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Post Season Bobcat Sports

Updated Feb. 20, 2014
Boys Basketball
Successful Bobcat Season Draws to an End

The 8th seeded Byram Hills boys basketball team met their match at the quarterfinal game against top-seeded Eastchester (18-2). The Bobcats season ended at 15-6 with a loss of 58-39. Byram Hills top scorer was Mike Giacomo with 16 points. Andrew Groll scored 10 points.  

Eastchester, as they did last year, moves onto the Westchester County Center for the Class A semifinal game against No. 4 Harrison on Wednesday February 26 at 8:15 p.m.

The No. 8 Byram Hills boys basketball Section 1 playoffs began with an outbracket game. Byram Hills beat Hen Hud 66-32. The Byram Hills team plays in the first round against No. 24 Sleepy Hollow on Monday, Feb. 17 at 1:00 p.m. at Byram Hills High School.

The quarterfinal game will be played on Wednesday, Feb. 18 between the winner of the Byram Hills and Sleepy Hollow game. The winner of that game plays No. 1, Eastchester with a tip off time of 7:00 p.m.

The Division 1 wrestling finals were held on Sunday, Feb. 16. The 120 weight class match between Jon Errico of Byram Hills and Matt Grippi of Fox Lane was a tough match up. Errico won his 100th win 7-3. For the first time Byram Hills wrestling team has a sectional champion. Jon goes onto the NYS Championships held on February 28 and March 1 in Albany.

Track & Field
"Carly Schwartz broke the school record in the 55 meter hurdles, in the trials (9.17) and again in the finals (9.16) where she finished 3rd, winning a medal," says Coach Greg Govan. "The team’s other medalists was Taylor Davis who went 8’ 6” in the pole Vault to place third."
"One near miss was Frank Vesuvio who had two new personal records in the 55 meter dash (6.90 – trials and 6.85 – finals).  He placed 4th in the finals missing out on a gold medal by just 1-hundredth of a second."
"The performance by Schwartz, who has chipped away at the 55 meter hurdle record all season," Govan says, "is a reminder of what Sergey Bubka did in the Pole Vault in the 1980 and 1990’s. He broke the indoor and outdoor record a total of 35 times, often by a mere 1-centimeter increment. Bubka was very smart. He knew the Russian Federation gave, to all their athletes, a large bonus each time they set a new world record. The coaches association is waiting for the bill from Carly."

Next up on the team’s schedule is the Section 1 State Qualifier, scheduled for Wednesday February 19 at the Armory. Results here

Girls Basketball

On Saturday Feb. 15, the Lady Bobcats lost in the outbracket game against Edgemont 80-65. Although the season is over, the team is well respected among their peers and appreciated by their fans.

We wish all of the Bobcat athletes continued success in the next round of competition. Their dedication and preseverance is admirable.

Byram Hills Boys Basketball Advance     

February 18, 2014
Ending the regular season with a record of 13-5, Byram Hills, seeded 4th in the Sectionals, added two wins to their post-season play. The Bobcats won the first bracket game against Hendrick Hudson (7-12 record), 66-32, then moved on to face Sleepy Hollow High School in round one on Monday at Byram Hills. Byram Hills squeaked a defensive struggle win, 38-37, against 24th-seeded Sleepy Hollow (7-13). Sleepy Hollow arrived at Byram Hills with confidence after a win on Sunday against Peekskill (11-8), by a score of 60-57.

Basketball games are often won or lost in the last two minutes of the game, whether professional, college, or even high school. With over two minutes to go, Byram Hills was down three points, when they capitalized on a bad shot from Sleepy Hollow. Byram’s Hills top frontline player, junior Andrew Groll, blocked Sleepy Hollow’s Alex Lave’s shot under the basket and forced the turnover. Groll passed to David Lachs, who broke away and passed to Brandon Sencer, who was waiting under the basket to score two of his only points of the game at a pivotal time. Sencer also drew the foul on the basket. Byram Hills was one point behind Sleepy Hollow, 36-35.

With 2:00 remaining, senior Sencer missed the free throw that was rebounded by Sleepy Hollow’s Alex Lave. Lave passed the ball off to Joey Good, who dribbled down to half court where Byram senior David Lachs perfectly timed a defensive reach around and poked the ball away from Good. The ball bounced to Byram’s Mike Giacomo. Giacomo picked the ball up, threw it down the court, where Lachs was headed. Lachs went in for a layup and scored two of his seven points, to put Byram Hills ahead 38-37.

As Bobcat senior David Lachs says, "Byram basketball always come down to the end and we find a way out."  

Both teams came up empty in the remaining minute of the game that ended 38-37.

Byram Hills outscored Sleepy Hollow in the first quarter 14-6. That was surprisingly the highest scoring quarter of the game. In the first quarter, Byram’s Mike Giacomo scored 8 of his Byram Hills highest score of 13 points, including one of his two three-pointers. Andrew Groll scored 3 points in the first quarter, matched by David Lachs. They each scored 7 points overall.

In the second half, Byram couldn’t hit their shots. Sleepy Hollow got hot and outshot Byram 12-10. Sleepy Hollow saved the best for the last, scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter. With 4:24 left, Nick Arduino shot one of his two three-pointers of his 13 points and Sleepy Hollow pulled ahead 35-34. In the 4th quarter, Alex Laub scored 4 of his 10 points. Mike Fortugno added 8 points, 6 in the 3rd quarter and 2 in the first quarter.  

The next round is the Sectionals quarterfinal where Byram Hills meets the imposing Eastchester who is seeded #1 with a 17-2 record. They play at Eastchester on Wednesday, February 19, at 7:00 p.m. "Eastchester is a great team," says Lachs. "We are definitely the underdog. We’ll see what we can do."

Lachs says that playing on the home floor for the last time was something special. As a senior, it’s his last chance for the gold ball. Byram Hills last won the gold ball at the Westchester County Center in 2011 and then journeyed to Glen Falls and the States, which is the aim of all NYS high school hoopsters.

Division 1 Wrestling Sectional Championships

February 13, 2014
The first round and quarterfinals will be held this weekend at Arlington High School. The semi and semifinals will be held on Sunday at Clarkstown South High School. The finals are scheduled for 12:30pm on Sunday.

Byram Hills Weight Classes

#1 Jon Errico, Jr.
#11. Anthony Alexandrou, Soph.

#14 Holden Summers, Jr.

#10 Ben Ratner, Jr.,

#13 Brandon Gunderson, Sr.


Fox Lane Lady Foxes Top Byram Hills Lady Bobcats in I-684 Tussle

February 1, 2014
The Fox Lane girls basketball team won 58-50 on the road when it beat Byram Hills on January 29th. That victory broke the Foxes’ six game loosing streak. The Lady Foxes attacked and played more aggressively, says Fox Lane’s girls Basketball coach, Kris Matts. “If you step back against a team like Byram Hills, they’ll take the ball from you. You got to go by them, that’s the only way to beat them.”

The win was a team effort as the Foxes stepped up offensively and defensively rebounded through out the game. Matts said the Foxes have been drilling rebounding like crazy and also have a size advantage over the Lady Bobcats.

Although at the last game on January 13th, the Bobcats out rebounded the Foxes when Byram Hills won 59-52. “Byram Hills is incredibly well coached and have a scrappy hustle to them. Bobcat Lucy Bancone is slight in size, yet can rebound over the taller 5’11” girls. She’s an amazing player,” says Matts. Bancone tallied 7 points, 3 from the foul line. While Bobcat Ashley Polera added 9 points.

Byram Hills lead at the end of the first quarter 14-12 with Lady Bobcat Tayler Verboys, who opened with a-3 pointer and finished as high scorer of the game with 15 points. Fox Lane outs scored Byram Hills two to one in the 2nd quarter, so as to lead at half time by a score of 28-22. In the third quarter, Bobcat Raquel Guadio garnered two of her three three-pointers putting Byram Hills within one point of the Foxes. Fox Lane's Emily O’Mahoney led her team with 11 points, including 3 points from the charity stripe. With 3:19 left on the clock in the fourth quarter, Fox Lane lead by merely one point, 47-46. Lady Foxes' Sorvia Carr heated up at the foul line at the end of the game with 6 of her nine points stemming from her shooting at the line in the fourth quarter. The Foxes scored 8 out of its total 14 points from the foul line in the fourth quarter. Fox Lane's Tara Lombardi expanded the lead in the fourth quarter by notching one of her two three-pointers so as to end with 10 points.

The Foxes started the season with a four game winning streak, but they have been struggling since one of their leading scorers is out with a stress fracture in her foot. The team is coming back together and working hard to recover as they nail down a solid win over their neighbor to the south.

Bobcats Winter Athletics, Underway

BASKETBALL, Boys Varsity: Record 15-6

12/06, Fri.; Shenandoah @ BHHS, 58-33 WIN
12/07, Sat.; Brewster @ BHHS, 58-44 WIN  
12/10, Tue.; BHHS @ White Plains, 60-46 loss
12/18, Wed.; BHHS @ Rye, 45-23 WIN
12/20, Fri.; Ossining @ BHHS, 65-53 WIN
01/04, Sat.; BHHS @ Yorktown, 61-49 WIN
01/08, Wed.; Greeley @ BHHS, 59-54 WIN
01/10, Fri.; Scarsdale @ BHHS, 68-57 WIN
01/13, Mon.; Fox Lane @ BHHS, 72-60 loss
01/15, Wed.; Rye @ BHHS, 62-46 WIN
01/17, Fri.; BHHS @ Ossining, 63-49 WIN
01/21, Tue.; Harrison @ BHHS, 58-53 loss
01/23, Thu.; BHHS @ Fox Lane,62-37 loss
01/25, Sat.; Briarcliff @ BHHS
01/28, Tue.; BHHS @ Valhalla, 67-22 WIN
01/31, Fri.; BHHS @ Greeley, 53-52 loss

02/06, Thu.; Briarcliff @ BHHS, 47-33 WIN

02/07, Fri.; Harrison @ BHHS, 48-41 WIN

02/08, Sat.; BHHS @ Westlake, 66-48 WIN

02/15, Sat.; SECTIONALS, BHHS vs. Hen Hud, 66-32 WIN

02/17, Mon.; SECTIONALS, BHHS vs. Sleepy Hollow, 38-37, WIN

02/19, Wed.; SECTIONAL, BHHS vs. Eastchester, 58-39, loss

BASKETBALL, Girls Varsity: record 10-8

12/06, Fri.; Yonkers @ BHHS, 58-32 WIN
12/07, Sat.; Pearl River @ BHHS, 52-30 loss
12/11, Wed.; Rye Neck @ BHHS, 45-23 WIN
12/16, Mon.; Blind Brook @ BHHS, 62-60 OT WIN
12/18, Wed.; P’ville @ BHHS, 43-20 WIN

12/20, Fri.; BHHS vs. Hen-Hud, 64-61 WIN
12/21, Sat.; BHHS @ Harrison, 46-34 loss
01/08, Wed.; BHHS @ Briarcliff, 58-50 loss
01/10, Fri.; BHHS @ Rye, 66-41 loss
01/13, Mon.; BHHS @ Fox Lane, 59-52 WIN
01/15, Wed.; BHHS @ P’ville, 63-59 loss
01/17, Fri.; BHHS @ Blind Brook, 58-43 WIN
01/21, Tue.; BHHS @ Westlake
01/25, Sat.; Tappan Zee @ BHHS
01/29, Wed.; Fox Lane @ BHHS, 58-50 loss
01/31, Fri.; Briarcliff @ BHHS, 53-41 loss
02/06, Thu.; Croton @ BHHS, 62-49 WIN

02/07, Fri.; BHHS @ Westlake, 55-51 WIN

02/08, Sat.; BHHS vs. Tappan Zee, 70-45 loss

WRESTLING, Boys Varsity: record 4-10

12/07, Sat.; BHHS @ Greeley, 24-52 loss

12/07, Sat.; BHHS vs. Yorktown, 27-58 loss

12/07, Sat.; BHHS vs, Salesian, 45-33 WIN

12/11, Wed.; BHHS @ John Jay CR, 8-62 loss

12/11, Wed.; BHHS @ Fox Lane, 18-63 loss

12/13, Fri.; BHHS @ Yorktown, 21-52 loss

12/13, Fri.; BHHS vs.. Somers, 17-48 loss

12/14, Sat.; BHHS @ Carmel, 24-55 loss

12/17, Mon.; BHHS vs. Pawling, 39-36 WIN

12/19, Wed.; BHHS @ Tappan Zee, 21-51 loss
01/07, Tue.; BHHS @ Ossining
01/11, Sat.; Mahopac @ BHHS, 18-64 loss
01/14, Tue.; P’ville @ BHHS, 15-59 loss
01/16, Thu.; BHHS @ Westlake, 51-18 WIN
01/22, Wed.; Croton @ BHHS, 39-30 WIN
02/16, Sun.; SECTIONALS. Jon Errico, Champion in 120-pound class; going to States

ICE HOCKEY, Boys Varsity: record 4-4
12/01, Sun. Fox Lane vs. BHHS, 4-1 WIN
12/12, Thu.; BH @ CO-OP Rye/ Harrison, 7-1 loss
12/14, Sat.; BH @ Irvington/ W’chester Sktg.
12/28, Sat.; Pearl River @ BH/ Brewster, 5-4 loss
01/17, Fri.; BH @ Ossining, 7-5 WIN

01/30, Thu.; BH vs. Rye, 6-2 loss

01/31, Fri.; BH @ Fox Lane, 3-0 WIN
02/07, Fri.; Sleepy Hollow vs. BH, 5-4 WIN
02/09, Sun.; BH @ Briarcliff, 7-1 loss

SWIMMING, Boys varsity: record 5-6

12/06, Fri.; BHHS & co-teams vs. White Plains, 100-86 loss

12/12, Thu.; BHHS & co-teams vs. Ossining, 94-86 WIN

12/16, Mon.; BH & co-teams vs. White Plains, 100-86 loss

12/19, Thu.; BH & co-teams vs. Rye-Blind Brook, 106-79 loss

01/07, Tue.; BH & co-teams vs. Peekskill, 95-73 WIN

01/09, Thu.; BH & co-teams vs. Fox Lane, 100-86 loss

01/10, Fri.; BH & co-teams vs. Yorktown, 52-42 WIN

01/14, Tue.; BH & co-teams vs. Harrison, 53-41 WIN

01/16, Thu.; BH & co-teams vs. Keio, 93-80 WIN

01/22, Wed.; BH & co-teams @ Scarsdale, 94-71 loss

01/23, Thu.; BH & co-teams vs. Greeley, 98-80 loss

01/28, Tue.; BH & co-teams @ Tappan Zee, 87-78 loss

02/12, Wed.; SECTIONALS, BHHS & co-teams 12th out 24 teams

byram hills ice hockey
Bobcats Pink the Rink
By Charity Lunder

January 18, 2014
The Byram Hills Varsity Ice Hockey Team will hold their second annual "Pink the Rink" hockey game at Brewster Ice Arena on Friday January 31 at 9:00 p.m. Our boys are an awesome sight in their pink jerseys and socks, playing to honor those affected by Breast Cancer. The team will hold a fund raising bake sale at the high school on the following Monday February 3. Fund raising events at the game will include Chuck a Puck, pink bracelets and pink bags of candy for sale.

For a $50 sponsorship, the team will skate in honor of (or in memory of) a person affected by breast cancer. The names of those honored will be announced at the start of the game and also be displayed on our "Honoree Banner". To sponsor, send a $50 check, made out to the "American Cancer Society" to Melissa Mykytiuk, 21 Blair Road, Armonk, NY 10504. Make sure the name of the honoree is on the check.

When the Byram Hills hockey team plays versus our local rival, Fox Lane, the games are always close and exciting -- Come help us making this an evening to remember. Varsity team members will be wearing pink to school all week, as a reminder to classmates to support breast cancer research and attend the game!

Byram Hills Track Team League Championship Results
January 17, 2014
On Sunday January 12, 2014, the Bobcat girls’ team dashed into third place, while the boys’ team finished fourth. There were several top individual Bobcat achievements, with four League Champions in both track and field. Carly Schwartz placed first in the 55-meter hurdles, with a time of 9.1. Victoria Parrish walked into first place in the 1500-meter walk with a time of 8:26.1. Taylor Davis tied the school record in the pole vault and landed in first with a vault of 8'06.” Nick Giordano came in first in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:26.2.  
Second place finishers included Gina in the 1500-meter walk, with a time of 9:01.2. Frank Vesuvio landed in second with a high jump of 5'10". Noelle Love raced into second place in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:47.8., while Kevin Aronne triple-jumped into second place with a distance of 38'01.” The boys’ 4 x 400-meter relay team of Micah Jeng (59.6),  Amos Jeng (57.9), Nick Cioffoletti (56.1), and Nick Giordano (52.5) finished in second place with a time of 3:46.2. The girls’ 4 x 400-meter relay team also placed second with a time of 4:24.9: Noelle Love ran 1:06.7, Rachel Vega ran 1:05.4, Kate Khouri ran 1:08.2 and Carly Schwartz ran 1:04.7. More results

byram HIlls Dance expo

Dancing for Dollars, Dancing for Dreams 
By Gabrielle DiStefano

January 11, 2014
Being on a sports team is so much more than just competing and winning. It’s about supporting one another, 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 the members of the greater community. 

This holds especially true for the Byram Hills High School Varsity Dance Team, who on January 17th is going to show this community what being a team and giving back is all about, and just how important it is at their annual Dancing for Dollars, Dancing for Dreams Dance Expo. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

In between preparing for homecoming, basketball games, or just practice, the Dance Team has been vigorously raising money for a great cause through their infamous bake sales and a letter writing campaign, all to bring a smile to a young child’s face at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, NY. This hospital is close to home, but more than that, close to the girls’ hearts. So much so that all the proceeds from their bake sales, letter writing campaign, and the expo will go, as mentioned before, to help make a young child’s day a whole lot brighter!

If you too want to help the children at Blythedale, you don’t have to become a doctor, or volunteer hours, or donate tons of money (although you definitely could); all you have to do is come support the Varsity Dance Team once again on January 17th in the High School Gym. There will be an amazing display of talent and charity as multiple dance teams and companies will come together to dance to help dreams become a reality for those kids at Blythedale. We all know what an amazing feeling it is to give back to people less fortunate; it’s a feeling almost unparalleled to any other. Every dollar counts so please show your support, and come and have a great time!

Gabrielle DiStefano is a member of the Byram Hills Varsity Dance Team

Byram Hills Shape

Kids Get In SHAPE to Help Others
By Ethan Max

January, 18, 2014 -- This event has been postponed. Check back for further details.
Students Helping Athletes Play Everywhere (S.H.A.P.E.) is a new club at Byram Hills High School that helps children in less fortunate schools have the opportunities to play sports that the kids in our school District often take for granted. One of the biggest problem in less fortunate school districts is that they cannot always afford the sports equipment necessary for after school sports or even gym classes. This is where S.H.A.P.E. comes in. We plan on raising money to help donate sports equipment to schools in need.

On January 18, 2014, SHAPE will host the first "Get in SHAPE Day," a fun, active fundraising event, to benefit The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers (UAGC), which is located in the Bronx. 

"Get in SHAPE Day" will be available to all Wampus School students on from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Byram Hills High School gym. Parents will drop off their children to participate. Throughout the morning, each group will rotate through different stations: mission impossible; four square; basketball; hula hoop …. The younger students will interact with high school students and get to play sports with them. This will be a fun way for children to get active on a Saturday morning while helping the less fortunate. All proceeds will go to obtaining sports equipment for those less fortunate.

Click here for registration form. 

Ethan Max is a Junior at Byram Hills High School and the Founder and President of the S.H.A.P.E. Club.
Hickory and Tweed
Bobcats Score Big on the Ice

February 13, 2014
The Byram Hills Varsity Hockey team won their second annual Pink the Rink game 3-0 against their neighborhood rivals, Fox Lane, while raising $1600 for the American Cancer Society. In addition to taking home the trophy, the Bobcats' win also secured their spot in the sectional playoffs.

Byram Hills Track Team Strikes Gold                    
by Coach Greg Govan

February 2, 2014
At the Westchester County Championship meet, held at the 168th Street Armory on February 1, two new Byram Hills school records were established. Taylor Davis went 8’ 09” in the pole vault, winning the Gold Medal. The previous record of 8’ 06” was co-held by Taylor Davis (January 12th, league meet) and Kristin Hasselgren (2-15-09, Class B meet).

Carly Schwartz ran 9.20 in the trials of the 55-meter hurdles, besting her own record of 9.21, set at the Kickoff on December 7, 2013.  Carly was 7th in the finals.
Other County meet medalists or Top Ten List additions:
Frank Vesuvio came within 1” of the high jump record when he cleared 6’ 0” on his first attempt to place 2nd in the event.  The mark places Frank # 2 on the Byram Hills All Time list.
Nick Giordano was 4th in the 600m run, with a time of 1:26.52.
Kevin Aronne placed 5th in the triple event with a jump of 40’ 0”.
Victoria Parrish placed 6th in the 1500m walk with a time of 8:10.61, which places her 5th on the Byram Hills All Time List.
The girls 4 x 400m relay team (Noelle Love--Rachel Vega--Kate Khouri--Carly Schwartz) ran 4:22.21 to move to 
#7 on the Byram Hills All Time list.