Here is my colleague Nancy Haggerty’s story updating the status of Kennedy athletics. The Gaels are considering a move to the CHSAA, but Section 1 officials say they have yet to receive any definitive answers:
Kennedy Catholic High School will receive a letter in the coming days demanding a final decision on whether it will keep its sports teams in Section 1.
With the section finalizing schedules, Kennedy spokesman Alex Malecki said Wednesday no decision about moving its teams to the Catholic High School Athletic Association had been made and Kennedy had no comment about the forthcoming letter.
Section 1 coordinator Jen Simmons said Wednesday that Kennedy athletic director Rev. Matthew Newcomb told her not to schedule Kennedy football for the fall. The CHSAA fall football schedule includes Kennedy but Simmons said Newcomb said the school might play football independently, rather than in either Section 1 or the CHSAA.
If any Kennedy teams join another organized league, like the CHSAA, all Kennedy teams would be ousted from Section 1. But Kennedy could request permission for one or more teams to play independently with the rest staying in the section.
Simmons said schools generally request independent status for struggling teams. Kennedy was 2-5 in varsity football last fall.
The 556-student school has cited a potential enrollment increase as reason for considering the CHSAA.
Opposition has centered on increased travel (opponents in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, as well as Westchester) and concern over facilities where girls teams would play.
Kennedy failed to send a representative to a recent Section 1 fall sports meeting. The absence of a decision has left the section — Kennedy’s home for three-plus decades — in limbo.
“I’ve asked several times for a definitive answer and have not been given one … It’s not fair to the other schools,” Simmons said.
She added the letter would come from the section’s executive committee. She was not sure what deadline Kennedy would be given.
If Kennedy made any of its teams independent, it could still schedule games for those teams with Section 1 opponents. However, independent teams are ineligible for Section 1 postseason play and players are ineligible for individual postseason honors.