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Tigers Losses to Mt. Vernon and Williamsport Contribute to Lackluster Season

Tigers Losses to Mt. Vernon and Williamsport Contribute to Lackluster Season

White Plains Head Basketball Coach Spencer Mayfield sat in his office, on Wednesday, Jan. 21 contemplating how tough a season it has been for his team. The Tigers had just lost to Mt. Vernon High School, 58-45, in their home gym, in a game that fell apart for them in the third quarter. Mayfield was […]

Playoff-Like Atmospheres at Mahopac, Somers Pay Dividends

Playoff-Like Atmospheres at Mahopac, Somers Pay Dividends

Last Friday was the kind of day local hoops aficionados dream about, hopping from gym to gym seeking thrill and what not. It started at Mahopac where the win-starved Indians were hell-bent on beating their arch rivals from Carmel, complete with the backdrop of racial strife hovering fresh in their minds yet again. Then, it […]

Crusaders Visit “The Big Apple” and Get a Big Apple Invitational Win

Crusaders Visit “The Big Apple” and Get a Big Apple Invitational Win

There are a few observations concerning the Stepinac High School basketball team that are quite evident this season. The first annotation is that the Crusaders are a much better team than their 7-8 record indicates this year. The second understanding is that the enormously talented sophomore forward Jordan Tucker is evolving into becoming the best […]

WPHS Lady Tigers Could Not Solve Huguenots but Future Looks Bright

WPHS Lady Tigers Could Not Solve Huguenots but Future Looks Bright

On Saturday, Jan. 10, the White Plains High School Girls Basketball Team boosted their record to 7-3 this season with a win over Putnam Valley High School, 37-27, in a defensive battle in Putnam. The Lady Tigers are in the midst of their best season since 2011-12, when they went 14-5 in the last year […]

Boys’ Hoops Notebook Carmel Stops Bleeding, Beats Rival Mahopac in 2OT Somers Takes 1st Big Stride in I-D Title Chase, Takes on Yorktown Next

Boys’ Hoops Notebook Carmel Stops Bleeding, Beats Rival Mahopac in 2OT Somers Takes 1st Big Stride in I-D Title Chase, Takes on Yorktown Next

You could sense the collective sigh of relief from the four corners of northeast Putnam County; Kent, Carmel, Lake Carmel and Patterson when the Carmel Rams ended three years of misery, and then some, with a 57-50 double-overtime defeat of neighboring rival Mahopac last Wednesday afternoon. You could see the orangutan being lifted off the […]

Stepinac Record at 5-5 After Defeat by Hayesmen, 85-70

Stepinac Record at 5-5 After Defeat by Hayesmen, 85-70

The Stepinac High School Basketball Team record stands at 5-5 thus far this season, after losing to Cardinal Hayes High School 85-70, on Saturday. The game marked the return to the Stepinac hardwood of former Head Coach Tim Philp, who resigned after the 2012-13 season to tend to family issues. Philp, a 1995 graduate of […]

Pace Women’s Team Runs Past the Chargers in the Second Half

Pace Women’s Team Runs Past the Chargers in the Second Half

By Monica D’Ippolito- After being knotted up at halftime on Friday afternoon, the Pace University women’s basketball team stepped up defensively. The Setters held Dominican College to its lowest point total for a half this season and secured their fourth straight victory. “I think we did a nice job on defense today,” Pace junior forward […]

Late 3-Pointers Lift the Westchester Knicks to a Victory

Late 3-Pointers Lift the Westchester Knicks to a Victory

By Monica D’Ippolito –  The Westchester Knicks regrouped from a devastating last-second home loss last Friday by defeating the Iowa Energy 108-104 just 24 hours later at the Westchester County Center. “If we focus on what we do every day, I think we are one of the better clubs in the league,” Westchester coach Kevin […]

Local Hockey Teams Start the New Year With Mixed Results

Local Hockey Teams Start the New Year With Mixed Results

By Cutler Klein –  As winter vacation came to a close, all four local high school hockey teams hit the ice yet again. It was quite the wild weekend, with everything from double-digit wins to tight, intense contests. Here’s a look at how the Northern Westchester squads fared as 2015 got underway at the Brewster […]

Kennedy Catholic Remember the Boys of Yesteryear: 2004 Revisited

Kennedy Catholic Remember the Boys of Yesteryear: 2004 Revisited

They gathered at Kennedy Catholic a couple of weeks ago to celebrate the 10-year reunion of one of the greatest basketball teams this scribe has ever covered in a quarter century on the northern tier of the Section 1 hoops circuit. And while their girths were slightly wider than I remembered, all indications were that […]

Woodlands girls hold on through two overtimes, deny Pleasantville, 71-65

Woodlands girls hold on through two overtimes, deny Pleasantville, 71-65

By Skip Pearlman When Pleasantville forced overtime on a wild three-pointer at the buzzer against Woodlands last Friday night, it seemed like the Panthers – finding new life – had all the momentum. But a calm Woodlands squad stuck to its game plan, and despite the Panthers forcing a second overtime, the Falcons stayed the […]

Falcons win big in opener, but fall to Eastchester in tournament title game

Falcons win big in opener, but fall to Eastchester in tournament title game

By Skip Pearlman After routing their opening-round opponent last Thursday in the first round of the Eastchester Tournament, the Woodlands Falcons boys basketball team got clipped, 56-55, by the host Eagles in the championship game Saturday night at Eastchester HS. Woodlands fell to 2-1, despite 26 points from All-State senior forward Jamil Gambari, and 17 […]

Woodlands boys will need to stay focused to repeat as sectional champs

Woodlands boys will need to stay focused to repeat as sectional champs

By Skip Pearlman This winter’s Woodlands High boys basketball team has a tough act to follow Last year’s Falcons put a historic season in the books, rolling to a Section 1 Class B title, and advancing to the NYS final four for the first time in 23 years. Woodlands ended up losing to Section 6 […]

Packed House Watches Westlake Withstand Viking Comeback

Packed House Watches Westlake Withstand Viking Comeback

  By Monica D’Ippolito A big rivalry game that suddenly became suspenseful in the final minutes kept the filled-to-capacity Westlake gym buzzing Friday night. And when the host Wildcats managed to hang on for a victory over their neighbors from Valhalla, their fans stormed the court in jubilation. “First of all, Valhalla is always a […]

Greeley Opens the New Season With a Tourney Win

Greeley Opens the New Season With a Tourney Win

By Andy Jacobs Horace Greeley senior Cameron Ciero proved last year he could be a one-man wrecking crew with the basketball in his hands. But his coach, Dave Fernandes, knows that his star guard’s gaudy point totals looked impressive in the scorebook, but didn’t really take the Quakers very far. So the 2014-15 Quaker team […]

Byram Hills Outlasts Brewster in Winter Classic Tourney

Byram Hills Outlasts Brewster in Winter Classic Tourney

By Andy Jacobs Just in case opponents aren’t aware how precocious Byram Hills shooting guard Skylar Sinon is, the Bobcats’ student cheering section is always eager to remind them. “He’s a fresshhhhh—man, he’s a fresshhhhh—man,” is the chant of choice by the home fans whenever the Bobcats’ very young sniper scores a basket. On Saturday […]

Pearl River Overwhelms the Bobcats in Winter Tourney

Pearl River Overwhelms the Bobcats in Winter Tourney

By Andy Jacobs Considering just how recently she took the reins as the head coach of the Byram Hills girls’ basketball team, Sarah Kinsley is well aware there are sure to be some bumps in the road as she and her Bobcats travel on an uncharted path. They encountered the first of those bumps on […]

Old Faces in New Places as Hoops Eras Begin Anew; Mahopac, Peekskill, Yorktown, Brewster Usher in New Coaches

Old Faces in New Places as Hoops Eras Begin Anew; Mahopac, Peekskill, Yorktown, Brewster Usher in New Coaches

By Ray Gallagher Examiner Sports Editor New eras are usually an exhilarating time, a period of renewed vim and vigor, a time when a fresh message rings within the ears of the players within a particular program. A new epoch was ushered in last week in places like Yorktown, Mahopac, Brewster and Peekskill, where longtime […]

Woodlands grapplers set for another solid season on the mats

Woodlands grapplers set for another solid season on the mats

By Skip Pearlman Last year’s Woodlands High wrestling team won its first league title since 1997, and went on to place fifth in the section in Division 2. So there’s little doubt that coach Jason Parker and the Falcons will be aiming to repeat, and then improve their performance in the sectional tournament. But it […]

Harrison girls set to run the court, and go deep into playoffs

Harrison girls set to run the court, and go deep into playoffs

By Skip Pearlman The Harrison High girls basketball team lost some good talent to graduation last spring, including All-Section center Kyle Lefkowitz and PG Paige Brabant. But with Gia Mancini and Gabby Morris back to lead a strong group of returnees and newcomers, the Huskies are looking forward to a good winter. “We have a […]

Harrison boys basketball team hungry to take next step

Harrison boys basketball team hungry to take next step

By Skip Pearlman After going 16-5 and making it to the County Center last winter – before losing to Eastchester in the sectional semifinals – the Harrison High boys basketball team is hungry to take the next step forward. But a lot of teams have a goal of getting their hands on a gold ball. […]

Westchester Knicks Get a Big Lift From Prospect Antetokounmpo

Westchester Knicks Get a Big Lift From Prospect Antetokounmpo

By Monica D’Ippolito While sitting at the Thanksgiving table, the now 4-14 New York Knicks didn’t have much to be thankful for, except maybe their promising 6-foot-7, 2014 second-round NBA draft pick, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, who not only showed his athleticism and defensive energy, but also his offensive prowess, during the D-League’s Westchester Knicks victory last […]

Setters Pull Away in the Second Half to Defeat Georgian Court

Setters Pull Away in the Second Half to Defeat Georgian Court

By Andy Jacobs Through the early portion of the 2014-15 season, the Pace University men’s basketball team hasn’t exactly reminded anyone of the Bay Area’s Splash Brothers. “Right now, we’re a bad 3-point-shooting team,” admitted Setters coach Pat Kennedy late Saturday afternoon after watching his players misfire on 19 of their 23 attempts from beyond […]

Pace Women’s Team Defeats Queens College in Overtime

Pace Women’s Team Defeats Queens College in Overtime

By Monica D’Ippolito After seven lead changes, a missed free throw and a last-second buzzer-beater, the 21st matchup between Pace University and Queens College headed into overtime Sunday afternoon. The Setters, who began the day with a 1-4 record, had already lost a pair of games by five points or less and their most recent […]

Boys Hoops Notebook: Repeating 2014’s Success Will be Difficult Task - A Pre-Season Glimpse into 2015 Hoops Season

Boys Hoops Notebook: Repeating 2014’s Success Will be Difficult Task – A Pre-Season Glimpse into 2015 Hoops Season

By Ray Gallagher Examiner Sports Editor Last year was one of the greatest basketball seasons in the history of Northern Westchester and Putnam County, possibly the best ever in Putnam, what with Class AA semifinalists Mahopac, Class B finalists Putnam Valley and the Section 1 Class C champion Haldane boys all representing in the Final […]

Shooting Woes Doom Pace Basketball Team in Home Opener

Shooting Woes Doom Pace Basketball Team in Home Opener

By Andy Jacobs Just like the campus on which it plays, the Pace University men’s basketball team is currently in the midst of a major renovation project that will someday soon transform its future. But progress for the Setters, as with the improved new look for the college, won’t happen overnight. That was apparent last […]

2014-15 Ice Hockey Preview

2014-15 Ice Hockey Preview

By Cutler Klein The 2014-15 hockey season is nearly here, and the teams of Northern Westchester are lacing up their skates and preparing for the long road ahead. Horace Greeley, Byram Hills, Fox Lane and Mount Pleasant are all looking forward to a fresh start. Here’s all you need to know to get ready for […]

Falcons’ season comes to an end in Class C state quarterfinal, as Millbrook rolls to 42-23 win

Falcons’ season comes to an end in Class C state quarterfinal, as Millbrook rolls to 42-23 win

By Skip Pearlman Coach Mike Meade and his Woodlands Falcons football team knew they would be in for a battle in Saturday’s Class C regional game against Section 9 champion Millbrook. And the Blazers were all they promised to be – and more – moving up and down the field like a well-oiled machine, on […]

All the Ladies in the House Say, Hey! - Duchesses of Haldane, Lakeland, Somers Representing at States

All the Ladies in the House Say, Hey! – Duchesses of Haldane, Lakeland, Somers Representing at States

By Ray Gallagher Examiner Sports Editor I can’t remember a time when the young gals of Northern Westchester and Putnam County were the leading ladies on three separate stages; fashioning three NYSPHSAA championships in soccer (2) and field hockey while placing a state runner-up in volleyball. I’m doing this a quarter of a century and […]

Bobcats’ State Title Hopes Dashed in an Overtime Thriller

Bobcats’ State Title Hopes Dashed in an Overtime Thriller

By Monica D’Ippolito After 80 minutes of regulation play and nearly 10 more in pressure-packed overtime, Byram Hills and Greece Athena were still knotted at a goal apiece early Saturday afternoon. In an instant, though, that would change, leaving the Section 5 champion Trojans delirious and the Bobcats in despair. The Trojans had managed to […]