October 10, 2016 The Bobcat Run, held on October 8 at the Byram Hills High School cross country course, was a great success. It was the 10th year of the event and proved to be the largest so far. 39 schools attended, with over 1300 high school athletes and 250 middle school athletes.
The Byram Hills cross country teams did something never before achieved. Both the boys and girls teams were the champions of the small schools division. In open competition the boys team placed 2nd (against 36 schools) behind Fox Lane, while the girls team placed 3rd (amongst 36 teams) behind Brewster and East Meadow.
John Duarte was the individual champion in the varsity race. He ran 17:20.8 in the race, which had 224 finishers. Marc Violone is the Schools only other individual winner, bring home gold in 2010 and 2011.
Jennifer Mui placed third in the girls varsity race, going 19:48.4 against 151 contestants. She equaled our schools best individual finish at the meet. In 2010, Lauren Perschetz went 20:18.4 to place third. Mui's time is now # 1 on the Byram Hills All Time List. For the 10 year history of the Bobcat Run she is 13th best.
In the boys freshman race, John D’Avanzo placed third with a time of 8:39.8. He advanced up the Byram Hills All Time List and now sits in 5th. In the 10 year history of the meet D'Avanzo is ranked 13th All Time and 19th overall for the 1.5 mile course.
October 7, 2016 Two student-athletes from two separate schools came together as one for the first time ever to try a nail a spot in a national championship.
They came up a bit short.
Alexis Steffen of Armonk (Byram Hills High School) and Kaitlyn Lee of Scarsdale (Scarsdale High School) shot a 4-over 76 to finish in fifth place in Thursday’s 2017 USGA US Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship Sectional Qualifying tournament at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, New Jersey.
Brooklake Country Club played as a 6,231-yard, par-72 layout for the event.
12 golfers (comprised of six teams) fought for one qualifying place plus two alternates to claim their spot in the second annual championship, which will be held at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This will be the 17th USGA championship contested in South Carolina.
Ironically, their playing partners (Alice Hodge of Larchmont and Soona Lee-Tolley of New York) finished tied for first place with a 1-under 71 and finished as a second alternate as Yoona Kim (Oradell, NJ) and Katie Lee (Ringoes, Nj) qualified for the national tournament after winning on the fifth playoff hole amongst three teams.
Shannon Boyle and Brooke Cooper, both of New York, finished as first alternate.
“It was a lot of fun. This was my first-ever non-individual tournament and being able to feed off what she (Lee) was doing was really fun,” said Steffen, a 17-year-old senior who will be attending the University of Richmond next fall and who plays out of historic Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck. “It was a really nice course, but it was playing long today so you had to hit your shots far and accurate and that was tough,” Steffen said.
Teeing off in the first group at 8:30 a.m., Steffen and Lee shot a solid even-par 36 on the front nine with birdies on the par-4, 342-yard third hole and the par-4, 391-yard eighth hole, tying them for first place with two other groups heading into the back nine.
However, the back nine was a different story with no birdies and bogeys on four of the last five holes to finish the back nine with a 4-over 40.
One highlight on the back nine: a beautiful 40-foot par putt by Steffen on the par-4, 395-yard 11th hole.
After her tee shot went way right, Steffen drove it past the hole and bunker on the left side with her second shot and chipped it on the green with her third shot, before her excellent par save.
“We did a lot of ‘ham-and-egging’ today like every time I would have a bad hole she (Steffen) would make up for it and vice versa. I think the course was in a really good condition. It was a long course and that was helpful, especially when Alexis stepped in and drove it 250 yards,” said a smiling Lee, a sophomore who turns 15 on Oct. 17 and plays out of Westchester Country Club. “Overall it was a really great experience and I’m glad I played in it.”
Their individual golf seasons are not complete yet however.
Lee will be playing in the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Fall Classic at Hershey Country Club’s East Course in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Oct. 29-30.
Steffen will be playing in the Hurricane Golf Tour’s (HJGT) Kevin Chin Major at Bethpage State Park’s Blue Course in Farmingdale, New York on Oct. 15-16.
Cross Country Runners
Sept. 27, 2016 Byram Hills cross country teams have enjoyed a good amount of success this fall says Coach Greg Govan. The boys team captured first place in the junior boys race on September 13 at Van Cortlandt Park – meet results are here.
Jennifer Mui set the 1.5 mile course record on Byram Hills home course, at a dual meet on September 20. She also finished second at the Gressler Invitational held last Saturday at White Plains High School.
The boys team won again, finishing first in the Varsity I race at the Gressler Invitational – meet results are here.
Byram Hills Cross Country Bobcat Run
On Saturday October 8, the Byram Hills High School’s Cross Country Team will host the Bobcat Run on the Byram Hills cross country courses-- 2500 meter course and 5000 meter course. The meet has grown since it began in 2007. This year they will host 39 schools, with approximately 1,350 athletes plus another 200 middle school runners in the early morning races, which start at 9:20 a.m.. The order of events is as follows:
Mike Gulino Bobcat Run Saturday Oct. 8, 2016
Middle School Boys
2500 meters (1.5 miles)
Middle School Girls
5000 meters (3.1 miles)
Jamie Love Memorial Varsity Boys
Alumnus Named SUNY Cross Country Runner of the Week
Byram Hills alumnus Lauren Perschetz is a senior at SUNY Plattsburgh who is storming through the cross country running season. On September 3, she ran 18:51 placing third (5K) at the Cardinal Classic held on the Plattsburgh course. On September 10, in another 5K event (Ron Stonitsch Invitational) she placed fourth, running 19:01.2. On September 24, she had another third place finish in the Ronald C. Hoffman Invitational. This race was 6K (22:43.7). Her performances won her the SUNY Cross Country Runner of the Week.
Sportsmanship Promotion Banner Awarded to Byram Hills
August 31, 2016 The New York State Public High School Athletic Association recognized Byram Hills High School for its exemplary sportsmanship program that keeps sportsmanship in the forefront of the community. Byram Hills received the Sportsmanship Promotion Banner Award for its dedication and emphasize for the importance of fair play and respect at the high school’s athletic programs.
In July, Robert Castagna, Byram Hills Athlectic Director, accepted the awarded banner in honor of Byram Hills school district’s student body, coaches and spectators. Castagna’s career as Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health Education has spanned over 13 years. This year is his second year as Athletic Director at Byram Hills. He has implemented the Peer Leader Program where students are trained in conflict resolution of interscholastic athletics with a major emphasis on self-respect and respect for others.
Castagna says, “Community service is a very big part of what we focus on each season. Yes, our teams play to win and we want them to be competitive, but I can proudly say that winning games is never our primary focus. Education-based athletic programs should always be focused on building a team and creating a positive community.”
“At Byram Hills having and demonstrating good sportsmanship is more important than the win on the scoreboard. Character development, scholastic achievement and helping others is at the center of our program.” Once this foundation is set, then we can be proud of our athletic accomplishments,” Castagna concludes.
NYSPHSAA is a non-profit educational service that governs over 30 interscholastic sports throughout three seasons for students in grades 7 through 12. The association encourages as many students as possible to participate in athletic games. Nearly 800 school members are located in 11 geographical sections of New York State. This year marks the 19th year of NYSPHSSA sportsmanship promotional program and Byram Hills is one of the three New York State schools to receive the award this year.
New Season for Bobcat Football
August 19, 2016 Players of the Byram Hills High School’s varsity and junior varsity football teams train on the turf field with the coaching staff and new head coach Doug Carpenter. The strategy to expand the football teams with more athletes and to have them participate in voluntary camps, weight lifting and film sessions since January should help as they compete this season in a new league. The goal is to improve from last year’s varsity record of 1-8.