Tuesday, Jun 25th

couragewrtisbandThe annual Maroon and White Kari Pizzitola Holiday Basketball tournament will be held Thursday, December 2 through Saturday, December 4 in the Scarsdale High School Gym. Games are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 2  from 5 to 7 pm, on Friday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 8pm and Saturday, Dec. 4  at 2, 4, and 6pm for the boy’s championship, with the girl's championship at 8 pm.

Last year the Maroon and White renamed the tournament The Maroon and White Kari Pizzitola Holiday Basketball Tournament to honor Kari Pizzitola who died in October 2008 at the age of 52 after a battle with breast cancer. Kari, with her two boys, Brian (class of 2003) and Mikey (class of 2006) loved Scarsdale Athletics. Kari was a dedicated supporter and hard worker and had served in many roles including tournament chair and Maroon and White President. This year, in honor of Kari Pizzitola, free pink wristbands with the word “Courage” will be given to the first 1000 fans on Friday and Saturday.

Friday night, December 3, is Scarsdale Raiders Night. Girls and boys varsity basketball teams will play and the Raiders cheerleaders will perform. Friday and Saturday games will feature Tri-County Basketball League Team scrimmages at half-time. There will be a raffle of an Apple iPad and an Apple iPhone, and refreshments, snacks and Hebrew National hot dogs will be available for purchase.

The Maroon and White Holiday Basketball Tournament will be fun for families and students alike, so please mark your calendars. The event is sponsored by Maroon and White, the SHS parent Booster Organization that supports and encourages Scarsdale High School Athletics. They are asking you to come out and enjoy some great hoops action and support the Scarsdale Raiders Basketball Teams.


penfoldboysThe Penfold boys are a Scarsdale phenomenon. Andres a senior at SHS and his brother Tomas, a junior, star on the Scarsdale Raiders Soccer team that will play in the semi-finals of the state tournament this Saturday in Middletown against a team from Brentwood, Long Island.

The boys, who are just one year apart, have been playing soccer since they lived in Venezuela. Their Dad, Ricardo Penfold, was a soccer star himself, and played on the Boston University soccer team where he was the captain during his senior year and also played on the u21 Venezuelan National Team. He has been a role model and a coach to the boys since he started to kick the ball around with the boys when the family lived in Caracas. They moved to Greenacres when the boys were six and seven, and they both started on the Scarsdale Recreation teams, moving onto the travel teams and later joining FC Westchester, where they still play year round.

Andres and Tomas train on the field in all seasons, and travel with the FC Westchester team to places as far as California and Arizona. Andres credits this experience with the boys’ success today. Teammates Hiroki Kobayashi, David Alemany and Michael Abraham also play on the FC team and the group has learned to work together and coordinate play to become the unbeatable team they are today.

The Penfold boys both play soccer constantly – with three team practices during the week and two games on the weekend. It’s a challenge to find time for schoolwork, but according to Andres, the time pressure has caused both boys to “mature at an early age.” Andres played on the Varsity B team as a freshman and moved to Varsity A for his sophomore, junior and senior years, where he now plays center forward. Tomas joined the Varsity A team as a sophomore where he is an attacking midfielder.

This season, Scarsdale won 20 games and lost two. According to Tomas, a pivotal moment in the season was after the team had two unexpected losses to North Rockland and Mamaroneck. The coach spoke to them at practice and encouraged them to work together, rather than playing as individuals and that practice proved to be a turning point in their performance.

Looking forward to Saturday’s game, both Tomas and Andres are confident that if the team plays their game, and works together, they can win. According to Andres, since “Brentwood is in the same position we’re in, they must be a great team,” however, Tomas adds, “ We have lots of talent on this team, and if we play the way we have been playing, we should okay."

When asked if they like to play together, Andres and Tomas gave heartfelt replies. Tomas said, “I have played soccer with Andres my whole life. We have very good chemistry and I know where he is on the field at all times.” Andres answered, “Tomas is one year younger than I am and we have trained together our whole lives.

Our relationship is based on soccer, whether we’re on the field or in the gym. Being able to play with him is a joy and he is one of the reasons high school is so much fun.”

The two will have the chance to finish this season together. Next year, Andres has made a verbal commitment to attend Monmouth University whose Division One soccer team is currently ranked 13th in the country.

We wish the Penfolds and the Raiders the best of luck in the state semi-finals this weekend.


Regional_Finals_Award_Medal1The amazing Scarsdale Raiders soccer team continued their winning streak in the regional tournament against Newburgh Academy on Friday November 12th.

The team and many fans headed north to Middlebury High School in Middlebury, New York to meet Newburgh Academy, who was the defending state champions. Scarsdale High School provided buses so that students could travel to the game and cheer on their team. The stands were packed with fans on a crisp autumn day and according to one parent, "the school spirit was phenomenal."

Though Scarsdale dominated the ball the entire game, the first half ended with the score locked at 0-0. The first goal was not made until 16 minutes into the second half when midfielder Michael Abraham scored off an assist from left

Michael Abraham
forward David Alemany. And with must 13 minutes left in the game, Andres Penfold sealed the deal for Scarsdale scoring a second goal and bringing the score to 2-0.

The team is on a roll. On Saturday November 6, they defeated John Jay High School of East Fishkill by a score of 1-0 to take the sectional championship and move onto the regionals. In their first match of the regional tournament, they dominated Vestal 2-0 at SUNY Purchase and with the 2-0 win over Newburgh Academy they have now secured their place in the state semi-finals.

Anne Moretti, mother of Luke Moretti was at the game and reported, "the whole team played extremely well. They

Luke Moretti and Dan Silverstein
were excited, and a bit nervous, to face the defending NY State Champions, who play a very tough game. The strong support of other Scarsdale sports players and other high school colleagues who came to cheer the team on really pushed our players to play their best game. It was a wonderful display of school spirit. This year, Scarsdale has so many strong sports teams, and I'm really proud of all of our teams."

Noel Flagg, father of team member Griffen Flagg, said "Another scintillating performance by a poised team which has their sights set on loftier goals. Raider Nation was on hand once again in huge numbers to support their local darlings. The only disappointment is that we regional3all have to wait till next Saturday for the semifinals." And Elyse Abraham, mother of midfielder Michael Abraham, added, “We're so proud of them; they've all worked so hard for this... and they are having the time of their lives!”

The Raiders will return to Middletown High School on November 20th at 4 PM for the next round. For anyone interested in attending, it’s a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Scarsdale to Middletown, there is plenty of parking and the stadium is beautiful. Go Raiders!


Tomas Penfold

youthfootballThe Scarsdale Recreation Youth Football League will celebrate another great season at their dinner on Thursday night November 18 at Lake Isle Country Club. Over 300 parents and players are expected to attend.

This year, 180 boys participated in the Scarsdale program and the Scarsdale White Team of fifth and sixth graders finished the season 8-0 and won the inaugural Superbowl at White Plains Stadium against the Pelham Blue. Victory came with only 20 seconds left in the game on a long pass from Robbie Keith which was caught by Andrew Shenberg. You can watch the exciting last minute of the game here . The winning team of 24 boys was coached by Bob Keith with Tim Bonci, Todd Leone and Lou Novick. That game was the finale to the first Superbowl Sunday where all teams in the Scarsdale Recreation Youth Football league participated in grades 3/4 and 5/6.

The Superbowl began at 8:30 am and continued through the evening. Teams with similar records were matched to play each other and ended with the highest seeded teams in grades three and four playing at 5:00 and the highest seeded fifth and sixth grade teams playing at 6:30. All of the players got Super Bowl Sunday T-shirts and it was a great day for youth football in the area.

In the Scarsdale League there were three fifth and sixth grade teams and two teams of third and fourth graders. The single team of seventh and eighth graders also finished the season undefeated. Five players from that team were selected to play in the Graduation Bowl, which was played at Valhalla High School. Since Scarsdale’s seventh and eighth grade team won the league, Coach Philipps was chosen to be the head coach at the Graduation Bowl.

Kudos to Rippy Philipps who oversees the entire program and serves as the head coach of the seventh and eighth grade team. Special thanks to Rich Massaroni, Assistant Superintendent at the Recreation Department who manages the entire Scarsdale Youth Football League and to Jim Huebner, the head coach and representative for White Plains youth football, who organized the day and evening festivities.

According to Rippy, “the season was off the charts.”

Pictured above: Fifth and sixth grade Scarsdale Raiders WHITE Team wins first Superbowl under the lights in White Plains.




You can be champions without winning the championship trophy; that was the lasting gift the 2010 Raiders field hockey team gave to us. The team had its best year in over a decade, finishing with 15 wins, 3 losses and 2 ties. While the double overtime loss to defending Section A champion Mamaroneck was disappointing, that game will go down in Raiders history as one of the most exciting and hard fought contests of all time. In the playoffs the team displayed their resilience and, more importantly, showcased all that they had learned. They were a team that supported each other throughout the year, both on the field and off. They played hard, they played clean and they played for the love of the sport.

The season saw the emergence of talents at all levels. The senior tri-captains, goalie Emily Knapp and midfielders Kathryn Peruski and Carly Levine, set the tone for the team – serious during the game, and fun after the game.

Margot Ehrlich came into her own as a top scorer and freshman Caroline Knapp finished the season as the second leading goal scorer and as the assist leader. The defense, led by Ciera Howard and Lia Cromwell and ably assisted by Hannah Duggen, Kiki Yewer and Julia Mayer, often stood as a block. The offense, including freshman Sydney Malsch and Katie Colella, who helped to open up opponent’s defenses.

The highlights were many. First and foremost, this was the team that gave Coach Rosenthal her 100th win, in a game against White Plains. Who can forget the magic when junior Victoria Green stepped onto the field and scored a rare hat trick, or senior Julia Hirsch’s two-goal trick in one game after having scored goals in two other games, as a substitute forward?

Then there was the picture perfect passing that resulted in the equalizing goal against perennial powerhouse Briarcliff. Ehrlich's clever pass through the defender's legs was gathered in by Knapp who then whipped her own crossing pass in front of the net, just beyond the reach of the last defender, for a streaking Malsch to one-time past the diving keeper and into the back of the net. The three titanic battles against archrival Mamaroneck need to be added to the list as well.

A quick recap of the Sectionals is in order. The Raiders went in as the Section A third seed and overcame a determined Carmel team in the first round by a 4 to 2 margin. Next up was Fox Lane in the quarterfinals, where the 2009 Raiders were knocked out of the competition. This year proved to be different with Scarsdale holding on for a 1-0 victory. Goals were scarce as the potent offense was having difficulty finding the net. Yet, in this game the defense stepped forward and did not break.

The team advanced to the semifinals where they faced second seeded John Jay of East Fishkill. The two teams battled each other unrelentingly for the entire sixty minutes of regulation time. With no goals for either team, the game moved into sudden death overtime. Supremely confident of their inevitable victory and having won the coin toss, John Jay elected to give the Raiders the first possession. It proved to be a fatal error, as John Jay never got the ball back. Led by Peruski and Levine, the Raiders marched down the field, eventually securing a penalty corner. Malsch inserted the ball to Peruski then dashed toward the net in time to lift Peruski’s shot past the goalie. Sudden death took only 90 seconds and the joyous Raiders raced onto the field to pile up in a victory celebration.

For the first time in over a decade, Scarsdale was in the finals, which were held at Manhattanville College on November 7. This time the underdog Raiders faced Mamaroneck for the Section A championship. They met on a cold, windy day for a memorable game. Though Scarsdale played with passion, Mamaroneck drew first blood with a wicked shot off a penalty corner that slammed into the lower left corner of the net. Six minutes into the second half, Peruski returned the favor with an identical blast off a Scarsdale corner. The game settled into a desperate struggle as each side looked for a way to avoid overtime.

Overall, the offensive chances began to favor Mamaroneck. The Raiders were finding it difficult to create good scoring opportunities from their counter-attacks. With her fearless play in the net and her able direction of the defense, Knapp kept Raider hopes alive against the ever-increasing Mamaroneck onslaught and forced the game into overtime. With everything on the line, each team looked for a chance to score. Again, though, Mamaroneck created the better scoring chances Knapp foiled every attack with a seemingly never-ending series of sparkling and acrobatic saves. With seconds left in the first overtime period, Knapp forced a second overtime period by denying a two on none breakaway. With three and a half minutes gone in the second overtime period and yet another penalty corner called against Scarsdale, Knapp made a sliding save on a hard bouncing shot from the top of the circle, upending an attacking Mamaroneck forward in the process. Unfortunately, the loose ball was then fired past her desperation dive and eluded a Scarsdale defender before banging into the back of the goal.

With that, the Raiders season ended. They were runners up to the Section A Championship.

It would be wrong to let the result of this final game define the season or the team. The 2010 Raiders team was inspirational and credit should be given to their remarkable coaches, Sharon Rosenthal and Genette Zonghetti. The players believed in themselves and went farther than anyone had hoped. They understood that when one needed help, their teammates would be there. They never gave up, and they never feared a more skilled or seasoned opponent.

They also knew how to have fun, whether it was at team breakfasts, crazy game day dress ups or their song and video presentations at the annual flockey dinner. Finally, they knew that there were things beyond field hockey that were worthy of support, as they showed by their participation in the Walk for the Cure, sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

In the end, they reminded us all of the great things that can be achieved by working together and trusting each other. While the season did not end as they had hoped, they represented Scarsdale with pride and distinction.

Contributor Charles Knapp is a Scarsdale Raiders Field Hockey parent.



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