YORKTOWN, N.Y. - There were plenty of great moments in Lakeland and Yorktown High School sports in 2018 and below are 10 of them.
Sarsen Inducted into Hall of Fame
Long overdue, Lakeland field hockey coach Sharon Sarsen was inducted into the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame. Her field hockey teams have won a staggering 12 New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships, winning a record nine straight titles, in Class B (’09-17), and three non-consecutive titles in Class A (1990, ’03, ’06) in addition to 19 sectional titles. The Hornets have not lost to a Section 1 opponent since Putnam Valley defeated them 3-2 in the Section 1 Class B title game on Nov. 1, 2008.
Sarsen’s career record is 639-72-39, with ’18 being her 37th year.
Sarsen was also the head coach of the Lakeland/Panas Rebels girls lacrosse squad from 1986 through 2015, a total of 30 seasons, winning 381 games. She won 10 sectional lacrosse titles including reaching the Class A state title game in 2010.
Sarsen has been an assistant coach for the Rebels the last three seasons.
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Lakeland Field Hockey a Perfect 10
For the 10th consecutive season, No. 1 Lakeland’s field hockey squad won the Section 1 Class B championship, defeating No. 3 John Jay-Cross River 6-1 in the title game on its way to a 10th consecutive appearance in the Class B state field hockey championship contest. There they lost 1-0 to state-playoff rival Garden City, in a season that saw them go 22-1. The Hornets achieved that lofty record in dominant fashion, as they outscored their opponents 141-8, shutting the opposition out 17 times.
Ferrante a State Finalist
Yorktown girls tennis standout, senior captain Caitlyn Ferrante, completed an incredible high school career when she reached the state finals. Ferrante, a five-year varsity player, placed third in the states her junior campaign while winning the state crown as a sophomore.
Lakeland Baseball State Runner-Up
Lakeland finished 16-10, making it to the state Class A championship game for the first time in school history, where they fell to Queensbury 5-1. As the No. 12 seed, Lakeland defeated No. 3 Byram Hills 3-2 in the Section 1 Class A championship game, winning its first sectional title since ‘10.
Yorktown Softball Goes Back to Back
Yorktown (21-3) won their second consecutive sectional softball crown when as the No. 2 seed, the Huskers defeated No. 1 John Jay-East Fishkill 1-0 in the championship game of the Section 1 Class AA Tournament.
Yorktown Boys Lacrosse
Yorktown made it to the Section 1 Class B final, before losing as the No. 2 seed to No. 1 John Jay-Cross River 10-8 in a campaign that saw them go 14-4. The Huskers have made it to the sectional title game every year since 1979, the last season Yorktown didn’t make it to the sectional finals. The campaign included having three players named All-American in Brett Makar and twins Hunter Embury and Jamison Embury.For Makar, it was the second year in a row he was selected.
Yorktown Girls Lacrosse
Yorktown’s girls lacrosse squad, which won their league and finished 12-6, made it to the Section 1 Class B final for the sixth straight season before losing 8-6 as the top seed to No. 2 John Jay-Cross River in the final. Earning All-American honors for Yorktown was Ciara Frawley.
Lakeland/Panas Boys Lacrosse
No. 7 Lakeland/Panas (8-11) made it to the Sectional I Class A title game for the fourth time in the last five years, losing to No.1 Mamaroneck 16-9 in the title clash.
Nardelli Shines at States
Lakeland/Panas’ Mike Nardelli, a Lakeland student, shined at the spring state track and field championships, placing fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.69 seconds in Division 1.
Thomas Gets to Albany
Yorktown wrestler Connor Thomas made it as a wild card to the state tournament at the Times Union Center in Albany after placing second at 152 pounds in the Section 1 Division 1 Tournament.