Westchester County Championships
Sunday, Jan. 19
Somers/North Salem went home with four All-County wrestlers (top six) at the Westchester County Championships at Lincoln High School (Yonkers). The Tuskers also placed 10th out of 26 teams with 63 points.
“I feel we wrestled well overall, but I don’t think we wrestled up to our potential,” said coach Ron DiSanto. “Some guys made small mistakes that cost them matches. Knowing that we weren’t at our best and still finished Top 10 in the county was a good sign.”
Thomas Gall, a senior, took third at 220 pounds. He fell by technical fall to Iona Prep’s Matt Kelly, a Somers resident and former Tusker, in the semifinals. But Gall rebounded by pinning Lakeland/Panas’ Charlie Dubrawski in 36 seconds in the third-place bout. “Other than his one loss in the semis, he dominated the rest of the day,” DiSanto said.
Dominic Barrella, a North Salem eighth grader, placed fourth at 99 pounds. He had a 5-1 lead in the semifinals but was pinned in the second period by Pleasantville’s Christian Perlleshi, who went on to win the tournament.
“Dom has been having nosebleed problems, so he has to wrestle wearing a protective mask,” DiSanto said. “It has been a challenging adjustment but he grinded through.”
Seniors Zach Lupinacci (145 pounds) and Peter Kim (160) finished sixth in their respective weight classes.
“I was impressed how they all grinded their way through the tournament, especially Zach and Peter, who lost in the quarterfinals and had to win multiple consolation matches to earn all-county,” DiSanto said.
Somers has one last tournament this weekend before the postseason. It will compete in the Peter Caruso Memorial Tournament at Mahopac on Saturday, Jan. 25.
“It was a great way to see how we compare to some of the best competition in the section,” DiSanto said of the county meet. “It’s a good sign how well we did, knowing we have not peaked yet. We have another tough tournament next weekend at Mahopac, and we will use that to learn and make adjustments to be ready for divisionals.”
Lakeland/Panas 58, Somers/North Salem 27
Tuesday, Jan. 14
Barrella (99, pin), Lupinacci (152, pin), Ryan Cole (160, pin), Kim (170, decision) and Gall (285, pin) picked up wins in a 58-27 dual-meet loss to host Lakeland/Panas.
Pawling 48, Somers/North Salem 42
Thursday, Jan. 16
The Tuskers endured a tight 48-42 loss to host Pawling two days later.
Luke Kennedy (132, pin), Lupinacci (145, pin), Cole (160, pin), Mike Rivera (220, forfeit), Gall (285, pin), Matt Cascio (99, pin) and Barrella (106, pin) were victorious.
Track and Field
Sunday, Jan. 19
For the 21st straight year, Somers’ girls track and field team won the indoor league title, capturing the League 2B crown.
The Tuskers dominated second-place Brewster, outscoring them 144.5-52.5 at the Armory Track and Field Center.
“It was a great day all around for the girls,” said coach John Vegliante. “We were proud to keep the streak going.”
Emily Heese won three events for the Tuskers: the 55-meter hurdles (9.73), long jump (14-10 3/4) and pole vault (11-1, personal record).
“She works harder than anyone I’ve coached so all of her success is well deserved,” Vegliante said.
Ashley Moon was a double winner in the 55-meter dash (7.35) and 300-meter dash (43.24).
“She’s been consistent in the 55 all season, putting up fast times regardless of the situation,” Vegliante said. “It shows her growth in the sport.”
Sabrina Somoza was right behind Moon in both events, placing second with a 7.64 (personal record) in the 55 and a 43.90 in the 300. “I think she shocked herself with that time,” Vegliante said of the 7.64 in the 55.
Jordan Han (8:40.87) and Avni Madhwesh (8:58.52) finished 1-2 in the 1,500-meter race walk.
Megan Spencer won the shot put (29-0 1/4) and Katherine Velardo took first in the weight throw (32-4). Anna Keane leaped to the triple jump crown (29-1 1/2).
The 4x400-meter relay team was first in 4:18.34. Ella Lansky, Ella Kittredge, Isabella Viscovich and Nieve Mahood comprised the foursome.
“All those girls all had run races earlier in the day,” Vegliante said. “To come back at the very end of the meet and run that fast on tired legs shows the kind of shape they are in.”
Also earning second-place finishes for Somers were Mahood (1,000 meters, 3:07.31), Kittredge (1,500, 5:16.19), Lansky (55-meter hurdles, 10.24), Nadia Pennella (high jump, 4-8), Somoza (long jump, 14-5), Caitlyn Van Tassell (triple jump, 28-5 1/2) and Spencer (weight throw, 30-1 1/4).
For the boys, who placed second at the league meet, Patrick Eames won the high jump with a 5-6. Brian Luciano was first in the weight throw (49-6). Cole Willman placed first in the 1,000 meters (2:40.24).
The 4x800-meter relay squad of Nico DeMarinis, Hayden Klein, Joe Torre and Matt Reimann took first in 8:59.09.
Earning second-place finishes for the boys were Justin Wright (55-meter dash, 6.94), Willman (600, 1:29.60), Evan Rich (55-meter hurdles, 9.65) and Luciano (shot put, 39-9).
Boys Basketball (3-7)
Somers 59, Panas 51
Friday, Jan. 17
The Tuskers ended a four-game losing streak with a much-needed 59-51 win over host Walter Panas in a league contest.
“The big thing is that the kids have remained confident and have been working really hard in practice,” said Somers coach Chris DiCintio. “They haven’t been down despite our struggling to win. They went into the game with a sense of confidence that we can get this done.”
Somers stormed out of the gates with a 17-0 lead but went cold after that, taking just a 24-19 edge into halftime.
“We were smart enough to know that it’s also fool’s gold because teams are going to make runs,” DiCintio said. “In the second quarter, Panas switched to a zone which forced us to take perimeter shots. We got cold. But our defensive intensity never wavered.”
The Panthers erupted for 22 points in the third quarter to take a 41-39 lead into the final quarter. Dylan Berliner closed the quarter with a three-point play on a putback with 10 seconds left to keep Somers close.
The Tuskers started the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run, capped off by a corner three from Matt Fitzsimons, to take a 48-41 lead.
Fitzsimons hit another three to stretch the lead to 54-43 with 4:15 to play. The Panthers cut the deficit to 54-49 but weren’t able to get any closer than that.
Berliner netted a team-high 13 points while Joe Grippo and Henry Gilroy had 11 points each.
“Henry Gilroy was sensational tonight,” DiCintio said. “He played the best game I’ve seen him play as a varsity player. He dominated inside not only with scoring and putbacks, but just with his ability to defend and rebound. Also, Joe Grippo has been real steady for us and ran the show all night. He stayed composed and played a lot of minutes.”
Bennett Leitner and Drew Lasher tallied 9 points each.
“Bennett’s ability to play intense yet stay under control was a major difference in the game,” DiCintio said. “He led us in the front of our defense and he kind of dictated the tempo. He was all over the place but in the right spots at the right times.”
Lakeland/Panas 3, BYSNS 1
Wednesday, Jan. 15
An incredible game in goal by Lakeland/Panas’ Nick Mele, combined with two late goals, gave the Rebels a thrilling 3-1 victory over the BYSNS at Brewster Ice Arena.
Mele, who made 37 saves, had to stymie a BYSNS’ squad that gave him everything they had.
“We outshot them heavily (38-24) and outplayed them toward the second half of the game,” said BYSNS’ co-coach Joey Bonitatibus. “Even though we had a lot more chances, we were not able to capitalize. Couple of good bounces and it was our game.”
The BYSNS’ Callahan Duff explained how his team was able to put up 38 shots on goal.
“We were able to get that many shots because of how well we moved the puck and how we kept drawing wingers off their defensemen, allowing us to pass it to them,” Duff said.
Tied at 1-1, Joseph Jimenez made it the Rebels’ game when he scored the game winner, off an assist from Kowal, with just 1:10 left in the contest.
Kowal gave the Rebels a big insurance goal, courtesy of an assist from Jack Tuite, when he scored with just 39 seconds remaining in the game, to put the Rebels up by two.
Kowal assisted on the Rebels’ first goal, scored by Tuite, with 12:43 to go in the second period, which gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead.
The BYSNS answered back to tie it, with 8:25 left in the period, when Frankie Vigiletti scored, off assists from Duff and Ian Woloshyn.
“We were able to develop the play, by moving the puck around, and keeping the defenders on the move which led to the goal,” Duff said. “The goal brought a lot of energy to the bench and boosted our morale.”
Mike Sabini contributed to this article.