Varsity Sports Update: Cross Country, Crew, Football

The varsity football team takes the field at Gold Star Stadium against Iona Prep.

By Kevin Placide ’21

     Championship season is rapidly approaching at Chaminade High School! As the Flyers now enter the final stretch of the fall season, they continue to maintain the same level of
determination that has guided them to success thus far. Let’s take a look at this past weekend’s results for some of the varsity teams proudly sporting the Crimson and Gold:
On Sunday, October 28, the varsity cross country team had a successful outing at the 
NSCHSAA League Championships. The race day began with a Mass held on the trail, which filled the runners with motivation to succeed, as many Flyers ran their best times of the season. After a dominant and morale-boosting performance at the freshman level, the varsity cross country squad was prepared to go to work. Brendan McGrath ’19 came in third, followed by Frank Naudus ’21, John Kehrli ’19, and Kyle McLean ’20, who rounded out Chaminade’s top ten finishers. The team boasted a second-place finish behind Saint Anthony’s. With such an impressive result, coaches Mr. Brian Hayes ’99 and Mr. Kevin Beirne ’00 are confident that the cross country squad will be a serious first-place contender in future CHSAA meets.  

Sophomore varsity runner Frank Naudus ‘21 maintains his lead ahead of a Friar in the 5k race at the NSCHSAA League Championships.

      As the season nears its end, varsity runner Brendon Hobbes ’19 reflected on his Chaminade athletic experience, saying, “The past four years have allowed me to challenge myself and grow, while also making many great friends. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities cross country has given me.”

This year’s top boat of the varsity crew team is comprised of a young, talented squad of six seniors, one junior, and two sophomores. These rowers have brought tremendous success to the team so far, along with their fellow teammates on the other varsity and freshman boats. Mr. John Callinan ’84, the head coach of the crew team, expressed his views on the bright future for Chaminade’s developing team, saying, “I’m very excited about our youth. The freshman group is very strong this year. We are carrying about thirty-four freshmen and novices out of the eighty-seven members of the team. They show a lot of potential, strength, and enthusiasm which bodes well for the future.”

The varsity crew team trains for the final stretch of their season in New Rochelle, New York.

  On the water, the varsity crew team had its fair share of success at the Head of the
Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia this past weekend. In a fleet of seventy other boats, the Flyers finished in fifteenth and sixty-eighth place. After this performance, the team seeks to keep on “rowing” as the season comes to a close. This weekend, the Flyers will take their talents to Leonia, New Jersey for the Overpeck Invitational Regatta. Next weekend, they will finish off their season at the Bill Braxton Regatta in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey.

Moving on to the gridiron, Chaminade’s varsity football team competed against Iona Prep on Ott Field on Sunday, October 28. The Flyers showed tremendous effort against one of the most talented powerhouse teams in the league. Despite the loss, the Flyers will have a chance to redeem themselves in a NYCHSFL AAA quarter-final game against Iona Prep in New Rochelle this weekend.