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NY Knicks Worst Record Ever, Galloway a Storybook Season

NY Knicks Worst Record Ever, Galloway a Storybook Season

Derek Fisher was hired as New York Knicks Head Coach, on June 10, 2014. Fisher had just retired the previous year after playing 18 seasons in the NBA. Fisher won five Championships (2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010), as the starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, under his now boss and then Lakers Head […]

Tigers Softball has a Bumpy Road Journey to Start the Season

Tigers Softball has a Bumpy Road Journey to Start the Season

The White Plains Softball Team is in the midst of a grueling road journey that consists of seven away games in their initial nine games scheduled to start the 2015 season. Furthermore, noting that the White Plains Home Opener against Clarkstown South scheduled for April 8, was rained out; the Tigers remain on the road […]

Foxes Blanked by RCK in a Rematch of the Sectional Final

Foxes Blanked by RCK in a Rematch of the Sectional Final

Six innings of nothing but frustration for the Fox Lane baseball team last Thursday afternoon suddenly seemed to give way to a reversal of fortunes as the Foxes began the seventh with a string of serendipitous hits. With the bases loaded and no one out, the Foxes appeared poised for a dramatic comeback against host […]

Horace Greeley Routs the Patriots at Dutchess Stadium

Horace Greeley Routs the Patriots at Dutchess Stadium

Horace Greeley baseball coach Anthony Marino admits some of his Quaker teams through the years haven’t always been able to fight through adversity as well as he’d like. “In the years past,” he was saying late Friday evening, “we’ve had teams it seemed like once we got down it was like the game was almost […]

Ossining Edges the Bears in Booster Club Baseball Final

Ossining Edges the Bears in Booster Club Baseball Final

By Monica D’Ippolito – After dominating with their bats in the first round of the 11th annual Briarcliff Booster Club Tournament, the host Bears weren’t able to put any runs on the scoreboard Sunday afternoon and lost in the championship game to Ossining 1-0. “Of course nobody likes to not score after scoring 13 runs, but […]

Direct Rays: Is it Me or Have Times Changed That Much?

Direct Rays: Is it Me or Have Times Changed That Much?

Maybe I just don’t relate to the scene anymore; perhaps for the first time I can ever recall, I just don’t get the muddling local sports circuit. Excuse me if this sounds pompous, but I have always fancied myself a man for all generations; the kind of guy who can relate to moms, dads, grandparents, […]

Briarcliff Edges the Panthers in the First-Ever Mt. Pleasant Cup

Briarcliff Edges the Panthers in the First-Ever Mt. Pleasant Cup

By Monica D’Ippolito – In the first-ever Mt. Pleasant Cup girls’ lacrosse championship game, the old rivalry between Briarcliff and Pleasantville turned into a classic matchup. The two teams traded lead changes seven separate times Saturday afternoon at Valhalla High School, but in the end the Bears were able to come away with a 15-13 victory […]

Westchester Knicks Conclude Inaugural Season at the County Center

Westchester Knicks Conclude Inaugural Season at the County Center

The Westchester Knicks concluded their inaugural season with a loss to the Canton Charge, 101-89, at the Westchester County Center, on Saturday, April 4. The Charge (31-19) is now preparing for the NBA Development League Playoffs, as the local Knicks head home, while their administration seeks to rebuild the team. To say the least, the […]

Tigers Open 2015 Baseball Season with Loss to Mahopac, Galligani Tossed from Game

Tigers Open 2015 Baseball Season with Loss to Mahopac, Galligani Tossed from Game

Anyone who has attended White Plains High School baseball games for the past decade would admit that Tigers Head Coach Marcel Galligani has a flare for the dramatics. But of those same people, nobody would suggest that Galligani does not have the best interest of his student/athletes at heart and that he has an unwavering […]

Fox Lane Girls’ Lacrosse Team Loses at John Jay

Fox Lane Girls’ Lacrosse Team Loses at John Jay

By Monica D’Ippolito – The Fox Lane girls’ lacrosse team couldn’t capitalize on enough of its offensive opportunities last Wednesday evening and wound up falling to John Jay 13-6 on the road. “We worked hard,” Foxes coach Bill Broggy said afterwards. “The kids played hard, they hustled. We played the entire 50 minutes, we just didn’t […]

Panthers Stay Unbeaten by Crushing Putnam Valley

Panthers Stay Unbeaten by Crushing Putnam Valley

By Monica D’Ippolito – After playing back-to-back one-goal games to start the season, the Pleasantville boys’ lacrosse team cruised to a comfortable 13-3 road victory against Putnam Valley on Thursday afternoon. “It’s a relief and I just feel good for some of the other guys who practice hard, get more time in games like this,” Panthers […]

Boys’ Lax Notebook: Hen Hud Makes History in 1st Ever Win over John Jay

Boys’ Lax Notebook: Hen Hud Makes History in 1st Ever Win over John Jay

Yorktown’s Strong 2nd Half Fuels Win over Somers Besides the obvious, like reigning NYS Class B champion Yorktown High is pretty dang good once it gets past its potentially damaging slow starts, here’s what we may have learned in Week 2 on the Section 1 lacrosse circuit: Lakeland/Panas and Mahopac may not be as good […]

Baseball Notebook: New Managers Take Stage in Carmel, Lakeland, Brewster

Baseball Notebook: New Managers Take Stage in Carmel, Lakeland, Brewster

Put Valley Hoping This is Their Year; Mahopac Ready for Life After Kernan The coaching carousel was in motion this off-season at some places where stability had once been the staple of their success, including Class A perennial power Lakeland and Class AA’s Carmel, always a playoff stalwart. Longtime Carmel Coach Bob Shilling resigned recently […]

Boys Lax Notebook: Emergent Young Players Taking Lax Green by Storm

Boys Lax Notebook: Emergent Young Players Taking Lax Green by Storm

Yorktown Chalks up Two W’s; L/P Trips up Jay on Late Cortese Tally Young studs were emerging on Day 1 & 2 along the Section 1 lax circuit, but none seemed more likely to open the eyes of the coaching tribunal than Yorktown sophomore LSM Jose Boyer, a stout 5’10” 180-pounder, who can essentially do […]

Direct Rays: Tough Love Works

Direct Rays: Tough Love Works

There are some varsity coaches who transcend local sports; Lakeland field hockey/lax Coach Sharon Sarsen and Somers’ football legend Tony DeMatteo, to name a couple. Ossining girls basketball coach Dan Ricci can be safely added to that list after winning the Pride’s third consecutive NYS Class AA girls’ basketball championship last Saturday at Hudson Valley […]

Boys Lax Notebook: Lax Begins, Ends at Yorktown, Home of 37-Time Section Champs

Boys Lax Notebook: Lax Begins, Ends at Yorktown, Home of 37-Time Section Champs

Lakeland/Panas, Mahopac Hope to Contend in Wide Open Class A; Put Valley Starts Anew in C Where it all starts, is where it all ends in the Section 1 lacrosse world. It starts with Yorktown High, among the premier programs in the nation, and for 43 of the last 47 years it has ended there; […]

Greeley Hockey Team Had Its Ups and Downs This Year

Greeley Hockey Team Had Its Ups and Downs This Year

By Cutler Klein – The second part of our local hockey season recap looks at the Horace Greeley Quakers, who finished the 2014-15 campaign with nine wins in 20 games and ended up as the 10th seed in the postseason. Greeley’s season finished in a rather disappointing fashion, with a triple-overtime loss to the Mount Pleasant […]

Westchester Ends Losing Skid Behind Lamb’s Scoring Barrage

Westchester Ends Losing Skid Behind Lamb’s Scoring Barrage

By Monica D’Ippolito – Led by Doron Lamb’s franchise-record 40 points, the D-League’s Westchester Knicks snapped their 10-game losing streak Thursday night by defeating the Iowa Energy 104-101 at the Westchester County Center. “It feels good to have a win, more importantly it feels good to get a win doing it the right way,” Westchester coach […]

Setters Defeat Saint Anselm College in Home Opener

Setters Defeat Saint Anselm College in Home Opener

By Monica D’Ippolito – The Pace men’s lacrosse team held off Northeast-10 rival Saint Anselm at Pleasantville High School Saturday, earning a home-opening win and its first Northeast-10 Conference victory of the season. “That’s the thing, in the NE-10 we’re 1-1,” said Setters coach Tom Mariano after his team’s 14-11 win. “To get that first NE-10 […]

Woodlands Advances to State Final Four for Second Straight Year

Woodlands Advances to State Final Four for Second Straight Year

The Woodlands Boys Basketball Team has advanced to the Class B New York State Final Four for the second consecutive season. On Saturday, March 14, the Falcons shut down Section 11 Champ Southampton High School, 68-58, to capture the Class B Regional Title. This is the second straight year the Falcons have won the Class […]

Pace Women’s Lacrosse Team Impresses in Its Inaugural Game

Pace Women’s Lacrosse Team Impresses in Its Inaugural Game

By Monica D’Ippolito – Not even first-year Pace head coach Michael Spinner thought his women’s lacrosse team could produce such a dominant performance in its first game as a program. But after the first 30 minutes of action on Saturday afternoon, it was clear the brand new squad was here to stay. “It was a 60-minute […]

Furio to URI and Morrison Already Has Two D-1 College Offers

Furio to URI and Morrison Already Has Two D-1 College Offers

Stepinac senior wide receiver Giancarlo Furio has committed to attend the University of Rhode Island next season. Furio was selected to the All-CHSFL Team last season and is an Honor Student at Stepinac Furio will join teammate Dwayne Scott, the 2014 Catholic High School Lineman of the Year, on the Division 1 Rams, who participate […]

Woodlands Boys Basketball Wins Second Straight Gold Ball

Woodlands Boys Basketball Wins Second Straight Gold Ball

The Woodlands High School Boys Basketball Team captured their second Gold Ball in as many years, by repeating as the Section 1 Class B Boys Basketball Champions. Woodlands (19-3), the number one seed in the tournament defeated the number two-seeded Briarcliff High School, 56-50, on Saturday, at the Westchester County Center to win the Title. […]

Westchester’s Mr. Basketball Eric Paschall Making Good at Fordham

Westchester’s Mr. Basketball Eric Paschall Making Good at Fordham

If there were any Westchester County high school basketball player that graduated to the college ranks and deserves notoriety, it would be Dobbs Ferry resident Eric Paschall who attends Fordham University. Paschall attended Dobbs Ferry High School for three years and departed after leading the Eagles to the Section 1 Class B Championship game in […]

IceCats Defeat Greeley in Overtime Playoff Thriller

IceCats Defeat Greeley in Overtime Playoff Thriller

By Cutler Klein – In what was the most exciting matchup of the first round of the Division 2 hockey sectionals, the Mount Pleasant IceCats defeated the Horace Greeley Quakers in triple overtime last Monday afternoon. Ryan Smedley scored the game-winner in the third overtime period. He cut through the Quaker defense and tucked the puck […]

Westlake’s Playoff Run Ends With a Loss at the County Center

Westlake’s Playoff Run Ends With a Loss at the County Center

There wasn’t much mystery about what the Westlake girls’ basketball team needed to do last Tuesday afternoon to have any chance of beating second-seeded Ardsley in the Section 1, Class B playoffs – keep the Panthers’ star guard, Casey Foley, contained for as long as possible. That lasted for the game’s first four minutes. Unfortunately […]

Byram Hills Defeats the Tuskers to Reach the Sectional Final

Byram Hills Defeats the Tuskers to Reach the Sectional Final

There’s no telling how last Wednesday evening’s Section 1, Class A semifinal playoff game at the Westchester County Center might have ended for the Byram Hills boys’ basketball team had it not been for the timely contributions from an unexpected source. Seldom-used senior guard Liam Nowlin came off the Bobcats’ bench to provide a pair […]

Briarcliff’s Title Quest Comes to an End Against the Falcons

Briarcliff’s Title Quest Comes to an End Against the Falcons

By Monica D’Ippolito- Three months ago, the Briarcliff boys’ basketball team kicked off its 2014-15 season by losing to defending Section 1, Class B champion Woodlands by 11 points. Bears coach Cody Moffett told his players they would see Woodlands again in the playoffs and get a chance to settle the score. “The next day at […]

Class A Hoops Notebook: Somers Ventures to County Center for 1st Time Since 1992

Class A Hoops Notebook: Somers Ventures to County Center for 1st Time Since 1992

No. 2 Tuskers Bounce No.10 Pelham, Face No. 3 Byram Hills; Yorktown, Hen Hud Ousted The last time a kid from Somers touched the Westchester County Center hardwood in a Section 1 Final 4 was 1992 when former Tuskers Derek Hyra and Willie Dietrich were doing so under then first-year Coach Dennis Gallagher. There were […]

Class B Hoops Notebook: Putnam Valley Reaches Final 4 for 3rd-Straight Year

Class B Hoops Notebook: Putnam Valley Reaches Final 4 for 3rd-Straight Year

No. 5 Tigers to Face No.1 Woodlands; No.7 Croton Ousted by No. 2 Briarcliff Try as he may, Putnam Valley All-Section G Ryan Basso simply cannot do it alone as he faces box-and-one defenses time and time again, and that was becoming glaringly evident last Wednesday night as his Tigers tested brinksmanship in fifth-seeded Putnam […]