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Setters Start the New Season With a Pair of Victories

Setters Start the New Season With a Pair of Victories

By Andy Jacobs Just two games into a brand new season, the Pace University basketball team has already provided some hints that Setter fans could have much more to cheer about this year than they did in 2015-16.  “Yeah, last year there just wasn’t much margin for error for us,” conceded head coach Matt Healing. “You know, we had […]

Panthers Overwhelm New Paltz to Advance in the State Tourney

Panthers Overwhelm New Paltz to Advance in the State Tourney

By Andy Jacobs Pleasantville football coach Tony Becerra thought he had run out of ideas on things to tell his players to get them fired up for Friday night’s state-regional clash with Section 9 champion New Paltz. Then his phone rang on the trip up north to Kingston’s Dietz Stadium.  “I didn’t know what to say to […]

Crusaders Advance to AAA Championship for Third Straight Year

Crusaders Advance to AAA Championship for Third Straight Year

The Stepinac High School Varsity Football Team beat Monsignor Farrell High School, 20-10, in the AAA Semifinals to advance to the CHSFL AAA Championship for the third straight year. On Saturday, on the Lions home turf in Staten Island, the Crusaders (8-2), the number three seed upset the number two-seed Farrell (7-3), after losing to […]

Bears’ Section One Team Title Caps a Season to Remember

Bears’ Section One Team Title Caps a Season to Remember

By Andy Jacobs With the start of the 2016 fall sports season just days away, Briarcliff girls’ tennis coach Don Hamlin received quite a jolt. Actually, it was a double dose of welcome news – two of the most talented players in all of Section One, senior Loren Haukova and freshman Rebecca Lim, had decided they wanted to join […]

Panthers Dethrone Westlake to Win the Class B Championship

Panthers Dethrone Westlake to Win the Class B Championship

By Andy Jacobs Near midfield, Westlake senior running back Joe Ferri knelt in disbelief and anguish late Saturday afternoon at the realization that his high school football career and the Wildcats’ pursuit of a second straight championship had just come to a disappointing end.  Not far away, the entire Pleasantville football team was already on Cloud Nine, jumping for joy in […]

Tigers Double-up Ramapo 44-22 for an Impressive Win

Tigers Double-up Ramapo 44-22 for an Impressive Win

Last Friday, besides Glenmour Osbourne, who is consistently remarkable, what was most impressive about the White Plains High School, 44-22, win over Ramapo High School was the improvement of their Offensive Line. Tigers Head Coach Mike Lindberg’s gamble to move fullback Daryl Davis to right-guard seemed to stimulate the offensive line. In the first half they […]

Pigskin Dependence!  Football Junkies to Get Their Fix - 2016 Gridiron Preview Edition

Pigskin Dependence! Football Junkies to Get Their Fix – 2016 Gridiron Preview Edition

The 2015 football season did not produce a single champion or even a championship-caliber outfit last fall, as the locals from the Northern Westchester/Putnam Examiner regions were shut out in their bids to be crowned or even compete for a championship. Still, we had some competitive clubs who are hoping that 2016 is their year […]

Rich Get Richer as Espinoza-Hunter Returns to Ossining

Rich Get Richer as Espinoza-Hunter Returns to Ossining

So the rich just got a little richer last week when four-time reigning NYS Class AA girls’ basketball champion Ossining High discovered that hoops sensation Andra Espinoza-Hunter transferred back to Ossining after a three-year stint at the Blair Academy in New Jersey, a prestigious basketball powerhouse where she secured All-State selections in 2015 and 2016. […]

Brooklyn Nets and Free Agency

Brooklyn Nets and Free Agency

By The Fantasy Bulldog –  NBA free agency officially starts on July 1 and many “experts” are simply assuming that the top available players will not consider the Brooklyn Nets based on the assumption that the team will be one of the worst teams in the NBA next season.  Yes, it is true that the Nets finished with […]

NY Liberty Opens Training Camp and 20th WNBA Season

NY Liberty Opens Training Camp and 20th WNBA Season

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this season. The New York Liberty is one of the original founding teams still in the WNBA, along with the Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks. The WNBA was founded on October 30, 1996. The Liberty played in the inaugural game of the WNBA […]

Stepinac on Top of Tight CHSAA AA Division Race

Stepinac on Top of Tight CHSAA AA Division Race

This is the year of the pitchers in high school varsity baseball in the City of White Plains. White Plains High School has their “Big Three” starting pitchers, including seniors Daniel Lotito and Brendan McDonough and outstanding sophomore Spencer Lodes. Comparably across town on Mamaroneck Avenue, Stepinac High School has some potent starting arms as […]

Tigers Beat Crusaders 6-1, in the Joe McAvoy City Challenge

Tigers Beat Crusaders 6-1, in the Joe McAvoy City Challenge

On Saturday afternoon, White Plains Head Baseball Coach Marcel Galligani took the field and welcomed fans to the 13th Annual Joe McAvoy City Challenge, at White Plains High School. After the playing of the National Anthem, Tigers former Head Coach and City Challenge namesake, Joe McAvoy threw out the Ceremonial First Pitch to commence the […]

Westchester Knicks First-Ever Playoffs at Westchester County Center

Westchester Knicks First-Ever Playoffs at Westchester County Center

The Westchester Knicks completed their second season in the NBA Developmental League with a 28-22 record, while gaining a number four-seed in the Eastern Conference D-League Playoffs. It was the first time in their two-year history that the Westchester Knicks made the Playoffs. To say the least, the local Knicks, the D-League affiliate of the […]

Yorktown Handles Mahopac, Deals 15-8 Loss to Indians Somers Hangs Another L on Struggling Hen Hud; L/P Edged in OT

Yorktown Handles Mahopac, Deals 15-8 Loss to Indians Somers Hangs Another L on Struggling Hen Hud; L/P Edged in OT

In a local battle between Class B’s five-time defending champion Yorktown and 2015 Class A runnerup Mahopac last Tuesday, the Huskers won the battle for possession and asserted itself as the team to beat in this neck of the woods during a convincing 15-8 non-league win over the visiting Indians. Steve Veteri (3G) scored the […]

Baseball Notebook: Yorktown, Lakeland Impressive in Season Openers, Huskers Drub Put Valley, 6-1; Hornets Shut Down Carmel, 6-0

Baseball Notebook: Yorktown, Lakeland Impressive in Season Openers, Huskers Drub Put Valley, 6-1; Hornets Shut Down Carmel, 6-0

The bulls-eye will be on the backs of reigning NYS champions: Class AA Mamaroneck and Class A Byram Hills, as well as Section 1 titlists Class B Albertus Magnus and Class C Tuckahoe. And after a down year in this neck of the woods in 2015, we might have some contenders to the throne in […]

Tigers Boys Advance to AA Semifinals for First Time in Nine Years

Tigers Boys Advance to AA Semifinals for First Time in Nine Years

The White Plains Boys Varsity Basketball Team has a lot to be proud of this season, while advancing to the Section 1 AA Semifinals for the first time since 2007. The Tigers are going back to the Westchester County Center, after beating two favorites on the road to advance to the Section 1 AA Semifinals, […]

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: 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 […]

Stepinac Beats Hayes, 20-12, to Capture CHSFL AAA Championship

Stepinac Beats Hayes, 20-12, to Capture CHSFL AAA Championship

The Stepinac High School Varsity Football Crusaders won their second consecutive Catholic High School Football League (CHSFL) AAA Championship by beating Cardinal Hayes High School, 20-12, in a thriller at Fordham University, on Saturday, Nov. 21. “Unbelievable that a school like Stepinac could be the back-to-back Catholic High School Football League AAA Champions,” exclaimed Head […]

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. […]