Varsity Sports Update: Wrestling, Basketball, Hockey Partake in Championships

By Joseph Nolan ’20

After Chaminade’s varsity wrestling team secured a State Championship for the first time
in eight years, three of the team’s top grapplers — Michael SanFilippo ’21, Rocco DeMartino ’21, and Shane Meenaghan ’23–ventured to Albany for the Public State Championship.


While the former two wrestlers each went 0-2 at the tournament, Shane recorded a record of 3-2 and finished on the podium, placing seventh in the entire state of New York.“I have improved very much as a member of Chaminade’s wrestling team, and I am very proud to see how all the hard work on the mats has paid off,” Shane explained. “Throughout the season, I came to love wrestling more and more. The team’s performance improved very much this year alone, and I believe that our program will become one of the very best if we continue the hard work and dedication practiced this season!”

This past Sunday, March 1st, the varsity basketball team traveled to LIU Post to take on
reigning NSCHSAA League Champions Holy Trinity in the semi-finals of the playoffs.
The Flyers, propelled by 20 points from Kieran Dorney ’20 and 16 from Joseph
Guterding ’20, went to the locker room up two points at halftime. Despite this, Trinity simply hit more shots and executed better than their counterparts in the second half, thereby resulting in a heartbreaking 66-59 loss and bringing an end to the Flyers’ season.
“It really just came down to them hitting some tough shots and putting us away every
time we almost turned the game back around,” explained senior Thomas McManus. “Obviously, it didn’t end the way we hoped for, but sometimes, you just get beat. Despite the disappointing ending, it was an incredibly enjoyable and meaningful season, and we gave everything that we had every single day on the courts.”
After splitting the first two games of a best-of-three set, the varsity hockey team ventured
to Dix Hills Ice Rink on Monday, March 2nd to face off against the Friars of St. Anthony’s in a winner-take-all championship match.

The Chaminade hockey players celebrate a goal against the Friars.

The Flyers were dominant throughout the entire game, blanking the Friars by a final
score of 3-0 and securing the team’s first League Championship since 2015! The team traveled to Coney Island Saturday, March 7th to take on St. Mary’s from Lancaster, New York in the New York State Championship Game and came out victorious.
“After losing game 2, we knew there was no way they would beat us in back to back contests,” remarked Harrison Chesney ’20, who recorded a shutout in net during Monday’s championship game. “We just had to prove them wrong.”

Congratulations to the Flyers on a successful week of sports!