New York High School: Monsignor Farrell

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."

CHSFL AAA playoffs breakdown

November, 3, 2011
With the CHSFL playoffs beginning this weekend, we polled our staff of high school writers to get their takes on which teams they see emerging victorious. Matt Ehalt, Amara Grautski, Chris Hunt and Rob Abruzzese give their takes on how the CHSFL "AAA" playoffs will breakdown.

No. 1 St. Anthony’s vs. No. 8 Mount St. Michael’s
No. 2 Stepinac vs. No. 7 Holy Cross
No. 3 Xaverian vs. No. 6 Farrell
No. 4 Iona Prep vs. No. 5 Chaminade


Ehalt: St. Anthony’s: No matter how they play, until someone beats the Friars, they’re the top dogs in the league. They earned their No. 1 seed and found ways to win.

Abruzzese: St. Anthony’s: St. Anthony’s is the kick, having won nine of the last 10 championships. It’s hard to say if they have what it takes to go all the way but a 26-game winning streak is pretty convincing.

Grautski: St. Anthony’s: As if it isn’t obvious, undefeated St. Anthony’s is the one to beat. However, the Friars came close to losing twice, winning two games by only 2 points or less.

Hunt: St. Anthony’s: St. Anthony’s hasn’t lost to anyone. Regardless if the games looked good or not, the Friars are the undefeated, defending champs. That makes them the team to beat.


Ehalt: Iona Prep
: Iona is a team that has three losses but played well in two of those games. If this team gets hot, they could conceivably pull some upsets and end up as the champ.

Abruzzese: Xaverian: Its offense had the most points in the league and they should thank their defense for that. Their defense is quick and efficient in shutting down other team’s and keeping their own offense on the field.

Grautski: Iona Prep: Iona Prep gave St. Anthony’s a scare, but ultimately lost to the Friars, 21-20. Iona Prep may have a chance for redemption in the second round of the playoffs.

Hunt: Xaverian: Ok, so Xaverian isn’t really a sleeper. They are the team that looks the best in the CHSAA right now. But the Clippers lost to St. Anthony’s and Holy Cross. That wasn’t last year.


Ehalt: Stepinac: The Crusaders are a good team but Holy Cross could be problematic in the first round and Stepinac has had some down games in recent weeks.

Abruzzese: Iona Prep: They nearly beat St. Anthony’s last weekend, but not long before that they lost to their first round opponent, Chaminade, two weeks before that. They could get hot and go all the way or they could go out in the first round. Hard to say with them.

Grautski: Archbishop Stepinac, although ranked slightly higher than Xaverian, could fall to the Clippers. Stepinac has already lost to St. Anthony’s and sleeper pick Iona Prep.

Hunt: St. Anthony’s: The Friars are on their third-string quarterback and Dariyan Riley left the season finale against Iona Prep with a knee injury. If Iona Prep can put together two strong halves against St. Anthony’s, the Gaels could find themselves in the championship final.


Ehalt: No. 3 Xaverian over No. 1 St. Anthony’s: It came down to the last play last time around and St. Anthony’s barely won. This time, Xaverian makes the big play it needs to claim the title.

Abruzzese: No. 3 Xaverian over No. 1 St. Anthony’s: St. Anthony’s has been the best in the league for a while, but lately their wins haven’t been as convincing. It is time for a new champion and that is Xaverian thanks to a defense that is capable of stopping teams in their tracks and an offense good enough to put them over the top.

Grautski: No. 1 St. Anthony’s defeats No. 3 Xaverian: The Friars aren’t blowing teams out every game, but they know how to win. As long as their defense – which has allowed 17 points per game – settles down, the Friars will have an undefeated season.

Hunt: No. 3 Xaverian over No. 1 St. Anthony’s: Despite their 7-0 record, St. Anthony’s looks beatable. The Friars have fought through adversity and injury all season but it’ll finally come to an end against Xaverian.


Ehalt: St. A’s over Mount; Stepinac over HC; Xaverian over Farrell; Iona over Chaminade; St. A’s over Iona; Xaverian over Stepinac

Abruzzese: St. A’s over Mount; Stepinac over HC; Xaverian over Farrell; Iona over Chaminade; St. A’s over Iona; Xaverian over Stepinac

Grautski: St. A’s over Mount; Stepinac over HC; Xaverian over Farrell; Iona over Chaminade; St. A’s over Iona; Xaverian over Stepinac

Hunt: St. A’s over Mount; Stepinac over HC; Xaverian over Farrell; Iona over Chaminade; St. A’s over Iona; Xaverian over Stepinac
NEW YORK—Iona Prep right fielder Justin Muratore entered Thursday’s game against Monsignor Farrell yearning for his first three-hit game of the season. When he came to bat in the sixth and seventh, the three hits were already secured and he realized he had a chance to hit for the cycle, which he ultimately fell one home run short of.

“I was thinking about it a little," Muratore said. "I didn’t feel like I was going to hit a home run today with the wind blowing in and such a big park. It would’ve been nice to go 5-for-5 (and get the cycle) but it’s alright.”

While he just missed out on one of baseball's great achievements, Muratore finally had his three-hit game as his season-high four hits led Iona to an 8-2 win over Farrell in the CHSAA Class AA Tournament winner's bracket. The third-seeded Gaels pounded out 13 hits in their win against second-seeded Farrell.

“I just felt good at the plate,” Muratore said. “I was seeing all the curveballs, all the fastballs, I was seeing everything today.”

HOW THE GAME WAS ON: Iona Prep (16-5) struggles at times to score runs, but scored six over the first four innings, all with two outs. After an error by Farrell third baseman Mike Murphy gave Iona a 1-0 out in the first, Jack McDermott and Jim Foley stroked RBI singles to give the Gaels a 3-0 lead.

In the third inning, Vinny DeMaria doubled, Muratore singled, Chris Fiorito walked and another Farrell error on a fly ball by Justin Palladino opened the floodgates and gave the Gaels a 6-0 lead.

The run support backed starting pitcher Robert Ambrosino, who gave up just two runs on two hits in five innings.

“It’s perfect to walk out before you even step on the mound with a couple of runs,” Ambrosino said. “That means you can attack the strike zone and really just keep working. You don’t have to worry about all the hitters.”

TURNING POINT: Farrell pitcher Mike DiGiorgio had a chance to escape the first inning with no damage, despite having runners at first and third with one out, but an error on a simple groundball to third prolonged the inning and led to a 3-0 lead Iona never relinquished.

“That really was pivotal because let’s face it, that was the beginning of our kids getting up there and bashing the ball,” Iona coach Fred Gallo said. “That’s what make this game great. You try to prevent them being gifted runs and earn it.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Muratore led Iona with four hits and three runs. He doubled in the first and scored the game’s first run, tripled in the second inning and singled in the fourth and the fifth, with his fourth-inning single giving Iona a 4-0 lead.

“He really sparked the team today,” Ambrosino said. “As soon as he started hitting he basically set the tone for the whole game and everyone started ripping today.”

BIGGEST SURPRISE: Farrell (16-3) had been the best team in the CHSAA all season before falling in the final game of the season, but has now lost three times in its last five games, punctuated by this blowout loss against Iona.

QUOTE OF THE GAME: “We did today what we haven’t done in quite a long time and that’s get up and rive the ball.”--Gallo

UP NEXT: Iona Prep awaits the winner of Molloy vs. Xaverian in the winners bracket. Farrell takes on the winner of St. Francis Prep vs. All Hallows in the losers bracket.

No. 5 Molloy 5, No. 4 All Hallows 0:
Evan Kearney’s two-run triple that he also scored on due to an error gave the Stanners all the runs they needed as they blanked the Gaels 5-0 in the winners bracket Thursday. Molloy’s Jonathan Ramon outdueled All Hallows’ ace James Norwood, throwing seven shutout innings while striking out six. Molloy tacked on two runs on an error in the sixth inning for the final score.

Saturday Boys CHSAA roundup

February, 26, 2011

Mount St. Michael 72, Msgr. McClancy 50: Mount St. Michael blew by McClancy in the quarterfinals of the CHSAA Class A tournament. The Mountaineers led 20-9 after the first quarter and 33-22 at the half as they improved to 24-1 on the season. Mount St. Michael star Peter Aguilar scored 27, while Anthony Maestre added 122 points. McClancy (14-11) senior forward Patrick Modzelewski scored 26 for the Crusaders. Mount St. Michael will meet Archbishop Stepinac in the semifinals Tuesday at Cardinal Spellman.

Archbishop Stepinac 71, Fordham Prep 44: Stepinac continued the perfect record for teams in the "A North" division against Fordham Prep as the Crusaders rolled over the Rams. Fordham finished the season at 20-5, but all five of its losses came to teams from the "A North" division. Stepinac led 21-12 after the first quarter and the Rams never challenged the Crusaders the rest of the way. Senior Guard James Chillemi scored 17 for Stepinac (17-9) while Josh James added 12. Peter Carlino led Fordham Prep with 14. Stepinac faces Mount St. Michael Tuesday.

Cardinal Hayes 73, Msgr. Farrell 52: After a slow first half, Hayes took it to Farrell in the second half to advance to the semifinals. Hayes (20-5) only led 28-27 after the first half, but boosted the lead to 49-35 after three quarters and cruised from then. Hayes used its big man inside to get the job done, as Amadou Sidibe scored a game-high 24 points and added eight rebounds. Fadil Yacoubou also added 22 points, while Farrell (14-11) was led by Steven Diaz's 13 points. Cardinal Hayes will face Iona Prep in the semis.

Iona Prep 36, St. Edmund'ss 29: In a game not for those who like offense, Iona Prep squeaked out a win against St. Edmunds. Leading 30-29 late in the fourth quarter, Iona Prep (12-12) pulled away in the final minute to secure a game against Cardinal Hayes in the semifinals. Felix Abongo led all scorers with eight, while St. Edmund's was led by Greg Beehler with seven points.


Salesian 66, Cathedral Prep 28
Blessed Sacrament 69, St. Agnes 44
St. Joseph-by-the-Sea 49, Nazareth 46
Sacred Heart 49, Scanlan 34

CHSFL Playoffs Preview

November, 3, 2010
After eight weeks of play, the Catholic High Schools playoffs start this weekend. There are plenty of exciting games on tap for this weekend. Let’s take a look at each of the divisional matchups.



No. 8 St. Joseph by-the-Sea at No. 1 St. Anthony’s (Saturday, 7 p.m.)

No. 7 Holy Cross at No. 2 Iona Prep (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

No. 6 Mount Saint Michael at No. 3 Holy Trinity (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

No. 5 Xaverian at No. 5 Fordham Prep (Saturday, 7 p.m.)

BEST GAME: No. 7 Holy Cross vs. No. 2 Iona Prep

These two teams met earlier this season on Oct. 3 at Holy Cross and Iona Prep won in a rout, 38-13. While Holy Cross was picked to finish fourth, it slumped to a 3-5 record and finished sixth in the league. Iona Prep, meanwhile, finished second with a 6-2 mark, but is coming off a loss in its final game to St. Anthony’s.

In that game against St. Anthony’s, Iona Prep struggled in pass coverage. Which is why this game will be intriguing. Holy Cross has arguable the best receiver in the league in Stanford-bound Devon Cajuste. He’s a tall, strong receiver that can go up and get the ball. If he can catch close to 10 balls in the game, he can help Holy Cross keep it close on the road.

UPSET ALERT: No. 5 Xaverian vs. No. 4 Fordham Prep

This isn’t a knock on Fordham Prep. The Rams finished the season 8-0, only one of three teams in the league to not lose, Yet, the one knock on Fordham Prep has been its schedule this year. The Rams avoided St. Anthony’s, Iona Prep and Holy Trinity this season. You wonder if at some point the lack of competition will catch up to Fordham Prep.

Xaverian, meanwhile, has faced the best in the league. It’s losses this season came to St. Anthony’s, Iona Prep, Holy Trinity and Fordham Prep, which happen to be the top four seeds in the league. Clippers coach Joe DeSiena said in the past that he has the fastest team in the league, which could provide problems come playoff time.

While Fordham Prep did win the season matchup on Sept. 26, 27-17, this game could down to the final minute.

EHALT’S PICKS: I’m going all vanilla with the picks here. St. Anthony’s, Iona Prep, Holy Trinity and Fordham Prep all advance.


No. 8 Cardinal Hayes at No. 1 Monsignor Farrell (Saturday, 6 p.m.)

No. 7 Christ the King at No. 2 Kellenberg (Saturday, 7 p.m.)

No. 6 Xavier at No. 3 Chaminade (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

No. 5 Archbishop Stepinac at No. 4 St. Francis Prep (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

BEST MATCHUP: No. 5 Archbishop Stepinac vs. No. 4 St. Francis Prep

We can call this matchup Part II because it’s a rematch of last year’s AA quarterfinal game between the two schools. In that contest, Stepinac came into the game 7-0 in the league, 8-0 overall, and lost in the first round to St. Francis Prep, the lowest ranked team in the AAA-AA Division.

This year, Stepinac again enters at 8-0 with a 7-0 league record. St. Francis Prep, meanwhile, is 0-8 overall. You can be sure that Stepinac wants to get revenge against St. Francis Prep for ruining its season last year, while the Terriers would like to get in the win column.

UPSET ALERT: No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 3 Chaminade

The home team, Chaminade, comes into the game without a win in its eight games and has scored more than 20 points in just one of its past five games. The Flyers never seemed to get over that opening week loss to Kellenberg, the first time they ever lost to Kellenberg.

Xavier, meanwhile, finished second in the AA-A division with its win over Christ the King in the season finale. Xavier has won five of its past six games since losing its first two games of the season. The Knights seem to be playing their best ball at the right part of the season

Let’s see if Xavier can pull out the win on the road against a former league powerhouse.

EHALT’S PICKS: I see more upsets happening here. Farrell and Kellenberg will win as the favorites, but Stepinac and Xavier will emerge in upsets.

A Playoffs

No. 4 Cardinal Spellman @ No. 1 St. John the Baptist (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

No. 3 Bishop Ford @ No. 2 St. Peter’s

Cardinal Spellman will be looking to win its first game of the season when it takes on St. John the Baptist. St. John the Baptist just missed the cutoff for the AA playoffs with a 3-4 league mark (3-5 overall) and won the season matchup, 25-20.

St. Peter’s finished 3-4 in the league, while Bishop Ford was 1-6 in league play. Bishop Ford’s lone win came against Cardinal Spellman. In the two team’s meeting on Sept. 18, St. Peter’s pulled out the road win, 13-6.

EHALT'S PICKS: Let’s go with chalk here. Final of St. John the Baptist vs. St. Peter’s next week in the final.

Xaverian delivers knockout to Farrell

October, 16, 2010
NEW YORK – The words echoed from the Xaverian sideline, “We’re too fast for ‘em. We’re too fast.”

The Clippers hit Monsignor Farrell with a nasty one-two combo in the form of Isaiah Kearney and Laray Smith for a 48-0 victory Friday night at Kings Bay Field in Brooklyn.

Kearney busted through Farrell’s line for a 54-yard run that Smith followed with a 26-yard romp for Xaverian’s first touchdown with 8:14 left in the first quarter. Farrell (2-4) was staggering ever since.

“We had a big passing game last week,” Xaverian coach Joe DiSiena said. “I told them they had their fun but this week we’re going back to running the ball. We had a goal to run for 300 yards this week.”

Xaverian (4-2) totaled 259 yards on the ground in its first win against Farrell on the varsity level according to DiSiena. Kearney went for 145 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Smith scored three touchdowns with 115 yards on 10 tries. Kearney and Smith threw the haymakers in the first quarter.

After back-to-back breakaway runs, Kearney followed with a 68-yard touchdown sprint on Xaverian’s next possession to put Xaverian ahead 14-0. But as early as Smith hit pay dirt, the Clippers felt like they were running downhill.

“When I first hit the end zone, I was just thinking in my mind, ‘This is going to be the game of the week,’” Smith said.

DiSiena admitted he was thinking about revenge all week. He remembered taking a 26-0 loss on the chin last year at Farrell and posted some of Farrell’s postgame comments in the locker room as well. Smith said he knew how bad his coach wanted to beat Farrell.

“He’s always talking about Farrell this and Farrell that,” Smith said of DiSiena. “It just makes it even more (special) that we didn’t just beat them. We destroyed them. We dominated them.”

Quotes from Farrell players after last year’s game were posted in the locker room all week. There is no doubt that Xaverian took the comments personally.

“Last year they said they sent us back to Brooklyn,” Kearney said. “We sent them back to Staten Island.”

Quarterback Greg Rando completed 8 for 11 passes for 145 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to Sean Binckes in the second quarter, a week after he tossed for 262 yards against St. Francis Prep.

All week DiSiena reminded Kearney and Smith that they would have a chance to run wild Friday and the combination simply overwhelmed Farrell’s defensive. But Xaverian also handcuffed Farrell’s offense. The Lions never threatened to score until less than a minute remaining in the game and even then Xaverian stuffed them on the 3-yard line.

“They played well and we didn’t,” said a stunned Farrell coach Ben Sarullo, adding that “this is probably the worst I’ve ever experienced,” in his 29th season.

“Usually we’re pretty good on the run and that was our Achilles Heel. We couldn’t stop anything.”