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Final girls basketball poll

March, 26, 2012
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After winning the State Federation title last year, Nazareth fell short this season, by falling in the semifinals. Still, the Lady Kingsmen end the season as our top team, as they were the best from day one to the final day. Here's the final poll.

1. Nazareth (18-4)/(LW: 1): Nazareth had a season it will want to forget, because of the tragedy and distractions it faced, and now has to turn its attention to try to keep its school open as it faces closure.

2. Christ the King (15-14)/(LW: 2): Christ the King will be right back in the mix next year as it has one of the most talented sophomores in the city in Sierra Calhoun and other strong players on its roster returning.

3. Moore Catholic (22-6)/(LW: 3): Moore Catholic continues to be one of the best programs in New York City but will have to try to rebound next season without the services of Christina Rubin and Jamie O'Hare.

4. Bishop Ford (22-6)/(LW: 4): Bishop Ford is destined for more success in the future and brings back plenty of strong pieces. There's no reason to think Bishop Ford can't contend for the league title next season.

5. Molloy (19-10)/(LW: 5): Molloy had a great first season under head coach Scott Lagas and will try to duplicate that next season. It has some key juniors like Carolyn Gallagher returning next year which will help.

6. Bishop Loughlin (17-12)/(LW: 7): Loughlin, just like Molloy last year, missed out on the AA playoffs and then swept through the Class A playoffs on its way to its State Federation crown.

7. Murry Bergtraum (18-8)/(LW: 6): Murry Bergtraum won its 14th straight crown and will now try to make it 15 straight years next season. Freshman Ashanae McLaughlin looks like a star in the making in the PSAL.

8. McKee/SI Tech (25-3)/(LW: 8): MSIT had the best season in school history but will now have to try to continue that success without senior Kaityln Astel. Bringing back junior Kelin Walsh will help the Seagulls.

9. South Shore (21-6)/(LW: 9): South Shore had a good season but has to think it underachieved by not reaching the PSAL final. This team will be in the mix once again next year although it loses some key players.

10. Mary Louis (13-17)/(LW: 10): Mary Louis is buoyed by talented freshmen and will be a team to watch in the next few years. In two season, the Hilltoppers could be as good as any team in New York City.
The streak lives on. For the 14th straight year, Murry Bergtraum won the Public Schools Athletic League Class AA title. That advances it to the State Federation semifinals, where it will meet Nazareth, who bested it for the title last season. Here's this week's poll.

1. Nazareth (18-3)/(LW: 1): Nazareth will meet Murry Bergtraum in the semifinals, a game the Lady Kingsmen won last year for the State Federation title.

2. Christ the King (15-14)/(LW: 2): Christ the King's record may seem mediocre, but the Royals had wins over nationally ranked opponents this year.

3. Moore Catholic (22-6)/(LW: 3): Moore Catholic, along with McKee/SI Tech, showed that Staten Island was one of the toughest boroughs this season.

4. Bishop Ford (22-6)/(LW: 4): Bishop Ford had a successful season despite dropping two winnable games against Christ the King and Moore Catholic to end the season.

5. Molloy (19-10)/(LW: 5): Molloy won the State Federation Class A title last season and had success in the CHSAA Class AA tournament this year, reaching the semifinals.

6. Murry Bergtraum (18-7)/(LW: 6): It's now 14 straight years that Murry Bergtraum has won the PSAL title, one of the most amazing feats in New York City history.

7. Bishop Loughlin (15-12)/(LW: 7): Loughlin will play Rochester East in the semifinals of the State Federation tournament this week.

8. McKee/SI Tech (25-3)/(LW: 8): MSIT led Murry Bergtraum in the fourth quarter but could not hold on and lost a tough one in its first title game appearance.

9. South Shore (21-6)/(LW: 9): South Shore has to think it blew an opportunity as the top seed by not advancing to the PSAL final.

10. Mary Louis (13-17)/(LW: 10): Another team with a mediocre record, but Mary Louis could compete with any team in New York City this year.

Girls basketball poll: March 12

March, 12, 2012
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For the second straight year, Nazareth won the CHSAA Class AA State title, this team defeating Moore Catholic. It will head to Albany looking to defend its State Federation title. In the PSAL, Murry Bergtraum will try to win its 14th straight title as it faces McKee/SI Tech, which upset South Shore in the final.

1. Nazareth (18-3)/(LW: 1): Nazareth exacted revenge on Christ the King in the semifinals and then took down Moore Catholic easily in the final for its second straight championship.

2. Christ the King (15-14)/(LW: 2): Christ the King fell in the State semifinals to Nazareth, but ended the season as the Brooklyn/Queens Division I tournament champion.

3. Moore Catholic (22-6)/(LW: 6): Moore Catholic moves up three spots after besting Bishop Ford and Molloy in the State tournament, before falling to Nazareth in the final.

4. Bishop Ford (22-6)/(LW: 3): Bishop Ford stumbled at the end of the year, losing its final two games of the season as it dropped games to Christ the King and Moore Catholic.

5. Molloy (19-10)/(LW: 4): Molloy had a huge upset against St. Anthony's in the quarterfinals but fell to Moore Catholic for the second time this season in the semfinals.

6. Murry Bergtraum (17-7)/(LW: 7): For the 14th straight year, Murry Bergtraum will be playing for the PSAL title after defeating Francis Lewis in the semifinals.

7. Bishop Loughlin (15-12)/(LW: 9): Loughlin had a perfect 4-0 week to win the Class A City title and the Class A State title over Mary Louis.

8. McKee/SI Tech (25-2)/(LW: 8): MSIT pulled the upset of the weekend as it defeated top seed, South Shore, in the semifinals, to advance to Madison Square Garden.

9. South Shore (21-6)/(LW: 5): South Shore seemed prime to potentially end Bergtraum's run atop the PSAL but lost in the semifinals to MSIT.

10. Mary Louis (13-17)/(LW: Unranked): Mary Louis returns to the poll after advancing to the Class A City title game and Class A State title game, although it lost both times.

CHSAA girls Class AA State preview

March, 6, 2012
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The girls CHSAA Class AA State tournament begins on Wednesday with Nazareth looking to defend its crown. We asked our staff of Matt Ehalt and Rob Abruzzese to dissect the brackets and predict who will win.

THE SEEDS

Brooklyn/Queens 1: Christ the King
Brooklyn/Queens 2: Bishop Ford
Brooklyn/Queens 3: Nazareth
Brooklyn/Queens 4: Molloy
Archdiocesan 1: Moore Catholic
Rockville Centre 1: St. Anthony's
Rockville Centre 2: St. John the Baptist

THE BRACKET

Christ the King--Bye
Nazareth vs. St. John the Baptist
Moore Catholic vs. Bishop Ford
St. Anthony's vs. Nazareth

WHO IS THE TEAM TO BEAT?

EHALT: ST. ANTHONY'S: Nazareth has been slipping lately and St. Anthony's is on a roll. While Nazareth might have been the better team over the course of the season, I don't like how they've played recently. St. Anthony's also demolished Bishop Ford earlier this year.

ABRUZZESE: NAZARETH:The Lady Kingsmen were stunned in the city playoffs, but they still have the most talent of any team in the state and will be motivated to show that they are the best in the State tournament.

WHICH TEAM IS ON UPSET ALERT?

EHALT: MOORE CATHOLIC: This is due to its matchup. Despite being the Archdiocesan champion, it draws Bishop Ford in the quarterfinals. The Lady Falcons are a tough game for any team in this bracket and Moore Catholic has to face them in its first game.


ABRUZZESE: MOORE CATHOLIC: It's hard to see Moore making it past the semifinals as it draws Bishop Ford in the quarters and then it doesn't get any easier as it will face the winner of Molloy/St. Anthony's in th semis.

WHICH TEAM IS THE SLEEPER?

EHALT: CHRIST THE KING: I don't think Christ the King is going to be picked by many people to win this tournament but they have shown that they have the ability to do so. You don't beat teams like Bishop Loughlin, Nazareth and Bishop Ford in a row without being a talented team capable of making a run.

ABRUZZESE: MOLLOY: Molloy is a team with a good coach and a lot of talent. It has a very tough quarterfinal opponent in St. Anthony's, but if it can get past that round it may end up in the finals.

WHAT'S THE BEST QUARTERFINAL?

EHALT: BISHOP FORD VS. MOORE CATHOLIC: I'm looking forward to seeing how this matchup plays out between two of the top teams in New York City. After the great season both of them have had, only one of the will be alive for the semifinals.

ABRUZZESE: MOLLOY VS. ST. ANTHONY'S: This is the two teams that are the most closely matched in the quarters. Either team can easily find itself in the finals too so keep an eye on this game.

WHAT'S THE BEST POTENTIAL SEMIFINAL?

EHALT: CK VS. NAZARETH: This one is easy. These are two rivals who would love nothing more than to knock the other team out. Last season, Nazareth defeated CK for the title and CK just knocked Nazareth out of the Brooklyn/Queens tournament. This should be a battle.

ABRUZZESE: CK VS. NAZARETH:There is not a lot of love between these two teams and they would be facing each other for the fourth time this season. Look for Nazareth to be out for revenge and CK will be trying to show its win in the city playoffs was not a fluke.

WHAT'S THE FINAL AND WHO WINS:

EHALT: ST. ANTHONY'S OVER NAZARETH: I'll take the two most talented teams in the bracket in the final and then take the team playing the better ball. Nazareth just has not been the same team down the stretch and I think a St. Anthony team that's hot will defeat it.

ABRUZZESE: NAZARETH OVER BISHOP FORD: Nazareth doesn't lack for motivation in this tournament. It always feels like it has a target on its back anyway and this will be a revenge tour of sorts as it felt slighted by both CK and Ford after the death of its head coach Apache Paschall back in January.

YOUR TOURNAMENT PICKS?

EHALT: Nazareth over St. John the Baptist; Ford over Moore Catholic; St. Anthony's over Molloy; Nazareth over Christ the King; St. Anthony's over Bishop Ford.

ABRUZZESE: Nazareth over St. John the Baptist; Ford over Moore; St. Anthony's over Molloy; Nazareth over CK; Ford over St. Anthony's.

Girls basketball poll: March 5

March, 5, 2012
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Is Nazareth wearing down at the wrong time? Our top-ranked team lost for the second time in two weeks as it fell to Christ the King this weekend in the Brooklyn/Queens Division I tournament. While we keep them No. 1, it seems Nazareth is no longer invincbile.

1. Nazareth (15-3)/(LW: 1): Nazareth is holding on to this top spot by a thread and will face St. John the Baptist in the State tournament quarterfinals.

2. Christ the King (15-13)/(LW: 4): CK moves up to the second spot after sweeping Bishop Loughlin, Nazareth and Bishop Ford this past week. It has a bye in the State tournament.

3. Bishop Ford (22-5)/(LW: 2): Bishop Ford reached the Division I final for the first time but lost to Christ the King in a close game. It faces Moore Catholic in the State tournament.

4. Molloy (18-9)/(LW: 4): Molloy lost a heartbreaker in the Brooklyn/Queens tournament to Molloy and will face Long Island's St. Anthony's in the State tournament.

5. South Shore (21-5)/(LW: 5): South Shore held on late against Midwood and will meet McKee/SI Tech in the PSAL quarterfinals.

6. Moore Catholic (20-5)/(LW: 7): Moore Catholic won its second straight Archdiocesan Class AA crown and will meet Bishop Ford in the State tournament quarterfinals.

7. Murry Bergtraum (16-7)/(LW: 8): Murry Bergtraum handled Lincoln with ease and will face Francis Lewis in the PSAL Class AA quarterfinals.

8. McKee/SI Tech (24-2)/(LW: 9): MSIT swept Manhattan Center and JFK and is now in the semifinals against top-seeded South Shore.

9. Bishop Loughlin (11-12)/(LW: 6): Loughlin falls a few spots after losing to CK in the quarterfinals and has a bye in the Class A State playoffs.

10. Spellman (21-6)/(LW: Unranked): Spellman makes its return to the poll after losing in the Archdiocesan title game to Moore. It has a bye in the Class A state playoffs.

Girls basketball poll: Feb. 27

February, 27, 2012
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Some of the tournaments have already begun but most of them begin this week. The best in New York City will be vying for conference and division crowns. Here's this week's poll.

1. Nazareth (15-2)/(LW: 1): Nazareth beat Christ the King for the second time and is the top seed in the Brooklyn/Queens Division I tournament.

2. Bishop Ford (20-4)/(LW: 2): Bishop Ford is the No. 2 seed in Brooklyn/Queens Division I and faces St. Francis Prep.

3. Molloy (17-8)/(LW: 4): Molloy rebounded from two tough losses to beat CK and JFK this week. It's the No. 3 seed in Brooklyn/Queens Division I and faces Mary Louis Academy.

4. Christ the King (12-13)/(LW: 3): CK drops a spot after losing to Molloy and Nazareth. It's the No. 4 seed in the Brooklyn/Queens Division I tournament and will face Bishop Loughlin.

5. South Shore (20-5)/(LW: 5): South Shore awaits the winner of Benjamin Banneker vs. Midwood in the PSAL quarterfinals.

6. Bishop Loughlin (11-11)/(LW: 6): Loughlin will play Christ the King in the Brooklyn/Queens Division I quarterfinals.

7. Moore Catholic (18-5)/(LW: 7): Moore Catholic meets St. Joseph Hill in the Archdiocesan semifinals.

8. Murry Bergtraum (15-7)/(LW: 8): Murry Bergtraum will meet the Lincoln vs. Brooklyn Collegiate winner in the quarterfinals.

9. McKee/SI Tech (22-2)/(LW: 9): MSIT faces Manahttan Center in the first round.

10. Truman (19-6)/(LW: 10): Truman meets Boys & Girls in the first round.

CHSAA Class A quarters recap

February, 25, 2012
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While the main attraction on Saturday was the Class AA Archdiocesan title game, the quarterfinals for the Class A were held. Here's the roundup from the four games.

MOORE CATHOLIC 55, BISHOP FORD 52 (OT): Moore Catholic junior guard Mark Fiorello had missed shot after shot on Saturday, but with his team trailing in overtime and him positioned beyond the arc, he had no doubt he would come through.

"That was the one shot that I took and I knew was going in because I didn't even think about it," Fiorello said of his 3-pointer that gave Moore Catholic the lead for good against Bishop Ford on Saturday.

Firoello's three started a string of six straight points from him as he helped Moore Catholic rally to stun Bishop Ford, 55-52, in overtime on Saturday at Mount St. Michael. The Mavericks (20-5) trailed 40-30 entering the fourth quarter but rallied to tie it at 45-45 entering overtime.

In the extra period, Fiorello, who scored 11 points, scored six straight points for his team to give it a 53-49 lead and the Mavericks held on to advance to the semifinals to face Iona Prep.

"If that didn't go in, I never would have heard the end of it, never, oh my God," Fiorello said of his big 3-point shot.

IONA PREP 66, LASALLE 45: Last season, Iona Prep entered the Class A semifinals as the underdog of the final four. This year, after defeating Lasalle 66-45 in the quarters on Saturday, the Gaels (22-3) enter as perhaps the favorite among the four remaining teams.

"Last year we were underdogs and we had to overachieve just to get to where we are right now," Iona coach Vic Quirolo said. "This year, expectations were we have an opportunity to maybe get far into the playoffs."

Iona Prep had beaten Lasalle (9-13) twice in close games earlier this season but led by double digits for mostly the entire game as it rolled to a victory. Isiah Ice led Iona with 18 points. The Gaels will now get a rematch in the semifinals with Moore Catholic, who bested them earlier this year.

"We had a close game with them and it's great to get a second shot at a team that beat you in a close game," Quirolo said.

ST. EDMUND PREP 67, ST. JOSEPH BY-THE-SEA 48: In this same gym in the quarterfinals last season, St. Edmund walked off the court with its season over after a loss to Iona Prep. On Saturday, the Eagles made sure their season would go on at least one more game as it throttled St. Joseph by-the-Sea, 67-48. St. Edmund advances to face Xavier in the semifinals.

"We knew that was on the same court, same place, just a different team and we had to bring it all today," said senior guard Matt O'Neill, who led all scorers with 19 points.

St. Edmund (19-6) led 12-11 after one but blew the game open in the second quarter to take a 32-14 lead and never looked back. St. Edmund's players talked about winning this game in memory of Jose Rodriguez, who died during basketball tryouts this season.

"It means a lot (to get to the semifinals)," O'Neill said. "We're doing it for Jose. We're doing it for our fans back home and it shows our school can get respect and we have to keep going."

XAVIER 53, SPELLMAN 43: Xavier defeated Spellman in the nightcap at Mount St. Michael. Xavier (14-9) beat Spellman (10-13) for the third time this season and swept the season series between the two schools. Xavier is now headed to the semifinals where it will meet St. Edmund Prep. Xavier won the meeting between the two schools, 55-45, earlier this season.

Xavier led by 10 at the half and Spellman cut it to five but Xavier was able to hold on. Matt Crockett led it with 18 points while Brendan Ferguson had 13.

"This is another step toward playing for a City championship," Xavier coach Joe McGrane said. "We came into the season hoping to play for a City Championship and this is a good step forward."

Girls basketball poll: Feb. 20

February, 20, 2012
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It certainly was an interesting week. Nazareth lost to a New York City team for the first team this year in Bishop Ford, Christ the King lost to Bishop Loughlin but defeated Molloy and Moore Catholic lost its first league game. Let's check out the poll.

1. Nazareth (14-2)/(LW: 1): We can excuse Nazareth for one slip-up to Bishop Ford, but that will certainly make the league playoffs more interesting.

2. Bishop Ford (20-4)/(LW: 4): Bishop Ford ascends two spots thanks to its win over Nazareth and Bishop Loughlin the past week.

3. Christ the King (12-11)/(LW: 3): CK stays right where it was after losing a tough game to Bishop Loughlin but then rebounding for a win against Molloy.

4. Molloy (15-8)/(LW: 2): We can't penalize Molloy that much for losing games to Nazareth and Christ the King this past week.

5. South Shore (19-5)/(LW: 6): South Shore is the No. 1 seed in the PSAL Tournament and will be well rested for its quarterfinal game next Saturday.

6. Bishop Loughlin (11-11)/(LW: 7): Loughlin played tough this week, beating Christ the King but losing to Bishop Ford in a tight one.

7. Moore Catholic (18-5)/(LW: 5): Moore Catholic drops down the rankings for the second straight week as it lost to Cardinal Spellman.

8. Murry Bergtraum (15-7)/(LW: 8): Murry Bergtraum did not play this week as it prepares as the No. 2 seed for the PSAL Class AA tournament.

9. McKee/SI Tech (22-2)/(LW: 9): MSIT also had the week off for the tournament as it will be the No. 4 seed and will have a first round game against Manhattan Center.

10. Truman (19-6)/(LW: 10): Truman, like the previous two teams, was off this week in preparation for the tournament where it is the No. 3 seed and will host Boys & Girls.

Principals agree to play games, not forfeits

February, 13, 2012
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The Christ the King and Bishop Ford girls basketball teams will not have to forfeit the games it canceled against Nazareth following Nazareth coach Apache Paschall's death, according to CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens principals committee chairman John Lorenzetti. The principals of the three schools agreed to play the games later this season.

"At the meeting, the three principals sat down and talked and keeping the Christian and Catholic philosophies, everyone felt it was in the best interest for those games to be played," Lorenzetti said. "We are working out the schedule as we speak.

A principals committee meeting occurred on Monday that was going to rule on the request for forfeits, but Lorenzetti said the three principals of the schools in Christ the King's Peter Mannarino, Bishop Ford's Frank Brancato and Nazareth's Providencia Quiles decided among the three of them to play the games. He said there was no group vote taken.

If Christ the King and Bishop Ford were voted to forfeit the games, the league constitution does allow for a forfeiture of the season and the next season, but Lorenzetti stressed that that doesn't mean that would have applied to this situation. He said that each case is treated on an individual basis and he's grateful that it did not come to that.

"I'm thrilled. I think that's the way it should be," Lorenzetti said of the decision. "I think sporting events should be decided on the court and not in committee meetings and whatever else. I'm thrilled that they agreed to play."

After Paschall died on Jan. 3, the Lady Kingsmen hoped to play their scheduled league games against Bishop Ford on Jan. 5 and Christ the King on Jan. 7. Ford's administration canceled the game because it believed it was too quickly after to play while CK believed Paschall's funeral was going to be the day of its game.

Nazareth's coaches and players were not too pleased that the games were canceled against them as they wanted to play to honor their coach. Paschall lead the team to the New York State Federation Class AA title last season in his first year at the school.

"I think it's disrespectful," Nazareth co-coach Ron Kelley said at the time. "He was our coach, our friend and our confidant, and my mentor and a father figure to our girls here. If we choose to have the game and play the game, then I would think everybody would try to respect our wishes in doing so.

"If God forbid this happened to somebody else, I would say, anything you want us to do, we'll do. That would be my answer. These young ladies have been through a tragedy. I think that what they want to do is what we should be doing."

After the cancellation of the games, Nazareth requested that the league make Bishop Ford and Christ the King forfeit the games. The Eligibility and Infractions Committee made the recommendation that Bishop Ford and Christ the King should have to forfeit. The principals committee meeting was scheduled for last Wednesday but was postponed until Monday.

Nazareth co-coach Lauren Best did not seem too pleased with the decision. Nazareth already beat both opponents by at least 30 points each and will go for the clean sweep soon.

“They didn’t follow the rules,” Best said after her team beat Molloy on Monday night. “The rules state one thing and they got away with one. They should have gotten the forfeit. We’re a competitive team so we’re going to play but that’s not what the rules state.”

Christopher Hunt contributed reporting to this article

Girls basketball poll: Feb. 13

February, 13, 2012
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Nazareth showed its power by handing Manasquan (N.J.) its first loss of the season on Sunday, but Bishop Ford drops a few spots in the poll after three losses in recent weeks. Christ the King also picked up a win against nationally ranked Cicero-North Syracuse. Here's this week's poll.

1. Nazareth (13-1)/(LW: 1): Nazareth defeated Bishop Loughlin and then took down Manasquan at The Mecca Challenge in the Bronx.

2. Molloy (15-6)/(LW: 4): After wins against Long Island Lutheran and Bishop Ford this week, Molloy has earned its way up to the No. 2 spot in the poll.

3. Christ the King (11-10)/(LW: 5): CK is finally above .500 and did it dramatic fashion by taking down Bishop Ford and nationally ranked Cicero-North Syracuse.

4. Bishop Ford (18-4)/(LW: 2): Bishop Ford drops due to its loss to Christ the King this past week, the third loss for the Lady Falcons in recent weeks.

5. Moore Catholic (17-4)/(LW: 3): Moore Catholic stayed undefeated against Staten Island teams but lost a tough game to LaSalle (R.I.)

6. South Shore (19-5)/(LW: 6): South Shore went 1-1 this week, winning vs. Midwood, and earned the No. 1 seed for the PSAL playoffs.

7. Bishop Loughlin (10-10)/(LW: 8): Loughlin evened its record with wins over Cardinal Spellman and a Pennsylvania team on the weekend.

8. Murry Bergtraum (14-7)/(LW: 7): Tough week for Bergtraum as it falls to Francis Lewis and then loses to Long Island Lutheran.

9. McKee/SI Tech (22-2)/(LW: 9): MSIT has not lost a game to a New York City team all season and will be the No. 4 seed in the Class AA Tournament.

10. Truman (19-6)/(LW: 10): Truman finished the year strong and has been rewarded as the No. 3 seed for the Class AA playoffs.

Principals committee meeting postponed

February, 8, 2012
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The principals committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday that was supposed to rule on Nazareth Regional High School's request for forfeits for games with Christ the King and Bishop Ford has been postponed until Monday, according to Bishop Ford Principal Frank V. Brancato.

"One of the principals asked for a change in date," Brancato said. "It was a completely different issue. It had nothing to do with sports."

After Nazareth head coach Apache Paschall died on Jan. 3, Bishop Ford and Christ the King's administrations canceled games scheduled for Jan. 5 and Jan. 7 against the Lady Kingsmen. Bishop Ford thought it was too soon after Paschall's death to play while Christ the King believed that Paschall's funeral was going to be the day of its game.

"We didn't play the game out of respect for their coach's death," CK Principal Peter Mannarino said on Saturday. "As far as we know, our game was scheduled for the day of his funeral. We thought it was inappropriate and disrespectful to play on that day."

Nazareth wanted to play the games out of respect for their coach and did not appreciate having those games canceled. Nazareth beat both teams last week in the first meetings between the schools since the cancellations.

"I think it's disrespectful," Nazareth co-coach Ron Kelley said at the time. "He was our coach, our friend and our confidant, and my mentor and a father figure to our girls here. If we choose to have the game and play the game, then I would think everybody would try to respect our wishes in doing so.

"If God forbid this happened to somebody else, I would say, anything you want us to do, we'll do. That would be my answer. These young ladies have been through a tragedy. I think that what they want to do is what we should be doing."

Nazareth asked the league for Bishop Ford and Christ the King to have to forfeit those games and the Eligibility and Infractions Committee recommended last week that Bishop Ford and Christ the King forfeit those games.

"I think the punishment should fit the crime," Nazareth co-coach Lauren Best said on Saturday. "If it was us, you might not see us for the rest of the season, that's what the rule says."

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Girls basketball poll: Feb. 6

February, 6, 2012
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Nazareth flexed its muscles this week as it put dominated Bishop Ford and Christ the King and showed that no team in New York City is on its level. There were also some upsets all around New York City. Let's check out the rest of the poll for this week.

1. Nazareth (18-1)/(LW: 1): Nazareth went 3-0 with wins over Bishop Ford, Mary Louis and Nazareth. That's what you call a quality week.

2. Bishop Ford (16-3)/(LW: 2): Bishop Ford lost to Nazareth and Christ the King but salvaged the week with a win against an out-of-state foe.

3. Moore Catholic (16-3)/(LW: 4): Moore Catholic is quietly putting together one of the finest seasons in the city and it is now 16-3 after a pair of wins this weekend.

4. Molloy (13-6)/(LW: 4): Molloy rebounded this week for a pair of nice wins against St. Francis Prep and Mary Louis Academy.

5. Christ the King (7-10)/(LW: 6): CK had great wins against Bishop Loughlin and Bishop Fort but ended its week on a sour note as Nazareth blew them out.

6. South Shore (18-4)/(LW: 3): South Shore lost a tough game to Lincoln and needs to find its groove before the PSAL playoffs begin.

7. Murry Bergtraum (13-5)/(LW: 7): Bergtraum is clicking at the right time and had a quality win against Francis Lewis in league play.

8. Bishop Loughlin (8-0/(LW: 8): Loughlin lost to CK but was able to rebound to beat St. Francis Prep. Loughlin is another team that needs to get it together.

9. McKee/SI Tech (18-2)/(LW: 10): MSIT picked up another league win and is going to face Curtis this week in a battle for the division title.

10. Truman (17-6)/(LW: Unranked): Truman is now 17-6 and swept JFK with a win this past week, which puts the Lady Mustangs back in the poll.

Committee recommends CK, Ford forfeit

February, 4, 2012
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The CHSAA Eligibility and Infractions Committee has recommended that Bishop Ford and Christ the King should forfeit their schedule games against Nazareth that were canceled following coach Apache Paschall's death, according to Christ the King Principal Peter Mannarino.

The final decision, however, is up to the principal's committee, which will meet on Wednesday. The New York Post first reported the news.

Mannarino, who watched Christ the King beat Cardinal Hayes on Saturday, said he found out on Friday about the infractions committee's recommendation. He said that he did not believe it was a fair recommendation. CK canceled its Jan. 7 against Nazareth.

"We didn't play the game out of respect for their coach's death," Mannarino said. "As far as we know, our game was scheduled for the day of his funeral. We though it was inappropriate and disrespectful to play on that day."

Paschall died on Jan. 3 and his team decided that it wanted to honor its coach by playing its upcoming scheduled game. Bishop Ford's administration backed out of a game on Jan. 5 and Christ the King followed suit for its Jan. 7 game. Nazareth finally got to play both teams this week and beat both in convincing fashion

Nazareth was not happy at the time that the teams backed out on them.

"I think it's disrespectful," Nazareth co-coach Ron Kelley said at the time. "He was our coach, our friend and our confidant, and my mentor and a father figure to our girls here. If we choose to have the game and play the game, then I would think everybody would try to respect our wishes in doing so.

"If God forbid this happened to somebody else, I would say, anything you want us to do, we'll do. That would be my answer. These young ladies have been through a tragedy. I think that what they want to do is what we should be doing."

Lady Kingsmen players Darius Faulk and Bianca Cuevas both did not seem that concerned with whether those teams will have to forfeit the games. Cuevas didn't see why the teams would have to forfeit and Faulk said she wouldn't mind playing those teams again.

"It would be better because we could do it all over again," said Faulk, who did add that she's pleased the teams are being punished because Nazareth wanted to play those games.

Nazareth co-coach Lauren Best said that she believes that everybody should have played her team the first time they were scheduled. While she didn't outright say she agreed with the punishment, she hinted that she believes the punishment would be just.

"I think the punishment should fit the crime," Best said. "If it was us, you might not see us for the rest of the season, that's what the rule says."

CK coach Bob Mackey had no comment about the committee's recommendation.

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Rapid Reaction: (1) Nazareth 82, (2) Ford 39

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On paper, Tuesday night's match-up between Nazareth and Bishop Ford was nothing more than a clash of two CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division I titans. Both girls basketball teams entered the contest undefeated in league play, but the Lady Kingsmen felt they were fighting for something more than just continued perfection.

It showed.

In front of its home crowd, top-ranked Nazareth crushed No. 2 Bishop Ford, 82-39.

By halftime, the Lady Kingsmen had created a 19-point deficit. In the waning moments of the fourth quarter, the winded Falcons just gave up.

On Jan. 5, two days after the death of Nazareth coach Apache Paschall, Bishop Ford didn't play a scheduled game against the Lady Kingsmen, instead opting to cancel. The Falcons' administration believed it was too soon after Paschall's passing to compete, while Nazareth was still eager to get on the court.

"The kids all came to the hospital, and we made a decision as a family, as a group to play," assistant coach Lauren Best said of the scheduled Jan. 5 game against Bishop Ford. "They took that from us."

Best insists there isn't any lingering tension with the Falcons' coaching staff, but the win definitely made a statement.

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: Although the first quarter was a sloppy eight minutes of basketball, chock full of turnovers and little offense, the Lady Kingsmen started to gain momentum by attacking with a mix of quick layups and 3-pointers.

Sophomore guard Bianca Cuevas scored 10 of her game-high 20 points for Nazareth (9-1, 6-0) in the second quarter, sinking two shots from beyond the arc and attacking the paint, to help her team pull away.

Bishop Ford (15-2, 6-1) also faltered at the line, only shooting 48 percent from the charity stripe, while Nazareth shot 88 percent.

TURNING POINT:
Cuevas' 10 points in the second pushed the Lady Kingsmen ahead, but Sadie Edwards closed it out in the fourth.Nazareth's own Mariano Rivera netted seven unanswered points at the beginning of the final quarter, and the game was out of reach.

"She's been our spark off the bench," Best said of Edwards. "She gets us going."

FORFEIT UPDATE:
Nazareth Athletic Director Rochelle Murphy said she has yet to hear back from the league regarding a request to have two cancelled games changed to forfeits.

In addition to the Jan. 5 game the Lady Kingsmen were scheduled to play against Bishop Ford, Christ the King also cancelled a Jan. 7 match-up after Paschall's passing.

STAR OF THE GAME: Darius Faulk not only tallied 18 points, but she hustled, often poking the ball out of the Falcons' hands. The senior guard also fed a lot of passes to Cuevas inside the paint.

"We really don't care if it's a forfeit or not," Faulk said with a smile. "We wouldn't mind playing them again and playing like this all over again."

UP NEXT: Nazareth will face the Mary Louis Academy on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. The Lady Kingsmen won their first meeting, 82-63, with Cuevas (17 points) and Brianna Butler (13 points) leading the way. Bishop Ford heads to Christ the King on Wednesday night.

Girls basketball poll: Jan. 30

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The biggest thing we learned this week is Moore Catholic is a team to be reckoned with. The Lady Mavericks defeated Molloy at the JFK Invitational this weekend and are a threat in New York City. Let's check out the poll.

1. Nazareth (8-1)/(LW: 1): Nazareth had a 3-0 week that included two wins at the JFK Invitational against New Jersey teams. Big week ahead with games against Bishop Ford and Christ the King.

2. Bishop Ford (15-1)/(LW: 2): Bishop Ford will head to Nazareth this week in what will be the biggest girls basketball game of the season to this point.

3. South Shore (17-3)/(LW: 3): South Shore split a pair of games at the JFK Challenge but easily could have gone undefeated in those games.

4. Moore Catholic (14-3)/(LW: 5): Moore picked up a nice win against Molloy and then defeated a New Jersey team to move up in the rankings.

5. Molloy (11-6)/(LW: 4): Molloy, which is dealing with injuries, had a tough week as it went 0-3 including losses to Bishop Loughlin and Moore Catholic.

6. Christ the King (5-9)/(LW: 6): CK lost against Archbishop Wood this weekend. It has a big home game against Nazareth on Saturday.

7. Murry Bergtraum (11-5)/(LW: 7): Bergtraum picked up a league win against Medgar Evers but lost a tough game to H.D. Woodson (D.C.) in the JFK Invitational.

8. Bishop Loughlin (7-8)/(LW: 8): Loughlin started the week with a nice win Molloy but dropped two games later in the week against out-of-state foes.

9. JFK (14-7)/(LW: 10): JFK won a tough battle against Christian Academy (D.C.) at its own JFK Invitational and has a tough home game vs. Truman this week.

10. McKee/SI Tech (17-2)/(LW: 10): MSIT got spanked against Red Bank Catholic (N.J.) last weekend and has some big games in division this week.

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