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Catholic High School Athletic Association

The Catholic High School Athletic Association or CHSAA is a high school athletic association made up of Catholic high schools based in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. It is the largest Catholic high school athletic league in the United States.

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Members

The NYCHSAA is divided into three sections.

History

New York's Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) was formed in March 1927. The Catholic schools in the city from approximately 1908 to 1922 competed along with their grammar school counterparts in baseball and track, but no larger organization arose from the competition. The Catholic secondary schools of the city remained largely unorganized, while their counterparts in such cities as Chicago and Philadelphia had been organized into leagues for years. Finally, in 1927, the Southern Branch of the New York Catholic High Schools’ Athletic Association organized league competition with an outdoor track meet held at Fordham University on May 26, 1927. The charter members of the league were Fordham Prep, All Hallows, LaSalle Academy, Regis, St. Ann’s, and Xavier High, all in Manhattan; and Brooklyn Prep, Bishop Loughlin, Brooklyn Cathedral, St. John’s Prep, and St. Francis Prep; all in Brooklyn.

In 1928, the CHSAA introduced indoor track, basketball, and baseball to the program, and in 1929 added cross country and ice hockey. In 1930, swimming was added to the program. The basketball winner would compete with the three other sectional winners in the state for the right to compete in the Loyola National Catholic Basketball tournament in Chicago. A.G. Spalding & Co. contributed two silver loving cups for the baseball and football competition. The first team winning the league title in baseball or football three times would receive permanent possession of the cup.

Notable NYCHSAA alumni

Listed below are former CHSAA students who are/were involved in professional or college athletics.

All Hallows Gaels

  • Olden Polynice (1983) – Former NBA player
  • Archbishop Molloy Stanners:

  • Xavier Rescigno (1930) – Former Major League baseball player.
  • Lou Carnesecca (1943) – St. John's University basketball coach
  • Tommy Kearns (1954) – Former NBA Player
  • York Larese (1956) – Former NBA Player
  • Tom Farrell (1962) – Bronze medalist in the 800 metres run at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City
  • Jim Larranaga (1967) – College men's basketball coach at George Mason University
  • Kevin Joyce (1969) – NBA player and Captain of the 1972 USA Olympic Basketball Team
  • Brian Winters (1970) – Former NBA All-Star and Coach
  • Vitas Gerulaitis (1971) – Former professional tennis player & winner of the 1977 Australian Open
  • Edward Kurpiel (1971) – Former Major League Baseball player
  • Kenny Smith (1983) – Former NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Champion and current television sports host and analyst who hit the buzzer-beating tying 3-pointer to send Game 1 of the 1995 NBA Finals into overtime, where the Rockets would eventually win.
  • Robert Werdann (1988) – Former NBA Player
  • Kenny Anderson (1989) – Former NBA All-Star and three-time parade All-American, the first prep to achieve that feat since Lew Alcindor. Held the New York State High School Scoring Record for 18 years, with 2,621 points.
  • Mike Jerzembeck (1991) – Former Major League Pitcher
  • Uka Agbai (1999) – Assistant Men's Basketball coach at Northeastern University
  • Sundiata Gaines (2005) - NBA Player
  • Archbishop Stepinac Crusaders:

  • Marty Conlon (1986) – 10 year NBA career with Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics.
  • Art White (1968) – 4th round draft pick of Milwaukee Bucks, played professionally in Belgium.
  • Bob Hyland (1963) – 1st round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1967. Played 11 seasons in the NFL. Super Bowl IIChampion under Vince Lombardi.
  • Eric Ogbogu (1994) – NCAA Hula Bowl MVP at Maryland. Drafted in 1998 by New York Jets. Curren national spokesperson for Under Armour.
  • Brian Sweeney (1992) – MLB pitcher for the San Diego Padres
  • Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School Lions:

  • Ronald Holmberg (1956) - Professional Tennis Player
  • Mark Jackson (1983) – NBA Player
  • Devin Ebanks (2007) - NBA Player
  • Doron Lamb - NBA Player
  • JayVaughn Pinkston (2010) McDonald's All American Villanova University- Basketball
  • Cardinal Hayes Cardinals:

  • Jamal Mashburn (1990) – NBA Player
  • Will Colon (2001) – NFL Player
  • Jimmy Black (1981) – University of North Carolina Tar Heels and New Jersey Nets
  • Stalin Colinet (1992) - NFL Player
  • Gerry Ward - NBA
  • Dermie O'Connell - NBA
  • Kevin Loughery - NBA
  • Brooklyn Preparatory School Eagles:

  • John Dockery – New York Jets
  • Kenny Charles – NBA
  • Chaminade Flyers:

  • Joe Mullaney (1943) – Collegiate and professional basketball coach
  • Al Groh (1962) – former New York Jets head coach and current head coach of the University of Virginia
  • Gene Larkin (1980) – first baseman for the Minnesota Twins who drove in the winning run in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series
  • John Paul Foschi (2000) – tight end for the Oakland Raiders
  • John Lannan (2002) – MLB pitcher for the Washington Nationals
  • Christ the King Royals:

  • Jayson Williams (1986) – Former NBA Player
  • Allen Watson (1989) – Former MLB Player
  • Steve Karsay (1990) – Former MLB Player
  • Khalid Reeves (1991) – Former NBA Player
  • Derrick Phelps (1991) – Former NBA Player
  • Erick Barkley (1996) – NBA Player
  • Speedy Claxton (1996) – NBA Player
  • Chamique Holdsclaw (1996) – Former WNBA Player
  • Lamar Odom (1995) – NBA Player
  • Sue Bird (1999) – WNBA Player
  • Omar Cook (2000) – NBA Player
  • Fordham Prep Rams:

  • Frankie Frisch (1916) – MLB Hall of Famer, also known as "The Fordham Flash," he is third all-time on the list for Series hits, behind Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle and just ahead of Joe DiMaggio.
  • Johnny Murphy (1925) – former New York Yankees pitcher who appeared in a total of 8 World Series games, pitched 16.1 innings, and had an E.R.A. of 1.10.
  • George Stirnwiess (1936) – former second baseman for the New York Yankees who also was the American League batting champion in 1945.
  • Vin Scully (1944) – baseball announcer in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Radio Hall of Fame, American Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He has been broadcasting Dodger games, first in Brooklyn and then in Los Angeles, since 1950.
  • Donnie Walsh (1957) – former coach and basketball executive; front office advisor for Indiana Pacers
  • Robert Hackett (1977) – silver medalist in swimming at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal
  • Holy Cross High School Knights:

  • Kevin Ogletree – Detroit Lions
  • Iona Prep Gaels:

  • Dick Ambrose (1971) – Former NFL Player
  • John Mara (1972) – Co-owner of the New York Giants
  • Rob Spence (1978) – former Offensive Coordinator at several US universities
  • Brian Slocum (1999) – MLB player, pitches for the Cleveland Indians
  • Kellenberg Memorial High School

  • Jon Harris (1992) - Former NFL Player
  • La Salle Academy Cardinals:

  • John Roche (1968) – Former NBA Player
  • John Candelaria (1988) – Former MLB Player
  • Ron Artest (1998) – NBA Player
  • Nazareth Regional High School Kingsmen:

  • Mike Dunleavy, Sr. (1972) – former NBA player, NBA Head Coach
  • Power Memorial Academy Panthers:

  • Brendan Malone (1960) - assistant coach Detroit Pistons
  • Dick Bavetta (1958) - NBA Referee, 30+ years
  • Lew Alcindor (1966) – NBA Hall of Famer, 6 NBA Championships
  • Len Elmore (1970) – former NBA player
  • Matt Centrowitz (1973) – US Olympic runner, 1976 & 1980
  • Joe Mullen (1975) – NHL Hall of Famer, 3 Stanley Cup Championships
  • Brian Mullen (1980) – former NHL player
  • Mario Elie (1981) – former NBA player, 3 NBA Championships
  • Rice Raiders:

  • Kemba Walker (2008) – NBA player
  • Salesian Eagles:

  • Eric Mobley (1989) – NBA Player. 1st round draft pick of 1994 NBA Draft.
  • St. Francis Prep Terriers:

  • Vince Lombardi (1932) – NFL Hall of Famer
  • Joe Torre (1959) – New York Yankees manager
  • Mike Cavataio (2007) College Basketball at St. John's University
  • Marco Battaglia (1991) NFL Tight End from 1996–2003
  • Dan Henning (1960) Miami Dolphins Offensive Coordinator,former Head Football Coach of Boston College, creator of the Wildcat formation
  • St. Raymond's Ravens:

  • Julius Hodge (1996) – NBA Player
  • Allan Ray (1996) – NBA Player
  • Kareem Reid (1994) - Arkansas Razorbacks' all-time leader in assists.
  • Xaverian Clippers:

  • Chris Mullin (1981) – NBA Hall of Famer, All-Star and member of the Original Dream Team
  • Rich Aurilia (1989) – MLB player
  • Chris Taft (2003) – NBA player
  • Xavier Knights/Cadets:

  • Frank McGuire (1933) – College Basketball Coach, member Basketball Hall of Fame
  • George Kaftan (1945) – NBA Player
  • Michael Petri (2002) – USA Rugby
  • References

    Catholic High School Athletic Association Wikipedia


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