Lourdes Joining Section 9

Our Lady of Lourdes High School will be going from Section 1 to Section 9 in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for the 2022-2023 school year, school officials announced.

“After extensive research and deliberation with stakeholders it was agreed upon that the move from Section 1 to Section 9 was in the best interest of the school’s athletics program. There are many benefits that come along with the transition from Section I to Section IX including allowing us to compete against schools of comparable size,” said Lourdes Athletic Director Bill Kyle.

Section 9 includes schools from Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster and Orange counties, including John S. Burke High School. Section 1 features schools from Dutchess, Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties, including Albertus Magnus High School and The Ursuline School.

The move will cut travel time for Lourdes athletes and coaches. For the current school year, Beacon left Section 1 for Section 9, leaving Lourdes with no Section 1 opponents with similar enrollments in Dutchess County.

“The move to Section 9 will require less travel time for our student-athletes which will allow for their focus to be on both athletics and rigorous academics without experiencing added pressure in managing their time,” said Lourdes Principal, Meghan Vilardo.

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.

NYSPHSAA Holding State Tournaments

Robert Zayas, executive director for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, announced at the recent committee meeting that plans are in place for the NYSPHSAA to host state championship tournaments during the 2021-2022 school year.

State tournaments were cancelled for the spring 2020 and the 2020-2021 school year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Albertus Magnus, John S. Burke Catholic and Ursuline are Catholic schools in the archdiocese that compete in the NYSPHSAA.

Here are the dates and locations for the 2021 fall state championships:

Girls tennis, Sportime, Schenectady, Oct. 28-30B

Cheer, Arlington High School, LaGrange, Oct. 30

Girls team tennis, USTA National Tennis Center, Queens, Nov. 5

Cross country, Chenango, Valley State Park, Binghamton area, Nov. 13

Boys soccer, Middletown High School, Middletown, Nov. 13-14

Girls soccer, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, Nov. 13-14

Field hockey, Centereach High School, Long Island, Nov. 13-14

Girls swimming and diving, Ithaca College, Ithaca, Nov. 19-20

Boys volleyball, Capital Center, Albany, Nov. 20

GIrls volleyball, Cool Insuring Arena, Glens Falls, Nov. 20-21

Football, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, Dec. 3-4

Banino Leads at Showcase

The Ursuline School’s Daphne Banino won two varsity individual events to lead archdiocesan athletes at the New York State Showcase in Accord June 19.

Banino took first place in the girls 1,500-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 34.23 seconds and the girls one-mile run in 4:51.29.

Cardinal Hayes’ Travis Williams was the winner of the 100 in 10.62. Cardinal Hayes also won the 400 relay in 41.19.

Archbishop Stepinac’s Eloha-Karmiel Yitzchak won the three freshmen-sophomore races, the 200 hurdles in 23.24, 110 hurdles in 15.62 and the 400 hurdles in 1:00.36.

Eastern States Results

Prizile Negrete won two events to lead arcdiocesan athletes at the Eastern States track and field meet hosted by Iona Prep in New Rochelle.

The Ursuline School athlete took first in the discus and shot put.

Other archdiocesan winners were Markus Nakim, Iona Prep, boys 100; Brandon Edmund, Xavier, boys 200; Tommy Flynn, Iona Prep, boys 2,000 steeplechase; LaSalle, boys 3,200 relay; Christopher Milillo, Iona Prep, boys discus; Meghan Leonard, Notre Dame Academy, girls 800; Daphne Banino, Ursulkne, girls mile; Elena Olson, Ursuline, 400 hurdles; Ursuline, girls 1,600 relay; Alyssa Costa, St. Joseph Hill, girls triple jump.

New York Relays Results

Five individual athletes and three relays from Catholic high schools in the archdiocese took first place Saturday at the New York Relays on Randall’s Island.

The meet featured Catholic, public and private high schools.

Here are winners from the archdiocese:


2000-meter steeplechase: Eamonn Sullivan (Fordham Prep) 6:17.83; Javelin: Joseph Rachiele (Regis) 129-8; 400 relay: Cardinal Hayes 41.88.


One-mile run: Daphne Banino (Ursuline) 4:56.13; 5000: Ava Gumb (St. Joseph Hill Academy) 18:14; Discus: Prizila Negrete (Ursuline) 110-6; 1600 relay: Albertus Magnus 4:15.45; 3200 relay: Notre Dame (Manhattan) 11:04.

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.

College Basketball Recap

Here is how some former Catholic high school basketball stars from the archdiocese are faring on the collegiate level:

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Alan Griffin scored a game-high 23 points and added four rebounds and five assists for the Syracuse University men’s basketball team in an 87-52 triumph over Rider University. The junior forward is averaging 16.7 points, 4.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds per game.

Our Lady of Lourdes High School graduate Maddy Siegrist collected 19 points, 15 rebounds and three assists for the Villanova University women’s basketball team in a 74-65 Big East victory at St. John’s University. The sophomore is averaging 23.8 points and 11.8 rebounds for the Wildcats (4-0).

The Ursuline School graduate Katie McLoughlin and Maria Regina High School graduate Kaitlyn Downey each scored 12 points for Fordham University women’s basketball team in a 62-58 loss at Quinnipiac University. Downey, a junior forward, added 10 rebounds and six assists.

Cardinal Hayes graduate Joe Toussaint is averaging 4.6 points and 1.0 rebounds in the first three games for the unbeaten University of Iowa men’s basketball team, which hosts Archbishop Stepinac graduate RJ Davis and the University of North Carolina in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on ESPN Tuesday night. Davis, a freshman guard, is averaging 12.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.

Manhattan College opens its men’s basketball season on Friday against Rider Univesity with Iona Prep grad Romar Reid, Cardinal Hayes High School graduate Adam Cisse and former Mount St. Michael Academy student Elijah Buchanan on the roster.

St. Raymond High School graduate Dallas Watson is averaging 8.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in four games for the St. Peter’s University men’s basketball team.

NYSPHSAA Delays Start of Winter Season for High-Risk Sports

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced it is delaying the start of high-risk winter sports–basketball, hockey, competitive cheer and wrestling–to Jan. 4.

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

“The NYSPHSAA membership has expressed concerns pertaining to the increase in infection rates,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director, in a release from the NYSPHSAA. “Minimizing risk and exposure to COVID-19 is a top priority of the association.  We continue to make these types of decisions based upon readily available information and communication with state officials.”

Low- and moderate-risk winter sports–gymnastics, indoor track, skiing, swimming and diving, and bowling–will be allowed to start practice Nov. 30. Competitive games and meets may begin once the student-athletes have participated in the required number of practices.

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.”