Tiger Pride: North Salem has Memorable Year in Sports

Jake Leicht and the combined John Jay/North Salem team won the Section 1 team title in boys skiing. The girls team also won the section title. Credits: File photo

North Salem’s varsity teams had a stellar year on the fields, in the snow, on the diamond and on the track. Below North Salem News recounts the top five sports stories of 2015.

1) Ski teams glides to Section 1 titles

The combined John Jay-Cross River/North Salem ski team won the Section 1 team titles on both the boys and girls sides. The boys team took third in giant slalom at states. It was the trio of Bear Carlson, Jake Loeb and Nils Carlson which combined to win the bronze medal with their third-place finish at the state meet in giant slalom. Both squads also won league championships.

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2) Two trackies compete at states

Two seniors earned the chance to participate in the New York State track and field championships at SUNY Albany on June 12. Alex Monaco competed in the Division 2 long jump competition, taking second in the first flight with a jump of 20-9 3/4 as he advanced to the finals. That would prove to be his best jump of the day as he finished in eighth place in Division 2. Teammate Kris Brethower competed in the pentathlon and compiled a total of 2,889 points, which earned him a ninth-place finish in Division 2 and 18th overall in the state.

3) Girls lax reaches semis for first time, finishes 15-3

North Salem’s varsity girls lacrosse team had a stellar season, finishing with a 15-3 record before falling in the Section 1 Class C semifinals to visiting Pearl River, 14-11. It was the squad’s first trip to the semifinals in program history. The Tigers trailed 6-1 at one point in the first half, before rallying to send the game into halftime knotted at 7-7. North Salem avenged a loss to Edgemont the previous season in the quarterfinals, defeating them 12-10 in the same round. The Tigers had a strong regular season where they won a league title and defeated powerhouse Lakeland/Panas for the first time in team history.

4) Stellar season for softball ends in semis

North Salem had a successful season on the softball diamond and capped off an impressive 19-4 season with a trip to the Section 1 Class B semifinals. The Tigers fell to eventual section champion Rye Neck 12-1 in the semifinal meeting.

5) Field hockey also makes semis, has strong year

In field hockey, North Salem also reached the semifinals where it suffered a 1-0 loss to host Pawling in the Section 1 Class C semifinals. They bested Valhalla in a shootout in the quarterfinals behind the stellar goaltending of Anastasia Pennacchio. The Tigers had a fruitful campaign where they only had a few losses, with two of them coming against Pawling.

Honorable Mention

North Salem’s varsity boys soccer and girls soccer teams both reached the Section 1 semifinals. Wrestler Teddy Fleming placed third at the Division 2 small school championships with a 10-2 win by major decision over Pleasantville’s Brandon Castro.

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