Scholastic Roundup: The stars are shining for Xaverian’s all-stars

July 15, 2022 Andy Furman
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After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual diocesan CHSAA baseball – and GCHSAA softball – All-Star teams have been announced and Xaverian High School placed a total of eight — four on each team.

Jack Ryan, a senior team captain for the Clipper, topped the AA All-Stars with his .338 batting average, .488 slugging, 18 RBIs – and he tossed out 45 percent of would-be base stealers.

Other Clipper All-Stars include: Jalen Hernandez, senior infielder, .321 batting average, .64 slugging, three home runs and 29 RBIs. Chris Trantino, a soph pitcher, 62 innings pitched with a 6-2 won-loss record, 56 strikeouts with a 1.93 ERA; the designated hitter on the squad was Xaverian’s Mateo Marino, a soph with a .398 batting average – that led the Clippers — .565 slugging percentage and 19 RBIs.

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Bishop Loughlin added four to the baseball squad with: Yandel Aquino, a junior catcher, 470 batting average, and received the team’s Beast Hitter Award. Other Lion All-Stars include: Izayah Mercedes, a freshman infielder, .425 batting average, named team Rookie of the Year; junior Shane William, outfielder, .430 average, named team MVP and sophomore Anthony Roberts, outfielder with a .400 batting average.

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Nazareth placed two on the baseball All-Stars with: Ralph Rivere, a junior infielder, team captain, .511 average, 10 RBIs, eight stolen bases and a team MVP and senior Elian Corpian, outfielder, .362 average, three home runs, five triples, 12 RBIs.

St. Edmund Prep was represented by:  catcher Frankie Sebastiano, senior, team captain, .373 average, eight doubles, who will play his college baseball at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Joseph McLinden, a senior pitcher, team captain with a .400 average, 3-0 won-loss record, 2.26 ERA – he received the team’s Coaches Award.

Jeremiah McKenzie, a soph from Cristo Rey High School, was named team MVP as an infielder. Justin DeCastro, a senior team captain and pitcher from McClancy High School posted a 1.52 ERA and will play college baseball at LIU.

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The GCHSAA All-Stars included Olivia Scarpaci, a senior catcher and team captain, .461 batting average, three home runs, 25 RBIs. She received the team’s Defensive MVP Award, named team MVP, named GCHSAA All-League and will play her college softball at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Other Clipper softball All-Stars include: Infielder Melanie Snyder, soph, .473 average, six home runs and 31 RBIs; Kelly Baker, senior pitcher, team captain, .40 average, three home runs, 2 RBIs, 13-2 won-loss record, 87 innings pitched, 110 strikeouts, .048 ERA, tossed three no-hitters and one perfect-game this season; named team MVP, named GCHSAA All-League, and will play college softball at Wesleyan University, Conn.

Sophomore pitcher Ashley Dalo, .486 average, four home runs, 30 RBIs, 6-0 record, 39 innings pitched, 52 strikeouts, 0.54 ERA, received the team’s Offensive MVP Award.

Nazareth placed four All-Stars: Freshman catcher Joeli Rodriguez; junior infielders Kiara Ramsay and Genesis Westbrooks and sophomore pitcher Joanna Gomez, 3-1 record, named team MVP and GCHSAA All-League.

Cristo Rey High School added four representatives: Junior catcher Nichole Rodriguez, was also named the 2021-22 Cristo Rey Female Athlete of the Yea and GCHSAA All-League; pitchers Lea Vallas, a junior, also named the team’s Softball Player of the Year; and juniors Mashiel Sanchez and Lia Polanco.

St. Edmund Prep, Fontbonne Hall and St. Saviour each had three All-Stars.

Fontbonne Hall: Bella Wren, senior catcher, .348 average, four home runs, 30 RBIs, named GCHSAA All-League:  Junior pitchers Nicole Petrillo, .328 average, four home runs, 28 RBIs, six doubles, 12-4 record, 1.85 ERA; and Ashley Konner, .327 average, two home runs, 15 RBIs, 10-3 record, 1.80 ERA.

St. Edmund Prep: Isabella Lemmon, senior outfielder, received team’s Best Player Award; senior team captain and pitcher Shannon McNeice, named co-MVP, named GCHSAA All-League and senior pitcher Kaylin Lemmon, team co-MVP.

St. Saviour: Olivia DelleCave, junior catcher, two home runs, two doubles, named GCHSAA All-League; freshman infielder Brianna Duffy, five home runs, received team’s Sportsmanship Award and senior pitcher and team captain Claire Robertson, 74 strikeouts, named team MVP named GCHSAA All-League.

The Lady Lions of Bishop Loughlin High School were represented by: sophomore infielder Alexandra Diaz, team assistant captain, .350 average, named team co-MVP and senior pitcher Angela Deras, team captain, name team co-MVP, named GCHSAA All-League.

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After two years at the helm of the Brooklyn College Swimming and Diving program, Brian Jensen has made the decision to step down as Head Coach. In just his first season as Head Coach, the BC alum led the 2019-20 men’s team to perhaps its best campaign in program history. The squad finished 8-1 during the regular season and runners-up at the 2020 CUNYAC Championships – the highest placing in program history.

Jensen earned CUNYAC All-Star honors as a senior in 2018. His 400 freestyle, and 800 freestyle relay squads still hold BC records. No replacement has been named.

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The Pratt Institute has been awarded full NCAA Division III membership. Effective September 1st, Pratt becomes a full-time member of NCAA Division III.

Pratt sponsors 14 NCAA intercollegiate programs and is a member of he Coast to Coast Conference (C2C), with men’s volleyball being a member of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC). Pratt began its transition to NCAA Division III with an exploratory season in 2018-19, which was rewarded with provisional membership the following year.

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LIU men’s golfer Lukas Gabura has produced a big achievement in his native Slovakia. A sophomore with the Sharks, he recently won the Slovak Junior Amateur Championship. He shot 208 over three rounds (68-71-69) to win the Junior Men 21 event by three strokes. The 20-year-old Gabura was an All-Northeast Conference second-team selection during the 2021-22 academic year.

Andy Furman is a Fox Sports Radio national talk show host. Previously, he was a scholastic sports columnist for the Brooklyn Eagle. He may be reached at: [email protected] Twitter: @AndyFurmanFSR

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