High-SchoolNew-York: Holy Cross

N.Y. Week 14 hoops rankings: St. Raymond wins CHSAA state title

March, 13, 2012
After games on Sunday, March 11

St. Raymond begin the season with plenty of hope and potential, boasting a two-headed monster in Kerwin Okoro and Daniel Dingle. But the regular season had its ups and downs, with a seeming inability to beat the power teams like Christ the King, Cardinal Hayes and several out-of-state foes. But when it counted, the Ravens pulled it together, winning their last six games to capture the CHSAA Class AA intersectional crown.

Okoro (21 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks) and Dingle (11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists) led the way in a 66-58 win against Holy Cross, vaulting the Ravens into the Federation tournament. They will await the winner of Jefferson and Boys & Girls, who have met four times before this season. Jefferson has won the last two in comeback fashion, but Boys & Girls has been impressive in the playoffs.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Mount Vernon 21-1 (1)
The Knights moved on to their second straight Class AA final four with a 98-44 win against Middletown. Isaiah Cousins led four players in double figures with 22 points along with eight rebounds, four assists, five steals and two blocks. Next up: CBA-Albany in Saturday's semifinals.

2. Jefferson (Brooklyn) 25-6 (2)
Orange Wave again showed their resilience as they rallied back against Wings Academy for a 72-68 win. Next up: Boys a Girls in the PSAL Class AA final on Saturday.

3. Boys & Girls (Brooklyn) 23-6 (3)
The Kangaroos easily downed Lincoln to move on to the PSAL Class AA final, where they will face Jefferson for the fourth time this season.

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New York Week 12 hoops rankings: Playoff time is here

February, 28, 2012
After games on Sunday, Feb. 26.

The past week provided some outcomes that could be telling for the future, like Christ the King falling to an upstart Holy Cross team in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan tournament and St. Raymond avenging two earlier losses to Cardinal Hayes with a win in the Archdiocesan tournament.

But of course, while history has its place, come playoff time, it's all about the now. Thomas Jefferson is the hottest team in the state, Lincoln hopes to end its recent skid now that star sophomore Isaiah Whitehead is back, Mount Vernon is relying on its experience and Boys & Girls has been known to make its most noise in the postseason. Only time will tell.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Mount Vernon 18-2 (1)
Knights overcame foul trouble with its two biggest stars (Isaiah Cousins and Jarrel Marshall) to down New Rochelle 74-59 in the Class AA quarterfinals. Next up: Clarkstown South on Friday.

2. Jefferson (Brooklyn) 22-6 (3)
Top-seeded Orange Wave opens play in PSAL Class AA playoffs on Wednesday against Robeson.

3. Boys & Girls (Brooklyn) 20-6 (4)
As was the case the last two years when they won the city title, the Kangaroos are seeded second as they begin play in the PSAL Class AA playoffs against Gompers on Wednesday.

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CHSFL battles highlight Week 4 New York football

October, 7, 2011
No. 1 St. Anthony's (3-0) vs. Archbishop-Stepinac (4-0)
The top-ranked Friars continue a tough slate of early-season road games against the undefeated Crusaders. For Archbishop-Stepinac, this will be a great gauge as to how they stack up in the CHSFL, what with some calling the Crusaders the league's second-best squad. Granted, they are facing the undisputed top team, a team known for wearing down its opponents late, as the Friars did last week in a comeback win against Holy Cross. That final period will be key, as the Crusaders are known for pouring it on early while the Friars grind it out until the end.
My pick: St. Anthony's 27, Archbishop-Stepinac 21

Iona Prep at Fordham Prep
Iona Prep has been in the news a lot lately, thanks to Diddy's son, Justin Combs. The senior has played well in backup quarterback duty the last two weeks, leading the Gaels to a win against Monsignor Farrell and a near comeback against Xaverian. Combs also was selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl this coming January. Of course, Fordham Prep knows all of this and likely doesn't care. After all, the Rams have something to prove after being blanked by St. Anthony's two weeks ago and barely beating Kellenberg Memorial last week. The Gaels are a bit more explosive than Fordham Prep, with Combs, Mario Biaggi and Shaquille Townsend at their disposal -- a factor that should make the difference in this game.
My pick: Iona Prep 24, Fordham Prep 17

Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Tottenville and St. Francis fall, shake up Week 4 NY rankings

October, 3, 2011
After games as of Sunday, Oct. 2.

Even though Erasmus Hall has plenty of talent and boasts an All-American in Wayne Morgan, few figured the Dutchmen would pull of an upset of Tottenville. Not after losing 30-8 to the same Clinton squad that the Pirates had shut out 21-0 earlier this season. But after falling behind 13-0 in the first half, the Dutchmen put the clamps on Tottenville's high-powered offense and pulled off the 14-13 upset.

St. Francis also fell, losing for the second time this season to a top 10 squad. In a rematch of last year's Monsignor Martin championship, St. Joe's Collegiate once again beat the Red Raiders, this time by a count of 27-20. Elite 11 QB Chad Kelly led the way, connecting with Kyle Briggs for two late scores to make the difference. The win gives the Marauders a signature win following their season-opening loss to Aquinas Institute and knocks the Red Raiders out of the top 10.

And without further ado, here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

1. St. Anthony's (Mehlville) 3-0 (1)
The Friars used a late turnover to seal a close, 29-19 win against previously undefeated Holy Cross. Next up: Archbishop-Stepinac.

2. Aquinas Institute (Rochester) 5-0 (2)
The Little Irish breezed past Corning, 51-12. Aquinas Institute will look to continue their unbeaten streak against Canisius this week.

3. Orchard Park 5-0 (5)
The Quakers avoided the upset bug and continued their winning ways, downing a talented Clarence squad, 44-13. Next up: Lancaster.

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Holy Cross shoots for upset of No. 1 St. Anthony's in Week 3 NY football

September, 30, 2011
It's been a pleasantly surprising start to the season for Holy Cross. A win against Xaverian along with coach Tom Pugh;s 200th victory last week highlights the Knights' 3-0 start, but nothing would top a victory against defending CHSFL champ and current No. 1 St. Anthony's (2-0).

The Knights have homefield advantage and a solid defensive attack, but quite frankly, most of the odds are stacked against them. The Friars boast tons of experience and depth — both of which were witnessed last week when Anthony Anderson stepped in for the injured Dariyan Riley to rush for 136 yards in a 51-0 rout of Fordham Prep. Riley is expected back this week and the Friars' defense is evolving into midseason form. Don't get wrong — Holy Cross will put up a fight, but this bout will end in a 22nd straight victory for the Friars.
My pick: St. Anthony's 35, Holy Cross 17

No. 8 St. Joe's Collegiate (3-1) at No. 4 St. Francis (3-1)
Just two weeks after facing No. 2 Aquinas Institute, St. Francis comes up against another strong team in St. Joe's Collegiate. Both teams possess big-time playmakers, with St. Francis anchored by Akeel Lynch (705 rushing yards and seven scores despite missing a game a half with injury) and the Marauders led by Elite 11 QB Chad Kelly. Ironically, this will be the first time these two will play on the same field. Last year, an injury held out Lynch, as Kelly went off for five scores in an easy win. And the year before that, Kelly was still playing in Pennsylvania, as Lynch had a career-high five touchdowns in victory. What's more is that both teams only loss came to No. 2 Aquinas Institute. Like Lynch, Kelly has been off to a great start, totaling 14 TDs through the air and on the ground. In other words, this matchup is primed to be a shootout.
My pick: St. Francis 38, St. Joe's Collegiate 35

Xaverian (2-1) at No. 9 Iona Prep (3-0)
Last week was the Justin Combs show, as Diddy's son stepped in at quarterback to score three touchdowns for the surging Gaels in a 28-7 win against Monsignor Farrell. The Gaels will need a similar effort from the versatile starter this week against a tough Xaverian squad. Quarterback Isaiah Kearney (a total of 644 yards and seven TDs) will keep the Gaels defense on its heels, but ultimately, I think Iona Prep's offense of Combs, Mario Biaggi and Shaquille Townsend will be too much for the Clippers.
My pick: Iona Prep 28, Xaverian 20

No. 3 Tottenville (3-0) at Erasmus Hall (1-2)
Many thought this game would be a matchup of undefeateds, but Erasmus Hall has sputtered in its first three games. Despite boasting All-State DB Wayne Morgan, the Dutchmen defense has struggled, surrendering 17 second-half points in a loss to Campus Magnet and 30 points last week against Clinton. Tottenville, on the other hand, has cruised to a 3-0 start behind the three-headed monster of QB Brandon Barnes, RB Augustus Edwards and WR Alvin Cornelius. The good news for Erasmus Hall is talented enough to rebound and still contend for a state title. The bad news is that Tottenville easily beat Clinton a few weeks ago and won't let up tonight.
My pick: Tottenville 31, Erasmus Hall 17

Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

St. Anthony’s strengthens hold on top spot in Week 3 NY rankings

September, 26, 2011
Last Friday, I mentioned there were some doubts about St. Anthony's ability to live up to its high standard since injuries have taken their toll on the Friars. But the top-ranked squad silenced those thoughts with a 51-0 rout of Fordham Prep. In the win, the Friars displayed their depth, subbing in Anthony Anderson (136 rushing yards and one score) for injured starting RB Dariyan Riley. Granted, Rich Reichert's squad would love to have Riley back for this week's test against a surging Holy Cross program.

The rankings remained steady this week, with William Floyd bouncing back from a loss last week. But the Colonials should be on guard, as Holy Cross is knocking on the door.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

As of Saturday, Sept. 24

1. St. Anthony's (South Huntington) 2-0 (1)
Even without standout running back Dariyan Riley (ankle), the Friars silenced the doubters with a 51-0 rout of Fordham Prep. Next up: Holy Cross.

2. Aquinas Institute (Rochester) 4-0 (2)
The Little Irish keep on rolling as they shut out McQuaid Jesuit, 42-0, last week. A matchup against Corning is next.

3. Tottenville (Staten Island) 3-0 (3)
The Pirates looked scary good last week, as Augustus Edwards scored four times and Alvin Cornelius added punt and kick return touchdowns in a 49-6 rout of John Adams. The Pirates face Wayne Morgan-led Erasmus Hall this week.

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Aquinas Institute drops St. Francis, Iona Prep debuts in Week 2 NY rankings

September, 19, 2011
With Hurricane Irene long gone, the state's top team was finally able to get into action last week. And St. Anthony's didn't disappoint, beating Monsignor Farrell, 41-26. Sure, there were signs of rust and backup quarterback Pete Carew is still adjusting to his new starting role, but a conference win is a conference win. The road doesn't get any easier though, as the Friars face a 2-0 Fordham Prep squad on the road.

Aquinas Institute continued to build its case for the top slot, beating previous No. 3 St. Francis, 34-20. Xaverian wasn't as fortunate, falling to Holy Cross and, as a result, out of rankings. A surging Iona Prep took the Clippers' spot and then some, earning the No. 9 spot, thanks to a loss by William Floyd.

Here's how the state rankings shake out this week:

1. St. Anthony's (South Huntington) 1-0 (1)
The Friars finally got their season underway, beating Monsignor Farrell by a score of 41-26. The loss came with some bad news, though, as running back Dariyan Riley left the game early with an ankle injury. Next up: a tough Fordham Prep squad.

2. Aquinas Institute (Rochester) 3-0 (2)
The Little Irish showed their mettle once again against a top-10 squad, this time beating former No. 3 St. Francis High, 34-20. A battle against McQuaid Jesuit is next on the schedule.

3. Tottenville (Staten Island) 2-0 (4)
The Pirates rolled to a 21-0 victory against Clinton behind three touchdown throws from Brandon Barnes to Alvin Cornelius. Next up: Adams.

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