May 10, 2016 Byram Hills High School Baseball Team beat Rye 4-0 on Tuesday. Despite the two teams' season record to date, they were recent top teams in the state. As they approach the post season, the two rivals will face one another in one of the last games of the regular season on Thursday May 12 at Byram Hills High School.
Come out early to cheer for the Bobcat's big game on their Senior Day.
April 6, 2016 Byram Hills Varsity Baseball Team opened the 2016 season at home today with a 8 to 0 win over Yonkers. Photos, thanks to Harry Malles.
Byram Hills Baseball
April 24, 2016 Above are photos from multiple games of Byram Hills playing Harrison, Nanuet, and Port Chester.
Byram Hills Track and Field Strong at League Championships By Amanda Boyle
April 29, 2016 The second day of the League Championship was similarly successful as the first for the Byram Hills track and field team. While the girls team finished overall second to Harrison, the girls were individually winners of nine of the eighteen events. That includes Sam Mayers finishing first and tying her own school record of 12.6 in the 100 meter dash. The girls 4 x 100 meter relay team also tied a school record, coming in first in their race with a time of 51.4. Carly Schwartz had a great night coming in first in both the 100 meter hurdles, with a time of 16.1, and the 400 meter dash, with a time of 1:00.2. The boys 4 x 800 meter relay team also came in first, with a time of 8:58.2.
The athletes also had several second and third place finishes. Jennifer Mui and Rebecca Cawkwell finished second and third, respectively, in the 3000 meter run, and Julia Zaborowsky finished third in the pentathlon.
A big congratulations to all the athletes that ran, jumped, and threw at the two day League event.
April 26, 2016 The sun was out for the first day of the League Championships Monday, April 25, at Byram Hills High School. It was, as head Coach Greg Govan would say, a beautiful day for running. There are five other schools in our league other than Byram Hills: Port Chester, Rye, Harrison, Pelham, and Eastchester. The second day of the League Championships is Tuesday, April 26 at Pelham High School.
It was an exciting and successful day for the Byram Hills team, with seven league champions, including Rebecca Cawkwell in the 2000 meter steeplechase with a time of 8:15.5, Sam Mayers in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.8, and Emily Resnik twice in discus with a distance of 78'04" and shot put with a distance of 30'01".
Jennifer Mui came in second in the 1500 meter run, but broke a school record that has stood for twenty-one years. Mui ran an impressive time of 4:53.4, besting Julie Cantatore's previous record of 4:56.5 by several seconds. Mui said before the race that her strategy was to "stay with the person in first." Mui also gets encouragement from her father Gary Mui, one of many parents that show up for meets and a former track runner himself, who calls out her time for her at different intervals of the race, so she knows if she is on pace or not.
The other athletes we spoke to before the meet, including Jason Katz, who finished first in pole vault with a height of 10'09", spoke of aiming for personal bests. Katz said that for pole vaulters, they think in terms of "three inches at a time, six inches at a time." Caroline DiVencenzo also placed first for women's pole vault with a height of 7'06". Katz said that the pole vaulters work together to encourage and push each other.
Rob Castagna, Byram Hills's athletic director, was present for the meet. Castagna spoke of how the students have been working hard and considered that for the athletes being on their home turf would be "to their advantage. They enjoy being in their home facility." That certainly was the case, with "many outstanding performances" as Coach Govan said after the meet. We wish the team the best of luck on day two of the League Championship.
Ally Steffen To Golf at States for Second Year By Emily Sherman
May 31, 2016 For the second consecutive year, Ally Steffen will be making her way to the section 1 Girls Golf State finals. The Byram Hills junior fired an eight over 81 in the sectional final tournament on Tuesday at the Whippoorwill Club. She placed 5th overall. Steffen will be playing in the New York state finals on June 3, 4, and 5 in Bethpage, Long Island.
This season, Steffen received All-League and All-Section honors. She said she feels comfortable going into the next round because it’s starting from scratch. Being a relaxed golfer is her biggest asset as she can easily “let go of a bad shot or bad hole to recover with a birdie to put myself back in the game.”
Steffen will be playing golf for the University of Richmond starting in September 2017.
We wish her the best at this year’s state finals.
More Impressive Outings by Byram Hills Track and Field Girls
May 29, 2016 For the first time ever, the Girls Track and Field won the Section 1, Class B Championship meet on Thursday May 26 at Beacon High School. Individuals that won their events were: Sam Mayers in the 100 meter dash, Emily Resnik for discus, Jennifer Mui in the 2000 meter steeplechase, and the girls 4 x 100 meter relay team, and 4 x 400 meter relay teams. There were also a number of second and third place finishes. Championship Meet Team Results
The 4 x 100 meter relay team, made up of Sam Mayers, Nicole Meyers, Carly Schwartz and Ally Tuzzo, set a new meet record of 50.59.
These same four young women made up a 4 x 200 meter relay (a less popularly ran relay race) team at the East Coast Relays on Monday May 23 at Randolph High School. “After two rain delays the gun went off and our team crossed the finish line to secure another school record,” said Coach Greg Govan. The team excelled at their race, setting a new school record of 1:48.26. The old school record of 1:49.39 was set in June 2007 at the Eastern States Championships held at Iona Pre.
There have been many new school records so far this season, including Sam Mayers and Jennifer Mui both setting and then exceeding their own marks within the season in the 100 meter and 1500 meter races, respectively.
The girls short sprint medley relay team qualified for National Championships, which will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina, June 17 to 19. We wish them and the entire Track and Field team good luck for the rest of the season.
Jackson Harrower, Byram Hills Golfer, Birdied His Way to Round Two By Emily Sherman
Updated June 1, 2016 Jackson Harrower, Byram Hills High School senior, finished the first round of the Section 1 golf tournament, shooting three shots over par on Monday, tying him for second place. After a windy first day at Waccabuc Country Club on Monday, Brent Ito of Ardsley led the group.
Harrower was among 30 players who qualified to play in the next round on Wednesday at Fenway Golf Club, Scarsdale. The top-nine players then continue on to the state championships.
Harrower is a returning Byram Hills varsity player. As the only golfer from Byram Hills to make the sectional playoffs, he was excited to play on Wednesday, noting, “This is an excellent opportunity for me to put an exclamation point on the end of my high school career. It’s been a great run so far. I couldn’t ask for better teammates or a more devoted and easygoing coach.”
Harrower tied for eighth in the two day Section 1 golf tournament and received all-section honors. He will be playing golf for Bowdoin College in September.
Byram Hills Girls Track & Field Team Set Four New School Records at County Championship By Coach Gregory Govan
May 21, 2016 Honestly it is hard for me to imagine a better day from our team. At the first day of the two-day Westchester County Championship meet held at Mt. Vernon High School, both the boys and girls team had many sparkling performances.
100 Meters Starting off the parade was Sam Mayers. In the third trial heat of the 100 meter dash, Sam ran away from her competitors to win comfortably. Clocking 12.67, she erased the recent mark (12.80) she set in the finals of the Somers-Lions Invitational on May 7.
4 X 100 Meter Relay Next came the girls 4 x 400 meter relay. Running in the first trial section Sam Mayers blazed through the first leg. Then with an excellent hand off we watched Nicole Meyer zoom down the straight.
Carly Schwartz received the baton cleanly and scorched the 2nd turn. We saw smoke rising from the track when she handed off to Ally Tuzzo our anchor leg, who crossed the finish line in 50.53. The performance took an entire second off of the school record they tied (51.4) with their first place finish at the League Championship Meet at Pelham on April 27.
1500 Meters What a race we witnessed for the 1500 meters. Late in the day in one of the few finals held on the first day, Jennifer Mui ran 4:48.43 to knock 5-seconds from the school record she set at the League Championship meet at Byram Hills on April 25.
Javelin Finally, Emily Resnik threw the Javelin 81’ 04” to break the school record held by Bonnie Pears (76’ 10”) set in 1986.
New School and Meet Records for Byram Hills Track and Field By Amanda Boyle
May 17, 2016 The Byram Hills Track and Field team continued its impressive season at the Rasbeck Relays at Irvington High School.
The girls team won the overall team championship, with many great performances. The girls sprint medley relay team not only smashed the school record (previously 1:58.2) with their time of 1:51.99, they also set a new meet record and qualified for the National Chamionships. Good luck girls!
The girls 4 x 100 team and the girls distance medley relay team also won with new meet records of 51.67 and 13:07.34, respectively. The girls 4 x 200 team won their race, as did the 3000 meter team race (which is made up of two runners, Rebecca Cawkwell and Jennifer Mui).
On the field side of things, Emily Resnik won discus, Caroline DeVincenzo won high jump, and Tess Condron won long jump.
The boys also had a good day. Matt Turk and Jon Mui won the 3200 meter team race. In field events, Jason Katz won pole vault and Drew D'Onofrio won shot put.
Congratulations to the whole team for a very exciting day!
Byram Hills Track and Field Team Sets Several Records
April 24, 2016 Byram Hills Track and Field Team had a terrific day at the Cougar Invitational Meet at JFK Bellmore High School on Saturday April 16.
Coach Greg Govan highlighted some of the day’s events:
“Sam Mayers eclipsed the school record in the 100 meter dash when she ran away from the field with a 12.6 clocking. She also notched a second individual victory in the 200 meter dash, stopping the watches in 26.3, a new personal best.
“Carly Schwartz was also an individual double gold medalists. She ran away from the competition with a time of 16.2 in the 100 meter hurdles. She had a much closer affair in the 400 meter hurdles, where her 1:08.9 established a new meet record.
“Jennifer Mui led off the victory parade when she totally dominated the 3000 meter run, setting a new meet record in 10:53.1.
“Another gold medal was claimed by John Duarte with his 2:09.4 performance in the fresh-sophomore 800 meter run.
“In the final event of the meet, the girls relay team—Sam Mayers, Nicole Meyer, Carly Schwartz, and Rebecca Cawkwell—won the sprint medley relay in 4:33.8.”
A link to the meet results are below. The League Championship meet will be held over two days, Byram Hills High School will host on Monday April 25 at 3:30 p.m. and Pelham High School will host on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
Byram Hills Students: Consider the Golf Team By Jackson Harrower
May 20, 2016 The Byram Hills golf program is an excellent opportunity to get teenagers involved in a game that everyone can enjoy. The junior varsity team is accessible to young players with minimal play experience. The varsity team is competitive but still accessible, with the less experienced players on the boys team averaging in the high 40’s and low 50’s for nine holes. The team is serious, but the commitment is a manageable three to four days per week.
Boys varsity coach William Twardy notes, “The great thing about playing high school golf is that it’s one of the rare sports that you can continue to improve upon and enjoy throughout your life.
"Playing golf at Byram Hills allows one to develop and hone the technical and tactical elements of the game. Bobcat golfers regularly test their mettle on some of the best golf courses in the country. The chance to play on the team really is a fantastic opportunity.”
The girls program does not include a JV team but the varsity is equally as competitive and exciting as the boys team. Head girls coach Ken Kaplan offers, “The Byram Hills golf program has had a long, successful history. We have had two Section 1 Champions--” (Stu Kaufman, 2009, Hayley Kaplan, 2010) “-- and numerous Sectional Team members and State Competitors. The girls program currently has as a member Ally Steffen, who was a member of the Section 1 State Championship Team last year. The golfers play serious, competitive golf at some of the area’s finest and most demanding golf courses.” The golf teams require skill and commitment, but they are also an excellent opportunity to build lasting friendships.
Byram Hills junior Nathan Weinhoff says, “The camaraderie of the team is exceptional. The members all really care about each other, and we always have a great time.”
During the early 1970’s, the Byram Hills Golf Team was a dominant force in the section. The team averaged approximately four wins for every loss in the five year span from 1970 to 1975. This prolonged success was achieved in large part thanks to the exceptional play of student athletes Don Scott, John Williford, Rich Sauerhaft, and Ricky Freeland. These Byram Hills athletic greats shared many stories from their years on the team.
Mr. Sauerhaft fondly recalls the time he witnessed Don Scott and former head coach Dave Buffington settle a lineup argument with a wrestling match on the women’s tee (which was closest to the parking lot) of Rye Golf Club. Sauerhaft jokingly recalls, “we quickly learned that the rumors of Coach Buffington's wrestling abilities were true. He had Don’s head and shoulders on the ground with his feet in the air as the opposing team’s bus pulled into the parking lot.” The members of the Byram Hills golf “dream team” continue to make new and lasting memories on the golf course to this day.
Williford says, “I've stayed addicted to golf these past 40 years. There's nothing like being on the course on a summer morning or at dusk, or the feeling from hitting a good drive.”
Baseball Team Advances to Round 2 of Section 1, Class A Playoffs
May 21, 2016 No. 10 Byram Hills won 8-2 over Pelham on Saturday at Glover Field. The Bobcats move into the quarterfinals to play No. 2 John Jay Cross River away on Monday May 23.
Lucky Number 13 for Byram Hills Track Team
May 15, 2016 The number 13 lined up perfectly for the girls Byram Hills Track Team Thursday night at the Loucks Games at White Plains H. S.
• 13 - age of Jennifer Mui • 13 - school records set by Carly Schwartz • 13 - birth day of Carly Schwartz • 13 - the number worn by the girls on their hips & chests for the race • 13 - the mark to break
12:56.33 was the time on the electronic timing device as the girls team of Rebecca Cawkwell, Carly Schwartz, Sophia Manners and Jennifer Mui shattered the old record of 13:20 set in 2013. In 2013, the old school record of 13:20.4 was set at the Jay Fest held at John Jay H.S.
Schwartz also went through the 60 second barrier for the first time when she recorded a 59.5 clocking for her 400 meter leg.
Byram Hills High School athletes kicked off Homecoming activities on Thursday April 28 by spreading Bobcat spirit at the district’s middle school and elementary schools.
The high school’s “Traveling Pep Rally,” including varsity team captains and varsity cheerleaders, greeted the district’s younger students as they arrived at The Coman Hill School, The Wampus School and HC Crittenden Middle School in Armonk. Bobcat team mascots and the high school students cheered and shared high-fives with the younger students to whip up excitement for this weekend’s Homecoming.
On Friday April 29, the following games will be played:
• 3:30 p.m. V Field Hockey vs. Nanuet
• 4:15 p.m. V Girls Tennis vs. Harrison
• 4:15 p.m. JV Boys Soccer vs. Pelham
• 4:30 p.m. V Volleyball vs. Nanuet
• 4:30 p.m. JV Volleyball vs. Nanuet
• 5:30 p.m. V Girls Soccer vs. Bronxville.
There will also be a 7:15 pm Community Pep Rally and fireworks at Byram Hills High School.
Saturday’s Homecoming events kick off at noon with a parade down Main Street in Armonk. There will be a 3 p.m. Varsity Football game against Beacon High School, with the Homecoming Court introduced at half time. From 2 to 5 p.m., there will be a barbeque and concessions.
All games are at the Byram Hills High School.
The Triumph of Loss By Emily Sherman
May 12, 2016 The Byram Hills varsity softball team took their home field on Monday afternoon to play Eastchester. With matching cleats and uniforms, the Bobcat girls played hard, scoring a run early. Although Eastchester caught up and played hard as well, the spirit of the Bobcats remained persistent. While the Bobcats ended up behind in the score, what remained was the team's spirit and pride.
The softball program has always been a team with a smaller group of girls than other sports such as soccer, forging a close bond and need for teamwork. As Amanda Salazar, senior captain said, “The outcome of the game doesn’t matter if we leave everything on the field that day.”
Watching the softball team and thinking about all of the time I’ve spent on the high school fields as a Byram Hills student-athlete, I’ve learned that loss is inevitable but your reaction can change. The anger, sadness, or disappointment you may feel after losing can easily bring out the worst in a person. But it also offers a time for unity, maturity, and reflection. No one likes to lose, but when things don’t always work out, a team is forced to come together and reconfigure, often resulting in a positive movement for the team as a whole. An important lesson to be taken away is, something positive can come from something that initially appears to be negative.
Emily Sherman is a Byram Hills High School student intern.
April 11,2016 Byram Bobcats fall to Pearl River Pirates 5-3 - Photos Harry Malles