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Bobcats Fall To Poughkeepsie, 56-47,
In Section I Final

By Daniel Zenkel

March 4, 2013
Although one aspect of a basketball game is seldom determinative, Sunday night’s Byram Hills – Poughkeepsie matchup may have been the exception, as foul trouble got the better of the Bobcats, who fell to third-seeded Poughkeepsie, 56-47, in the Section I semi-final.

The two teams were whistled for an eye-popping 45 fouls, but, by far the most significant were the first four charged to Sophomore Center Andrew Groll. The fouls forced Groll to the bench for most of the first half and nearly the entire third quarter, and the Pioneers made the most of his absences outscoring the Bobcats 31-20 while Groll sat.

Byram got off to a quick start and took a 9-2 lead, but, with less than 3 minutes gone in the game, Groll picked up his second foul. Two minutes of scoreless play followed, but then the Pioneers ran off 10 straight points to close the quarter leading 12-9 lead.

Poughkeepsie opened the second quarter by sinking three tough shots to extend to an 18-12 lead. Senior Brian Skelly led the Bobcats back with two beautiful driving layups and one of his signature 3 pointers. The quarter closed with Byram trailing 24-23, and, despite the Bobcats’ foul difficulties, it was still anyone’s game.

The second half had barely begun when Andrew Groll picked up his third foul. Groll remained in the game and, with 4:45 remaining in the period, he picked up his fourth foul sending him to the bench again. One minute later, he was joined by Ryan Golden, who picked up his fourth foul. Again the Pioneers took full advantage, outscoring the Bobcats 16-6 in the quarter to take a 40-29 lead going into the fourth. It could have been worse. Poughkeepsie’s poor foul shooting and a couple of tough inside baskets from Chad Friedberg kept the Bobcats within striking distance.

Poughkeepsie’s Jermar Dancy opened the fourth quarter with a 2 and a 3 to stretch the lead to 16. It was now going to take an epic comeback for Byram Hills to win, and they almost got one. Down 45-29, Byram went on a 13-2 run which was capped by two, conventional 3 point plays. The first, Ryan Golden’s no-look hookshot, was followed almost immediately by a driving Jeff Lynch layup off a Brian Skelly steal and assist. With 2:54 remaining and Byram trailing 47-42, it seemed that the Bobcats might summon some of the magic that propelled them to the state semi-finals two years earlier. But Poughkeepsie’s Jahleed Carter put back a rebound with 2:45 to go, and Dancy followed with another basket to extend the Poughkeepsie lead back to 53-43 with 1:45 to go. Byram’s Jeff Lynch wasn’t done fighting. He rebounded a Mike Giacomo miss and put it back in to cut the lead to 8, then picked off the ensuing inbounds pass and scored to bring Byram within 6, 53-47 with 1:08 to play. But the Bobcats got no closer.

A tough loss for Byram, an outstanding performance by Poughkeepsie, and another fantastic season for the Bobcats who finished the season 19-2, their best record in recent memory.

Jeff Lynch led the Bobcats with 17 points. Ryan Golden added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Brian Skelly had 10 points, Chad Friedberg had 4 points and 7 rebounds, Andrew Groll had 3 points and 9 rebounds and Mike Giacomo added 2 free throws and took two charges. Justin Pollack and Jason Bernard got significant minutes off the bench, and David Lachs and Matt DiCristofaro also saw action.

The Bonus

Ryan Golden and Jeff Lynch were named to the all-tournament team. This was Golden’s third straight County Center appearance and Lynch’s second in three years. Lynch, who helped lead the team to the final four in 2011, sat out the Bobcat’s 2012 semi-final loss with an injury.

Senior Michael Carpenito was honored at Sunday morning’s Winter Sports Banquet when he received a special award from Coach Ted Repa in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the team and its chemistry.

Byram Hills Defeats Peekskill, 66-47, to Advance to Section 1, Class A Final
By Daniel Zenkel

February 28, 2013
After being tied, 23-23 at halftime, Byram Hills dominated Peekskill in the second half to earn a commanding, 66-47, Class A-semifinal victory on Wednesday night at the County Center. Senior Jeff Lynch tallied 17 of his game-high 21 points in the half to spark the victory. The top-seeded Bobcats will face Poughkeepsie in the Class A Final on Sunday at 7 p.m. Third-seeded Poughkeepsie defeated Eastchester in the other semifinal game.

The game’s opening minutes were marked by a steady stream of turnovers, as both teams struggled to harness their energy. After a sloppy opening, Senior Ryan Golden caught fire and scored Byram’s first 9 points, helping the Bobcats to a 13-8, first-quarter lead. Peekskill fought back in the second quarter. The Red Devils were led by Senior Guard Chavis Pigott, who scored 11 points in the quarter on a mix of slick drives and outside shots. Peekskill held its first and only lead, 23-22, with less than a minute left in the half. A Byram free throw sent the teams into halftime tied.

Byram took control of the game in the third quarter. The Bobcats were led by Lynch, who dominated the quarter in every respect. He opened with two-driving layups and a pull-up jumper in the lane, then hit Mike Giacomo with a beautiful pass under the basket and assisted on another Brian Skelly basket. Lynch’s long, three-pointer and another runner in the lane ended the salvo. At the end of the quarter, Byram led by 10, 44-34.

Byram continued to stretch its lead in the fourth quarter, extending to a 19-point victory. Senior Brian Skelly led the way with seven points, including his second three-pointer. The quarter was characterized by rough-house play. Brian Skelly was elbowed in the face during a scramble for a loose ball and Lynch was thrown to the ground during another tie-up. Eventually, things calmed down, the teams shook hands and Byram moved on.

Jeff Lynch led the Bobcats with 21 points and added six assists. Brian Skelly added 15 points, while Ryan Golden had 14 points and five rebounds. Sophomore Center Andrew Groll had eight points and dominated the boards with 17 rebounds. Junior Mike Giacomo had eight points and Junior Chad Freidberg contributed outstanding defense as well as excellent, off-ball movement on offense. Seniors Mike Carpenito and Justin Pollack, Juniors David Lachs and Matt DiCristofaro and Sophomore Jason Bernard also saw action.

In The Bonus

The Byram faithful were out in full-force. Hundreds of students packed the upper stands, turning the festivities into a home game. Their familiar “I Believe” cheers, along with a variety of other chants, rocked the building. Byram Hills has an opportunity to earn its second, Section-1 title in three seasons. After the game, Byram Coach Ted Repa remarked, “We’re going to do everything we can Sunday night to get another gold ball, but obviously Poughkeepsie is going to be very tough.”

Byram Hills Track Team Posted Great Results

February 26, 2013
At the state qualifier meet Friday night, Febraury 22, at the Armory, Byram Hills Track Team had several headline performances, says Coach Greg Govan.
Victoria Parrish raced to the number two time in school history in the 1500-meter walk, while Jenny Winkler broke the 800-meter record.
The girls 4 x 800-meter relay team (Winkler, Love, Cawkwell and Weiland) broke their own record by another six-seconds.

New personal records were set by Greg Fishberger (800), Seam Flanagan (800) and Carly Schwartz (300).


Grand Prix NY, Abbott House
Grand Prix New York Hosts Charitable Event for Abbott House

February 25, 2013
Grand Prix New York (GPNY) - the region’s premier “racertainment” venue – celebrated the launch of their newly expanded arcade at a special party for Abbott House, a social service agency dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children, adults and families.

Nearly 100 attendees – including youth from Abbott House Group Homes and county Therapeutic Foster Boarding Homes programs, disabled persons from the Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities program, as well as Abbott House CEO Claude Meyers, Mt. Kisco Mayor J. Michael Cindrich and Business Council of Westchester representative Ebony White - enjoyed bowling, arcade games and simulated racing, as well as dinner and beverages, all courtesy of GPNY.

“This event was a wonderful opportunity for those we serve to have a fun night out, enjoy each other’s company and make new friends,” said Abbott House CEO Claude Meyers. “Nat Mundy of Grand Prix is the perfect example of the generous Westchester community that has done so much to support the important work of Abbott House.

Byram Hills and Somers Basketball quarterfinal game
Byram Hills basketball
Bobcats Win and Head to the County Center for Semifinals

Somers is a very good shooting team with strong players, including 6'9” center, Max Parks, who negated Byram's Andrew Groll's usual height advantage, said Coach Ted Repa. Although Somers out-rebounded Byram, (the first time this has happened all season), Byram was the better team and won the quarterfinal sectional game with a surge in the second half, by a score of 76-58.

Byram Hills' mental approach was sharp. Somers used a lot of ball screens with their big guy, so Andrew Groll was doubled-teamed; as a result, other Bobcats had to step up to rebound. It put Byram at a disadvantage to have Groll, their 6'7" post-player, away from the basket, said Coach Repa.  

"I can't say enough about Ryan Golden," said Repa. "He's the toughest player I ever coached." Golden scored 14 points, including four points from the foul line and four rebounds.  

Going into the game, Coach Repa said they were worried about Somers. During the first half of the game, there was a lot of back and forth, and the score showed a close match-up. Byram Hills led 31-30 at halftime. But in the third quarter, getting points out of transition and Brian Skelly catching on fire really helped, said Repa.

“We have a bunch of seniors with experience,” said Brian Skelly. “My teammates get me in an open spot and I'm just shooting it with the same stroke every time-- today it was going in. I keep myself calm and keep things in perspective. What's really good about our team is if one of us is off, we have a lot of guys to go to.

Brian Skelly scored the team high of 23 points, including five-three-pointers, while the Tusker's John Decker led with 28 points.

After the game, Coach Repa said, "I'm real happy we got here. It is a sense of relief. There is a burden of being No. 1 and going through what we did in the game against Beacon."

Bobcat parent, Jeffrey Lynch Sr., said the Bobcats had learned a lesson when they took their opponent lightly at the Beacon game. But tonight was different: both teams worked hard in the first half. Byram Hills won with strength, endurance and skill, said Lynch Sr.  

"I'm excited to take a couple of days to breathe," added Coach Repa. "How we prepare depends upon what we find on the game film."  

The Bobcats will practice to prepare for their next opponent, Peekskill, which plays a running game, a city style, or urban basketball, as some call it. The Red Devils run up and down the court and box press; they are an athletic team, added Lynch, Sr. “When you play Peekskill you just play. Your instincts will take over and you will have more freedom. When we run and move the ball, we're really good.”

First-seeded Byram Hills will play fifth-seeded Peekskill in the second game of the semifinals at the County Center on Wednesday February 27. The first game for the Section 1, Class A semifinals will be second-seeded Eastchester (19-1) against third-seeded Poughkeepsie. Eastchester's only loss this season was to Poughkeepsie. Byram Hills will take on Peekskill at 8:00 p.m. The winners of the semifinals will play in the sectional championship game on Sunday night for the gold ball.

With Little Time Left in Regulation and Overtime, Bobcats Escape With A Win

February 17, 2013
The score was tied with only a few seconds left in the four-minute overtime between Byram Hills and #16 seed Beacon on Friday night. The last thing Byram Hills’ players wanted to see was a long or successful Beacon possession. That is when Jeff Lynch stole the ball from under the Beacon basket, and at the buzzer, Mike Giacomo put up a layup, resulting in a Byram Hills win of 65-63.

Coach Ted Repa said the two teams had never played each other before, and that playing Beacon was going to be tough.

Beacon freshman, Elijah Hughes, showed just how tough a team they could be as he lit up the scoreboard in the first half, scoring 16 of his 25-total points with six-three-point shots. Beacon's Rey Silva was everywhere on the court, strong both on defense and offense, and adding 22 points with five 3-pointers.

At the end of the first quarter, Beacon led 23-16, with Hughes as the top-point man, scoring 12 points in the first quarter. Byram Hills patiently chipped away in the second quarter, with Ryan Golden often going inside for 11 of his 18 points in the first half. At the half the Bobcats were in the lead by a very close 34-33.

Both teams played a tighter defense in the second half as Beacon held Byram Hills to 9 points -- then the Bobcats held Beacon to ten points in the third quarter, which ended in a tie at 43 points.

Just like so many basketball games, this match-up came down to the last two minutes: Friday night's round one at Byram Hills postseason game was a perfect example.

With 41 seconds remaining in regulation time, Beacon led 56-53. After three-Byram Hills’ timeouts, with 14 seconds left on the clock, the Bobcats passed the ball to Brian Skelly, who hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 58. The Byram Hills’ stands exploded.

With only 17 seconds left in overtime, each team had been held to five points and the score was tied at 63. Brian Skelly's third, three-pointer, while playing with four fouls, and Golden's two points at the line, matched Hughes’ five points for Beacon in OT.  

Mike Giacomo was held to just two points, but those two points were critical for Byram’s win; it also demonstrated Byram Hills’ team effort of determination, focus, talent and "we can win" attitude that has garnered them the #1 seed in Section 1, Class A, with a lofty record of 17-1.

Ryan Golden was the game's lead scorer with 28 points. Brian Skelly's three 3-pointers could not have come at a better time. Two of Skelly's shots were in the fourth quarter; the one he hit to tie the game near the buzzer led the charge into overtime. But the Bobcats will have to turn their game up a notch if they want to play for the gold ball at the County Center. The Bobcat's next game is at home against #8 seed Somers on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Championship Perfomances of Byram Hills Track Team
By Coach Greg Govan

February 14, 2013
WOW is the best way to describe what happened last night at the Class B championship meet last night at the Armory. Not since 2007 have we had so many tremendous, personal-best performances accomplished at the same time. I had another word to describe the happenings then, but it’s not for the Internet!
Two New School Records
Carly Schwartz took out a 31-year-old record in the 55-meter hurdles as she finally believed in herself enough to 3-step for the first time in competition. Jenny Winkler continued her record rampage, bringing the 1000-meter record to another lofty plateau.
Medalists: These are very tough to win, as they are awarded to just the top three runners in each event.
Kevin Aronne was a double medalist, notching 2nd in the triple-jump and 3rd in the long.
Nick Giordano was the lone gold medalist, running 2:38.5 in the 1000-meter run.
Rebecca Cawkwell was 2nd in the 1500-meter run.
Noelle Love placed 3rd in the 600.
Jenny Winkler was 3rd in the 1000.
The girls 4x200-meter-relay team placed 3rd.
Both 4x800-meter-relay teams finished 2nd.

Results 2/13/13 Class B Championship

Byram Hills Basketball Team Ranked No 1

The Byram Hills boys basketball team is ranked No 1 in Section 1, Class A with a 16-1 overall record. The post season playoff games begin this week.

On February 11, the official playoff brackets are to be released. On February 13, the out bracket games will begin at the higher seed. On February 15, the opening round games begin at the higher seed. On February 19 and 20, the quarterfinal games will be played at higher seed. Finally, the championship week will be played at Westchester County Center from February 25 to March 3.

Girls Track Team Sets Five New School Records For the Season
By Coach Greg Govan

February 5, 2013
We spent a long afternoon and evening at the 168th Street Armory yesterday, arriving at 3:30 p.m. and leaving just before 10:00 p.m. First up for Byram Hills was the girls 4x200-meter relay team, with their sights on the record of 1:49.9, set in 2008.

Kristen led off with 28.0, followed by Allison with an identical 28.0. Lina ran the third leg in 28.9, and Carly finished up with 27.4. The team time of 1:52.4 places it sixth on the Byram Hills' All Time List. The three-second miss sounded very familiar. It was the same margin the girls 4x800 team missed by at the county meet.
On the ride home from the county meet, we talked about trying to get the 4x800-meter relay team entered into this meet; right now just the 4 x 200 is in. We knew it would provide our only chance to run the relay as the first event, with fresh runners. I worried about the long wait--five straight hours just sitting around and waiting for the real race preparations to start at 8:37 p.m. It turned out that the wait was like keeping the batteries charging. The girls themselves were fully charged, and what happened greatly exceeded the expectations Tom, Julie and I had for the night.
The fireworks began at 9:40 p.m. when Jenny led off with a lifetime best of 2:25.7, putting the team in a great position, right in the middle of four-or-five other teams. At that point I said to myself, “We are off to a really good start." Rebecca ran second and also recorded a lifetime best of 2:29.1, passing a few runners in the process. At that moment I believed we would break the school record, with a comfortable cushion over our scores at the county meet, just ten days before. Next up was Noelle, who truly lit up the sky, running a sparkling 2:25.8. I was yelling 200-meter lap splits to each of our runners, watching the race develop and not adding anything up in my head: when I hit the split button at the 800-meter mark, I couldn’t believe it! If it were true, we would go under 10:00 for the day. Twice in between while giving the lap splits to Maddy, I went back to check the watch to make sure I had not stopped it early-- the time represented a 5.6 second improvement, which was not supposed to happen at this point in the season. Maddy duplicated what all the others had done by running the best indoor time of her career, with a time of 2:31.9. Altogether, the Byram girls had combined for 9:52.4, breaking the previous record by just under 16 seconds.
It’s rare when we get four new individual best performances in the same relay, but when it does happen, the results are amazing!

The Crack of the Bowling Pin Still Echoes Down the Lanes

February 3, 2013
Bowling is a game of strikes and spares: you can hear the sound of the ball crashing against the pins and watch them fall down. It’s a great group activity that’s much more interactive than going to the movies. You actually get to be a kid again, as you roll the bowling ball down the lane. 

The game involves hand-eye coordination, as well as aim and balance. But throwing the ball in the gutter can be as exciting as a strike.

"I just had my main event for the evening," said Jack, as he followed a spare with a strike in the same turn. He had the highest score of the group of six bowling at Grand Prix Spins in Mount Kisco. But the game was not taken too seriously because it didn’t really matter who won or lost. Everything there is high tech--no one has to keep track of who’s up next or what the score is. It’s all done electronically, and can be seen on the large, overhead screen. Before your second shot, there’s even a guide with laser dots that light up on the big screen and act as a target when you aim the bowling ball down the lane.  

Bowling started in the Battery in downtown Manhattan on real grass, and the area is still referred to as Bowling Green. The nine-pin bowling game used to be popular as a betting game, but it was eventually outlawed, and one pin was added to the game of bowling that we still play today.

Jeff Lynch Bobcat
Highly Ranked 12-1 Bobcats Beat Hot-Shooting Pleasantville in a Nail-Biter

January 25, 2013
On a cold night, with snow swirling in Armonk,

the number-two-ranked in-NYS-Class-A BHHS Bobcats Basketball heated up in the 3rd quarter to finally wrestle the lead from the hot-shooting Pleasantville team. Pleasantville was playing its best game of the season, hoping to snare a big upset.

Later, a close 4th quarter eventually saw Byram Hills build on its 40-36 lead at the quarter's start to widen the gap at the end, with a 56-46 win. Bolstered by Jeff Lynch's-22 points and Ryan Golden's 12 points, as well as an atypical, yet timely break in play called to clean the wet, slippery court, Pleasantville’s momentum came to a screeching halt as the Bobcats came in for their final push.

Byram Hills had the early lead, but what grabbed the most attention of the jam-packed crowd in the gym was the three-point-jumper from the corner that enabled Lynch to snag the impressive, career-1,000-point high few reach. The crowd jumped to its feet and roared for his remarkable achievement. The first half also saw some big shots from the opponents, who shot over 50% from the field, including a crowd-silencing, six shots from beyond the three-point arc. Pleasantville was able to move ahead by halftime with a close 30-28 score.

Then Byram Hills surged in the 3rd quarter as Lynch kept up his shooting, even as the lead went back and forth, on a floor that continued to get wetter from the fans' boots and shoes, causing players to slip and be off-balance. With a strong 7-0 run toward the latter part of the 3rd quarter, BHHS was able to pull ahead with 40-36 score, heading into the final quarter. A Lynch layup was the final basket in the third quarter, as Pleasantville couldn’t stop him from getting to the basket.

During the fourth quarter Byram Hills led by just two points at 42-40, with just over five minutes left in the game. A break was called to clear the court of the water that spread across the floor, causing problems for both teams: the break lasted well over 10 minutes. As the clock ticked down, BHHS held to a 44-42 lead, with a little over three-and-a-half minutes remaining. The crowd reacted, with the fortunes of the home team on the line.  A superb, spinning-jumper by Golden pulled the Bobcats ahead 47-42, with a little more breathing room.

As the clock ticked down to 1:15, the score was 49-44, but Pleasantville wasn’t ready to succumb yet. Two-free throws by Pleasantville’s Eisenberg cut the lead back to four points at 50-46, with under a minute, but that was as close as the game would get. As the crowd eventually exhaled, the final plays resulted in a more comfortable lead that finally settled at a 10-point margin: it was a misleading gap, given the game's nail biter feeling. James Leyden scored 10 points, while Eisenberg and Fleming each scored nine points for Pleasantville, in its valiant attempt, which should help its momentum for the remainder of its season.

The Bobcats’ record moved to 12-1, with their next game at home against Greeley on Monday January 28, at 6:15 p.m. In the meantime, the Bobcats can savor their hard-fought victory as the Bobcats eagerly await the post-season.

Girls Track Team Sets Two New School Records

January 24, 2013
The Byram Hills Girls Track team set two new school records at the Westchester County championship meet. Jenny Winkler placed 2nd in the 1500-meter run, running 4:55.3, to beat the previous mark she had set (4:56.08) in February 2011.
"Last night the distance medley was another story," said Coach Govan, "as the girls team completely destroyed the old record, running 12:53.1, taking more than 22 seconds off the old mark of 13:15.9." The record setting team and times were the following:

Rebecca Cawkwell 3:57.7
Carly Schwartz 1:03.3
Noelle Love 2:31.5
Jenny Winkler 5:20.6

Byram Hills Basketball Update

Jan. 16, 2013
At mid season, the boys basketball team
is ranked No 1 in Section 1, Class A, with
a record of 9-1. The schedule for the remaining
season is as follows:

1/18 at Horace Greeley,
1/20 at Briarcliff,
1/25 vs. Pleasantville,
1/28 vs Horace Greeley,
1/10 at Rye,
2/1 vs Rye, and
2/5 at Harrison.

On the Beat with KDJ

Byram Hills basketball senior guard, Jeff Lynch, was interviewed by Armonk resident, Kevin Devaney Jr. of MSG Varsity. Hear the interview at Lynch's taped time is from 9:45 to 16:40.

Bobcats Produce Four League Champions and A New School Record at Championship Meet

Jan. 15, 2013
Winning events was difficult, says Coach Greg Govan, as the Byram Hills Track and Field team produced just four league champions during the league meet on January 13 at the 168th Street Armory.
Kevin Aronne was a double winner, sweeping both the long and triple jumps. He soared over 40 feet for the first time in the triple jump, breaking the sand at 40’ 1 1/2”. 

Victoria Parris won the 1500 meter walk in 8:23.8.

Nick Giordano ran away from the competition in the 1000 meter run, crossing the line at 2:40.5.
Jenny Winkler produced a new school record in the 3000 meter run. She engaged in a 15 lap battle with Vicky Martinez, from Fox Lane, and rubbed more than 7 seconds off the previous mark she established in January 2012, finishing in 10:43.0.


Bobcat B-Ball

January 11, 2013
The Byram Hills Bobcat basketball team played to a full house with a win against the Harrison Huskies with a final score of 67 - 56.

Byram Hills was able to put more points on the board and dominated throughout the game which allowed everyone to play off their bench.

The Bobcats leading scorer was center sophomore Andrew Groll with 19 points. Groll was under the basket and fought for every rebound. As the tallest player, Groll's 6-6 height helped him get to the ball first. 

Senior guard Jeff Lynch opened the game with a three-pointer followed by two-2 point baskets with a total of 11 points. Junior Forward Chad Friedberg put up ll points as well, leading the first quarter with 8 points. The first quarter ended with Byram Hills ahead 24 - 9.  

Byram Hills turned over the ball more than half-a-dozen times during the second quarter, but the Huskies were not able to capitalize. Byram's Senior forward Ryan Golden put up a three pointer with a total of 13 points. At halftime, the Bobcats held the lead at 36 - 19. 

The Huskies fouled Golden in the third and fourth quarters, as Golden added six points from the foul line, including two points for a technical foul against the Huskies for un-sportsman like conduct. At 6:15 in the 3rd Quarter, the Bobcats executed a smooth play, making it look like no one else was on the court. Groll rebounded a Harrison shot, passed to Lynch, who passed to Ryan, who put up a two point layup. It was perfectly executed and Bobcats added 17 points in the third quarter to Harrison's 16 points, maintaining the lead 53-35.

The Huskies came alive in the last quarter to score 19 points with their top two shooters Matt Stein and Matt Baker adding 7 points each in the last quarter. Stein and Baker both scored a total of a dozen points, including Steins two-three pointers, one each in the 2nd and 4th quarter and Baker's single one in the 4th quarter. Byram played a passing game in last quarter, watching out for the defense. 

Byram Hills season record is 8 - 1. Their next game is against Port Chester at Port Chester on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Dancing for Dollars, Dancing for Dreams
By Gabrielle DiStefano

January 9, 2013

Being a member of a sports team means so much more than competing and winning. It’s also about supporting your fellow teammates; it’s about growing up and growing together; it’s about commitment; and most importantly, it’s about compassion: compassion for your team members and members of your community. This commitment is especially true for the Byram Hills High School Varsity Dance Team, who on January 18, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., is ready to show this community what being on a team and giving back is all about; in addition, the dance team will demonstrate their mission to work hard and give back at its annual Dancing for Dollars, Dancing for Dreams, Dance Expo.

Between preparing for homecoming, basketball games, and practice, the dance team has also been vigorously raising money for a great cause, through their infamous bake sales and letter writing campaign. These letters always bring smiles to the young children’s faces at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, New York. Blythedale is close to home, but more importantly, it is close to the girls’ hearts. And all proceeds from their bake sales, letter writing campaign, and expo will be used to help make a young child’s day a whole lot brighter!  

If you too want to help the children at Blythedale, come support the Byram Hills Varsity Dance Team on January 18 in the high school gym, where there will be an amazing display of talent and charity. Many dance teams and companies will come together and dance to help dreams come true for the kids at Blythedale. We all know what an amazing feeling it is to give back to people less fortunate; in fact, it’s a great feeling unlike any other. Every dollar counts, so please show your support, and you’re guaranteed to have a great time!  

Gabrielle DiStefano is a proud member of the Byram Hills Varsity Dance Team and is looking forward to your support!

Girls Track & Field Team Set a New School Record
By Coach Greg Govan
January 5, 2013
Last night, Byram Hills set a new school record for the indoor track and field season at the Hispanic Games, held at the 168th Street Armory.

The girls' team of Carly Schwartz, Kristen Khouri, Allison Khouri and Jenny Winkler combined for a 4:29.84 time in the sprint-medley relay, smashing the old mark by more than three seconds. The old record for the sprint- medley relay of 4:33.18 was set on February 18, 2008, at the Hall of Fame Classic, by Alexandra Zaretsky 1:06.5, Brittney Batalla 27.7,Chelsea Banaszek 31.6 and Beth Turchioe  2:27.3.
I put pressure on the girls as soon as we got on the bus heading to the meet in Manhattan. I told each of them what was needed to achieve the goal. I also asked the girls to make sure none of them would be the one responsible if we didn't make it. The Khouri sisters, while sophomores, are in their first season running for the high school team and were not used to the pressure, but they responded well. Schwartz has one season of experience. We put her on the team last spring, while she was in middle school and was part of a school-record setting 4 x 400 meter relay team at last spring’s Class B championship meet.  Winkler, now in her third season of winter track, set the 1500-meter record as a freshman, and last winter she broke the 3000-meter run record twice. The sprint-medley relay is not offered in many meets, so they all knew there would be few chances to run this event, and they took full advantage of the opportunity.

Winter Track & Field

Head Varsity Girls: Greg Govan
Assistant Varsity Girls: Julianne Vilord
Head Varsity Boys: Tom Andriello
Assistant Varsity Boys: Raymond Lynch  

The Byram Hills High School Winter Track and Field team are off to a great start in the first two meets of the season.
Sophomore Victoria Parrish was the winner of the 1500-meter race walk at the Rockland Community College Freshman/Sophomore Meet and the Section 1 Kickoff Meet. "Her time on Sunday of 8:13.9 was the number-four-time on our all-time list, for the winter season, " said Coach Greg Govan.
The other medalists from the 168th Street Armory meet on Sunday were  Nick Giordano  2nd place - 1000 meter run,  5th place – 300 meter dash, Lucy Greenwald  6th place – triple jump.

Coaches Head Varsity: Ted Repa
Assistant Varsity: Dave Mack
Junior Varsity: Ed Berlin
Frosh: Joe Martorana

Wed - 12/19/12 6:15 PM LEAGUE    PORT CHESTER HS @ BHHS    
Fri - 1/4/13 7:00 PM BHHS @ FOX LANE HS    
Tue - 1/8/13 7:00 PM BHHS @ NON-REGION OPPONENT    
Fri - 1/11/13 7:00 PM LEAGUE HARRISON HS @ BHHS    
Wed - 1/16/13 4:30 PM LEAGUE BHHS @ PORT CHESTER HS    
Fri - 1/18/13 7:00 PM LEAGUE BHHS @ HORACE GREELEY HS    
Mon - 1/28/13 6:15 PM LEAGUE HORACE GREELEY HS @ BHHS    
Wed - 1/30/13 6:15 PM LEAGUE BHHS @ RYE HS    
Fri - 2/1/13 7:00 PM LEAGUE RYE HS @ BHHS    
Tue - 2/5/13 6:15 PM LEAGUE BHHS @ HARRISON HS   

Coaches Head Varsity: Mary Kate Burke
Assistant Varsity: JeannE Marie Vinchiarello
Junior Varsity: Nichole Dacchille    

Thu - 11/29/12 4:00 PM SCRIMMAGE BHHS @ WALTER PANAS HS    
Mon - 12/17/12 4:30 PM NON-LEAGUE BHHS @ BLIND BROOK HS    
Wed - 12/19/12 4:30 PM LEAGUE BHHS @ PLEASANTVILLE HS    
Fri - 12/21/12 6:30 PM LEAGUE CROTON-HARMON HS @ BHHS    
Mon - 1/7/13 4:30 PM LEAGUE BHHS @ WESTLAKE HS    
Wed - 1/9/13 4:30 PM NON-LEAGUE BHHS @ TAPPAN ZEE HS    
Fri - 1/11/13 7:00 PM LEAGUE BHHS @ BRIARCLIFF HS    
Wed - 1/16/13 4:30 PM LEAGUE PLEASANTVILLE HS @ BHHS    
Fri - 1/18/13 4:30 PM LEAGUE BHHS @ CROTON-HARMON HS    
Wed - 1/23/13 4:30 PM NON-LEAGUE RYE HS @ BHHS    
Thu - 1/24/13 4:30 PM NON-LEAGUE VALHALLA HS @ BHHS    
Mon - 1/28/13 4:30 PM LEAGUE BHHS @ FOX LANE HS    
Wed - 1/30/13 4:30 PM LEAGUE WESTLAKE HS @ BHHS    

Head Varsity: AL Cloherty
Assistant Varsity: Tom Kelly

Wed - 12/26/2012 6:40 PM BHHS @ NON-REGION OPPONENT
Sat - 1/5/2013 7:30 PM BHHS @ NON-REGION OPPONENT
Fri - 1/25/2013 9:15 PM BHHS @ PEARL RIVER HS SPORT-O-RAMA
Fri - 2/8/2013 7:00 PM BHHS @ RYE HS

Hickory and Tweed
Bobcats Cheerleaders Land A Close Second Place

January 21, 2013
At Croton Harmon High School's Hudson Valley Cheerleading Championship, the Byram Hills cheerleader team came in second place, finishing behind first place Lakeland varsity cheerleaders by .7 of a point. Teams from around the region competed in routines of cheering, dancing, tumbling and tossing. On January 26, Byram Hills will compete again at the Eastern State Regional Competition at Arlington High School.

Jeff Lynch
Bobcat Basket Ball Team Ranked No 2 in the State

New York State Sportswriters Association has ranked the Byram Hills boys basketball team (11-1) as No. 2 in Class A, behind Syracuse Bishop Ludden. Friday night at 7:00 p.m., the Bobcats play in a senior night home game against Pleasantville. Senior guard, Jeff Lynch is only eight points away from the 1,000-point mark. Jan. 22, 2013

Bobcat Boys B-Ball Ranks Boom

January 9, 2013
The New York State Sportswriters Association recently ranked the Byram Hills Boys Varsity basketball team No. 2 in Class A. Their record stands at 7-1.

MSG Varsity ranked the Bobcats No. 2 in Section 1, and Byram Hills senior Jeff Lynch is one of the 10 MSG Varsity players to keep an eye on in the Westchester/Hudson Valley region. Sportswriter Kevin Devaney Jr. of MSG wrote, "Lynch is an elite shooter and ball-handler, and has developed into a top defender in Class A. Lynch is out to get Byram Hills its second, Class A title in three years."

Superintendent Dr. Bill Donahue, with the approval of the Byram Hills Board of Education, just signed a contract with the MSG network to televise the Bobcats’ games and events. MSG’s broadcasting of Byram Hills sports will begin this winter, and the Byram Hills Boys basketball team should be the highlight of MSG’s first season of Bobcat coverage.

The terms of the contract are as follows: they are not to restrict Bobcat TV coverage, the rights will not go on in perpetuity and Byram Hills can deny access at anytime, according to Dr. Donahue. BOE Vice President Ira Schulman said they should know by April or May if the MSG coverage is a keeper for us.

Armonk Fencer Wins Gold at Super Youth Circuit National Fencing Tournament
January 8, 2013
Sylvie Binder (13) of Armonk, New York captured the Y14 (women’s foil) gold medal in the United States Fencing Association’s Super Youth Circuit fencing tournament held in Durham, New Hampshire on January 5, 2013.
Binder bested a field of 61 fencers from all over the country to win the top spot in the tournament and secure additional national ranking points placing her in the nation’s top echelon of young female fencers. Binder presently ranks number 12 in the USA in the Y14 age category and with this weekend’s top finish, her ranking will only improve.
Binder, defeated four other fencers on her way to winning her gold-medal bout over Anna Zhou (13) of Boston, Mass.
Binder’s next major test will come in two weeks when she is scheduled to compete at the United States Fencing Association’s North American Cup where she will compete among older fencers – including several Olympians from the 2012 London Games. In February, she will compete at the USFA’s Junior Olympic competition to be held in Baltimore, Maryland.
Sylvie Binder is in 8th grade and attends H.C. Crittenden Middle School in Armonk. She trains at the Fencing Academy of Westchester in Hawthorne and her coach is two-time Olympian, Slava Grigoriev.

Byram Hills Ice hockey
Varsity Hockey Team Will "Pink the Rink" Against Cancer

January 9, 2013
Pink the Rink is Byram Hills' first annual ice hockey fund raising venture for the fight against cancer. The varsity team has joined Coaches vs. Cancer to raise money for cancer research through the American Cancer Society. Professional and college teams have been pinking the rink for many years, but this is the first time a New York State ice hockey team will be wearing pink jerseys to raise money and awareness.
Players (both modified and varsity) will be running the chuck-a-puck booth. They will be taking donations at the booth as well. The hockey team will be wearing their pink jerseys with shirt and tie to school on Friday to promote the game.
The Bobcats will be playing their Route 22 rivals, the Fox Lane Foxes. The two teams have split their previous two games, so the winner will take home the season series. Support the Bobcats' Pink the Rink this Saturday January 12 at 8:40 p.m. at the Brewster Ice Arena.

Head Varsity: Jessica Woolf
Assistant Varsity: Kevin Guidotti

Head Varsity: Dan Malone (Westlake merged team)
Assistant Varsity: Anthony Pizzoli

Head Varsity: Bill Twardy
Assistant Varsity: Mike McQuillan

Head Varsity: Jaclyn Kane
Assistant Varsity: Lisa Scialabba

Head Varsity: Susan Belina

All Game Schedules subject to change. Boces Official Game Schedules are listed at: