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The Final Bow: Stepinac's Football Awards Dinner

The Final Bow: Stepinac’s Football Awards Dinner

The 2015 New York State CHSAA and CHSFL AAA Champions took their final bow for their remarkable season at the Stepinac High School Football Awards Dinner, at The Women’s Club of White Plains, on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The 2015 Stepinac Varsity Crusaders remained undefeated at 12-0 and won both the Catholic High School Football League […]

D-League Knicks Start the New Year With a Win Over the 87ers

D-League Knicks Start the New Year With a Win Over the 87ers

On a day when their entire starting frontcourt was saddled with big foul trouble, the Westchester Knicks turned to their backcourt for a little lift. Guards Jimmer Fredette, Travis Trice II and Jordon Crawford combined to score 57 points on Saturday afternoon, helping the Knicks overcome the extended absence of towering center Jordan Bachynski and […]

Croton’s Thom Terrific Set to Call It Quits at Year’s End

Croton’s Thom Terrific Set to Call It Quits at Year’s End

When I first came upon the local sports circuit as a wide-eyed cub reporter back in the winter of 1989, I had envisioned myself being assigned to the major Class A basketball games between teams like Peekskill and Lakeland or Yorktown and Mahopac; for these were the successful programs when I first cut my teeth […]

Huskies Overrun Tigers at 22nd Annual Harry Jefferson Showcase

Huskies Overrun Tigers at 22nd Annual Harry Jefferson Showcase

It would certainly be an understatement to say that the White Plains High School Varsity Basketball Team seemed outmatched by Harrison High School in the Harry Jefferson Showcase on Saturday. What was most distressing to Head Coach Spencer Mayfield was that this event was not only the Tigers annual Holiday Tournament, it was their Home […]

Jimmer Fredette Makes His Debut for the Westchester Knicks

Jimmer Fredette Makes His Debut for the Westchester Knicks

There’s no telling how long it will last, but the highly anticipated and slightly delayed Jimmer Fredette Show finally made its debut at the Westchester County Center. Fredette, the onetime schoolboy scoring star from just north of New York State’s capital region and national college player of the year after averaging 29 points a game […]

Direct Rays: Sarsen, Swertfager Recommence Winning, Stockpile Plaques Section 1 Owes Mahopac an Apology

Direct Rays: Sarsen, Swertfager Recommence Winning, Stockpile Plaques Section 1 Owes Mahopac an Apology

There are only so many Halls of Fame in this world, and while they keep popping up at street-smart schools across the country they’re still pretty dang tough to gain admittance to; unless of course you’re a coach of the ilk of Hendrick Hudson’s Diane Swertfager, who stamped her recent induction into the Westchester County […]

Boys Hoops Notebook: Put Valley Guts out Lakeland Tourney Title over Carmel Ossining’s Griffin Bursts onto Scene, Snags Sleepy MVP Nod

Boys Hoops Notebook: Put Valley Guts out Lakeland Tourney Title over Carmel Ossining’s Griffin Bursts onto Scene, Snags Sleepy MVP Nod

Class B Putnam Valley (2-0), by far the smallest school in the Carolyn Conroy Memorial Tournament at Lakeland High last weekend, conquered a pair of Class AA schools – Horace Greeley and runner-up Carmel — to waltz off with the tournament title behind an MVP performance from senior G Anders Spittal, an All-Tournament nod from […]

Boys’ Hoops Notebook: Order on the Court! Hoops Tip-Off 2015-16

Boys’ Hoops Notebook: Order on the Court! Hoops Tip-Off 2015-16

There used to be a time when the eminence of the Westchester County Center was all that mattered for most Section 1 basketball teams; that was before basketball exploded into what has become the second most popular sport among varsity preps and fans nationwide (trailing only football in terms of popularity). Nowadays, the County Center […]

Stepinac Wins CHSAA NYS Championship, Undefeated at 12-0

Stepinac Wins CHSAA NYS Championship, Undefeated at 12-0

Crusaders quarterback Tyquell Fields limped his way through three quarters of play and then hobbled through the fourth quarter. Nonetheless, the senior Team Captain for the Crusaders displayed a courageous performance, as he led Stepinac High School to the 2015 Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) New York State Football Title. Stepinac missed going undefeated […]

County Center Road Runs Through Ossining, Peekskill, Haldane

County Center Road Runs Through Ossining, Peekskill, Haldane

By Tony Pinciaro, John Orlando & Ray Gallagher OSSINING may well be, once again, the best public school program in New York State; the proof is in the pudding. Team that underestimate Ossining this year because of its graduation departures, would be making a huge mistake. Ossining, which went 23-3 last year, won its fifth […]

Westchester Knicks 4-0-But Summers Injured

Westchester Knicks 4-0-But Summers Injured

The Westchester Knicks are 4-0 and their completely revamped roster and new coaching staff has rejuvenated fans at the Westchester County Center. The local Knicks, the NBA Developmental League affiliate of the New York Knicks, outscored the Sioux Falls Skyforce, 34-21, in the fourth quarter to beat the Miami Heat D-League affiliate, 107-94, on Friday […]

Summers Sizzling as Westchester Knicks Get Two Home Wins

Summers Sizzling as Westchester Knicks Get Two Home Wins

On Thursday, Nov. 12 the Westchester Knicks, the NBA Developmental League local affiliate of the New York Knicks, opened their second season at the Westchester County Center. To say the least, nobody actually knew what to expect regarding the Westchester Knicks this season after the local D-League team concluded its inaugural season 10-40 overall, with […]

Class A Grid Notebook

Class A Grid Notebook

No.4 Brewster to Host No.5 Yorktown in Juicy Quarterfinal No.9 Hen Hud Shocks Nyack, No.6 Somers Crushes No.11 Byram, Both Advance Quarterfinal Friday is upon us, and the matchups are both juicy and intriguing; starting with No.5 Yorktown and No.4 Brewster in what should be a shootout of epic proportion this Friday (7:00 p.m.). No. 9 […]

Westlake Crushes the Bears in Sectional Qualifier

Westlake Crushes the Bears in Sectional Qualifier

Westlake head coach John Castellano thinks his team has chosen a very opportune time to play its best football of the season. “I think we’re peaking at the right time,” he was saying late Saturday evening, shortly after the Wildcats had demolished visiting Briarcliff/Hamilton 52-6 in a qualifying game for the Class B sectional playoffs. […]

Bronxville Overcomes an Early Deficit to Defeat the Vikings

Bronxville Overcomes an Early Deficit to Defeat the Vikings

It’s been a remarkable turnaround season for the Valhalla football team, which won all six of its regular-season games and arrived on Saturday afternoon in Bronxville for the start of the postseason hoping to add the hosts to its list of vanquished opponents. But the Broncos proved to be too much of an obstacle for […]

Somers Overwhelms the Bobcats in the Sectional Qualifier

Somers Overwhelms the Bobcats in the Sectional Qualifier

It didn’t take very long for the players on the Byram Hills football team to realize they were in for a very long night at Somers High School on Friday evening. With a berth in the Class A playoffs up for grabs, the host Tuskers scored touchdowns on their first four possessions and went on […]

Class A Grid Notebook

Class A Grid Notebook

Santavicca, Boyer Combine for 440 on Ground in Husker Rout of Jay- Lakeland, Somers Back on Track; Panas, Brewster, Hen Hud Fall If Yorktown High football Coach Mike Rescigno is already out of words to describe senior HB Nick Santavicca, he might have to import a speaker on his behalf because the best is yet to […]

Grid Preview: Yorktown, Somers Eyeing Big Grid Prize in Class A Mahopac Expecting to Contend for Class AA Crown, Carmel Seeks Respect

Grid Preview: Yorktown, Somers Eyeing Big Grid Prize in Class A Mahopac Expecting to Contend for Class AA Crown, Carmel Seeks Respect

The wait is over, two-a-days are done, the dog-days sweat and the grueling roast of summer sessions will moderate some in the coming days, but the heat is on for Section 1 football teams, as the season opens this Friday at a gridiron near you. CLASS A YORKTOWN The last time the Huskers hoisted the […]

Sports: White Plains Recreation Men’s Softball Heats Up

Sports: White Plains Recreation Men’s Softball Heats Up

As the heat index rises and the competition heats up at the mid-point of the season in the White Plains Recreation Department Summer Softball Leagues, let’s not forget the true objective of this popular adult recreational activity. The most descriptive word in the title “White Plains Recreation Softball Leagues” is “Recreation.” The White Plains Recreation […]

Quintessential Three-Sport Star Shines Bright in Ossining

Quintessential Three-Sport Star Shines Bright in Ossining

Jalay Knowles Never Settled for Good, She was Great – There’s Beyoncé and there’s Madonna and Cher… the one-named divas that have acquired status for their tributes to society via the genre of music. There’s Mother Theresa on an island unto herself, the matriarch of prayer. Then there’s a list of mononymous persons in sports; LeBron, […]

2014-15 Male Athlete of the Year

2014-15 Male Athlete of the Year

Heart & Soul Separates Baker, Makes Him Best He Can Be On the surface, Yorktown High senior Ryan Baker doesn’t look like a kid who might play a vital role in a NYS lacrosse championship, two Section 1 and Region 1 lacrosse titles and a Section 1 football title bid. When he first burst on […]

Sports: PERFECT PLAYCEMENT Might be Right for You

Sports: PERFECT PLAYCEMENT Might be Right for You

So I’m talking with my California-based buddy Mark Leinweaver – a 1990s Yorktown High grad who I covered during his baseball heyday under former Yorktown Coach Bob Sarro, who guided the Huskers to their second Section 1 title back in 1995 (1969 the other). Marky-Mark is telling me about this company he’s started called “PERFECT […]

New York Liberty 4-3, Waiting on NY “Prince-s”

New York Liberty 4-3, Waiting on NY “Prince-s”

The New York Liberty is, 4-3, this season after beating the Atlanta Dream, 73-64, in Atlanta, on Sunday. It was the second win for the Liberty over the Dream this season, having beaten them, 82-73, in their Home Opener, at Madison Square Garden, on June 5. Despite their winning record, the Liberty seems to be […]

Bobcats’ Dream Season Ends With a State Championship

Bobcats’ Dream Season Ends With a State Championship

Maybe there really wasn’t any other way this dream season for the Byram Hills baseball team could conclude — with Frankie Vesuvio, the heart and soul of the Bobcats, turning what would have been a nightmare that haunted him forever into a most fitting and dramatic finish in a town named Endwell. Vesuvio’s leaping, twisting, […]

Mahopac Rallies for One of Its Own at Relay for Life Sean’s Soldiers Raise $100K in Fight Against Cancer

Mahopac Rallies for One of Its Own at Relay for Life Sean’s Soldiers Raise $100K in Fight Against Cancer

You can say what you want and think what you want about Mahopac, but when push comes to shove nobody does it bigger or better than the town that just rallied like no other town in America did to help stomp out cancer at the Relay for Life event at Mahopac High last weekend. You […]

Panthers Overwhelm Rondout Valley in the State Playoffs

Panthers Overwhelm Rondout Valley in the State Playoffs

By Monica D’Ippolito – The Pleasantville boys’ lacrosse team came out in its Class C state regional matchup against Section 9’s Roundout Valley on fire. The Panthers scored 10 goals in the first period alone en route to a 17-3 victory Saturday at Lakeland High School. “We hoped we would,” Panthers coach Chris Kear said of […]

Valhalla Softball Dynasty Stopped by Rye Neck

Valhalla Softball Dynasty Stopped by Rye Neck

By Monica D’Ippolito – A rematch of last year’s Class B sectional final pitted top-seeded Valhalla against second-seeded Rye Neck on Saturday morning at North Rockland High School. The Vikings overwhelmed the Panthers in their one meeting during the regular season, but couldn’t get enough offense stirring this time to claim their seventh consecutive championship. “I […]

Bobcats Dethrone Rye in the Class A Championship Game

Bobcats Dethrone Rye in the Class A Championship Game

It didn’t require an abundance of clairvoyance to expect that the Byram Hills baseball team might be meeting Rye for the Class A championship this season. So it wasn’t much of a surprise when the two teams took the field under a mixed sky at Provident Bank Park late Saturday afternoon with a sectional title […]

Panthers Edge Bronxville to Capture Their First Sectional Title

Panthers Edge Bronxville to Capture Their First Sectional Title

The Pleasantville boys’ lacrosse team has been knocking on the door for a sectional championship the past three years. Last Thursday afternoon, the Panthers stopped knocking and just barged in. With Josh Della Puca and Brian Reda scoring three goals apiece and goalie Oscar Marchi making 17 big saves, the Panthers outlasted four-time defending champion […]

NY Liberty Open Training Camp in Tarrytown, All Eyes on Isiah Thomas

NY Liberty Open Training Camp in Tarrytown, All Eyes on Isiah Thomas

The New York Liberty held their Media Day at the Madison Square Garden Training Facility, in Tarrytown, on Thursday, May 21. Despite the obvious absence of six-time All Star guard Cappie Pondexter, who played with the Liberty from 2010-2014, and regardless of the quality performance of a revived and now healthy Essence Carson, most of […]