BY CHUCK SLATER
Excelling at skiing is like reaching Carnegie Hall. It takes practice, practice, practice.
Yorktown’s Alec Iurato started skiing early enough – at age 4. But he stopped a couple of years later, never again to tackle the mountain until he was a freshman in high school.
Excelling in this most demanding of sports also takes a lot of good health to put in long hours of preparation. It hasn’t worked that way for Alec Iurato. A better-than-average performer on the Yorktown ski varsity through his junior year, Iurato had some problems in his first love, baseball. A standout shortstop for Yorktown, he got hit in the eye in baseball, plus injured his hip and back playing the sport over the summer, not to mention suffering a partially torn labrum.
While skiing last fall, he reinjured his back.
“Yes, physical therapy has certainly limited his practice and training time,” said Wendy Nufer, the Huskers’ co-coach of skiing.
So how to explain the improvement and emergence as a title threat of Iurato for the Section 1 skiing championships beginning on Feb. 12?
For the first time this year, the section is staging a giant slalom competition – standard at the state level – and in large fields of competitors, Iurato has consistently been in the top four.
In the more familiar slalom, he has three firsts overall and a second. Included is a victory in a three-way meet with North Rockland and Ardsley in late January, where he mastered the Tuxedo Ridge course in 29.32 seconds.
“He’s improving every race,” said Nufer. “And he’s learning how to deal with setbacks and disappointments – in competition or injuries – on an even keel and to keep a positive outlook.”
Despite physical injuries suffered during his baseball season, Alec Iurato of Yorktown is seen as a title threat for the Section 1 skiing championships that start Feb. 12. Photo courtesy Coach Wendy Nufer
“He is really good at pushing himself at practice,” said junior teammate Emily Concialdi, who is even a stronger title hope for the girls than Iurato is for the boys. (more…)
February 5, 2014 | BruceApar
BY CHUCK SLATER
In gymnastics, harder is better. The more difficult a routine, the more points the judges award you.
Providing, of course, you accomplish it accurately.
Which brings us to Lakeland High junior Leanne Castelli, of Yorktown, the local gymnast with the best chance of excelling at the Section 1 championships on Feb. 6. (more…)
January 30, 2014 | BruceApar
Taconic Opera is bringing the fun and beauty of one of Rossini’s greatest comic operas to Westchester in March, with productions in White Plains and Yorktown.
Two of opera’s most famous comic creations, Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and his Cinderella, have been produced by Taconic Opera during the company’s 16-year history. They are among the funniest operas written by the “King of Comedy.” Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers, meanwhile, has been winning renown as perhaps his best comedy, debuting more frequently than ever in major opera houses throughout the world: 48 productions have been presented in 43 cities since January 2009. (more…)
January 29, 2014 | BruceApar
BRUCE THE BLOG
BY BRUCE APAR
Most of us at one point or another have an axe to grind, but what about acts of kindness? If only we were as quick to ease another’s pain as we are to complain.
Pain management is the business of hospitals, so it’s fitting that one of our region’s leading health care institutions has launched an “Acts of Kindness” campaign to commemorate its 125th anniversary. (more…)
January 28, 2014 | BruceApar
Just A Pinch Recipe Column
By Janet Tharpe
Gathering friends to watch the big game and looking for something to serve? Make sure to add Tawni Cress’ Buffalo Chicken Sliders to your menu game plan.
Wing sauce and blue cheese… in one?! Sign me up! This dish is delightfully easy and turns out one memorable game-day treat. Serve these and your guaranteed to earn some extra points.
January 24, 2014 | BruceApar
BY CHUCK SLATER
SPECIAL TO TOWNLINK NEWS + VIEWS
To score 25 points in a girls basketball game is noteworthy. To grab 25 rebounds is rarer. Mahopac senior Mairead Hynes did both before a home crowd on Jan. 22 in a 64-46 victory over Brewster. In addition, the 6-foot forward with a penchant for scoring inside went over the 1,000-point mark for her career, reaching 1,010.
“I knew I was close [to 1000],” said Hynes, who will play for Connecticut College next year. “Overall, I think this was my best game of the season.”
January 23, 2014 | BruceApar
BY CHUCK SLATER
Last spring, the Ossining girls basketball team had just finished the greatest season in its history, perhaps the greatest in any area girls basketball team’s history. Behind Saniya Chong, arguably the top girl ever to play basketball locally, the Pride had won a third straight section title and a state championship. Chong, now a semi-regular as a freshman on the University of Connecticut’s nationally top-ranked team, had averaged 35 points a game as a point guard and taken over contests when necessary.
And now she would be graduating. Coach Dan Ricci, as the miracle season ended, approached a six-foot sophomore, Jalay Knowles. “Next season, with Saniya gone,” he told the power forward, “you’re going to have to take over. This will be your team.” (more…)
January 22, 2014 | BruceApar