YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Two first-quarter touchdown runs of 50 and 14 yards by Dylan Smith (3 rushes, 66 yards), put Yorktown up 14-0 and ignited the Huskers to a 47-6 opening day football triumph at Peekskill on Sept. 7.

“Everyone was doing their job,” Smith said. “The line and meshes were perfect. Split ends were stalk blocking like I have never seen before and the holes, they were just perfect as well.”

The linemen were Joe Gentile, Jack Tinari, John Bowen, Eddie Capone, Matteo Cermele and split ends Sean Vogel, Nick Mehta and Evan Makar.

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“Also the blocking with our slots and F-backs were unreal—Ben Robinson, Dean Patierno, and Keith Boyer,” Smith said.

Boyer, Vogel, Patierno, Trevvon Johnson, and Anthony Cicinelli also scored touchdowns for Yorktown with Josh Leffel connecting on 5 extra points.

Defensively, Ryan O’Connor and Vincent Cappelli led Yorktown with 7 and 6 tackles respectively.

Yorktown will travel to rival Somers in its next game at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, and the key to avenging last year’s two losses to the Tuskers will be everyone doing their jobs, Smith said.

“We are just coming for vengeance, revenge,” Smith said. “The coaches are doing their job. They’re working 24/7. As you can see, our line looks amazing, I would say it’s the best in the section.”

Lakeland Football (0-1)

Lakeland 0 @ Brewster 18
Friday, Sept. 6

Lakeland opened the season getting shut out on the road, 18-0, at Brewster.

“We definitely didn’t play to our potential,” said Lakeland Head Coach Mike Meadows. “Brewster was big and physical and extremely well-coached. We knew it was going to be a tough game. However, we had too many breakdowns on both sides of the ball and we need to all do a better job and focus on the details within our offense and defense.”

On offense, quarterback Tyler Santucci completed just 5 of 19 passes for 77 yards. Matt Makar ran 17 times for 20 yards and Landon Ruggieri had 2 catches for 45 yards.

Leading the way defensively were Danny Libretti (9 tackles), Jason Green (7 tackles) and Makar (6 tackles).

Lakeland will host Poughkeepsie in their home opener at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.

“We need to stick together as a family and learn from the loss, see what we did wrong and what we did right and get better,” Meadows said. “On defense, we have to shore up our tackling. And on offense, we need to finish our drives and put the ball in the end zone.”

Lakeland Volleyball (0-1)

Lakeland 0 vs. John Jay (Cross River) 3
Tuesday, Sept. 3

Lakeland fell to one of the top teams in Section 1, visiting John Jay (Cross River) in three sets—25-18, 25-19, 25-20—in their opener on Sept. 3.

“Playing a strong team like John Jay helped us see where our team needed to improve which I think will really help us with the upcoming season, which will hopefully result in future wins,” said Lakeland’s Emily Kubicsko.

Kayla Jennings (8 kills, 9 digs, 3 aces) and Kubicsko (6 kills 15 digs 2 aces) paced the Hornets.

“Kayla and I knew we had to step up our game against John Jay and with good sets from our teammates we were able to score points for our team,” Kubicsko said.

Yorktown Volleyball (3-0)

Yorktown 3 vs. Ardsley 1
Wednesday, Sept. 4

Yorktown defeated Ardsley in four sets (21-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-17).

“I feel like today’s win was a statement game,” said Yorktown’s Jackie Cane. “After losing so many seniors, I’m sure no one expected this from us. This big win against Ardsley, however, is the first showcase of all the hard work we’ve been putting in during the off season.”

Cane added, “We had complications with our rotations during the first set of the match, so everyone had to adjust accordingly. And you can’t beat a strong team like Ardsley playing catch up. I think a fresh start and a clear head going into the second set was what we needed to come back and win three sets in a row. The team chemistry was boosted by the energy on the bench. Our team wanted to win so bad because we know what we’re capable of when we play our game. Our composure on the court and confidence in our abilities helped us come back from the one set deficit for a win over Ardsley.”

Yorktown 3 vs. Clarkstown South 0
Thursday, Sept. 5

The next day, Yorktown swept visiting Clarkstown South (25-19, 25-15, 25-23).

Yorktown 3 @ Eastchester 0
Monday, Sept. 9

Yorktown girls volleyball beat Eastchester in straight sets (25-14, 25-20, 25-22).

Knoesel Earns All-Tournament honors

Yorktown took second place in the gold division of the Hendrick Hudson Tournament on Sept. 7 with Husker Jackie Knoesel earning All-Tournament honors.

Lakeland Field Hockey (3-0)

Lakeland 9 vs. Hen Hud 0
Tuesday, Sept. 3

Lakeland blanked visiting Hendrick Hudson, 9-0, in its home opener, led by Jenna McCrudden (2G, 2A), Emma Fon (2G), Lauren Salazar (1G, 1A), Erin Daly (1G), Keirra Ettere (1G), Nancy Pagliaroli (1G), Emma Ryan (1G), Jaden Ray (1A) and goalkeeper Celeste Pagliaroli.

Lakeland 4 vs. Mamaroneck 0
Saturday, Sept. 7

Host Lakeland defeated Mamaroneck, 4-0, in a battle of Section 1 heavyweights.

“This is really positive for our team to have success this early in the season,” McCrudden said. “Mamaroneck is always a strong opponent for us and we always enjoy a competitive game. I’m really optimistic for the rest of our season. Shutting them out shows our backfield is solid.”

McCrudden (3G, 1A), Ettere (1G) and Pagliaroli (1 save) produced for Lakeland.

“We are really focused on staying relaxed and sticking to our game plan,” McCrudden said. “We knew that Mamaroneck had a steady goalie and we had to do more to get the ball in the goal today. Our defense and midfield did a good job possessing the ball and giving us a lot of opportunities to score today. We came into the game knowing we had to re-defend hard and be smart offensively and we did just that.”

Yorktown Field Hockey (2-1-1)

Yorktown 2 @ Putnam Valley 1
Tuesday, Sept. 3

Yorktown defeated host Putnam Valley, 2-1, on Sept. 3, with Kelsey McDonnell (1G, 1A), Melina Iavarone (1G), Julia Ferone (1A) and Addy Araneo (2 saves) leading the Huskers.

Yorktown 4, Sleepy Hollow 0
Thursday, Sept. 5

Yorktown broke open a halftime tie with 4 second-half goals in a 4-0 victory against visiting Sleepy Hollow in the opening round of its tournament on Sept. 5.

“The reason for outscoring Sleepy Hollow was definitely because of team work and our want to win the game,” McDonnell said. “We showed that through our comeback and the fact that multiple people scored.”

Kelsey McDonnell (2G), Alyssa Albano (1G), Ellie O’Donnell (1G, 1A), Araneo (2 saves) and Nicole Peters (2 saves) propelled the Huskers to victory.

Yorktown 2 vs. Albertus Magnus 2
Saturday, Sept. 7

Yorktown and Albertus Magnus were tied at 2 at the end of regulation in the championship game of the Huskers’ tournament championship on Sept. 7, with Magnus winning the title on a corner after a scoreless 10-minute sudden victory overtime.

“We played as well as we did against Magnus because we really wanted to win the tournament we were hosting,” McDonnell said. “Although we didn’t win it like we wanted to, we fought the whole game until the last second.”

It was the second year in a row Magnus has won the tournament. 

The game officially goes down as a tie since Section 1 does not recognize tiebreakers during the regular season.

McDonnell (1G, 1A), O’Donnell (1A), Iavarone (1G) and Araneo (10 saves) produced for Yorktown.

Lakeland Boys Soccer (3-0-1)

Lakeland 5 vs. Saunders 0
Thursday, Sept. 5

Lakeland blanked visiting Saunders 5-0 on Sept. 5, with Nick Bassani (3 saves) registering the shutout.

“Defensively we were able to shut them out because we work on our defense so much in practice,” Bergen said. “We also have so many talented defenders that really played well today.”

Austin Bergen (1G, 1A), Bryam Jaramillo (1G, 1A), Sonny Karaqi (1G, 1A), Augie Karaqi (1G) and Nicholas DeSantis (1G) did the job offensively.

“We were able to move the ball around and get scoring from multiple people because of our great chemistry, and we really know how to work together,” Bergen said.

Lakeland 4 vs. Putnam Valley 1
Saturday, Sept. 7

Bergen (1G), Jaramillo (1G, 1A), Sonny Karaqi (1G, 1A), DeSantis (1A) and Bassani (5 saves) paced the Hornets in a 4-1 victory versus visiting Putnam Valley on Sept. 7.

This is the third straight game that Lakeland ‘s two freshmen, Jaramillo and Sonny Karaqi, have recorded a goal and an assist.

The Hornets also scored on an own goal.

Lakeland 0 vs. Hendrick Hudson 0
Monday, Sept. 9

Lakeland tied visiting Hendrick Hudson, 0-0, with Bassani making 7 saves.