Gold Medal Ties Trace Back to McAuley HS

Phyllis Francis, a 2010 graduate of the now-closed Catherine McAuley H.S., East Flatbush, recently captured a gold medal in the women’s 4×400-meter relay at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games.

Brooklyn Swimmer Has Silver Souvenir From Rio

Right after the conclusion of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, Lia Neal had her sights set on Rio de Janeiro. She now has a silver medal to add to her collection.

Local Boxer Reaches Olympics

Richardson Hitchins, a student at Science Skills H.S., Downtown Brooklyn, recently competed in men’s boxing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, representing Haiti. He was one of 32 total boxers to fight in the men’s light welter 64-kg division.

Gymnast Keeps Rosary Close When Competing

U.S. Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Simone Biles says when she travels, she sometimes takes with her a statue of St. Sebastian, the patron saint of athletes, and she also carries a rosary her mother gave her.

Former Terriers Soccer Star Playing in Pros

Vincent Bezecourt, a 2016 graduate of St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, is currently playing his first season with the New York Red Bulls II of the United Soccer League. He recently scored his first two goals of his professional career in a 5-0 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders.

Ex-Holy Cross Star Signs NFL Contract

Holy Cross H.S. alumnus Devon Cajuste, who played his college football as a wide receiver at Stanford University, Calif., recently signed a professional contract with the San Francisco 49ers, making him one of 12 undrafted free agents signed by the NFL team.