Pictured: Stepinac senior Walter King drives to the hoop against Iona Prep junior Matt Ryan.
The new basketball season is here. The Journal News and lohud.com 2013-14 preview will drop on Saturday, but we’ll have plenty more then—including this year’s Super 7—so we’re getting started now.
Below you can find team-by-team reports on local private schools and teams in the CHSAA. If you have more to add, please let us know.
KENNEDY CATHOLIC GAELS
Coach: Al Morales (2nd season)
Last season’s record: 8-12
Playoffs: Lost to Spring Valley in the first round of the Class AA tournament
Key returners: Danny Cruz – Sr., Ryan Trainor – Sr., Sean Delaney, Jr., Brandon Parker – Jr., and Dom Cristiano, So.
Key newcomers: Kevin Buron – So., Jordan Wright – So.
Coach speak: “We are a much better team than last year, but we are still young with a great deal of speed. We added three freshman to our roster and it will take some time for us to develop as a team. We are in a new league (CHSAA) and that in itself will be challenging as we learn and develop. We started playing in the summer/fall league and have built our foundation from there. With the assistance of our five returning players, we have moved a lot quicker learning our system.”
Note: Kennedy is 1-0 already. The Gaels beat Salesian on Friday, Nov. 22, 67-42. Dominick Cristiano scored 20 points. Sean Delaney added 13 points while Kevin Buron had 10 rebounds.
IONA PREP GAELS
Coach: Vic Quirolo (16th season)
Last season’s record: 14-13
Playoffs: Lost to Cardinal Hayes in AA quarterfinals
Key returners: Isiah Ice (5-11), Sr., G; Seamus Grogan (6-3), Sr., F; Matt Ryan (6-7), Jr., F; Tom Capuano (5-11), Jr., G; Ty Jerome (6-3), So., G; Matt Malone (6-1), Jr., G.
Key newcomers: Alex Belbusti (5-11), Jr., G; Qaadir Sheppard (6-4), Jr., F; Patrick Fleming (6-2), So., F.
Coach speak: “This team’s strengths are its ability to share the basketball as well as shoot from the outside. Its weakness will be when it relies too much on the perimeter game. The expectations are high as long as we maintain a blue collar attitude that stresses defense and rebounding.”
SACRED HEART IRISH
Coach: Frank Kelly (1st season)
Last season’s record: 15-13
Playoffs: Lost to Monsignor Scanlan in CHSAA B championship game
Key returners: Arjon Beqiri (6-2), Sr., G; Kevin Dempsey (6-0), Sr., G; Damar Slater (6-0), Sr., G.
Key newcomers: Justin Brown (6-3), Sr., F; Vieaux Toure (6-2), Sr., G; Brian Moran (6-4), Sr., F; Ray Sierra (6-2), Sr., F; Leo Pena (5-11), Sr., G.
Coach speak: “Arjon Beqiri should be an all-state player. He is our only player with high level experience. Despite our lack of experience, we do have some talent. Depending on how they jell as a team will determine how far we go. We will be tested in our first week with trips to Regis, Fox Lane and Mahopac.”
Coach: John Miressi (5th season)
Last season’s record: 6-20
Playoffs: Lost in semifinals
Key returners: Anthony Montella (6-0), Sr., G; Dami Apoeso (6-4), Sr., F; John Shilmoun (6-1), Sr., F.
Key newcomers: Kevin Silverberg (6-0), Jr., G; Stephen Hooks (6-2), Jr., F; Xavier Telles (5-10), So., G.
Coach speak: “The Eagles graduated 11 from last year’s 6-20 team. John Shilmoun led the team in 3-point shooting last year. His leadership on and off the court will be key to Salesian’s success. Anthony Montella will be counted on for his explosive offense and tenacious defense. Dami Apoeso and Stephen Hooks will be the rebounders and Kevin Silverberg will be the facilitator on the court. Sophomore Xavier Telles is expected to contribute on both ends of the court. If the Eagles can stay healthy, they will be in contention to compete for the city championship. Their uptempo style of play makes them an exciting team to watch. C.J. Donnelly and Mike Lippoth have been added to the coaching staff.”
Coach: Steve Herman (1st season)
Last season’s record: 20-8
Playoffs: Lost to Bishop Loughlin in AA semifinals; first appearance in AA final four since 1986
Key returners: Naim Thomas (5-11), Sr., G; Walter King (6-0), Sr., G; Damarcus Miller (6-1), Jr., G.
Key newcomers: Kylan Guerra (5-9), Jr., G; Tommy Cola (6-2), Jr., F; Dylan DeMuro (6-1), Jr., F; Tyrin Miller (6-2), Jr., F.
Coach speak: “Stepinac will look to build upon last season’s semifinal appearance in the CHSAA’s AA league by continuing to play uptempo basketball. They will focus on baseline to baseline defense; 3-point shooting and 3-point defense; and sharing the basketball among all five teammates on the floor. Stepinac has two non-league games of note: December 22nd vs. Bishop Ireton from Virginia at Stepinac and December 28th vs. Fox Lane at the County Center at in a Slam Dunk challenge game. The challenging league schedule includes matchups against: defending Class AA state Federation champs Christ The King on Friday, Dec. 13 at Stepinac; home and away games vs. Cardinal Hayes, St. Raymond’s and Iona Prep; last year’s runner-up Bishop Loughlin on Jan. 19 at Loughlin.”
STEPINAC “B” CRUSADERS
Coach: Pat Massaroni (1st season)
Last season’s record: 7-12
Playoffs: Lost in first round of CHSAA’s Varsity B tournament
Key returners: Tommy Keane (6-3), Sr., F; Gabriel Dillon (6-1), Sr., G; Mark Menya (6-4), Sr., C.
Key newcomers: Terry McDonald-Preston (5-11), Jr., G; Matt DaCorta (5-11), Jr., G; Ray Guerriero (6-1), Sr., G/F.
Coach speak: “Stepinac’s Varsity ‘B’ is in its second year of existence at the school under first-year coach Pat Massaroni and will compete in the CHSAA’s Varsity ‘B’ league. The team has added eight new members to the roster and will rely heavily on defense and rebounding to be competitive.”
GREEN MEADOW WALDORF SCHOOL WARRIORS
Coach: David Chin (2nd season)
Last season’s record: 14-2
Key returners: Taylor Miccio (6-3), Sr., F; Lukas Chin (6-3), Sr., C/F; Yaniv Eisen (5-10), Sr., G; Gabriel Verrier-Paquette (6-1), Sr. F.; Isaiah Thron (6-3), Jr., C/F; Chester Lee (5-10), Jr., G; Matteo Scher (5-10), Jr., G; Paul Herndon (5-11), Jr., F; Matthew Bello (5-10) So., G.
Key newcomers: James Miccio (5-10) Fr., G; Utchaa Williams (5-11) Fr., F; Fredo Verrier-Paquette (5-9) Fr., G; Matthew Olson (5-1) Fr., G; Lukas Ver Ecke (4-10) Fr., G; Alex Allen-Walden (6-0) Fr., F.
Coach’s speak: “Chin was the team’s leading scorer last season at 15 ppg. Followed closely by Taylor Miccio at 14.5 ppg. Miccio was also the team MVP and leader in rebounds, steals and assists. Along with Eisen and Gabe Verrier-Paquette, the four Seniors form a strong starting lineup along with either Thron and Lee (both juniors). Miccio, Chin and Thron form a strong inside game with the ability to attack from the outside as well. Lee and James Miccio are excellent shooters that will keep teams honest. GMWS is a small private school that fields a single team with kids from all grades and play an independent schedule against other private and public schools in NY and NJ.”
Coach: Dom Narcisco, 2nd Season
Last season’s record: 9-14
Playoff: Lost in semifinals to Chase
Key returners: Jake Cohn (6-3), Sr., G/F; Christian Artusso (5-6), Sr., G; Ricky Hicks (5-6), Jr., G; Eamon Murphy (6-2), Jr., F; Austin Forman (5-7), Jr., G.
Key newcomers: Deshawn Hilliard (6-3), Sr., C; Sasha Kantor (5-8), Jr., G.
Coach’s speak: Harvey finished the season last year by winning nine of their final 12 games. They will look to keep that momentum going into the 2013-2014 season. After having a school record of 45 players come out for tryouts, coach Dom Narcisco is happy to see the program heading in the right direction. Harvey is looking forward to facing some new competition this year, including several public school teams. This strong competition should help them try to reach their goal of becoming champions of the HVAL league.
THE MASTERS SCHOOL PANTHERS
Coach: Matt Kammrath (9th Season)
Last season’s record: 16-8
Playoffs: Won the NYSAIS Class C championship
Key returners: Mike Jurzynski (6-4), Jr., F; Tim Reitzenstein (6-2), Sr., F; Isaiah Hayden (6-0), Sr., G; Max Ishmael (6-1), Jr., G; Josh Bunch (5-11), So., G.
Key newcomers: Brandon Randolph (5-11), Fr., G (Stepinac transfer); Gene Yang (6-5), Jr., F.
Coach’s speak: “All five starters return off last year’s championship team and are looking to qualify for the highly selective New England post season tournament this year. Mike Jurznski led the team with 20.2 PPG last season and earned all-conference honors. Tim Reitzenstein averaged 15 PPG and 8 RPG and also received an all-conference selection.”
Missing: Hackley, Harvey, Kennedy, Rye Country Day
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