Siegrist Powers Villanova

Our Lady of Lourdes High School graduate Maddy Siegrist picked up her eighth double-double of the season, leading Villanova University to a 90-53 Big East women’s basketball victory over Butler University on Sunday.

The sophomore forward finished with a game-high 26 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. On Monday, Siegrist earned a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for averaging 23.0 points and 9.3 rebounds in three games in the week ending Jan. 31.

Villanova (10-3 overall, 5-3 Big East) hosts Providence on Wednesday.

A Magarity Sweep

Holy Cross swept its Patriot League women’s basketball weekend series against Army, winning 80-46 in West Point on Saturday and 61-42 in Worcester, Mass., on Sunday.

Army is coached by Dave Magarity. Holy Cross is coached by Our Lady of Lourdes High School graduate Maureen Magarity. The Associated Press reported it believed this was the first time a father and daughter coached their respective teams against one another in an NCAA Division I basketball contest.

Holy Cross improved to 2-2 overall and 2-2 in the league. Army dropped to 4-5 overall,

The two teams will meet in Worcester, Mass., Feb. 6 and West Point Feb. 7.

Maureen grew up watching her dad coach Rik Smits and the Marist College men’s basketball team to the NCAA Division I tournament in 1987. She played four seasons at Our Lady of Lourdes for current Marist women’s coach Brian Giorgis.

Maureen played at Boston College before transferring to Marist and helped the Marist women’s program to its first NCAA Division I tournament in 2004. She coached as an assistant at Marist and Fairfield before joining her father at West Point in 2006, serving three seasons as an assistant coach and one as associate coach.

Maureen was named head coach at the University of New Hampshire in 2010, coaching there for 10 seasons and leading the 2016-2017 team to 26 victories and an America East regular-season title. She won the Kay Yow National Coach of the Year and America East Coach of the Year honors. She was a finalist for the WBCA National Coach of the Year.

New Hampshire won 19 games the following season.

Historic Meetings for Magaritys

Father vs. Daughter.

This will be the case on Saturday in West Point and Sunday in Worcester, Mass., when Army and Holy Cross meet in Patriot League women’s basketball action being televised by ESPN+ at 3 p.m. both days.

Army is coached by Dave Magarity. Holy Cross is coached by Our Lady of Lourdes High School graduate Maureen Magarity. The Associated Press is reporting it believes this will be the first time a father and daughter will be coaching their respective teams against one another in an NCAA Division I basketball contest.

Magarity grew up watching her dad coach Rik Smits and the Marist College men’s basketball team to the NCAA Division I tournament in 1987. She played four seasons at Our Lady of Lourdes for current Marist women’s coach Brian Giorgis.

Maureen played at Boston College before transferring to Marist and helped the Marist women’s program to its first NCAA Division I tournament in 2004.

Maureen coached as an assistant at Marist and Fairfield before joining her father at West Point in 2006, serving three seasons as an assistant coach and one as associate coach.

Maureen was named head coach at the University of New Hampshire in 2010, coaching there for 10 seasons and leading the 2016-2017 team to 26 victories and an America East regular-season title. She won the Kay Yow National Coach of the Year and America East Coach of the Year honors. She was a finalist for the WBCA National Coach of the Year.

New Hampshire won 19 games the following season.

Maureen was named Holy Cross coach in 2020. The Crusaders are 0-2, dropping two games to Boston University.

Army is 4-3 overall, and split its two Patriot League games with Colgate.

Siegrist Leads Villanova

Our Lady of Lourdes High School graduate Maddy Siegrist has led the Villanova University women’s basketball team in victory and defeat this week.

The sophomore forward finished with 23 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in a 78=71 Big East win at Seton Hall on Wednesday. Two days earlier, Siegrist collected 31 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks in a 94-82 Big East loss to DePaul.

Siegrist is a three-time winner of the Big East Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor this season. She was the 2019-2020 Big East Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year.

Villanova (8-2 overall, 3-2 Big East) hosts Providence next Wednesday. A game scheduled for Saturday versus Marquette has been postponed.

PHOTO COURTESY OF VILLANOVA University

NYSPHSAA Cancels Winter State Meets, Suspends High-Risk Sports

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Friday all winter state championship tournaments are cancelled for the 2020-2021 season and it has suspended all high-risk sports until it receives the proper authorization to do so from state officials.

The Ursuline School, Our Lady of Lourdes, Albertus Magnus and John S. Burke are Catholic high schools competing in the NYSPHSAA.

“When examining the feasibility of Winter State Championships, it became apparent that travel and overnight accommodations would create a unique challenge for our member schools,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director, in a press release. “At this time, we must prioritize maximizing student participation without a focus on championship events.”

Basketball, boys lacrosse, competitive cheerleading, football, ice hockey, volleyball and wrestling are listed as high-risk sports by the New York State Department of Health.

Low- and moderate-risk sports are permitted to continue practicing and competing. State tournaments for spring sports are still on.

NYSPHSAA Postpones Football, Volleyball, Cheer Seasons

The New York Public High School Athletic Association announced it has changed the football, volleyball and competitive cheer seasons from the fall to a start date of March 1, 2021.

Low-risk contact fall sports–boys and girls soccer, girls swimming, girls tennis, field hockey, cross country–may begin practicing on Sept. 21.

The start of spring sports will be pushed back to April 21.

The Ursuline School, Albertus Magnus, Our Lady of Lourdes and John S. Burke Catholic are Catholic schools in the archdiocese competing in the NYSPHSAA. John S. Burke competes in NYSPHSAA’s Section 9, which voted Thursday to postpone all fall sports–low- and high-risk contact–to March.

“We’ve spent two days speaking with nearly 500 athletic directors across the state and it’s clear that administering high-risk fall sports during the COVID-19 pandemic presents a significant challenge for our member schools,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director, in a press release. “These are unprecedented times and unfortunately, difficult decisions will have to be made to address this ongoing crisis. We continue to stay committed to providing support to our member schools and quality participation experiences for the students we serve.”

NYSPHSAA Delays Start of Season

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Thursday it is delaying the start of the fall 2020 season till Sept. 21 and is cancelling the fall 2020 state regional and state championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ursuline School, Our Lady of Lourdes, Albertus Magnus and John S. Burke are Catholic high schools in the Hudson Valley competing in the NYSPHSAA.

“As the state considers reopening, it is unrealistic to believe athletic seasons can start on August 24th as originally scheduled,” said Paul Harrica, NYSPHSAA president in a press release. “The priority will continue to be on the educational process and a return to learning in the safest way possible.”

The vote by NYSPHSAA officers for the delayed start came at the recommendation of the NYSPHSAA COVID-19 Task Force, which met via Zoom on Thursday.

“We recognize this is challenging for everyone, but the decisions made at the state level are based upon data and statewide infection rates all in an effort to stop the spread of COVID and reopen responsibly,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director, in the press release.

“At this time, Department of Health guidance presented on July 13th prohibits interscholastic athletics across the state. The (NYSPHSAA) will continue to follow state guidance and will work collectively with state officials to ensure high school athletics will start up responsibly in the future. As an association, we must be willing to be flexible and continue to explore all options with students’ safety as our main focus.”

The NYSPHSAA also announced a three-season condensed schedule starting in Jan. 2021 if the fall 2020 is postponed due to the pandemic.

Season I is the winter 2020-2021 season and will run tentatively from Jan. 4 to March 13. Sports are boys and girls basketball, boys and girls skiing, boys swimming, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls indoor track, wrestling and competitive cheer.

Season II is the fall 2020 season, which will run tentatively from March 1 to May 8 with boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, field hockey, boys and girls volleyball, girls swimming and football. 

Season III is spring sports and will operate from April 5 to June 12 with baseball, softball, boys and girls golf, boys and girls outdoor track and field, boys and girls lacrosse and boys and girls tennis.

Please note girls tennis is being moved from the fall to spring season in the condensed schedule, and wrestling and competitive cheer may be moved to the second or third season depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PHOTO COURTESY OF USA BASKETBALL — The Ursuline School’s Sonia Citron, shown competing for Team USA, is one of the top returning basketball players in the state for the 2020-2021 school year. She has committed to play at the University Notre Dame in 2021-2022.

NYSPHSAA Holds Quarterly Meeting

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Executive Committee held its first ever quarterly meeting by video teleconference earlier this week.

The Ursuline School, Our Lady of Lourdes, John S. Burke and Albertus Magnus are Catholic high schools in the archdiocese that are among the 788-NYSPHSAA member schools.

The committee approved a proposal to allow high school football teams to play a 10th regular-season game. Our Lady of Lourdes and John S. Burke both field football programs.

Winter and spring championship sites that had their tournaments postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic were given an additional year to host the state championship tournaments. This includes Glens Falls hosting the boys basketball state championships and Troy serving as host to the girls basketball state championships, which will host the respective tournaments through 2023.

The next executive committee meeting is scheduled for July 28 and 29.

Citron Wins Top Honor

Sonia Citron received New York State’s Class AA Girls Basketball Player of the Year from the New York State Sportswriters Association.

The 6-foot-1 junior guard helped The Ursuline School to a 24-0 record and 2019-2020 Section 1 championship in 2019-2020.

Citron announced earlier this month she will attend the University of Notre Dame in 2021-2022.

Citron was one of 11 Catholic High School players in the archdiocese to be recognized by the state sportswriters association. Joining Citron are:

CLASS AA: Paulina Paris, Albertus Magnus, second team; Ava Learn, Our Lady of Lourdes, third team; Alexa Mustafaj, Ursuline, ninth team; Tanasha Mills, Albertus Magnus, 13th team.

CLASS A: Amber Abusbeih, Moore Catholic, third team; Ashley Marrocco, St. Joseph by-the-Sea, sixth team; Jordan Welle, Moore Catholic, ninth team; Gianna Samuels, Notre Dame Academy, 13th team; Shanice Sinclair, Cardinal Spellman, 15th team.

CLASS B: Marie Cari, Notre Dame School, eighth team.

PHOTO OF SONIA CITRON COURTESY OF TEAM USA BASKETBALL

 

NYSPHSAA Cancels Spring Tourneys

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Monday it has cancelled its spring state championship tournaments due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The NYSPHSAA has spring state championships for baseball, softball, boys and girls track, boys and girls golf, boys and girls lacrosse and boys tennis.

“Unfortunately, with the continued impact of the COVID-19 crisis, hosting the spring 2020 state championships is no longer feasible (time factor, facility and venue availability, etc.)” said Paul Harrica, NYSPHSAA’s President, in a press release. “Canceling the remaining winter state championships in late March was challenging and the cancelation of our spring state championships today is equally disappointing.”

The regular season for spring sports remains on hold for nine of the 11 sections in the NYSPHSAA. Section Eight (Nassau County) and Section 11 (Suffolk County) announced the cancellation of spring sports on April 21.