Read: the Courier’s Top 10 Brooklyn high school teams of 2013


Bishop Ford's Aaliyah Jones led her team to the school's first diocesan, Catholic state and State Federation AA titles. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Bishop Ford’s Aaliyah Jones led her team to the school’s first diocesan, Catholic state and State Federation AA titles in 2013. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Joe Staszewski of the Brooklyn Courier ranked the top 10 high school teams from Brooklyn earlier this month. Not teams in any particular sport, any team in any sport that did well this year in Brooklyn was qualified. Here’s his list:

  1. Bishop Ford girls basketball (26–7)
  2. Erasmus Hall football (12–0)
  3. Telecommunications baseball (25–0)
  4. Lincoln boys basketball (26–5)
  5. Fontbonne Hall softball (20–12)
  6. Poly Prep baseball (16–8–1)
  7. Brooklyn Tech wrestling (14–0)
  8. Bishop Loughlin boys basketball (21–8)
  9. Nazareth boy’s basketball (24–5)
  10. Thomas Jefferson boys track


Not hard to see why Bishop Ford is atop this list. It’s tough enough just to compete in the Brooklyn/Queens Girls Catholic High School Athletic Association, but they not only won the school’s first diocesan, Catholic state and State Federation AA titles, they did it while head coach Mike Toro was suspended (Toro has since moved on to Medgar Evers Prep).

Nobody would have blamed Staszewski for picking Erasmus Hall at No. 1 though as it went 12-0 and beat Tottenville at Yankee Stadium in a perfect season to win their first title in the Championship division. They did this while coach Danny Landberg was dealing with his home being damaged in Superstorm Sandy.

Lincoln basketball also returned to championship form as Isaiah Whitehead led his team past a tough Thomas Jefferson team. Telecom also, finally, won its first city title after being an elite team for years that just couldn’t get over the hump. The one team that I thought could have been much higher on the list is Nazareth boy’s basketball team. They went from B champions to A champions in one year. That’s not an easy feat to accomplish (they were the first team in the CHSAA to do it).

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