Yorktown Boys Basketball (8-8)
Yorktown 75, John Jay (Cross River) 63
Wednesday, Jan. 29 (John Jay High School)
Yorktown’s offense was on fire on Wednesday, Jan. 29, when they defeated John Jay (Cross River), 75-63.
“They played with really fast tempo, so we got more possessions to score,” Yorktown’s Roni Brucaj said. “We moved the ball very well on offense and capitalized on open shots.”
Roni Brucaj (22 points), Eddie Brucaj (15 points) and Rob Miller (15 points) did the bulk of the scoring for the Huskers.
Eddie Brucaj (14 rebounds) and Roni Brucaj (7 rebounds), helped the Huskers earn the win by wiping the glass clean.
“Well, we knew this was going to be a big game for us, so we were prepared to give it our all, and do whatever it took to help the team win,” Roni Brucaj said of his and Eddie’s rebounding success.
Eddie Brucaj did a solid job on the playmaking front as well, with 6 assists.
Yorktown 72, Brewster 39
Friday, Jan. 31 (Yorktown High School)
Sam Pincus (24 points, 7 rebounds) and Roni Brucaj (19 points, 8 rebounds) led Yorktown to a 72-39 triumph against Brewster.
“Both are capable shooters, who shoot the ball well in practice, and it showed in the game tonight,” Yorktown coach Mark Pavella said. “They also were able to get open shots from good movement, and passing, by their teammates.”
The win was a big one for both players.
“This means a lot to both of us,” Roni Brucaj said. “I’m a senior, it’s my last season. I want to finish the season strong. We just gave it our all tonight.”
Yorktown jumped out to a 14-2 lead and led 20-10 at the end of the first quarter.
“We started off the beginning of the season going 1-6, so this week was really a big week for us,” Roni Brucaj said. “Winning both games this week for us really helped our record, so we were just motivated to get this win.”
Yorktown went up 25-10 in the second quarter, when Pincus connected on a trey and a field goal, before leading 37-17 at halftime.
“Being able to score those buckets and take the lead early, is what set us up for the rest of the game,” Pincus said. “We were able to keep our lead and maintain it for the rest of the game.”
After a Brewster 8-0 run early in the third quarter cut Yorktown’s lead to 38-25, Pincus answered with a bucket and another trey, and the Huskers weren’t threatened again.
“It was pretty big,” Pincus said. “Everyone was getting a little bit down. We just had to stay calm and collected. I was able to hit a three and we increased the lead even more.”
Tony Granitto (11 points, 9 rebounds), Miller (6 points), Dan Trashani (5 points), Sean Vogel (4 points), Eddie Brucaj (2 points) and Martin Kopacz (1 point), also helped the Huskers earn their seventh victory in nine games.
“In the beginning of the season, we thought we were a quicker team, moving the ball up and down the floor, we didn’t have much sets to run,” Roni Brucaj said. “But now we push the ball up the floor and if we don’t have anything, we slow down, run our sets, get good shots, and we capitalize on those.”
Lakeland/Panas Wrestling (14-7)
Lakeland/Panas 72, Beacon-Haldane 18
Tuesday, Jan. 28 (Beacon High School)
Lakeland/Panas rolled to a 72-18 victory against Beacon-Haldane, with Austin Bergen (126, pin), Cooper Schmidt (132, forfeit), Shane Coster (138, forfeit), Khefren Ramon (145, forfeit), Niko Rezaj (152, forfeit), Nicolas DeSantis (170, pin), Declan Fullerton (182, pin), Connor McGannon (195, forfeit), Charlie Dubrawski (220, pin), Pat Hickey (285, pin), Joshua Frogel (99, forfeit) and Gio Russo (120, pin) getting into the winners’ circle for the Rebels.
Lakeland/Panas 58, White Plains 24
Thursday, Jan. 30 (Lakeland High School)
The Rebels defeated White Plains, 58-24, propelled to the victory by Frogel (99, forfeit), Spencer Maja (106, forfeit), Russo (113, pin), Bergen (126, pin), Stephen Carroll (132, pin), Coster (138, pin), Ramon (145, major decision 13-1), Rezaj (152, pin), Fullerton (170, pin), and McGannon (182, pin).
Bernie Miller Tournament
Saturday, Feb. 1 (Rye High School)
Lakeland/Panas was able to enjoy a 3-2 mark at the Bernie Miller Tournament, a dual-meet event.
The Rebels lost to Port Chester, 52-36, and New Paltz, 63-15, but defeated St. Joseph’s 37-30, Rye 54-36, and Sleepy Hollow 48-16.
“I thought we did well today,” said Lakeland/Panas coach Dave Bergen. “The kids were really aggressive and are starting to wrestle smarter. They are recognizing what works for them and trying to incorporate some good strategy in their matches.”
Winning their weight brackets were Austin Bergen (126-pound Pool B champion, 5-0) and Hickey (285-pound Pool B champion, 4-1).
“Austin and Pat are extremely hard workers,” Dave Bergen said. “They are also smart wrestlers. They learn something from every match, win or lose, try to use what works, and avoid making mistakes.”
The Rebel coach said it meant a lot to have two of his grapplers win the title in their respective weight classes.
“It’s great when we have guys win tournaments,” Dave Bergen said. “It’s a confidence boost for them and a validation of all of their hard work. It’s also great to have so many kids go 4-1 today. Picking up four wins at a tournament is a great day.”
Russo (113), Coster (138), Fullerton (179) and McGannon (182), all went 4-1.
Lakeland Girls Basketball (4-11)
Somers 60, Lakeland 29
Wednesday, Jan. 29 (Somers High School)
Nichole Ljuljic (7 points), Hannah Devane (6 points), Tyler Hormazabal (5 points), Amanda Cole (4 points), Nicole Haughney (3 points), Megan Jennings (2 points), Eddie Vivanco (1 point), and Nancy Pagliaroli (1 point), all scored, in Lakeland’s 60-29 loss against Somers.
Panas 64, Lakeland 28
Saturday, Feb. 1 (Walter Panas High School)
Walter Panas jumped out to a 21-2 first-quarter lead and didn’t look back, in a 64-28 victory, at the Vincent & Terry Giglio Memorial Scholarship Games.
“Panas has some really good players that run the floor and have an excellent inside-outside game,” Devane said.
Despite the loss, the Giglio Games are always a memorable experience to be a part of.
“Panas is our rival and it’s a huge turnout from both schools,” Devane said. “It’s always great to play in the Giglio games.”
Devane scored 6 of her team-high 9 points in third quarter.
“In the third quarter, I was able to get the ball more and hit my shots,” Devane said.
Ljuljic (5 points), Brianna Monte (4 points), Cole (3 points), Vivanco (3 points), Haughney (2 points), and Pagliaroli (2 points), joined Devane in the Hornets’ box score against Panas.
Yorktown Track and Field
Section 1 Class B Championships
Saturday, Feb. 1 (Amory Track and Field Center, New York City)
Yorktown’s Aaron McGirr placed first in the long jump (21 feet, 6 inches), at the Section 1 Class B championships.
The Huskers’ boys 4x800-meter relay of Derek Memmesheimer, Rolando Turcios, Patrick Ryan, and Colin McCarthy took fourth, (9:06.06) while McCarthy was sixth, in the 3,200-meter run (10:22.19).
As for the Yorktown girls, Keira Flaherty was third in the 1,500-meter run (5:01.19). Ashley Dobransky was third in the shot put (31-7) and fourth in the weight throw (29-7).
The Huskers’ 4x200-meter relay of Noelle Cegielski, Sophia Spallone, Charlotte Constantine, and Flaherty, took fifth (1:56.47).
“I was very proud of our team, for how well that it performed, almost everyone had personal bests in their events,” Yorktown coach Keith Smith said. “Aaron McGirr had a great day, winning the long jump with a leap of 21-6.”