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INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — Coaches, scouts and front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams have gathered in mid-February in Indianapolis for years for several intensive days of analyzing hundreds of top college football players who are eligible for the NFL draft, which starts May 8 this year.
Constant running drills, 6 a.m. summertime practices and tough team defense paid off for Neumann-Goretti’s boys, who captured the league championship Feb. 24. They were led by the University of Miami-bound superstar Ja’Quan Newton.
Coach Letty Santarelli, with her long background in Catholic League basketball, led her girls basketball team to a long-awaited championship. Her personal ties to the sport run as deep as her players’ love of the game.
The Catholic League crowned its king and queen Monday night at the Palestra as the Saints became the first school to win both the boys and girls league championships since 1968. The boys topped Roman Catholic, 53-48, and the girls beat Archbishop Wood, 55-46.
Semifinals in boys and girls play decided who goes on to the championships Monday night at the Palestra. Neumann-Goretti’s boys and girls teams both have a chance to win their title. Meanwhile, a Catholic Academies League champ is already crowned.
Play-in rounds have begun, and boys’ and girls’ teams are competing toward the championship to be played Feb. 24 at the Palestra.
Ja’Quan Newton of Neumann-Goretti was named MVP of the Catholic League, and Roman Catholic’s Chris McNesby was coach of the year. Players on first, second and third teams were named.
Before the start of Catholic high school basketball playoffs, we list the standings for girls and boys teams in the Catholic League, plus the Catholic Academies League.
Sports luminaries remember the man teammates called “Saint,” who died this week. The La Salle U giant’s still-eye-popping accomplishments on the basketball court impress as much as his legacy of kindness and generosity off it.
The Catholic League rivals played to a surprising result this week. Bishop Shanahan, Holy Ghost Prep and Archbishop Ryan also stood out in boys’ basketball play.