Varsity Sports Update: Bowling, Wrestling, Basketball, and Hockey

By Joe Nolan ’20


The last time that the varsity bowling team squared up with St. Mary’s, the Flyers just squeaked out with a win over the Gaels. On Tuesday, January 7th, the teams met again for another hotly contested match.

While Team A jumped to an early 66-pin lead, Team B dragged during Game 1. However,
during Game 2, dominant performances from Christian Freel ’20 and Michael Callinan ’22 helped the Flyers to establish control over the Gaels. The Flyers sealed the deal and ensured their 70th consecutive win, thereby extending this incredible win streak. Freel finished the night at 662 pins, while Callinan finished at 592.

“The bowling team had been very dominant in the league for many years,” Christian Freel ’20 explained, “but this is the first year where we met our match. To attain success this year, we will all need to continue to bowl to the best of our abilities, stay focused, and remain confident that we can secure a ninth-straight victory.”


At the varsity wrestling team’s last league dual match, they defeated league rival St. Anthony’s by a whopping score of 84-6. This past Wednesday, January 8th, Chaminade returned to league dual match when they ventured to St. John the Baptist to take on the Cougars.

The Flyers returned to their winning ways, defeating St. John’s by a score of 54-24. This victory places the varsity wrestlers at a league record of 2-0 as they prepare for next week’s dual match with Holy Trinity.


On Tuesday, January 7th, Chaminade’s varsity basketball team competed in its first league match of the season against St. Dominic’s. The Flyers ultimately emerged victorious, defeating the Bayhawks of St. Dominic’s by a final score of 64-48. Standout performances included senior Brandon Pizzingrillo’s 10 points and 11 rebounds, junior Cooper Francis’s 14 points and 13 rebounds, and senior Kieran Dorney’s 20 points scored in the second half.

Matthew Coletti ’21 takes up the ball.

“We’re all about playing fundamentally sound, and we just executed well against St. Dominic’s,” explained Brandon Pizzingrillo ’20. “As long as we continue to work together and rely on everyone rather than one specific player, I see no reason as to why we wouldn’t be holding the championship trophy in March.”

The Flyers compete against NSCHSAA League Champions Holy Trinity this Friday at 7:30 pm in the Activity-Athletic Center.


Heading into Monday’s duel with Monsignor Farrell High School, the varsity hockey team had won three straight league matches; the Flyers defeated St. Anthony’s, Fordham Prep, and Iona Prep.

This momentum didn’t carry over into the beginning of Monday’s game, however, as the Flyers found themselves in a 0-3 hole late in the second period. In spite of this, due in part to the spectacular play of senior goaltender Harrison Chesney, the Crimson and Gold were able to erase the 0-3 deficit and triumph over Monsignor Farrell by a final score of 5-3.

The Flyers’ fourth straight league win propelled the team to a 6-2 league record on the year and resulted in taking control of first place in the league standings.

“Our win over the first place, undefeated Monsignor Farrell was a great example of the team’s relentlessness and desire to win,” Harrison Chesney ’20 remarked. “This was one of the best wins of the season. Everybody pulled for each other throughout the entirety of the game. With this performance, we handed them their first loss of the season, which allowed us to take back our spot as first place in the league. This win showed that we could beat the league’s best, and I have very high expectations for the second half of my last season at Chaminade.”

Congratulations to our winter sports teams on a great week. Go Flyers!