It is certainly true in the NY area.
published in OSV, a Catholic publication.
The national rankings of the country’s top high school athletic teams possess a distinct Catholicity.
Mater Dei. De La Salle. St. Anthony. St. Thomas Aquinas. St. Pius X.
These aren’t the names of parish churches. Catholic high schools are heavily represented on ESPN’s national Top 25 lists in several sports, especially football, basketball, baseball and soccer.
There are competing theories to explain Catholic schools’ athletic successes and the perception that they disproportionately outperform their public school counterparts on the playing fields.