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.

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.



Citron Commits to Notre Dame

Sonia Citron of The Ursuline School announced on Twitter last week that she will be attending the University of Notre Dame for the 2021-2022 school year.

“So blessed and excited to announce my commitment to the University of Notre Dame. Thank you to everyone that has helped me along the way. I wouldn’t be where
I am today without you,” she said in her Twitter announcement.

Citron led Ursuline to the Section 1 Class AA championship and a 24-0 record in 2019-2020. The season came to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic before the state regional semifinal against Monroe-Woodbury.

The 6-foot-1 guard was named the 2019-2020 Gatorade New York State Girls Basketball Player of the Year. In 2019, she earned all-tournament honors after leading Team USA to International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) U16 Americas Championship in Chile.



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.

Davis, Citron Net Honors

Archbishop Stepinac High School’s R.J. Davis and The Ursuline School’s Sonia Citron each received basketball for their play during the 2019-2020 season.

Davis was named Mr. New York State Basketball by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York, and Citron received the Gatorade New York State Girls Basketball Player of the Year award.

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NYSPHSAA Cancels Playoffs

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has cancelled the remainder of its winter sports state tournaments, the NYSPHSAA announced Monday.

The NYSPHSAA was in the middle of state regional tournaments for boys and girls basketball, state semifinals for ice hockey and boys and girls bowling state tournaments.

The Ursuline School won the Section 1 Class AA championship, and was scheduled to play Monroe-Woodbury in a state regional semifinal when the playoffs were suspended.

NYSPHSAA Suspends Championships

All winter regional and state championship events have been suspended indefinitely by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

The NYSPHSAA made this announcement late Thursday. The Ursuline School, John S. Burke, Our Lady of Lourdes and Albertus Magnus high schools are Catholic schools in the archdiocese that compete in the NYSPHSAA.

The Ursuline School won the Section 1 girls basketball championship and was competing in the state regional tournament.

Updated State Basketball Rankings

Here is how Catholic high schools in the archdiocese fared in this week’s New York State Sportswriters Association basketball polls:

Boys basketball

Class AA: 5-St. Raymond, 10-Cardinal Hayes, 21-Msgr. Scanlan, 22-Archbishop Stepinac. Class B: 18-Salesian.

Girls basketball

Class AA: 3-Ursuline, 11-Albertus Magnus. Class A: 8-Moore Catholic.

Updated State Basketball Rankings

Here is how the Catholic high schools in the archdiocese fared in this week’s state basketball rankings from the New York State Sportswriters Association:


Class AA: 8-St. Raymond, 19-Cardinal Hayes, 22-Archbishop Stepinac, 26-Iona Prep. Class A: 12-Msgr. Farrell. Class B: 21-Salesian.


Class AA: 4-Ursuline, 14-Albertus Magnus, 23-Our Lady of Lourdes. Class A: 10-Moore Catholic.