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Lacrosse Team Opens Season with a Big Win

lacrosse1The Scarsdale Boys Lacrosse Team opened their season with a thrilling 12-6 win over Brewster at home. The game started quickly with Senior captain Elliot Graham scoring the first goal of the official season within the opening minutes of play. The score was quickly evened out by a Brewster attack-man, but the Raiders once again took the lead with an exciting goal by Junior William Cabrera. After some back and forth play, Cabrera and Sophomore Rob Rolfe returned to finish off a nice team attacking play, making it 4-1 with under 5 minutes of play remaining in the first quarter.

Freshman Andrew Bernstein added another to make it 5-1, before a quick Brewster response to make it 5-2, and another to make it 5-3. Brewster continued their push and scored another, and the score now stood at 5-4 with under two minutes left in the quarter. After a strong defensive play the Raiders were revitalized and closed out the second quarter with a goal from Bernstein to make it 6-4 before the break.

The third quarter started slowly, lacrosse2Brewster scored the first goal with 8 minutes left to make it 6-5. The Raiders responded with a goal from Junior Cooper Schneider, followed quickly by a goal coming from Rolfe, his second, to make it 8-5. Bernstein added his third, but Brewster quickly countered with only two minutes left. Cabrera responded with a goal, ending the quarter 10-6 to the Raiders.

Cabrera then scored another to make it 11-6 at the start of the fourth quarter, his fourth on the day. Schneider added to the tally with a late goal, his second of the day, closing out the game with a 12-6 win by the Raiders.

lacrosse3The Raiders strong offensive efforts, coupled with Sophomore goalie Jeremy Wolfe's 20 saves, headlined Scarsdale's strong performance in their first game of the season. The Raiders look to continue their momentum when they play Nanuet at home on Thursday, March 31st. Senior captain Andre Cutrim elaborated on his team's performance and stated, "Obviously, coming into the season with a big win like this is really good for the team's morale and gives us a lot of confidence. Despite this initial success we have to working hard if we want to make a deep run in playoffs. Tomorrow we will return to practice and try to work on our offensive principles and tighten up our defense ahead of Thursday's game."

(Photos and text by Justin Barlow)


Note from the Editor

letterwritingI was taken by surprise at the reaction to a recent piece I posted on the site. When comments from several people made clear that an analogy was culturally insensitive I quickly took down the post. My intent was to write a piece about respect for the decision making process at the Board of Education but the choice of words caused the message to get lost.

I apologize to anyone who was offended and will be more thoughtful in the future. I am hopeful that the community can also be more respectful to each other -- and allow their neighbors to express their views, whether the issue is the non-partisan system, an educational issue, plans for the library or the Greenacres School.

There are as many opinions as there are people in Scarsdale, and that's what makes it such an interesting place to live. Let's harness our intelligence to elevate the level of discourse so that we can reach consensus and forge a great future for our Village.

Honor an Extraordinary Volunteer: Come to the Scarsdale Bowl Dinner

bowlrushpaulinDear Editor: The Scarsdale Bowl Dinner is one of the most enjoyable and inspiring events in town because it honors both a deserving individual devoted to public service and the extraordinary volunteer culture that makes this community so special. This year's Bowl honoree, Susie Rush, has been described as the "supernova" in a constellation of her fellow volunteers. Since she moved to Scarsdale in 1995, Susie has served our community with unbounded energy and warmth and a high level of professionalism. In just over twenty years, Susie has developed deep ties in the community through her volunteer service in dozens of local organizations, including as Quaker Ridge PTA President, President of the PT Council and President of the Scarsdale League of Women Voters. Susie is currently the Treasurer and a Trustee of the Scarsdale Foundation; a member of the Scarsdale Coalition on Family Violence, the Board of the Scarsdale Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol, and the Advisory Board of the Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service.

Another wonderful aspect of the Bowl Dinner is the opportunity to catch up with friends and acquaintances over cocktails and dinner. Whether you are a veteran volunteer or someone who has yet to explore the many public service opportunities the Village provides, all of us can celebrate the fruits of volunteerism symbolized by the Scarsdale Bowl. Resident volunteers head Village government and serve on Village Boards and councils. Residents also comprise the Board of Education and serve on PTAs and neighborhood associations. In addition, many residents work with the Scarsdale Forum, League of Women Voters of Scarsdale, religious organizations, as volunteer firemen, coaches, scout leaders and other local service organizations. These efforts give residents a real voice in how Scarsdale functions and evolves.

The seventy-four year tradition of the Scarsdale Bowl is maintained by the Scarsdale Foundation. The Scarsdale Foundation is a 501(C)(3) entity that has helped the community through grants and scholarships since 1923. The Scarsdale Foundation scholarships are need-based scholarships awarded to deserving SHS graduates and former Scarsdale residents in their sophomore through senior years of college. The Scarsdale Foundation funded $110,000 in scholarships in the 2015-2016 academic year. In addition, the Foundation funds specific grants for civic purposes to strengthen local non-profit organizations. The Bowl Dinner is not a fund raising event, so when you RSVP to the Bowl, also making a donation to the Scarsdale Foundation is encouraged. The Scarsdale Foundation works with donors to preserve their legacy through responsible administration of gifts, funds, and bequests.

You can RSVP to the Scarsdale Bowl here and make a secure payment on the Scarsdale Foundation's website. If you did not yet receive a paper invitation, or want another copy of the invitation, please contact Robert Jeremiah, Secretary to the Scarsdale Bowl Committee, at It would be appreciated if reservations could be made by March 30th.

The Scarsdale Bowl Committee and I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, April 13th.

Michelle Lichtenberg,
Chair of the Scarsdale Bowl Committee

Volunteers Needed to Share Skills at the Scarsdale Library

imagesThe Scarsdale Public Library is looking for residents of all ages to share their skills and knowledge as part of the National Library Week celebration, "54 Things at 54 Olmsted" during the week of April 10-16.

This year's National Library Week theme is "Libraries Transform." The Scarsdale Library joins libraries in schools, colleges and communities nationwide to celebrate the dynamic changes occurring in libraries today. Libraries are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve and helping to transform the lives of their patrons.
"Libraries historically have been places of lifelong learning," said Library Director Elizabeth Bermel. "During '54 Things at 54 Olmsted," residents will have the opportunity to come to the library to learn new things, from how to arrange flowers to tips for effectively using the latest technology. We are constantly hearing about the hidden talents of patrons and are excited to offer this opportunity to showcase their skills in a way that benefits the whole community."

Beginning today, those with a skill or knowledge guitarlessonthey wish to share should complete the online application at or stop by the Reference Desk in the library. Applications are due by March 21. The skill or activity should be teachable in 5-30 minutes. Lessons will be taught in small groups or one-on-one. Some possible topics include how to play a chord on the guitar, take a great photo, make pie crust, tie a scarf, decorate a cupcake, change a tire, play poker, do magic tricks, make balloon animals, do origami, start a blog, etc.

For questions, contact the Reference Desk at 914-722-1302 or email

Maroon and White Celebrates Winter Athletes at the Crowne Plaza

swimteamAt the Maroon and White's Winter Sports Awards dinner Tuesday night, athletes met with their teammates one last time to celebrate the season.

The Boys' swim team placed first at Conferences and Second at the Sectional competition. The team only lost one dual meet to Horace Greeley. Senior Charlie Musoff says, "I think we've made an increasing effort to engage and include swimmers in every grade in our team dynamic. I feel like the upperclassmen do a better and better job of making the underclassmen feel like they are truly on the team." With a larger team than many other winter sports, feeling valued is important. Musoff says the team's depth contributed most to their success this season. There are always a valued few who score a higher percentage of the points, but having strong swimmers in second and third place for each event can make a significant difference. The team is always reminded that 5th place scores 1 point, which makes everyone feel like they play a significant part even if it is a small one. Since the annual team lunch before Thanksgiving, Musoff says the team chemistry has been stronger every day.

The Ski team had a slushy season thanks to skiteamglobal warming, but did not let this misfortune prevent them from sending nine competitors to Sectionals this year. Senior Captain Sarah Weintraub, #1 Skiier for the girls' team, says "I think that having such a long dryland season, although tiring, helps contribute to our success because everyone is together during dryland, regardless of their skiing ability. This causes a lot of adhesiveness on the team and a lot of bonding. Once we got on snow, that dynamic definitely translated well and there were lots of friendships between the grades." The Raiders had only one official race and a few practice days at Thunder Ridge. Unfortunately, this meant the Seniors had a fragmented season and freshmen might not have had the full experience of being on ski team. The older skiiers hope the newcomers will stick with it. Last-minute schedule changes left students stressed, checking their email between classes. Sarah Weintraub, Cameron Swift, Connie Ferragu, Joe Weintraub, Spencer Mann, Harry Liu, John Lloyd, Jared Blinken, and Owen Marsh competed in Sectionals. Weintraub's freshman year, only two skiers were sent to Sectionals, four her sophomore year, six last year, and nine this year. The downhill Ski team is definitely on an up-hill trend.

hockeyThe Hockey team, whose games are popular social events with their own hashtag #derspuck, did not go as far as they hoped this season since their widely-known "Road to Utica" journey last year. Continuing a legacy for this strong team, Seniors Noah Marinelli and Stephen Nicholas made a statement on the ice this winter. Unfortunately, the Raiders lost in the Section Semi-final in a close game against the Raider rival, the Mamaroneck Tigers.

The Boys basketball team was 12-8 this season, losing in the first round of playoffs. The guys attracted large hordes of fans to their home games, and the team's basketballchemistry was fun to watch. The team will lose seven Seniors, so the 2016-17 squad will rely on a core of juniors to step up next season and put the Raider name back on the map.

Girls' Varsity Basketball saw an intense season come to a close with a one point loss in the Section Quarterfinals. This close result reflects the exciting ride the past few months have been for the Raiders, who worked hard day in and day out to have a memorable season to honor their five graduating star Seniors. Senior Kayle Waterhouse says, "This year we were much closer as a whole and I think that showed through our playing. I hope the closeness carries on to the team next year. This year was very, very intense and I think that improved our playing and mental toughness on the court. I think the biggest thing that must be carried over is our sportsmanship. We are all very supportive and root for one another." Emmeline GirlsBballBerridge, the sole freshman on the Girls Varsity Basketball team, says being the youngest on an upperclassman-dominated team was a little scary at first. Her teammates, coaches, and spectators soon saw that the pressure did not crack her and Berridge established her presence well on the court during a physical and intense season for the Raiders. "I think it isn't so much age that makes a difference on the court, but it's more about maturity. Poise on the court is what sets a mature player apart from others... Aside from talent, being calm and levelheaded is what can give you an edge against competition." Waterhouse says it was the team's intensity, and their skill in preparing both physically and mentally for every game no matter the opponent that led to their success this season. The Raiders were League Champions, winning the title after crushing rival Ursuline for a 20 point victory. This was a huge achievement for the girls since it has been twenty-one years since Scarsdale's last League title for Girls Varsity Basketball.

Unfortunately, the team did not reach their goal of returning to the County Center to play in Sectionals. There is no good way to bring a fun and exciting final season to a close, but the Senior can at least walk away knowing they met their goals and set the bar high for the legacy of their team. Waterhouse says, "We definitely had great chemistry as a team. I think that helped with us not being selfish with the ball and passing to the open player. Chemistry leads to trust." The girls knew each other's strengths each had an acute sense of her position and role. Emmeline adds, "When we were executing, nothing could stop our momentum. Off the court, all of the girls supported each other. Having this tight knit group helped us work hard and have each others backs." Looking forward to the next three years, Berridge knows a gap will be left in their team and the underclassmen will need to work hard to make the necessary adjustments. She says, "I hope to step up to the plate and help our team work really hard to be successful."

Scarsdale Raider Wrestling Team had a banner 2015-16 wrestlersseason. Led by an extremely talented group of seniors, the team placed in the top three of every tournament and brought home 1st place at their own Scarsdale Invitational. The team finished with a 21-7 record. The Raiders brought home the League 1A Championship finishing 5-0 in the league. The last league championship Scarsdale won was in 1999. The team qualified 8 boys for Sections and had three boys place in the top 4. The season was capped off with 113Lbs Michael Dabramo receiving a wildcard for the State tournament where he placed fifth in the State. He finished with an amazing 46-6 record. His only losses came from Nationally ranked wrestlers.

The stats for the eight wrestlers that went to Sectionals are: 99lbs Johnny Keltz,25-14,113lbs Michael DaBramo 46-6,113lbs Jack Ortner 16-13, 132lbs Seth Schulman 25-14, 170lbs Raphael Rogoff 17-16, 182lbs Andrew Braun 31-8, 195 lbs Brendan Knaack 25-10, and at heavyweight 285 lbs Ethan Raff 32-9.


The three seniors who were named All Section were Brendan Knaack, Ethan Raff took and Michael Dabramo.

As Raiders Athletics closes one chapter, the Spring teams are ready to go. Captains' practices are already in full swing in preparation for Monday's tryouts. It will be another exciting few months for SHS to continue its Athletic reputation of dedication and pride.
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