Lakeland/Panas Wrestling (5-4)
Eric D’Agnese Memorial Tournament
Saturday, Jan. 4 (Somers High School)
Lakeland/Panas shined at the 41st annual Eric D’Agnese Memorial Somers Wrestling Tournament, placing fourth out of 17 teams, with nine of its grapplers placing.
The tournament was won by Mahopac.
“Every day in practice, we work so hard together, we always are given good practice plans by the coaches, and we are always competing in practice, and getting better every day,” said Lakeland/Panas’ Austin Bergen. “It really means a lot as a team placing so high, in a big tournament like this. It really just shows what our hard work can get us.”
Leading the Rebels was Bergen (126 pounds), with a second-place finish.
“I was able to finish second because of all my hard work that I’ve been able to put in at practice with my great coaches and great practice partners, but I also benefit from my work off the mat, going to the gym or doing extra cardio after practice really helps,” Bergen said. “It felt really good. I was able to improve my spot from last year, showing improvement.”
Spencer Maja (106), Nicolas DeSantis (182) and Charlie Dubrawski (220) placed third, Declan Fullerton (170) was fourth, Conor McGannon (182) placed fifth, and Josh Frogel (99), Gio Russo (113), and Tyler Carter (195) were sixth, in their respective weight classes, for the Rebels.
Yorktown Wrestling (7-11)
Charles McCullough Tournament
Friday, Dec. 27 (Glen Cove High School)
Yorktown earned 149.50 points to place third out of 13 teams at the 2019 Charles McCullough Tournament at Glen Cove High School, on Long Island.
“It showed that our team was really coming together and having success, especially because we had a lot of younger guys on the team getting us those extra points to place third,” said Yorktown’s Andrew Finateri.
Glen Cove, with 171.50 points, placed first, while Mepham tallied 155.50 points, to register a second-place finish.
Finateri (120), Dean Patierno (145), and Christian Sinagra (170), each recorded first-place finishes, for the Huskers.
“All of us just came ready to wrestle,” Finateri said. “We pushed the pace and kept that same mindset into the finals.”
Patierno also got the most pins (four) in the least amount of time (2 minutes, 44 seconds), for the whole tournament.
Dillon Carter (145, second place), Marc Pisani (132, third), Joe Tornambe (99, fifth), Nicholas Carducci (106, fifth) and Nicolas Bucello (99, sixth), placed for the Huskers as well.
Saturday, Jan. 4 (New Rochelle High School)
Yorktown competed in the prestigious Shoreline Tournament at New Rochelle, with four of its grapplers placing.
Leading the Huskers was Andrew Finateri, who placed third at 120 pounds.
“I was really happy that I placed third, but the obvious goal was first, so I still have work to do,” Finateri said.
Also representing the Huskers well down county was Joe Tornambe (99), Dean Patierno (145) and Christian Sinagra (170), who each placed sixth.
Yorktown Girls Basketball (5-2)
Yorktown 41 @ Hastings 62
Saturday, Dec. 28
Hastings, which led 16-12 at the end of the first quarter, outscored Yorktown 42-16, through the second and third quarters, to propel itself to a 62-41 triumph, in the 56th Annual Costello Holiday Basketball Classic.
Yorktown’s Jesse Barer (15 points, 7 rebounds) earned the Costello Award for service, dedication and commitment.
Lindsay Boyle (6 points), Ashley Zeolla (6 points), Artesa Gashi (5 points), Emily Ward (3 points, 5 rebounds), Haley Caricati (3 points), and Melissa Severino (3 points) also contributed to the Huskers’ effort.
Yorktown 54 vs. Yonkers 29
Monday, Dec. 30
Yorktown finished the 2019 calendar year in fine fashion, winning 54-29 over visiting Yonkers.
“It was really good for team unity and definitely our team confidence,” said Yorktown’s Melissa Severino. “It really helps us move forward, and go into league play, with a good attitude.”
The Huskers set the tone early, outscoring Yonkers 20-3, in the opening quarter.
“Our team wasn’t really happy with how the Hastings’ game went,” Severino said. “We really wanted to redeem ourselves, come out strong, get back, and play our game.”
Severino helped Yorktown do just that, by scoring 9 of her team-high 17 points in the first stanza, on 2 treys, and 3 of 4 shooting, from the foul line.
“Melissa is one of the better long-distance shooters on the team, so it’s good when we can get her going early like that,” said Yorktown coach Brian Mundy. “It usually puts us in a better spot for the rest of the game.”
Defensively, the Huskers also excelled against the down-county visitors.
“The whole team, in general, did a very good job pressing in the beginning of the game, in the first quarter, to give us a little bit of a lead,” Mundy said. “That enabled us to could work on some other things throughout the game, and pull it back eventually.”
Coming off the bench and scoring in the fourth quarter were Erisa Krasniqi (6 points, 6 rebounds), Emily Ward (2 points, 3 assists, 3 steals), Haley Caricati (3 points), and Alyssa Perrino (2 points). Except for a first-quarter free throw from Caricati, all of those points came in the final quarter.
“The girls that came off the bench, really help our team, especially in the fourth quarter, because they give us some energy, when our starters were tired,” Severino said. “They definitely come out and play hard.”
Alyssa Giannasca (10 points), Lindsay Boyle (5 points), Jesse Barer (4 points), Ashley Zeolla (3 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals), and Artesa Gashi (2 points), earned their way into the box score as well for the Huskers.
Yorktown 58 @ Riverside 17
Friday, Jan. 3
Just like their game against Yonkers, the Huskers jumped out to another big lead, this time 21-2 at the end of the opening quarter, en route to a 58-17 victory against Riverside.
Scoring 10 of Yorktown’s first-quarter points was Emily Ward, who registered a team-high 16 points for the game. She also stood out defensively, leading Yorktown with 7 steals.
Jesse Barer (9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists), Artesa Gashi (8 points), Erisa Krasniqi (8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists), and Alyssa Perrino (12 rebounds) also contributed to the victory.
Lakeland Girls Basketball (3-4)
Lakeland 34 vs. Clarkstown South 60
Friday, Jan. 3
Clarkstown South took control of a close game by outscoring host Lakeland 23-5 in the third quarter, in a 60-34 Viking victory.
Lakeland got off to a solid start, leading 10-9 at the end of the opening quarter, before Clarkstown South bounced back to garner a 24-20 halftime lead.
Hannah Devane led the Hornets with 14 points.
Lakeland/Panas Hockey (6-4, 3-0)
Lakeland/Panas 7 vs. White Plains 11
Friday, Jan. 3 (Brewster Ice Arena)
White Plains avenged an earlier-season loss by defeating the host Rebels 11-7.
Lakeland/Panas won the first game, 10-9, on Dec. 19, at the Ebersole Hockey Rink, in White Plains.
The Rebels led 3-1 at the end of the opening period in the rematch before White Plains exploded in the second period, scoring 6 of the 8 goals in that period, to go up 7-5 at the end of it.
P.J. Kowal (3G, 3A), Andrew Dzubak (1G, 3A), Joseph Jimenez (2G, 1A), Frankie Kowal (1G), Anthony Colasanti (1A), John Corso (13 saves) and Aaron Hathaway (4 saves), all earned their way into the box score for the Rebels.
Lakeland/Panas 4 @ ETB 3
Sunday, Jan. 5 (The Ice Hutch, Mount Vernon)
A third-period goal by Lakeland/Panas’ P.J. Kowal, gave the Rebels a thrilling 4-3 victory against ETB (Eastchester/Tuckahoe/Bronxville).
“We were at a faceoff in the offensive zone,” P.J. Kowal said. “My center, (Jack Tuite) won the puck back and I was able to retrieve it, and shoot the puck.”
Joseph Jimenez (2G, 1A), Andrew Dzubak (1G), Frankie Kowal (1A), Jack Tuite (1A), and Aaron Hathaway (31 saves) helped the Rebels earn the league victory.
“We finally played as a team, as one, and we were able to play good defense, as well as great offense, that led to the win,” P.J. Kowal said.