By Joe Nolan ’20
Two weeks after its legendary 70-game win streak was snapped at the hands of St. John the Baptist, Chaminade’s varsity bowling team concluded its regular season play against the Friars of St. Anthony’s at Farmingdale Lanes.
Despite dropping the first game of a three-game set, the Flyers displayed their prowess in the final two games of the match. Senior co-captain Marcus Alaimo’s 268 pins set a league record for pins in a single game this season, as did a 3-game series of 706 from Christian Freel ’20. With the regular season behind them, the keglers set their sights on defending their league title and winning a ninth-straight NSCHSAA Championship.
“The loss of our winning streak against St. John the Baptist really stung at first,” explained co-captain Marcus Alaimo ’20, “but we were able to put it behind us and are now focused on carrying over this new momentum into the playoffs.
“Even though other teams in the league may see us as underdogs this year, we are extremely confident that we are capable of winning it all. That loss will serve as the catalyst that will push us forward,” Alaimo remarked.
After Fordham Prep broke the varsity hockey team’s streak of five straight league wins, the Flyers looked to rebound and improve to 8-3 when they traveled to World Ice Arena in Flushing to take on the Xavier High School Knights. Rebounding was exactly what the team did, as they annihilated the Knights by a final score of 9-0.
Sitting in first place in the standings with a whopping +19 goal differential, the Flyers look to retain their position when they host Monsignor Farrell this Friday at Cantiague Park for the team’s annual senior night.
After handily defeating Holy Trinity on Wednesday, January 15th, the varsity wrestling team returned to league play and looked to keep the momentum rolling when they traveled to Kellenberg to square up against the Firebirds. The team knew going in that this would likely be its toughest match of the season. Unfortunately, this was the case for the Flyers, who fell at the hands of the Firebirds in a tight match by a score of 44-36.
“It was definitely a wake-up call for us,” explained Davis Luckner ’20. “There is a lot of room for adjustment for everyone. It definitely hurt to lose our last league dual, but it’ll fuel a fire in us from now until the season concludes.”
The team travels to Monsignor Farrell High School this Sunday, January 26th to partake in the CHSAA Duals Championship Tournament, at which they will wrestle Monsignor Farrell, Iona Prep, Canisius, St. Mary’s, and St. Joe’s, with the last three schools each hailing from Buffalo.
On Friday, January 17th, Chaminade’s varsity basketball team looked to keep the momentum from their previous road win over Kellenberg rolling when they hosted St. Mary’s. The Flyers did exactly that, vanquishing the Gaels by a final score of 64-47. The win was the team’s third in the league, therefore placing the Flyers at a league record of 3-1 and second place in the standings behind St. Anthony’s High School.
The very next day, the team traveled to Long Island Lutheran High School where they defeated Farmingdale High School at the LuHi Invitational Tournament. The team returns to league play this Friday, January 24th, when they take on St. John the Baptist on the road.
“We’ve been playing pretty well as we move into the heat of league play,” remarked Brandon Pizzingrillo ’20, “and as long as we continue to do the little things right, I see no reason why we shouldn’t head into the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the league.”