As I’ve mentioned before, I also am in charge or keeping track of local athletes playing at the next level. Every Sunday we run a college notebook highlighting recent achievements of former high school stars. This week I chose to feature Clarkstown South’s Mike McCahey. The freshman forward has stepped into a huge role at St. Anselm, earning Northeast-10 rookie of the week honors eight, yes 8, times.
Also mentioned this week was New Rochelle’s Chris Burton who had a big week for #18 ranked Rhode Island College.
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When Mike McCahey talks about the success he’s had during his freshman year on St. Anselm’s men’s basketball team, the Clarkstown South graduate makes it seem as if he was simply in the right place at the right time.
“I just came into a great program,” McCahey said. “They have great coaches and a very good team this year. I’m just surrounded by very good players who just find me in good situations.”
While there is no doubt about the strength of the Hawks (17-3), currently ranked 15th in Division II, McCahey has been no slouch.
The 6-foot-6 forward earned Northeast-10 rookie of the week honors for the eighth time last week. In 20 games played, McCahey is averaging 17 points and 7.4 rebounds, ranking him in the top 10 in the conference in both categories.
“I knew if I worked hard in the offseason and came here working hard that I would have a good shot to play a lot,” McCahey said. “I didn’t really expect anything, because I knew that it was a college team and everyone is good, so I was just going to have to earn my minutes and earn my spot.”
Despite peaking interest from several Division I schools while in high school, McCahey felt St. Anselm was a perfect fit during his visit.
“I didn’t really care about the whole going D-I thing,” McCahey said. “I knew if I worked hard I could maybe contribute a lot during my first year. I’m very happy with my decision and I’m happy here.”
McCahey isn’t the only Rockland basketball player to choose a school in the NE-10. Albertus Magnus graduates Patrick McGuiness (LeMoyne) and Tyler Sayre (St. Rose), and Pearl River’s Luke Houston (Southern Connecticut), are all at schools in the conference, and grew up playing with McCahey.
“Section 1 has been putting out a lot of good players lately,” McCahey said. “It’s good to see that Section 1 is getting recognized now.”
End-of-year honor: Mount St. Marry freshman swimmer Lauren Becerra, a Good Counsel graduate, was named Skyline Conference swimmer of the year. The White Plains resident won the 200, 500 and 1,000 freestyles in the conference championships en route to the Knights taking home the team title.
Players of the week: Rhode Island College’s Chris Burton, a New Rochelle graduate, was named Little East Conference men’s basketball player of the week.
Nanuet graduate J.D. Roth, a sophomore at Oneonta, was named SUNYAC field athlete of the week for the third time.
Preseason award: Concordia senior Luis Gonzalez, a Kennedy graduate, was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II preseason All-East region second team.