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About Mike Smith

Mike Smith has been with Hometown Media Group since 2007, serving as the company’s Sports Editor. Mike has been commended for his work by the New York Press Association, winning awards in 2008 for “Best Sports Feature” and again in 2009 as part of a team that put together “The Game,” a breakdown of the Harrison-Rye football rivalry, which won for “Best Special Section.” His weekly column, “Live Mike,” offers his unique insights into a broad range of topics in the sports world. He resides in Eastchester, N.Y. and spends most of his free time serving as the player-manager for a competitive men’s baseball team in New York City. Reach Mike at 914-653-1000 x22 or sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.

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Column: New year, new hope

Many people have plans for self-improvement at the dawn of a new year. Sports Editor Mike Smith, second from right, is hoping that his sports teams are able to turn things around. Photo courtesy Mike Smith

Many people have plans for self-improvement at the dawn of a new year. Sports Editor Mike Smith, second from right, is hoping that his sports teams are able to turn things around. Photo courtesy Mike Smith

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to turn the page on 2015—at least sportswise.

From a fandom perspective, this hasn’t been a great year for me.

The Giants, who were thankfully put out of their misery this past weekend, were positively atrocious, only kept afloat for weeks by the grace of playing in such a terrible division.

My Red Sox? I’m not sure they played a Major League Baseball-worthy game after May rolled around.

The less said about the Knicks, the better; when your team is on pace for a sub .500 season and it shows a marked improvement over the previous year, there’s not a lot to cheer for.

And even the teams I follow that did well—the hockey Rangers and my adopted National League-favorite Mets—managed deep postseason runs, only to be undone by the very flaws that had their supporters concerned all season long.

So why am I expecting things to be any better in 2016?

Maybe I’m an optimist; maybe I just don’t learn.

Right now, things don’t look promising for our in-season teams. The Rangers, who looked like the best team—at least record-wise—in the NHL for a month, are in the midst of a mid-winter swoon that would make the Washington Generals blush. The Knicks, even with Kristaps Porzingis energizing the fan base, are clearly also-rans without a discernable plan for the future.

Sure I was pumped by the, ahem, Price-y free agent splash the Red Sox made during the winter meetings, but since news broke on Dec. 28 that the Yankees strengthened their bullpen by trading for the flame-throwing Aroldis Chapman, it looks as though Boston is in for, at best, a third-place finish within the division.

But that’s the thing about sports fandom: it invites you to suspend the pretense of rationality for as long as possible.

For now, I can still hold out hope that my teams will turn it around. Maybe the Knicks will put together a winning streak and make the playoffs. Maybe the Rangers will find a way to get off a snide that’s seen them win only four of their last 16 games and battle back to the top of the division. Maybe PED suspensions and balky elbow ligaments will wreak havoc on the Yankees’ pitching staff.

Maybe 2016 will be a better year. Maybe I’ll actually have some reason to cheer over the next 12 months.

One can only hope. Unfortunately, that’s what makes being a fan so darn frustrating.

 

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Huskies shine at Rye

 

Dennis Brecani goes for his opponent’s legs. Photos/Bobby Begun

Dennis Brecani goes for his opponent’s legs. Photos/Bobby Begun

By MIKE SMITH
Despite having only one senior wrestler, Harrison has gotten off to a quick start in 2015 with a strong showing at Rye’s Bernie Miller Invitational Dual Meet Tournament on Dec. 5. Finishing third in the field of eight, the Huskies seem eager to make some noise within Section I this year. 

Three Huskies grapplers took home individual honors on Saturday, as Andrew Hollander, Jay Martins and Rob Donohue won recognition for their excellence in the 145, 120 and 195-pound brackets, respectively. Martins was also named the tournament’s most outstanding junior.

Overall, head coach Vin Nicita was pleased with his team’s performance in the dual meet tourney.

“It was a good tournament and we performed well,” Nicita said. “Especially having only one senior wrestling for us, I was very happy.”

From left, Andrew Hollander, Jay Martins and Rob Donohue celebrate their individual titles at the Bernie Miller Invitational on Dec. 5. Harrison took third place overall. Contributed photo

From left, Andrew Hollander, Jay Martins and Rob Donohue celebrate their individual titles at the Bernie Miller Invitational on Dec. 5. Harrison took third place overall. Contributed photo

After a pre-season injury to Jake Ullerick, which will keep him out for the year, co-captain TJ DiNota came into the year as Harrison’s lone senior on the roster. But with DiNota and Ullerick working alongside a talented crop of juniors, Nicita said there is plenty of veteran leadership on the squad.

“TJ has been great and Jake has been to all the practices and kind of stepped into an assistant coach’s role,” he said. “And the junior class is full of great kids like Martins, Donohue and Daniel Choe, who have all stepped up as well.”

Harrison had a grueling first week of the season, with a quad meet at home on Dec. 4 and the Bernie Miller Invitational the following day. The Huskies came out with a 6-4 record, but more importantly, they are being tested early on, according to the head coach. In particular, the coach was impressed with the performance of Choe, who wrestled All-State 99-pounder Justin Lopez of Yonkers to a hard-fought two-point loss.

“The kids are getting a lot of mat time, a lot of experience,” Nicita said. “I just feel like they’re really getting where they need to be, and even in our losses, I love the way they’ve competed.”

TJ DiNota tangles with an opponent at Rye High School on Dec. 5.

TJ DiNota tangles with an opponent at Rye High School on Dec. 5.

The Huskies will be back in action this weekend when they travel to East Fishkill for the annual John Jay tournament and will be competing in the Tony Carlucci Meet at Port Chester later this month. Come January, Harrison’s schedule will feature more individual dual-meets as the team gets primed for the postseason.

“Our No. 1 goal this year is to defend our league title, and we just want to keep on getting better every day,” Nicita said. “By the end of the year, I fully expect us to have some wrestlers who are all-section caliber.”

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Rye’s Miles Giordano takes down a grappler from Scarsdale at the Bernie Miller Invitational.

Rye’s Miles Giordano takes down a grappler from Scarsdale at the Bernie Miller Invitational.

 

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Athlete of the week:

Spencer-Hunt-AOWBy LIAM BRENNAN
This week’s Athlete of the Week is squash enthusiast and team co-captain, junior Spencer Hunt. This is Hunt’s third year of playing varsity squash, and his second year as a co-captain. He competed at nationals last year, where he played some of the best players in the country. The team’s first match of the season occurred on Friday, Dec. 4 at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. 

Garnet coach Mohammed Ali said that Hunt leads by example, which motivates the rest of the team to perform at a higher level.

“Spencer Hunt is a young man of few words but a great squash player with many talents,” Ali said. “His actions speak loudly on the court and allow his skills to do most of the talking.”

Teammate Charlie Flynn agreed with his coach and said that Hunt pushes his teammates to be the best players they can be.

“Spencer sets a great example for the rest of his teammates,” Flynn said. “[He is] always pushing himself to be a better player by practicing and competing in tournaments.”

Hunt is also on the Rye High School golf team, and has been on the high honor roll every quarter since middle school. He has tutored at the Ward Summer Institute and has also been on mission trips with his church for the past two summers rebuilding homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Additionally, Hunt teaches lacrosse to local youths at Rye House Lacrosse in the spring.

Max Picker celebrates his hat trick against New Rochelle on Dec. 4. Picker’s three goals helped the Titans top the Huguenots 5-1. Photo/Mike Smith

The Review Roundup

Max Picker celebrates his hat trick against New Rochelle on Dec. 4. Picker’s three goals helped the Titans top the Huguenots 5-1. Photo/Mike Smith

Max Picker celebrates his hat trick against New Rochelle on Dec. 4. Picker’s three goals helped the Titans top the Huguenots 5-1. Photo/Mike Smith

Ice Hockey
12/4 Rye Town/Harrison d. New Rochelle 5-1
A Max Picker hat trick helped the Titans stay perfect on Friday, as RTH held off a hard-skating Huguenot team at the Ice Hutch. Joey Livornese made 18 saves in the win.

 

12/5 Mamaroneck d. Shenendehowa 5-1
The Tigers continued their unbeaten streak with a 5-1 win over the Plainsman in the finals of the 15th annual Saratoga Tournament on Saturday evening. Connor LeBlanc netted a hat trick for Mamaroneck to lead the way, but the Tigers also got goals from Harrison Schreiber and James Torre to seal the win. Tommy Spero stopped 11 of 12 shots to help the Tigers hold onto the win.

 

12/5 Mamaroneck (Black) d. Pearl River 4-3
Mamaroneck’s second varsity team also scored a win on Friday, defeating Pearl River 4-3 for its second victory of the season. The Tigers built up a big lead, thanks to goals by Tommy Conley, Greg Sullivan, Harrison Fried and Colin Lavan, but surrendered three third period goals to the Pirates.

The Mamaroneck Black team is currently 2-0 on the season, and will play Hendrick Hudson on Dec. 9, after press time.

 

12/7 Rye Town/Harrison d. Byram Hills 9-5
The Titans enjoyed an offensive explosion on Monday night as they powered past the Bobcats with a nine-goal showing. Jackson Schultz scored four goals on the night and Brian Ketchebaw added two of his own, as RTH improved to 5-0 on the year.

The Titans will take on Briarcliff on Dec. 12 at the Westchester Skating Academy.

 

Boys Basketball
12/7 Rye Neck d. Valhalla 49-45
After suffering through a winless campaign last year, the Panthers have started hot in 2015, winning their first two games of the season. On Monday, they topped a solid Valhalla squad, thanks to an impressive showing by Kol Lewis, who drained five shots from behind the arc and finished with a

game-high 23 points.

 

12/8 Mamaroneck d. Sleepy Hollow 63-54

Miles Haughton scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Mamaroneck’s season-opening victory over Sleepy Hollow on Tuesday. Will Tuck also shined in his varsity debut, notching 12 points and eight rebounds in the game.

Mamaroneck’s win was the 100th career victory for head coach Tyrone Carver, who attended high school at Sleepy Hollow.

The Tigers will be back in action on Dec. 10, after press time, when they travel to Clarkstown South for a tilt with the Vikings.

-Reporting by Mike Smith
Bold denotes home team
Bold denotes home team

Max Picker celebrates his hat trick against New Rochelle on Dec. 4. Picker’s three goals helped the Titans top the Huguenots 5-1. Photo/Mike Smith

Titans stay perfect

Max Picker celebrates his hat trick against New Rochelle on Dec. 4. Picker’s three goals helped the Titans top the Huguenots 5-1. Photo/Mike Smith

Max Picker celebrates his hat trick against New Rochelle on Dec. 4. Picker’s three goals helped the Titans top the Huguenots 5-1. Photo/Mike Smith

With wins over New Rochelle and Byram Hills this week, the Rye Town/Harrison hockey team kept its winning streak going as they improved to 5-0 on the season.

On Dec. 4, the Titans fought off a scrappy New Rochelle team, thanks to a three-goal performance from Max Picker, and topped the Huguenots 5-1.

The Titans stayed hot three days later when they topped Byram Hills 9-5 in their home-opener. Against the Bobcats, Jackson Schultz proved to be the hero, scoring four goals on the night in a season-high performance. Brian Ketchebaw also added two goals in the win.

The Titans travel to the Westchester Skating Academy on Dec. 12 to take on Briarcliff.

-Reporting by Mike Smith

Sam Hodman and his partner, Valerie Sroka, left, qualified for the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championship with a solid performance at Midwest Sectionals last month. This is the second time the duo has advanced to the national championships. Contributed photo

Hodman qualifies for nationals

 

 

Sam Hodman and his partner, Valerie Sroka, left, qualified for the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championship with a solid performance at Midwest Sectionals last month. This is the second time the duo has advanced to the national championships. Contributed photo

Sam Hodman and his partner, Valerie Sroka, left, qualified for the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championship with a solid performance at Midwest Sectionals last month. This is the second time the duo has advanced to the national championships. Contributed photo

By MIKE SMITH
The 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championship, set to be held in Saint Paul, Minn., next month will have something of a local flavor, as Mamaroneck High School freshman Sam Hodman will hit the ice looking to bring home a medal in the Juvenile Ice Dance division.

Hodman, 14, and his partner Valerie Sroka qualified for the nationals after placing fourth at the Midwestern Sectional Championships held in Strongsville, Ohio, last month.

The Mamaroneck resident, who has been skating for around six years, made the transition to ice dancing—a pairs discipline—four years ago and is already making a name for himself. This is the second-straight year the duo has qualified for the national championships.

According to Hodman, the transition from singles skating to ice dancing took some getting used to.

“With individual skating, I got to do more things like spins and jumps, but with partner skating, you don’t have some of those elements,” he said. “The biggest difference is you have to do different stuff and support your partner.”

Leading up to sectionals, Hodman and Sroka logged about seven hours of ice time together per week, but the pair will likely look to put more time in with nationals looming. One minor obstacle, Hodman explains, is the distance between him and his partner, who lives in New Jersey. Sroka and Hodman also practice in New Jersey, which requires upwards of an hour of travel for each workout.

“It definitely limits us, so we try to take advantage of every single session,” Hodman said. “We have to put in 100 percent effort; we can’t waste any time because we don’t have that much time.”

With the biggest competition of the year on the horizon, Hodman said that the pair is currently working on fine-tuning the routine and making sure they hit all their marks.

“There are certain areas we need to tighten up,” he said. “We need to make sure we’re showing the judges all the elements, because sometimes they aren’t defined enough.”

Although he admits that the previous trip to nationals should help the duo prepare for this year’s competition, Hodman also said that, last year, he and Sroka weren’t burdened by the pressure.

“Last time we went, we skated pretty well and part of that was because we felt we had nothing to lose,” he said. “But this year, we’re going to try to be more confident.”

In the end, however, Hodman said the only thing he and his partner can do is block out the judges and just skate their best.

“You can’t really control where the judges put us,” he said. “But if we can go out there, hit our elements and do everything we’ve be working on, I’ll be happy.”

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Ashley Anello brings the ball up the floor against Woodlands on Dec. 5. Eastchester topped Woodlands 58-49 in the Holiday Basketball Tournament Finals.

Eagles start season strong

By MIKE SMITH
Eastchester’s girls basketball team started the 2015 season off on a high note, as the veteran-laden squad was able to come away with a hard-fought 58-49 win over a solid Woodlands team. For second-year coach Lindsay Carr, the Eagles’ promising start could point to big things for

Fiona Teahan fights for a loose ball against Woodlands last Saturday.

Fiona Teahan fights for a loose ball against Woodlands last Saturday.

Eastchester this winter. 

Gabby Ricciardi and Cassidy Mitchell led the way for the Eagles in the tournament final, scoring 21 and 20 points respectively, as Eastchester was able to hold off a second-quarter challenge from the Falcons and come away with a nine-point win.

“We came out really strong, especially playing a team like Woodlands and how talented they are,” Carr said. “We had a conversation at halftime, and we came out focused, motivated and we executed.”

The Eagles topped Hunter College to advance to the finals and followed up the tournament win with a one-sided victory over Gorton on Dec. 7 to improve to 3-0 on the young season. For Carr, coming into the year with a host of returning players has made a world of difference.

“With nine girls returning, we knew what to expect from each other,” she said. “We had that baseline down so we expected to build on what we did last year.”

Ashley Anello takes a foul shot on Dec. 5. Anello is one of nine returning players on the Eagles this year.

Ashley Anello takes a foul shot on Dec. 5. Anello is one of nine returning players on the Eagles this year.

Along with Ricciardi and Mitchell, Carr is expecting big things from freshman point guard Ashley Anello, who saw time on the varsity as an eighth-grader last year.

According to the head coach, Anello should benefit from another season playing alongside Eastchester’s upperclassmen.

“She’s got good fundamentals and good skills,” Carr said. “And I think our seniors and juniors do such a great job leading her in the right direction.”

Carr is also happy with the team’s length, and believes that forwards like Fiona Teahan and Amanda Shkreli will have an impact on games this year.

“We have some good size,” she said. “If we can use our size, we can do some good things.”

The Eagles will be back in action on Dec. 11 when they play Ardsley in the first round of the Panthers’ tournament. Afterward, the squad will be primed for a Dec. 15 showdown against a solid Irvington team before hitting the road to play in the Pearl River tournament. After the winter break, the Eagles will begin league play, which brings with it some unique challenges against strong teams.

“Last year we came in just trying to win a few games, but this year, I think we have the talent to win a league title,” Carr said. “But we do have to play a lot of competitive teams like Pelham, Rye and Harrison.”

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An ETBE player pokes the puck up ice against Mt. Pleasant on Dec. 4. The Ice Cats topped the Eagles 10-4.

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An ETBE player pokes the puck up ice against Mt. Pleasant on Dec. 4. The Ice Cats topped the Eagles 10-4.

An ETBE player pokes the puck up ice against Mt. Pleasant on Dec. 4. The Ice Cats topped the Eagles 10-4.

Will Knox fights for the puck against the Ice Cats. Photos/Mike Smith

Will Knox fights for the puck against the Ice Cats. Photos/Mike Smith

An Eagle tries to sneak a puck past the Ice Cats goalie on Dec. 4. ETBE was shorthanded in the loss and should fare better with a full squad.

An Eagle tries to sneak a puck past the Ice Cats goalie on Dec. 4. ETBE was shorthanded in the loss and should fare better with a full squad.

An ETBE skater corrals the puck along the boards at the Ice Hutch on Dec. 4.

An ETBE skater corrals the puck along the boards at the Ice Hutch on Dec. 4.

By MIKE SMITH
On Dec. 4, the ETBE Eagles skated against Mt. Pleasant at the Ice Hutch and fell 10-4 to a solid Ice Cats team. Despite the loss, head coach Steve Forzaglia believes that his squad has the ability to make great strides this year.

The Ice Cats’ speed and depth presented a problem for the Eagles on Friday, as the ETBE squad, which takes players from Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville and Edgemont, was missing five players who were away on class trips. Mt. Pleasant was able to wear down the Eagles, who cut into a 3-0 second period deficit on a goal by Leo Gretzinger, but ultimately fell short in the comeback bid.

“Missing so many guys, we looked at the game as a learning experience,” Forzaglia said. “But I was very happy with the way the kids kept battling and didn’t give up.”

This season marks Forzaglia’s second with the ETBE squad. Although the Eagles are currently 0-2-1 on the season,
the head coach is happy with the way his team is starting to come together.

“Last year, I came in as a new coach, with a new system and new drills and it took a long time to get everybody aboard,” he said. “But this year, everybody knows what to expect, so it’s just about getting comfortable with each other on the ice.”

ETBE has a solid mix of veterans, including forwards like Gretzinger, Tyler Stupart and Eddie Cho, as well defensemen including Trevor Pettit and Jack Klion, whom Forzaglia believes will help some of the team’s younger players grow into their roles.

“Some of the guys we called up from modified at the end of last year have adjusted well to the speed of the game,” the head coach said. “And there are a few sophomores who we expect to be key players.”

ETBE will play a challenging league schedule this year, and Forzaglia believes that his squad will be tested during the regular season.

“I don’t think there’s a bad team in our league,” he said. “I think a lot of games are going to come down to which teams shows up to play.”

The Eagles will be back in action on Nov. 14, after press time, against another tough league foe in New Rochelle. Although the Huguenots are a hungry team, Forzaglia said, the Eagles should give them a run for their money.

“New Rochelle skates hard, they battle for 45 minutes,” he said. “But I think having a full team is going to make a world of difference for us.”

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Column: Will someone think of the kids?

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has gotten his team off to a perfect 12-0 record this season. Unfortunately, some people are focusing on his celebrations instead. Photo courtesy Keith Allison

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has gotten his team off to a perfect 12-0 record this season. Unfortunately, some people are focusing on his celebrations instead. Photo courtesy Keith Allison

If you take the word of fans and pundits alike, there is a growing menace in the world of professional football. It’s not gambling, concussion protocols, or the numerous instances of domestic violence that currently plagues the NFL; it’s something far more sinister.

It’s dancing.

On Dec. 6, in a Sunday night game against the Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown and proceeded to punctuate his score with one of the more memorable touchdown celebrations of the year: a full-speed, spread-eagle leap into the goalpost. Brown was flagged for excessive celebration—and for using the goalpost as a “prop”—but the reaction was generally benign, from the referee fighting back a smile as he made the call, to announcers Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth chuckling about it afterward. Everyone seemed to agree that, while an obvious penalty, Brown’s leap was all in good fun.

But the reaction to Brown’s jump seems out of step with some other recent responses to similar celebrations.

A few weeks ago, Cam Newton on the Carolina Panthers celebrated a touchdown run by performing “the dab,” a nascent dance move that, by all accounts, seems as harmless as “the peppermint twist.” But Newton’s “dabbing” unleashed a media firestorm, abounding with hot takes on how Newton’s dance moves don’t conform to his position as a high-profile quarterback in the NFL. Heck, the Charlotte Observer even printed an open letter to Newton, penned by a fan whose 9-year-old daughter was apparently “traumatized” after watching Newton revel in his scoring run.

So what’s the difference between these two scenarios? I think positions have a lot to do with it.

Brown is a wide receiver, a position long thought—fairly or otherwise—to be played primarily by a bunch of “me first” showboats. People point to players like Randy Moss and Chad Johnson as precedents of this kind of behavior, so when Brown does something like this, nobody bats an eye.

But Newton is a quarterback. It’s a position that people still, for some reason, associate with stolid, clean-cut—and, let’s face it, white—players, like Roger Staubach, Joe Montana and Johnny Unitas.

Newton is winning games, sure. He’s emerged as one of the league’s best quarterbacks, plays for one of the league’s best teams, and, regardless of how you feel about the Panthers, he’s got an infectious enthusiasm that makes him hard to root against. But to a few backwards holdouts, he’s shifting the paradigm of quarterbacking in the league, and there’s always going to be some resistance to change.

I just hope people come around to his side sooner rather than later. If you’re too hung up on his dance moves, you’re missing out on watching a truly exceptional player.

 

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From left, Kayla Correa, Monae Cooper and Symone Darius pose after signing their national letters of intent on Nov. 12 at the New Rochelle High School Library. All three Huguenot standouts will be competing in Division I collegiate athletics next year. Photo/Bobby Begun

New Rochelle Roundup

Keelan Thomas runs for a gain against John Jay. Against Saratoga Springs, Thomas returned an interception for a touchdown. Photo/Mike Smith

Keelan Thomas runs for a gain against John Jay. Against Saratoga Springs, Thomas returned an interception for a touchdown. Photo/Mike Smith

Football
11/21 Saratoga Springs d. New Rochelle 32-29
In the Class AA state semifinals, New Rochelle’s perfect season came to an end when it fell to the Blue Streaks in a hotly-contested nailbiter, 32-29.

The Huguenots had a chance to tie the game with 37 seconds left, when kicker Omar Pulido hit a 27-yard field goal to knot the score at 32. But the kick was disallowed when officials ruled that Saratoga called a timeout prior to the snap. When play resumed, Pulido’s subsequent kick sailed wide right.

Saratoga Springs was led by mammoth fullback Dakota Harvey, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound standout, who, at one point in the first half, had 120 yards and two touchdowns on six carries.

The Huguenots, however, made the most of several Blue Streaks’ miscues in the first half, as Keelan Thomas returned an interception for a touchdown and then clamped down in the second half, holding Saratoga Springs to -5 yards in the third quarter.

Greg Powell carries the ball during New Rochelle’s section championship win over John Jay on Nov. 7. Two weeks later, New Rochelle’s season came to an end with a 32-29 loss to Saratoga Springs in the Class AA state semifinals. Photo/Mike Smith

Greg Powell carries the ball during New Rochelle’s section championship win over John Jay on Nov. 7. Two weeks later, New Rochelle’s season came to an end with a 32-29 loss to Saratoga Springs in the Class AA state semifinals. Photo/Mike Smith

Greg Powell shined in his final game under center for New Rochelle, finishing the day with 216 yards and a passing touchdown.

In the state finals a week later, Saratoga Springs found itself on the wrong side of a lopsided score. Taking on Section V Aquinas Institute, the Blue Streaks were drubbed 44-19. Aquinas held a 44-0 lead into the fourth quarter before the Blue Streaks were able to mount a late rally.

Hockey
11/28 New Rochelle d. Rivertown 4-0
The Huguenots shut out the combined Rivertown team on Saturday, thanks in part to a two-goal performance from Nick Scollard. Scollard and teammate Karina Sirabian both had two assists on the day as well. Veteran goalie Arthur Liebowitz made 17 saves to keep Rivertown off the stat sheet.

The win puts the Huguenots at 1-0 on the season, but the schedule will kick off in earnest this week, when New Rochelle hosts a surging Rye Town/Harrison squad on Dec. 4. The Titans are off to a 3-0 start this year after dominating at the Guy Mathews Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament in White Plains last weekend.

 

From left, Kayla Correa, Monae Cooper and Symone Darius pose after signing their national letters of intent on Nov. 12 at the New Rochelle High School Library. All three Huguenot standouts will be competing in Division I collegiate athletics next year. Photo/Bobby Begun

From left, Kayla Correa, Monae Cooper and Symone Darius pose after signing their national letters of intent on Nov. 12 at the New Rochelle High School Library. All three Huguenot standouts will be competing in Division I collegiate athletics next year. Photo/Bobby Begun

College signings
On Nov. 12, New Rochelle celebrated the college decisions of three scholar-athletes, as Symone Darius, Monae Cooper and Kayla Correa all put pen to paper to sign their letters of intent.

Darius and Cooper are both track and field standouts at New Rochelle and will be attending strong Division I programs next year. Cooper will be running for the Northeastern Huskies while Darius will be competing in the SEC as part of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Correa, a basketball star, will be patrolling the hardwood for Maryland’s Coppin State University.