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Kennedy Volleyball Players Compete in Grass Doubles Tournament

Malone, Gallagher three-peat at grass doubles tournament

— One carefully placed ball at a time, Maria Regina junior Tara Malone and Kennedy sophomore Meagan Gallagher efficiently crossed off another victim en route to their third consecutive Section 1 grass doubles title Saturday afternoon at John Jay Middle School.

The duo, which won their previous two titles in the ‘B’ division, defeated recent Panas grad Pamela Heitman and Haldane junior Nicole Etta in the ‘A’ division final, 21-17, completing a 10-0 undefeated day.

“It feels so much better,” Malone said of winning in the higher bracket.

While their composure didn’t reflect it, nor did their record, the tandem said they were nervous about facing the higher level of competition.

“I didn’t think we’d make it this far at all,” Gallagher said after the championship match, which featured four defensive specialists between the two teams.

“I can’t swing,” Malone laughed. “I’ve just got to do what I can.”

The top-seeded tandem defeated fourth-seeded Yvette Burcescu and Christina Chu of Panas and Ardsley, respectively, arguably the top two freshmen in Section 1 last season, in the semifinal, 25-12.

Heitman and Etta knocked off last year’s runners-up, Michelle Li and Tatiana Tiangco, 21-15, in the semifinals. Heitman and Etta also finished pool play with an undefeated 8-0 record to grab the 2-seed, and the final quarterfinal bye.

With the varsity preseason gearing up in about a week, Saturday’s tournament — which drew a total of 24 teams — gives players a laid-back workout, some friendly competition… and lots of sunburn.

“It’s a totally different game (than indoor volleyball), so it’s not easy to compare,” said Malone, who noted that the bragging rights among players — many of who play for the same club team — is the biggest perk of the tournament. “Hopefully there will be a fourth (trophy) next year.”

Panas’ Demi Spanos and North Rockland’s Madison Monahan defeated Panas’ Lauren Feeley and Washingtonville’s Sabrina Livolsi in the ‘B’ division final, 25-23.

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Section 1 grass doubles tournament

At John Jay Middle School


No. 4 Yvette Burcescu (Panas)/Christine Chu (Ardsley) def. No. 5 Emily Costa (Maria Regina)/Caroline Tompkins (Kennedy), 21-16; No. 6 Michelle Li (Scarsdale)/Tatiana Tiangco (Scarsdale) def. No. 3 Kristine Fink (Scarsdale)/Jaclyn Smith (Pawling), 21-17.



No. 1 Meagan Gallagher (Kennedy)/Tara Malone (Maria Regina) def. No. 4 Burcescu/Chu, 21-12; No. 2 Pamela Heitman (Panas)/Nicole Etta (Haldane) def. No. 6 Li/Tiangco, 21-15.


No. 1 Gallagher/Malone def. No. 2 Heitman/Etta, 21-17.

Mike Zacchio

Mike Zacchio

MIKE ZACCHIO has been with The Journal News/Lohud.com since August 2011, months after earning his degree in journalism from Purchase College. He predominately covers volleyball, girls basketball, softball, the Rockland Boulders and Westchester Knicks, while assisting on Lohud Yankees coverage and award-winning sports investigative pieces. Life motto: “Always be closing.” Life lesson: “Pay close attention to people who don’t clap when you win.”
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Boys Lacrosse Wins State Title

First time for Kennedy Catholic Men’s lacrosse to win the CHSAA City & State title in Lacrosse.

Under the leadership of Coach Nick Savastano & Coach Vin Savastano the Varsity men’s lacrosse team beat Monsignor Farrell on their home field with a 2.9 goal by Senior Captain #14 Gerard Martirano to win the City title, 8-7, and bringing the state championship title game back to our home field against Saint Mary’s of Manhasset. The Mighty Gaels won the state title with a 15-1 win. Our Gaels came out winners all around, Our Senior Captain #14 Gerard Martirano won CHSAA Midfielder of the year and All- League along with brother and co-captain #7 Will Martirano who also won All-League. Our three other captains #2 Ryan Podlovits, #27 Tucker Clair and #4 Brian Devey won All-League along with attack #36 Alex Souza. As everyone knows you can’t win games without defense – our three defenders #1 Al Cantarella, #13 Nico Quartironi, & #23 Brennan Melchiori all won All-League 2nd Team.We also have an up and coming freshman midfielder #11 Henry Flocco who won All-League Honorable Mention. Although we have 6 seniors leaving our team we believe we still have a strong team and look forward to competing in the Spring of 2016.
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Boys Lax Wins over Saint Mary’s of Long Island

Congratulations to the boys lacrosse team who beat Saint Mary’s 16-6 on Saturday. Check out their Tweets after the game for highlights. Below you will find a short highlight video by senior Tevan Costoso (’15). The Gaels play again today at Iona Prep. Details on our Athletic Calendar.




Boys Lacrosse beats Stepinac

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Boys Lacrosse Gets Off To A 3-0 Start

The Kennedy boys lacrosse team has gotten off to a 3-0 start with 3 additional scrimmage wins. Led by seniors William and Gerard Martarano and University of Tampa, Florida committed, Ryan Podlovits. We are proud of the boys and excited about their success. To see a full list of their games, please visit our website calendar or subscribe to their specific calendar here. Below you will find a few of their current accomplishments. Follow them on Twitter @KennedyLacrosse.


View a large gallery of images of the Kennedy boys lacrosse team by clicking the image below.



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Megan Weidenhamer to Sign Letter of Intent

Kennedy senior, Megan Weidenhamer 5-10 G/F, has committed to play Division 2 hoops for Belmont Abbey in North Carolina next season. She signs her Letter of Intent after we return from Easter break.

We asked Megan if she had any thoughts and she shared this thought: “I am really excited to be able to continue to play basketball and I am grateful for everyone who helped me get here.”

Way to go, Megan! #gokcgaels

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Boys Basketball: NYSCHSAA State Champion Runners-Up

The boys varsity basketball brilliant season came to an end on Saturday with a loss to Canisius in the New York State Catholic High School State Championship at Fordham University. The Gaels played fiercely with strong play by Dom Cristiano (19 points) , Sean Delany (15 points), and Elijah Hughes (points). In only the second year participating the in the CHSAA, this year’s team taught us how to be winners.

After the game, Coach Al had this to say:

Below you can see a series of social media posts that were sent by us, alumna, Lauren Foti and various members of the media. 

Watch the full game here:

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Kennedy Boys Varsity Basketball wins CHSAA A City Championship

 Countdown until the boys play:


Important game information:

The boys will play in the New York State Catholic High School Championships on Saturday, March 14 at 3 p.m. in the Rose Hill Gymnasium of Fordham University against Canisius High School of Buffalo, NY. Student tickets purchased in advance are available in the Main Office at Kennedy at a cost of $5.00. Tickets at the door will b $10.00.

How they got here:

On Friday, March 6, the Kennedy boys basketball team won the CHSAA A City Championship and defeated Scanlan, 72-61. In the semi-finals leading up to this game, Kennedy defeated Monsignor Farrell (Staten Island) to face Monsignor Scanlan. Scanlan defeated Fordham Prep (Bronx).

Read more about the game here The Journal News – Article Link

See highlights of the game in this video by LoHud

Here is a collection of some of our favorite tweets. If you are on Twitter, you can follow us here https://www.twitter.com/kennedygaels and follow the team here https://www.twitter.com/KCBoysBball

View a gallery of images taken by Mrs. Patricia Lynch by clicking the image below Click-Here