Jerome Signs with Warriors

Iona Prep graduate Ty Jerome is in camp with the Golden State Warriors after being waived by the Houston Rockets and signing with the defending NBA champions.

Jerome and the Warriors will be in preseason action at 8:30 p.m. Sunday night against the Los Angeles Lakers and Iona Prep graduate Matt Ryan.

Jerome, 25, was part of an eight-player trade between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, who waived Jerome following the trade.

Jerome led the University of Virginia to the 2019 NCAA championship before being drafted 24th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, who traded him to the Phoenix Suns.

The 6-foot-5 guard played in 31 games during his rookie season with the Suns, and has played a total of 112 games in his NBA career with the Suns and Thunder, averaging 7.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 17.1 minutes per game.

Ryan in Lakers Camp

Iona Prep graduate Matt Ryan signed last week with the Los Angeles Lakers and is in camp with the NBA team that opens its preseason at home tonight against the Sacramento Kings.

Ryan joined the Boston Celtics in April 2022 and scored three points in five minutes during his NBA debut against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The 6-foot-7 forward was playing with the Maine Celtics of the NBA G League where he was averaging 19.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in 27 games. 

The 25 year old attended Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Chattanooga.

3 AAA Football Teams Still Unbeaten

And then there were three.

Archbishop Stepinac, Kellenberg and St. Anthony’s were all winners, improving to 3-0 in the AAA Catholic High School Football League. St. Anthony’s defeated defending Catholic high school state champ Iona Prep, 48-42, in New Rochelle.

Iona Prep (3-2 overall) meets rival Archbishop Stepinac (5-0 overall) in White Plains at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Catholic High School Football League’s featured game of the week.

Week 4 Results

Kennedy Catholic 47, St. Dominic’s 7

Archbishop Stepinac 40, Moore Catholic 0

St. Anthony’s 48, Iona Prep 42

Holy Trinity 39, Fordham Prep 0

Kellenberg 27, St. John the Baptist 7

Msgr. Farrell 49, St. Peter’s 0

Xavier 46, Holy Cross 20

St. Francis Prep 41, Cardinal Spellman 0

St. Joseph by-the-Sea 22, Christ the King 12

Chaminade 36, Cardinal Hayes 20

Xaverian 14, Mount St. Michael 6

Week 5 Schedule

Saturday, Oct. 8

Chaminade at Fordham Prep, 1 p.m.

Iona Prep at Archbishop Stepinac, 1:30 p.m.

Xaverian at St. Peter’s, 1:30 p.m.

Holy Cross at Cardinal Spellman, 1:30 p.m.

St. Dominic’s at Mount St. Michael, 1:30 p.m.

St. Francis Xavier at Christ the King, 1:30 p.m.

Xavier at St. Joseph by-the-Sea, 2 p.m.

Msgr. Farrell at Moore Catholic, 2 p.m.

St. Anthony’s at Cardinal Hayes, 3 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 9

Holy Trinity at Kellenberg, 1:30 p.m.

Kennedy Catholic at St. John the Baptist, 1:30 p.m.

Case Finishes 2022 in Altoona

Iona Prep graduate Brad Case helped the Altoona Curve complete the second half of the 2022 season with a 38-30 record.

The Curve compete in the Eastern League and are the Class AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Case finished the season with a 1-3 record and 3.92 earned average. In 62 innings, he gave up 59 hits and 22 walks. He struck out 58 hitters.

Case was a 17th-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALTOONA CURVE

LaSorsa Completes 2022 Season

Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSorsa and the Montgomery Biscuits reached the semifinals of the Southern League playoffs where it lost to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

The Biscuits are the Class AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Blue Wahoos are the Class AA affiliate of the Miami Marlins.

LaSorsa, 24, finished the season with a 7-3 record, 2.33 earned run average and eight saves. In 73 ⅓ innings, he struck out 87 hitters.

LaSorsa was an 18th-round pick of the Rays in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft out of St. John’s University, and pitched for the Hudson Valley Renegades in Fishkill during the 2019 season.

St. Anthony’s Next for Iona Prep

There’s no doubt Iona Prep may have the toughest schedule in 2022.

And so far, the Gaels have done quite well to start the season with a 3-1 record.

Iona Prep, the defending Catholic high school state champion, now enters its most challenging portion of its Catholic High School Football League schedule with St. Anthony’s, Archbishop Stepinac and Kellenberg in the next three weeks. All four teams are 2-0 in league play.

Iona Prep is ranked first in the most recent Class AA poll compiled by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Stepinac is third, St. Anthony’s is fourth and Kellenberg is 18th.

On Saturday, the Gaels host a St. Anthony’s team, which is coming off an impressive victory over state-ranked Msgr. Farrell.

Week 3 Results

St. Anthony’s 35, Msgr. Farrell 23

Moore Catholic 28, Fordham Prep 13

Xavier 26, Kennedy Catholic 6

St. Dominic’s 10, Ramapo 8

Archbishop 34, Chaminade 3

St. John the Baptist 44, St. Peter’s 20

Mount St. Michael 27, Cardinal Spellman 0

Iona Prep 56, Christ the King 28

Holy Trinity 34, Holy Cross 8

Kellenberg 36, Cardinal Hayes 35

St. Joseph by-the-Sea 34, St. Francis Prep 28

Week 4 Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 29

St. Dominic’s at Kennedy Catholic, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 30

Archbishop Stepinac at Moore Catholic, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1

St. Anthony’s at Iona Prep, 4 p.m.

Fordham Prep at Holy Trinity, 3 p.m.

Kellenberg at St. John the Baptist, 3:30 p.m.

St. Peter’s at Msgr. Farrell, 4 p.m.

Christ the King at St. Joseph by-the-Sea, 5 p.m.

Cardinal Spellman at St. Francis Prep, 7 p.m.

Holy Cross at Xavier, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 2

Mount St. Michael at Xaverian, 1:30 p.m.

Cardinal Hayes at Chaminade, 1:30 p.m.

PHOTO BY CHRIS SHERIDAN

Iona Prep is No. 1 in State Poll

Iona Prep is ranked first in the first state Class AA football poll released by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

The Gaels, the defending state Catholic high school champion, has won two in a row after losing its season opener.

Iona Prep will host Christ the King on Saturday before having three big weekends of football against St. Anthony’s, Archbishop Stepinac and Kellenberg. Stepinac and St. Anthony’s are ranked third and fourth in the state, respectively, and Kellenberg is 18th.

Also in Class AA, Msgr. Farrell is 14th.

In Class A, Our Lady of Lourdes is sixth, and Moore Catholic is 16th.

In Class B, John S. Burke Catholic and Xavier are 23rd and 24th, respectively.

New Jersey Wins Battle for the Bridge

New Jersey won the Battle for the Bridge.

New Jersey Catholic schools were winners in six of the nine football games against Catholic high school opponents from New York.

Winning their games from the archdiocese were Westchester County rivals Archbishop Stepinac and Iona Prep, which recorded a 42-35 win over New Jersey State power Don Bosco Prep. Stepinac defeated DePaul, 24-3.

Holy Trinity of Long Island defeated Immaculata of New Jersey for New York’s third win.

Week 2 Results

Mount St. Michael 54, St. Francis Prep 48

Holy Trinity 45, Immaculata 42

Kellenberg 38, Fordham Prep 14

Iona Prep 42, Don Bosco Prep 35

Paramus Catholic 21, Chaminade 20

St. John the Baptist 22, Christ the King 18

Archbishop Stepinac 24, DePaul 3

Morris Catholic 52, St. Peter’s 28

Kennedy Catholic 42, Cardinal Spellman 7

Hudson Catholic 33, Msgr. Farrell 14

Moore Catholic 28, Xavier 17

St. Joseph 63, St. Anthony’s 49

Immaculate Conception 14, St. Joseph by-the-Sea 7

Pope John 40, Cardinal Hayes 36

Week 3 Schedule

Friday, Sept. 23

St. Anthony’s at Msgr. Farrell, 7 p.m.

Xavier at Kennedy Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept.24

Ramapo at St. Dominic’s, 1 p.m.

Archbishop Stepinac at Chaminade, 1:30 p.m.

St. Peter’s at St. John the Baptist, 1:30 p.m.

Mount St. Michael at Cardinal Spellman, 1:30 p.m.

Christ the King at Iona Prep, 1:30 p.m.

Holy Trinity at Holy Cross, 1:30 p.m.

Kellenberg at Cardinal Hayes, 3 p.m.

St. Joseph by-the-Sea at St. Francis Prep, 7 p.m.

Moore Catholic at Fordham Prep, 7 p.m.

Moran Still in Salt Lake

Iona Prep graduate Brian Moran is still pitching in the Los Angeles Angels organization as a member of the Salt Lake Bees.

The 33 year old is 5-2 with a 3.35 earned run average for the Bees, the Class AAA affiliate of the Angels. In 45 2/3 innings, Moran has given up 41 hits and struck out 49.

Moran was a seventh-round pick of the Seattle Mariners in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. His younger brother, Colin, is an infielder for the Cincinnati Reds.

Strong Month for LaSorsa

Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSorsa is off to a strong start in September for the Montgomery Biscuits.

The left-handed pitcher has not allowed an earned run in his first four outings, allowing one hit and one walk over 5 1/3 innings for the Biscuits, the Class AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. He struck out five.

For the season, he’s 3-0 with a 3.45 earned run average and one save at Montgomery. In 31 1/3 innings, he’s allowed 25 hits, 12 earned runs, three walks and struck out 29.

LaSorsa was an 18th-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft.

The Biscuits open a six-game series with the Mississippi Braves tonight in Mississippi.