Kennedy, Albertus boys reclassified in hoops
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The Section 1 boys basketball landscape will be altered for the upcoming season with perennial powers Kennedy Catholic and Albertus Magnus changing classes.
Section 1 executive director Jennifer Simmons confirmed that a sub committee voted Monday to move the programs up in class — Kennedy from Class A to AA and Albertus Magnus from Class B to A — based on their respective success in recent years.
The Classification Committee is a sub committee of the Alignment Committee and evaluates private school programs every two years in all sports based on their previous five years of success.
No other sports in the districts are effected by the vote and the schools cannot appeal.
Neither should come as a huge surprise. Kennedy won 20 games two seasons ago, earning the No. 1 seed and advancing to the semifinals at the Westchester County Center. The Gaels went 14-6 last year, losing in the quarterfinals.
Albertus Magnus won the last two Section 1 Class B championships.
Albertus, however, graduated the core of the roster that won those titles — Tyler Sayre and Pat McGuinness — and lost to Burke Catholic in the state regionals. Burke Catholic was recently moved up to Class A in Section 9.
As members of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Section 1 has the right to reclassify private schools regardless of enrollment. Kennedy has a BEDS enrollment of 425, which would actually qualify it for Class B. Albertus Magnus is 371, which is Class B.
It’s not uncommon for Section 1 to reclassify individual private school programs. Albertus Magnus girls were moved up to Class A three years ago. Lourdes girls basketball is in AA while the boys are A, and Keio boys soccer is Class A.
The schedule for the Kennedy and Albertus boys basketball teams will not change for the upcoming season.
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