Fordham Prep Athletes Take Home Titles


It was quite a weekend for Fordham Prep athletes. A runner and swimmer captured state federation championships, and the boys’ basketball team claimed its second consecutive CHSAA City A Division championship.

Indoor track and field–Fordham Prep senior Myles Hogan ran to state federation championships in the boys’ 1,600-meter run in 4 minutes, 13.55 seconds and 3,200-meter run in 8:57.49 at Staten Island’s Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex March 5. Xavier senior Michael Hawkes was eighth in the 3,200, 9:13.69.

Cardinal Hayes senior Tavon Williams was third in the 300-meter run in 34.32, and Fordham Prep senior Michael Croke cleared 14 feet to finish fifth in the pole vault.

In boys’ relays, Xavier seniors Salvatore Barretta, Matthias Oettl, Daniel Carolan and Conor Shalvey were second in the 1,600 relay in 3:25.43, and Msgr. Farrell’s 800 relay of junior Shawn Keegan, senior Alex Taddeo, junior Thomas Burke and freshman Messiah Burch placed seventh in 1:32.55.

For the girls, senior Daphne Banino of The Ursuline School was seventh in the 1,000-meter run in 2:55.04, and anchored her school’s 3,200-meter relay with senior Cara Kelly, senior Stella Gassman and junior Alexa Grassi, placing sixth in 9:31.09. St. Joseph Hill sophomore Ava Gumb took seventh place in the 3,000-meter run in 9:58.37.

Boys swimming–Fordham Prep junior Henry Amar won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:38.41, placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:38.01, and swam his team’s 400-yard freestyle relay with junior Kieran Egan, senior Michael Barry and senior Christian Miraglia. They placed second in 3:10.42.

Iona Prep senior Nien Levy sprinted to third-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.98 and the 100 freestyle in 46.20.

Boys basketball–Omari Ward scored 18 points, and Thomas Whelan had 10 points as Fordham Prep defeated Nazareth, 42-38, for its ninth consecutive victory to earn the CHSAA city championship at Monroe College in New Rochelle March 4.

Jahmir Harris and Nathan Boateng grabbed 14 and 10 rebounds, respectively, for the Rams (22-4 overall), who scored six consecutive points to break a 34-34 tie.

The Rams will play Canisius of Buffalo for the CHSAA state championship at Erie Community College Saturday, March 12, at 3 p.m.

Tier 1 girls basketball–Jada Leonard scored 18 points, and Navaeh Stone had seven points and eight rebounds as Msgr. Scanlan defeated Nazareth, 47-43, for the championship at Christ the King High School in Queens March 5.

Msgr. Scanlan will play in the CHSAA AA state championship game at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Hofstra University against the winner of the semifinal between Diocese of Buffalo champ Cardinal O’Hara and Diocese of Rockville Centre champ St. Mary’s.

Tier 2 girls basketball–Danielle Williamsen scored 25 points as St. Joseph by-the-Sea defeated St. Joseph Hill, 72-59, for the Tier 2 championship at SUNY Maritime in the Bronx March 5.

St. Joseph by-the-Sea (23-4 overall) will oppose the Diocese of Rockville Centre champion in a CHSAA Class A semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Christ the King High School in Queens. The winner will play for the state title at Hofstra at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13.

Tier 3 girls basketball–Seniors Erleen Rosso and Jessica Carter finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively, as St. Catharine’s Academy won the championship with a 30-29 victory over Cathedral at SUNY Maritime March 5.

Senior Giovanna Valeriano grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked 19 shots for St. Catharine’s, which will play Sacred Heart of Buffalo for the CHSAA Class B state championship at Hofstra Sunday, March 13 at noon.

Tier 4 girls basketball–Kyla McLean scored 20 points, leading host Sacred Heart of Yonkers to a 49-31 championship win over Dominican Academy March 4.

Sacred Heart finished the season at 11-3 overall.

Wrestling–Msgr. Farrell’s Mike Adams finished seventh at 118 pounds in Division I to lead Catholic high school wrestlers from the archdiocese at the state federation championships Feb. 25-26 in Albany. Adams, the fourth seed, defeated third-seed Michael Santore of Shaker, 2-0, in the seventh-place match.