Sports Round-Up March 6

Holy Cross H.S., Flushing, graduate Jaylen Palmer has been named among the New York Mets top prospects. The infielder was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2018 MLB Draft. The two-time Tablet All-Star enjoyed a stellar senior season for the Knights, batting .406 with 21 runs scored and 13 stolen bases en route to being named to the CHSAA ‘AA’ All-League First Team.

St. John’s University, Jamaica, head men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson picked up his 400th career collegiate victory on Feb. 17 after the Red Storm beat Xavier University, Cincinnati, 93-84. Anderson is in his second year at the helm of the Johnnies following stints at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Missouri and the University of Arkansas.

Inaugural CYO Free-Throw Challenge

Despite being restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) of Brooklyn and Queens conducted its first-ever Free-Throw Challenge during the recent winter recess.

Nearly 100 young athletes then participated. Preliminary rounds were held at St. Camillus, Rockaway Park; St. Columba, Marine Park; and Corpus Christi Woodside. Participants took 20 free-throws within their assigned five-minute timeslot in order to safely compete.

The three highest scorers in each of eight divisions advanced to the finals on Feb. 21 at Our Lady of Angels, Bay Ridge. The finals were highlighted by Callie Mullin of St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor, who made 19 of 20 free-throws to take home the Girls’ Rookie title. Champions are as follows:


Novice: Emma Chelius, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Bayside

Bantam: Aleena Skrijelj, St. Margaret, Middle Village

Rookie: Callie Mullin, St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor

Intermediate: Sarah Day, St. Camillus-St. Virgilius, Rockaway Park


Novice: Nicholas Raptis, Resurrection Ascension, Rego Park

Bantam: Matteo Occhino, St. Andrew Avellino, Flushing

Rookie: Dominic Estrema, St. Camillus-St. Virgilius

Intermediate: Nicholas Leone, St. Helen, Howard Beach