Sports Round-Up April 24

MLB Debut

Josh Palacios, the St. Thomas Aquinas, Flatlands, Catholic Youth Organization basketball product, made his MLB debut for the Toronto Blue Jays on April 9. In his second career game, the outfielder recorded four hits, a walk and an RBI.

Sports Coming Back!

Slowly but safely, sports in the Diocese of Brooklyn have started to return. Catholic Youth Organization soccer restarted April 10, with softball beginning the following day. Baseball and flag football were set to begin April 17.

For high school sports, CHSAA baseball is expected to begin April 19. GCHSAA softball and lacrosse are still formulating spring seasons.

R.I.P. Crusader

Far Rockaway native and former Msgr. McClancy H.S., East Elmhurst, basketball standout Greg Hardin died at the age of 45. He starred for the Crusaders during the early 1990s and averaged 35 and 37 points per game, respectively as a member of the school’s freshmen and sophomore teams.

He helped lead McClancy to the city championship finals as a junior and then was named All-City and the best Catholic High School basketball player in Queens after averaging 21 points per game as a senior.

Later in life, Hardin was an author who wrote children’s books focusing on positive life messages.