Courtney Ortiz, a senior and team captain on the St. John’s Prep, Astoria, girls’ varsity soccer team, set a new school record with 29 goals during the GCHSAA regular season and playoffs. The Red Storm finished the campaign 13-0-1 and captured the school’s first-ever varsity diocesan soccer title.
Gary Perone, who has worked for the Brooklyn Cyclones in many capacities in the franchise’s 20-year history, has accepted the general manager position for Staten Island’s new Atlantic League baseball team – set to debut in summer 2022. Perone, a Bensonhurst native who grew up as an altar server at St. Finbar, Bath Beach, played baseball at Bishop Ford H.S., Park Slope, and then earned a psychology degree with a minor in business at St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights.
The boys’ and girls’ varsity cross-country teams at St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, turned in strong efforts on Oct. 30 at Van Cortlandt Park, the Bronx, to each capture their respective Brooklyn/Queens championships.
The girls went on to take home a city title as well, while the boys finished third in the city championship.