Sports

September 16, 2020

HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. – Football, volleyball, and competitive cheer, considered higher-risk sports by New York State, are being sidelined statewide until March 1—a time when COVID-19 would be theoretically less of a threat to players, coaches, and officials. The New York State Public High School ...

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Interscholastic sports considered to be lower risk by the governor’s office are allowed to practice and play in New York State beginning Monday, Sept. 21, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. These sports include tennis, soccer, cross country, field hockey, and swimming. Higher ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – In a battle of 10U teams, JJ/Lewisboro was defeated by the Somers Red Storm, 12-6, on Sunday, July 26, at Lewisboro Town Park. The game was played in the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League. Regular-season play ends in mid-August, followed by playoffs.

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HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. – Varsity wrestling coaches in the area have mixed feelings regarding recent changes to weight classes by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. The number of weight classes has decreased from 15 to 13, with the most glaring difference being the 99-pound ...

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ALBANY, N.Y. – If and when high-school sports resume in New York, some will be played under new rules. Last week, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association approved several changes for the 2020-21 season, affecting the way sports like wrestling, field hockey, and ice hockey will ...

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BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. – In Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League action, the 8U John Jay/Lewisboro baseball team picked up a 4-3 win over the Briarcliff Bears on Sunday, July 26, at Lynn McCrum Field in Briarcliff.

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SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Coach Tim Hourahan is well-known for pouring his heart and soul into the Lakeland High School boys soccer program and Section 1 soccer. That’s why having the third annual Hudson Valley ID Camp at Lakeland, which gives players exposure to colleges, being called off cuts so ...

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HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. – The state’s decision to postpone the start of the varsity sports year by at least four weeks was not a popular one among some players and parents, but many local athletic directors say it was the right call. “We have to get kids back in the classrooms,” said Christian ...

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ALBANY, N.Y. – The beginning of the high school fall sports season has been delayed until at least Monday, Sept. 21, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Thursday. The season was slated to begin on Aug. 24, a date now seen as “unrealistic,” said Paul Harrica, the ...

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HARTFORD, Conn. – You don’t need to be a math whiz to know that Nicole Silenok is in rarified air. The John Jay High School alum, who also teaches high school math, is just one of two women coaching varsity boys soccer in the state of Connecticut. Last fall, Silenok completed her first year as ...

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Editor's Note: This article has been updated with additonal quotes and information. CROSS RIVER, N.Y. - In a vote to replace to its longtime Indians mascot, the John Jay school community was given the choice between Wolfpack or Ravens—but ended up with a third option, Wolves, as the new school ...

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HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. – Organized sports such as soccer, baseball and softball—among those considered to be low or moderate risk by New York State—are set to resume play on Monday, July 6, in regions that have reached Phase 3 of the state’s four-phased reopening plan. Sports Returning July ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. - The long-awaited announcement of John Jay High School's new mascot will have to wait a little longer. Days after holding a vote to replace its Indians mascot, the Katonah-Lewisboro School District is going back to the drawing board because of newly raised concerns over one of ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – With 10 out of 11 golfers returning, including three All-Section golfers and one All-State golfer, John Jay was poised to compete for a sectional title this spring. Last year, John Jay finished second in the section. “The John Jay varsity golf team and I were looking ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – At one point during the process to select John Jay High School’s new mascot, Statesmen, an homage to the school’s namesake, was considered as a replacement for Indians, which is being retired after decades of debate over its appropriateness. But as much the Katonah-Lewisboro ...

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HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. – It’s time to play baseball! Well, almost. And kind of. The wheels are in motion for youth baseball and softball to return to Westchester County and the surrounding area soon. But a few things still need to happen. And there are a lot of question marks. Like health ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. - The John Jay community will vote Monday on a new mascot.  The choices have been narrowed down to John Jay Wolfpack or John Jay Ravens.  On Monday, June 22, a voting link will go live to all eligible voters. The eligible voters consist of rising 6th graders to current 12th ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – “I was looking forward to this spring season of John Jay tennis. There is a great group of boys that earned a roster spot through a long, hard tryout week. We have a lot of young talent. As in years past, we had a very competitive schedule, and this team would be up for the ...

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NEW YORK – Contact sports and social distancing don’t mix. Come the fall, if COVID-19 is still present and a vaccine has not been found, an expected scenario, distancing and mask-wearing policies are likely to remain in place, making compliance an impossibility when playing contact sports like ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – John Jay’s senior runners were heading into the home stretch of their careers before a global health crisis kept them from reaching the finish line. After three-plus years of commitment, a DNF wasn’t the result anyone wanted, but the spring track and field athletes are taking ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – In the sports world, it’s considered unseemly to run up the score. But Morgan Burhance, a John Jay field-hockey player raising money for a Connecticut-based charity, wouldn’t mind blowing past her fundraising benchmark of $5,500. As of this writing, the rising senior has ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – John Jay girls lacrosse had been inching closer to claiming a state title. In 2018, the Indians fell in the state semifinals. A year later, their season ended with a loss in the state championships game. The six graduating seniors will never get a chance to clear that ...

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HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. - Are you struggling to motivate yourself and go that extra mile?  Student-athletes in Halston Media’s coverage area—John Jay, Lakeland, Mahopac, North Salem, Somers and Yorktown—have created a playlist of songs to pump you up. We reached out to dozens of student-athletes, ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Kitanya Brown was a member of the John Jay track and field team, specializing in the 200-meter dash. How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy? I wouldn’t say that I am being socially distant because I go to work almost ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Due to circumstances beyond their control, the seniors on John Jay’s boys lacrosse team, winners of two straight Section 1 Class B titles, will never get a chance to three-peat. But despite the early end to their careers, the mark this class left on the John Jay lacrosse ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. – Katonah’s Mike Bocklet, head lacrosse coach at Purchase College, also runs a program for youth through high school players called 91 Tristate. Like every other athletic team or club, 91 Tristate’s season was disrupted by COVID-19. Practice was already underway when the ax came ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – “Welcome to Friday Night Lights!” said Chris McCarthy, director of health, physical education, athletics and wellness at the Katonah-Lewisboro School District. He was standing on John Jay High School’s Contest Field alone, under the lights. The green turf and signature purple ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – John Jay senior Brianna Garofolo has spent five years on the swim team and four years on the women’s lacrosse team. A member of the John Jay swim team since eighth grade, Garofolo was named captain for her junior and senior seasons. She was a repeat member of the New York ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. - The 2020 Section 1 varsity football schedules were released last week, bringing some much-needed excitement to an otherwise desolate sports landscape. Whether those games will actually be played is anybody’s guess. But if the virus subsides, schools reopen, and the sports ...

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Athletes are taught to play until they hear a whistle. Faced with insurmountable odds, many senior high-school students have remained optimistic about their chances of getting on the field at least one more time. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally blew the whistle on Friday ...

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