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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 […]

WPHS Lacrosse-Boys Make Semifinals: Girls Lose in First Round

WPHS Lacrosse-Boys Make Semifinals: Girls Lose in First Round

White Plains High School, the number three-seed in the Section 1 Class A Lacrosse Playoffs, had a convincing win against the number six-seed North Rockland High School, 19-11, in the Section 1 Quarterfinals, at North Rockland, on Saturday, May 16. Tigers junior Liam Broderick weaved through the North Rockland defense to score seven goals, as […]

Tigers Baseball and Softball End Seasons in First Round of Playoffs

Tigers Baseball and Softball End Seasons in First Round of Playoffs

The White Plains High School Baseball Team (10-12) was seeded number 14, in the 2015 Section 1 Class AA Playoffs. Due to their seeding the Tigers had to compete in an Outbracket Game in order to advance to play in the First Round of the Section 1 Playoffs. Tigers’ junior starter Brendan McDonough pitched a […]

A Big Lead Shrinks, but the Bobcats Still Defeat Westlake

A Big Lead Shrinks, but the Bobcats Still Defeat Westlake

By Monica D’Ippolito – Judging by the 6-0 halftime score, Saturday afternoon’s lacrosse game between Byram Hills and Westlake seemed all but over. But the visiting Wildcats bounced back in the third quarter to close within a goal of the lead before the Bobcats were finally able to put the game away in the final 12 […]

Panthers Break Open a Close Game to Defeat Briarcliff

Panthers Break Open a Close Game to Defeat Briarcliff

By Monica D’Ippolito – For one half, it was a close back-and-forth boys’ lacrosse battle between two rival schools that have gotten off to impressive starts this season. But Pleasantville eventually showed why it is among the best teams in the region, battling back to extend its undefeated record with a 12-6 home victory over Briarcliff […]

Vikings Beat Westlake as Franzese Pitches His Second Shutout

Vikings Beat Westlake as Franzese Pitches His Second Shutout

With the wind blowing more than 30 miles an hour and the temperature struggling to reach even 40 degrees on Friday afternoon, both the Westlake and Valhalla baseball teams took a similar approach before taking the field. They tried not to think about the chilly conditions. “We can’t control the weather, so we don’t talk […]

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 […]