Yorktown Hockey Merges with Brewster

Anuj Gupta is one of four returning seniors for the Huskers.

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s ice hockey squad is coming off a season in which it played a highly competitive game before losing as the No. 10 seed to No. 7 Fox Lane 4-2 in a Section 1 Division 2 first-round contest to finish 10-10-1.

This year, Yorktown will be playing with Brewster under the moniker Brewster/Yorktown according to ninth-year coach Bob Fritsche, who will be a co-coach this year with Brewster’s Tom Andreacchio.

“We didn’t have enough kids, so we worked it out and we merged with Brewster,” Fritsche said. “It’s working out pretty well so far.”

Sign Up for E-News

Returning seniors from Yorktown on this year’s team are forward Anuj Gupta, goalie Christian Grossi and defensemen Jean-Marc Groux and Sepp Boeschl.

“They are all returning players so there is a comfort level that we have with them,” Fritsche said. “They know their role; they know what they need to do. It’s a senior year for them, so it’s a big role for them to take on.”

Other returning players from Yorktown are sophomore forward Justin Groux, junior forward Chris Zumpano, sophomore forward Connor Sullivan and junior goalie Dylan Tolbert.

Freshman forward Ben Moffat is also from Yorktown and a first-year varsity player.

“They know we have a job to do,” Fritsche said. “With the merge — it’s all new to everybody. Not that these kids don’t know each other from playing travel hockey but they need to just work together and make it happen. We have a pretty fast team the way it looks right now.”

Brewster/Yorktown, which will compete in League C with Hendrick Hudson, Pawling, Carmel and Horace Greeley, will open the season against Hen Hud at 6:40 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Brewster Ice Arena.

“We just want to come together as two entities and have a good season,” Fritsche said. “Let’s make something positive out of what was going to be a pretty big negative for both of us. That’s our goal: to get everybody together. Let’s make it work because we don’t know how long it’s going to be until we can actually build our own programs back up and separate and play against each other again someday.”

Lakeland/Panas’ 17th-year coach Bart Mucci is looking forward to this year’s realignment, which has it in League E with ETB (Eastchester/Tuckahoe/Bronxville), Nyack/Tappan Zee, Rivertown and Mamaroneck B.

“When I first started coaching, the power-league system was the one in place,” Mucci said. “We’ve all been complaining for the last four, five years, they went to the geographic leagues in hockey. If we all had rinks on campus it would make sense, but since we don’t it really doesn’t. It’s better to have quality of play and when sectionals come around, we’re a big school and we get mixed in with the big boys and we see what we have. At least in our league play, every time we go to the rink, we know we are going to be right in the game, which is how it should be in high-school sports.”

With realignment, Mucci said ,he has high expectations for his team after a couple of rebuilding campaigns.

“The best team in the league last year won five games total,” Mucci said. “It should be teams we can compete against and I would expect us to be in the conversation at the end of the season for the top seed.”

Returning for the Rebels are senior captains and forwards, Matt Sillcocks and Anthony Cappello.

“I expect good leadership; they are both four-year lettermen. They’re experienced, the scoring will come from them,” Mucci said. “This will be the first year they both are going to be able to play forward. We have had to use them on defense the last couple of years to just spread the talent a little bit so that will be a good opportunity for them.”

Three other key returning players are seniors: defenseman Matt Kness, forward Kyle Carroll and junior forward Paige Sullivan.

Two key newcomers for the Rebels are freshmen, forward P.J. Kowal and defenseman Christian Jiminez.

“They are good hockey players,” Mucci said. “We generally don’t take freshmen unless we really know they are going to make an impact. We will expect scoring from them and just good heads- up hockey play.”

Lakeland/Panas will open the season at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 against Carmel at the Brewster Ice Arena.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Catching up with Westchester County Executive George Latimer

George Latimer, our new county executive, has been in office now for a little over half a year. I thought it might be a good time to check in with my friend to see how things were going. You can see the interview in its entirety on Channel 74 (Optimum) at 9 p.m. Wednesday nights.

What happened last November?

The election last November brought change throughout Westchester County. In my ...

A (Burnt) Toast to Love and Marriage, on the Rocks

In its first few moments, sitcom-style comedy “Clever Little Lies” grabs audience attention right away, with one of the most revealing wardrobe changes you’ll ever see on stage. It is done modestly but just provocatively enough to elicit vocal appreciation from amused patrons.

The fast-paced play, starring Richard Kline of TV comedy classic “Three’s ...

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne Looks Back on 2018 Legislative Session

July 17, 2018

There’s an old saying, “Our liberty is never safe when the New York State Legislature is in session.” There’s definitely some truth to that. This past legislative session I successfully fought back against several initiatives that would have added to our state’s crushing tax burden, added excessive regulations on businesses that hurt job creation and chipped away at ...

The Adventures of Superdog

I was always very impressed that my dog could bark on command and come when I called his name, until I read in the newspaper about a dog that saved his owner’s life by calling 9-1-1. Apparently, when his owner had a seizure, the dog pushed a speed-dial button for 9-1-1, barked into the receiver for help, and then opened the door when the responders arrived.

Honestly, though, it’s ...

If You See Something, Say Something

July 11, 2018

I am writing this letter because I see something different with the new Yorktown Town Board. I see an open government instead of a dictatorship with rubber stamps. I see the new Town Board working together for the best interests of the residents in Yorktown.

The auditor suggests in his report to not start a capital project without having the money first. A bad example is the Granite Knolls ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, July 19, 7:00 PM

Yorktown Heights

Bocce Open Play


Thu, July 19, 7:15 PM

Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field, Yorktown

Outdoor Movie Night

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, July 21, 12:00 PM

Club Fit, Jefferson Valley

Yoga for Women with Cancer

Health & Wellness

Yorktown Residents Named Ambassadors of Support-a-Walk

July 12, 2018

Two Yorktown residents have been named Walk Ambassadors for the Annual Support-a-Walk organized by Support Connection, a non-profit organization that provides support and services to people battling breast or ovarian cancer. This year's walk will take place on Oct. 7 (rain or shine) at FDR State Park.

Mary Heagle, Mohegan Lake

Heagle’s experience with breast cancer began when her ...