Rowing: An Inside Look at an Outsider Sport

Crew is a sport that has increased in popularity in recent years. In fact, there are more rowers committed to competing in college from MHS than any other sport. From the outside, it looks graceful, but from an inside perspective, there is a lot more effort and dedication than what meets the eye. To achieve success on a national, or even regional scale, some of the best athletes are dedicating more than 15 hours a week to the sport, sometimes with practices before and after school. Many athletes pause their social lives for months on end, as there is no “off” season for a rower that wants to be competitive. We interviewed seniors Lindsey DeVore, Andrew Selius, Davis Owen, and Alexa Cestaro about their experience with the sport. Continue reading “Rowing: An Inside Look at an Outsider Sport”


Senior Athlete Profiles

Molly Nodiff

Molly Nodiff has left a lasting impact on Mamaroneck sports. Her defensive presence on both the soccer and lacrosse fields will be missed next year. Nodiff has been a defender on the varsity lacrosse team since she was a freshman and was captain this year. Leading her team to the semifinals in lacrosse for the first time in a decade. In the fall, Nodiff was equally as successful on the soccer field. This was her third year on varsity soccer, it was her first year as a captain. While thinking back on her past experiences on Mamaroneck sports teams, Nodiff says, “Mamaroneck has shaped what type of athlete I am today. I will make sure that I carry all the traits and leadership skills that I have learned from both coaches and teammates into my college athletic career. The type of people I have played with and been coached by have influenced me in ways I could only imagine, both on and off the field.”  In the fall, Molly will be attending Ithaca College where she will continue her athletic career playing lacrosse. Continue reading “Senior Athlete Profiles”

Varsity Softball Eyes Section Title

Photo courtesy of Mamaroneck Softball: The varsity softball team is having a remarkable season.

Building upon a successful end to last season, with the team making the section semifinals before losing, Mamaroneck Varsity Softball has sprung to a hot start to their season. With their new coach, Susan Hannon, the Tigers were going into this season unaware of what to expect. Continue reading “Varsity Softball Eyes Section Title”

Boys Track Sets New Record in Relay

Photo courtesy of Mamaroneck Schools: Mamaroneck track celebrates their victory

Records, as the common proverb says, are meant to be shattered. This past week, one of the fastest records at Mamaroneck High School was shattered. Sam Morton, Papa Diop, Jack Spiridellis, and Will Young (all ’17) set a brand new school record for the 4x800m relay. Continue reading “Boys Track Sets New Record in Relay”

Sergio Garcia Wins the Masters

The Taylormade golf ball with a little “10” on it moves with the grains of the green and starts to break to the left. Jim Nantz, the CBS commentator quietly whispers,“ And after so many years…” The ball continues to break to the left and finally, with the screams and sounds of excitement rising in the background, it sneaks in the hole on the very left side for Sergio’s birdie and win on the 73rd hole of the Masters. “Once and for all for Sergio!” shouts Jim Nantz into the microphone. Continue reading “Sergio Garcia Wins the Masters”

Hockey Team’s Season Ends in State Semifinals

Photo courtesy of Sandra Wong Geroux: “Tommy Spero ’17 and Chris Watroba ’18 embrace after the loss.”

For some, sports are meaningless; for others, they mean everything. For those who relate to the latter, there is no worse feeling than losing a playoff game in your senior year of high school. For the Mamaroneck Varsity Ice Hockey team, the emotions, much like the stage the game was played on, were amplified. So, when it was over, and Buffalo-based Williamsville North poured onto the ice to celebrate its 1-0 win over the defending state champions, it made sense that players laid motionless, face first on the ice. For many, it was the end of their hockey career. Continue reading “Hockey Team’s Season Ends in State Semifinals”

Brady-Belichick Era Nearing an End?

Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports: “Tom Brady (left) and Bill Belichick (right) celebrate after winning a game.”

With an amazing run spanning 17 years, nine Super Bowl appearances, and seven Super Bowl rings, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots are great contenders for the best coachquarterback duo of all time. The Patriots have been the gold standard in the NFL, but how much longer will they reign? As Brady approaches the age of 40, it is only a matter of time until his performance is expected to deteriorate. Continue reading “Brady-Belichick Era Nearing an End?”

The Globalization of Basketball

Photo by Matthew Albert: “Damien Inglis of the Westchester Knicks goes up for a layup.”

For professional basketball players on the cusp of making it professionally in the United States, there are a few routes available to help them reach their goals. The first is playing for the NBA’s D-League, or Developmental League. In the D-league, players improve their skills and could potentially be called up to an NBA team. However, more and more players are choosing an alternative route: playing overseas. To the casual basketball fan, the premise of playing abroad can be perplexing. An injury to an NBA player can open the door for a lower level player if they remain in the U.S. So, this begs the question, why go abroad? For a player aspiring to meet his dreams of reaching the NBA, the discussion follows a different trajectory. Continue reading “The Globalization of Basketball”

Mamaroneck Hockey Wins Second Straight Section Title

Photo Courtesy of Sandra Wong Geroux: the Tigers celebrate a championship win over Suffern.

For Mamaroneck (21-1-1) and Suffern (14-8-1), the setting was familiar: Brewster Ice Arena, on the last Sunday in February, with a Section 1 title at stake. For the person working the scoreboard, though, it was unfamiliar territory. It was over before it even began. At least, that’s what it seemed like.

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Hockey Section Finals Preview

Photo courtesy of Sandra Wong Geroux: Suffern fans show great sportsmanship as the Tigers celebrate a goal by Will Payne ’17.

Coming into the 2016-17 season, both Mamaroneck and Suffern were recovering from major losses on their rosters. By season’s end, however, both teams were able to quell any doubts of their success by locking up the top two seeds in Division 1. Successful playoff runs have further proved both teams mettle, and they now find themselves playing each other in the section final for the second year in a row.

The matchup will be a renewal of Section 1’s greatest hockey rivalry, with both a section championship and regional berth on the line. The stage is set for Sunday, here’s what you need to know.

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College Football Playoff in the Books

Photo courtesy of Forbes: Clemson celebrating its national championship victory over Alabama.

On Monday night, January 9th, 2017, the third edition of the annual College Football Playoff National Championship game was completed between the Clemson University Tigers and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide in epic fashion. Continue reading “College Football Playoff in the Books”

Featured Athlete: Tommy Spero

Photo by Sandra Wong Geroux: Tommy Spero ’17 is the starting goalie on the Varsity Hockey team.

Tommy Spero ‘17, the goalie for the Mamaroneck Varsity “A” Ice Hockey team is no stranger to the spotlight. Last year, Spero led the team to its first ice hockey state championship in school history. When asked how it felt to win states last year, Spero shared, “It felt incredible. To do it with the team we had was just amazing; to do it for “Chappie,” his first one ever for hockey. It was just an incredible moment and I am looking forward to doing it again this year.” The miraculous achievement was built upon years of dedication and preparation. Continue reading “Featured Athlete: Tommy Spero”

Mamaroneck Girls’ Basketball Honors Fallen Mount Vernon Teen

Photo courtesy of Lohud: Ella Simko ‘19 presents Nadine McKenzie, mother of Shamoya, with flowers and cards prior to the Mamaroneck Girls’ JV game against Mount Vernon.

Most high school basketball games are filled with a lot of intensity. However, Mamaroneck’s game against Mount Vernon on January 6th felt different, and that was due to the death of Mount Vernon Girls’ JV player, Shamoya McKenzie. Continue reading “Mamaroneck Girls’ Basketball Honors Fallen Mount Vernon Teen”

An Ode to Craig Sager: The Man in an All Suede Suit

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post: Sager left his mark on sports journalism.

What does it mean to be full of life? Does it mean you have the capacity to act individually, as if no one is watching? Does it mean you are not afraid to be judged by other people’s standards? The truth is, no matter what your evaluation of the phrase is, if you knew who Craig Sager was, you could easily say he lived every moment to its maximum potential, with no regard to how other people would respond. That is what endeared Craig to so many people. That is what made Mr. Sager so unique. Continue reading “An Ode to Craig Sager: The Man in an All Suede Suit”

MHS Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Photo courtesy of mamkschools: From left: Sam Morton ‘17, Lindsey Devore ’17, Nina Smoor ’17, Alexa Cestaro ’17 and Andy Francella ’17 sit down to sign their letters of intent.

On November 18, five MHS athletes signed letters of intent to participate in college athletics at the division one and division two levels. Of the athletes who committed, four will be playing at the division one level and one will be playing at the division two level. Continue reading “MHS Athletes Sign Letters of Intent”

Hyped for New Season

Photo courtesy of Mr. Carver: Members of the Mamaroneck Varsity Boys’ Basketball team pictured at Albright College this summer.

As we venture into the beginning of the winter season for Mamaroneck Varsity sports, there is one team that is going under the radar. The Mamaroneck Basketball team looks to make some noise in their league, evident in their constant preparation throughout the summer and fall. The team will soon take the court and has been working together for quite some time. They hope to use their hard work to provide early results. Continue reading “Hyped for New Season”

Heisman Trophy Race Heats Up

Photo courtesy of USA Today: Quarterback Lamar Jackson hurdles over a defender.

College football season is in full swing. It’s that time of year when the media and fans start talking about The Heisman Trophy, college football’s all-around best player award. This year’s race for the trophy consists of many different types of players including quarterbacks, running backs and even a defensive back, which is rare occurrence, because the award is typically dominated by offensive candidate. Continue reading “Heisman Trophy Race Heats Up”

Mamaroneck Ice Hockey Gears Up for State Title Defense

Photo courtesy of USA Today: Will Payne ’17, Tommy Spero ’17, Harrison Schreiber ’19 and the rest of the varsity hockey team celebrate a big win last season.

Coming into the 2016-2017 season, expectations are high for the Mamaroneck Varsity Ice Hockey team. Fresh off of its first ever state championship, the team returns ten players and is receiving an influx of new senior talent. Continue reading “Mamaroneck Ice Hockey Gears Up for State Title Defense”

Field Hockey Sectionals

It’s safe to say that Mamaroneck has become the gold standard in Field Hockey around Section 1, if not New York State, during Coach Savage’s tenure.

Since 2004, Mamaroneck field hockey teams have played in 12 straight sectional championships, winning nine of them, and nine regional championships, winning seven of them. They have also played in seven state championship games, winning three (all four losses in state championship games were by one goal.)

However, all of the above information was irrelevant when Mamaroneck and Scarsdale met on September 7. It was apparent in the final score: 4-0, Scarsdale. The Tigers’ season opener marked the first time Mamaroneck had lost to Scarsdale in field hockey since 2003.

“Every person on the field was playing individually,” captain Sophie Miller ’17 recalled from the 4-0 loss. “I remember thinking to myself [during the game] that we won’t be able to succeed and win games if we keep up that style of play.”

The loss impacted the Tigers far beyond just the first game, changing their outlook on the season as a whole. As Brigid Knowles ’19 stated, “[Losing to Scarsdale] was a big wake up call for us and made us realize that we were going to have to fight for every win, no matter the opponent.”

Six weeks later, when the Tigers and Raiders met in the regular season finale, Mamaroneck restored order to the field hockey world with a 3-2 win over its rival. At stake was a league title and the top seed in sectionals. The win, which came on a goal from Molly Banks ’18 after time expired, gave the Tigers a final regular season record of 13-1-2 and dropped Scarsdale to 13-2-1.

In sectionals, the Tigers have dispatched Clarkstown North, 7-2, and Horace Greeley, 1-0, to set up a third meeting with the Raiders in the finals.

To be sure, when the two meet again on Tuesday night at Brewster High School, none of the records will matter. All that will matter is what transpires on the field over the course of 60 minutes.

Perhaps, goalie Charlotte Mackie ’17 put it best, saying, “Honestly, the nerves are definitely there, but I’m really pumped. I know we can do it and I know we want it more.”

By Stephen Rothman