Ron Naclerio keeps scorebooks of every game that he has ever coached, including his first win Nov. 30, 1981, a 56-40 victory over Aviation. That was his only victory in his first season coaching Cardozo as the youngest coach in the PSAL. At the time Naclerio wasn’t thinking about getting 699 more wins or looking 33 years ahead.
It’s approaching 5 p.m. on Dec. 18, and Bayside is minutes away from facing off against Cardozo. Students line up in the small entrance to the school near Corporal Kennedy Street in anticipation of a big game and upon entering the tiny gym, they’re greeted with blaring music, creating the feel of a college environment.
Following in the footsteps of the St. John’s men’s basketball team last summer, the women’s basketball team will travel through Italy and Spain for pre-season games in the program’s first experience traveling abroad.
Nyasha Irizarry, a senior player on the Archbishop Molloy High School girls basketball team, averaged about 18 points per game for her final season and was selected to play in the NYC Mayor’s Cup All-Star game on March 29.
Sierra Calhoun, leading scorer of the Christ the King girls basketball team, earned the prestigious Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year award for her contributions on and off the court this season.