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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: Put Valley Guts out Lakeland Tourney Title over Carmel Ossining’s Griffin Bursts onto Scene, Snags Sleepy MVP Nod

Boys Hoops Notebook: Put Valley Guts out Lakeland Tourney Title over Carmel Ossining’s Griffin Bursts onto Scene, Snags Sleepy MVP Nod

Class B Putnam Valley (2-0), by far the smallest school in the Carolyn Conroy Memorial Tournament at Lakeland High last weekend, conquered a pair of Class AA schools – Horace Greeley and runner-up Carmel — to waltz off with the tournament title behind an MVP performance from senior G Anders Spittal, an All-Tournament nod from […]

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 […]

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. […]

Bronxville Overcomes an Early Deficit to Defeat the Vikings

Bronxville Overcomes an Early Deficit to Defeat the Vikings

It’s been a remarkable turnaround season for the Valhalla football team, which won all six of its regular-season games and arrived on Saturday afternoon in Bronxville for the start of the postseason hoping to add the hosts to its list of vanquished opponents. But the Broncos proved to be too much of an obstacle for […]

Somers Overwhelms the Bobcats in the Sectional Qualifier

Somers Overwhelms the Bobcats in the Sectional Qualifier

It didn’t take very long for the players on the Byram Hills football team to realize they were in for a very long night at Somers High School on Friday evening. With a berth in the Class A playoffs up for grabs, the host Tuskers scored touchdowns on their first four possessions and went on […]

Class A Grid Notebook

Class A Grid Notebook

Santavicca, Boyer Combine for 440 on Ground in Husker Rout of Jay- Lakeland, Somers Back on Track; Panas, Brewster, Hen Hud Fall If Yorktown High football Coach Mike Rescigno is already out of words to describe senior HB Nick Santavicca, he might have to import a speaker on his behalf because the best is yet to […]

Grid Preview: Yorktown, Somers Eyeing Big Grid Prize in Class A Mahopac Expecting to Contend for Class AA Crown, Carmel Seeks Respect

Grid Preview: Yorktown, Somers Eyeing Big Grid Prize in Class A Mahopac Expecting to Contend for Class AA Crown, Carmel Seeks Respect

The wait is over, two-a-days are done, the dog-days sweat and the grueling roast of summer sessions will moderate some in the coming days, but the heat is on for Section 1 football teams, as the season opens this Friday at a gridiron near you. CLASS A YORKTOWN The last time the Huskers hoisted the […]

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 […]