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Petition Challenges Change in Section 1 High School Basketball Tradition
December 30, 2017
New York Section 1 Basketball Coaches Associations continue to gain traction in challenging New York Section 1 Executive Committee to reverse their November 27 decision in pulling the plug on Westchester County Center’s 83-year storied history of hosting Section 1 boys and girls high school basketball tournaments.
A “Bring Section 1 Basketball Tournament Back to the County Center” on-line petition was created today. It followed a “Bring-Section 1 BBall Tourney Back to Westchester County Center” Facebook page that was established Thursday. Both social media platforms support the coaches associations and on behalf of supporting student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, and fans, demand a reversal on the decision and immediate accountability and transparency from the executive committee.
“The NY Section 1 Executive Committee’s actions, lack of accountability and transparency have sent us a clear message,” said Anthony Nicodemo, Sauders High School Head Basketball Coach, Director of the Lower Hudson Basketball Coaches association and President of Section 1 Boys Basketball Association. “The executive Director and president are not listening to anyone who is at the forefront of athletics. The athletic directors knew this was wrong. They knew it was bad for the kids. They tried to stand up and got stonewalled. We are not rolling over on this and will continue to fight this battle.”  
Following the executive committee’s decision to move the championships out of the Westchester County Center, several members of the Section 1 basketball committees, including boys’ basketball chairman Roman Catalino, recently resigned in protest of the decision and the executive committee’s lack of communication and respect for the committee members.
“Since 1933 the Westchester County Center has been the iconic basketball venue for the Section 1 boys and girls high school baseball tournament,” said attorney Bill Harrington. “The November 27 decision to abandon the Westchester County Center as the host site it’s been for 83 years, appears to have been made in a back room by a select agenda-driven group of Section 1 officials. It was wrong. Section 1 officials have forgotten that they are paid by the public to run the tournament. They do not own the tournament. We do. They are accountable to us. To date they have ignored the public outrage, the media and the hard work of well-respected Section 1 athletic directors and coaches who have run the tournament for decades.”
Harrington, a 60-year-old from Yonkers, was an all-city player at Iona and an academic All-American at William and Mary in 1978. He has been retained to represent Section 1’s High School Basketball Coach’s Associations in their fight to return the tournament to Westchester County Center. His objective is to find an amicable solution. If not, Harrington said he intends to pursue legal action against Section 1 decision makers on behalf of the Section 1 Hihg School Basketball Coach’s Association.
You can visit both on-line petition and Facebook at the following links:

Kallie Hoofman Lacrosse at Byram Hills
Hoffman Stars at College Tourney

July 21, 2017
Kallie Hoffman of Byram Hills High School was selected for and competed in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic at Towson University on June 30, 2017.  

Following regional tryouts, Kallie was selected to be part of the Uncommitted Team for rising sophomores who have not committed to college. The game brought together some of the top high school lacrosse players in the country and Kallie’s teammates included girls from Virginia, Wisconsin, Texas, Maryland, California, Florida, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.  

The All-America Uncommitted game was played in front of over fifty coaches from national colleges and universities. Kallie scored three goals in the game, and when regulation play ended in a 10-10 tie, Kallie scored the winning goal in sudden death overtime.

GPS Wrestling
GPS Wrestling Stresses the Basics
By Rich Monetti

Updated February 7, 2017
You don’t really know about pressure as an athlete until you’ve stood toe to toe on a wrestling mat. All fingers pointing in one and only direction if things go awry, accountability is among the many life lessons wrestlers must master. But it’s more than knowing where attention is focused, and keeping a career from going buttons up, according to Grant Paswall of GPS Wrestling, requires a top down approach.

“It’s a process,” he says. “You need to work for it, and it doesn’t come easy.”

He knows pretty well from placing multiple times in the States as a Somers Wrestler, and Paswall can’t emphasize enough this vision for his youth wrestling club at 130 Business Park Drive, Armonk. “There’s beauty in the details, because it leads to the podium and gold medals,” says the former All-American from the University of Illinois.

The philosophy will keep him attuned to what works for individual wrestlers but he feels his approach is streamlined enough to keep everyone on the same page. “It’s the basics but doing the basics right,” he says.

In this, he feels his pedigree gives wrestlers a leg up in the Grant Paswall System. “You understand things a little bit deeper,” he says. “It’s not so much the technique or the skills. It’s the commitment, and the reasons things are done a certain way. That’s what I really want to convey.”

However, he believes the foundation for success still rests on the kids. “Sure, we want state champs and all, but we need focused kids first,” he says. “Then the wrestling will take care of itself.”

On the other hand, all the high octane goals doesn’t necessarily typecast Paswall as a task master, and that’s why his program appeals to Kristine Goldstein of Chappaqua. “Grant is very easy going,” Goldstein says as she has watched her son Jared participate for the last three months.

She also likes that practices are serious enough to keep his attention. Jared agrees. “I like the action,” says the 10 year old.

Of course, that might not sound so good to parents who have taken to the mat themselves and had success of their own. Phil Canfield fits the profile, but disagrees. A former Ardsley wrestler, he welcomes Paswall’s calm, positive attitude. “He encourages kids in a very matter of fact way,” says the 1984 grad. “There’s never a lot of criticism which is a different approach than a lot of clubs.”

Paswell also understands the layers that brings kids in the door. “We’re doing something where you have kids trying to be state champs, and others coming because it’s a positive experience,” he says.

Paswall didn’t let his memories end upon graduating from Illinois in 2012 and quickly connected with local coaches and wrestlers. By 2014 he was operating out of a Core Fitness and is glad to have found a home in Armonk.

This has a group of about 50 kids practicing between 40 and 90 minutes on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. “Technique, drilling and repetition,” he reiterates.

That may sound bland in comparison to having the referee raise your arm in victory for the first time or in the section finals. But wrestling means accepting that a lot of hard work stands in the way and is not a factor of simply going through the motions.  “We want to build strength to deal with the obstacles - not keeping your fingers crossed and skate around them,” says Paswall.

And he’s sure GPS Wrestling will help put his wrestlers on the path - on the mat and off.

Note: GPS Wrestling also serves high school wrestlers but they tend to attend in the off season. 

Ethan Behar Byram Hills
Michael DeMarco of Byram Hills

Byram Hills Shuts Out Briarcliff 5-0
By Rich Monetti

January 16, 2017
On Sunday night at the Brewster Ice Rink, Byram Hills didn’t wait long to show their stuff and scored 34 seconds into the game. But the offense clicking at the outset doesn’t mean the rest of their game took the night off. Briarcliff would also fall victim to the great goaltending from Grace Lunder and numerous power play kills en route to a 5-0 defeat.

Before the crowd had absorbed the arena’s always friendly chill, Mathew Behar entered the zone and quickly adjusted the mercury for the small Bobcat turnout. He dropped a pass for his brother Ethan and took off for the right goal line. Ethan kept it in the family, got the puck back to his brother and Mathew made his move to beat Briarcliff goalie Spencer Rockmore.

Nonetheless, the Bears showed that they had a few guys who know how to skate. Vincent Spaziante and Kyle Dearborn could definitely work the puck and two step the defense, which produced a couple of early chances. But Grace Lunder gloved Dearborn’s wrist shot from the left, and Spaziente’s perfect wrap went awry as he lost control of the puck on the turn.

Back the other way, Spencer Rockmore stepped up his game and got hands in the air. He gloved a couple of wrist shots to frustrate Robert Lunder and cut off a wraparound of his own before covering a major Byram Hills scramble in front of the net.

Spaziante and Dearborn kept the back and forth going between the goaltenders, and Lunder did her part with a few pad saves before the Bobcats got it going the other way. But a high sticking on Michael DeMarco at 3:39 seemed to put Lunder back on the hot seat.

Save one shot she easily sticked aside, the Bobcats made easy work of the disadvantage and actually did one better as Nicholas Salandra was next whistled for a four minute boarding penalty with 1:02 left in the first. Exiting the period without incident, Lunder picked up a loose puck on the kill, found Willie Nap on a two on one break, and Byram Hills had a short handed goal at 13:06 of the second.

Moments later, the five on five didn’t go so well either - despite all the Bears that seemed to have Robert Lunder at the disadvantage. Kicking up the condensation out of his zone, the senior defenseman danced through two defenders, got Rockmore on the fake and put an easy backhander into the empty net for a 3-0 lead at 11:22.

Well on their way, two more boarding penalties positioned the Bears to get back in the game. But offense serving as the best defense on the kills, and Lunder up for the few shots that got through did little to get the Briarcliff fans out of their seats.

The closest the Bears came to breaking the ice came again on the heals of Spaziante. But all the standout Byram Hills goalie only gave him was the post in the final minute of the second period.

The ping didn’t cause Lunder to loose any luster either. She denied Spaziante again at the start of the third, and Ethan Behar mostly made it official with 9:21 remaining. Working his way out the corner, the younger Behar beat Rockmore and drew even with his elder.

That only left it to John Fontana to put it in the books with the game’s final score at 7:44.

Conor Ahern
Willy Samsen

Bobcats Victorious Over Eagles 86-34
By Rich Monetti

Jan. 7, 2017
The Bobcats didn’t waste time after Skylar Sinon scored on a fast break and then a backcourt steal which put Byram Hills ahead 11-0 over Eastchester’s Eagles.

Eventually, the Eagles responded as John Heffernan drove to the basket, was fouled and hit two foul shots. A Heffernan lay up on the next possession would have to suffice for a roll by the young Eastchester squad.

Willy Samsen took a long outlet pass for an easy lay up in response, and Sinon buried a three to gain an 11 point lead with 3:24 remaining in the first.

Byram Hills paused for a couple more foul shots by Eastchester before Milone and Erik Lewerenz took subsequent possessions strong to the hoop and led 20-7 with a jumper and two foul shots, respectively.

Following more free throws by Eastchester’s Sean Donnellan, Sinon stopped short on the dribble, disappeared his defender, and pulled up for a 22-9 first quarter score.

The second quarter began with Donnellan who stood tall on a charge under the basket and Anthony Lestrange swished a three to get Easchester within ten. The Bobcats quickly turned the good start into a blip when Samsen followed a Milone miss and Matt Groll sunk two free throws after being fouled underneath. On the way back, Sinon stepped in for a steal at half court, found Milone, and after penetrating, the guard kicked the ball back to the senior center who took the easy finger role.

After Groll got underneath for two more and 30-12 lead, Eastchester briefly put Bryam Hills on hold again at the foul line. Will Minichino did the honors this time, but once again, the Bobcats answered the call. After, Shawn Bernard went coast to coast to get Byram back in gear, Sinon had his hands all over the next three baskets. 

Coming up with a loose ball on a long rebound, Sinon found Lewerenz for two and then hit a jumper off a steal. Sinon completed the triple play by getting the underclassmen into the act when Sam Goldman came open for three in the corner. 

The Eagles could only answer with free throws around a tip in by Conor Ahern and conventional three point play by Sam Goldman on a baseline drive.

The half did close on a steal and basket by Eastchester’s Luke Elson that made the score 46-19, but little drama was left for the remainder of the game. Nonetheless, most of the Bobcat fans stayed until the end and were assured that their bench runs pretty deep.

The defense stayed stingy, the ball kept moving as Matt Nicolelli anchored the point and Ahern held his own inside, and the second unit looked a lot like the first in arriving at the 86-34 final.

BHHS Boys Hoops Snare Rare Top NYS Ranking
By James Boyle

Updated January 1, 2017
In the recent New York State Sportswriters Association (NYSSWA) poll through Dec. 24, Byram Hills High School boys basketball team was ranked #1 in Class A. In the context of BHHS boys hoops history, that is a highly admirable but not a frequent perch. For instance, in the earliest years of BHHS athletics, the 1968-1969 basketball team, coached by Bobcat soccer coach Chuck Cundari, went 0-18.

It was a while before the basketball program blossomed. In the 1977 season, the team went 18-2 with BHHS Sports Hall of Famer inductee Ron Knox. The following season, the team won 20 games and went all the way to the State semi-finals, led by point guard Kevin O’Callaghan and All-State player Billy Kelly. BHHS basketball thrived for three seasons before sliding back.

In the 1992 season, top scorer Justin Pinkham, all-state in his senior year and second Bobcat hoops player with over 1,000 points, led the team to 19-2 record which was the high point for the 1990s, as well as the 1980s and through the 2000s. The team was ranked at the end at #14 in NYS small school poll.

Eventually, the 2010s came along and BHHS basketball soared. In 2011 the hoops squad led by Jeff Lynch went 18-6 and once again the Bobcats won their way through in a post-season run to the State semi-finals. The 2013 boys basketball team accomplished a 19-2 record with their top player, Andrew Groll. Subsequently, the 2015 hoops squad had a sterling 18-4 record and again a Sectional finalist.

Therefore, the 2017 team is following in the BHHS basketball program’s more recent run of ongoing success. In 2016, the team set a school record with the most wins (21-6) and for the third time the Bobcats went to the State Final Four. Last season's success bodes well for this season, especiallly being ranked #1 by NYSSWA during the season, which is an excellent achievement.

Yet, sitting on the throne can be an uncertain, precarious position that others will fight hard to take. On Dec. 28, 2016, the Bobcats played Iona Prep, a larger school and preparatory academy, that is ranked #15 in Class AA. Bobcats lost that tough game, 52-44.

The Bobcats’ pristine record now has a single blemish and they will dip in the next poll. However, fans, friends, and family are excited about the rest of the season that lies ahead in the New Year for the BHHS boys basketball team that can lay claim to have been #1 in the State.

Milton Sports Hall of Fame

November 26, 2016
Among the 2016 athlete inductees into Milton, Ontario's new Sports Hall of Fame is John Tonelli, Armonk resident, National Hockey League great and four-time Stanley Cup Champion.

The full featured video above is about Tonelli when he played ice hockey with the New York Islanders during the Canada Cub. 

The star-studded Milton Sports Hall of Fame class features a variety of different sports and spans several decades of success and commitment to athletics. Also inducted are long-distance world-record runner Ed Whitlock, two-time world martial-arts champion Scott Hogarth, swimming guru Carole Murray -- who will be the first inductee in the builder category, while the team nod went to the championship dynasty Campbellville Intermediate Baseball Club, which won endless provincial titles.

Local Golfers Take Top Honors at National Kidney Foundation Golf Classic Finals

January 20, 2016
A team of four golfers from New York bested the competition at the nation’s premier golf course over the weekend. Andrew Verboys of Armonk, NY; Dr. Stephen Nicholas of Scarsdale; William Bernstein of New York City, and James Nicholas of Garden City, NY finished in first place in the Gross Division at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Golf Classic National Finals. The team shot rounds of 59-59-57 for a three day total of 175 in the tournament held at the legendary Pebble Beach Resorts, California.

The foursome qualified for the Pebble Beach finals by finishing in the top five of the NKF Golf Classic held in Westchester County last May. They faced off against 50 other amateur golf teams from across the country over the weekend. In the four-person scramble format event, the teams played the fabled fairways and signature holes of the Monterey Peninsula: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Del Monte Golf Course and The Links at Spanish Bay.

The National Kidney Foundation Golf Classic, a nationwide series of over 30 golf tournaments held in major cities across the country, is the premier amateur charity golf event raising more than $3.5 million annually for NKF.

Byram Grad Races SUNYAC

November 2, 2015
Saturday morning at the SUNYAC Cross Country Championships, Lauren Perschetz (Byram Hills Class of 2013) placed 12th to make the All SUNY Team that went to the top 15 finishers in the race. Byram Hills Cross-Country Coach Greg Govan was there and said that Lauren placed first again for the team and led them to a 5th place finish in the championship event. Lauren’s time of 22:27.7 for the 6,000 meter race bettered her time of 23:57.1 at the Pre-SUNYAC event run on the same course on September 19.
Lauren raced in newly released patented shoes. She said, “The Technology & Mechanics school has been working on a new design of racing shoes that propels air rapidly through the rear vents.”

Lauren Perschetz
Byram Alumni Still Finish Strong

October 30, 2015
This morning, Cross Country Coach Greg Govan went to Van Cortlandt Park to watch Marc Violone (Byram Hills Class of 2012) run in the Ivy League Championships. Violone’s 18th place finish in 25:18.3 in the 5-mile race helped his Columbia University team win the meet. Columbia scored 65 points in a tight battle with second place University of Pennsylvania with 69 points.

“Trust me Marc looks nothing like the picture as he was sporting a full beard,” said Govan. “He told me, ‘the longer the beard gets, the faster I run.’”
Two weeks ago, on October 17, Violone placed 7th at the Leopard Invitational at Lafayette College. His time was 25:49.9 for the 8,000 meter course. Once again, the team from Columbia placed first with 23 points as they outdistanced the number two team, American University that scored 40 points. Columbia’s men’s Cross Country Team was ranked 17th nationally in the latest Division I cross country poll.
On that same day, Govan traveled to Harkness Memorial State Park to the Connecticut College Cross Country Invitational. Lauren Perschetz (Byram Hills Class of 2013) ran 22:27.6 for the 6,000 meter course to place 21st out of 300 finishers, said Govan. Perschetz was the first finisher for the SUNY Plattsburgh team which scored 246 points to place 8th in the field of 26 teams. Perschetz will race again tomorrow on her home course as Plattsburgh will host the SUNYAC Championship meet.

Fans for the Cure
Armonk Bobcat Baseball Club Holds Fund Raiser to Benefit Fans for the Cure
Members of Byram Hills High School Baseball Teams Support Efforts
May 7, 2015
For the fifth consecutive year, members of the Byram Hills High School baseball teams participated in the Armonk Bobcat Baseball Club’s (ABBC) annual 100 Inning Game fund raiser.
The 100 Inning Game raises money to support various ABBC programs and has partnered with Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure for the past five years.  Their efforts have raised over $6,000 to support Fans for the Cure and their mission to save lives by increasing awareness of prostate cancer and the life-saving value of early detection.
“I’m so very honored when people are inspired by our cause to take the initiative to help our prostate cancer education and awareness efforts,” said Randall.

Ed Randall was on hand last Friday prior to the Byram Hills game against Pearl River to accept a check in the amount of $1756. After meeting with Varsity Baseball head coach, Coach Scott Saunders and members of the Byram Hills varsity baseball team, Randall threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
“The Byram Hills Baseball Team recognizes the extraordinary work Ed Randall and Fan's for the Cure do in their efforts to raise money for Prostate Cancer Research,” said Saunders.  “This donation is our way of joining the fight against cancer and helping Ed in his endeavor.”
Ed Randall is a longtime New York radio and TV personality and published author. He is a regular contributor to the anthology shows on MLB Network.  He also hosts the Sunday morning radio program Ed Randall’s Talking Baseball which airs on New York’s WFAN-Radio.
A prostate cancer survivor, Randall established Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure (a 501-c3 charity) in 2003.  In 2014 the charity was designated as an Official Charitable Partner of Minor League Baseball.
To learn more about Fans for the Cure visit:

Jamie's 5K for Love
Bobcat Cross Country Warms Up at Jamie’s 5K Run

September 20, 2015
On Sunday, at Jamie’s 5K community race in Armonk’s Wampus Brook Park, members of the Byram Hills Cross Country Team were present to support the community. The team ran the race as an easy jog as if they were practicing, since they had just competed hard on Saturday and had to focus on another meet again on Monday.

We spoke with three of the top runners from the prior day’s Van Cortlandt Park meet.

Zach Cogan ran with a group of four or five runners in the leader group of the Van Cortlandt Park 2,500-meter race. The freshman stayed with the lead group until the very end, as his strategy was not to be in first place. “When the first-place runner was about six-to-ten seconds ahead,” Zach said knew it was between himself and another runner to claim second. “I heard his dad screaming his name, and ‘Let’s go, let’s go!’”

Then at the moment when he heard his mom and coaches, he ran as fast as he possibly could to take second place at 8:52.4, dipping under 9:00 for the freshman school record on the famed course. After the race he said he felt exhausted, but really happy. While racing, he asked himself, “If anyone can do it, why can’t I?” Even though he was in the lead pack, Zach said nothing could be done without his teammates.

The Van Cortlandt 2,500-meter race is equivalent to about 1.6 miles. Grayson Kaminer ran it in 9:21.8. The Byram Hills freshman landed sixth place on the Byram Hills’ school record for the course and 12th place for the day. “It was a good race,” he said. “I like the course that starts off on a flat field and then into the woods and hills.”
Kaminer added, “There’s a lead group, and I’m usually in the second group where my goal is to keep the lead group and Zach Cogan in my sight. If he can do it, I can do it. My coaches tell me if I don’t start with the lead group, it’s hard to catch up to them, but as long as I see them I know I’m doing good.”

Kaminer said he is stepping it up from last year’s modified team. “It’s nerve-racking at first,” as he lines at the starting point because he said he is up against some amazing runners.

Rebecca Cawkwell is a Byram Hills senior who comes from a family of runners. She likes the shorter 2.5 mile, 4K course which she completed in 16:44.9 to place third on Byram Hills’ school record. It’s one of the more competitive meets and this was her third time running at Van Cortlandt Park.

She said the course is broken up: “There’s the intro before the woods, the beginning woods section, the main part of the race is the back loop that’s about a mile long; the first half is uphill. The second half is all downhill.”

Her goal as she was going through the uphill was to not die or let too many people get by her. “Once I saw the downhill marker, I put it into full gear,” finishing .001 behind her best race time there. Standing at the starting line with her teammate, Sophia, they were trying not to worry too much about the hill because she said the last time she ran the hill, she completely died.   

Monday’s cross country meet at Byram Hills is against Eastchester and Port Chester High Schools. It’s different from the Van Cortlandt Park race with 20 other schools, but still competitive.

13th Annual Windmill Triathlon

July 25, 2017
Armonk’s Windmill Club is holding its annual Windmill Triathlon on Saturday September 2. The sprint distance race starts at 7:30 a.m. on the sandy beach of the pristine Windmill Lake with a short swim out and around the gazebo, and back to the dock.

The 14.25-mile open bike course, with volunteers directing traffic at the turns, takes riders through the rolling hills of Armonk and beyond with a finish back at the club. The last leg is a three-mile run within Windmill Farm which loops back to the club, ending with a run around the lake. Top finishers are awarded prizes.

In many countries the number 13 is considered lucky. The Italian expression fare tredici means to hit the jackpot on 13. Come out and hit the jackpot with your neighbors at the 13th annual Windmill Triathlon, one of Westchester’s most enjoyable races.

The race is open to the public and registration is online here. Register before August 19 and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a Hickory & Tweed $200 gift card.

Practice rides and runs are available and relay teams are welcome. T-shirts are available for all entries. Volunteers are needed.

Byram Hills Basketball
Byram Hills Stunned 54-48 Loss to Lourdes
By Rich Monetti

March 2, 2017
In the first half of last night’s Section One, Class A Semifinals at the County Center, Byram Hills had enough ball movement and balanced scoring to look the dominating top seed in building an eight point lead against Our Lady of Lourdes. But the underdog had a bull in the middle by the name of James Anozie that kept Byram from pulling away and let the decided underdog hang around. Set in the rearview mirror all game long, Lourdes took the lead late, and defanged the Bobcats with a devastating 54-48 loss to the fifth seeded Warriors.

After Matt Groll hit a three above the key for a 3-0 lead, Lourdes wasted no time letting their big man loose. Following a miss from the outside, he cleared out the competition and got Lourdes on the board with a put back in traffic.

The foretelling, though, didn’t have Byram Hills breaking their stride. Matt Milone’s penetration found Skylar Sinon for a three, and then the Bobcat sharp shooter hit Ben Leff on the fast break for an early 8-2 lead.

But Lourdes made sure not to lose sight of Anozie when they got him the ball inside four times, and the only thing that stood in his way was the charity stripe. Three lay ups through traffic, and one for two at the line gave Lourdes a 12-11 lead.

On the other hand, svelte at center had its advantages for Byram Hills. On a fifth incursion down low, Matt Groll swatted Anozie’s attempt away, and then got the Bobcat faithful out of their seats as he went hard to the ground by drawing the charge on his counterpart.

Groll didn’t take the slight personally and made headway of his own on the other end.  The senior charged through traffic for a tough baseline drive, and closed the quarter at 14-11 Bobcats.

The second quarter began with Lourdes sticking to the program. Anozie took a feed inside from Kevin Townes that led to two free throws and posted up for two more.  

But Byram Hills showed no intention of staying put. Sinon hit Willy Samsen with a slick behind the back pass on the break for two, and Samsen followed Sinon’s dazzle with a straightforward three to set the score at 19-15.

Following misses on both ends, Milone and Sinon doubled down on the penetration and Groll and Ben Leff converted each time to put the Bobcats up eight. Lourdes simply followed suit, and Anozie hit three of four at the line to keep it respectable at 23-18.

Sinon and Groll stayed the course in response. The Byram Hills center kept Sinon’s miss alive, and after the guard chased down the loose ball, his three regained Byram’s eight point lead.

That proved to be the ceiling for the Bobcats, though. Three offensive rebounds and a put back by Anozie shook the floor beneath Byram Hills’ feet, and Aidan Hilderbrand’s three ended the half on a deafening high note for the Warriors.

A 28-24 lead to start the third unfortunately too close for comfort, the back and forth didn’t see a basket on either side for a full three minutes. Anozie would do the honors, but not with his back to the basket. At the foul line, the center saw the lane and drove to cut the lead to two.

A foul shot by Brady Hildebrand cut the lead to one but Byram Hills wasn’t ready to relinquish yet. Sinon’s made the most of baseline drive that had him up in the air and out of bounds, and found Groll for the lay up. 

The lead grew to 32-27 as Groll did the playmaking this time. Open at the top of the key, he hit Leff who didn’t let his slight frame deter his drive into heavy traffic.

But building on their lead once again ran afoul of Anozie. A feed from Brady Hilderbrand sent the Lourdes center on a baseline drive, and deficit was three again.  

A Byram Hills turnover got Lourdes one closer from the foul line, and after Towne dribbled out of trouble, his crosscourt pass left Matt Groll hapless as Brady Hilderbrand drove baseline to tie the score at 32 with 2:21 left.

However, the startling deadlock still had the Bobcats looking like defending champs. Groll found Samsen in the corner, and he did not hesitate to bury the three. But poor spacing on the fastbreak led to another turnover by Byram, and Murray Collin answered back with a three from the corner.

Even so, Samsen remained up to the task and positioned himself as possible savior.  Coming off the screen, he hit another three, and when Groll had the answer on Anozie the next time down, the Bobcats looked like the fourth quarter would start with a little breathing room. But the ball whistled to Lourdes on the Groll block out of bounds, Brady Hilderbrand played big and drove through the trees to end the quarter 38-37.

The final eight minutes began with Samsen doing his part again. Sinon found him on the baseline and a short jump hook let the Bobcats exhale, and a Groll three seemed enough to knock the wind out of Lourdes at 43-38.

After Sinon and Anozie traded baskets, Lourdes went small to get their first lead since the opening quarter. Aiden Hilderbrand hit a three from the corner on dribble penetration from John Arceri and Towne got to the line to bring Lourdes within one.  A frantic scramble for the ball had Sinon fouling Aidan Hilderbrand in the backcourt, and two free throws gave Lourdes a 46-45 lead with 3:52 remaining.

Back and forth at the foul line allowed the Bobcats to recapture a one point lead with 2:23 remaining. But Towne’s hesitation on an open look above the arc didn’t matter, and it was Lourdes who sunk their claws into a 51-48 lead.

This time Samsen didn’t answer, and his two missed threes doomed Byram Hills around one final post up by Anozie to put it out of reach en route to the stunning upset.

Byram Hills Ice Hockey
Bobcats Lose Double Overtime 1-0 Thriller to John Jay
By Rich Monetti

Feb. 25, 2017
On Friday night February 24 at the Brewster Ice Rink, Byram Hills and John Jay put on a display of exciting end to end play, great puck work and individual play and goaltending that befit the stage the two teams skated on. The Section One, Division Two Semifinal was a true back and forth - except on the scoreboard. But it would be John Jay that finally came to the fore on Michael Fischetti’s slapshot past the glove of Byram Hills goalie Grace Lunder at 2:33 of the second overtime.

However, Lunder would be the first to get the evenly matched crowds out of their seats. Joe Corelli got the dig in Byram Hills corner and found David Browne alone at point blank. But the junior goalie stood tall, and John Jay goalie George McMichael would be left to straighten up on the other end.

The puck bouncing to the blueline, Grace’s imposing brother Robert rifled a shot off the glass, and the acoustics put the entire arena on notice. Moments later, Henry Livingston danced through two John Jay defenders and was able to set Lunder up for another slapshot that also thundered with its misfire.

In keeping, Jack Browne made some noise of his own with a high slap on Lunder, and then had the Bobcat section edging over as he flipped one just above the crossbar. The even up play ended as Michael Salandra found Ethan Behar streaking up ice and John Jay’s pursuit drew the penalty at 11:15 of the second.

The penalty definitely didn’t give the Indians any chance to let up either. The well-oiled power play first gave Ethan Behar a good look that went wide. On the move, his brother Mathew paused John Jay from behind the net, got the puck back to Ethan and another good chance went wide.

Byram Hills kept the pressure on as the penalty wore off, but John Jay did their part to keep pace with appearances. The Indian section rose from their seats as it seemed that Lunder had finally been solved. Fischetti’s shot from the left kicked up and looked as though the ice was broken. But as play continued through the Indian outburst, Lunder waived on the Byram Hills crowd to signal another save.

This had Michael DiMarco skating one on two into the John Jay end and forcing the Indians into another penalty. Once again, Byram had John Jay scrambling on a power play that was a step ahead. Mathew Behar's cut to the middle opened a shot for his brother Ethan, and Robert Bastone later found himself situated for a clear shot out front too. Unfortunately, both attempts went wide.

But John Jay once again didn’t let Byram's slick play create momentum and forced a penalty. John McKeon froze the defense from behind the net, and Byram was whistled for interference as Joe Corelli tried to stuff the puck in with 50 seconds left in the second period.

The John Jay power play did not compare, and Lunder faced only one shot. McMichael’s respite seemed it wouldn’t get much of a rest as Lunder was pulled down on a coast to coast run. But there wasn’t much grease on Byram’s third power play and the score remained tied.

John Jay then took their turn at trying to grab the lead. Ellis Maloof took a pass out of the corner and stood perched at point blank. But he hesitated and never got off a shot. Sean Blaney next fired from the left, and after deflecting off Lunder’s glove, the post did the rest.

A two man Bobcat advantage got the arena no closer to an ending either. Ethan Behar raced down Robert Lunder’s flip into the neutral zone among two John Jay defenders to draw the penalty at 3:59, and McMichael was whistled for interference as play converged in his crease at 3:33 of the third.

Byram easily took the extra space to play keep away, but settled for several Lunder slapshots that McMichael easily handled. The opportunity passed as Byram Hills was whistled for an offsides that did not sit well with the Bobcat side of the bleachers.

Regulation ended as Lunder made easy glove work of a tough Charlie Hastings’ slapshot, and Ethan Behar’s tip off Lunder's shot deflected over the glass. The crowd given five minutes to gasp, the back and forth didn’t let up.

John Jay got major headway four minutes into the seven and half minute overtime, and Lunder did not shrink under pressure. Keeping it in the family, Robert would come close to getting Grace her justice reward.

Chasing down the puck into the left corner, he perfectly threaded a pass to Ethan Behar on the right of McMichael, but the goalie stifled the deflection and the Bobcat fanbase. Lunder had the last accolades before the next intermission as she made another Ficshetti blast look easy with the glove handed snag.

The second overtime would finally bring the law of averages into play, though. Byram Hills killing off a powerplay, the pressure did not let up, and a won face-off in the Bobcat zone began the end.  

After John Jay moved the puck out of the right corner to Maloof, he patiently got the puck in position for Fischetti to pick up off the left board. Without setting himself, the defenseman took a short slapper on the run, and Lunder didn’t find it in her glove this time. She collapsed amidst the celebrating Indians, and Byram Hills’ most successful hockey run was over.

Byram Hills Varsity Cheerleading

BHHS Varsity Cheerleading
By Lily Moss

February 4, 2017
Whether it is a football or basketball game at Byram Hills, you can be sure the bleachers are packed. Students and parents alike come to not only watch the intense sporting event, but also to see the Byram Hills cheerleader’s motivate the crowd with their synchronized cheers and well-choreographed dance moves.

Make no mistake, cheerleading is not all pep and glamour. These girls make it look easy, but behind the scenes, they are practicing over 12 hours a week for not just one season, but two. While the basketball and football players are catching balls weighing less than 3 pounds, cheerleaders are catching humans often weighing more than 100 pounds.

Many people don’t realize the dedication and strength required of a cheerleader and the legitimacy of the sport. Though, not your typical sport, consisting of point scoring against another team, the competitive elements of cheerleading are what make it sport-worthy.

Cheerleaders are athletes. Without strong bodies, balance, flexibility, and coordination, they would not be able to perform their stunts and routines. According to Katie Blum a BHHS varsity cheerleader, “We have three-hour practices every day with continuous stunting and tumbling.” There is a great deal of muscular strength and endurance required for this intense sport.

In addition to performing at games, the cheerleaders participate in competitions throughout the county. On January 21, Byram Hill’s Varsity Cheerleaders took home first place at their very first competition of the season at John Jay High School. On January 25 at The Westchester County Center, sponsored by Byram Hills High School, the Bobcats cheerleaders received second place with Eastchester coming in first.

There is no doubt our cheerleaders know how to pump-up a crowd and perform well at competitions. But these girls are true athletes. They train hard, are devoted to their team, and never give up. Sounds like the perfect athlete to me.

Record Breaking Winter Track

January 16, 2017
Byram Hills High School girls track team broke two records at the Millrose Trials, bringing the total new records for the season to four.

Sam Mayers dips under her old standard in the 55 meter dash, going 7.42.
The girls team of Kallie Hoffman 1:01.38, Nicole Meyer 1:03.57, Sophia Manners 1:05.92, and Sam Mayers 1:01.08, ran 4:11.95, in the 4 x 400 meter relay.

The previous record in the 55 meter dash was 7.45, set by Sam Mayers at the Hispanic Games held at the Armory on Saturday January 7, 2017.

The old record in the 4 x 400 meter relay was held by Ellie Kantor 1:00.0, Beth Turchioe 1:03.7, Sam Beresford 1:04.5, and Alex Zaretsky 1:04.9. They ran 4:13.30, on January 9, 2008 at the Millrose Qualifier held at the Armory.

Coach Greg Govan says he still expects four more records to fall before the season ends.

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Byram Hills Pink the Rink

For Charity Bobcats Go Pink
January 3, 2017

It's Pink the Rink week at Byram Hills High School. The varsity hockey team is hosting their 5th annual fundraising game against rivals Fox Lane on Friday January 6 at 4:40 p.m. at Brewster Ice Arena.

The team hopes you will join them in their effort to eradicate breast cancer as they aims to raise more than last year's whopping $8,000. All proceeds are devoted to eradicating breast cancer. Pink the Rink t-shirts are for sale all week at Byram Hills High School, along with a Bake Sale.

There will also be a Banner of Honor at the game where a $50 donation can honor those affected by breast cancer. Please be sure to check with honorees on whether they prefer their full name or only their first name on the banner.

Please send checks made out to the American Cancer Society to Byram Hills parent:

Charity Lunder

68 Whippoorwill Road East
Armonk, NY 10504
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Sign Up for Skating at Harvey’s Rink

December 3, 2016
The Harvey School of Katonah announces that registration for the winter session of ice skating lessons is now underway.
With the winter session set to begin for all ages Saturday December 17, those interested in signing up should register online now to secure their spots in the group lesson program. Registration closes December 14.
Group lessons for children of varying levels and ability are held Saturdays 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Classes are taught by qualified and nationally certified skating professionals. The lessons, which run for eight weeks, feature formal instruction for 30 minutes with practice time provided before or after the lesson. Skaters who have progressed to the next level will receive USFS badges on the eighth week of lessons. Harvey also offers private lessons for both children and adults.
The cost for the group program is $175 with a $15 discount for any additional immediate family members. All skaters must have their own single blade skates.
For more information, call the Evarts Ice Skating Rink on the campus of The Harvey School at 914-232-3618. To download an application, visit and click on “Evarts Rink.”

What’s Your Running Deficit?
By Jackson Harrower

May 20, 2016
Access Physical Therapy in Armonk offers a free running evaluation. The evaluator first interviews the patient on what physical issues he or she is experiencing while running. She then physically checks the mechanisms of the body for proper functionality through stretching exercises and isolated mobility exercises. Next the evaluator has the patient run on a treadmill, videotaping the patient in slow motion from three different angles.

The runner and evaluator go over the videos together. Physical deficits are discussed and the therapist develops a treatment plan to ameliorate the deficit and make sure the runner is capable of maximum performance.

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Static Stretch: Pros & Cons

A static stretch is performed with a prolonged hold that is used to increase the length of soft tissue or the flexibility of a specific muscle. It’s best used during a cool down period, in-between play or with an injury.

Significance of Static Stretch

• Used for specific muscle injuries
• Profound effect on collagen
• Maximizes flexibility
• Improves biomechanics
• Helps maintain length and flexibility


• Decreases strength in the stretched muscle for up to one hour
• Induces weakness could contribute to injury

Satan Pose: Hold for 20-30 seconds

• After an activity
• In between athletic activities

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact Access Physical Therapy & Wellness Access

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Dynamic Stretching for Warming Up

August 27, 2015
Dynamic warm-ups should be used as a pre-sport or pre-activity warm-up. Dynamic warm-ups are a series of movements that are performed through the length of muscle. But they are not held in one single position for a long period of time. These exercises utilize more than one muscle at a time.

The PROS of Dynamic Warm-up:
• Elevates core body temperature
• Increase muscular flexibility
• Develops fundamental movement skills
• Utilizes more that one muscle at once
• Dampens Golgi tendon complex

The Golgi tendon complex measures tension in the muscle tendons to protect the tendon from injury. The Golgi tendon complex stimulates a protective/reflexive muscle contraction at the time of rapid stretch/acceleration, which decreases the chance of injury.

The CONS of Dynamic Warm-ups:
• Only should be used as a warm-up
• Not helpful on already injured muscles
• Utilizes more than one muscle at once

Above is an example of the dynamic warm-up exercise, the Dipping Birds. Perform the movement while returning to standing in-between each movement. Do 10 reps.

A static stretch is used for a cool down, in-between play or injury. This will be introduced in our next feature. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to visit Access Physical Therapy & Wellness or call: 273-9100.