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More Than A Beam
Growing up in Sacramento, there was often a negative stigma attached to our city, perpetuated not just by outsiders, but also by some of the locals themselves. Sacramento was seen as a place to escape from, and a city overshadowed by its larger counterparts in the vast ocean of California.
The Wizards Come to Town and Lighten the Load
On Sunday afternoon February 4, The Harlem Wizards were in town, and the high school played host. Graciously accepting, the Wizards still came to play. But when basketball coach Tyler Sayre stepped in at tip off, the traveling troupe suddenly had pause, and a shift in strategy required, the actual tone was set for the day
Somers Heads into Big Week with two Blowouts
After going to Brewster on Wednesday January 3 and putting on a 63-22 hurt on the Bears, the Tuskers hosted Saunders on Saturday morning and could have been thrown by the early morning rise. But Somers came out with their trunks swinging and didn’t miss a beat.
John Jay Can’t Match up With Byram Bigs
Please see Tip, Pledge and Subscribe Button Below After being manhandled by Zachery Efobi of Byram Hills a few weeks ago, John Jay hoped to neutralize the force of the big center at home on January 31, and halfway through the first, it was 6-6 game. But Efobi on the inside wasn’t the only big man that caused a problem.
John Jay Can't Complete Comeback versus Yorktown By Rich Monetti
Please see Tip, Pledge and Subscribe option below After defeating Yorktown a few weeks ago, John Jay took the Huskers on at home on Friday, January 2 and quickly fell behind. The first seven points to the visitors, Yorktown took a 16-3 first quarter lead and largely built a 21 point third quarter lead on the play of Kaitlin Judge. John Jay did fight back, though, and cut the lead to ten on a put back by Jane Brennan. So Judge restored order.
John Jay Honors Classmate with Inspiring Victory Over Fox Lane
On Saturday January 13, John Jay was looking for their third straight win, and Fox Lane stood in the way at the high school. Even so, there was more on the minds of the community and the team than basketball. Brooke D’Aleo is battling cancer, and behind the PA at the scorer’s Marc McAlley gave voice to the overall sentiment. “You’re not alone, stay strong,” the teacher’s words echoed. Of course, win or lose, nothing would change. But just the same, the Wolves were definitely driven and really put their teeth into honoring their classmate.
Somers Keeps Going Strong in 49-39 Victory over Valhalla
Please See Tip, Pledge and Subscribe option at end of the article.... On Thursday January 25, Somers faced Valhalla at home, and despite leading 25-22 at the half, the effort didn’t please the Tuskers. “We went into halftime a little disappointed with how we played,” said Coach James Loughran. But intermission didn’t really have the team overanalyzing, and left the Tuskers addressing their shortcomings, according to center Mac Sullivan.
Somers Runs John Jay out of Gym with 69-51 Victory
After falling 67-61 to Yorktown on Wednesday January 17, another cross town rival was in on Friday night, and the Tuskers were definitely in the thick of it versus John Jay. A 41-37 third quarter game in favor of Somers, the battle gave way to a long run, and the rest of the game was easily joined.
Straddling the Fence
I had no idea when I wrote “If You are on the Fence about Leaving Your Sport: Read This” that it would be my most popular piece on Vocal, nor that it would actually resonate with so many people. At the time, I believed myself to be more of a creative writer so to have just a simple story about my personal experience attempting to pursue the sport I love, only to quit at the collegiate level, gain the most traction, I was shocked. I was even more shocked when I received a direct message on Instagram from someone I did not know and had never met before, a whole 6 years after my original story was published, asking me for advice because they were facing the exact same scenario in their life and somehow stumbled upon my piece and felt compelled enough to find and reach out to me for advice.
John Jay Falls to the Strong Inside and Out Game of Pearl River
On Monday January 22, John Jay hosted Pearl River, and it took awhile for the game to get off the ground. No baskets through almost two full minutes, the challenge eventually revealed itself at 6:10. Kelsey Miedreich got the ball in the low post, backed down Jordan Kauftheil, and on the foul, she sank both free throws. But her inside dominance was only the half it on a very tough day.
Somers Goes Downtown for 46-39 Win Over Fox Lane
Slideshow vs Byram After losing a close 42-39 game to John Jay on Friday January 19, the Tuskers found themselves in another tight game on Saturday at Fox Lane. 5:24 left in the game, Sydney Ingraham stood alone above the arc at 26-26 and her brief hesitation gave way to probability. “I haven’t really been hitting my threes, so when I was there, I thought maybe this is the game,” said the guard.
John Jay Competes for 35-26 Victory Over Yorktown
With everyone else getting the day off for MLK day, the girls basketball team was on the clock and up at noon for a game at Yorktown High School. But while Jaime Bartley-Cohen acknowledged that it was a little unusual to be playing basketball on a Monday afternoon, she also welcomed the chance to represent on the holiday. “I’m glad we got to play today,” said the junior, and the team did more than just play.