The Iona Prep and Nazareth boys basketball teams will both move up a division after winning CHSAA State titles, according to a league source. Moore Catholic and Salesian will also move up, while All Hallows and Monsignor Farrell will be moving down a division.
For the second straight year, the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association's coaches ranked the 32 teams in the league and then created the divisions based on those rankings. The league created this system to help avoid mismatches and ensure competitive games.
According to the source, the divisions will be:
Brooklyn/Queens: Christ the King, Bishop Loughlin, Holy Cross, Molloy, Xaverian, St. Francis
New York: St. Raymond, Hayes, Mount, Stepinac, Iona Prep (moving up), Fordham Prep
State Island: St. Peter's, Moore Catholic (moving up)
Brooklyn/Queens: Bishop Ford, St. Edmund, Nazareth (moving up), McClancy, St. John's
New York: All Hallows (moving down), Xavier, Spellman, Regis, LaSalle, Salesian (moving up)
Staten Island: Farrell (moving down), St. Joseph by-the-Sea
New York: St. Agnes, Sacred Heart, Blessed Sacrament, Scanlan
In the AA and the A, the teams play all division opponents twice and other divisions once. The Staten Island squads will play each other twice and the Archdiocese teams once.
AA teams in the Archdiocese will have 18 leagues games, Brooklyn/Queens teams will play 16 league games, and Staten Island squads will have eight. In the A, Archdiocese teams have 17 league games, Brooklyn/Queens will have 14 and Staten Island teams will again have eight.
Class B teams play each other twice for a total of eight league games.