BYSNS (4-9) and Lakeland/Panas (8-6) Hockey

Lakeland/Panas 3, BYSNS 1
Wednesday, Jan. 15 (Brewster Ice Arena)

Lakeland/Panas and the BYSNS were originally scheduled to play each other back on Dec. 1, in the Guy Mathews Thanksgiving Invitational Hockey Tournament, at the Ebersole Ice Rink, in White Plains.

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That matchup never materialized because of inclement weather, but the two sides eventually made up the game, and the Rebels are sure glad they did.

An incredible game in goal by Nick Mele, combined with two late goals, gave the Rebels a thrilling 3-1 victory against the BYSNS.

“It felt great to beat a big rival team like the BYSNS,” said Lakeland/Panas’ Frankie Kowal.

Kowal’s teammate, Joseph Jimenez, felt likewise.

“It felt great, especially because some of the other kids on that team just live in a seven-mile radius,” Jimenez said. “It feels good to bring the W back into the locker room, against a school so close.”

A big reason the Rebels earned that W was the play in goal by Mele, who was sensational, making 37 saves, in the non-league contest.

“Nick Mele played great and was ready to go, since it was his first varsity game he started,” Kowal said. “He really took advantage of the opportunity he was given.”

Mele 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, 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.

“We had an odd-man rush and one of the players really stepping up and making plays, was freshman Frankie Kowal,” Jimenez said. “He made a beautiful pass and I was just in the right place, at the right time.”

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, 3-1, which turned out to be the final score.

“In the third period, we started to pass the puck a lot more as a team, which led to the go-ahead goal by Joseph Jimenez,” Kowal said. “With less than a minute left, I scored the third goal to seal the deal.”

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.”

Mahopac 5, Lakeland/Panas 1
Sunday, Jan. 19 (Brewster Ice Arena)

Lakeland/Panas fell to Mahopac 5-1 on Jan. 19, in another non-league game, led by Tuite (1G) and Mele (9 saves).

While the loss was disappointing, it couldn’t overshadow what has been a solid campaign for the Rebels so far.

“I’m happy with the season overall, we have already qualified for sectionals,” said Lakeland/Panas coach Bart Mucci. “The team as a whole, has played very well.”

The Rebels are currently in what is almost a two-week break, as they aren’t scheduled to play again until 4:20 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the Brewster Ice Arena, against Horace Greeley.

They will look to take advantage of that break with some solid practice time.

“Over the layoff we will get back to fundamentals,” Mucci said. “Then, we’ll prepare for Greeley. They beat us in the first game of the season, so we’d definitely like to avenge that loss.”

Yorktown Wrestling (9-13)

John Jay (Cross River) 68, Yorktown 17
Tuesday, Jan. 14 (John Jay High School)

Yorktown fell to John Jay (Cross River) 68-17, with Andrew Finateri (120 pounds, technical fall), Marc Pisani (138, decision), Dean Patierno (145, pin) and Christian Sinagra (170, decision), recording victories for the Huskers.

Highlighting the day for Yorktown was Sinagra’s victory, as it came against Gavin Fiaco, a returning, section finalist.

“It meant a lot to me especially because I lost to this same opponent last year, it felt great knowing my hard work is paying off,” Sinagra said.

Sinagra explained how he was able to pull off such a big win.

“I was mostly focusing on wrestling smart and not caring about the time, just knowing what I needed to do toward the end to help me put the match away,” Sinagra said.

Yorktown 49, Beacon 36
Thursday, Jan. 16 (Beacon High School)

Joe Tornambe (99, forfeit), Finateri (120, forfeit), Oleksandr Tsulbuksky (126, decision), John Falcone (132, forfeit), Pisani (138, forfeit), Dillon Carter (145, forfeit), Patierno (152, forfeit), Sinagra (170, pin), and Nicholas Scalera (182, decision), all registered decisions for the Huskers, in their 49-36 triumph against Beacon.

The victory gives Yorktown momentum as it goes into its six-day break, as its next match was scheduled for Wednesday, Jan 22, at Clarkstown South.

“It’s good coming off a win going into our mini-break, so our confidence is up, and we’re motivated to continue to practice hard,” Finateri said.

Finateri thought that Tsulbuksky, Sinagra, and Scalera, all worked hard to earn their victories.

“They just wrestled really tough matches and didn’t stop for six minutes,” Finateri said.

Lakeland Girls Basketball (3-7)

Brewster 42, Lakeland 41
Wednesday, Jan. 15 (Brewster High School)

Hannah Devane (13 points), Amanda Cole (12 points, 9 rebounds), and Tyler Hormazabal (10 points), led Lakeland in their 42-41 loss to Brewster.

“We all work hard at practice and the games and have been playing with each other for a number of years,” Devane said of the play of herself, Cole and Hormazabal.

As a team, the Hornets played well on the defensive end of the floor.

“Our press was able to get some turnovers and we played tough, man to man defense,” Devane said.