North Salem States its Case in 2016

J.B. Healy and the North Salem Tigers captured the baseball team’s first state title. Credits: File photo

It was a year that will go down in North Salem athletics’ lore as the Tigers captured two state championships. North Salem News takes a look back at the top sports stories in a magical year that may be the best year in the history of the school’s athletic program.

1A. Diamond delight: Tigers slug way to state title

After winning its first section title since 1967, North Salem’s varsity baseball team wasn’t ready to stop there. The Tigers defeated Section 5’s Avon 11-8 in the Class C state final back in June to capture the state title. Over the course of six games through sectionals, regionals and states, North Salem’s offense exploded for 58 runs. The team, which is coached by Rob Gilchrist, was also led by the stellar pitching of Dan Capra and Connor Mahoney. The Tigers defeated Tuckahoe 9-4 to claim a section title and finished their banner season with a 19-5 record.

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1B. Drama kings: North Salem wins states in OT

North Salem’s boys soccer team had a flair for the dramatics this season as its wins in the state final, regional final and section final all came in overtime. Michael Bossi scored the game-winning goal on a feed from Frankie DiGiacomo with 3:14 left in the second overtime to propel the Tigers to a 2-1 win over Section 5’s World of Inquiry in the Class C state final. It was the Tigers’ second state title in program history with the first one coming in Ron Hendrie’s second season as head coach back in 1993. John Martabano scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in double overtime to give the Tigers a 2-1 win over Section 9’s S.S. Seward in the regional final. In the section championship game, the Tigers were just 11 seconds away from being co-section champions with Haldane, but Michael Dutt buried the game winner in double overtime. North Salem finished its season with a 16-5 record.

2. Softball squad secures section title

It was quite a spring season for North Salem as the Tigers also won a section title in softball. After a slow start to the season, North Salem kicked it into high gear and made it all the way to the section final where it cruised past Haldane 17-5 in the Class C championship game. They were led by a hot offense and the pitching of Stasia Pennacchio. The Tigers, which won their first section title since 2005, fell in the regional final and finished their campaign with a 14-9 record under coach Bob Mittelstadt.

3. Ski teams glide to third straight section titles

The North Salem/John Jay ski teams have formed a dynasty over the years and that continued in 2016. For the third-straight year, the North Salem/John Jay girls’ team, coached by Chris Reinke, brought home the Section 1 team title at the finals on Feb. 11 at Hunter Mountain. And for the third straight year, the North Salem/John Jay boys’ team, coached by Tom Adamec, was just as impressive as it claimed its third straight Section 1 team title as well.

4. Tigers take a trip to semifinals again in girls lax

North Salem’s girls lacrosse team had another strong season and reached the semifinals for the second consecutive year by crushing Irvington 17-2 in the quarterfinals. The Tigers fell to host Bronxville in the Class C semifinals.

5. Boys, girls basketball both compete at County Center

North Salem’s boys and girls varsity basketball teams both reached the Class C semifinals at the Westchester County Center, but fell to Hamilton and Keio, respectively. The boys basketball team defeated Children’s Villeage 69-65 in the quarterfinals to reach the semis.

Honorable Mention

North Salem’s girls soccer and field hockey teams both reached the semifinals in the Section 1 Class C playoffs. Jesse Fleming placed third at the wrestling sectionals in Division 2 at 182 pounds.

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