelle at 7 p.m.

The two teams will be playing in front of no fans at the gymnasiums, but will be competing in front of a livestream audience.

The two CHSAA boys basketball programs, who began practicing earlier this month, will be playing the best-of seven series because CHSAA programs from their league in New York City have not received a final OK to begin practicing from Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city health department.

A decision from the mayor is expected soon and practices for public and Catholic schools in New York City may begin as soon as this week or Monday, March 1.