By Joe Nolan ’20
Last Friday, the varsity football team ventured up to Jack Coffey Field at Fordham University to take on the Rams of Fordham Prep. The Flyers vanquished their league foes by a score of 42-23, thereby securing a perfect league record for the season. The team is off this weekend, as their league dominance has secured them a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Flyers are gearing up for next weekend’s semi-finals, which they will host on Ott Field.
“We are proud of our efforts during the regular season to earn ourselves a first round bye in the playoffs,” remarked Paul Maggio ’20. “Now, it’s time to put that success in the past, focus on finishing what we started, and bring a championship back to Chaminade.”
For the first time since 2013, the varsity cross country team emerged victorious from the league championship race and took home the title. This past Sunday, Chaminade’s runners took down St. Anthony’s, St. John’s, St. Mary’s, and Kellenberg at the annual NSCHSAA League Championship at Sunken Meadow State Park. With one championship race down, the Flyers now set their sights on next weekend’s city championship at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
On Sunday, October 27th, Chaminade’s varsity crew team partook in the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia. Led by the likes of Gabe Eller ’21, Ned DeNatale ’20, and Cole Nunez ’20, the Flyers’ top boat finished in a respectable 12th place out of 48, while the other two boats finished in 33rd and 45th. Their season continues this weekend, as they venture up to New Rochelle to race against Fordham Prep.
“We’ve definitely started this season on the right foot,” explained Sean Kelly ’20, “and we’re hoping to keep the momentum going this weekend against Fordham Prep.”
This past Wednesday signified the beginning of the league playoffs for Chaminade’s varsity soccer team. With a fifth-straight state title on their radar, the Flyers’ push began against the Friars of St. Anthony’s at Farmingdale State College. The Crimson and Gold surrendered the first goal to the Friars and were unable to rebound for the rest of the game, losing by a final score of 1-0. The close match ended their championship quest in heartbreaking fashion.
“Obviously, this was not the way we wanted to end our season,” explained Justin Caccavo ’20. “Losing to St. Anthony’s was especially difficult, but I know that the juniors will never let this happen again next year. Unfortunately, losing is a part of all sports, and it is something we all have to go through. Surely, this loss will make all the wins for our team that much sweeter next year. Disregarding the abrupt ending, the team had a great season, and I will never forget the memories I made this year with my brothers.”
Chaminade’s freshman and junior varsity teams, however, triumphed over St. Anthony’s and Kellenberg, respectively, to capture the league championships in their respective divisions. Many of the members of the junior varsity team have some big shoes to fill, as they will go on to fill the void of the varsity team left by the graduating seniors. These young, promising athletes will go on to establish a new dynasty of Chaminade soccer.
Congratulations to the Chaminade fall sports teams on yet another week of success. Go Flyers!