Sports Round-Up Sept. 25

Call for NYC Marathon Runners!

Are you running in this year’s New York City Marathon? If so, please send your name, parish and contact information to Tablet Sports Reporter Jim Mancari at

St. John’s University, Jamaica, head men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson was a special guest on Sept. 16 at the New York Basketball Coaches Clinic hosted by Archbishop Stepinac H.S., White Plains, N.Y. Anderson was joined by other local area college coaches – including Rick Pitino from Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y. – to offer best practices in coaching hoops.

Longtime St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, track coach and math teacher Brother Norman Smercak, O.S.F., died Sept. 4.

In his many years as track coach, he inspired student athletes and kept in contact with so many of them right up until his passing.

“Brother Norman was a true Franciscan and was extremely dedicated to our schools,” said St. Francis Prep President Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F. “He was a great man and a true friend. When I first started as teacher in 1971, Brother Norman became a mentor to me and was a tremendous help with lesson plans, classroom ideas and testing.”