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The Somers Record Spotlights 2017 Successes in Sports

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The Somers girls basketball team poses with the plaque after winning the regional championship game. Credits: File
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Somers sophomore Nathan Han defeated Adam Xiao in a three-hole playoff to place first at states. Credits: File
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SOMERS, N.Y.-Somers always boasts a number of successful athletic teams on the fields, courts and diamonds of Section 1. This past year was no different with the highlights being the girls basketball team capturing its first ever Section 1 title and a golfer dominating the links. Without further do, The Somers Record looks back on the top five sports stories of the year.

1. Golden girls: Tuskers claim first section title

Somers’ girls basketball team hoisted up the Gold Ball for the first time in history when it defeated Eastchester 49-48 in the Section 1 Class A championship game. The win didn’t come easy as Livy Rosenzweig made a miraculous steal and went in for a layup with less than 30 seconds to play to give Somers the lead. Hannah Angelini, who was just a sophomore, was named the tournament MVP. Rosenzweig and Jackie Penzo also made the all-tournament team. The Tuskers then won the regional title but fell in the state semifinals.

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2. Han solo: sophomore wins state title

Handling the pressure of a state golf championship would be difficult for any high school sophomore to handle but Nathan Han isn’t your typical underclassman. He shot a 146 over the two days which landed him tied for first with Adam Xiao of Manhasset. A playoff hole commenced to crown a champion and after ties on two consecutive holes, Han secured the title on the third hole.

3. Running men: Fusco brothers have big season

Twin brothers Matt and Greg Fusco have dominated in cross-country and track and field since the duo were freshmen. As seniors, they left a lasting impression in cross-country. Matt Fusco came in first at sectionals with the duo both qualifying for states. At states, Matt was 10th and the next week at Federations, Greg finished 11th. At the Westchester County Meet, Matt was first with Greg right behind in second.

4. “Revenge Tour” rolls to section final

Somers’ football team avenged regular-season losses to John Jay-Cross River and Our Lady of Lourdes in the Section 1 Class A quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. The Tuskers rolled past the John Jay Indians 21-3 and grinded out a 10-7 road win over Lourdes. Somers’ run at a second straight section title came to an end in a 21-7 loss to Yorktown in the Class A final.

5. Field hockey perseveres after coach’s dismissal

It’s unusual for a coach to be relieved of his duties in the middle of a season but that was the situation the Somers field hockey team had to deal with in 2017. Marq Mellor was removed as coach just a month into the season with Leigh Fiorito taking over. The Tuskers were not deterred and advanced all the way to the Section 1 Class B semifinals, where they fell to Lakeland. Somers defeated Nanuet in a 3-2 overtime thriller in the quarterfinals.

Honorable mention

Somers girls lacrosse team reached the Section 1 Class B championship game but fell to Yorktown. The Tuskers’ boys lacrosse squad advanced to the semifinals in Class B where they also fell to the Huskers. The boys soccer team posted a 14-2-1 overall record and won a league championship. The girls soccer team claimed a share of the league title and made it to the Class A semifinals. Anjali Kapur, a senior, qualified for states in girls cross-country for the first time. Greg Fusco, Numan Maloney and Katie Melly made states in winter track and field. Matt Fusco, Greg Fusco, Mike Panzarino and Maloney reached states in spring track. Rachel Townsend qualified for states in girls swimming.

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