Aby Joe Nolan
As Chaminade’s athletic teams start to kick into high gear as the playoffs begin to approach, the Flyers are taking the final steps necessary as they prepare for the season’s stretch run. Here, we’ll be taking a look at a few of the many varsity squads that are proudly sporting the Crimson and Gold this spring and update their progress thus far this season:
This year’s varsity baseball team, coached by Mr. Michael Pienkos, has started its campaign strong, with a 7-2 record to date. With convincing series victories over fellow Catholic high schools St. Dominic’s, St. Mary’s, and Holy Trinity, the Flyers hope to add to their already impressive résumé when they continue their series against St. John the Baptist throughout this week.
Nearly one year ago today, Mr. Salvatore Trentacoste’s volleyball team walked away with the 2017 NSCHSAA championship plaque. A year later, his team’s mindset hasn’t changed, as they are hungry for another title. When asked about the current state of his team and what the future holds, Mr. Trentacoste stressed the role that both team chemistry and a group of new, ambitious players have played in the recent success of the Flyers.
“This year’s team is working well together and is learning how to play as a cohesive unit,” said Mr. Trentacoste. “As defending champions, they have much to live up to, especially since many starters are playing for the first time.”
Boasting a 6-0 record, with wins over Kellenberg, St. John the Baptist, and St. Francis Prep, the team looks to stay rolling as postseason play quickly approaches.
Another squad that has gotten off to an impressive start is the spring track and field team. Led by coaches Mr. Brian Hayes and Mr. Kevin Beirne, the runners, jumpers, and throwers showed promise for the season after strong showings at its first three meets — the annual CHSAA opener at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, the Suffolk Officials Meet in Mount Sinai, and the Suffolk Coaches Invitational in Commack. While most members of the team will next compete at the Nassau Coaches Invitational at MacArthur High School, the best of the best will be traveling to the prestigious University of Pennsylvania this weekend to take on some of the top runners in the Northeast.
After winning last year’s NSCHSAA championship, Mr. Jack Moran’s varsity lacrosse team is back and ready for more. The Flyers started strong by defeating nationally-ranked McDonogh, followed by decisive victories over Ward Melville, Massapequa, and Iona Prep, among others. The squad looks to continue their dominant ways when they travel to Huntington to take on the Friars of St. Anthony’s this evening.