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Scarsdale Raiders Soccer Team Takes the Sectional Title

shsectionaldIt was a sweet night for the Scarsdale Raiders soccer team on Saturday November 6, when Scarsdale, the #1 ranked team met John Jay High School of East Fishkill, the #2 team for the sectional final title.

Hundreds of spirited fans came to cheer on the team, chanting over and over again “I believe we will win.” Among the crowd at SUNY Purchase were parents, students and former SHS soccer players and fans.

They didn’t have to wait long for Scarsdale to score, what would be the only goal of the game, during the first half. The Penfold brothers worked together to win the game. The goal was made when junior Tomas Penfold scored after an assist from his older brother, Andres Penfold, an SHS senior.

shsectionalbDuring the second half of the game, John Jay pressed hard to right the score but was held off by a strong Scarsdale defense and goalie Sam Cannon. Scarsdale had a number of opportunities to score again during the second half as David Alemany fired a left footed rocket that rebounded off the upper cross bar of the goal.

When the clock finally wound down with a final score of 1-0 for Scarsdale, the team gathered in a celebration pile on the field and the spectators came down and gathered around them.

In the words of a Scardale parent in the stands, "We were the better team and played like it -- with contributions from everyone on this special team that includes a core group that has played together for a few seasons. The high school and entire community should be really proud of these young men for such a great accomplishment."

This is the first year since 1976 that Scarsdale will play in the New York State tournament, where they are scheduled to meet Vestal on shsectionalaTuesday November 9 at 7 pm at SUNY Purchase.

Photos by Sarah Schuman



Raiders Boys Soccer Team Defeats New Rochelle in Quarter Final

penfold1An exciting week for the top-seeded Scarsdale Boys Varsity A Soccer Team. The Scarsdale Raiders met New Rochelle in the quarter-final match on Tuesday November 2, a tough, close game, which Scarsdale won 1-0. The stands were filled with fans who cheered on the team and Andres Penfold who scored the sole goal in the game on a penalty kick.

The competition was fierce and early in the second half of the game, Scarsdale won a penalty kick, causing the New Rochelle team to get very aggressive. One of the New Rochelle players punched a Scarsdale player, inciting another New Rochelle player to throw a punch at another Scarsdale player.

In a proud moment for the Raiders, the Scarsdale players stayed totally cool and did not respond to the aggressors. The Raiders refused to be baited into a fight, and they stepped away from the New Rochelle players. The referees gave New Rochelle a yellow card, their second in the game, and Scarsdale showed discipline and restraint and left the playoff game as the victors.

The team has now advanced to the semi-finals where they will meet Mahopac at Scarsdale at 2:30 on Thursday November 4th. If they defeat Mahopac, they’ll be onto the finals at Purchase College on Saturday. See you in the stands.

Pictured above: Andres Penfold



Attention Youth Basketball Players

backyardsportsBackyard Sports will be hosting their first annual Basketball Blowout on Saturday, November 20th at SUNY Purchase.

The Basketball Blowout will provide free training clinics and skill contests open to coed players (K-3rd grade). It will also feature instruction from the Backyard Sports coaches. For older players, there will be a 3 on 3 basketball tournament for 4th-12th grade.

Backyard Sports provides weekend and after school sports instruction and game play for boys and girls ages 4-16 years old. Since 2005, Backyard Sports has been the leading provider of community team sports programs in Westchester County.

The programs are designed for every child that desires a positive and healthy sports experience by using a unique approach that combines the highest level of instruction with equal emphasis on human development skills.

Enjoy a great day of basketball along with exhibits from local merchants.

For more information on Backyard Sports and also to register for the 3 on 3 tournaments, visit


Edgemont Meets Scarsdale in the Final Round of the Tennis Sectionals

rokitofunariThough the Scarsdale Raiders girls team had many new players this year, the season ended successfully when three teams went to the conference tournament and one doubles team proceeded to the consolation final of the sectionals, vying for a place in the state tournament.

Three Raider’s doubles teams competed in the conference tournament at Veterans Park in Ardsley. These three teams included the three Rokito sisters, twins Ariel and Shelby, who are SHS seniors and their younger sister Lindsay, the only freshman on the girls Varsity A team.

For the Conference tournament Stephanie Henkoff and Lindsay Rokito lost in the first round to a the top-rated Edgemont team of Christine Ho and Casey Rogovin who ultimately beat a Scarsdale team in the sectional tournament to win a place at the state tournament. Singles player Ciara Williams teamed up with Shelby Rokito who succeeded in their first round, but ultimately fell in the second round to the Iwasaki sisters of Edgemont, Kozue, a senior, and Tomo an eighth grader.

Singles players Michelle Funari and Ariel Rokito teamed up and went far. In an exciting run, they succeeded to the finals of the conference tournament where they beat Edgemont’s number one team of Ho and Rogovinin in three sets, 6-2, 2-6 and 6-2. Having won the conference tournament, they were given the third seed in the sectional tournament.

Funari and Rokito got off to a strong start at the sectional tournament, which was also held at Veterans Park in Ardsley. They won their first round match against Carmel 6-1, 6-0 and in their second round defeated a team from Yorktown Heights, 6-3, 6-2. They ran into trouble in the semi-final where the Hendrick Hudson team of Rachel Buckner and Danielle Hardman beat them 6-1, 6-2, but were entered into the consolation final to vie for a spot at the state tournament in Syracuse. That’s when they met up with Edgemont’s Ho and Rogovin who Funari and Rokito had defeated to take the conference title. This time, they lost 6-3, 6-4, finishing fourth in the sectionals. Ho and Rogovin will go onto Albany and we will be eager to find out how they fare at the states.

Pictured above: Michelle Funari and Ariel Rokito


Unchartered Waters for the Scarsdale Football Team

bauersfeldfootballIt took time, energy and a conference change to demonstrate what the Scarsdale Football program was capable of. Yet after beginning the 2010 campaign 3-0, the hard work put in by head coach Andy Verboys and his players is finally paying off. The strong start by this year’s Raiders team began with an impressive opening victory against Roy C. Ketcham, a team that walloped the Raiders 42-0 just two seasons ago. It also includes a victory over Ossining and Lincoln, while falling to a strong Yorktown program by just a touchdown.

In the last four seasons, the Raiders have begun either 1-3 or 0-4 while facing much larger high-school programs. The slow beginnings resulted in a combined 11-15 record during that stretch coming into 2010. But what has transpired through the first month of the season illustrates a complete understanding of the systematic Raiders approach to winning football games.

When Verboys was put in charge of the Varsity program, he implemented the triple option offense giving the Raiders ancuginifootball entirely different look than the more traditional offensive approach they had taken in years past. This run-heavy package requires an athletic quarterback who understands how to read the reactions of the opposing defense every single play. What makes the option offense successful is a signal caller with the understanding of when to run the ball himself, and when to hand (or pitch) the ball off to a running back.

This year the Raiders have that player in Brian Bauersfeld. The Senior quarterback has mastered the offensive style brought to Scarsdale by Verboys, and through four games the statistics tell the story. The Raiders have attempted twice as many running plays as they have passes, and are averaging a remarkable seven yards per carry on the ground. Yet in addition to the improved ground game, Bauersfeld has thrown for nine touchdowns with just one interception while completing over 70% of his passes. The two-pronged attack has created a potent Raider offense averaging over 28 points per game.

hewittfootballAnd it isn’t just strong play from the quarterback position. Wide Receivers Matt Wheeler and Will Hewitt provide Scarsdale with a lethal receiving core as Wheeler returns after a strong junior season while Hewitt is the tallest member of the Raiders at 6’ 4. In the backfield is a trio of running backs as captain Lewis Leone is flanked by fellow senior Johan Drakes and big play threat Anthony Cugini. The dynamic offense has given Verboys the ability to utilize a number of different plays from the typical spread formation with the quarterback under center.

With two games remaining in the regular season, the Raiders are trying to make the playoffs, a rarity in the program’s recent history, and have an opportunity to improve upon its record this Saturday when it faces a winless Mamaroneck team on the road. Scarsdale finishes the year against conference powerhouse Fox Lane on the turf on October 16th. Whether the Raiders are poised to finish the year as strong as they have started it remains to be seen, yet if the numbers indicate anything, be prepared for an offensive barrage from this improved Scarsdale program.

Photo captions: Top: Brian Bauersfeld, Middle: Anthony Cugini, Bottom: Will Hewitt.  All photos courtesy of Al Berman