Hayes, Stepinac Still in National Poll

Cardinal Hayes and Archbishop Stepinac high schools continue to be the top boys basketball programs in the state and among the nation’s top teams.

Cardinal Hayes is ranked first in this week’s state Class AA poll compiled by the New York State Sportswriters Association and is 10th in the Max Preps national poll. Stepinac is third in the state poll and 18th in the national poll. Mount St. Michael Academy is 12th in the state poll.

In Class A, Msgr. Farrell is second in the 

Cardinal Hayes’ Ian Jackson, a 6-foot-5 small forward, is the nation’s sixth-best sophomore, according to ESPN. Stepinac’s Johnuel Fland, a 6-foot-2 point guard, is 14th in the same list of top sophomores.

In this week’s girls basketball state poll, The Ursuline School is third in the Class AA poll. Msgr. Scanlan and Our Lady of Lourdes are 18th and 29th, respectively.

St. Joseph by-the-Sea is No. 1 in the Class A poll.

Cardinal Hayes Remains No. 1

Cardinal Hayes High School remains ranked first in the state boys basketball poll released Tuesday by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Cardinal Hayes, which is ranked 10th in Max Preps national poll, is No. 1 in the Class AA poll. Archbishop Stepinac, which is 19th in the Max Preps national poll, and Mount St. Michael Academy are third and seventh, respectively, in the state poll.

Msgr. Farrell is second in the Class A poll.

In the girls basketball polls, The Ursuline School is fourth, followed by Msgr. Scanlan at 15 and Albertus Magnus at 25 in Class AA.

In Class A, St. Joseph by-the-Sea is No. 1.

Six Players from Archdiocese in Saturday’s Army-Navy Game

Six players from the archdiocese will be cheering on their respective teams when Army plays Navy at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday.

Kickoff is 3 p.m. on CBS for the regular-season finale for both teams. Army (8-3 overall) will play Missouri in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, on Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Christian Anderson and Malkelm Morrison were opponents in high school and now teammates at Army.

Anderson, a senior quarterback out of Cardinal Hayes High School, has thrown for 545 yards and five touchdowns and run for 519 yards and six touchdowns this season. For his career, Anderson has rushed for 1,393 yards and 13 touchdowns, and thrown for 869 yards and eight touchdowns.

Morrison, a senior linebacker out of Iona Prep, has 50 tackles in 2021 and 127 for his career. He resident had nine tackles in his team’s win over Air Force last month.

For Navy, John Kelly III is a Msgr. Farrell graduate with five tackles this season from the Raider position. The senior has eight tackles in 19 games over three seasons.

Two Fordham Prep graduates – Mattie Conlon and Joseph Petti – are offensive lineman. Conlon, a senior from the Bronx, has played in two games this season, and Petti is a junior from Yonkers.

A fourth player at Navy, Romaine Robinson, is a sophomore cornerback from Salisbury Mills in Orange County. He is a graduate of Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey.


CHSFL All-League Picks

The Catholic High School Football League released its all-league selections this week.

Here are the players from the archdiocese who were honored:


Ethan Yak, Msgr. Farrell; Jack Wolf, Fordham Prep; Matt Wissman, St. Joseph by-the-Sea; Dae’Shaw Allen, Archbishop Stepinac; Jack Annicelli, Fordham Prep; Donovan Beauvoir, Cardinal Hayes; Scott Becker, Iona Prep; Henry Belin, Cardinal Hayes; Evan Bernal, Kennedy Catholic; Nicholas Bruno, Xavier; Messiah Burch, Msgr. Farrell; Thomas Cammileri, St. Peter’s; Jabril Carter, Mount St. Michael; Anthony Castaldi, Kennedy Catholic; Micael Cogoni, Archbishop Stepinac; Gjok Deduvakaj, Archbishop Stepinac; Terrie Francis, Mount St. Michael; Gio Gentile, St. Peter’s; Aidan Hanley-Piri, Cardinal Spellman; Aramis Irizary, Cardinal Hayes; Justin Joly, Iona Prep; Nicholas Jordan, Moore Catholic; Chris Long, Msgr. Farrell; Devin Malvasio, St. Joseph by-the-Sea; James McCauley, Archbishop Stepinac; John Michalski, Moore Catholic; Marcus Petterson, Fordham Prep; Sean Richter, Xavier; Casar Roman, Cardinal Hayes; George Ruiz, Iona Prep; Michael Ryan, Iona Prep; Ajani Sheppard, Iona Prep; Henry Tabansi, Moore Catholic


Ryan Amos, Archbishop Stepinac; Logan Arroyo, Cardinal Spellman; Joseph Badayna, Msgr. Farrell; Devon Banks, Cardinal Hayes; Liroye Biyo, Cardinal Spellman; Muhamed Boja, Cardinal Hayes; Chris Booras, Msgr. Farrell; Tyler Cadienhead, Mount St. Michael; Wayne Coleman, Archbishop Stepinac; Chris Demartino, Archbishop Stepinac; Charlie DiMartino, St. Peter’s; Aaron Espinet, Msgr. Farrell; Vaughan Johnson, Fordham Prep; George Kokakis, St. Joseph by-the-Sea; JT Krivinskas, Archbishop Stepiniac; Joe Lecchese, St. Peter’s; Capri Martin, Iona Prep; Kaloni McIntyre, Iona Prep; Nicholas Mittag, Kennedy Catholic; Jack Moran, St. Joseph by-the-Sea; Zyian Moultrie-Goddard, Iona Prep; Tyler Murphy, St. Joseph by-the-Sea; Eduoardo Pierre, Moore Catholic; Jaiden Roberts, Xavier; Ellis Robinson IV, Iona Prep; Jameson Sessa, Msgr. Farrell; Daniel Sheahan, Fordham Prep; Gavin Taylor, Cardinal Hayes; Troy Telesford, Moore Catholic; Matthew Valentino, Xavier; Paul Ventura, Msgr. Farrell

Senior Bowl on Sunday

The 2021 Catholic High School Football League Senior Bowl is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale.

The Senior Bowl has the top seniors from the league in the archdiocese competing against the top seniors from Long Island.

Here are the players playing for the team representing the archdiocese:


Donovan Beauvoir, Cardinal Hayes; Aramis Irizarry, Cardinal Hayes; Justin Joly, Iona Prep; Michael Ryan, Iona Prep; Terrie Francis, Mount St. Michael; Jayden Porter, Cardinal Hayes;l Frank Espisito, Msgr. Farrell; Jack Wolf, Fordham Prep; Ethan Yak, Msgr. Farrell; Nicholas Bruno, Xavier; Caesar Roman, Cardinal Hayes; AJ Turner, Iona Prep; Cole Abbruzzese, Msgr. Farrell; James McCauley, Archbishop Stepinac; Henry Belin, Cardinal Hayes; Aidan Hanley-Piri, Cardinal Spellman; Jack ​​Anicelli, Fordham Prep; Chris Long, Msgr. Farrell; Sean Richter, Xavier; Robert Capolongo, Msgr. Farrell; Nicholas Molina, Cardinal Hayes; Giovanni Rivera, Cardinal Hayes; Marcus Petterson, Fordham Prep; Shane Smith, Mount St. Michael; Vincent Tulipano, Archbishop Stepinac; Mark Serratore, Archbishop Stepinac.


Darryl Reaves, Iona Prep; Jaiden Roberts, Xavier; Troy Telesford, Moore Catholic; Chris Booras, Msgr. Farrell; Aaron Espinet, Msgr. Farrell; Kaloni McIntyre, Iona Prep; Muhamed Boja, Cardinal Hayes; Ryan Amos, Archbishop Stepinac; Chris Demartino, Archbishop Stepinac; Beau Baldwin, Cardinal Hayes; Jaylen Johnson, Archbishop Stepinac; John Prince, Archbishop Stepiniac; Jayson Vavrica, Iona Prep; Charlie DiMartino, St. Peter’s; Eduoardo Pierre, Moore Catholic; Jameson Sessa, Msgr. Farrell; Paul Ventura, Msgr. Farrell; Joseph Badyna, Msgr. Farrell; Daniel Sheahan, Fordham Prep; Gavin Taylor, Cardinal Hayes; Devon Banks, Cardinal Hayes; Logan Arroyo, Cardinal Spellman; Joe Lecchese, St. Peter’s; Matthew Valentino, Xavier; Jaden Peterson, Cardinal Hayes; Johnson Tafari, Cardinal Hayes; Fong Suraj, Archbishop Stepinac

Special Teams

Liroye Biyo, Cardinal Spellman; Victor Defelice, Cardinal Hayes

Iona Prep Wins AAA Championship

Ajani Sheppard threw for three touchdowns, ran for two touchdowns and was named the Catholic High School Football League AAA Championship game’s offensive most valuable player after leading Iona Prep to a 49-15 victory over Msgr. Farrell at Mitchel Athletic Field in Uniondale on Saturday.

Sheppard completed 17 of 22 passes for 220 yards and ran for 75 yards on 10 carries for the Gaels, who will host St. Francis of Buffalo in the state Catholic high school championship game at noon Saturday.

Iona Prep, the state’s No. 1 Class AA team in the state sportswriters poll, will be playing for the program’s first Catholic high school state football title.

“Major accomplishment for the program/school,” Iona Prep coach Joe Spagnolo told Catholic New York/Catholic Sports Scene. “The boys are very excited to be playing for a state championship on Saturday.”

Justin Joly caught five passes for 73 yards and one touchdown, and had seven carries for 76 yards and a touchdown for Iona Prep. Michael Senatore, MIke Ryan and Colin O’Garro each scored a touchdown.

Defensively, Iona Prep stopped Msgr. Farrell’s running game and had three quarterback sacks. Zyian Moultrie-Goddard was named the game’s defensive most valuable player.


Football Champions Crowned

AAA Quarterfinals

Msgr. Farrell 37, Christ the King 7

St. Anthony’s 42, Cardinal Hayes 28

Archbishop Stepinac 42, Kellenberg 7

AA-1 Quarterfinals

Moore Catholic 35, Xavier 21

St. Francis Prep 28, St. Joseph by-the-Sea 27

Fordham Prep 13, St. Peter’s 12

AA-2 Quarterfinals

St. John the Baptist 34, Cardinal Spellman 6

Kennedy Catholic 35, Xaverian 12

Holy Cross 43, Mount St. Michael 14

Bowl Game

St. Dominic’s 35, Nazareth 14

AAA Semifinals

Iona Prep 35, St. Anthony’s 28

Msgr. Farrell 24, Archbishop Stepinac 21

AA-1 Semifinals

Chaminade 31, Fordham Prep 0

Moore Catholic 18, St. Francis Prep 7

AA-2 Semifinals

Holy Trinity 28, Holy Cross 0

St. John the Baptist 42, Kennedy Catholic 29

Championship Games

AA2–Holy Trinity 21, St. John the Baptist 10

AA1–Chaminade 43, Moore Catholic 7

AAA–Iona Prep 49, Msgr. Farrell 15

CHSFL Results, Playoff Schedule

Iona Prep, Chaminade and Holy Trinity all picked up top seeds for the upcoming Catholic High School Football League playoffs.

All three received byes and will compete in the semifinals on the weekend of Nov. 12-14. The quaterfinals will be played this weekend.

Here are the results from the final week of the regular season and the playoff schedule.

Week 8 Results

Xaverian 13, Cardinal Spellman 0

Kellenberg 35, Moore Catholic 13

Iona Prep 51, Chaminade 14

Msgr. Farrell 35, St. Peter’s 6

Holy Trinith 42, Kennedy Catholic 0

Cardinal Hayes 49, Archbishop Stepinac 48

Mount St. Michael 30, Nazareth 6

St. Anthony’s 44, St. Francis Prep 7

St. Joseph by-the-Sea 30, Christ the King 15

St. John the Baptist 17, Holy Cross 14

AAA Quarterfinals

No. 1 Iona Prep bye

Friday, Nov. 5–No. 5 Cardinal Hayes at No. 4 St. Anthony’s, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 6–No. 7 Christ the King at No. 2 Msgr. Farrell, 4 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 7–No. 6 Kellenberg at No. 3 Archbishop Stepinac, 1:30 p.m.

AA-1 Quarterfinals

No. 1 Chaminade bye

Friday, Nov. 5–No. 5 St. Peter’s at No. 4 Fordham Prep, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 7–No. 7 Xavier at No. 2 Moore Catholic, 1 p.m.

No. 6 St. Francis Prep at No. 3 St. Joseph by-the-Sea, TBA

AA-2 Quarterfinals

No. 1 Holy Trinity bye

Friday, Nov. 5–No. 6 Xaverian at No. 3 Kennedy Catholic, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 6–No. 7 Cardinal Spellman at No. 2 St. John the Baptist, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 7–No. 5 Mount St. Michael at No. 4 Holy Cross, 1 p.m.

Bowl Game

Saturday, Nov. 6–St. Dominic’s at Nazareth, 7 p.m.

CHSFL Results/Schedule

Week 6 Results

St. John the Baptist 34, Kennedy Catholic 7

Msgr. Farrell 21, Kellenberg 17

Xaverian 42, Nazareth 12

St. Anthony’s 42, Moore Catholic 6

St. Joseph by-the-Sea 27, St. Francis Prep 20

Iona Prep 35, Cardinal Hayes 21

Chaminade 28, Fordham Prep 0

Cardinal Spellman 19, Mount St. Michael 16

Archbishop Stepinac 49, Christ the King 16

Xavier 28, St. Peter’s 21

Holy Trinity 35, Holy Cross 6

Week 7

Friday, Oct. 22

Xavier at Msgr. Farrell, 7 p.m.

Cardinal Hayes at Kellenberg, 7 p.m.

Iona Prep at St. Anthony’s, 7 p.m.

Fordham Prep at Christ the King, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23

Cardinal Spellman at St. John the Baptist, 1 p.m.

Kennedy Catholic at Mount St. Michael, 1:30 p.m.

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

St. Joseph by-the-Sea at Archbishop Stepinac, 1:30 p.m.

St. Peter’s at Moore Catholic, 1:30 p.m.

Chaminade at St. Francis Prep, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 24

St. Dominic’s at Holy Cross, 1:30 p.m.

Banino Leads Runners

The Ursuline School’s Daphne Banino won the Varsity B girls race in a time of 14 minutes, 44.70 seconds on Van Cortlandt Park’s 2.5-mile course to lead Catholic school runners from the archdiocese at the Manhattan Cross Country Invitational in the Bronx.

Ursuline placed seventh with 205 points.

In the Varsity D girls race, Ava Gumb of St. Joseph Hill Academy was second in 15:45.30, leading her team to a seventh-place finish with 226 points.

In the Varsity A girls race, Lola Dinneen was fourth in 15:28.80 and Alyssia Brown placed ninth in 16:01.30, leading Notre Dame Academy to an 11th-place finish with 284 points.

In the Boys Eastern States Championship race, Fordham Prep’s Myles Hogan was fourth in 12:34.80 and his team placed ninth with 275 points.

In the Varsity C race, Dylan Doskocil’s ninth-place finish in 13:56.10 led St. Joseph by-the-Sea to an eighth-place finish with 220 points.

In the Varsity E race, Msgr. Farrell was third with 125 points, led by Anthony Zarrella’s 11th-place finish in 13:48.7.