St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, has named Linda Cimino its new head women’s basketball coach. She is the 13th coach in program history.
Cimino spent the past four seasons coaching at Binghamton University, N.Y. Her teams averaged 15-plus wins per season in each of the last three. Last season, the women’s team earned its first-ever berth to the Women’s Basketball Invitational tournament.
Cimino inherits a Terriers team that finished third in the Northeast Conference last season – the highest the team ever finished in conference. She will be replacing John Thurston, who announced his retirement after six seasons at St. Francis.
The following CYO girls’ volleyball teams won their respective diocesan championships:
Pee Wee: St. Pancras, Glendale
Novice: St. Joseph, Astoria
Bantam: Our Lady of the Snows, North Floral Park
Rookie: Blessed Trinity Green, Breezy Point
Intermediate: Our Lady of the Snows
Tyro: Holy Child, Richmond Hill
Junior: Holy Child
The Xaverian H.S., Bay Ridge, girls’ varsity lacrosse team took home the GCHSAA ‘A’ division city championship with a 5-4 win over Cardinal Spellman H.S., the Bronx. In just the program’s second season, the Clippers have now won back-to-back city championships.
The St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, girls’ outdoor track and field team won the GCHSAA Brooklyn-Queens championship. It was the first time the team won the outdoor diocesan title since 2001. Four team members accounted for six individual titles.
Senior Trinity Smith placed first in the 100-meter high hurdles (15.01) and 400-meter dash (59.46) to become the 2018 outdoor Brooklyn-Queens champion as well as the city champion.
Junior Chiara Cinquemani won the 1,500-meter (5:10) and 3,000-meter (11:18). She became the Brooklyn-Queens champion in both events and finished third in the city championship. L’il Terriers Maria Calisi (12:28.6) and Christa Olivieri (12:28.9) finished second and third, respectively, in the 3,000-meter.
Junior Stephanie Zovich took home diocesan and city titles in the shot put (29’3”). Sophomore Arianna Goolcharan emerged as the Brooklyn-Queens champion in the discus (69’8”).
The St. John’s University, Jamaica, baseball team won this year’s Big East Conference tournament with a 7-0 victory over Seton Hall University. The win gave the Red Storm – the No. 1 seed in the tournament – an automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Tournament, which features 64 Division I teams from around the country. Tournament action kicks off June 1 with the regional rounds. The eight super regional winners advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.