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Crusader alumni lead the way to basketball world record

Keith McShea

Nine different Canisius High School alumni representing five different graduating classes were part of a basketball world record set this week in Buffalo.

The former Crusaders were part of teams that played round-the-clock basketball across six days at Nardin Academy, setting a world record in an event titled “The World’s Longest Basketball Game.”

The game, which included a mix of men and women among its 23 players, was held from August 6-11, setting a new record of 120 hours, 2 minutes.

The event, supported by several local sponsors and numerous volunteers, raised more than $60,000 for mental health charities across Western New York.

The event was organized by Nick Revelas ’18 to raise awareness about mental health while honoring Revelas' late classmate, Devin Waring. The record-breaking game was a continuation of several fundraising basketball events Revelas and his family’s foundation have held in recent years. 

Here are the Crusaders who took part:   

Charlie Desmond ‘16
Max Downing ’16
Sam Hore ‘16
Nick Revelas ’18
John Scrocco ‘19
Brad Arcara ’20
EJ McDermid ’20 
Luke Pieroni ’20
Will Wischerath ‘22

Pictured above are (left to right): EJ McDermid, Luke Pieroni, Brad Arcara and Max Downing.

Michael Empric, a Guinness World Records adjudicator and spokesperson, was on hand for the end of the record-breaking game and presented an official plaque to the participants.

See the extensive media coverage of the event:

Twitter

WGRZ (Ch. 2) 

WIVB (Ch. 4)

WKBW (Ch. 7) 

Spectrum News 

The Buffalo News 

Luke LoTempio '22 named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Luke LoTempio '22 has been named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. 

The semifinalists were announced Wednesday by the National Merit Scholarship Company, and the 16,000 who are being honored represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.  

"Being selected as a semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program is a reflection of the effort I have put into my work," said LoTempio. "It reminds me to continue to do my best."

Dr. Renier Brentjens '85 named Roswell Park deputy director, chair of medicine

Dr. Renier Brentjens '85 has come back to Buffalo for "the opportunity of a lifetime." 

Brentjens has been named the Deputy Director and Chair of Medicine at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Roswell Park describes Brentjens as "one of the most influential and accomplished figures in the field of cancer immunotherapy."

Matthew Cady named Canisius cross country/track coach

Matthew Cady is joining Canisius High School as the new head coach for cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

Cady brings a wealth of academic and athletic experience to Canisius, where he will also be a physical education and health teacher.

Cady, who has a doctorate from Penn State, competed at Syracuse University in both cross country and track for four years before going on to coach both sports at the University of Pittsburgh for two years.

Two Jesuit novices who worked at CHS profess first vows

Two Jesuit novices who spent a year at Canisius High School prior to their novitiate pronounced their first vows this past weekend. 

Christian Zombek, SJ, and Mario Verde, SJ, professed vows of poverty, chastity and obedience Saturday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. They were two of five men in the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus to end their time as novices and officially become Jesuit scholastics. 

At Canisius, Zombek and Verde worked with teachers, helped with service projects and traveled to retreats during the 2019-20 academic year.

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Nine different Canisius High School alumni representing five different graduating classes were part of a basketball world record set this week in Buffalo.

The former Crusaders were part of teams that played round-the-clock basketball across six days at Nardin Academy, setting a world record in an event titled “The World’s Longest Basketball Game.”

The game, which included a mix of men and women among its 23 players, was held from August 6-11, setting a new record of 120 hours, 2 minutes.
 

Canisius principal Tyrpak-Endres again a Power 200 Women pick

For the third straight year, Canisius High School principal and executive vice president Andrea Tyrpak-Endres has been named one of Western New York’s most talented and influential women.

Tyrpak-Endres, who is entering her seventh year as principal at Canisius, was named this week to Buffalo Business First’s 2021 list of Power 200 Women.

She is No. 119 on the list, in which reporters and editors at Buffalo Business First rank “a group whose talent and influence fuel economic, social and cultural growth.”
 

World-class rower Nathaniel Sass '19 named assistant coach

Nathaniel Sass ’19 began rowing his freshman year at Canisius. This summer, he was on the United States national team. 

Sass will share his experience of becoming a world-class rower with the current Canisius team as he joins the program as an assistant coach for the 2021-22 season. 

“It’s not often your fastest current alum is able to coach your current team members,” said Canisius head rowing coach RJ Rubino.
 

Higher Achievement Program concludes

The 2021 Canisius High School Higher Achievement Program wrapped up Friday, giving rising eighth graders from all over Western New York an experience to remember.

The four-week program concluded with an awards ceremony to recognize HAP participants achievements in academics, athletics, and service.

Austin Xiao earned the Mr. HAP award, the summer camp’s top prize.

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Canisius High School is pleased to announce Keith McShea as the new Director of Communications, effective August 9.

An experienced communications leader, McShea comes to Canisius High School from The Buffalo News where he served as news staff reporter, breaking news and criminal justice team reporter, and deputy sports editor for more than 20 years.  He has also taught the next generation of journalists at The State University of New York at Buffalo and Medaille College.