Sports

North Salem States its Case in 2016

16e24d9431372c4a1006_47456_.JPG
J.B. Healy and the North Salem Tigers captured the baseball team’s first state title. Credits: File photo
16e24d9431372c4a1006_47456_.JPG

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.

Sign Up for E-News

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.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

North Salem

Upcoming Events

Mon, April 30

North Salem Tax Office, North Salem

A Reminder From The North Salem Tax Office

Business & Finance Government

Sat, May 19, 10:00 AM

FDR State Park, Yorktown Heights

BluePath Service Dogs 2nd Annual Walkathon

Giving Back

Sun, May 20

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park , Yorktown Heights

2nd Annual Northwell Health Walk at Westchester

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back Health & Wellness

The power of less productivity

Many of the people I meet are trying to do too much. This can be in the domain of home, work or community groups. Often the problem is that these people volunteer to help but do so to their own detriment and then become overwhelmed and ineffective. I have clients who volunteer to join committees, run errands, do someone else’s job or say they will show up for an event when they should just ...

‘Sister Act’: A Musical Like Nun Other

Of all the Broadway musicals I’ve seen over the years at Westchester Broadway Theatre, only a handful have elicited the noisily enthusiastic audience response I observed at the recent opening night of “Sister Act.”

There were outbursts of applause in the middle of some numbers, and several clever turns of phrase sprinkled in the dialogue landed squarely, to the delight of big ...

Cleaning the Empty Nest

Part of the shock of being a part-time empty nester is when the kids come back to visit and I have to watch my house transform overnight from a pristine haven of OCD goodness to a place that looks like an explosion happened at Forever 21.

After my kids moved mostly out, I put away whatever tchotchkes they chose to leave behind and then I put on a hazmat suit and cleaned their rooms until they ...