05/09/14 2:00pm
05/09/2014 2:00 PM
McGann-Mercy graduate Saśa Vann became an All-American today in the 4 x 400 relay at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. (Credit: Buffalo State Athletics)

McGann-Mercy graduate Saśa Vann set a school record in the 400-meter dash for Buffalo State. (Credit: Buffalo State Athletics)

Saśa Vann, a former Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School athlete, claimed a pair of conference titles as Buffalo State rallied to finish second in the eight-team State University of New York Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Geneseo.  (more…)

04/29/14 1:00pm
04/29/2014 1:00 PM
McGann-Mercy graduate Elizabeth Rossi was named co-MVP of the Mount Saint Mary's tennis team this season. (Credit: David Sinclair, Mount Saint Mary's Athletics)

McGann-Mercy graduate Elizabeth Rossi was named co-MVP of the Mount Saint Mary’s tennis team this season. (Credit: David Sinclair, Mount St. Mary’s Athletics)

Elizabeth Rossi, a 2010 McGann-Mercy graduate, was named co-MVP of the women’s tennis team at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland.  (more…)

04/01/14 7:18pm
04/01/2014 7:18 PM
DiGreggorio scored two goals with two assists in Tuesday's win over McGann-Mercy.

DiGreggorio scored two goals with two assists in Tuesday’s win over McGann-Mercy. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)


Late in the fourth quarter Tuesday, during a seemingly mundane moment, first-year McGann-Mercy coach Tom Palasek spotted a teaching opportunity.

As one defenseman headed toward the sideline, another player prepared to race onto the field as his replacement. Only he was about to cross onto the field too early and at the wrong spot on the field. During a lacrosse game, players race on and off to the field with regularity, the kind of little detail a coach rarely has to pay attention to during the action. (more…)

03/12/14 6:00pm
03/12/2014 6:00 PM

Mercy varsity baseball coach Skip Gehring goes over instructions with his team during practice Tuesday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

It’s not the soreness that’s been a problem so much for Mercy’s new baseball coach. It’s the blisters.

Such is the price to pay for the constant barrage of fly balls hit into the outfield during practice.

“In the first week of practice I probably hit 800 fly balls to the outfielders,” said Skip Gehring, who replaces Ed Meier as the varsity coach this season.  (more…)

02/13/14 7:00pm
02/13/2014 7:00 PM

Sasa Vann. (Buffalo State Athletics photo)

Sasa Vann, a former Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School athlete, highlighted four school-record-setting performances by Buffalo State as the Bengals competed against one of the premier fields in the Northeast with competitors from all divisions at the recent Boston University Valentine Invitational.


02/11/14 9:13pm
02/11/2014 9:13 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | McGann-Mercy guard Kayla Schroeher drives to the basket against Port Jefferson Tuesday night.


Senior forward Fiona Nunez scored 16 points and freshman guard Mia Behrens added 12 as Bishop McGann-Mercy withstood a late rally to register a 49-46 victory over Port Jefferson in an out-bracket game of the Suffolk County Class B girls basketball tournament in Riverhead on Tuesday night.  (more…)

02/01/14 9:09pm
02/01/2014 9:09 PM

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mia Behrens, who led Bishop McGann-Mercy with 9 points, slices between Southampton’s Margarita Trujillo, left, and Jackie Minogue during Saturday’s non-league game at St. Joseph’s College.

As Bishop McGann-Mercy’s first-year coach, Brian Babst, saw it, it was a win-win situation for his girls basketball team. (more…)

01/08/14 5:00pm
01/08/2014 5:00 PM


Bishop McGann-Mercy High School hired Paul Mastronardi to become the school’s athletic director starting in mid-January, the school announced today. Mr. Mastronardi will replace John Lonardo, who resigned to pursue a business opportunity in the private sector, the school said.

Mr. Mastronardi has been a longtime coach and physical education teacher. He’s coached on the collegiate level at Villanova, St. John’s University and Stony Brook University. He earned the rank of lieutenant of special operations for the FDNY and coached two years with the semi-pro FDNY Bravest Football Club.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Mastronardi to Bishop-McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School,” said principal Carl Semmier in a press release. “He comes with a strong leadership track record as well as high marks for his commitment to quality athletic programs.”

Mastronardi recently coached the Eastport-South Manor varsity football team. The Sharks went 7-1 this past fall in the regular season.

He’s also coached at Port Washington, Centereach and South Side.

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10/19/13 8:19pm
10/19/2013 8:19 PM
ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Bishop McGann-Mercy's Kenny Berman bringing down an East Hampton/Bridgehampton ball carrier.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Kenny Berman bringing down an East Hampton/Bridgehampton ball carrier.


Desperate for a win, the Bishop McGann-Mercy football team may very well have been looking forward to its final home game on Saturday against East Hampton/Bridgehampton. The Monarchs must have sensed an opportunity to finally get into the win column in the Suffolk County Division IV contest between two teams that had one win between them. So, the Monarchs might have planned on things finally going their way.

The Bonackers had other ideas.

After dropping its first four games of the season, East Hampton/Bridgehampton suddenly has a two-game winning streak. Just like that.

R. J. Notel, a hard-nosed player who played with a broken nose he suffered a week earlier against Southampton, ran for two touchdowns, as did Cortland Heneveld in East Hampton/Bridgehampton’s 34-13 victory.

East Hampton/Bridgehampton’s ground game got the job done. The Bonackers (2-4) ran the ball on 39 of their 46 offensive snaps and did not commit a turnover. They attempted only one pass in the second half.

While the Monarchs focused on stopping East Hampton/Bridgehampton’s quarterback, Heneveld (nine carries, 77 yards), it was the senior fullback, Notel, who really hurt them. Notel ran for 139 yards on 15 carries as 249 of East Hampton/Bridgehampton’s 305 yards came on the ground.

Notel was also a force on defense. In addition to making 8 tackles (all solo), he blocked an extra-point attempt.

The game started promisingly for McGann-Mercy. On the Monarchs’ first touch of the game, Reggie Archer broke to the outside and sprinted down the right side for a 56-yard touchdown run. Archer finished with 144 rushing yards from 29 attempts.

The teams traded touchdowns after that. Notel slipped through a few tacklers for a 14-yard dash to the end zone. Then, the Monarchs pulled in front again. One of McGann-Mercy’s 10 seniors playing their final game at Harold T. Murray Memorial Field in Riverhead, quarterback Mike Frosina, delivered a 34-yard touchdown pass to Marco Sciarra on a fourth-down play. Sciarra, a sophomore, played his first game of the season after recovering from a broken foot.

On the ensuing kickoff, Jordan Johnson evaded tacklers on an 80-yard return for a touchdown. Lucas Escobar’s extra point gave East Hampton/Bridgehampton a 14-13 lead with 9 minutes 50 seconds left in the second quarter.

A Thomas Nelson interception set up a 7-yard touchdown run by Heneveld for a 20-13 lead by halftime.

The Monarchs opened the third quarter with an impressive 15-play drive, only to see it stall at the East Hampton/Bridgehampton 27-yard line.

Heneveld and Notel both scored their second touchdowns of the game in the fourth quarter, Notel’s coming on a 40-yarder.

The result left the Monarchs looking at an 0-6 record, with remaining games at Babylon and Southampton.

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