The nonprofit organization Baseball Miracles, which introduces baseball and softball to economically disadvantaged children around the globe, held a free clinic Aug. 2-3 in New Orleans in conjunction with the New Orleans Baby Cakes, the Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. The group donated baseball equipment and a portable blackboard to the New Orleans Youth Study Center. Baseball Miracles was founded by John Tumminia, a professional scout for the Chicago White Sox who attended St. Frances de Chantal School, Borough Park, St. John’s Prep, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights.
Nicholas LoPrinzi, a recent alumnus of the St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn, baseball team and a graduate of St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, was named the Skyline Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The award is presented to the first-team All-Conference performer who carries the highest grade point average for the semester in which the student-athlete competes. LoPrinzi was selected as the first-team catcher after batting .308 for the Bears, scoring 23 runs and recording 29 RBIs.
Three St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, men’s basketball players – junior guard Glenn Sanabria, senior wing Gunnar Olafsson and senior center Jagos Lasic – were selected to the 2016-2017 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, recognizing those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.
“I’m extremely proud of Glenn, Gunnar and Jagos for being selected to the Honors Court,” said Terriers head coach Glenn Braica. “All three of them are tremendous student-athletes, great role models and terrific kids.” All three student-athletes are management majors.