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Dear World: We're Sorry & United Against Racism

Dear World: We’re Sorry & United Against Racism

By Ray Gallagher I’m a proud Putnam County guy, through and through. Born and raised in the Bronx until I was nine, my roots were pulled from the heaving cement of 226 Naples Terrace and transplanted in the summer of 1972 in the rural thicket of Putnam Valley, where more than a few donkeys (literally) […]

The Back Nine Indoor Golf Center

The Back Nine Indoor Golf Center

  Multi-sport, indoor recreational facilities are popping up all over the place, but none of them in the Westchester/Putnam County region are designed solely for the golfer, one of the more particular sportsmen known to man. Golfers are very specific about their development and progressions, but most golfers in our area suffer through a significant […]

Boys’ Hoops Notebook

Boys’ Hoops Notebook

  Put Valley Impressive in Slam Dunk Win When, and if, Putnam Valley senior F Jelani Bell-Isaac plays like he did in a 53-36 win over the youthful Yorktown Huskers last Friday night at the 15th annual Westchester County Center Slam Dunk showcase game, Coach Mike McDonnell’s Tigers (6-1) are going to be a legit […]

Unbeaten Mahopac Remains atop Putnam/NWE Hoops Poll Panas Takes Somers Title; PV, Peekskill Fall

Unbeaten Mahopac Remains atop Putnam/NWE Hoops Poll Panas Takes Somers Title; PV, Peekskill Fall

After a clear-cut No.1 Mahopac, we don’t exactly know where to go with this as we head toward the New Year and the Holiday Tournaments, including the marquee event of the season; the Slam Dunk affair at the Westchester County Center (Dec.26-29) where a slew of the locals will be featured (see schedule below). There […]

The Back Nine: Indoor Golf Year Round in Westchester County

The Back Nine: Indoor Golf Year Round in Westchester County

    Hey, I get it: It’s almost Christmas and the toughest guy to get a quality gift for is your hard-to-please dad. Maybe you have one of those relationships with your dad where you know you love him to death, but you just don’t know what kind of gift will make his day, and […]

Hen Hud Hoping McGuire Hoops Tourney Will Jump Start Program

Hen Hud Hoping McGuire Hoops Tourney Will Jump Start Program

The Hendrick Hudson High basketball program hasn’t been the lead in a Direct Rays column since my man Tim McNulty was hitting two clutch free throws against John Jay in the 1991 Class B quarterfinals, leading the Sailors to their last Westchester County Center Final 4 appearance against Peekskill, which eventually ended the madness in […]

Direct Rays: Former Mullet-Wearers Saddened by BIG EAST’s Last Stand as We Know It

Direct Rays: Former Mullet-Wearers Saddened by BIG EAST’s Last Stand as We Know It

Heck, there’s not much I remember about 1985. I know I was rocking the world’s best mullet at SUNY Oneonta, and set the non-fraternal record for most kegs at a house party on 16 Myrtle Avenue (legend has it still standing at 35); though I don’t remember much about that particular day, other than the […]

Direct Rays: Just or Unjust, PV Boys Hoops Coach Ouster Wreaks of Bad Timing

Direct Rays: Just or Unjust, PV Boys Hoops Coach Ouster Wreaks of Bad Timing

There is probably nobody on this planet that has butted heads more with former Putnam Valley boys’ basketball Coach Ed Wallach than me: I reckon we’re just a pair of strong-willed alpha males who truly believe they are rarely wrong in their views. Love him, or not; the cat is set in his ways, but […]

Direct Rays: Ossining Competes Like The Big Leagues, Headley Men Guide Peekskill Girls with Class, Dignity

Direct Rays: Ossining Competes Like The Big Leagues, Headley Men Guide Peekskill Girls with Class, Dignity

It would be sexist of me to suggest that the Ossining High girls’ basketball team play the game like a bunch of crazed girls, so I’ll just go ahead and say they play basketball like boys; ridiculously tough, determined boys, who dive for every 50-50 ball and spend every ounce of energy within them for […]