New York High School: All Hallows

Hallows & Farrell upset about Class A move

May, 17, 2012
All Hallows and Monsignor Farrell are taking action after their boys basketball teams were recently demoted from Class AA to Class A, has learned.

All Hallows Principal Sean Sullivan plans to speak at the Catholic High School Athletic Association principals meeting June 13 to recommend a change to the league's system. Farrell Athletic Director Tony Garofalo said the school is putting together an appeal.

"I'm going to go in there full guns blazing," Sullivan said. "The league said nothing is set in stone and there are options. I'm going to try to convince them that this is the inmates are running the asylum mentality. We're getting punished for doing the right thing."

Sullivan, an assistant on the varsity baseball team, believes the principals should be the ones who dictate the divisions, instead of it being based on the coaches' rankings. He did not agree with the method when the league announced the format last year.

All coaches rank the teams in divisions, and then use those rankings to determine which teams should fall into which class. The chairmen of the divisions and the executive committee then implement coaches' recommendations.

While there is no set number for how many teams constitute each class, All Hallows fell six points behind Fordham Prep for the sixth and final Class AA spot, according to a source.

"They should let the principals vote," said Sullivan, who would like to see All Hallows play in the AA. "I'm not going to set my kids up for a massacre. If we couldn't compete, I'd be the first to say drop us down. It's a principal's decision. I know who is in my building and what kids are coming in. My coach gets the most out of the kids. The varsity competes."

The principal also sees this is a punishment, of sorts, for his school. He said it does not recruit like other schools, which results in fewer wins. All Hallows went 10-15 last year, making the Class AA quarterfinals, but has not won an lntersectional title since 1985.

"It comes down to the people interested in W's," Sullivan said. "That's not what school should be about. High school is about teaching. Any principal knows when his team is 0-19 it needs to move. We have a competitive program, but we're not visiting grammar schools looking for players. We have standards and I follow the rules."

Sullivan is also concerned about the ramifications of teams being moved up and down in the division based on the coaches' rankings. There were six teams that were moved up or down this year, with Iona, Nazareth, Salesian and Moore Catholic all moving up.

"By setting it up, will people not in the AA go out and actively recruit basketball players so they can move up?" Sullivan said. "Will the people in the AA now doubly recruit to stay there? It sets up a vicious cycle that is all about wins and that's not what high school education is about."

Farrell was voted the No. 3 team in Staten Island, but only the top two teams make the AA. Since there are only four teams in the CHSAA from Staten Island, those four teams rank on their own and are not allowed to rank themselves. Farrell went 10-15 last year.

Garofalo acknowledged that it's tough to have a perfect system for the Staten Island schools, but he and his coach, Mike Dunn, both feel Farrell can play in the AA.

"We're unhappy with where we were ranked and we'd like to let the league know that we'd like to play an AA schedule," Garofalo said. "If anything can be taken into consideration, we'd like it to be made, and if not, that's fine."

Archdiocese president Rich Tricario said All Hallows submitted a late vote that was nullified because it did not follow the instructions. Sullivan said his athletic director was in the hospital during that time and he should have been made aware as principal.

Tricario backed the system that was created to ensure more competitive games.

"It's not perfect but it's objective instead of subjective," Tricario said. "Most people felt it worked."

Baseball rankings: April 9

April, 9, 2012
There have already been some great games to kick off the baseball season. We've seen some upsets in tournaments, including Cardozo knocking off George Washington, and there have been some other surprising results. Here's our first poll of the year.

1. Poly Prep (2-0): Poly Prep is off to a fast start this season and picked up a nice win in league play this week by defeating Riverdale.

2. Cardozo (4-0): Cardozo is undefeated in league play and knocked off George Washington in a tournament this week, sending a message that the Judges are going to be a tough out in the Public Schools Athletic League.

3. George Washington (3-0): The Trojans might have lost in their tournament but they are still a loaded team and are already off to a 3-0 start on the season in league play.

4. Iona Prep (1-0): The Gaels got their season going on the right foot when it knocked off CHSAA finalist All Hallows in their season opener last week.

5. Xaverian (2-0): The defending Catholic High Schools Athletic Association champion has beaten Bishop Ford and Christ the King in league play to start the season.

6. Grand Street Campus (3-1): Grand Street won both of its division games this week as well as going 2-0 in pool play during the Monroe Tournament.

7. Tottenville (4-1): The PSAL finalists lost their one game by forfeit but have won every other game and also have been 2-0 in pool play during the Monroe Tournament.

8. James Monroe (4-0): The Bronx power is off to yet another great start with an undefeated record in league play as well as going 2-0 in pool play in its tournament.

9. All Hallows (1-1): All Hallows started the season with a dominant win against Hayes but then fell just short against Iona Prep in a battle between two of the better teams in the league.

10. Fordham Prep (0-0): Fordham Prep gets the final spot in the poll based on its reputation coming into the year as it has not played a league contest yet.

CHSAA boys Class AA quarterfinals recap

March, 4, 2012
The final four teams for the CHSAA Class AA Intersectional tournament are settled after the league hosted its quarterfinals on Sunday at Fordham University. Holy Cross, Cardinal Hayes and St. Raymond each won, while Mount St. Michael pulled the upset by defeating the two-time defending champion Christ the King. Here's the highlights from the day.

Mount 64, Christ the King 57: In the shocker of the day, the two-time defending league champion Christ the King was stunned by Mount St. Michael in the quarterfinals. Mount (21-7) took the lead for good in the second quarter and held off a late Royals' (19-8) rally.

"I know I'm a pretty lucky guy, there aren't too many guys in our league that have two city championships," Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello said. "At some point, it had to come to an end and there's a reason it hasn't been won three times in a row in 30 years because that's the type of league it is. It's a good league."

Guard Malik Gill led Mount's effort by dropping 30 points on the Royals, helping the team grab a 31-24 lead at the half and making clutch free throws down the stretch. CK played without the benched Isaiah Lewis, but Arbitello did not believe that made a difference in the outcome.

The Mountaineers advance to take on Holy Cross in the semifinals.

Holy Cross 74, Molloy 61: Guided by the goal of not wanting their season to end, Holy Cross avenged an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Molloy in the quarterfinals.

"Halftime we came out and said this can't be the last game of our season," said senior Marquise Moore, who led all scorers with 23 points. "We played harder and with more energy and we knew if we did that we'd have a good chance to win the game."

Molloy (16-12) dominated the first half as it took a 30-19 lead but things fell apart after that. Holy Cross (23-4) owned the second half, going on a huge run in the third to take a 43-42 lead going into the fourth and then opened the game up.

The Knights lost last year in the semifinals to Rice and are aiming for their first title since 2008.

Cardinal Hayes 80, Bishop Loughlin 59: Cardinal Hayes took full advantage of its size advantage against Bishop Loughlin as its big men combination of Amadou Sidibe and Jalen Jenkins combined for 40 points. Sidbe led the way with 21 points and 20 rebounds.

"Coach told me this morning to come out and play hard," Sidibe said. "That's what I made sure I came out here to do."

Hayes (24-4) and Louglhin (13-14) were tied after the first quarter but Hayes opened up the game in the second and took a 36-25 lead into the half. The Lions never challenged the Cardinals during the second half of the contest.

The Cardinals will take on St. Raymond in the semifinals, a team that beat it last time out but a team Hayes is 2-1 against.

St. Raymond 70, All Hallows 54: Senior Daniel Dingle played like a one-man wrecking crew as he had 27 points and eight rebounds to power St. Raymond to the semifinals for the third straight year. The Ravens will be looking to advance to their first final in that stretch.

"The last time we played against them I finished with zero points and fouled out," Dingle said. "I came in with a vengeance and basically went out there and played hard."

The Ravens (19-9) led 11-10 after one and were up 32-27 at the half but broke the game open in the third and fourth quarter. His fellow post player, Kerwin Okoro, added 14 points and 13 rebounds for St. Raymond as it went 4-0 vs. All Hallows this year.

CHSAA AA Intersectional preview

February, 26, 2011
The CHSAA “AA” intersectional tournament begins Sunday with the first round. Let’s take a deeper look at the bracket and analyze who will emerge victorious from one of the toughest conferences in the country.


Brooklyn/Queens 1: Christ the King (19-6)
Archdiocese of NY 1: Rice (17-9)
Brooklyn/Queens 2: Holy Cross (16-11)
Archdiocese of NY 2: St. Raymond (16-10)
Brooklyn/Queens 3: Xaverian (16-8)
Archdiocese of NY 3: All Hallows (6-16)
Brooklyn/Queens 4: Bishop Loughlin (12-14)
Archdiocese of NY 4: St. Peter’s (18-7)
Brooklyn/Queens 5: Archbishop Molloy (13-12)
Brooklyn/Queens 6: St. Francis Prep (12-13)


First round: Sunday Feb. 27 at Holy Cross: B/Q 6 St. Francis Prep vs. NY 3 All Hallows (2 p.m.
B/Q 5 Archbishop Molloy vs. NY 4 St. Peter’s (3:45)

Quarterfinals: Thursday March 3 at St. Francis Prep: B/Q 1 Christ the King vs. Molloy/St. Peter’s
B/Q 2 Xaverian vs. NY 3 St. Raymond
Quarterfinals: Friday March 3 at Christ the King: B/Q 3 Holy Cross vs. St. Francis Prep/All Hallows
NY 1 Rice vs. B/Q 4 Bishop Loughlin

Semifinals: Wednesday March 9 at St. John’s University: Rice/Loughlin vs. Holy Cross/St. Francis Prep/All Hallows
Christ the King/Molloy/St. Peter’s vs. St. Raymond/Xaverian

Finals: Sunday March 13 at Fordham University: Rice/Loughlin/HC/SFP/AH vs. CK/Molloy/St. Peters/St. Raymond/Xaverian

TEAM TO BEAT: CHRIST THE KING: The Royals have won 10 straight contests entering the intersectional tournament and clearly are performing like the team everyone expected. The Royals are a complete team with depth at each position and can play fast or big depending on the tempo of the game. The only potential setback for the Royals is they are 1-2 against Xaverian/St. Raymond, who they would meet in the semis if they win in the quarterfinals.

SLEEPER TEAM: BISHOP LOUGHLIN: Bishop Loughlin enters the intersectional tournament with a losing record, but will be a tough out in the tournament. Loughlin has already beaten Rice, who it will meet in the quarterfinals, and bested Holy Cross in the final game of the season. With two wins against the best teams on its side of the bracket, Loughlin could make a run to the title game if it plays like it has recently during its 4-2 run to end the season.

FIZZLER: ST. RAYMOND: This pains us to write, but there’s a good chance that St. Raymond could be one-and-done in the intersectional tournament. After losing to Rice, St. Raymond draws Xaverian in the quarterfinals, a team that blew out the Ravens at the end of January. St. Raymond looked nothing like the team that had been winning against the best of the best in the city as it got blown out against Rice, and one has to wonder if that game will carry over to the playoffs.

BEST FIRST ROUND GAME: MOLLOY VS. ST. PETER'S: There was a time when Molloy could be considered one of the best teams in the city. That was a long time ago. The Stanners have lost seven of their last eight and are not playing anywhere near the level they were at the beginning of the season. St. Peter’s, meanwhile, has 18 wins but hasn’t exactly been tested this season. This will be a good matchup of teams desperate to try and end the season on a high note.

BEST QUARTERFINAL: XAVERIAN VS. ST. RAYMOND: It’s a shame that one of these two teams has to lose in the quarterfinals, but that’s the drawback of playing in one of the best conferences in the country. St. Raymond had looked like the best team in the league until Rice blew off its doors, while Xaverian had won six straight before losing two of its last four. One of these teams will lose in this game and wonder what could’ve been with their season.

THE SEMIFINAL MATCH WE WANT TO SEE: ST. RAYMOND VS. CHRIST THE KING: There’s only team that is undefeated against Christ the King in the CHSAA this year. That’s St. Raymond. The Ravens have a size advantage against most teams and were able to use that against the Royals as they upset Christ the King on the road. It would be exciting to see St. Raymond try and take down Christ the King two straight times, as the Royals 10-straight wins have all come after their loss to the Ravens.


1R: Molloy over St. Peter’s
1R: St. Francis Prep over All Hallows

QF: Rice over Bishop Loughlin
QF: Holy Cross over St. Francis Prep
QF: Xaverian over St. Raymond
QF: Christ the King over Molloy

SF: Rice over Holy Cross
Christ the King over Xaverian

F: Christ the King over Rice

Archdiocese NY playoffs: Rice 69, All Hallows 57

February, 22, 2011
NEW YORK -- With his team trailing at halftime of the Archdiocese of New York Class AA semifinals Tuesday night, Rice head coach Dwayne Mitchell challenged his best player to elevate his game. It was time for senior froward Jermaine Sanders to prove why he was the only player on the court headed to a Big East school next season.

“First half, I don’t think I played up to the best I could play,” Sanders said. “Coach told me I had to lead the team in the second half and get this win for us and get us to [the next game] Saturday.”

In the final 16 minutes, Sanders showed why Cincinnati wants him to join their program next season while also saving his team from a bad loss.

Sanders’ game-high 20 points, including 13 in the second half, propelled No. 2 Rice to a 69-57 win over No. 3 All Hallows in the Class AA N.Y. semifinals Tuesday night at Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx. The Raiders (16-9) outscored the Gaels (6-16) 40-25 in the second half to avoid losing to a team they had beaten by a combined 77 points in the first two meetings.

Rice will try to win its sixth straight Class AA NY championship Sunday against No. 1 St. Raymond, who advanced to the finals with a 69-59 win over No. 4 St. Peter’s in the other semifinal matchup.

“It’s good to have a guy like Jermaine who can go out there and go on those stretches where he can give you a quick 11 points and make big baskets and make momentum baskets,” Mitchell said. “That’s kind of what he did and it kind of got us going, so it’s good to have.”

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: All Hallows played an incredible first half to hold a halftime lead of 32-29. In the teams’ first two meetings, the Gaels lost to the Raiders 69-36 on Feb. 4 and 79-5 on Dec. 7. This time around, crisp passes around the perimeter led to open shots and All Hallows hit four 3’s in the first half.

In the second half, Rice, who played without key contributors Melvin Johnson (leg) and Kevin Perez (personal reasons), zoned in on defense, crashing the boards and closing out on the shooters on the wings to keep the Gaels from going on runs.

Rice took the lead for good on a layup by Emmanuel Andujar (13 points) that made it 40-38 with four minutes left in the third and built its first double-digit lead with 2:17 remaining in the quarter. While All Hallows played hard, it never truly challenged Rice the rest of the way.

“They have to understand that’s the level of inconsistency that’s been there,” Mitchell said. “It can’t be like we give up 32 points in the first half when we held them to 35 points before in a whole game. We have to let that mean something to us and we didn’t get to shooters and layups and the help defense wasn’t there.”

TURNING POINT: The Gales trailed 49-45 early in the fourth quarter, but Rice went on a 14-3 run to put the game away with about 3:30 left. Sanders scored eight points in that stretch, including a 3 and a three-point play, while Richard Council scored four in that time. The lead never dipped under 10 points in the final five minutes.

“When it gets to three and four-possessions game, it gets difficult,” All Hallows coach John Carey said. “We don’t’ have the firepower.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME: After a relatively quiet first half, Sanders took over in the second half. While he has the size to be a big threat inside, he played primarily on the wing and focused on taking deep shots, occasionally mixing in a drive to the lane.

He scored five points in the third quarter, including a 3 that helped led to Rice’s first double-digit of the game. In the fourth quarter, he scored eight straight points for the Raiders to boost a 53-45 lead to a 61-46 advantage.

“Second half I just wanted to assert myself,” Sanders said. “I think we played great defense on containing the shooters and I knew I had to pick up my scoring in the second half and make us win the game.”

BIGGEST SURPRISE: Rice’s defense. The Raiders held the Gaels to a combined 71 points in the first two meetings but yielded 57 in this game. Rice simply didn’t have the intensity on defense and the tenacity to attack the boards it has shown in other games.

“I was very shocked they came out the way they came out because the first couple of games they only scored 30 points the whole game,” Sanders said. “They came out on fire shooting 3’s and getting to the basket, they played great.”

QUOTE OF THE GAME: “On Saturday we’re going to get ready for whoever wins this game and come out and play harder than we played this game and get the win again.”—Sanders

No. 1 St. Raymond 69, No. 4 St. Peter’s 59: A big second-half effort led St. Raymond to a win in the other semifinal matchup. Only leading 31-28 at the half, the Ravens (16-9) picked up the pace and played a faster, transition-paced game to outscore the Eagles (18-7) 38-31 in the second half. Shane Rector led the Ravens with 17 points, while Daniel Dingle added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Cannon led St. Peter’s with 20.

UP NEXT: Rice advances to the Archdiocese of New York finals Saturday against St. Raymond. All Hallows will play in the first round of CHSAA intersectional playoffs Sunday at Holy Cross against St. Francis Prep.

Archdiocese of New York AA playoffs preview

February, 22, 2011
The Archdiocese of New York AA boys basketball playoffs begins tonight with two semifinals games. Let’s take a deeper look into the brackets.


Tuesday at Mount St. Michael: 6 p.m.: No. 3 All Hallows (2-9) vs. No. 2 Rice (6-4)
7:30 p.m. No. 4 St. Peter’s (5-1) vs. No. 1 St. Raymond (9-2)

Saturday at Mount St. Michael: 1 p.m.: Semifinals winners
TEAM TO BEAT: St. Raymond: Ever since losing to Rice on Jan. 14, the Ravens have been a completely different team, winning eight of their last 10 games, with one of those losses coming at the hands of No. 1 Lincoln. The team has a good frontcourt and the guard play is strong enough to win a lot of games. St. Raymond started clicking at the right time and will be a tough out.

SLEEPER: St. Peter’s: St. Peter’s is 18-6 on the season and has already beaten Rice, albeit with some of the Raiders players missing the game. The team has pretty much been in every game it has lost, including a 56-43 loss at St. Raymond, and will be a tough out for the Ravens in the first round. The Ravens did not get any favorable draws by getting St. Peter’s in the first round.

FIZZLER: All Hallows: You could make the case that All Hallows is the worst team in the CHSAA AA divisions this season. All Hallows lost its last six games heading into the tournament and has not won since beating St. Peter’s at home on Jan. 22. While All Hallows has beaten some teams now and then, it’s only beaten teams at the bottom of the standings. Don’t expect an upset of Rice.

BEST SEMIFINAL MATCHUP: St. Raymond vs. St. Peter’s: When choosing between rematches of a 44-point game and a 13-point game, it’s safer to say the 13-point rematch should be better. St. Raymond vs. St. Peter’s should be an exciting game in the night cap that will be a tougher test for the Ravens than some think. St. Peter’s knows how to win and will challenge the Ravens.


SF: Rice over All Hallows
SF: St. Raymond over St. Peter’s

F: St. Raymond over Rice

Cardozo's Naclerio wins 600th game

January, 31, 2011
Ron Naclerio admits he originally thought he would be coaching in the NCAAs or the NBA by this point in his career. Instead, 30 years later, the legendary coach has built one of the strongest programs in New York City at Cardozo High School in Queens.

“I’m still at Cardozo and I love it,” Naclerio said. “I want to be here as long as I can be here.”

Tonight, he added another chapter to his legacy as he won his 600th career game as the Judges beat All hallows, 64-48, in a non-conference matchup in Queens. Cardozo, ranked No. 3 by, improved to 18-1.

“I’ve been fortunate that I worked hard when I was younger and learned a lot, and I’m still learning a lot, and I’ve been fortunate to have good players,” Naclerio said. “The tradition of Cardozo in Queens is astounding for the public schools and I’m hoping to never stop.”

While he’s reached centennial anniversaries five times prior to Monday, Naclerio said reaching milestones never gets old for him. He was thankful to see 60 to 70 former players in attendance at the game to show their support for their former coach.

Naclerio fondly recalled having a telephone conversation at 1 p.m. today with former player Melvin Robinson, who scored the second-most points in a single game in Cardozo history with 48, who asked the coach “When are we playing tonight?” as if he was still on the team.

“You realize after all these years,” Naclerio said, “that you are loved and not forgotten.”