Saturday, Aug 13th

violinsViolinists (L-R): SHS junior Andre Tsou and Ryan Tully (guest performer from Tenafly HS)Friends of Music and the Arts in Scarsdale Schools (FMA) arranged for Scarsdale High School student musicians to perform in the Village this past weekend. Diners and shoppers enjoyed great music and good vibes from a jazz combo and violin duo. Students were thrilled to be able to perform for a live audience in our community again!

A range of student musicians will be performing in the tent in Scarsdale Village again on Sunday Nov 21, from noon – 1:30pm. The lineup includes duo Vianne Lim on cello and Henry Zhang on violin, and solo performances by Anish Mehta (alto sax), Isaac Wood (bass clarinet), and Siri Polepalle (vocalist).

Come out to enjoy the free concert and support Scarsdale student performers!

jazzJazz Combo (L-R): SHS seniors Alex Horvath on the keys, Eli Gelblum on drum set, Michael Farina on tenor sax, and Ayaan Bahl on baritone sax

FMA is the nonprofit parent booster group supporting the visual and performing arts in Scarsdale schools. Give to and volunteer with FMA: FMA thanks the Scarsdale Business Alliance (SBA) for welcoming the student concerts in the beloved tent.

TennisTeamThe Scarsdale Girls Varsity A Tennis Team won the New York State championship, in a tense final set on the fourth doubles court at the USTA Tennis Center in Queens on Friday November 5, 2021.

The team became regional champs in Binghamton and then traveled closer to home to indoor courts at the Billie Jean King Tennis center to play two final matches on Friday November 5th.

At 11:30 am they met another regional champ from Brighton High School near Rochester, and in usual fashion, swept the courts in a 7-0 victory. That triumph qualified them for the finals at 4:30 pm that same day, when they played against a tough opponent, Syosset High School, from Long Island.

In the long break between the two matches, the parents walked into Flushing and enjoyed a Chinese lunch. The girls took time to tour the tennis center and pose for photos in the Grandstand Stadium.

Though Scarsdale had dominated all fall, and were undefeated in the regular season, they met their match against the Long Island team. As Scarsdale Coach Jennifer Roane said in an interview after the match, “we were really pushed … they gave us a run for our money.”

The girls were required to wear masks when they played, and the matches were livestreamed and recorded on video. Back at Scarsdale High School, some of the teachers livestreamed the matches into their classrooms so that students could watch.

The rules changed the night before, and each player was permitted to bring one parent. The scoring changed as well to no ads and a super tiebreaker in lieu of a third set.

What happened? Scarsdale’s three singles court all won, and Scarsdale first, second and third doubles teams all lost. That left the team 3-3, with the match to be decided by the outcome on the fourth doubles court, where freshman Kay Cottrell and sophomore Natasha Pereira edged out the first set in a tiebreaker.

In the second set, Cottrell and Pereira were leading when Coach Roane came by and warned them about the noise from the stands and the cheering, advising them to tune it all out and stay focused. Did they want to know the scores of the other matches? Natasha said yes and Kay said no.

Despite the pressure, Cottrell served the final game, hitting a down the middle forehand that took the match and secured the championship for Scarsdale, winning the final over Syosset 4-3 and making history as Scarsdale’s first team state champions.


Watch the final point here:

Commenting on her match, Cottrell said, “We won the second set 6-3. I did not know it was our match that was the deciding match on the last game we played, when I was serving. I wasn’t really calm at all. I was overwhelmed with everyone cheering and screaming. During the match, I kind of zoned out in attempt to not get nervous or anxious, knowing that the championship was on me and my partners shoulders. I would not have gotten through it without knowing that my whole team was there, supporting us and cheering us on. They were all so supportive and excited! On the last point, I was so nervous I was shaking, but it was all worth it when everyone rushed onto the court and we all screamed and celebrated. That was the highlight of the whole match!”

Team Captains Natalie Hu and Laura Mendez called the match “an emotional roller coaster,” and said, “We had many new players this season, but the more time we spent together the stronger we got.” Coach Jennifer Roane said, “I have been at coaching tennis for 27 years this is a really special moment.”

Final Scores

MtVernon3On Friday October 22, a beautiful night for football, the Scarsdale Raiders defeated Mount Vernon 34-6 and honored the team's seniors.

Before the game began, there was a ceremony honoring senior managers, cheerleaders, and football players in what would be the final home regular-season game of their high school career. When the players were introduced, their names were announced, they were given a rose and walked out to applause with their parents.

When the ceremony finished, all the players had to put their emotions aside and go out and play. Coming off a two-game win streak, the Raiders looked to build momentum and take home the victory. They did just that, and it would have been tough to script a better game.

The Raiders started out hot, scoring a TD off a Nick Freihofner run to kick off the scoring and make it 7-0.

Kicker Bennett Abbe followed that up with a field goal to give Scarsdale a 10-0 lead. Mount Vernon would respond with a quick TD, but miss the two-point conversion, and be shut out from there.

It was all Raiders from that point on. Both the defense and offense played exactly how you draw it up. After the failed conversion from Mount Vernon, Scarsdale put together a beautiful drive to get back on the board. QB Adrian Duval started it off with a long run, followed by another Freihofner TD. He wasn’t done there, however; he scored his third TD of the night after Colby Baldwin recovered a fumble to set up the score.

Baldwin, like Freihofner, also continued to stuff the stat sheet. After Mount Vernon had a nice kick return with just over a minute to go in the first half, Baldwin intercepted a pass and returned it all the way to the red zone right before the half concluded. Abbe would capitalize on the nice return with another field goal, giving the Raiders a 27-6 lead going into halftime.

footballteamRaiders head for the field.Scarsdale’s final TD would come just as the 3rd quarter was coming to a close on a rush by Julian Glantz. The defense stole the show the rest of the way, with interceptions by Ethan Weismer and Will Salazar.

After complete domination on both sides of the ball, it was an extremely successful night for the Raiders and its seniors. Preparing hard all season (and their entire high school careers), their hard work was vindicated and they ended things off on a positive note.

Photos by Jon Thaler - see more here:

football3Scarsdale rushes towards the end zone.

TennisNovember3The Scarsdale Girls Varsity A Tennis Team is headed to the USTA National Tennis Center in Queens on Friday to play in the New York State finals. This is the first time in the history of Scarsdale tennis that the entire team will compete in the state championship and the first year that the NYSPHAA has hosted team championships. With so many talented players on the Scarsdale team, they benefitted from their depth, hosting strong competitors on all seven courts.

It’s been an exhilarating run for the team who travelled by Coach bus to Binghamton for an overnight last week. Many of the girls had not stayed in a hotel for two years and the team, along with their manager Zach Sanders and Coach Jennifer Roane, bonded during the trip. No parents or extra chaperones were permitted and the girls had to play wearing masks.

Playing inside on unfamiliar courts on October 26, the girls played the regional championships at the Binghamton Tennis Center where they swept their opponents from Ithaca – winning all seven courts. Their opponents barely won a game. The three singles teams and four doubles teams dominated over their upstate opponents and went on to become one of the top four teams in the state for the large school league.

Here were their remarkable scores from the regionals in Binghamton:

-First Singles: Natalie Hu defeated Talia Shaw 6-1,6-0
-Second Singles: Giana Marks defeated Paula Carrillo 6-0,6-0
-Third Singles: Maya Cukierman defeated Elise Park 6-0,6-0
-First Doubles: Laura Mendes/ Campbell Alin defeated Caroline Whelan/Aria Petrella 6-0,6-0
-Second Doubles: Maya Vora/ Yelena Sahakyan defeated Marina Okada/ Fiona Glenn 6-0,6-0
-Third Doubles: Madison Lee/Daphane Luttrell defeated Lily Wang/Julia Blakeslee 6-0,6-1
-Fourth Doubles: Kay Cottrell/Natasha Pereira defeated Liala Cryer/Luna King 6-0,6-2.

TennisTeamBinghamtonTennis Team Following Victory in Binghamton

Next up, the team will go to the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center on Friday November 5 where they will play another upstate team, Brighton High School, from Rochester in the semi-final at 11 am. If they succeed, they will play in the finals at 4:30 pm against the winner of an earlier match of Syosset vs. Bethlehem (a suburb of Albany). The players must win two full sets to claim victory, i.e. they will not play a tie breaker in lieu of a third set.

No parents or spectators will be permitted inside the facility. However all matches will be livestreamed from the court. Each of the players needed to have proof of vaccination and they will need to play wearing masks, adding another challenge to the competition.

On Wednesday we caught up with the team and Coach Roane who had scheduled a practice match against the team from Byram Hills, who are the Section 1 champions in the small school draw. Awaiting their opponents the girls were all smiles as they did warm up exercises to music on the courts.

Coach Roane explained that this year the team included eight players who had moved up from the Varsity B team along with two freshman, Giana Marks and Kay Cottrell. Playing second singles Marks has had an amazing first high school season.

We asked team captain and first singles star Natalie Hu how the team maintains their fighting spirit. She said, “We pump each other up and have a team huddle before each match. We all want to win badly!... and we bring our team mascot, Ace, to every match.”

Coach Roane tells the girls to be positive, focus on one point at a time, if they make a mistake to let it go, communicate with your partner and most of all, to have fun!

From the scene at the high school courts on Wednesday, the girls were having fun and were looking forward to riding the wave of enthusiasm to Queens on Friday.

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miracle1(Letter to the Editor from Peter De Lorenzo)
October is championship baseball time and it definitely was no different at the Miracle League of Westchester. On October 17th the Miracle League of Westchester Skills team hosted Scarsdale Little League for a friendly game of baseball. The game started with both teams giving it their all. The ML Crushers lived up to their name and hit some bombs over the fence and had some aggressive base running with 3 stolen bases, but Scarsdale answered back with some impressive hits and plays of their own. At the end of a very exciting game with much cheering from the crowd, the game ended in a tie. However with all the smiles on the field , both teams were winners.

Thank you very much to the Scarsdale little league families and players for joining us for a fun filled afternoon, we look forward to doing it again.

The Miracle League of Westchester is a not for profit organization that gives children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball and enjoy social events throughout the year.

Peter De Lorenzo


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