It took three overtimes, but Christ the King defeated Bishop Loughlin, 81-78, to capture the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Intersectional championship at Rose Hill gym in the Bronx on Saturday, March 13. The Royals trailed 21-9 after the first quarter, but fought back and won the game on junior guard T.J. Curry’s layup late in the third overtime. The game’s Most Valuable Player, Maurice Barrow, had 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Royals, while Villanova-bound Jayvaughn Pinkston scored a game-high 34 points for Loughlin. It was Christ the King’s fifth consecutive trip to the finals and their first title since 2007.
Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, the Christ the King girls won their own championship, defeating St. Michael’s, 61-48, at Cardinal Spellman in the Bronx on Sunday. The Royals took the CHSAA Class ‘AA’ state girls championship in convincing fashion, throttling the team that beat them in last year’s state quarterfinals. Senior forward Ariel Edwards scored 19 points for Christ the King, while McDonald’s All American Jennifer O’Neill led the Eagles with 22 points. Christ the King advances to play Public School Athletic League (PSAL) champion Murray Bergtraum on March 27 in the state Federation semifinals in Glen Falls, New York.
The rollercoaster season continues for the St. John’s baseball squad. After opening the season with an impressive 7-0, the Red Storm went on to lose their next five games before pulling out a victory against Liberty in Lynchburg, Va. on Sunday, March 14. The Johnnies then went on to win three of their next four games including their home-opener at Jack Kaiser Stadium against Fairfield on Wednesday, March 17. St. John’s is set to open Big East conference play with a three-game series at Pittsburgh March 26-28. Dating back to the 2005 season, the Red Storm have posted a 91-39 (.700) record in Big East play, and they have won three regular season titles in that stretch (2005, 2007 and 2008).