Bishop Kearney High School Fall Sports TigersWrapup
Congratulations to the Bishop Kearney Varsity Soccer team for their win over Fontbonne Hall, securing the title of Champions of the Brooklyn/ Queens Catholic High School League. Their 2-1 victory, with goals by freshman Emily Buckley and sophomore Dana Trunk, was a successful end to the fall season. Under the leadership of coach Charlie Candela, assistant coach Guy Palmeri and captain Danielle Zaloom, the Tigers ended the season with a near-perfect record. They were successful in their games against St. Saviour’s, Stella Maris, St. John’s Prep and Christ the King. Their only two losses in the regular season, both to Fontbonne, were erased by their triumph in the Championship game.
The game was extremely tense, and although the victory brought great joy to the team, they were sad to see the seniors play their last game. Congratulations to the entire team for a fabulous season, including other team members: Nicole Basta, Anna Buzzetta, Diana Canzoneri, Megan Davinson, Lauren D’Elia, Kate Hochman, Jillienne Jordan (Belle Harbor), Chelsea Malone, Jacklyn Martin, Briana Pittari and Kerry Walsh. Thank you, good luck, and farewell to seniors: Danielle Zaloom, Kathryn Rando, Missy Cambria, Laura Barton, Nicole Savarese, Maria Tampakis, Marybeth Butler (Breezy Point), and Lauren D’Acerno.
The varsity started their season with games against Mary Louis Academy and St. Francis Prep. Both games were strongly competitive, thanks to the consistency of setter Annie Hughes and hitters Mariann Montella, Jackie Fede, Ashley Savage and Caitlyn Nies (all from Breezy Point). Jackie Fede, Katie Purpura (also Breezy Point) and Caitlyn Nies also produced amazing blocks. The girls finished September by taking first place in the St. Francis College tournament for the third year.
In a home game against Stella Maris, the team won their 100th consecutive win in league play and celebrated with their parents and fans at a party afterwards. During the season, the team also won games against Bishop Ford, Bishop Loughlin, Fontbonne Hall, St. Edmund’s, St. Saviour’s and Nazareth.
Other team members contributing to the success of the season included: seniors Liz Jackson (Breezy Point), Christina Morton (Roxbury) and Kaitlyn Stackpole (Belle Harbor); juniors Krista Durney and Teresa Farrrell; sophomores Ashley Delea, Ashley Fallon, Maura O’Callaghan and Elizabeth Rene and freshman Casey Lesser.
Kearney’s tennis team played a very intensive schedule in September and October, which began only one week after the opening of school and extended to the Brooklyn Championship game at the National Tennis Stadium in mid-October. Captain Marissa Maffa, Tiffani Incorvaia, Kathy and Agata Lesniewski and Lauren Pernice put in strong performances in first singles competitions, winning their games against St. John’s Prep, Fontbonne Hall, St. Saviour’s and Christ the King. Although the game was close, they lost to Fontbonne in the finals. In first doubles, the pairing of Lauren Pernice, Cassie Mendola, Maria Skoulas, Marisa Siano, Gabriella Portalatin, Catherine Garvin, Victoria Blum, Ariana Starace (Breezy Point) and Alex Tilocca produced fast play and amazing results, winning their games against Christ the King, St. Saviour’s, St. John’s Prep. The team ended the season with a 6-4 overall standing. Coach Elena Gentile commended the team for their determination, sportsmanship and support of each other. "This has been a very strong team," said Coach Gentile, "and I’m really going to miss the six seniors. But I’m looking forward to the talented underclassmen who are ready to take their places."