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Girls Volleyball Has Another Successful Season: By Annie Burns

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Vote for David Keogh – Kennedy’s Heart of a Giant!

David KeoghThe Heart of a Giant program, sponsored by USA Football and the Hospital for Special Surgery, recognizes and rewards Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT) high school football players who demonstrate unparalleled work ethic and passion for the game.  Our own Kennedy Junior QB David Keogh has been selected as a week 1 nominee and is competing against 9 other players for on-line votes and the opportunity to go own to the next level of the competition.  The grand prize winner is recognized on the field at a home Giants game and receives $5,000 in sports equipment for his high school.

We need everyone to vote for David as often as you can through November 11th.  Share this link with others willing to vote.

Click here, select Week 1 and scroll to the bottom for David’s picture to submit your vote.

Vote 1 time every day on each device (e.g., phone, ipad, laptop, etc.)

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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.

Twitter: @Zacchio_LoHud

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 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.



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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




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Alumna Danielle Asaro Breaks 5th Marist Record

Trying to fight off a cold and cough Thursday night Danielle was considering not competing at The Boston University Valentine Invitational Meet on Friday, Feb. 13.  However, the BU Valentine UnknownInvitational is the biggest event of the season with approximately 50 schools attending from as far north as Ottawa, Canada to as far south as Florida State and Danielle did not want to miss it. Furthermore, BU has one of the best tracks around.  With only two meets left to the indoor season Danielle was determined to run.

And so she did.  After a disappointing 60m result she collected herself and set out with determination in the 200 meter.  With the usual advice and encouragement from Coach Dad, “remember you’re the Bolt” and “Run your ass off” (hey good advice), and a reminder to remember what Coach Elliott said, its about turnovers, she was off.

Getting off to a lightning fast start, Danielle kept pouring on the speed around the turn and down the straightaway accelerating to the finish line to win her heat and cross the line in 25.68 seconds. Another Marist school record had fallen as women’s team captain Danielle Asaro shattered the old 200-meter school record of 26.02 set by Chrissy McDevitt in 2007.  Danielle’s time was .57 seconds faster than her previous indoor personal best.  Danielle now holds five school records.

Story by Danielle’s father, Dan Asaro

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Gaels fall to Ursuline in Autism Classic

Kennedy Catholic’s varsity girls basketball team displayed a valiant effort but fell to Ursuline 57-45 on Sunday, Jan. 25 in the Autism Classic at Irvington High School.

Megan Weidenhamer paced the Gaels with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Grace Cunningham (nine points, four assists) and Hannah Callaghan (eight points) also contributed for Kennedy.

The junior varsity fell to Maria Regina 58-53 on Friday, Jan. 23. Theresa Redendo netted a team-high 20 points.

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Kennedy defeats St. Edmund’s in hoops

Kennedy Catholic’s varsity boys basketball team defeated host St. Edmund’s 55-45 on Sunday, Jan. 25 to improve its undefeated record to 16-0.

Sean Delaney paced the Gaels with 20 points, while Elijah Hughes added 13 points.

The Gaels’ next contest is Friday, Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. at Cardinal Spellman in the Bronx.


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Melikian captures Westchester County title

Kennedy Catholic junior Alex Melikian won the 182-pound title at the Westchester County Championships at Yonkers High School on Sunday, Jan. 25.

Melikian scored a 13-3 majority decision victory over Harrison’s Dom Schepis in the final.

Kyle Davis placed fifth at 145 pounds with a pin of Sleepy Hollow’s Kevin Borden at 2:19. Eddie Longest was sixth at 220 pounds.

Photo Courtesy of Jim MacLean/Halston Media