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alanschwarzScarsdale High School graduate and New York Times reporter Alan Schwarz returned to Scarsdale on March 20th to address the Scarsdale Forum at the Scarsdale Women’s Club. Schwarz has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize for his high profile articles on the epidemic of sports-related concussions.

Trauma induced disease from brain injuries have caused memory loss, dementia and suicides and Schwarz was instrumental in linking sports injuries to brain damage in athletes. Schwarz was on the math team at SHS and majored in math at the University of Pennsylvania. In fact before becoming a journalist he taught mathematics. Using his mathematical background, Schwarz gathered data and used his knowledge of probability to demonstrate the higher than normal incidence of brain damage in athletes.

In his fascinating talk he explains how he researched this story and documents the debilitation that these injuries can cause, including a video interview with pro-football players who can no longer remember playing. To interview players, Schwarz approached their wives as the “husbands lived the dreams and the wives lived the nightmares.”

But brain damage affects not just professional athletes. Schwarz explains how children, high school and college athletes frequently suffer concussions and continue to play, causing repeat injuries and even more serious ramifications.

Watch this important talk and learn what you can do to prevent brain injuries by clicking here.

Opening Day Scarsdale Little League:

Opening day ceremonies for Scarsdale Little League will be held on Saturday, April 9th starting at 8:30 at Crossways 3 field. Sports announcer Bruce Beck will emcee the event, and former Yankee great Graig Nettles will be on hand to throw out the first pitch courtesy of Last Licks. Scarsdale’s newly elected Mayor Miriam Flisser, will address the players.



baseballEvery September, residents of Scarsdale and surrounding communities looked forward to Sports Swap, the annual event organized by the Scarsdale Council of Parent-Teacher Associations. Many people were disappointed not to see this event on this September’s calendar. Here’s the good news: Sports Swap is being held on Saturday, April 2 from 10am to noon in the Heathcote School gymnasium.

Sports Swap is a giant sale with great prices for sporting goods, computer equipment, video games, musical instruments, children’s sports and dress clothing and more. People in the community donate their gently used items and 100% of the proceeds from the sales go to support PT Council programs, events, speakers and special events. Long-time chair Maureen Hart and her new co-chair Nancy Aresu encourage everyone to clean out their closets, attics and garages! Donations of items to be sold will be accepted at the Heathcote gym on Friday, April 1 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and Saturday, April 2 from 8:30am to 9:30 am.

For further information on donations or if you’re interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Maureen Hart at MMHart@optonline.net or Nancy Aresu at NancyAresu@gmail.com.





cheerscarsdaleOn January 15, cheerleaders and spirited fans from all over gathered at Scarsdale High School for the Scarsdale Invitational Cheerleading Competition. Thirty seven teams and an estimated 700-1,000 spectators attended, from all over Westchester, Rockland, Duchess and Putnam Counties and the Bronx. There were 500 cheerleaders in the competition, ranging in age from eight to seventeen.  The morning session included youth, modified and junior varsity teams and the afternoon session was reserved for the varsity teams. Generally at meets, the hosting school does not compete in the actual competition but does perform their routines. Unfortunately due to injured cheerleaders on both squads, Scarsdale Varsity and Junior Varsity teams did not perform. But, the other attending schools tumbled and danced gleefully while the Scarsdale team sported the t- shirts being sold at the school stating "Cheerleading is more than a sport, it's an attitude."

Competition winners were as follows:

  • Modified: Eastchester
  • Junior Varsity: St. Catharine's
  • Small Varsity: St. Catharine's
  • Large Varsity: Ursuline
  • Co-ed: Putnam Valley

The Scarsdale JV and Varsity teams each practice two hours a day about four to five times a week and

St. Catherine Stars
take gymnastic lessons twice a week. Cheerleading is a very big commitment and the cheerleaders and their families are clearly huge fans of the sport. Many mothers were proudly wearing shirts with slogans such as "Cheer Mom" while rooting for their daughter. The crowds were raving for the girls, and the girls beamed back through their exciting and challenging routines.

Pictured Above: Scarsdale cheerleaders (from left to right, Ali

Eastchester Eagles
Levy, Nicole Rodriguez, Jessie Uris, and Taylor Doyle)

Photos and text by Sunny Feinstein



Yorktown Huskers
trackspring1It’s opening week for spring sports at Scarsdale High School. This season brings tennis, golf, track, crew, lacrosse, baseball and softball. The Track and Field is open to all, but before a runner can participate in a track meet the player must participate in at least ten practices. This week and next the team will hold practices and event tryouts.

Since the track and field  team is the only one that does not require a tryout, it attracts many who do not choose to tryout or do not meet the requirements for another sport. Running and other field events also provide excellent aerobic and endurance training for all other sports.  One of the most unique features of track and field is that it offers a variety of options in terms of activities from which one can choose.  This contributes to making the sporting experience fun. Members of the track and field team are encouraged to welcome newcomers onto the team and also display sportsmanship at all times.   The Raiders track and field team is optimistic in looking forward to a successful season, just as in past years.

Photos and Text by DJ Holloway, Sophomore at Scarsdale High School

springsoccerTo open the spring season, the track team is planning a fundraiser for the victims of the tragedy in Japan.  They are having a run/walk-a-thon this Saturday, March 19 at Scarsdale High School from 10:00-11:30 AM. The event is open not only to members of the track team, but also to other students at the school, as well as the whole community (all ages). The team has made sponsor sheets  and they are raising money on a “per lap” system or overall donations.  There will also be a bake sale by the high school track.  100 percent of the money will be going to the American Red Cross.

Families can come by to run, walk, sponsor a runner, make a donation or simply watch what the team hopes will be a successful event.

Submitted by Eric Dobosh , Junior at Scarsdale High School.

wrestlingjurellerDespite a weather delay of several hours due to the snow, the annual Scarsdale Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, January 8, 2011 was a success. Scarsdale finished in 3rd place among the 14 teams in the competition. With a strong turnout and many boisterous fans, the team members put on an impressive performance.

Though some of last year’s stars have moved onto college, this year’s team has stepped up to the challenge and is determined to rebuild and come out as strong. Overall the team performed well with a few notable displays:

Sophomore Mikey Hodges had a successful day and came out on top in each one of his matches and took second place in the 103 lb weight class.

John Tambunting, a junior, dominated his opponents in his first three matches and made his way into the finals, taking second place

Braun and Berkowitz
in the 112 lb. weight class.

Dan Jureller, also a junior, lit up some eyes with his exhilarating overtime win in the quarter-final match against the second seed, and his come from behind victory in the semi-final match against Mt. Vernon. Jureller went on to take second place in the 119 lb. weight class.

SHS Junior Jack Braun at weight 171 lbs. fought hard into his final match against the second seed from Mt. Vernon, and despite an injury, Jack came out on top, taking first place in the 171 lb. weight class.

Jaco Berkowitz
Finally, it was no surprise that Jacob Berkowitz (seeded 2nd in section 1) at weight 189 lbs. easily dominated his opponents and took first place in his class. Other team members from the Scarsdale team took third through sixth place and overall the team scored 3rd place in points among the 14 teams.

The team has been working hard under the leadership of coaches Barney Foltman and Brian Roemer their efforts paid off on Saturday. With their skill and camaraderie the Scarsdale wrestlers are sure to have a winning season.wrestlingteam


cheerleaders1-17In other SHS sports news, the sixth annual Scarsdale High School Cheerleading Competition will be held on Saturday January 15 at SHS from 8:30 am to 5 pm. Over 35 teams from local high schools will compete and 1,500 cheerleaders, coaches, parents, students and community members are expected to attend. Everyone is encouraged to come and cheer for the SHS junior varsity and varsity teams. There will be plenty of good food, prizes and raffles too.

Pictured above: Daniel Jureller, wrestling photos courtesy of Leslie Berkowitz



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