Aspinwall Catholic School hoop teams shine
The Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy in Aspinwall basketball teams have started the season strongly.
Here's a look at how they are doing so far:
The CDTCA girls JV basketball team is off to another fast start as it looks to repeat as section and diocesan champions.
The girls entered the week 4-0 in their section.
They have two returning starters from last years 29-3 championship team and four other sixth-graders who saw ample playing time.
Members of the team are sixth-graders Natalie Cyterski, Megan Cyterski, Claire Pilewski, Tatum Quinlan, Kirsten Hazel and Cassie Karlik. Fifth-graders are Margaret Terry, Lizzie Guiffre, Tarah Fuller, Jewell Condosta and Reilly Kipp.
Bill Kiszka is head coach. He is assisted by Paul Guiffre and Dan Condosta
The varsity girls are coming off a winning 2012 season and are now combining a team that has JV diocesan champs from last year and an undefeated regular season when this group of girls played together at the JV level two years ago.
They have started their season off 3-0.
Members of the varsity girls team include eighth-graders Brienne Fuller, Bella Massaro and Elizabeth Studebaker; and seventh-graders Kate Carnevale, Hannah Collins, Lexi Jarvie, Jordan Kipp, Julie Kiszka, Meredith Massaro and Courcy Moosman; along with sixth-grader Claire Pilewski.
Head coach is Nancy Carnevale. She is assisted by Pat Carnevale.
The JV and varsity girls have the following remaining section home dates:
• Jan. 11 vs. St. Maria Goretti
• Jan. 18 vs. St. Sebastian
• Jan. 25 vs. St. Raphael
• Feb. 8 vs. Alpha.
The JV boys basketball team is coming off a rebuilding season.
The team has seven players and, though short in height, is long in talent.
They are currently 11-3 and 2-0 in the section.
They just won the championship of the 56th Annual St. Mary's Lyceum Tournament.
Members of the JV team include Jake Malcanas, Gregory Meyer, Scott Bitar, Patrick Kiszka, Will Carnevale, Dylan Newell and Wes Carnavale.
Head coach is Steve Malcanas. He is assisted by Pat Carnavale.
The varsity boys' team is coming off a 34-3 record last year including an undefeated section record of 12-0.
The team has four returning players from that team and a strong cast of sixth- and seventh-graders.
The team is currently 9-7 and 1-0 in the section. The Panthers defended their title in the 56th annual tournament at St. Mary's Lyceum and have won six of the past eight games.
Members of the varsity boys team include Thomas Quinlan, Matt Ianuzzi, Jack Rielly, James Gilmore, Jonathan Russell, Eddie Pogarski, Devin Newell, Chris Pignoli, Jake Malcanas and Gregor Meyer.
Head coach is Phil McGivney. He is assisted by Jim Hinterlang and Randy Russell.
The JV and varsity boys have the following remaining home dates:
• Jan. 14 vs. St. Ireanaeus
• Jan. 17 vs. St. John
• Jan. 24 vs. St. Bart
• Jan. 28 vs. Carlow
• Jan. 31 vs. East Catholic
• Feb. 7 vs. St. Joseph
• Feb. 18 vs. Brookline Catholic — eighth-grade recognition night.