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Ossining’s Jamie Loeb Proves Herself a Perfect Match for Intercollegiate Tennis Title

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BY CHUCK SLATER
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Ossining’s Jamie Loeb, a North Carolina freshman, won the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate title on Nov. 10, defeating defending champ Robin Anderson in the final, 6-3, 6-2,  at the National Tennis Center in New York.

“I think it’s a great accomplishment, especially as a freshman,” said Loeb, who won her second straight college major tourney.

Loeb did not drop a set in the event.

November 12, 2013 |

Five Local Schools End Seasons on Short End of Title Games

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BY CHUCK SLATER
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While the Somers football and Lakeland field hockey teams enjoyed championship weekends, five other area squads with standout records failed to reach their ultimate goals.

Three were from Kennedy, whose teams all enjoyed big seasons in their first year in Catholic League play after leaving Section 1.

The girls soccer team, the intersectional city and Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Archdiocesan champions, raised its record to 19-1 winning the CHSAA state semifinals in Brooklyn on Nov. 9, 3-0 over Nardin behind Leah Greene’s two goals.  But the next day it dropped the final, 2-1, to St. John the Baptist. Kiera Hennessey had the lone JFK score.  “It was a very strong opponent,” said coach Brent Tieber.  “The girls can be very proud of their season.”

The Kennedy boys, the Archdiocesan champs, lost the city title to McClancy, also by 2-1.  The JFK girls volleyball team was eliminated in pool play of the CHSAA Class AA state tournament.

Two Division 1 volleyball teams dropped regional championship games on Nov. 9 in Arlington.  Yorktown fell to Cornwall, 27-25, 25-16, 20-25, 13-25, 25-17, in Class A, and Hen Hud, the surprising No. 10 seed that made it to the final, lost in three games to Oswego in Class B.

“As a captain and senior,” said Yorktown setter Danielle DeIulio, “it was a great honor and so much fun to go so far with these girls.”

November 11, 2013 |

Section Champ Somers Headed to State Football Quarterfinals

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BY CHUCK SLATER
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Somers High’s football team not only retained its Class A Section 1 championship but avenged its lone regular-season loss on Nov. 9 when it defeated previously unbeaten Rye, 20-7, in Mahopac.  It was Coach Tony DeMatteo’s club’s third straight tournament win over a higher-rated opponent.

The game’s key play came with four minutes to go when Somers, up just 13-7, stopped Rye within its own 1-yard line, the biggest effort of a defense that excelled all night. Erik Carnazza led the way with two sacks.

The game was scoreless until early in the third quarter when senior quarterback Tim Cousin, who had a big night for Somers, hit Josh Riger with a 60-yard scoring pass. Mark Fiacco’s 25-yard run ending the period put Somers up by two scores as it won its eighth straight.

“Give the 44 kids the credit, not the coaches,” said DeMatteo.  ‘They had been told they wouldn‘t even finish .500.”

Somers next faces the Section 9 champion on Nov. 15 in Kingston in the state quarterfinals.

November 11, 2013 |

Lakeland Field Hockey Champs’ ‘Drive for Five’ Is Very Much Alive

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BY CHUCK SLATER
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     Before the season began, Lakeland field hockey coach Sharon Sarsen referred to sophomore Dana Bozek as “the key to everything.” Never was that clearer than on Nov. 9 when Lakeland blanked Section 8’s Garden City, 3-0, in the Class B regional final to  keep alive its hopes of winning a fifth straight state championship.

Sarsen’s squad will face Section 4’s Vestal in the state semifinals in Syracuse on Nov. 16.

“We played awesome,” said Bozek, who praised the aggressive play of junior goalie Alex Halpin during what was a tight defensive struggle for most of the afternoon.  “Everyone wants to step up.”

Bozek opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game with a blazing shot off a corner and feed by Gab Celentano.  That was the only goal until Molly Fitzpatrick converted a lead pass by Steph Scala 10 minutes into the second half.  Bozek, who also excelled on defense with several steals, scored again with five minutes to play, again off a corner and a Celentano feed.

November 11, 2013 |

JFK Girls Make History

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By Chuck Slater
Kennedy Catholic”s girls soccer team continued to make history on Nov. 6 in the school’s first season in Catholic competition after leaving Section 1.  They defeated Christ the King 5-0 in the intersectional city championship in Brooklyn behind Leah Greene’s four goals.  The 18-1 Gaels became the first non-Staten Island team to win the CHSAA Archdiocese, beating Notre Dame, 2-1, four days earlier.

The girls next faced Buffalo’s Nardin Academy Saturday in the semifinals of the CHSAA state tournament.

“It’s nice to represent the Archdiocese in state competition,” sent Gaels coach Brent Tieber.  “It’s nice to make some history.”

November 7, 2013 |

‘We have Jews. You’re not getting them.’

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ROI by Frank J. Rich

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BY FRANK J. RICH

Happily, it is not only bread that rises to meet its destiny. In each is the heart and the sinew to make a difference.

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November 6, 2013 |
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