Sports Round-Up March 9

Prior to the varsity girls’ basketball championships, the GCHSAA crowned two diocesan champs in the junior varsity ranks.

In the ‘A’ game, Msgr. McClancy H.S., East Elmhurst, captured its second straight diocesan title with a victory over Fontbonne Hall Academy, Bay Ridge. In the ‘AA’ game, St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, earned the victory over Xaverian H.S., Bay Ridge.

The following junior varsity student-athletes and coaches received special awards this season:

Sophia Gabriel: St. Francis Prep, John Pinierio Sportsmanship Award

Samantha Ferris: Bishop Kearney H.S., Bensonhurst, Marie Sisti Sportsmanship Award

Fiona Mullen (Photo courtesy The Mary Louis Academy)

Fiona Mullen: The Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica Estates, John Moran Sportsmanship Award

Daron Hernandez: Xaverian, Division ‘AA’ Coach of the Year

Robert Atanasio: Fontbonne Hall, Division ‘A’ Coach of the Year

The Catholic Youth Organization of Brooklyn and Queens crowned its 2018-2019 girls’ basketball diocesan champions on Feb. 24. The following teams won their respective divisions:


Division I: Our Lady of Hope, Middle Village

Division II: American Martyrs, Bayside


Division I: St. Kevin, Flushing

Division II: Immaculate Conception Monastery, Jamaica


Division I: St. Rose of Lima, Rockaway Beach

Division II: St. Adalbert, Elmhurst


Division I: St. Stanislaus, Maspeth

Division II: Mary’s Nativity-St. Ann, Flushing


Division I: Our Lady of Lourdes, Queens Village

Division II: St. Columba, Marine Park

Xaverian H.S., Bay Ridge, captured the varsity hockey league ‘A’ Division title. (Photo courtesy Xaverian H.S.)

Xaverian H.S., Bay Ridge, captured the varsity hockey league ‘A’ Division title with a two-game sweep of Kellenberg Memorial H.S., Uniondale, L.I.

The following diocesan student-athletes were named CHSHL ‘A’ Division All-Stars:

First Team

Forwards: John Lundy, St. Edmund Prep H.S., Sheepshead Bay; Daniel Gomez, Msgr. McClancy H.S., East Elmhurst

Defensemen: Chris Kasakolski, Msgr. McClancy

Goaltender: Nicholas Arcati, Xaverian

Second Team

Forwards: Thomas Waldron, Holy Cross H.S., Flushing; Joe Lachase, Holy Cross; Robert Farr, Xaverian

Defensemen: Richard Gibbons, St. Edmund Prep; Michael Vesbland, Xaverian; Nicholas Lercara, Holy Cross; Joseph Viola, St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows

Goaltenders: Nicholas Guadagno, Holy Cross; James Bond, Msgr. McClancy

Two women’s basketball players from St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, were named to the All-Skyline Conference first team. Senior Victoria Porcasi and sophomore Kelly O’Donnell became the first All-Skyline First Team selections in program history.

O’Donnell, last year’s Skyline Rookie of the Year, is a Marine Park native and graduate of St. Edmund Prep H.S., Sheepshead Bay. She finished second in the conference with a scoring average of 18.5 pts. per game and also pulled down 10.7 rebounds per game.

She scored 20-plus points in 12 games this season and recorded 14 double-doubles. On Dec. 6, she notched the first triple-double in program history with 29 pts., 14 rebounds and 10 assists in a victory over Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, N.Y.

Porcasi averaged 17.7 pts. per game and finished her Bears career with 1,647 pts. – the most since the program joined the NCAA and the third highest total in program history.

The Bears ended their season at 16-10 overall, their first winning season since 2014-2015 and their first since joining the Skyline.