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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 […]

A Tip of the Cap to All You Unsung Heroes

A Tip of the Cap to All You Unsung Heroes

By Ray Gallagher Examiner Sports Editor Try as I may, I don’t always get it right. Doling out credit where credit is due is often hard to do when there is so much good stuff going on and the All-Americans are swiping the headlines. It’s the unsung heroes that we often miss out on; the […]

Rye’s Dynamic Duo Dashes Yorktown’s Title Dreams; Garnet QB-WR Hook up for 3 TDs in 35-14 Defeat of Huskers

Rye’s Dynamic Duo Dashes Yorktown’s Title Dreams; Garnet QB-WR Hook up for 3 TDs in 35-14 Defeat of Huskers

By Ray Gallagher Examiner Sports Editor MAHOPAC — Last Saturday night, Livingston to DeGraw was to Section 1 football what Manning to Thomas is to the NFL, a spellbinding form of chemistry. Rye QB Andrew Livingston and WR Tim DeGraw were synched up in record-setting fashion on the campus of Mahopac High, Livingston connecting on […]

Harrison field hockey team focused on improving game during tough season

Harrison field hockey team focused on improving game during tough season

By Skip Pearlman The Harrison High field hockey team had an up-and-down season, closing out the fall at 6-10-2, after a quarterfinal playoff loss to five-time defending state champ Lakeland. Huskies coach Sara Witmer said the season was a learning experience, and her players made the most of it – playing well against quality competition. […]

Bobcats Defeat Vestal in the Class A Regional Final

Bobcats Defeat Vestal in the Class A Regional Final

By Monica D’Ippolito Byram Hills came out Saturday afternoon like a team that had won 12 straight games – firing on all cylinders — but for a while the score did not reflect the play on the field as Bobcat scoring chances wound up caroming off of the post instead of finding the net. But, […]

Greeley Swim Team Wins the Sectional Title Once Again

Greeley Swim Team Wins the Sectional Title Once Again

By Monica D’Ippolito One by one, each member of the Horace Greeley girls swim team took a celebratory dive into the pool, a tradition that has fast become routine for the Quakers, who took home a third consecutive Section 1 title Wednesday night at Felix Festa Middle School. “It says that these girls are committed […]

Fantasy Bulldog Bullish on Brooklyn

Fantasy Bulldog Bullish on Brooklyn

Here is an optimistic analysis of why the Brooklyn Nets will finish among the top 2 teams in the Eastern Conference and potentially win an NBA championship during this 2014-15 NBA season. Most of the “experts” have the same old conservative view on this team and predict they will finish somewhere between the 5-seed and […]

Falcons ride strong start to win over Rye Neck, section title!

Falcons ride strong start to win over Rye Neck, section title!

By Skip Pearlman There were moments during Saturday’s Class C championship game where Rye Neck played, and looked, like the top seed, ready to take over the game. But for the second week in a row (Woodlands eliminated No. 1 Bronxville a week earlier) it was the No. 4 Falcons of Woodlands High who looked […]

Huskies knock off No. 8 John Jay, 3-1; fall to defending state champ Lakeland

Huskies knock off No. 8 John Jay, 3-1; fall to defending state champ Lakeland

By Skip Pearlman The ninth-seeded Harrison High field hockey team had a solid game in a 3-1 win over No. 8 John Jay in last Tuesday’s opening-round playoff game. But the Huskies ran into the state’s most dominant team – five-time defending state champ and top seed Lakeland, and ended the season with a 7-0 […]

Harrison girls soccer team falls to Panas in opening round

Harrison girls soccer team falls to Panas in opening round

By Skip Pearlman The Harrison High girls soccer team came back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game at 2-2 early in the second half of last week’s Class A opening round playoff game at Panas, but the No. 5 Panthers struck for two more goals to earn a 4-2 win. Harrison, the No. […]

Drossman’s Overtime Goal Lifts the Bobcats to Title

Drossman’s Overtime Goal Lifts the Bobcats to Title

By A.J. Martelli The Byram Hills boys’ soccer team was seeking its first Class A title since 2010 on Sunday night at Arlington High School after rebounding from a disappointing 5-5 midseason record and going on a big winning streak. The No. 4 Bobcats and No. 11 Yorktown Huskers each took turns grabbing a one-goal […]

Bronxville Dynasty Continues at the Expense of the Bears

Bronxville Dynasty Continues at the Expense of the Bears

By Monica D’Ippolito Both Briarcliff and Bronxville players pursued a loose ball along the left sideline late Saturday afternoon, one of the only threats the Broncos managed in the first 22 minutes. With contact coming from both sides, a pair of players went crashing down to the turf. A whistle blew and the referee issued […]

Grid Notebook: Yorktown In, Somers Out of Class A Championship Game; No.1A Huskers Ease In, Face No.1B Rye in Title Tilt; Tuskers Denied by Garnets, 21-19

Grid Notebook: Yorktown In, Somers Out of Class A Championship Game; No.1A Huskers Ease In, Face No.1B Rye in Title Tilt; Tuskers Denied by Garnets, 21-19

By Ray Gallagher Examiner Sports Editor The stage was set for the biggest football game in Northern Westchester history, but the curtain never rose. The theatrics were set to officially begin after No.2A Somers checked in with a semifinal defeat of No.1B host Rye last Saturday, setting up what would have been a Section 1 […]

Grid Notebook: Yorktown, Somers A Win Away from Collision Course; Huskers to Face Sleepy Hollow on Halloween; Tuskers Get Rye Saturday with Title Berths on Line

Grid Notebook: Yorktown, Somers A Win Away from Collision Course; Huskers to Face Sleepy Hollow on Halloween; Tuskers Get Rye Saturday with Title Berths on Line

By Ray Gallagher Examiner Sports Editor CLASS A And now, after seven weeks of regular-season action, and a fairly predictable quarterfinal round of playoff rehearsal this past weekend, Week 9 finds us just two wins away from perhaps the single greatest championship showdown in Northern Westchester history. Two Class A semifinal wins – one from […]

Woodlands shocks No. 1 Bronxville, 25-22; Falcons to face Rye Neck in Class C final

Woodlands shocks No. 1 Bronxville, 25-22; Falcons to face Rye Neck in Class C final

By Skip Pearlman The Woodlands High Falcons proved they are part escape artist and part prizefighter in Saturday’s Class C semifinal showdown against Bronxville. The Falcons, somehow, took every punch the Broncos threw at them – and there were plenty. And Woodlands managed to escape jam after jam throughout the contest. Every time it looked […]

Harrison volleyball team tops Somers in first round; set to face Panas

Harrison volleyball team tops Somers in first round; set to face Panas

By Skip Pearlman The No. 6 seed Harrison High volleyball team took care of business in the first round of the playoffs last Friday, beating 11th seed Somers in four sets in a match played at Harrison High School. The Huskies (13-5), were set to take on No. 3 seed Walter Panas today (Tuesday) at […]

Harrison football team has its way with Pearl River in 46-14 romp

Harrison football team has its way with Pearl River in 46-14 romp

  By Skip Pearlman After going three-and-out on their first possession of Saturday’s game, the Huskies of Harrison High put it in high gear and never looked back in a 46-14 whipping of Pearl River in a non-playoff game at Pearl River. Harrison (3-5) got contributions from several sources. Senior quarterback Joe Nannariello had a […]

Panthers’ Reign as Sectional Champs Comes to a Bitter End

Panthers’ Reign as Sectional Champs Comes to a Bitter End

By Andy Jacobs John Tucci stood with his Pleasantville teammates near the line of scrimmage on Saturday afternoon, dejectedly awaiting one of the finals snaps of the Section 1, Class B semifinal playoff game at Nanuet High School. The Panthers’ big defensive tackle had an anguished look on his face, a uniform completely covered in […]

Briarcliff Romps to an Easy Win Over Croton in Playoff Opener

Briarcliff Romps to an Easy Win Over Croton in Playoff Opener

By Monica D’Ippolito The Briarcliff girls’ soccer team started its much anticipated playoff run early Saturday and certainly seemed up to the task, overpowering 15th-seeded Croton-Harmon 7-0 to convincingly move on to the next round of the Class B sectionals. “I mean, obviously to get a win under your belt is important,” Bears coach Owen […]

Valhalla Hangs On to Defeat the Panthers in Playoff Opener

Valhalla Hangs On to Defeat the Panthers in Playoff Opener

By Monica D’Ippolito The first round of Class B sectionals pitted ninth-seeded Pleasantville against eighth-seeded Valhalla on Friday evening. An even matchup, it was the Vikings who exploited more scoring chances and ultimately came out with the 2-1 victory. “I told them I was very proud,” Panthers coach Savvas Kyriakidis said afterwards. “We knew it […]

Quakers Fall in the Quarterfinals to Top-Seeded John Jay

Quakers Fall in the Quarterfinals to Top-Seeded John Jay

By Andy Jacobs With two of the most talented quarterbacks in all of Section One taking turns calling signals on Saturday evening, the Class AA quarterfinal playoff game between Horace Greeley and host John Jay figured to produce plenty of fireworks. And it did. By the time the smoke cleared, Ryan Schumacher and the rest […]

Huskies play well in Conference 2 tourney, but can’t crack sectionals

Huskies play well in Conference 2 tourney, but can’t crack sectionals

By Skip Pearlman The Harrison High tennis team had several players in the Conference 2 Tournament last week at Harrison High School, but none of the Huskies made it past the second round, and none advanced to next week’s Section 1 Tournament, also to be held at Harrison HS. In singles action, Huskies seventh-grader Deana […]

Woodlands boys soccer team beats Dobbs Ferry behind Kermue’s four-goal outburst

Woodlands boys soccer team beats Dobbs Ferry behind Kermue’s four-goal outburst

By Skip Pearlman The Woodlands High boys soccer team came up with a 5-2 victory over Dobbs Ferry last Thursday, but followed with a 4-1 home loss to Hasting Saturday in a non-league meeting. Saturday at Woodlands (6-9), the Falcons ran into a solid Yellow jackets squad (11-5) that built a 3-0 lead by intermission. […]

Harrison girls battle Pirates to scoreless tie in Play for a Cure game

Harrison girls battle Pirates to scoreless tie in Play for a Cure game

By Skip Pearlman The Harrison High girls soccer team had their hands full last Thursday at home, trying to keep the visiting Pirates of Pearl River out of their goal. The Huskies’ defense – anchored by standout net minder Cailyn Burgos – did its job, holding the Pirates scoreless throughout regulation and two 10-minute overtime […]

Playoff-Bound Pleasantville Beats the Bears to End a Losing Skid

Playoff-Bound Pleasantville Beats the Bears to End a Losing Skid

By Monica D’Ippolito A game seemingly meaningless on paper was all that mattered Saturday morning as two schools whose campuses are less than two miles apart renewed their friendly rivalry. Pleasantville needed a win a little more than Briarcliff/Hamilton did, as the Panthers playoff hopes were still alive heading into the matchup, despite a two-game […]

Turnovers Prove Costly as Fox Lane Loses to the Admirals

Turnovers Prove Costly as Fox Lane Loses to the Admirals

By Andy Jacobs The Fox Lane football team showed it could move the ball on Friday night against a quality opponent. Unfortunately for the Foxes, they also showed they could turn the ball over. With turnovers putting an end to four lengthy drives, Fox Lane wound up on the losing end to host Arlington, falling […]

Grid Notebook: Yorktown, Somers, Panas Qualify for Class A Playoffs; Mahopac to Face New Ro’ in Class AA Opening Round

Grid Notebook: Yorktown, Somers, Panas Qualify for Class A Playoffs; Mahopac to Face New Ro’ in Class AA Opening Round

By Ray Gallagher Examiner Sports Editor The playoffs are upon us, folks, and there are several local teams with a legit shot at contending for the Class A crown, including both top-seeded Yorktown and No.2 Somers who will host their respective opening-round games this Friday (7:00 p.m.). Panas will hit the road for its playoff […]

Stepinac Beats St. Anthony’s for First Time Since 1983, Stays Undefeated

Stepinac Beats St. Anthony’s for First Time Since 1983, Stays Undefeated

St. Anthony’s High School football program in Melville, New York, is a class operation lead by legendary Head Coach Rich Reichert. It is not just that the Friars have won 11 of the last 13 CHSFL AAA Titles that earns them that respect, Friars sportsmanship is as respected as their winning percentage on the field. […]