New York High School: St. Edmund Prep

CHSAA boys Class A & B: Naz, Iona win

March, 2, 2012
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The CHSAA crowned its Class A and Class B champions on Friday night as Iona Prep defeated St. Edmund Prep in the Class A title game and Nazareth defeated St. Agnes in the Class B title game. Here's the highlights from the night's action.

No. 1 Nazareth 70, No. 2 St. Agnes 47: If this is the last season for Nazareth, the boys basketball team is going out with a bang. The top-seeded Kingsmen won their first title since 1989 as they dominated second-seeded St. Agnes, 70-47, on Friday night. The Brooklyn school is scheduled to close its doors at the end of the year amid declining enrollment and financial struggles.

"It was added motivation having our school closing down," senior forward Mike Megaafu said. "Us having this championship, it's great for the school. We need something to rely on. God forbid we close down, we're closing down with a bang. We're going out with something people will remember us by."

While Nazareth coach Todd Jamison believes Nazareth will stay open, the school is currently headed to join the list of New York City Catholic schools to recently close. Each game the Kingsment have played since the Class B tournament began could have been the last in program history.

"Hopefully this won't be our last (season), I don't think it will be, but absolutely, definitely this one is special for us," Jamison said.

Nazareth (20-6) got out of the gate hot and took a 21-5 lead after the first quarter and boosted the lead to 41-17 at half. St. Agnes (13-9) simply could not keep up with Nazareth, which applied pressure defense and seemingly could not miss. Nazareth won its first title since winning back-to-back Class A titles in 1988-89.

Sophomore Samson Usilo led the way with 29 points while Shajea Stevenson added 15. Usilo had 14 of his points in the first quarter, which included a pair of 3-point shots and an alley-oop to start the game.

"He's been waiting for this game the last couple of days, the way's he been practicing," Jamison said. "When I see him come in the locker room and I see he's singing some religious hymns, I'm like 'oh boy, these guys are in trouble.'"

Nazareth faces St. Mary's (Lancaster) for the CHSAA Class B State Championship next weekend.

Iona Prep 70, St. Edmund Prep 54: Iona Prep junior guard Brandon Williams let his teammates know that he was ready to take over the third quarter of the CHSAA Class A final on Friday night against St. Edmund Prep.

"He came to the bench and was like this is my quarter boys, get me the ball," teammate Felix Abongo said. "We found him and he was knocking down shots."

Living up to his word, Williams scored 10 points in the third quarter to keep St. Edmund at bay as he propelled Iona Prep to a 70-54 win over St. Edmund Prep in the final. Williams finished with a team-high 18 points as Iona Prep won its second title in four seasons.

"It was just great," Williams said of his third quarter. "We were in foul trouble almost the entire game. We were in a one-on-one situation the whole game. It was great, I just kept attacking, that was what I had to do to win the game."

Iona Prep (24-3) led 32-18 at the half but in the third quarter, St. Edmund cut the lead to 10 points. Williams, though, was there to save the day. With his team leading 38-26, he scored 10 of his team's final 12 points in the quarter to give his team a 50-36 lead heading into the final quarter. St. Edmund fell to 20-7.

Williams has battled sprained both ankles and missed time with injuries this season, and was also in and out of the starting lineup. In his team's biggest game to date, he came up clutch and led the Gaels to their fourth CHSAA Class A title.

"I think when he gets in the flow, he gets dangerous," Iona Prep coach Vic Quirolo said. "Sometimes he doesn't always get in that flow but today he got in that stride and kept going."

Iona Prep will meet the winner of the St. John the Baptist vs. Canisius game in the CHSAA Class A State title game.

CHSAA boys Class A & B final previews

March, 2, 2012
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WHO: CHSAA Class A & B Intersectional finals
(A: Iona vs. St. Edmund Prep; B: Nazareth vs. St. Agnes)

WHEN: Friday night (B: 6 p.m.; A. 7:45)

WHERE: Fordham University

WHY THESE GAMES ARE IMPORTANT: The CHSAA will crown its Class A and Class B champions on Friday night when Iona Prep takes on St. Edmund Prep and Nazareth battles St. Agnes. The winners of both games will go on to play for the CHSAA State championship.

The Class A final pits the best teams in Class A throughout the season in Iona Prep and St. Edmund Prep. Iona won the Archdiocesan title during the regular season while St. Edmund Prep won Brooklyn/Queens. Both teams survived thrillers in the semifinals and the final should be just as exciting. Iona won the regular season game between the two.

The Class B final has Nazareth playing against St. Agnes. It's an emotional game for Nazareth, which is going to be closing at the end of the year. This could be the school's final game and these player are hoping to go out with a championship. The Kingsmen are seeded first and faced second-seeded St. Agnes.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Iona Prep: Isiah Ice
St. Edmund Prep: Matt O'Neill
Nazareth: Samson Usilo
St. Agnes: Brian Zurrilla

COACHES:

Iona Prep: Vic Quirolo
St. Edmund Prep: Dan Wiatre
Nazareth: Todd Jamison
St. Agnes: Anton Gjieli

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

Iona (23-3)

Dec. 2: 73-47 win vs. Salesian
Dec. 6: 67-49 win vs. Sacred Heart
Dec. 9: 61-51 win at Molloy
Dec. 13: 50-26 win vs. Blessed Sacrament
Dec. 15: 52-37 win at St. Joseph
Dec. 17: 56-49 win at Peekskill
Dec. 20; 53-52 win at Spellman
Dec. 30: 57-48 win at Fordham Prep
Jan. 4: 63-40 win vs. Regis
Jan. 6; 53-44 loss at All hallows
Jan. 10: 54-54 win at. St. Edmund
Jan. 12: 66-64 loss vs. Moore Catholic
Jan. 14: 64-56 win vs. LaSalle
Jan. 16: 49-28 win vs. Bishop Ford
Jan. 18: 42-27 win vs. Xavier
Jan. 27: 68-55 win at McClancy
Jan. 31: 58-53 win at LaSalle
Feb. 1: 61-54 win at Xavier
Feb. 4: 51-40 loss at New Rochelle
Feb. 6: 66-30 win vs. St. John's Prep
Feb. 8: 51-34 win at Regis
Feb. 10: 45-36 win vs. White Plains
Feb. 12: 58-56 win vs. Spellman
Feb. 21: Win vs. St. Anthony's
Feb. 25: 66-45 win vs. LaSalle
Feb. 28: 58-56 win vs. Moore Catholic

St. Edmund Prep (20-6)

Nov. 25: 65-64 loss vs. FDR
Dec. 2: 72-23 win vs. Scholars Academy
Dec. 5: 59-41 win vs. Blessed Sacrament
Dec. 9: 69-59 win at Nazareth
Dec. 12: 58-30 win vs. Scanlan
Dec. 14: 51-37 win at Spellman
Dec. 19: 78-58 win vs. Lafayette
Dec. 20: 64-41 win vs. Berkley Carroll
Dec. 27: 63-50 win vs. James Madison
Dec. 29: 68-57 loss vs. Bayside
Dec. 31: 65-53 win vs. New Utrecht
Jan. 4: 54-45 loss at Xavier
Jan. 7: 57-56 loss at McClancy
Jan. 10: 54-52 loss vs. Iona Prep
Jan. 16: 67-66 loss at Petrides
Jan. 20: 45-41 win vs. Bishop Ford
Jan. 27: 71-55 win St. John's Prep
Jan. 31: 80-73 win vs. McClancy
Feb. 3: 50-44 win at Regis
Feb. 4: 58-55 win vs. Salesian
Feb. 7: 75-59 win vs. LaSalle
Feb. 10: 62-42 win at Bishop Ford
Feb. 14: 63-47 win at St. John's Prep
Feb. 16: 71-61 win vs. Goldstein
Feb. 25: 67-48 win vs. St. Joseph
Feb. 28: 44-43 win vs. Xavier

Nazareth (19-6)

Nov. 26: 63-58 loss at Bedford Academy
Dec. 2: 56-18 win at Onteora
Dec. 3: 65-60 loss vs. Saugerties
Dec. 9: 69-59 loss vs. St. Edmund Prep
Dec. 14: 50-30 win at Bishop Ford
Dec. 20: 72-56 win vs. St. Agnes
Dec. 27: 58-46 loss vs. Watervliet
Dec. 28: 52-38 win vs. Catskill
Dec. 29: 36-29 loss vs. CBA
Dec. 30: 72-64 win at Bishop Grimes
Jan. 7: 45-35 win vs. Medgar Evers
Jan. 9: 47-23 win vs. Sacred Heart
Jan. 12: 52-44 win vs. St. Agnes
Jan. 14: 58-56 loss at Liverpool
Jan. 15: 51-49 win at West Genesse
Jan. 21: 63-49 win at Cathedral
Jan. 26: 79-63 win at Blessed Sacrament
Jan. 28: 80-46 win vs. Salesian
Jan. 31: 57-55 win at Sacred Heart
Feb. 4: 68-27 win vs. Blessed Sacrament
Feb. 7: 77-29 win at Scanlan
Feb. 14: 58-28 win vs. Cathedral
Feb. 15: 70-23 win vs. Scanlan
Feb. 17: 56-33 win at Salesian
Feb. 28: 53-37 win vs. Salesian

St. Agnes (13-8)

Dec. 6: 70-67 win at McClancy
Dec. 7: 57-55 win at Calhoun
Dec. 9: 70-58 loss vs. Regis
Dec. 12: 64-55 loss at Sacred Heart
Dec. 16: 64-39 loss at Xavier
Dec. 20: 72-56 loss at Nazareth
Jan. 6: 63-59 win at Sacred Heart
Jan. 7: 78-52 loss vs. Blessed Sacrament
Jan. 10: 55-49 win at Salesian
Jan. 12: 52-44 loss at Nazareth
Jan. 13: 69-50 win vs. Cathedral
Jan. 27: 68-60 loss at Collegiate
Jan. 30; 75-53 win at Scanlan
Feb. 2: 76-53 win at Scanlan
Feb. 3: 59-51 win at Cathedral
Feb. 6: 82-58 win at Columbia Prep
Feb. 11: 83-55 win at Blessed Sacrament
Feb. 13: 82-54 win loss at LaSalle
Feb. 14: 69-63 win at Salesian
Feb. 25: 71-43 win vs. Scanlan
Feb. 28: 46-44 win vs. Sacred Heart

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."

St. Edmund student dies during tryout

November, 9, 2011
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An already difficult year for scholastic sports in New York City took an even sadder turn this weekend.

St. Edmund Prep sophomore Jose Rodriguez died after collapsing following a scrimmage during JV basketball tryouts on Saturday. The New York Post first reported the news.

According to St. Edmund Principal John Lorenzetti, Rodriguez, 15, was at the sink getting water during a break and one of the players behind him noticed he wasn’t moving. The individual asked if Rodriguez was OK and there was no answer and Rodriguez fell over.

Coaches, including JV Coach Mike O’Brien, came over to Rodriguez, who was breathing at the time and they immediately called 911, who told them not to move him. Eventually, Rodriguez’s breathing became labored and he stopped breathing at one point, according to O’Brien. They called 911 again and were told to perform CPR, which O’Brien did until EMS arrived.

Lorenzetti is not sure whether Rodriguez, who was not officially a member of the team, was still alive when he got to New York Community Hospital. He said that an autopsy was performed but the family has said it will not know the results for a week or two. The principal added that Rodriguez had been cleared for sports by the school in mid-September.

“He’s a wonderful young man and very polite and obviously very well brought up,” Lorenzetti said. “He was a gentleman. He was a good student and he was a credit to his family and St. Edmund Prep.”

Monday, the school brought in grief counselors for all the students. The school offered mass for any student that wanted to attend and he said that more than 500 students attended, which is more than two-thirds of the student population.

The wake is planned for Thursday and Friday at Marine Park Funeral Home and the funeral is Saturday at 9:45 a.m. at St. Edmund’s Church. Vigils have been held at Marine Park as well as the middle school on St. Edmund’s campus.

“Right now, we’re kind of in a lull,” Lorenzetti said. “Things are far from normal but there is some feel of normalcy in the building but Monday was just an impossible day for all of us.”

The five basketball teams at the school, consisting of both boys and girls teams, will now be dedicating their seasons to Rodriguez as well as honoring him on their jerseys with a small patch. The school is also going to dedicate a locker room to Rodriguez and alumni are looking into organizing a scholarship in his memory, Lorenzetti said.

O’Brien, who ran the tryout for the JV players, said that Rodriguez had tried out the year before but didn’t make the team. About a minute or two before Rodriguez collapsed, he had written down the sophomore’s name on a sheet of paper that listed the names of players who were going to make the team. The team had skipped practicing until Wednesday.

“I had a meeting with the team and we took the last few days off and it was a struggle about when do we get back,” said O’Brien, who spoke glowingly of Rodriguez and described him as a polite and nice kid. “I spoke to them and I told them that my thought was we have to get back in the gym just to feel that sense of normalcy, get back into our everyday routines. To kind of help us all move along the way but never forgetting.”

Rodriguez's death is another in a series of tragedies that have befallen New York City high school athletes since March as at least four have died and one was seriously wounded in a shooting. Murry Bergtraum girls basketball player Tayshana Murphy and Truman football player Isayah Muller were both killed, Beacon baseball player John Fernando fell to his death and Molloy soccer player Justin Thompson was recently shot and paralyzed.

Tournament spotlight: Aviator

December, 27, 2010
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TOURNAMENT SPOTLIGHT: Aviator Sports Holiday Hoops Tournament

WHEN: Dec. 28-30

WHERE: Aviator Sports & Events Complex, Brooklyn

TEAMS:
No. 8 Archbishop Molloy (7-0)
St. Francis Prep (5-2)
St. Edmund Prep (6-1)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (4-2 Brooklyn A South)
Curtis (5-1 Staten Island A)
Brooklyn Collegiate (6-1 Brooklyn A East)
Midwood (5-1 Brooklyn A South)
CSIHS/McCown (2-5 Staten Island A)

THE BRACKET:
St. Francis Prep vs. FDR
Curtis vs. St. Edmund
Brooklyn Collegiate vs. Archbishop Molloy
Midwood vs. CSIHS/McCown

BEST QUARTERFINAL: Curtis vs. St. Edmund: This matchup pits two tough teams against each other who have the potential to make the finals. Curtis is coming off a tough loss to Holy Cross, while St. Edmund is riding a five-game win streak into the contest, including a win against Stepinac in its last game on Dec. 20.

THE FAVORITE: Archbishop Molloy: Molloy is off to a fast start this year with a 7-0 record and could be 10-0 by the time this tournament is complete. It should be able to coast against its side of the bracket, but should see stiff competition in the final. Molloy is the best team in this tournament and should be able to win.

SLEEPER: CURTIS: Curtis hung tough in its loss to Holy Cross and barely lost to McKee/Staten Island Tech in its only league loss. The Warriors hang tough with teams and have the potential to beat both St. Edmund and the winner of the St. Francis Prep/FDR game. This could be a catapult for Curtis to enter the city rankings.

PREDICTIONS: St. Francis Prep defeats FDR; Curtis defeats St. Edmund; Molloy beats Collegiate; Midwood beats CSIHS/McCown

St. Francis Prep beats Curtis; Molloy beats Midwood

Championship: Molloy beats St. Francis Prep

Third place: Curtis beats Midwood

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