Though the Knights have weathered COVID-19 within each of their athletic programs, they are seeing a strong start to the new year.
“I am thankful to say that out of the diligence of our coaches, and the programs we have in place, we have not had to cancel anything,” said Athletic Director Andrew Gheraldi. “We have, however, had some postponements due to other teams’ policies.”
Xavier saw a temporary shift to remote learning last week, but the administration and Athletic Department worked persistently to ensure the boys had the safest return to their teams after Christmas break.
“Our programs were thankfully able to move forward despite the temporary shift to remote learning last week,” Gheraldi added. “The administration had the good foresight to structure the class day and the class schedule so our athletes were able to commute after learning remotely if their team was currently active.”
Lower levels of basketball have been thriving, while varsity basketball lost against All Hallows High School in the Bronx, 29-27. The team has its next tripleheader against La Salle Academy on Friday.
Both JV and varsity bowling are heading into the playoffs next week.
JV ice hockey is making strides—currently standing at number two in the CHSAA. They won against the number one seed, Chaminade High School, 11-5 on Tuesday.
Varsity hockey, on the other hand, has been scuffling quite a bit. The team has remained winless for the entirety of the season. After a whole year without a season, the team is working harder than ever to find their footing again.
Track and field has two athletes, Anthony Malshyti ’22 and Hau Son Wong ’25, who qualified for the Sub 5 Club.
The freshman and sophomore teams will compete in their championships on Saturday at Oceanbreeze on Staten Island.
The varsity team will be at the historic Stanner Games on Sunday, at The Armory New Balance Track & Field Center in Manhattan.
Wrestling had a temporary pause on their season due to matches getting canceled across the city. Last Friday finally saw the team get back into competition, but unfortunately get defeated at the hands of Collegiate School.
The team had their senior night on Wednesday, which can be viewed here. Dual qualifiers will take place this weekend.
The swimming and diving team traveled to Philadelphia this past weekend to compete against St. Joseph's Preparatory School. The match ended up being a rough day in the office for the team, but they managed to enjoy a round of cheesesteaks in the City of Brotherly Love.
The team lost against Chaminade on Wednesday, and is looking forward to a very cold senior tailgate against St. Anthony’s at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.