Girls Basketball (13-7)
Somers 57, Lakeland 49
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Somers captured the League II-C title behind 16 points from senior Dani DiCintio in a 57-49 win over host Lakeland.
The Tuskers went 9-1 in the league to attain the title.
“This one is extra special because there are eight of us seniors on this team and we’ve been playing together since the fourth and fifth grade,” DiCintio said. “So to capture a league title and be on the banner with my best friends means the world to me.”
The Tuskers gained the eighth seed in the Class A sectionals and will host No. 9 Yonkers in the opening round at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.
“The standard in our program has been elevated over the last four years so to us we are confident that we will get the job done again,” said DiCintio, whose Tuskers reached the Class A final last season but fell to Tappan Zee.
Section 1 Division 1 Championships
Sunday, Feb. 16
Somers/North Salem’s Thomas Gall placed fourth at 220 pounds at the Section 1 Division 1 Championships at Clarkstown South High School.
“Thomas has gradually improved year by year and put everything together this weekend to accomplish his goal of earning all-section,” said Somers/North Salem coach Ron DiSanto. “Thomas has been a reliable varsity wrestler for three years, was a captain for two years and he is a three-sport athlete. We will miss his leadership, but he made an impact on our young team for years to come.”
Gall, who was seeded fifth, reached the semifinals but fell to eventual champion Sebastian Garibaldi of White Plains by pin. He then lost to Scarsdale’s Dean Mancini by pin in the third-place match after defeating Mancini a day earlier in the quarterfinals at Sleepy Hollow High.
DiSanto said that Gall wrestled the best match of his career in the quarterfinals when he pinned the fourth-seeded Mancini at 2:37
“We knew his opponent was a tough, returning all-section wrestler,” DiSanto said of Mancini. “Thomas hit a perfect fireman’s carry early in the first period to set the tone. In the second period, the scramble that he ended up winning was pretty nerve-racking. Then to win by pin gave us all a reason to celebrate. Advancing to the semis was a satisfying moment, locking up all-section. At that moment wrestlers realize the sacrifice, hard work and dedication are all worth it.”
Dominic Barrella, an eighth-grader from North Salem, didn’t compete at sectionals due to injury. Barrella qualified for sectionals at 99 pounds when he placed second at divisionals the previous weekend.
Mike Rivera also competed for Somers/North Salem in the 220-pound bracket but didn’t place.
Track and Field
North Shore Pre-National Meet
Friday, Feb. 14
Somers’ Ashley Moon broke a school record in the 200-meter dash and placed first in a time of 25.33 seconds at the North Shore Pre-National Meet at the Armory Track and Field Center.
Emily Heese took fifth in the pole vault with a 10-6. Jordan Han was sixth in the 1-mile race walk (8:55.72).
Brian Luciano paced the Tusker boys at the meet with a third in the weight throw (52-7 3/4). Matt Reimann placed eighth in the 3,200 meters in 10:01.19.
Boys Basketball (7-14)
Lakeland 66, Somers 54
Wednesday, Feb. 12
On Senior Night in their regular-season finale, Somers led by two points at halftime but let it slip away in the second half in a 66-54 loss to league champion Lakeland.
Somers trailed just 44-42 after three quarters but was outscored 22-12 in the fourth.
Ben Germaine and Nate Townsend netted 11 points apiece to lead the Tuskers. Dylan Berliner added 10 points and Joe Grippo had 9 points.
Beacon 57, Somers 37
Saturday, Feb. 15
No. 13-seeded Beacon defeated No. 20 Somers, 57-37, in the out-bracket round of the Class A sectionals.
ETBE 4, BYSNS 2
Saturday, Feb. 15
ETBE (Eastchester/Tuckahoe/Bronxville/Edgemont) got off to a 3-0 first-period lead, propelling them to a 4-2 triumph against the BYSNS at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon.
“Unfortunately, we came out flat and could not do enough to get back into the game,” said BYSNS co-coach Joey Bonitatibus.
Bryan Kottmann (1G), Carson Brunco (1G), Johnathan Graham (1A), Frankie Vigiletti (1A), Francesca Mangione (1A) and Matt Gergley (25 saves) earned their way into the box score for the BYSNS.
“One high point was that we brought up a freshman player, Bryan Kottmann, who scored a goal in his first period as a varsity player” Bonitatibus said of Kottmann, who scored in the third period. “He had a very strong game and is a great addition to the team.”
Section 1 Championships
Tuesday, Feb. 11
The Yorktown-Somers boys swim and dive team finished in 16th out of 25 teams at the Section 1 championships, held Monday, Feb. 10, and Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Felix Festa Middle School (West Nyack).
The Huskers scored points with a 12th-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay (Jason Muroski, Jack-Henry Whalen, Jay Wilkinson, Sean McCurry); a fourth-place in diving (Jay Wilkinson); a 16th-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay (Jason Muroski, Benjamin Brown, Sean McCurry, Sam Nolan); a ninth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (Jack-Henry Whalen); and a 12th-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay (Jack-Henry Whalen, Sam Nolan, Jay Wilkinson, Jason Muroski).
Mike Sabini contributed to this roundup.