Lakeland/Panas Track and Field

Section 1 Class A Championships
Wednesday, Feb. 5 (Armory Track and Field Center, New York City)

It was quite a performance for Lakeland/Panas, whose girls 4x200-meter relay team of Millie Lichtenwalner-Sebaugh, Makayla Waugh, Taryn Hodge, and JaLia Williams, took first place, at the Section 1, Class A Championships.

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The sectional title is the first ever for a Lakeland/Panas’ girls relay squad.

“It is a huge step forward for the Lady Rebels, and a sign of things to come this spring,” Lakeland/Panas coach Ryan Johnson said.

The highly talented quartet won the sectional championship with a time of 1:47.51. The performance of the relay made Johnson very proud, and confident, for when it competes at the state qualifier on Sunday, Feb. 23, which will also be at the armory.

“I think the girls relay will have an excellent chance to qualify for the state championships, at the qualifier, in two weeks,” Johnson said.

The Rebels winning the relay made for a great finish for Lakeland/Panas.

“It was a really nice way to cap off the meet,” Johnson said. “We were running without our second fastest leg (Lauren Salazar), who sprained her ankle at counties. Taryn Hodge was the next ‘man’, woman up, and she did not disappoint.”

As a team, the Rebels placed 12th out of 23 teams.

Two individual performances that stood out for the Rebels were Grace Adeyeye, who placed fourth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.87, and Hodge, who took fifth in the long jump, with a leap of 15-4.5.

Lakeland/Panas is looking forward to the return of Salazar, as they train for the state qualifier.

“We have to stay focused and healthy over the next two weeks,” Johnson said. “Lauren Salazar will be returning for a tune-up meet next week, and she also has a good chance to qualify in the long jump well. She has been doing a combo of pool sprint work, and weight training, and has worked up to 75 percent effort running.”

Before the Rebels compete at the state qualifiers, Lakeland/Panas will see action in two big events.

“We are running the relay (4x200) at the Eastern State Championships on Feb. 18 and attempt to qualify for nationals, in the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay, at the North Shore Invitational, on Feb. 14,” Johnson said.

Both of the events Johnson was referring to will also be held at the armory.

Lakeland/Panas Hockey (9-7-1, 4-0-1)

Lakeland/Panas 3, Carmel 3
Friday, Feb. 7 (Brewster Ice Arena)

P.J. Kowal’s goal, assisted by Frankie Kowal and Jack Tuite, with a 1:13 remaining in the game, gave the Rebels a 3-3 tie against Carmel, and clinched sole possession of the League 3 title.

It was the first league title for the Rebels in 10 years. If Carmel had won, the two squads would’ve shared the league championship.

“We were on the power play and got the puck deep in the offensive zone,” P.J. Kowal said.”My brother fore-checked hard and picked up the puck behind the net. He found me in front and I rifled it in. It felt great to tie it up that late in the game and seal the league title.”

Lakeland/Panas coach Bart Mucci said that he never felt so good about a tie before.

“Scoring with a little over a minute to tie it, what an amazing feeling,” Mucci said. “Our team played hard all night. Carmel had won nine in a row coming in. It is a very good team, that you can’t make mistakes against. I am just very proud of the effort, from our team.”

P.J. Kowal said the win was a true team effort.

“We were lucky enough to have every player there tonight,” P.J. Kowal said.”Everyone played as hard as they could, knowing that we needed to win the game. This is by far the best team I have played with in my four years of varsity, and we weren’t going to let another team take our game from us.”

The Rebel senior captain said it means a lot to win the league title.

“I’ve never been undefeated (in the league) before, on any team, and it just shows that all the effort we have been putting in this season has paid off,” P.J. Kowal said. “We are not done yet.”

Joseph Jimenez put the Rebels up 1-0 with 13:18 remaining in the first period, off assists from Andrew Dzubak and Colin Cody.

“My teammate (Dzubak), saw me get a step on the defender and he dished a beautiful tape to tape pass, and I was lucky enough to have that opportunity,” Jimenez said.

After Carmel took a 3-1 lead, Jimenez, courtesy of assists from Dzubak and Frankie Kowal, sliced the Rams’ lead in half, with 13:55 left in the game.

“It felt great to score the goal, to get us back into a one-goal deficit,” Jimenez said.

Aaron Hathaway starred in goal for the Rebels, making 38 clutch saves.

“It feels great seeing all the hard work the team puts in every practice and game trying to get better and better,” Jimenez said. “But a huge shout out to the coaching staff for turning this organization around, these past few years. They really deserve this league title more than anyone.”

The Rebels’ next game will be at 4:20 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, against Fox Lane, at the BIA.

BYSNS Hockey (6-12)

Greeley 7, BYSNS 2
Friday, Feb. 7

The BYSNS fell to Horace Greeley, 7-2, at Brewster Ice Arena.

Greeley led 1-0 at the end of the first period, before garnering control of the game by outscoring the BYSNS 3-1, in both the second, and third periods, respectively.

“It came down to Greeley capitalizing on their chances and taking advantage of our mistakes,” BYSNS co-coach Joey Bonitatibus said. “We had a lot of chances, unfortunately the bounces just didn’t go our way.”

Jonathan Graham (1G), Sava Makarenko (1G), Tommy Eberhardt (1A), Carson Brunco (1A), Matt Gergley (19 saves), and Hawken Hellebo (9 saves) produced for the BYSNS.

Saturday, Feb. 8

The BYSNS bounced back after their loss to Greeley, with a 6-2 triumph against ETBE (Eastchester/Tuckahoe/Bronxville/Edgemont).

“It was a huge win, especially since we are trying to get to sections,” Bonitatibus said. “The team was led on senior night by Frankie (Vigiletti) and really rallied behind him and captain Sava.”

Leading 2-1 at the end of the second period, the BYSNS exploded for four goals in the third period to seal the victory.

“They never stopped putting the pressure on,” Bonitatibus said of his players. “They had a drive like I haven’t seen before.”

Ian Woloshyn (3G), Vigiletti (1G, 3A), Makarenko (1G, 2A), Brunco (1G) and Gergley (31 saves) helped the BYSNS record the win.

“The key to the four-goal outburst were the blocked shots and perfect positioning, before the rush to the net,” Makarenko said.