Photo courtesy of the Journal News: “Daniel O’Rourke ’17 strips the ball from a defender.”
The Mamaroneck baseball team has begun its quest towards a fourth state championship.
Although the team lost some of its key contributors from last year, a lot of young talent is ready to step up. The pitching rotation will be headlined by Truman Devitt ‘17; alongside him will be Andy Francella ‘17 and Sachin Nambiar ‘18. Mark Adamo ‘17 will be the team’s captain, playing shortstop or second base. Stuart Williamson ‘17, Bobby Cox ‘18, Jarret Nachtigal ‘17 and many others will help contribute as well.
Truman Devitt discussed what will help the team go far, “I’d say our strongest area is pitching; we have a lot of quality arms coming up from JV, in addition to three pitchers from last year. What will get us far, though, will be whether or not we can consistently score runs, as we lost our three best hitters from last year.”
The Mamaroneck Girls’ Softball Team is looking forward to a promising spring season.
With many strong players returning, along with a new coach, the future looks bright. Last year, the team finished with a record of 10 wins and 6 losses. The Tigers made it to the sectional semifinals, the team’s deepest postseason run in recent memory. This spring, the Tigers are determined to come out even stronger. Many key players are returning this season, such as all-section players Emma Goldstein ‘17, Josie Steinberg ‘19, and Mia Steinberg ‘17 along with Gianna Magrino ‘19 – perhaps the league’s strongest pitcher – and Tava Kasper ‘19. Josie Steinberg had the highest batting average in the team’s 16 games last spring, with a record number of 52 total hits. Captain Mia Steinberg ‘17 expressed the anticipation of a strong season, sharing, “we’re all so excited about this upcoming season and can’t wait for it to start. We have big hopes and are setting the bar very high from the start.”
This spring, the Mamaroneck Girls’ lacrosse team is back and ready for a great season.
Although the team lost a sizeable portion of the team to graduation, the program is looking forward to incorporating a plethora of young talent into the roster, as well as featuring returning players from last year’s squad. Key returning players include Cassie Budill ‘18, Emily Mahland ‘18, Madeline Riordan ‘18, and Sarah Bennett ‘19 on offense, as well as captains Molly Nodiff ‘17, Sophie Miller ‘17, and Paige Danehy ‘17 on defense. The senior captains look to work on “becoming a team rather than a team of individuals.” Thus, the girls’ lacrosse team can work to capture both their offensive and defensive talents into a unified force.
After losing a close game in the sectional championship last year, the boys lacrosse team is ready for revenge. With tryouts complete, the team is ready to put in the w
ork necessary to get back to its fifth consecutive sectional championship. Team captain Daniel O’Rourke ‘17, entering his third varsity season, told The Globe, “The experience of many of the upperclassmen who’ve made their way to sectional championships the last couple of years [will help the team make another deep sectional run].” The team has a lot of young talent, including JB Conner ‘19 and Declan Harrigan ‘19, but in order to go far you need experience. The seniors who have been on the team these past few years will help lead the younger players and show them what needs to be done. Look for contributions from Emmet Fay ‘17, Jack Dente ‘17 and Teddy Knowles ‘17 as well.
The always successful Mamaroneck Boys’ Tennis Team has high hopes for another great season. Led by Senior captains Henry Harwood and David Sollod, the team is optimistic that an infusion of new skill and energy can lead it to a level of success similar to that of last year’s team that finished 16- 1. Back to back state champions Hope and Courage Crawford were undoubtedly invaluable assets to the team the previous two years, but with their departure comes the opportunity for new underclassmen on the roster. Key returners include Ryan Huang ‘18, Noah Patrick ‘18, and others. The Team plays its first match on Apr. 4, away against North Rockland.
Track and Field Preview
The Mamaroneck track team is looking forward to yet another exciting spring season. Last year, the girls’ 4×800 team brought home the firstever spring track state title, and now a new group of girls will be looking to fill the spots of last year’s graduating seniors.
Lauren Shpiz ‘18 is the only returner from the relay and will most likely be joined by Eliana Safer ‘18 and Jane ‘19 and Emily Hollander ‘19. On the boys’ side, Will Young ‘17 and Sam Morton ‘17 will look to chase after some school records and also, hopefully, compete for an individual state title. They will run the Distance Medley Relay, too, with Sam Mollin ‘17 and Papa Diop ‘17, in which the team will look to take down the school record set last year and qualify for the prestigious Penn Relays Carnival. Will Young talked to The Globe about his expectations for this year, saying, “I think it is going to be a very exciting spring season. Sam and I always push each other to go faster, and I think we could see some of the school records going down multiple times throughout the season. I also have big expectations for our relay. We set theschool record last year and have only improved as runners since then. Papa is coming off an amazing indoor season, and I think he is capable of some pretty big things in the half mile. Sam Mollin is just off Mamaroneck’s allstate runner Sean Ideozu’s times from last year, so there is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to take down the record.”