Word began to spread Wednesday evening among parents and players of the Bishop McGann-Mercy football program that popular varsity coach Jeff Doroski has been fired, the News-Review has learned. (more…)
Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan Junior High and High School in Riverhead will hold its 2014-15 registration event on Feb. 8.
Incoming students in grades 7-11 and their parents are encouraged to attend the “one-stop” registration occasion and asked to bring all the required paperwork from the registration packet.
Student registration is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at the school located on Ostrander Avenue.
For more information, call the school’s registration office at (631) 727-5900, ext. 335.
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.
Two seniors from Bishop-McGann Mercy High School have received Suffolk Zone awards for promoting their healthy lifestyle and leadership skills.
Students Jacqueline Zaweski of Jamesport and Kurt Bahnke of Baiting Hollow received the honors during a Dec. 4 ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hamlet Wind Watch Hotel, according to a press release issued by the school last Tuesday.
The awards were presented by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance to students that have made significant achievements in both their academics and physical education, officials said.
Former McGann-Mercy High School student LauraLynne Duffy was recently named to the 2013 women’s soccer National All-Academic Team in recognition for her outstanding performance on the soccer field and in the classroom.
Duffy, a midfielder from Cutchogue on the St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) women’s soccer team, was one of four player on her team to be honored. The announcement came from the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.
A junior at St. Joseph’s, Duffy played in all 16 games for the Lady Bears and started 12. The Bears finished the season 5-11.
The USCAA National All-Academic Team members must be sophomore academic standing or higher and maintain a cumulative 3.5 grade point average to qualify.
Duffy is also a member of the swimming team at St. Joseph’s. She finished third in the 200-yard freestyle in the team’s meet against Lehman Friday. She was also fifth in the 100-yard freestyle was part of the third-place 200-yard freestyle team.
Duffy graduated in 2011 from Mercy, where she was also an active member of her school’s drama performances. She took home Best Lead Actress in the Teeny Awards as a senior, one of numerous awards she won during her high school career.
Contractors are in the final stages of building a new softball field at McGann-Mercy High School, funded entirely by parent and alumni donations, said Bob Terry of Terry Contracting, a member of Mercy’s Class of 1977.
His company began working on the field about a month ago and plans to have it finished by September.
Mercy softball players had previously been bused to nearby Stotzky Park for practices and games, taking up a good portion of practice time, said Debbie Kneidl, the school’s director of advancement.
By practicing on campus, students will have an additional 45 minutes, she said. The new field will also save the private school the cost of transporting students.
The school, which has junior high, junior varsity and varsity teams, may still need to use Stotzky Park for practices when games are scheduled at the school, Ms. Kneidl said.
“It’s going to allow students to play on their home campus, which enhances overall school pride for the kids,” she said.
The project, which involved filling in 17,000 square feet of wetlands, is closely connected to the schools recently completed pond remediation project, which added 53,000 square feet of wetlands, according to project architect Shawn Leonard.
The additional wetland space made adding the field possible, he said.
Acquiring field space had been a problem for Mercy before to the pond remediation project, Mr. Terry said.
The school needed approval from both Riverhead Town and the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Ms. Kneidl said.
Project foreman Mike Jones said his team is working on leveling the area and adding drainage before either seeding grass or, if sufficient funds can be raised, laying down sod so students can use the space sooner.
Ms. Kneidl said the project would not have been possible without alumni and community support. Anyone who would like to get involved should contact her by calling 631-727-5900.
A priest, two teachers and a group of students pedal bikes down the road … No, this isn’t the start of an potentially offensive joke. Instead, this is exactly the sight to be seen across the North Fork this weekend on Main Road or Sound Avenue.
The 27th annual McGann-Mercy Bike for Life, in which students from the private high school cycle from Port Jefferson to Orient Point, will take place over four days beginning Thursday morning. This year, the riders include 15 current students and alumni, two teachers, three support staff, and of course, the school’s chaplain, Rev. Gerald Cestare.
The trip across the North Fork is about more than exercise. The Bike for Life also incorporates a spiritual aspect for the Catholic school students.
Each day of pedaling ends at a local church where students engage in activities and talks, giving the weekend more of a retreat feel. The discussions revolve around teaching students about living a wholesome life as they grow older, building up their school community, dealing with the pressures and worries of high school, cherishing their faith and sexuality.
Riders kick off the trip in Port Jefferson and will travel along 25A and Route 48 until they reach St. Patrick’s Church in Southold, where they will spend the night. On Friday they will continue to Orient Point Beach Park, where they will have a beach barbecue and then circle back to St. Agnes in Greenport for the night.
On Saturday they will ride to Sacred Heart Church in Cutchogue, and then on Sunday they will travel back from Sacred Heart to Port Jefferson for a closing Mass at Infant Jesus Church.
The event is sponsored by McGann-Mercy Campus Ministry.