Welcome to the new NYPride.net. At this site you will find news about kids that have played for NY Pride and train with Aldo Redendo past and present along with news of note to AAU and regional basketball fans. We do our best to serve as a news aggregator for our players and those that dedicate themselves to the practice gym in training. We're proud of these young people and respect their work ethic and the results they earn through hard work and personal discipline.

A significant part of the NY Pride approach to basketball revolves around regular training. Pride training includes individual and group sessions held at Club Fit in Jefferson Valley, New York. Trainer Aldo Redendo is dedicated to each athlete and is happy to come to you, making special arrangements on a regular basis. It's all about the individual and we are dedicated to their success 100%. Players from the training gym at Club Fit can be found on college rosters, as well as high school and AAU squads throughout the region.

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Any questions call or text Aldo Redendo @ 917-417-6563 or Marlene @ 845-406-1275 and by email to: Aldo and Marlene.


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Aldo in THE HOUSE

The House of Sports (Adrsley, NY) has announced the addition of Aldo Redendo to their staff as Director of AAU Teams. Read the press release here. Many know Aldo from his training sessions at Club Fit, Jefferson Valley, and NY Pride AAU program. The announcement indicates that the Ardsley, New York sports facility is handing the keys to its AAU kingdom over to Aldo, who said in the release, "I am eager to help bring the House of Sports AAU program to the next level," Redendo said. "Since 2000, I have grown the New York Pride AAU program to great heights, and I look forward to hopefully achieving this same success with the House of Sports."

The House of Sports is at 1 Elm Street, Ardsley, NY and can be reached at 914-479-5419. You can always reach Aldo at his cellphone 917-417-6563. We're checking on the status of NY Pride AAU with this announcement, word is that Aldo starts on September 2 on the new job. Good luck to Aldo and the House of Sports!

Be sure to check out their Tots Academy and August camps going on now. A local Mom recently asked, "Where can my 4-year old learn a crossover dribble?" We suggest the Tots Academy for a good place to start (crossover skills not assured, but all the info you need for the tiny athletes here.)


Pride's Nick DeGennaro (Yorktown) Getting Noticed

Yorktown Point Guard Nick DeGennaro is putting in the time -- 3 years of AAU with the Pride and training with Aldo -- starting Cornhuskers PG soince 9th Grade ... and getting some press. Nick is a top student and personifies work ethic and is a coach on the floor.

"Yorktown’s DeGennaro Sustains True PG Mentality" here at Gotham Hoops. "Huskers Hope To Change Culture In ’14-15" here at Yorktown Husker Universe. He is on the radar screen at Recruit the Bronx here including here at the same source mentioning his 3.7 GPA and categorizing Nick as a High Academic Prospect for the Class of 2016.

See recruiting video for Nick here. He gets a mention here at Varsity Insider.

Rising Junior Nick DeGennaro wears #3 in uniform of the Pride and Huskers; at right, rising junior Nick rising into his jumper.


Club Fit Jefferson Valley Rated Top Club in Informal Poll

Being as the Pride has people that have set foot in just about every club in the area, an informal poll was taken to find the Best Club -- and Club Fit, Jefferson Valley came in a resounding first. Comments included, following a recent match by a visiting USTA Tennis team:

Vistor (a high ranking executive in NYC): Boy, that Club Fit, now that's how a club should be run!

Q. Don't you like your existing club?

Visitor: Well, sure, but it's nothing like Club Fit, and I specifically mean the Jefferson Valley one. The staff is actually nice. Great courts, it's just so clean. All the other clubs around here ought to look at what they're doing there and copy it.


Redendo Named to 15U All Gym Rat Challenge Team 2014

You can read it here.

Brandon Redendo, 5-8 point guard, NY Pride-Searight/Immaculate H.S.: A lean, crafty combo guard. He has a great feel and sets the pace with the ball in the two-man game. Great vision and skilled passer with either hand. Gets in the paint to set up teammates. Deep, deep spot-up range to 3-pooint line and beyond. One of the top shooters at this division.


Pride Boys Video In

Young men wearing NY Pride uniforms can be seen in action >> in videos at the following links:

 ALBANY VIDEO

 SPRINGFIELD VIDEO

Aldo and his angel Gabriel are to be thanked. We are waiting on Aldo to get us the name/number combinations for the videos. When you see him, remind him.


Pride Boys 15U Roster in from Aldo

The NY pride 15U Boys Roster has been received and here's the list of talented athletes, and their high schools:

Brandon Redendo - Immaculate > Alec Beesmer - Kingston > Dante Nardi - Kingston > Marcus Thomas - Kingston > Jaden Martin - Immaculate > Darius Smith - Immaculate > Arfrat Skatwu - American Studies > Emmaunel Oyekial - Lindenhurst > Glen OLoughlin - Yorktown > Niggel Brown - Peekskill and Nestor Lassic - Peekskill (not listed in order of photo).

Pride Girls Blue Chip Richmond Update

From Aldo: "The first 3 weeks the girls were amazing. In Richmond Virginia th4e girls 16U went 5-0; girls 15U 4-1. A great start."


Pride Boys 15U do their thing at the Roundball Classic Tournament in CT

The NY Pride 15U boys were in action at the Roundball Classic in CT. From Aldo: An update on the teams. Brandon's 15U in on the boys won the House of Sports tournament and won the Connecticut Elite tournament and finished second in the Madison New Jersey tournament.


Pride Boys 15U in Action at Last Team Standing Tournament, House of Sports, Ardsley, NY

The NY Pride 15U boys were in action at the Houe of Sports "Last Team Standing tournament.


2 × Pride Alum Swidler and McDonald Honored at Union

Nora Swidler, front row left; Kelsey McDonald 2 players from her left.

Time has a funny way of moving forward and senior day can catch an athlete and their parents by surprise. Two Pride alum, Kelsey McDonald and Nora Swidler were honored at Union College on February 22, 2014, surrounded by family, to celebrate four years of practice, drills, lifting, running, and sweat. Also known as college basketball, this commitment usually starts in grade school, and continues through AAU... and for the dedicated athlete.... to senior year and beyond.

Both McDonald and Swidler were star players for their respective high schools, Cornwall and Heschel. McDonald averaged 8 PPG and 3.8 rebounds during the 2013-14 season and dropped 16 in against RPI in a senior day victory, 80-67. Swidler, a former two-time Yeshiva League All Star, combined serious academic success and leadership with an unparalleled dedication in the gym—culminating in action during four games during January and February 2014 in four wins. Nora stepped up when Union needed her in back-to-back games in a 48 hour period after a weather postponment against Bard.

Nora made the Dean's List at Union and studied abroad in Rennes, France. Kelsey worked as a Human Resources Intern at Capital Communications Federal Credit Union and served as Assistant Coach at the Saratoga Sparks AAU basketball program. Congratulations to both student athletes and their families!


Pride AAU Tryouts Completed—Rosters Filled; over 120 Athletes Participated

Thank you to all the boys and girls—and their parents—that cam out for the NY Pride AAU tryouts during the weekends of March 1-2, and 8-9. Rosters are all filled. Over 120 kids tried out in the different age bracket. Individual coaches mayu still add a player or two at their own discretion. If yopu have any questions use the contact links directly above in the bright red box—you can't miss it.


Jessie Kavana Rocks the Graphics Design World

The Pride is proud of alumni Jessie Kavana and Jessiekavana.com. Kavana has experienced the sporting life from more angles than most ever will. A star player at Mahopac High School, Jessie is a memebr of the elite 1,000 scorer's club. A standout at Skidmore, Kavana logged the hours, sweated the sweat that all successful athletes at that level know come with the territory.

Kavana brought her talent to baseball and off the hardwood while interning the the Hudon Valley Renegades. From there to working in Marketing with Army Athletics at West Point. Jessie finished her degree program in 3 years and is currently employed as a Graphic Designer at IMG College Publishing.


Pride Alum Sheridan Taylor Leads Baruch in Scoring, to League Title and D3 NCAA Tournament

Photo above by Gene Boyals at Baruch site.

The Pride is proud of alumni Sheridan Taylor ad her Baruch Bearcats for their her third straight CUNYAC Championship and berth in the D3 NCAA tournament. Taylor scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against rival Hunter in the championship game that was televised on ESPN3...Named to the 2014 CUNYAC All-Tournament Team...Voted a 2013-14 CUNYAC All-Star Second Team...Named to the All-Tournament team of the 2013-14 D3Hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas. Just an amazing season.

The Peekskill junior is putting together a spectacular college career and is literally the player every coach dreams of recruiting: a double-double machine. Taylor lead the Bearcats in scoring during the 2013-14 season with 11.4 points per game and 11.4 rebounds per contest. She also contributed 46 assists on the season, while starting in 22 games and averaging over 25 minutes per game.

Baruch ended their 21-8 '13-'14 campaign with an OT loss to Hartwick in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Sheridan delivered the goods, with 19 points in that game to go along with 9 rebounds. Another Westchester County standout, Iyana Abrams (New Rochelle) threw down an impressive 22 point, 4 assist performance in the loss.


Pride Alum Tori Jarosz Clutch — Marist Win 10th MAAC Title, on to the Big Dance

The Pride is proud of alumni Tori Jarosz and her Marist Red Foxes for their come from behind win on Monday March 10, 2014. The 70-66 victory over Quinnipiac was a back and forth affair. Jarosz hit a key basket at the 4:02 mark in the second half to give Marist a 62-59 lead.

You can read about it here at the Marist site. Jarosz had another clutch layup and free-throw to give Marist a 67-64 lead with 1:43 to play, proving that the red shirt junior is again starting to find her form affter coming back from injury.

The win over Quinnnipaic was anyuthing but another stroll to the crown for Marist. The Red Foxes wweatehred a 25-2 run that saw them trail by 17 in the first half. Jarosz was a big part of the three Marist payers that put the game away down the stretch, contributing a loud 7 points when they mattered most.

Some Game Story Links -- especially great coverage by Rich Thomaselli at Hudson Valley Sports Report:

Indeed, it was Jarosz’s bucket that gave Marist the lead at 59-58 to culminate the comeback from 17 points down with 5:30 to play, and it was Jarosz’s hoop that extended the lead to 62-59, and it was her layup that snapped the final tie of the game and gave the Foxes a 66-64 advantage with 2:07 to go.

HVSR 1 | Breaking Down Key Sequences | We Didn't Panic | Jarosz Shines


Pride Alum Emily Tapio Double-Double in A-10 Championship — Fordham Rams to the Big Dance | Video Interview Here

Photo above SANIEL SANGJIB MIN/TIMES-DISPATCH; Samantha Clark hoists Emily Tapio while other Rams celebrate their upset win at the Richmond Coliseum on March 9, 2014. WFUV Radio interview immediately after game here

The Pride is proud of alumni Emily Tapio and her Fordham Rams for their A-10 championship win over Dayton on March 9, 2014. The Brewster, New York junior overcame potentially career-ending injuries twice in her career—in the form of an ACL tear and a Lisfranc fracture. Tapio started every game of the season and delivered during the championship game with her latest double-double, scoring 10 points, pulling down 12 rebounds (4 on the offensive glass), and blocking one shot. Despite throwing down her team-leading 6th double-double in the last 8 games, her 4 assists were among the best plays of Tapio's night. Dayton brought waves of aggressive double teams, trapping to force turnovers as part of their game plan, leveraging their significant height advantage over Fordham.

The former AAU 6' 0" combo guard stepped through one trap to get an assist to Daniel Burns, open under the basket, and split others to keep possessions alive. The junior small forward also quickly outletted defensive boards, forcing the Flyers to scramble back, anticipating Fordham getting out in transition-and denying the ability to trap, or jam before the ball was rifled upcourt. And as Dayton players ran back toward their own basket, the Rams' back court, Erin Rooney and Abigail Corning, pulled the ball back out as part of the head coach and resident defensive genius Stephanie V. Gaitely's master plan: to take the air out of the ball and shorten the game.

The Pride alum ended the A-10 tournament with two double-doubles out of three games. In the final week of the A-10 season, Tapio brought her best basketball, with double-doubles on the road at St. Joe's, and against the Dukes and in the finals in the upset over Dayton. Fordham' next stop is selection Monday and a likely 9 seed in their region of the NCAA tournament.

Some game story links:

Story in Fox News | The Press of New Zealand | ESPN recap with Video | Richmond Times-Dispatch | Fordham Site | A-10 Site | WFUV

Photos above from Fordham site: At right, Emily Tapio calmy surveys the floor over the trap brought by Andrea Hoover and Celesete Edwards while Ram teammate Daniel Burns #22 makes herself known; At left, Tapio rifles assist pass to teammate Burns, one of 4 assists on the night for the Fordham junior.


Pride Alum Kelsey Morehead — Ice in Veins as Tufts Reaches D3 Sweet 16

Photo above from Tufts site: At the right of #33's jersey number, Kelsey Morehead amid the winning celebration.

Pride alum Kelsey Morehead hit a crucuial trey with 1:18 in OT to keep Tufts alive in their NCAA D3 tournament game against UNE. The Jumbos would go on to win in dramatic fashion with a buzzer-beater. Read the full story here. The win set up a semifinal game @ Tufts. The school will be hosting the NCAA Div. 3 Women's Basketball Championship Sectional the weekend of March 14-15, 2014. Story here.

The dramatic win capped off an excellent season for Morehead. The junior PG started all 28 games and logged 34+ minutes per contest. A total of 93 assists, 7.6 PPG and 37 steals is an impressive stat line. Only 34 turnovers creates an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.74 puts Kelsey in Deron Williams territory, click here for that info.

You can watch the Tufts Jumbos and Kelsey in action on March 15, 2014 here.

On March 2nd, Tufts won their first NESCAC in school history. Read that full story here.


Pride Alum Andi Moschetta — Springfield College Wins NEWMAC—On to the D3 Big Dance

Photo above from Springfield site: Andi Moschetta, #40, scans the floor with her high-powered optics, aka eyes -- ready for another assist.

The Pride points to alum Andi Moschetta proudly! The Springfield College junior started all 27 games of her season as the Pride (Springfield College is also the Pride) ended what was descirbed as a 'Cinderella Run' to the NEWMAC championship. Andi and her squad knocked off top-seeded Smith College in an amazing turnaround season. Springfield was 4-20 last year, and defeated all three of the higher seeds - No. 1 Smith, No. 2 Wheaton and No. 3 Coast Guard—after finishing the regular season 16-11.

You can read about the win pover Smith here. In the win, Andi scored 2 points while playing 23 minutes and was perfect from the free throw line. Box score here. In the win over Wheaton, Moschetta was her usual durable self, logging 31 minutes, dropping in 8 points, and sharing the ball for 3 assists. Her team-leading 2 steals prove she made a nuisance of herself in the win. Andi's performance against Coast Guard was almost identical, also 8 points, 2 more asssits and another steal in 29 minutes.


Wall Street Journal Article "Does the 'Hot Hand' Exist in Basketball?

Cornell psychology professor Thomas Gilovich was reportedly the lead author on a 1985 paper that debunked the notion that anything along the lines of a 'hot hand' or streak connected the odds of one shot going in to the outcome of another. Ok, we submit that people that have spent some time in a gym, as compared to stareing at test-tubes all day ... may scratch head and ask after the professor.

Well, now it seems Gilovich's fellow brilliant scientists, aka 'eggheads', have come up with the evidence to prove rain falls down from the sky. Oops, that rainbows come from leprechauns. Er, no, that rainbow jumpers go in one after another because they are going in ... one after another.

Read the full text of the article at WSJ here. The piece is the result of studying 70,000 NBA shots and will be presented as a paper to the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, as the article says, "an annual convention of sports eggheads hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology".


Synergy Sports Technolgy Takes Analytics to New Level

There is a whole new level of analysis that smart Division 1 basketball coaches are taking advantage of. Created by the folks at Synergy Sports Technology the level of analysis is a granular as any put before coaches and players ever before. Want to see how a specific player scores from a specific spot on the floor? then see video of each and every time that player attacked, hit or miss from that position. And have the numbers crunched. And have that specific play category rated by Synergy. All of this and more is part of the package.

Subscribing schools or professional organizations provide their tapes. Synergy breaks it down, cuts up the video feeds. And makes it accessible to members, specifically from the organizations. A college player may be assigned to a specific cover and can know, with statistical certainty, that their assignment goes left 80% of the time when on the right block with back to the basket. That's just the tip of the tip of the iceberg.

So if you ever wondered 'how do they do it' out there in D1 and pro sports circles, now you know.


Jarosz Back In Action; Marist Rolling

The folks at Hudson Valley Sports report are running a series of stories on Pride alum Tori Jarosz. You can find the "Two Games In" piece here. Red Foxes rally to beat Niagara here. Congrats to Tori for making a great comeback from wrist and achilles injuries. Only the most dedicated athletes, the ones that play for the love of the game and possess immense talent, can make the joyurney back.

Video from Youtube below:


Redendo Honing Skills at Immaculate

Brandon Redendo displayed his skillset in a JV win over New Milford on January 27th as the Mustangs freshman continues to build his game spending time as a JV starter and varsity sub. The Immaculate varsity also took home the W.

Crossover dribble, check. Sweet tear drop, check. 2-2 from the free throw line during crunch time, another check. Passing to the left side with the left hand, while dribbling head up and seeing the open man? Getting out in transition? Talking to teammates, communicating to the ref that an opponent is clutching his jersey—leading to a call? Hitting a three when the game was on the line? Check, check and more checks. In the hub-bub that is basketball at this level Redendo stood out with his skills. Late in the 4th Brandon sprung into a passing lane, added a key steal to his 11 point night, which was followed by a assist in transition.

Immaculate brought a good-sized crowd to the gym and the contest did not reflect the plodding pace of no shot-clock Connecticut basketball. Both teeams got up and down the floor, sometimes bringing to mind a stampede of buffalo but in most cases displaying a lot of hustle. The Mustangs played a 2-3 zone defense, sagging back off the New Milford shooters. Rarely did an Immaculate defender come north of the three point line. The coach's formula seemed to work, at least on this night, as New Milford attempted few 3 pointers.

Photo above: Brando Redendo pushes the ball in transition under the watchful eye of his coach, a former Keene State Owl.


Immaculate High School Opens vs Sacred Heart on December 5, 2013

Head Coach Nelson Mingachos and his Immaculate (Danbury) Mustangs launch the 2013/2014 campaign with a scrimmage against visiting Sacred Heart on Thursday, December 5th @ 6:00 p.m. The location information is here.

The full schedule for Immaculate Varsity Basketball can be found here.

The coach's mission statement (here):

Commitment, dedication, collective responsibility, and an unwavering work ethic are all trademarks of Immaculate High School Boys Basketball.

Immaculate High School Boys basketball teams are best characterized as competitive, hardworking, unselfish, and successful.

Coach Mingachos' basketball teams are focused, well prepared, and opportunistic which increases their chances for victory.

Over the years, the program has produced Division I, II and Division III players. Team members, whether they aspire to play in college or are role players giving their best for Immaculate, all show tremendous pride in representing Immaculate High School.

Team Goals have always been to make the League play-off and represent the school in the State Tournament. With the guidance of Mingachos and his staff the Mustangs have achieved their goals throughout the years.


Matt Ryan Recruiting Intensifies

During October 2011 Iona Prep's Matt Ryan was lighting it up for the Pride at the Round Ball Classic. Untold hours in the gym training polished his shooting eye. Then polished it some more until now Matt is referred to in print as a "sharp-shooter", the type of player in short supply at Division 1 and thus very much in demand. Kentucky has interest, among other high and mid-major D1 schools. Read the latest on Ryan's recruiting here and here.

The development of a young athlete is a process that often involves multiple coaches and mentors along the way, in addition to dedicated parents. Prior to his time with the Pride, and training at Club Fit, Matt played for legendary coach Lou Demello, with Franco Foti and the Westchester Hawks out of the Brewster Sports Center. Lou can now be found at the House of Sports in Ardsley.

Photo above: Pride 14U boys in action: Zeek Demasi, Walter King, Brandon Collins, John Robles, Quarrie Alleyne, Matt Ryan (upper right), Max parks, and Brandon Redendo. Head coach Aldo Redendo in lower left corner.


Pass First Guard Andy Moschetta Leads Springfield in Assists

Protect the ball, run the play, and find the best option to put points on the board, and play D—that would be the description of the athlete known as a 'point guard'. Check off every one of these qualities for senior guard and Pride alumni Andrea Moschetta. Andy is getting the minutes (averaging 29.8), and has started 5-5 games for the Springfield College Pride.

Springfield College snapped its three-game losing skid with a 47-42 win over Babson on November 26, 2013.


Union College Roster 2 × NYP Alumni

Two Pride front court alumni are suited up and playing for the Union College Dutchwomen for the 2013/2014 campaign. Center Nora Swidler wears lucky #13 but luck is not the reason the Heschel graduate is amassing an impressive academic resume. Brains, people skills and an un-matched work ethic on the part of Nora are attributes that have led her to leadership at Union, including her service as Secretary Treasurer of the Student Forum.

Pride alum and senior guard Kelsey McDonald was named to the Liberty League Women's Basketball Honor Roll for games played through November 17, article here. McDonald is averaging 7.8 PPG and 3.8 assists per contest and is a team captain for the 4-1 Dutchwomen.


Pride Alum Kelsey Morehead Getting it Done at Tufts

Some say it is better to give than to receive and Tufts guard Kelsey Morehead is putting together a successful junior season with plenty of the former in the form of assists. The Pride alum is averaging 31.2 minutes, tops on a 5-0 Jumbos squad aiming for an NESCAC title for 2013/2014.

A full pre-season write-up is here. Last year the team reached the NCAA D3 Sweet 16, notching Head Coach Carla Berube NCAA Regional Coach of the Year. In addition to starting all 5 games this season, Kelsey is second on the team ion scoring with 8.4 PPG.


Fordham Takes UNLV Rebel Roundup

What happens in Vegas does not stay there neccessarily, at least not when the Rams notch their first tournament championship under third season head coach Gaiteley. Fordham defeated a game UNLV Running Rebels squad 72-63, while Pride alum Emily Tapio had a game-best 8 rebounds while grappling in the paint to help hold 6' 5" Rebel center Aley Rhode to 2 rebounds and 2 points while Rams center Sam Clarke was in foul trouble (Clarke fouled out with 6:38 remaining).

Tapio was coming off her career-best, a 17 point, 4 assist outburst against Pacific in a win that reversed a 20 point loss last year out west and coming off a bad loss at Hofstra.


Pride Alumni Hackett and Celaj Pace Pacesetters

Two NY Pride alumni are on the roster and getting minutes at Pace University. Junior Margo Hackett has proven she can hack it, and has started 5 of 6 of the Pacesetter's contests during the young 2013/2014 season. Margo is leading the team in scoring with 11.7 PPG and is also averaging 31.8 minutes, also first. Briana Celaj overcame ACL surgery and is averaging 9 minutes per game, an important contribution off the bench for the freshman guard.

It has been tough sledding for Pace with an 0-6 start but the smart money is picking them over Dominican (video here) to notch their first win of the season and get on track. Perhaps it is time to unleash 'the Celaj Barrage...?' The Pride says YES.

Margo Hacket (left) and Briana Celaj (right) suited up for the Pacesetter's 2013/2014 campaign. Preview video below.


Brian Williams in at Masters for 2014/2015 Season

The Fairchester League has a new head coach coming in with the addition of Brian Williams (Westchester Hoopers) to the post. Williams and his team have long been fixtures in NYC and Nike leagues, in addition to squaring up with Pride squads over the years.

From the story at NYGHoops.com:

Coaches Bryan Williams and Warren Bunkley, from the Westchester Hoopers, recently took over the Girls Varsity Basketball program at The Masters School.

The Co-Ed Boarding School, located in Dobbs Ferry, NY, is a high academic school that currently participates in the Fairchester League. "I plan to recruit highly talented basketball players to come to our school," said Coach Williams.

Williams understands that the team is in the rebuilding stages but plans on going independent next year with a 30 game schedule. "[We intend] to put The Masters school on the map like such High Schools as Riverdale Baptist in VA, Life Center Academy, Blair Academy in New Jersey and LuHi in Long Island," he said.

According to Coach Williams, in January of 2015, Masters is building a brand new athletic facility and more dorms.

"We are looking for any talented players 5-12 grades who want to play at a high level," said Williams.

The pride touched base and here's a direct quote from Williams, "There will be blue chip prospects in the Masters gym next year, coaches need to come and see."

Brian Williams (blue shirt, 4th from right back row) and the Conrad McRae Nike Championship squad—including the following players currently in action on D1 rosters: Sade King (Hampton University), Saniya Chong (UConn), Teneka Whittaker (Rhode Island), Lubirdia Gordon (West Virginia), and Emily Tapio (Fordham University).


AAU.org Publishes "Tips to Getting a Basketball Scholarship"

The article can be found here and provides the following common-sense steps:

  • Play AAU basketball
  • Grades matter
  • Be self-motivated
  • Be a good teammate

The first step is covered by playing for an AAU program that has a longstanding history, such as NY Pride. There are plenty of other options for AAU participation, and no doubt many a coach will tell you his team/program is 'the best'. Male or female, few adults would take part in the coaching endeavor if they lacked the competitive DNA that leads to expression of confidence and leadership. That said, parents should consider the following when choosing an AAU team that is a right fit for their child:

  • Has the team been around long enough that one is ensured they will not 'drop the ball' in terms of registering for quality AAU tournaments? With more teams vying for limited spots at the better showcases, and the NCAA providing ever-tightening restrictions on viewing periods to fight abuses at the highst levels (NBA 'sure things') that trickle down to affect everyone else, this is no small consideration.
  • As a follow-on to the above point, a longstanding AAU program will be capitalized so that tournament fees, an ever-increasing cost, can be paid timely, avoid getting 'shut out' ... and the need to attend second tier events.
  • Has the program ever sent, or been part of the success path of college athletes? Sure, many college players end up participating in multiple AAU programs for a variety of reasons. But if the AAU program in question lacks a deep pool of college players, give that some consideration.
  • Parent feedback is sometimes valuable, sometimes not. As in the case of internet 'reviews', a grain of salt must be tossed over one's shoulder and issues such as playing time, which color the opinion of people in this highly competitive realm, must be factored in. Get multiple opinions, not just those that have been cut or quit.
  • Consider the value of the life experience your child athlete can have playing without 'all of his/her friends' ... without reference to ever playing at the college level. Testing oneself outside of the 'comfort zone', among new players, and potentially out of town, can have enormous benefits in the maturation process and make the AAU experience a valuable tool for growth.

Interestingly, the AAU article does not include, "hire an expensive recruiting service." These range from those that have been around for years and advertise their services with poor-quality photocopied sales pitches that come in the mail, to the occasional parent that had one child get a scholarship and became an 'expert', to slick websites. And everything in between.

The services provided are expensive, and usually provide the following:

  • Emails sent to college coaches
  • A web page
  • Video highlight reel (note this is usually capped to 'one per season')
  • Some assurance of a rolodex chock full of 'college coaches' that the service will 'introduce' your child to in some unspecified fashion
  • Some amount of personal, phone or online hand-holding for families unfamiliar with the process

You can collect emails at the colleges of your choice at their websites…. Go into "Staff Directory" if the emails are not listed on the links for each coach. Right click, save, and Blind CC in your email program to send updates about your athlete to multiple recipients—your child knows how to do this if you don't or Google it for your email software of choice.. And see bullet-point #3 from the AAU.org article: have your child do this. And fill out recruiting forms at the same time, they are available at every school.

A Facebook page is free, and will suffice for those that feel the need for a personal web page. Better to fill it with links to accolades, newspaper articles, and accomplishments … not just 'in action' photos. And when it comes to emailing coaches, assume like everyone else their In Boxes are stuffed with 'spam' … and there is a strong likelihood your email will not get through. In any case, be brief: "Hi Coach - here is a link to my [real accomplishment]. I am interested in attending [University of Blank] and thank you for your time."

Video is easier than ever to obtain, the days of "professionally edited" video are, frankly, past. Any coach worth their salt would rather see an old cellphone clip of a talented athlete than a musically-scored mini-movie of your kid making layups. Plus, coaches want entire game film, and eschew highlight reels in our experience.

As a parent, you can follow bullet-point #2 from the AAU article: Be Self Motivated. All the information you need is available online, and free. If you have a stack of money to burn, there are plenty of takers that never spend a minute of time on the sidelines coaching, running drills, or travelling from tournament to tournament getting their teams exposure.


Tommy Scogs Foundation Event Scheduled for October 5, 2013

The Pride is proud of the "Tommy Scogs Foundation", setup to help others and keep the memory of Tommy Scognamiglio, brother of former Pride player Christa Scognamiglio (Fairfield; Stony Brook). Here is some Patch coverage of others commemoratiing Tommy's passing by making our world a better place in ways large and small. Here's more information on Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, slated to play the October 5 event and here for Tim O'Donohue &The TMU Band.

All donations may be sent to:

TOMMY SCOGS FOUNDATION, INC.
c/o JOSEPH SCOGNAMIGLIO
21 BAUER LANE
ORANGEBURG, NY 10962


Pride 14U Boyts Win Summer Gun Hill Classic

The Pride is proud of its 14U boys team for coming home with the hardware at the Summer edition of the Gun Hill Classic. Wins were had over strong teams from Mount Vernon, Harlem and elsewhere with numerous close contests:

7/27/2013 W NY Pride 54 Mount Vernon Elite 32
7/20/2013 W NY Pride 50 Harlem Jets 49
7/14/2013 W NY Pride 65 MNG All Stars 55
6/30/2013 W NY Pride 63 Spring Valley SONS 21
6/22/2013 W NY Pride 53 Sharks 44

Image above: NY PRIDE 14U 2013 GUN HILL CLASSIC CHAMPS

NY Pride and Smith College Standout Reportedly to Vaerlose

Smth College standout and former Pride player Devon Quattrocchi was part of a new generation of success for head coach Lynn Hersey's Pioneers. The Smith squad tied the school record in 2012/2013 with 23 wins, and made their first appearance in the NCAA tournament, where the Pioneers stunned No. 8 ranked Southern Maine in the opening round.

According to Pride sources, Quattrocchi is signed to playe for Vaerlose, in the Danish womens league during the upcoming Eurobasket season. Congrats to Devon, one of the hardest-working athletes ever to grace the heardwood at Smith College, the borthplace of womens basektball. Little sister Lauren, another former Pride player, broke through as a freshman at St. Lawrence, appearing in 25 games for the Saints.

NY Pride on Gamechanger Phone App

The is a new phone and browser app out there called "Gamechanger" that is taking a stab at the market for

Image above: NY PRIDE 14U WHITE 2013 ROUNDBALL CHAMPS

NY Pride@ Roundball Classic—14U Boys Come Away with Top Spot

Elite sports put on another fantastic event last weekend as they hosted the Roundball Classic at the New Haven Field House. Teams from the 10U division to the 16 U division competed against each other in a great exhibition of skill, talent and drama.

In the 14U Division, The NY Pride put on an impressive display of athleticism and speed on their way to a 59-38 win over a very gritty CT Premier Hoops team. B-Dizzle led the NY Pride with 15 points hitting three 3-point shots. Khallen added 13 and Posterizer and John P. added 8 points each.The PHD team was let by Marcel who scored 10 points in defeat.

In the 15U Division, The Long Island Lightning defeated the NY Pride 54-47. In one of the more entertaining games of the day, the two teams battled all game long and really competed at a level that would make old school coaches proud! The Lightning were led by Jashi with 13 points, hitting three 3 pointers and Steven who added 10 points in victory. The NY Pride played a great game in defeat; they were led by #31 who added 14 points.

NY Pride Teams Forming Up For 2013 AAU Campaign

Here's the first team to make the site, the 2013 8th Grade NY Pride Black and Red Team. What a fine looking group of athletes they are and special thanks to Dina for the pic! Let Aldo hear from you for team pictures and other information for the new AAU season so we can it up here for the boys and girls.

NY Pride Alum Sighting—Jessie Kavana Getting it Done

The Pride caught up with alum and 1,000 point scorer (at Mahopac High School) Jesse Kavana while she was in town serving in her capacity as a Marketing Assistant for Army Basketball's womens program. Jessie followed her success on the high school and AAU hardwood with a solid playing career at Skidmore, graduated, and is off to her fulltime job as graphic designer at IMG College in Kentucky.

Jessie's hallmark as a Pride player was her work ethic and hustle. In addition to her stint as a Marketing Assistant at Army Athletics, Jessie was a Promotions Intern for the Hudson Valley Renegades, and an Athletic Department Design Assistant at Skidmore College. We wish Jessie all the best and her success is no surprise to the everyone that had the chance to work with her during her AAU years at NY Pride.

NY Pride Boys All Gym Rat Selections

The Pride boys made a great showing at the 2012 Gym Rat tournament in Albany during the weekend of May 26-27. Held at Albany’s SEFCU Arena, UNION College’s Vanair Athletic Complex, Schenectady High School’s historic Pat Riley Sports Center, Skidmore College, and the Saratoga Recreation Center, the event brings out top talent.

Five Pride players made the 13U All Gym Rat Challenge Team here and below are the write-ups:

A.J. Stokely (6-1 F/C) N.Y. Pride: A big man the type who is a must-have for every coach. Long and agile, he is extremely difficult to handle on both ends. Fantastic touch around the rim, he can finish with both hands. Excellent ball-handler for his size. Plays inside right now, but can easily move out to the perimeter. Has a bright future.

Brandon Redendo (5-3 PG) N.Y. Pride: An honorable mention performer last year, this tenacious point guard has improved immensely since then. He is a consistent double-double threat (points/assists). He can carry a team by scoring and by distributing. Has long-range shooting skills, but his game is penetrating and dishing. Calm, cool and collective when the ball in his his hands. Improvement is a product of hard work.

Aaron Wheeler (5-6 G/F) N.Y. Pride: A true contributor to the full extent of the word. This guard/forward is all over the court. He defends both on and off the ball and is an aggressive rebounder that is not afraid to mix it up. A double-digit scorer throughout this event. He just seems to always know where to be on the court.

Kobe Miranda (5-5 G) N.Y. Pride and Jonathan Palmieri (5-5 G) N.Y. Pride were also named.


NY Pride Boys AAU 2012: Rocking The Rim

The Pride 13U boys after six tournaments have won four 1st place trophies. The team qualified for D2-3 Nationals and will attend the D3 Nationals in Virginia. The team has a record of 21-3 on the AAU season.

The Pride 15U boys are also having a great season. Their overall record is 19-5 and they have won 3 of 6 tournaments. The next stop for the Pride boys is an A game tournament on June 23-24 in Philadelphia. Nationals follows on July 12.


NY Pride Girls AAU 2012: Team Basketball and Success

The 15U and 16U girls are also cleaning up. The 16U girls are having an awesome season, and through 4 tournaments Pride Aldo has an overall record of 11-5. The Cisca Pride team (15U) is 10-6. The next stop for the girls is the Basketball at the Beach tournament in Ocean City, NJ.


NY Pride Boys 7th and 8th Grade Win 1st Place in 2012 CT CSA Tourney

The only thing better than one undefeated tournament run ... is TWO of the same. The Pride 7th and 8th Grade boys pulled off that feat at the 2012 CT CSA Tournament on May 20, 2012.

Image above: Pride 7th Graders with their 2012 CT CSA Champions tee-shirts on May 20, 2012.

Image above: Pride 8th Graders with their 2012 CT CSA Champions tee-shirts on May 20, 2012.


Pride 7th Grade Boys Chase the Game 2012 Tourney Champs

Congrats to the Pride 7th Grade boys for running off an undefeated record at Chase the Game. They came away with the tournament championship. The 8th Grade boys also were tournament champions in their age bracket.

Image above: Pride 7th Graders with their Chase the Game medals on April 29, 2012.


NCAA Allows Multi Year Scholarships

Thousands of parents and young people cover thousands of miles and spend countless dollars on AAU basketball. Many, if not all are in pursuit of an opportunity to play at the college level. The basic working assumption for many is that the AAU coach has some inside track, contacts, experience, or knowledge that will help their child get a scholarship to play their sport at the next level and pay for college in the process.

What does not appear to be widely known is that, until recently, the "four year scholarship" was a myth. Built around assumptions, not facts. The fact is that a sports scholarship is extended on a year-to-year basis. One year, not four. And if the coach doesn't appreciate, say, your 'special gifts', you can be out the door just as quickly with little say in the matter. Get injured and there is no promise you'll be re-upped for the following year. There was nothing the school could do about it ... scholarships are a one year deal.

Until now. Without much fanfare, the NCAA has agreed to allow schools to offer multi-year scholarships. Like the onerous rules that burden transfers while doing nothing to protect kids from being cut loose from scholarships under a variety of pretenses, this move is driven by the big-name athlete. The national star schools are afraid will transfer if THEY don't like the smell of coach's after shave, flipping the overwhelmingly common formula that gives the coach all the power over the athlete.

The new reality is discussed offhandedly in a Bo Ryan article in Sports Illustrated. Here's a call-out:

The process has been unfair because in the past, scholarships have only been one-year agreements. That gave coaches the choice to renew or not renew those agreements on an annual basis. If a coach decided a player was no longer worth that scholarship (usually because he's not good enough), the player had to find another school. Yet, if that same player decided he wanted to transfer, he was at the mercy of the coach to release him. The NCAA finally passed legislation this winter that gives schools the option of issuing multiyear scholarships. The new policy doesn't require anything. It just gives schools the option of committing to players for more than one year. Now it's time to take the next step: The NCAA should eliminate the requirement for players to get releases from their schools if they want to play somewhere else on scholarship. That includes transfers inside the same conference. Coaches are very well-compensated for what they do. They can deal with having to face a former player on the court once or twice a year if that's what the youngster wants.

You can click here to get the full article.

Bottom line: Even if you didn't know the facts as regards the one-year length of sports scholarships, use the new rules when negotiating for your athlete ... schools can and offer multi-year scholarships.

All Academic Showcase at Brandeis, June 23, 2012

Hoop Mountain

Academic Player Showcase

June 23, 2012

Brandeis University, Waltham MA

Only 90 players accepted with more than 40 already registered!!

Mission Statement:

The mission of the All Academic Camp is to provide best student athletes in the country with a venue to showcase their basketball talents in front of the top academic institutions in the country.

Players gain maximum exposure through drill work, 3 on 3, and 5-on-5 round robin full court exposure games. This format will allow you to showcase your talents in front of numerous college coaches expected to be in attendance. Coaches will be given a list of players prior to the event. This a full day event 8:00 – 4:00 (see schedule below)

Maximum Exposure

The All Academic Showcase will be recruited by the top academic/athletic schools in the country.
The staff will be comprised of virtually all college coaches.
Over 200 coaches attended our showcases this past year

 

Educational Information Advantage

Informational Sessions on SAT and ACT strategies
Information sessions on how to become recruit-able athlete at the top academic Universities
Information Sessions on what College coaches look for in student athletes.
The expert staff will help players understand how to find the right athletic/academic fit in college.

Colleges Represented on previous year’s staff:

· Brandeis

· Tufts University

· Wesleyan University

· Vassar College

· Emory University

· Kenyon College

· New York University

· Washington University

· WPI

Showcase Schedule -

8:00 - Registration

8:45 - Introduction, Stretch and Drill Work

9:30 – 3 on 3 games

10:15 – 5 on 5 games round robin

11:45 - Lunch (sandwiches, chips and drinks provided)

12:30 – Roundtable discussion with coaches

· Topics discussed – admission and recruiting process, clearinghouse, strategies to assist in enhancing your marketability & early action vs. early decision etc…

1:30 – Stretch and warm-up

1:45 – 5 on 5 games

3:40 – Close remarks

Colleges that attended last year’s All Academic Showcase -

M.I.T., New York University, WPI, Clark University, Amherst College, Middlebury College, Bowdoin, Vassar College, Bard College, Connecticut College, Union College, Wheaton College, Hobart and William Smith, Drew University, Tufts University, Bates College, and Washington and Lee, Conn College, Trinity College, Skidmore, Bentley, Regis College, Babson College, & Hamilton

Criteria to Attend:

In order to be considered for the All Academic Showcase, a player needs a above a 3.2 GPA (un-weighted) and an SAT (Math and Verbal Section) of above 1150.

***Exception to Criteria:

1. If you have not taken your SAT or ACTs you are still eligible to attend.

2. If you have one of the criteria GPA or SAT but not the other you may still attend.


Pace Exits D2 NCAA tournament in First Round to Franklin Pierce

The Setters came, they played, they exited with a first round loss to Franklin Pierce, 78-68. The Ravens built a lead as large as 21 points but the Setters never quit. Pace got within 7 with under 14 minutes remaining in the game.

Pride alum Aly Cleary (Cornwall Central) had a strong showing with 9 points, 3 assists and 2 steals. Fellow Pride alum Margo Hackett (Pawling) contributed 3 points in 21 minutes of play. Full story here. Box score here. Pace finished the season with a 20-9 record.


Morehead Shines as Tufts Falls to St. Thomas 50-47

Pride alum Kelsey Morehead (Pinewood) ended her freshman season on a high note in a hard-fought D3 Sweet 16 loss to St. Thomas on March 9th. The Jumbos clawed back into the game time and again after St. Thomas started off with an 8-0 lead.

Kelsey Morehead knocked in 9 points, all on made threes and all big. Kelsey started the Jumbos' scoring with a trey, cutting the lead to 8-3 early. With under 5 minutes to play Morehead capped of a 13-2 run with back-to-back threes to bring Tufts to within 3 at 44-41 with 4:41 remaining.

Full story here. Box score here.


Morehead, Tufts on the way to D III NCAA "Sweet 16"

Pride alum Kelsey Morehead (Pinewood) is having a breakout freshman season at Tufts. Along with her teammates the 5' 2" guard is Chicago-bound after a 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins on March 3rd. Read about that win here.

You can watch the game live here courtesy of the University of Chicago. Game time is 5:30 pm CST vs. St. Thomas (28-1). Read the full story of the win that propelled Tufts to the Sweet 16 here.

Morehead had an outstanding freshman regular season starting all 29 games and averaging 29.7 minutes per game. Kelsey nailed down 6.8 ppg and 2.4 apg to help her team on its quest for a D III national championship. Click here for season stats.

 

Image above: Pic fromTufts site of Kelsey Morehead in post-season action.


Pace, Cleary and Hackett invited to D II Dance

Two Pride alumni and the Pace University Pacesetters are heading to the D II NCAA tournament courtesy of an at-large bid. You can read about it here at the Pace site. The Pacesetters ran off a 20-8 record during the 2011/2012 season to get the attention of the selection committee. The Setters will face #5 Franklin Pierce at 8:30 pm on Friday night, March 9th.

Freshman Margo Hackett (Pawling) had a strong first season contributing 5.0 points per game, .8 assists per game and averaging just over 18 minutes. Junior Aly Cleary (Cornwall Central) averaged 6.5 ppg and 2 apg. Here are the stats for Pace.

Image above: Pics from Pace site, Margo Hackett (left) and Aly Cleary (right).


Pride Alum Christa Scognamiglio = Pearl River’s all-time leading scorer; Gold Ball Season Continues

The Pride is proud of alum Christa Scognamiglio (Pearl River) for a bevy of accomplishments during the 2011/2012 season. And it's not over yet for the Fairfield-bound senior as her team heads further into State and Federation action following a rousing winover Tappan Zee to grab this year's Class A Gold Ball.

On January 28, 2012 Christa nailed all-time leading scorer status at Pearl River. Read it here, including:

Christa Scognamiglio became Pearl River’s all-time leading scorer when she hit a layup with 4:39 left in the first quarter of Pearl River’s 63-29 home win over visiting Burke Catholic Saturday.

The record had been held by Denise McGuire, who graduated from Pearl River in 1980 with 1,476 varsity points. The timing of the record, though, came as shock to Scognamiglio. Going into the game, the senior forward, and the media, had been told by Pearl River coach Lorraine Moylan that she was 18 points away from breaking the record, when in fact she was only three.

“After I hit the shot, my teammates all came over and started hitting me on my stomach; I was really confused and didn’t understand,” Scognamiglio said. “But after I realized what happened, I was really relieved.”

Following heart-breaking defeats the past two years at the County Center, Christa, joined by younger sistger Marissa, took home the gold. Read about it here. The Rockland Patch has more, here, plus 25 photos.

As a side note, the 2009 Pride Aldo squad included two all-time leading scorers at their programs, Raegan Knox (John Jay CR) and Christa Scognamiglio, along with Emily Tapio, the first junior girl to reach 1,000 points at Brewster and on her way to the same goal prior to missing her entire senior season following an ACL injury.

Image above: Pic from MSG Varsity of Christa Scognamiglio (left) and her teammates as they celebrate the Gold Ball win over TZ.

Knox Notches All Time Leading Scorer Status at JJCR for Girls/Boys; Con Edison "Athlete of the Week"

If it bounced a basketball at John Jay (Cross River) High School it is now looking up at Pride alum Raegan Knox. The senior guard was featured in this piece by Chuck Slater. Ronald, Colin and Ragean logged hours in the gym at Club Fit training so forgive us if we find their combined success no accident. It's the result of hard work and a fine work ethic.

Knox was awarded Con Edision's Athlete of the Week award. Click here for the details. Raegan became the all-time leading scorer for girls basketball on January 12, 2012 after notching 1,278 points. Click here for the Bedford-Katonah Patch story. Raegan broke the John Jay all-time scoring record during Tuesday night’s 53-38 win over host Mahopac. Click here for a recap.

Greg Blake expressed a ton of confidence in Knox prior to heading to Peekskill for a sectional post season contest that would pit Raegan against Hofstr-bound Asia Jackson, playing on her rowdy home court. Knox and her team dispensed with Jackson, the Red Devils' home court edge, and their crowd in a 47-38 victory you can read about here.

Image above: Pic from the Bedford-Katonah Patch left to right, mom Donna Knox, Ragaen, and dad Ron Knox at center court.


Stark, Quattrocchi, Cox Finish Strong High School Careers at Brewster

Three Pride alum finished their senior seasons togther in style. Lauren Quattrochhi overcame an ankle injury to help her team past a game Yonkers squad in outbracket action, 60-37. Quattrocchi dropped in 11 points and added 8 assists. Click here for recaps of the round. Rori Stark added 8 points and also had 8 assists in the win.

Lynjesa Cox also had a strong season for Brewster following a year of building her game for the Gray NY Pride AAU squad.

Stark capped off her high school career in a first round loss against Albertus Magnus, 54-44. Stark was impressive nonetheless, leading all Brewster scorers with 13 points. Recaps here. Stark went at an undefeated Somers squad on Friday, January 6, 2012 with the same intense attitude she brought to every game. Here's a part of the Twitter feed from MSG for that game (another Pride alum is named, Brittany Dieso played for the Don Hamlin Pride 14U squad):

SOMERS, N.Y. – The Somers Tuskers came into their contest with Brewster undefeated at 7-0.

They left the game realizing there’s plenty of work to do if they’re going to be a playoff contender in Section 1 Class A.

Brewster’s suffocating defense forced Somers into 26 turnovers as the visiting Bears earned a 55-39 win on Friday night.

Bears senior forward Rori Stark finished with a game-high 18 points.

Brewster junior Brittany Deieso was all over Somers’ leading scorer Marisa Gardineer, holding her to just nine points. Gardineer, a senior, scored all of her points in the second half.

“She did a great job,” Delzio said of Deieso. “Brittany is a very intense player and she really shut [Gardineer] down.”

The Bears utilized a diamond-and-one defense and held Somers to just two points in the first quarter. They led 24-13 at halftime.

“We knew [Gardineer] was a great scorer and we just tried to make sure that we had somebody in front of her all the time,” Brewster coach Don Hamlin said. “Brittany did an awesome job defending her. When Brittany came out, Lauren Noce did a nice job on her.

Image above: LoHud pic of Rori Stark at the Kennedy tournament during December 2010.

Image above: MSG Varsity pic of two Pride alum in action, Marissa Gardineer of Somers and Lynjesa Cox of Brewster. Click here for the full story of Brewster's win over Somers.


Redendo Wraps Up First Season at Putnam Valley

Aldo Redendo finished his first year at the helm of the Putnam Valley Tigers girls basketball program with a successful rebuilding year. The Tigers started strong at 4-1 and positioned themselves with the 8th seed. Aldo worked with a young team that saw 8th graders getting significant minutes, overcoming an injury to an upperclassman starter during the Kennedy game. Things remained positive all year at the program that had been rocked with problems the season before.

Putnam Valley scored the first 8 points of the game but fell to Valhalla 31-24 in the first round of sectional play in Class B. Here is a link for recaps of the round, including:

Valhalla 31, Putnam Valley 24: In a Class B first round game at No. 8 Putnam Valley, Lucy Wedge had 10 points and Jade Fumarelli had seven points. Carey Berry scored 12 points for the Tigers. The No. 9 Vikings will play at No. 1 Irvington in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Image above: Aldo watches over his players prior to the opening tip of the Putnam Valley vs. Valhalla game on February 17, 2012. Inset: Two Trinity Catholic boys basketball assistants after the PV-Valhalla game; at left, Brian Scanlon.


Oneonta Wins SUNYAC Title

Pride and training alum were in the house when the Oneonta Red Dragons cut down the nets following their SUNYAC championship win over Buffalo State 50-41 on February 25th. Vania Simpri (Brewster) appeared in the game and Kristin Pappalardo (Lakeland) had ten points and 2 assists. The box score is here. A full game recap is here and includes:

Sophomore guard Kristin Pappalardo (Mahopac/Lakeland) was also named to the All-Tournament Team after registering 10 points in today's game after scoring 15 points last night in the semifinals along with grabbing a team high 10 rebounds.

The Red Dragons went on to lose in the first round of the D III NCAA tournament to King's College, 56-42. Story for that game is here.


Aldo Redendo Finishes Second Season at Heschel with Thriller, 52-50 Win over Browning

Aldo wrapped a second season at the helm of the Heschel Heat boys varsity program and wrapped it up in fine style. Fine means an exciting 52-50 win over Browning before an adoring ... and loud crowd in their home gym on West End Avenue. The game showcased the potential the team had all season as active defense and crisp execution was on hand for the senior-laden squad.

The most hands-on Athletic Director in all of NYC's private school sports Larry Rispoli was there to take care of business on senior night but his presence was anything but a one off. Larry is found on the sidelines, the gyms, and wherever there is Heat in action ... when he's not guiding the baseball program as head coach.

Following the game Aldo re-affirmed his intentions to return to Heschel for a third season.

Image above: The Heat troops gathered around Aldo and Abe during a second half timeout prior to an exciting 52-50 season ending win over Browning on February 13, 2012 (Pride photo).


Hackley Ends Dream Season 23-0 with Private High School School Ivy League Championship

The Pride is proud of alum Nia Yancopoulos (Hackley; Washington University commit) for her performance in a come from behind win over Poly Prep for the Ivy League crown. With the win Hackley ran the table, ending the first undefeated season in program history with a 23-0 record. You can read about it in the NY Post here, including the following quote:

With the score tied, Nia Yancopoulos shoveled a pass to the Hackley sophomore, who put up a 10-foot shot from the left side after Allie Coppola’s shot was blocked by Jacquie Kennedy on the right block. The ball hit off the left side of the rim, then off the right and finally dropped in after the buzzer sounded.

The game capped a remarkable comeback for Hackley and an even more stellar comback by Yancopoulos. Nia faced down injuries, back surgery, and a move to a new program with the force of her blue chip character ... and the results of untold hours of rehab, training with Aldo ... was the moment all players dream of at every level: to share in a championship run with their coaches and teammates.

Nia will be coaching a Pride 14U girls team with Sarah Benischek and plans to attend and play basketball for Washington University in St. Louis in the fall.

Image above: Pride photo of Nia Yancopoulos and her Ivy League hardware moments after the game ended vs. Poly Prep. The game was held at Fieldston School.

 

Video above: Pride video of the final 7 seconds of the Hackley vs. Poly Prep game at Fieldston on March 4, 2012.


Smth College takes ECAC Crown

Pride alum dropped in 7 points and notched 1 assist during 39 minutes of action as Smith College came from behind to win the first ECAC New England Championship in the school's history on Sunday, March 4th.

A complete article can be found here. Box score here. Devon Quattrochhi played an important part in Smith's 2011/2012 campaign, holding down 6th place in team scoring with 6.6 PPG here.

Image above: Smith College players celebrate at half court seconds after their comeback win over Keene State on the Owls' home court.


Hackley Crushes Rye Country Day 46-33, Remains Undefeated

The undefeated Hackley squad went into the January 18th game against Rye Country Day with a mission: win. And keep RCD's Carolyn Binder from being the deciding factor. And make a statement. Chalk up Hackley as a success on all counts as well as for continuing to run the table on their undefeated 9-0 season.

Allie Coppola had a huge game, garnering 20 points and 13 rebounds. The Pride's Nia Yancopolous handled the ball and contributed 13 points. Click here for the story.

Image above: Three Hackley starters seen rooting on an AAU teammate at a local college game while unwinding in preparation for their game against Rye Country Day. Hackley pride was 'in the house'.


Fordham Defeats Massachusetts, 56-54, on Last Second Shot from Tapio

With under 2 seconds to go Emily Tapio called for the ball from junior point guard Arielle Collins and calmly deposited a game-winning basket at UMass in an A-10 Coference game on January 28, 2012. The game was also the Brewster freshman's career with with 12 points and 5 re3bounds. A full recap is here. Box score here. Tapio played 20 minutes, including down the stretch in the second half.

Tapio continued her trend of remaining cool under fire. With under 40 seconds remaining she hit both ends of a 1-and-1 to add to a 2 point lead for Fordham in a win over Stony Brook. ESPN Gamecase here.

From the Fordham site regular season recap:

2011-12: Made her Fordham debut at #11 Rutgers (12/8)...Scored four points including a pair of key foul shots with under a minute remaining at Stony Brook (12/11)...Scored six points on 3-of-3 shooting versus Coppin State (12/30)...Pulled down six rebounds at George Washington (1/7)...Netted 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting at La Salle while setting all time-marks in rebounds (7), minutes (26) and field goals (5) (1/11)...Posted a season-best 12 points (6-of-9 shooting) including the game-winning basket at Massachusetts (1/28)...Closed out the regular season with 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting against Saint Louis (2/26).

 

Video above: The local broadcast of the Fordham-UMass game. Umass hit a 3 with 8 seconds left to tie the game. Neither team had any timeouts.


Even More Pride Alum in Action on the College Hardwood

Andrea Moschetta (Harrison; Springfield College) is paying her dues. Nothing new to this self-motivated young athlete. Many players have powerhouse high school teams to look back on as a driving force for their success and inspiration. It is the rare individual that is so dedicated to making it at the next level that they can build themselves as athletes and competitors in the face of a more challenging environment. Andi is this individual and nothing was going to stop this future Occupational Therapist from reaching her goal.

Andi is getting minutes for the 8-6 Pride and has contributed in 4 games. Just as importantly, Moschetta is the ultimate teammate and is committed for the long haul and will do what it takes to help Head Coach Naomi Graves in every way asked of her. Stay tuned.

Image above: Andi Moschetta, front row, #40, and left inset, after the Pride's 58-52 win over Skidmore on January 2, 2012.


More Pride Alum in Action on the College Hardwood

Jesse Kavana (Mahopac; Skidmore) is a young woman that exemplifies hard work and dedication as a high school athlete, an AAU standout, and in college. The Skidmore senior paid her dues at every level and experienced the success that comes from staying the course. At Mahopac Kavana was a 1,000 point scorer and was the back court star of a series of powerful Indians teams. Playing Pride AAU Jesse was the ultimate worker, relentless from the opening tip to the end no matter the score.

Jesse was quoted here following one of the many community service hours she and her team have donated to the Saratoga Springs community:

“We all look forward to working with these young players, because a lot of them come to camp in the summer and our games throughout the season. It is refreshing to know that we are making a difference in another's life. I remember being that age, and having an older player do the same thing for me,” said senior guard Jessie Kavana.

Jesse's committment on and off the hardwood brings the story full circle in this portion of what all signs point to a life and career filled with making a difference. After appearing in one game in 2009/2010 Jesse appeared in all 24 games and averaged 5.3 games off the bench last season and is now the proud owner of an impressivve stat line for her 2011/2012 Thoroughbreds. Appearing in all 10 games, Jesse is 16-18 from the free throw line, boasts a 33.3% shooting percentage from behind the arc, and is averaging 7.3 PPG. Toss in 18 assists and 13 steals on the young season while averaging 22.3 minutes per and you have an accomplished player with a winning formula.

Image above: Team pic from here; Jesse Kavana wears #24.


Pride Training and AAU Alum in Action on the High School Hardwood

The Pride is proud of Carmel's Kelsey Zwarych as she dropped the hammer on Brewster in a league win, 67-51 on January 12, 2011. Zwarych went up against former Pride 10U AAU coach Don Hamlin and thanked him for his Pride teaching and service the only way an athlete can, by showing their stuff. Hamlin and the Bears had no answer for Kelsey as she led her team to victory with a 17 point, 10 rebound outing that also saw the Carmel back-court provide an exemplary display of unselfish basketball that saw the guards lead in the assist category and the front court get the touches that lead to winning basketball.

She played on Pride AAU teams all over the East Coast, put in the hours training with Aldo at Club Fit (as did her brothers), and now Raegan Knox is the all time leading scorer at John Jay Cross River. You can read all about it here.

“I knew roughly what I needed, but I forgot about it during the game because the score was so close and I was more focused on getting the lead,” said Knox after the game.

Hackley senior Nia Yancopoulas is coming into her own and was an integral part of a 55-24 win over Dalton Thursday night. You can catch a write up of her 14 point, 6 steal outing here.

Somers Marissa Gardineer is the leading scorer for the Tuskers and is having a breakout season after taking part in the Pride ALDO squad during AAU last spring. Gardineer had 28 points, 12 rebounds, and eight steals and went 11 of 13 from the foul line, a typical outing, in a 55-47 win against Mahopac on January 12th. Click here for the write up and click through HighSchoolSports.net for more stats links.

Image above: From LoHud here, at left Raegan Knox knocks back one of her 1,289 points while helping the Indians and Coach Greg Blake knock off North Salem 63-52; at right Kelsey Zwarych uses her height and vision to make it happen.


Pride Alum in Action on the College Hardwood

Pride alum are active in the college game at a number of schools. Brittany Horne (Carmel; Georgetown) played on what was arguably the best Pride AAU squad assembled in recent years. The former Carmel standout has played some quality minutes for the currently #18 Hoyas. Vania SImpri (Brewster; Oneonta) is in her second year playing for the Red Dragons and is joined there by a new Hudson Valley front court player, Kaitlyn Ponesse 'K-Po' from Walkill. Vania had her season high of 8 points against SUNY Potsdam on December 6, 2011 and is averaging 3.3 PPG.

Aly Cleary (Cornwall Central; Pace University) continues to shine at Division II Pace in her third season for the Pacesetters. The junior guard has 73 points already for the 2011/2012 season, following a 159 point campaign. Margo Hackett (Pawling) is also getting minutes, averaging 13 per game and has pitched in 62 points to support former rival and Haldane Standout Brittany Shields and her 227 points on the season to date.

Cate Ruland (JJEF; Oswego) is getting on the floor at SUNY Oswego. The freshman has seen action in 9 games, logging 88 minutes for the 8-4 Lakers. Mount Saint Mary's Kasey Heyda (Briarcliff) has seen action in 9 games on the season to date, scoring a season high 4 points against St. Lawrence on November 19, 2011. Kelsey Morehead (Pinewood; Tufts) continues to be the freshman toast of the Jumbos. Kelsey has played in all 13 game, scored 97 points and most importantly for a PG, 37 assists for her 11-2 squad.

Emily Tapio (Brewster; Fordham) had a career best 11 points, 7 rebound, and 2 assist outing against La Salle in an A-10 conference game on January 11, 2012. After becoming eligible to play on 11-11-11, the former high school and Rose Classic standout wears #11 for the Rams and was also #11 in high school. Being named Fordham's "Player of the Game" by the WFUV broadcast crew did little to take the sting out of a tough 6 point loss that saw the freshman help bring the deficit to 6 with 31 seconds to play on an old-fashioned 3 point play.

Image above: Former AAU teammates Aly Cleary (at left) and Emily Tapio in action from their respective college sites.


Putnam Valley Up-Ends Dobbs Ferry 61-58

Pride-style basketball was on display on both ends of the floor as Putnam Valley outlasted favorite Dobbs Ferry 61-58 in the first round of the Croton-Harmon tournament. Box score here. Dobbs Ferry pressed from the outset and made a furious rush in the 4th quarter, outscoring Putnam Valley 23-12 in the period. They were reportedly aided by an unusual call by one of the referees, according to a person that was in attendence.

Carey Berry dropped in 22 points, adding to Erin McRudden's 18 and Natalie Gallo's 12 in the win. Click here for the scores and story including:

In the first round of the Croton-Harmon tournament, Carey Berry had 22 points and 12 rebounds to help guide the Tigers to their first 2-0 season start since 2004. Erin McCrudden added 18 points and four assists. Jeana Corradina led Dobbs Ferry with 16 points.

The LoHud blog (unlinkable due to their format) had this:

Putnam Valley 61, Dobbs Ferry 58: In the first round of the Croton-Harmon tournament, Carey Berry had 22 points and 12 rebounds to help guide the Tigers to their first 2-0 season start since 2004. Erin McCrudden added 18 points and four assists. Jeana Corradina led Dobbs Ferry with 16 points after the Eagles were down by 17 points with just four minutes remaining. Putnam Valley is now 2-0 for the first time since 2004. Putnam Valley will play the Haldane/Croton-Harmon winner on Saturday in the championship at 5:15 p.m. Dobbs Ferry will face the Haldane/Croton-Harmon loser on Saturday in the consolation at 1 p.m.

Image above: Coaches and Putnam Valley team lined up for the National Anthem.


The Sisterhood of the Travelling Scognamiglios, When Scognamiglios Attack Part II

Pride alum Christa Scognamiglio (Pearl River; Fairfield commit) teamed up with Raegan Knox (John Jay CR), Emily Tapio (Brewster; Fordham) and Margo Hackett (Pawling; Pace) for an AAU season in which the 5' 9" guard came to the fore. Fast forward 3+ years and Christa, with younger sister Marissa on board, knocked off Mount Vernon decisively, 71-57, in a display of speed at the "Queens of the Court" on December 10, 2011. Article here.

Over two years ago NYPride.net called out a talented Rockland athlete for her skill with:

Athletic talent runs deep in the Scognamiglio family, a fact made readily apparent on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. Congrats to Marissa Scognamiglio, younger sister of Christa, for her game-winning goal over arch rival Nanuet High School, 2-0.

Not surprisingly, now the whole world is in on the potential of Pride alum Christa Scognamiglio's younger sibling, even their local high school coach. This sister act has embarked on an exciting 2011/2012 season and has been featured here and here. More important than any stat line or game outcome, Christa and Marissa are dedicating this upcoming season to their 15-year-old brother Tommy. This young man has bone cancer on the run and is taking it on the Scogs way: with courage and tenacity.

Image above: Carol Dyer's photo from the December 11, 2011 issue of the Pearl River Patch; Christa is #24 in blue ; Marissa, #13, defends Mount Vernon's Sade King (Hampton commit) #11 as she looks to get the ball into the post to 6' 3" Lubirdia Gordon.


Mack Rosenberg and Alex Smith Rock the Booth at WFUV

Here at NYPride.net we pride ourselves on discovering new talent on the hardwood and the media surrounding the game. We brought you Christa Scognamiglio (Pearl Rivedr; Fairfield commit) and Joe Fenelon (NYCHoops.net; Scouts.com) among others and our readers are hereby placed on alert for two up-and-coming talents that currently grace the radio booth at WFUV 90.7 FM. Everyone in the know ... knows there is a Syracuse influence behind the reporting here ... but in all due respect there isn't a finer team coming out of Newhouse this side of the classes of 2012-2014 than Rosenberg and Smith.

Mack Rosenberg is the play-by-play man for Women's Basketball at Fordham University and covers the action with his color commentator Alex Smith. Click here to listen to their work, assisted by field production man John DeMarzo. The hallmark of a Rosenberg/Smith broadcast is an attribute that cannot be 'seen' through the speakers of your '68 Firebird ... or whatever you may be driving down the West Side as you tune the knob of your Delco radio to 90.7 FM. But it comes through loud and clear nonetheless.

These two are preparation and information freaks, as anyone knows that has observed their work at Rose Hill and gyms across the country east of the Mississsippi, whereever the Rams may travel. Macbooks loaded with stats, information streaming in real time, and notably, manila folders literally covered with hand-written notes, flowcharted and graphed at the ready. They pick the brains of coaches, alumni, fans, and have the man-on-the-street touch that connects with people and gets at facts.

In a recent sit down with Rosenberg and Smith NYPride.net confirmed their plans for futures in the broadcasting industry, a no-brainer ... but that's what we're all about here, facts, first hand. In addition to his duties as Women's Basketball pxp man, Rosenberg also serves as WFUV's beat reporter covering the Brooklyn Cyclones. Smith's coverage of Fordham football can be sampled here.

Image above: At left, NYPride.net photo of Alex Smith (left) and Mack Rosenberg (right) preparing for the Fordham-Rhode Island game at Rose Hill on January 14, 2011; at right, Mack Rosenberg does his thing as beat reporter covering the Brooklyn Cyclones for WFUV FM.


Putnam County Examiner Continues Local Sports Reporting Excellence

The regional sports coverage in the Putnam County Examiner is so enthusiastic, just being able to read the free paper may be some kind of subliminal test of ones athleticism—since it is sometimes stored on the bottom of the newspaper rack or floor—requiring the limberness needed to bend all the way down to pick up a copy. Squat... thrust!

Pick one up you should because every issue promises hard-hitting basketball coverage by Ray Gallagher and Kerry Barger at this time of year.

The December 6th issue of the Putnam Examiner broke down the girl's scene team by team. It's no accident that the Examiner's Barger focused the Putnam Valley preview on "pushing his team to incorporate man-to-man and help defense" as the success of this approach will make or break the Tiger's chances in 2011/2012. Next up for Putnam Valley: the Croton Harmon Tournament at Croton Harmon High School.

Image above: The Put Valley portion of the December 6th issue.


Cate Ruland Bringing Smarts to Bear at Oswego

During her time as a NY Pride AAU player Cate Ruland (JJEF) always stood out as a thinker on the court. Her basketball IQ was always evident and the 5' 2" guard was a regular contributor and assist-maker. Even at the D1 level few womens basketball guards are able to grasp the nuances of two-man basketball, and the pick-and-roll, the staple of NBA play is notably absent. Ruland grasps these concepts and executes. Crisp execution is her calling-card.

As a freshman at SUNY Oswego Ruland is carving out an increasingly important role for herself. Ruland appeared in six of the Lakers' none games, logging 14 and 17 minutes, respectively, in their last two games, vs. Fredonia State and Buffalo State. Next up for the 6-3 Lakers is Cazenovia on December 16th.

Image above: Cate Ruland from the Oswego Lakers' website.


Heyda in the Game for Mt. St. Mary's

Following a high school career as a scoring machine for Briarcliff and a long-running AAU career for the NY Pride, freshman Kasey Heyda is now contributing her talent to the womens basketball program at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, New York.

An education major, Heyda has appeared in six of the Knights ten games. The team is 9-1 on the new season and consists of a squad laden with veterans, a total of 9 upper-classmen. In his 32nd season, Heyda's coach J. Randall Ognibene is one of the most successful Division III basketball coaches of all time.

Image above: Kasey Heyda from the Mount's website.


Morehead Making an Immediate Impact at Tufts

Freshman Kelsey Morehead (Pinewood, Palo Alto) used to travel across the country to take part in East Coast AAU events for the Pride. The Tufts Jumbos are pleased the nimble point guard decided to 'come east' as the team ran off seven straight wins with a 74-35 win over Bridgewater State on December 10th. You can read the full story here, including:

The Jumbos were 5 for 12 from three-point range in the first half to help them to a 23-point lead at the break, 37-14. First-year Kelsey Morehead (Foster City, CA) converted on three of those three-pointers and had 11 points.

Morehead leads the team in minutes (275) and assists (26) on the season and is the #3 scorer. Complete stats here. Next stop for the Jumbos is the Maine Maritime Tournament starting on January 2nd.

Image above: Kelsey Morehead from the Tufts website.


Tapio Back in Action

Fordham Freshman Emily Tapio (Brewster) completed a long journey and made a difference, chipping in to help end the Rams' two-game losing streak with 41-37 Win over Stony Brook. Recovery from ACL surgery was followed by a bout with mono to delay the 6' 0"guard/forward's return to action. In 9 minutes of play in the win over Stony Brook Tapio garnered 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 4 points while entering in the second half to defend a rampaging Gerda Gatling who was on her way to taking over the game, leading the comeback for the Seawolves while grabbing a career high 13 rebounds.

The story at the Fordham website here included (and here):

Stony Brook used an 11-2 run to make it a two-point contest, 35-33, with just over a minute remaining, until a foul on Dani Klupenger with 40 seconds left put Emily Tapio on the line for a one-in-one. Tapio calmly drilled both foul shots to give Fordham some breathing room.

Also in attendance at the game was Pride Nike alum and White Plains standout Kim Hanlon, signed to a full scholarship to play at Stony Brook. Next up for the 6-4 Rams in Winthrop on December 17th at Rose Hill in the Bronx.

Image above left to right: Arielle Collins, Liz Milner (Haldane), Taryn Durant and Emily Tapio (Brewster) following the Stony Brook game. Another Hudson Valley standout, Milner is having a strong start to her Fordham career.


Dedication, Hard Work and Heart, Nora Swidler in 2nd Season for Union College; Pride's Kelsey McDonald also in 2nd Season

Sophmore Nora Swidler (Heschel) has appeared in 4 of the 6 games played by the Union College Dutchwomen, currently at 3-3. The 6' 3" center is the tallest player on the squad and abundant quantities of the right stuff, including dedication, a love of the game and blue chip attitude are Swidler's calling-cards. Nora brought these qualities to her participation in NY Pride AAU. Pride aluum Kelsey McDonald (Cornwall) is also in her second season for Union following a successful high school career that included the Section 9 championship in each of her four seasons.

The 2010-11 Union Dutchwomen won 14 games and competed in the Liberty League Tournament. Their next game is on December 13th at Utica College.

Image above the 2011-2012 Union Dutchwomen squad; Nora Swidler is #13; Kelsey McDonald is #33.


Vania Simpri Making Impact at Oneonta; Named to 2011 SUNYAC All-Academic Team

Second year player Vania Simpri (Brewster) accomplished two things during her freshman campaign with the Oneonta State Red Dragons. The 6' 0" forward put in the time and hard work on the court and as importantly off the court.

Simpri was named to the 2011 SUNYAC All-Academic Team and on December 6, 2011 put up 8 points and 5 rebounds during an impressive eight minute span in a 61-33 win over SUNY Potsdam. The Red Dragons are currently 5-4 on the season and head to Gwynedd-Mercy College on January 2nd for a non-conference game.

Image above the 2011-2012 Red Dragons squad; Vania Simpri is #32.


Heat go 3-2, finish 2nd in Weiner Tournament

The Heschel Heat picked up after their loss to Frisch on December 6th—read an aticle on that game here—and headed to the Weiner Tournament in Maryland for five games between December 7-10. The Heat stepped things up in the Old Line State, turning on the energy with the following wins: Heschel 50 HANC 41; Heschel 31 BT 28; Heschel 46 Chicagoland 38.

Final boys standings: 1. Ramaz 5-0; 2. Heschel 3-2; 3. Chicagoland 3-2; 4. HANC 2-3; 5. BT 1-4; 6. TCW 1-4. Heschel played tough against the eventual champion Ramaz, dropping a 40-30 contest. Ramaz is ranked #4 nationally by Jewish Hoops America.

The Heschel Heat boys varsity return to action in a December 14th home game vs. Torah Academy of Bergen County.


Briarcliff's Brianna Celaj Returns to Action; 19 point Outburst vs. Poughkeepsie

What happens behind the scenes usually says more about the character of young athletes than anything that occurs in the public eye. Volunteer work, the extra effort to achieve high grades while shouldering the burden of sports. And overcoming injuries. Many a coach cannot wrap their mind around what these young people go through once they are no longer available to add points and rebound to the school's program.

Briarcliff junior Brianna Celaj deserves a shout-out for all of the above reasons and then some. The newspaper box score reports her 19 point night against a tough Poughkeepsie team, leading all scorers. Click here for the stats. But those in the know ... know that this kid got her hard-working self back in the gym as soon as anyone could after her ACL surgery and has returned to action because of her hard work, desire, and grit. Whatever Briarcliff does, under a new coach this season following the sudden departure of Don Hamlin, Brianna Celaj is a success story already by making it all the way back.

Image above by Matthew Brown / The Journal News shows Brianna Celaj (#15) playing 'D' at the County Center.


Putnam Valley 41-24 Winners over Haldane in Season Opener

Former Pride player and standout Carey Berry led all scorers and rebounders with an impressive 19 point, 12 board outburst in the season and home opener for a newly reconstituted PV Tigers program. New Head Coach Aldo Redendo picked up his first win in Section 1 girls basketball and earned a shout out at the Journal News online:

One other note: An impressive performance from Putnam Valley, who blew out Haldane in Aldo Redendo’s first game as Tigers coaching debut (using his ‘swarming man-to-man defense’).

Swarming man with help defense is Redendo's calling card on his AAU teams and, as noticed by sportswriter Yaron Weitzman at Journal News, in the high school gym. You can read it here.

Next up for Putnam Valley is a road game against Croton Harmon on 12/15 at 5:15 PM. Croton Harmon dropped Rye Neck 34-31 on their opening night.

Photo above: John Racioppo's photo from Pennysaver Local news here shows Carey Berry and PV knocking off Kennedy last season, story here.


Yancopoulas MVP of Sleepy Hollow Tournament

Nia Yancopoulas poured in 12 points in Hackley's 52-33 win over Sleepy Hollow on Sunday, December 4, 2011. With the win Hackley comes away with the tournament championship. Yancopoulas was named Tournament MVP. Here's the story from LoHud:

Hackley 52, Sleepy Hollow 33:In the championship game of the Sleepy Hollow tournament, Nia Yancopoulas scored 12 points and was named MVP of the tournament. Teammate?Allie Coppola added nine points and was also named to the All-Tournament team. Jamie Bucci scored 12 points for the Headless Horsemen and was named to the All-Tournament team.


Heschel Nets First Win on 2011/2012 Season

The Heschel Heat boys varsity basketball team nailed down their first win 67-35 over Kushner on November 16th. The win was part of a 4-game home-game stretch that opened the season at 1-3. The next stop for the Heat is a road game at Hillel Yeshiva High School on November 21st.


Jewish Hoops America Pre Season Rankings; Game 1 in the Books

The voice of Yeshiva basketball has spoken in its unique tone with the pre-season rankings article you can find here. The Aldo Redendo-led Heschel Heat come in at #14, in the "The "Alright Eddie, that's enough fastballs, throw 'em some breaking balls now" Division" (we are not making this stuff up, see what those expensive private schools can do for one's creative writing!)

Heschel opened up its 2011/2012 season with a 39-27 home loss to HAFTR (Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway). The latter was ranked #12, in the "The "Jusssssst a Bit Outside" Division" by Jewish Hoops. You'll have to read the linked article to, as they say in my old nabe, comprendo. In the meantime you can delve into the ongoing history of the Yeshiva league here. Next up for Heschel is Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy of the JEC on November 7th at home.


Austin Brown Ready to Make His Mark in 2011/2012

Somers senior Austin Brown has stayed the course and invested untold hours of training at Club Fit, Jefferson Valley. The 6' 7" center/forward has an understanding of the work ethic required to get the job done and is all smiles while he puts in the extra time in addtion to school shootarounds, and all the other requirements expected of a high school student athlete.

Austin has been the 'center' of attention in wins and losses as local coaches and reporters key on his presence. When Somers pulled off an upset you can read about here—and ended favorite Sleepy Hollow's post-season with a February 2011 win 51-32, it was "6-foot-7 behemoth Austin Brown". More of the same is expected for the 2011/2012 season as Brown teams up with fellow Pride player and training participant Max Parks at Somers.

Photo above: Austin Brown (Somers) works on his shot-blocking during pickup game.


Pride 16U Girls Make the Grade at Blue Chip Fall Ball 2011

The Pride 16U girls had a great showing at the October 2011 Blue Chip Basketball Fall Ball Classic. Two Pride teams attended the event, held at Villanova, and the campuses of nearby Cabrini College, West Chester University and the Westtown School. And both Pride teams posted winning records.

2011 Best of the Best and Fall Ball College Coaches

Adelphi (2) Clarion Gettysburg Maryland Queens Swarthmore
Akron Cleveland State Goucher (2) Marymount Randolph-Macon TCNJ
Albany Colby Gwynedd-Mercy Marywood University Rhode Island Temple
Albright Colgate Hartford (2) McDaniel Richard Stockton Towson
Allegheny College Coaches Hartwick Merrimack (2) Richmond Tufts
American College of St. Elizabeth Haverford College Millersville Rider U. Albany
American International College of St. Rose Hawk Scouting Misericordia University Roger Williams UMASS
Amherst Columbia Hill College MIT RPI UMBC (2)
Appalachian State CW Post Hofstra University Monmouth Rutgers UMES
Arcadia Dartmouth Holy Cross Montclair Sacred Heart University (2) UNC Charlotte
ASA College Delaware (2) Holy Family University (2) Mount St. Mary’s Saint Francis University Mary Washington
Assumption DePaul Hood College Moravian College Saint Rose University of Richmond
Bard College De Sales Immaculata University Mt. St. Mary’s Salisbury University of Rochester
Bentley DeSalle Indiana University of PA (2) Muhlenberg Scranton University of New Haven
Binghamton Dickinson College Iona National Recruiting Seton Hall University of Pennsylvania
Bloomfield Drew Ithaca National Scouting Report Seton Hill UVA – Wise
Bloomsburg Drexel University IUP Navy Shenandoah University VCU (2)
Boston College Duquesne James Madison Nazareth Shepherd University (2) Vermont
Boston University (2) East Carolina Kean (2) NC State Shippensburg Villanova (2)
Brandeis East Stroudsburg Keystone College Neumann University (2) Siena College (2) Virginia
Brockport Elmira King’s College New Hampshire Slippery Rock Virginia Tech
Bryant Emmanuel Kutztown (2) Niagara Southern Connecticut Wagner
Bryn Mawr ESU Lafayette (2) NJIT St. Francis Wake Forest
Bucknell University (2) Eastern U LaSalle Northeastern St. John Fisher (2) Washington College
Buffalo Fairfield Lebanon Valley Notre Dame St. Mary’s College of Md. Wellesley
BYU Fairleigh Dickinson Lehigh (2) NYU (2) St. Peter’s College West Chester
Cabrini Fairmont State LeMoyne Old Dominion St.Bonaventure Univ. West Point USMA
Caldwell College (2) Fordham LIU Oneonta State (2) St.John’s University West Virginia University
Canisus Franklin & Marshall Lock Haven Pace Stevenson University Western New England
Cedar Crest Furman Love Athlete Penn Stevenson Cox Wheeling Jesuit (2)
Centenary Gannon Loyola Penn State – Hazelton Stockton State Wilkes
Central CT State George Mason LVC Penn State Stone Hill William & Mary
Chestnut Hill George Washington Manhattan Philadelphia University Stony Brook William Smith
Cheyney Georgetown Manhattanville Pitt SUNY Morrisville (2) Wilmington
Chowan Georgia State Mansfield University Pitt Greensburg SUNY Oneonta Yale University
Cincinnati Georgian Court Marist (2) Princeton Susquehanna University Youngstown State

Photo above: Megan Weidenhamer skys to finish her tear-drop. Legendary guard Tony Parker repeatedly emphasizes the need for young players to master this shot and Megan is well on her way.


Pride 14U Boys Rock Gauchos Roundball Classic 2011

The Pride 14U boys were in the house with Aldo Redendo on the sidelines barking out the plays. The event is considered one of the top-tier leagues in NYC for the age bracket and ran from September 17-October 13 for Pool Play.

The Pride boys came out of the gates strong with a 60-52 win over the L.D. Rebels on 17 September. On the 24th they went toe-to-toe from tipoff to end with the Gauchos (McCollins) in a 51-39 loss. A win over the Gators put the Pride in the winner's bracket.

Photo above: Pride 14U boys in action: Zeek Demasi, Walter King, Brandon Collins, John Robles, Quarrie Alleyne, Matt Ryan, Max parks, and Brandon Redendo. Head coach Aldo Redendo in lower left corner.


Aldo Redendo in at Putnam Valley

The Pride's Aldo Redendo was hired as the new head coach of the Putnam Valley girls basketball program. The Tigers play in Section 1's Class A and are a program expected by many to experience a rebuilding period under their new coach. Last season Aldo coached another rebuilding program, Heschel High School of Manhattan, to a 12-6 record and a post-season berth.

Redendo was reached by phone on September 30 and outlined his approach as, "These are great kids, a great program, and they are going be winners starting in the practice gym. Everything will take care of itself from there."

Aldo served as first assistant at Trinity Catholic, a boys program in Fairfield, CT, during their run of three state titles in Connecticut, along with his AAU and Heschel High School head coaching duties.

Photo above from Xavier Mascareñas / The Journal News: Pride alum and Tigers senior Carey Berry goes up for a jumper during the February 8, 2011 win, 40-32, over Lakeland. Another Pride player alum, #11 Emily Alicea, looks on.


Pride's Longest Running Player Kasey Heyda Joins D3's 11th Winningest Coach

Kasey Heyda (Briarcliff; Mt. St. Mary) joined 16 other Briarcliff members of the Class of 2011 in the ranks of college athletes. Heyda is the second Pride player to play college ball following a Pride career. She was preceded by Katie Weiner (D3 U. of Rochester). In addition to being the longest running player on any Pridde AAU roster, Heyda will play for Mount Saint Mary's (Newburgh) coach J. Randall Ognibene. Click here for his bio and here for a list of Briarclifgf seniors that moved on to play college sports.


Joe Fenelon, Friend of Girls Basketball, can be Your Friend at Facebook

Joe Fenelon reports for a variety of outlets and covers the NYC girls game better than anyone. He now has a Facebook page where you can cennect with Joe and be his friend. Click here for the link.


BCANY Names Top 50 for 2011/2012 Girls Basketball

The Basketball Coaches of New York Top 50 for the past season included some Hudson Valley standouts and Pride alumni. You can click here for the complete list. The Central girls knocked off the Mid Hudson team 94-84 to take home the gold. On the girls side, the lopsided win over Mid Hudson 127-52 stirred up local controversy, mostly aimed at coaches Dan Ricci (Ossininng) and John Rielly (a former AAU coach as of last report) at various online chat boards known for this kind of thing.

On the boys side Long Island defeateds the Southern Tier team for the championship. Lopsidced results were also reported including a 100-60 loss by the Mid Hudson boys.


Five Star Girls Camp at BSC; Highland Center Returns North of Mason-Dixon Line

NYC talent in the girls game was on display at the Brewster Sports Center over the weekend of August 19-21. NYChoops.rivals.com has a detailed wrap-up here.

The only news of note to followers of the Hudson Valley game was the return of Highland's former Monasia Buldoc (click here for more and here for North Carolina Fighting Red Wolves). "Moe" played with a Rose Classic squad AAU team that inlcluded Pride players and alum and made a run to the final four last fall. Buldoc is now listed on the roster of Nazareth Regional High School, the defunct program reconstituted overnight with former St. Michael's Academy players brought to the Brooklyn Catholic school with an annual tuition of $7,785.

Photo above from NYChoops.net: Monasia Buldoc (Class of 2012) at Five Star Camp.


Pride Alum On the Move

A number of NY Pride alumni are moving forward with their playing and coaching careers. Word is in that Kristi Dini (Boston U.) has finished cutting her teeth on the sidelines with Pride 10 year-old girls and has been hired to man the sidelines as head coach at Briarcliff. Tori Jarosz (Lakeland; Vanderbilt) is officially transferred to Marist and will play there after sitting out a year. Sarah Benischek (Lakeland; Merrimack) is reported to have joined the staff at Manhattan College as an assistant coach.

On July 29, 2011 Pride alum Emily Tapio (Brewster; Fordham) took part in the give-a-glove program, part of the national Harlem RBI program that provides baseball and softball equipment. The Fordham women's softball team were the first A-10 champions in school history and a handful of players from the women's basketball team volunteered to assist in the effort.

Harlem RBI's mission is to provide inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn and Grow. The program uses the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams. Harlem RBI's vision is to be a model learning community where youth become healthy, educated and active global citizens who achieve excellence and change the world.

Photo above from Fordham.edu website: Emily Tapio hands out the gloves along with Charlotte Stoddart and Kelly McGovern of the women's baketball program.


Aldo Invests Summer 2011 Coaching Nike Swoosh, Lakeland Varsity

The 2011 AAU season was over all of two days before coach Aldo Redendo was back in the gym coaching three different squads. The Lakeland boys varsity team needed a coach to take part in the BSC summer league and Aldo answered the call to volunteer for that spot. The result was a learning experience ... with the emphasis on man with help, and fundamentals. The latter were especially needing game-time focus and that's exactly what the players received as they finished with a .500 record and an even spread of minutes for all participants. Aldo also opened up the squad to some other players from nearby schools, including Brewster and Somers.

The Pride put two squads into the Nike Swoosh league run out of the Brewster Sports Center. Both Redendo-coached squads had outstanding seasons in the 12U and 14U brackets. On the last day of play both Pride teams were still standing as finalists. The 12U team went on to wrap up the Nike Championship with a 49-47 win over a Nor'east Lightning team coached by local standout Al Morales. Each coach in that game had a son on the floor in the form of Brandon Redendo and A.J. Morales. The Pride 12U wrapped up an undefeated season at BSC with the win.

Photo above: Left to right bottom : Brandon Redendo(Stormville) , John Palmieri (Brewster), Jack G (Chappaqua). Top; L to R
Kaellen Henderson (Yonkers), Lydell Gefferd,(NYC) Malachi DeSousa (Beacon) , Aca Gartner (Beacon). Not in photo;
Prince Marsh (Peekskill) Andre Davis(Beacon), Jalen Young (New Rochelle).

The Pride 14U Swoosh team wrapped up a great summer season as semifinalist.

Photo above: Bottom L to R: Kaellen Henderson (Yonkers) , John Robles (M. Vernon) Noah Nardone (Roslyn, LI) Mark Martin (Mt. Vernon) Top L to R: Brandon Collins (Garrison) Jeffrey Merchant (Chappaqua) Ezekiel DeMasio (White Plains ) Quari Alleyne (Peekskill)
Not in photo : Matt Ryan (Westchester ), Dillion DeMauro(Westchester), and Armani Rivera (CT)


Blue Chip "Best of the Best" Individual Showcase at King of Prussia/Villanova set for Friday October 7, 2011

The Blue Chip Basketball folks sent out their coaches mailer for the upcoming "Best of the Best" individual showcase and NYPride.net is giving you a sneak peek ... along with the head's up. This event is the #1 individual showcase on the East Coast and YOU need to be there if you are a female player serious about playing college ball. Don't be put off by the "Division 1" stuff ... you WANT to showcase YOUR talent down there against the best players and this event is ALWAYS filled with college coaches, including many head coaches. We assume you already know a lot of AAU tournaments boast college coach attendance at their events at what can be charitably described as, 'taking liberties with the truth.' Not so with Blue Chip Basketball and their events.

IMPORTANT: To attend the "Best of the Best" you need to be formally reccomended by your AAU coach or high school coach. Mr. T. also has the entre to get you an invite and you know where to reach him. You cannot just pay and show up so make your calls NOW to get your invite then up your workouts, increase your prepartion ... shoot-shoot-shoot ... and understand your role, your position. You'll have one shot to stand out and change your future. NY Pride wants you to GO FOR IT! You ... can .. do ... it. Believe in yourself.

Announcing Blue Chip Basketball's
upcoming Annual NCAA Certified Fall Events
for high school girls

Friday, October 7
The Best of the Best Shootout
(King of Prussia, PA)
For your Division I prospect players

Send NAME, ADDRESS, Year of Graduation, and EMAIL ADDRESS for Class of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and we'll send them an invitation to register and attend.

The cost is $150 for two games which includes a FREE DVD of each player's first game with the opportunity to purchase the second game DVD.

 

**The events below are team events**

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9

Fall Ball Classic Tournament - Philly area
Four games - two on Saturday, two on Sunday.

170 TEAMS and 190 COLLEGES attended in 2010!!

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9
Fall Ball Classic Tournament - New England (Fairfield, CT)

Four games - two on Saturday, two on Sunday.


CT Starters Announce Individual Showcase at Yale for September 11, 2011

The Connecticut Starters AAU organization has arranged a college showcase for girls in graduating classes 2012, 2013, and 2014 only. The event will be attended by D2 and D3 coaches according to the event-holder's website. Click here for the details and an online registration form. Cost is $95.00 per player.


Victoria Scheffel, Tireless Worker in the Gym

Fresh off a successful AAU campaign with Pride ALDO Victoria Scheffel (Somers) arrived at Club Fit twenty minutes early for her weekly workout session on Monday, July 25, 2011. Scheffel has put the time into building her game since middle school when she attended every clinic and camp she could find. Following a strong AAU campaign in which she put up 10.3 PPG and 7.2 RPG 'Tori' is poised to have a breakout senior year for the Somers Tuskers in a competitive Class A in New York's Section 1.

The hard work is paying off with college interest. Victoria's plans include attending the upcoming Gettysburg College camp and summer and fall ball, followed by the Blue Chip Villanova individual and team showcases. You can obtain more recruiting information about Victoria via Aldo Redendo @ 917-417-6569 or basketballuniverse@hotmail.com.

Photo above: Tori Scheffel at the July 25th workout with trainer and AAU coach Aldo Redendo.


Pride's Hamlin, Quattrochhi named in Journal News Piece

In addition to his impeccable resume coaching at Briarcliff High School, coach Don Hamlin has labored long and hard developing young players as the coach of New York Pride AAU teams at the lower levels. Hardly a task that shines a light on his commitment, Hamlin's devotion to the game and hours in the gym saw many Briarcliff players mature on Pride AAU squads into high school stars.

Another young athlete that puts in the time is 2011 Pride 16U guard Lauren Quattrocchi. In addition to playing for Pride ALDO during AAU, Quattrocchi has already been taking part in Hamlin's new Brewster High School open gyms. The two talented Pride alumni will combine forces at Brewster High School during the upcoming 2011/2012 season in pursuit of success in Class A.

A Journal News feature article can be read here that names Hamlin and Quattrocchi.


Andi Moschetta Harrison's "Female Athlete of the Year"

Harrison High School voted Pride alum Andi Moschetta "Scholar Athlete of the Year" for the 2010/2011 school year. The Springfield College-bound senior was a two sport star athete for the school, a soccer and basketball standout that will be missed by the Westchester school. Andi plans to study Occupational Therapy and will undoubtedly bring the work ethic and sticktoitiveness that were the hallmarks of her successful AAU career and her academic success.

In addition to being singled out by her high school Andi was chosen by her adoring public via the Harrison Patch publication, for another honor. The online newspaper's June 30, 2011 issue bore the following sub-head:

"After hundreds of votes, the public has decided that Andrea Moschetta is the best of the best of Harrison's female athletes. "

You can click here for the entire Patch article which includes,

"Harrison's Andrea Moschetta made her presence felt this year through more than just raw athletic ability, the senior was a leader and role model for teammates regardless of the sport she was playing."

Springfield College is fortunate to be part of Andi Moschetta's impending success story. She is heading to Springfield to play basektball and is drilling with a personal guard coach and working out in a lifting regimen all summer to enter the gym in fine form.

Image above: Mark Rinaldi's photo of Andi in action from the Harrsion Patch online issue of June30, 2011.


Brianna Celaj Update; Candace Parker, Role Model

It has been said that sports consists of 'practice, games and injuries", noting that two of the three stated portions involves heart and discipline and take the athlete outside of the public eye to a personal journey that requires fortitude known to those that log the hard miles that create success. One such athlete was women's basketball national champion twice at Tennessee and #1 draft pick in the WNBA, Candace Parker. The former Lady Vol and Los Angeles Sparks star was also the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game. Parker is the wife of Shelden WIlliams and the mother of baby Lailaa Nicole Williams.

Candace Parker may be the best role model for women's basketball ever. Parker won the 2009 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice award as the favorite female athlete in the sports category to the surprise of no one. Prior to her college career Parker was a two-time national high school player of the year. She garnered national attention after winning the slam dunk contest at the McDonald’s High School Boys’ All-Star game.

During her high school years Candace Parker tore her ACL and missed her entire senior season at Naperville Central. Click here to read about Parker's comeback.

The Pride is proud of alum Brianna Celaj of Briarcliff for her spirited come-back from ACL surgery. News was just forwarded about Brianna's progress and it points to a potential return to the hardwood for the upcoming 2011/2012 season. Celaj is putting in the work that is required of all athletes coming off of surgery.

"A little update on the Celaj Barrage. Approximately 3 months ago on April 6th 2011 Brianna had successful ACL surgery after tearing her ligament in a Lacrosse Scrimmage at White Plains high school. Immediately after surgery Brianna began her Rehab at Sleepy Hollow Physical Therapy in Hawthorne New York with Dr. Matthew Contino. With hopes of returning to the 2011-2012 Briarcliff line-up that has not only lost 4 senior starters, but their Head Coach Don Hamlin, Brianna has been in rehab 2-3 times a week. On days she has off from rehab Brianna has been training her upper body and recently starting shooting drills with Aldo Rendendo all while maintaining a 95 Average during her Sophomore Year. After just One session Aldo had Brianna shooting like she never missed a beat, going 92 out of 100 from the free throw line at one point making 40 free throws in a row. "

Image above: Brianna Celaj post workout with Aldo Redendo at Club Fit, Jefferson Valley, NY during the week of June 20, 2011.


Pride's Emily Tapio Inducted Into Brewster High School Athletic Hall of Fame; Hamlin Rolling

The names of two new Pride alumni will be found in the gym at Brewster High School during the 2011/2012 season. One is new girls varsity head coach Don Hamlin, already putting in the work with open gyms at the Putnam County AA school. The other will be that of Emily Tapio, one of four athletes inducted into the school's Hall of Fame on June 8, 2011.

Missing her senior season due to an ACL injury did not stop Fordham-bound Emily Tapio from being inducted into the Brewster High School sports Hall of Fame. The 2011 grad tallied impressive numbers during three years as a varsity starter after being brought up midway through her 8th grade season. Tapio was the first basketball player in school history to notch 1,000 points as a junior and was on track to chase the school scoring record before her injury. Personal accomplishments included being one of ten named to Section 1's All Academic team, All State, All Section, and a McDonald's All American nomination. Tapio was named a Top 10 NYC Player by NYC Hoops and played in the Metro Classic All Star game for the Burbs and was named to Westchester/Putnam All Stars, and Putnam All Stars by local sportswriters.

Team accomplishments were the focus of the six footer's approach to the game. Considered one of the most unselfish impact players by opposing coaches, Tapio led all sophomores in NY State in assists at her position while also leading her team in scoring and rebounds. As a 14 year-old she was the second leading scorer on a Lakeland Storm team that played for the Nike NYC 16U championship. Emily played on a Hoopers squad that brought the Conrad McRae 2010 championship back to Westchester from Brooklyn and was a three year NY Pride player, teaming up with regional standouts Tori Jarosz (Lakeland; Vanderbilt) and Brittany Horne (Carmel; Georgetown), bringing her to the attention of college coaches during her freshman AAU season. She played a pivotal ball-handling and scoring role in helping to bring a 16U Triple Threat squad to the Rose Classic 2010 final four (out of 49 teams) and come 2 points shy of beating Harlem USA and earning a berth in the championship game against Exodus NYC. Tapio was an early commit and verbaled to Fordham on December 31, 2009 after making the rounds of a variety of Patriot, MAAC, and NEC, schools that fall, meeting back-to-back with Patriot and NEC coach of the year recipients during the process, a great learning experience that included attending practices and scrimmages.

Additional significant team accomplishments during Tapio's time as a starter and team scoring/rebounds/assists leader in Brewster beginning in freshman year included a 5-0 player record over rival Lakeland (2-0 head-to-head vs. Jarosz) during the Tori Jarosz years (the only loss during that stretch came when both Tapio and Jarosz were absent due to injuries). While Emily Tapio made her three-year run Brewster never lost a home post-season game, defending what once again became a loud BHS home crowd with wins over Pelham, Tappan Zee, Ardsley, and Nyack. The win over Nyack propelled the Bears to the Class A Final Four at the Westchester County Center for the 2008/2009 season, one which also saw Brewster hang a league championship banner in their gym and see head coach Doris Schukin awarded "Coach of the Year" honors for her league. Tapio's post-season stats include 28 points against Ardsley (voted "Player of the Round" for Class A by the Journal News), 29 points against Tappan Zee, 19 points against Peekskill (leading all scorers) and 17 points against Albertus Magnus (second only to Alaina Walker, now at St. Bonaventure).

During the post-event interview, Emily stated, "I could not have done it without great coaches and teammates, I can't believe it's over." Basketball is far from over for the National Honor Society and Math Honors Society inductee, one of 22 recipients in her class of the Scholar's Award for reaching the High Honor Roll every semester from 6th Grade to graduation. In addition to the mark Tapio made on the court at her high school, she left a legacy of encouragement and mentoring to young players, serving for four summers at Doris Schukin's basketball camp as well as tutoring special needs students at Brewster Hight School and H.H. Wells Middle School.

Image above, left to right: Lance Pliego, Athletic Director, Emily Tapio with HoF plaque, and Head Coach Doris Schukin follwing the induction ceremony on June 8, 2011 at Brewster High School.


Pride 16U/15U Girls Meet Gym Rat Challenge

Both Pride teams got out of pool play, no small accomplishment at the Gym Rat Challenge, held over the weekend of June 18-19. After winning 2 games Pride ALDO held their own against a D1-laden opponent, falling by 10. Pride SISCA's Sasha Puglisi (John Jay CR guard) made the 15U All Gym Rat Team honorable mention. Click here to read a recap of the event. Once again, the Gym Rat event was one 0of the best run in the country and provided the opporunity for the Pride players to test their ability against talent ranging from high D1 to mid-major skills and down.

Next stop: Blue Chip Penn State.


Pride 16U Girls Yancopolous Shines at Ocean City

Pride ALDO girls dropped a hard-fought contest in their first game at Ocean City, 55-45 to the NY Elite. Hackley junior Nia Yancopolous had an excellent game, leading all scorers with 11 points while capably handing the ball and distributing to teammates. Nia continued to shine during the weekend, averaging 11.3 PPG over a four game span. Four hard-fought games against solid talent including the MD Panthers and Crossroads AAU came up short in the 'W' column but overall each game was a well-played contest.

Next stop: Gym Rat Challenge, Albany.


Pride 13U Boys Do Their Thing at the Dowd Memorial Tournament

The Pride is proud of the 13U boys for action during the Dowd Memorial during the weekend of June 4-5 in Orange County, NY. They won their first game against a solid national D2 Noreast Lightning squad coached by Tyrone 'China' Seabright, 50-42 in a well-played contest for both teams. Some standouts for the Pride included Quari Alleyne who knocked in 18 points and Brandon Collins, chipping in with 12 of his own.

The second game continued the growing rivalry against Kenny Dawson's Playmakers. Dawson's squad dropped an 'L' on the Pride at the recent D3 National Qualifier at the Brewster Sports Center, 72-69 . Kudos to the Pride athletes for turing the tables in the form of a 54-40 statement victory. Brandon Redendo had 8 points and notched 10 assists while John Robles had 16 big points and Marco Morency added 10 rebounds. Look for Robles and Morency in Mount Vernon HS uniforms down the road: these young men are paying their dues.

The Pride rolled through a win in the semifinals, a 70-35 win over the Long Island Lightning. It was a team effort, with fast breaks finished the right way: by giving up the ball to the teammate running his lane. Ezekial Demasio worked hard for every one of his 12 rebounds and Brandon Collins nailed down a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. Brandon Redendo also contributed 22 points and another 6 assists.

The Pride came up short in a championship game loss to the NYC On Point Cyclones (all three teams entered by On Point left as Tom Dowd champions, tip of the hat to their organization). Lack of effort was not among the reasons for the 'L'. Quinn Willman led all scorers with 21 points, making six from behind the arc. Jeffrey Merchant notched 8 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Redendo added 15 points. The Pride 13U exited the event with their heads held high and as always, the Dowd Memorial was a well-run tournament well worth taking part in. You can check out the Tom Dowd Memorial alumni Facebook page here. All content is public.


Pride Alum Mike Yoder Breaking Into Coaching

Pride alum Mike Yoder (Mahopac; Endicott; Wescon) is moving forward with his coaching career and gathering experience on the sidelines and the practice gym. Mike had a standout career at Mahopac High School. The 6' 0", 190 guard finished his 4-year playing career at D3 Endicott following the 2009-2010 season, serving as team captain.

Yoder and was named an assistant coach at Western Connecticut State University under longtime head coach Bob Campbell (27 years). Click here for the Wescon Media Guide. In his first year as an AAU coach Mike steered a new 15U Noreast Lightning squad to a respectable .500 season, and was noted for the way which the young men responded to his style on the sidelines and came together as a team successfully under his guidance, finishing the season strongly.

Image above top: Mike Yoder bio from the Western Connecticut State University 2010/2011 Media Guide (inset: Endicott Gulls logo); bottom, head coach Yoder back row, right and assistant coach James Harlen, back row left. Harlen and and Yoder were Mahopac High School teammates.


NAIA D1 Nazarene Looking for Players for 2011

This just in on June 2, 2011 from coach Lewis at Nazarene:

MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS is excited to announce Jon Lewis as the new Head Women's Basketball coach. Prior to being named head coach, Lewis spent the last five seasons at MNU as the lead assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Coach Lewis and his staff look to continue the MNU women's basketball winning tradition. Known for their intense defense and fun fast paced style of play, the Lady Pioneers are headed into their third season at the NAIA DI level.

MNU is a member of the NAIA DI Heart of America Conference located regionally in the Midwest. Our staff is looking to add dynamic playmakers to the 2011-2012 roster. We encourage all incoming freshman, Juco transfers or NCAA transfers who work hard and want to be apart of a unique and special program to contact us immediately. We run a total person program, building champions on the court, in the classroom and in life. We take pride in our commitment to the physical, mental and emotion aspects of the college experience.

Athletes interested in being eligible for a women's basketball scholarship must complete the following:

Email the MNU women's basketball staff with a letter of interest
Send transcript information, video, stats, etc...
Add MNU school code 007032 to your current FAFSA form

You can find out additional information about MidAmerica Nazarene University, including academic and athletic programs offered, on our website at www.mnu.edu. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Please let me know if you have any further questions by contacting jalewis@mnu.edu.

Coach Jon Lewis - Head Women's Basketball Coach - MidAmerica Nazarene University - 2030 East College Way - Olathe, KS 66062
Contact: jalewis@mnu.edu - 913-971-3758 (Office) - 913-221-8809 (Cell)


Allegany College of Maryland (JUCO) Still Needs Womens Bball Players for 2011

This just in on June 1, 2011 from coach Sherman at Allegany:

This is Garett Sherman the Head Women's basketball coach at Allegany College of Maryland. We are a junior college located in Western Maryland with a rich basketball tradition. We recently completed a 30-5 season with a 6th place finish at the Junior College National Tournament. During the last four years our women's basketball program has a record of 106-14 and many of our players have moved on to the D1 and D2 levels of play at four year universities. At this point we are still recruiting small forwards, power forwards and centers for the fall of 2011. Please contact me below for more information.

Garett Sherman - Head Women's Basketball Coach - Allegany College of Maryland - 12401 Willowbrook Road - Cumberland, Md 21502

240-727-8857 cell - www.allegany.edu - alleganycollegebasketball@yahoo.com - gsherman@allegany.edu


Pride 13U Boys and a Busy Memorial Day Weekend

While most people were relaxing around the grill Aldo and the Pride 13U boys were grinding it out on the hardwood in Albany on Sat-Sun and at the Brewster Sports Center on Monday, May 30th. The boys stepped into the firing line to face top competition at the annual Gym Rat event, notching a 2-2 record, then returned to the area to complete their D III qualifier run with a hard-fought contest against an excellent Playmakers team, a 71-68 loss in the semifinals.

The following Pride players made the All Gym Rat Team, honorable mention: Jeffery Merchant (6-3 C) N.Y. Pride; Brandon Redndo (4-11 PG) N.Y. Pride.


J. A. Cissel Comes Through

Special thanks to Tim and the J. A. Cissel Mfg. Company are in order. Tim took the time to think outside the box and come up with a sports netting solution at a great price to assist Fordham-bound Emily Tapio in her personal shooting workouts. They can make anything you need in terms of sports netting and are located in Lakewood, New Jersey, just one UPS Ground zone away, reducing the cost of shipping significantly for New York area customers. You can click here to access their site.


Hamlin in at Brewster

Word is in that the Brewster School Board confirmed former Briarcliff girls basketball head coach Don Hamlin for the opening at Brewster High School, replacing longtime varsity coach Doris Schukin. Hamlin is well known for a legacy of success at Briarcliff that stretched across years of players and includes Class B, State and Federation titles.

Hamlin knows what it takes to create a winning environment for young athletes. In additon to his duties as a varisty head coach Don has coached 10U and other young, developmental AAU teams for the NY Pride. He inherits an experienced squad at Brewster led by current junior Lauren Quattrocchi. Lauren is having a breakout AAU season playing for Pride ALDO during the 2011 campaign and has recruiting coming her way that points to a future on the college hardwood. Sister Devon just wrapped up a successful second season at Smith College.

According to a reliable source, prior to the confirmation of Hamlin, a Brewster teacher was in line for the job per union preferences. The teacher in question is to be applauded for his character as he stepped aside to benefit his school by making way for the more experienced Hamlin.

Image above: While NYPride.net awaits a new photo of Don Hamlin, above is an evocative image of the Pied Piper of Hamlin (no known relation). In school recruiting is a critical component of success and no basketball coach can afford to allow inroads to be made into the pool of available tall female athletes at a particuoar school, especially those that play basketball throughout the lower levels.


Christa Scognamiglio Commits to Fairfield

The Pride is proud of Christa Scognamiglio. The Pearl River junior capped off ayear that saw her named Rockland County Player of the Year and a trip to the County Center Class A championship with a verbal committment to MAAC Fairfield on Tuesday, May 24th. The program pulled off a 17-13 season in 2010/2011, the fourth for head coach Joe Frager.

The Stags play energetic defense and ended their season with a loss to Siena in the MAAC quarterfinals, but held their opponent to only 33 points in the 37-33 contest. The offense will get a needed boost with Scognamiglio joining fellow Rockland standout Felicia DeCruz (Albertus Magnus) in the back-court.

 


Pride Focus on Lakeland's Matt Tartaglia, Work Ethic Second to None

When Lakeland's Matt Tartaglia arrived for training on Monday, May 23rd, he sent a message about his self-discipline in the midst of the usual intense Aldo session at Club Fit, Jefferson Valley. Tartaglia was fresh off a weekend of four games that saw him lead his Pride 16U boys to the finals at the Hooperstown event that brought out talent from the Riverside Hawks and Long Island Lightning in the DI-DII category. After throwing his body around for two days Tartaglia had every reason to take a day off.

Matt spent exactly zero minutes on the bench over the weekend, playing every minute of all four games while handling the ball, breaking the press, and scoring. Tartaglia's success at the high school game is the residue of discipline and a work ethic second to none. With all the tournaments that took place over the weekend, no athlete could be questioned for begging off due to dead legs. Not Matt Tartaglia. He brought every bit of the energy and focus remaining in his body to a session that only inlcuded two other banged-up die-hards, a third of the usual group.

Click here for an article naming Matt as leading scorer in a win over Ketcham. Here is a Twix page with a compilation of article links for Matt. Matt's cousin Kelsey Morehead (Pinewood) will be attending and playing basketball at Tufts this fall. Matt will be a credit to any college program with a coach looking for a guard that raises the bar in terms of talent and work ethic.


Photo above: Matt Tartaglia (Lakeland) at the free throw line following a technical foull; inset with trainer Aldo Redendo at Club Fit, Jefferson Valley.

Pride Team Notes


The Pride is proud of its young athletes. The 13U boys went 2-1 at the Hall of Fame Spring Classic over the weekend of May 15th. Wins included a 64-37 victory over Mass Elite and 53-25 over Indoor Action. The boys played hard but dropped a 49-43 contest to an AAU squad out of Mt. Vernon, New York.

The 13U boys were at it again during the weekend that followed. At the DIII Qualifier, held at Brewster Sports Center during the weekend of May 21st, the 13U boys went 4-0 with wins over Noreast Lightning, Brooklyn Aviators, LI Lightning, and Next Level AAU. It was a total team effort with everyone involved in the success of the unit.


NY Pride 6th Grade Girls = Winners at BSC; Joust Time For 16U


The Pride is proud of the 6th Grade girls! They won their first tournament April 2-3, 2011 at Brewster Sports Center. They won 3 out of 4 games in their second tournament, the Lady Knicks/WBA tournament May 14-15, 2011. They will be playing in 3 tournaments in June, 2011.

The 16U ALDO girls went 3-1 at the popular Poughkeepsie Joust event. A standout 55-43 win over a tough Boston Panthers team was the highlight of the tournament for the Pride ladies.


Newcomb Buzzer Beater = Joy Eruption

The 15U NY Pride sideline erupts in celebration as Molly Newcomb converts a pinpoint cross-court pass from sister Eilish into a buzzer-beating bucket. Moments like this never get old!

The Pride defeated a tough Connecticut Starters club, 43-42-- on this play-- in their first game at the Blue Chip College Showcase at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Connecticut


Pictured (L-R): Coach Aldo Redendo, Alexandra Kearney, Alex Brady, Coach Phil Sisca, Samantha Srinivasan, Caite Opfer, and Haley Ann Simpson.


NY Pride 13U Team Hits Stride at Rockland Rumble

Last year the NY Pride 12 and under girls team coached by Keith Amerson and Tim Weidenhamer were undersized and undermanned after losing their center after the team's first tournament. Despite the odds the team went on to complete a remarkable 26 - 0 season record. The team's success was based on a combination of excellent team speed, balanced scoring and an aggressive, smothering style defense that stifled opponents.

This year because of an overwhelming response to tryouts the team added several new, high -caliber players that bring an added dimension of height and strength. The team struggled through their first two tournaments going 3 - 5 while the team worked on meshing the new players and re-establishing their aggressive style of defense. The third weekend this year they hit their stride by going 4-0 at the Rockland Rumble despite playing "up" in the 14 and under bracket. The weekend included an exciting and tough 37 - 30 win over a taller and stronger Lady Knicks 14U team.

Last weekend they continued their winning ways by going 2-0 with two convincing wins at the Hooperstown Mother's Day Tournament.



Photo above: NY Pride 6th grade girls. On the bottom row, left to right, Jillian Maguffin, Katie Zampolin, Carly Fanelli, Teresa Marinaccio, Lauren Schmidt, and Natalie Alfieri. Top row, left to right, Coach Janet Marinaccio, Kristen Bringsjord, Amanda Skopetos, Sabrina Panarese, Megan Powers, Jackie Contento and Coach Cathie Skopetos.

Athletes Stuck With the Bill Following Injuries at Collegiate Level According to NY Times Article, Beware

In the interest of keeping it real and bringing information relating to the decision to play high school and college sports, the Pride has been digging into the issues relating to sports injuries and the treatment of athletes by the instituations they play for.

"Many students, whether athletes or not, have medical insurance through their parents. But these plans often exclude varsity sports injuries, limit out-of-state treatment or do not cover much of the bill. Some colleges buy secondary policies to fill the gaps, although even these plans have holes. And only players hurt badly enough to require extensive care can turn to the N.C.A.A. for coverage. Its catastrophic insurance carries a $75,000 deductible, which will increase to $90,000 next year."

The New York Times ran a piece back in 2009 entitled, "College Athletes Stuck WIth The Bill After Injuries" and you can click here to read the entire article. The bottom line goes like this. If you play DIII sports, assume you are not covered at all for any injury. If you think a full scholarship means the college will look after your medical needs, you may have to reconsider. Many schools are carrying the same excess coverage insurance (aka: BAD insurance that tries to avoid paying anyone a dime) that public high schools foist on their athletes.

No one is minding the store for your child. Click here for the policy of Old Dominion for an example of a D1 institution resorting to excess medical coverage.

"Old Dominion University’s athletic insurance covers usual and customary costs for such athletically related injuries once the student athlete/parent’s primary insurance coverage is completed."

When you find yourself having discussions with college coaches about potentially having your child take part in a program, include questions about medical coverage and the treatment of injured athletes. Then get something in writing, as many a coach on the D1 level has been known to infer that 'everything is taken care of'. Your child is in harm's way every time he or she steps on the court or field. Make sure they are protected with the best insurance you can afford.

The NCAA is aware of the problem, which has resulted in, from their report you can read here:

"This allowed a potential "gap" in insurance that could result in student-athletes incurring significant out-of-pocket expenses"

The result of the above is that colleges look to have parent's insurance pay for medical costs, while providing excess medical policies, notoriously slow-paying, to protect their bottom lines (keeping premiums down). In light of these realities, the quesitons that need to be posed include, 'who pays for medical costs incurred during injury events that are outside of my state or coverage network if the school is passing insurance for my child through to my policy?' and, 'can I expect timely reimbursement from the school's carrier for costs not covered by my carrier?' and finally, is their someone at the school that will handle these questions or is it up to me to sing for my insurance reimbursement supper on my own with the usual umpteen forms, delays, and stalling tactics insurance carriers use to drive off insureds with lesser intestinal fortitude?' Ask questions before your child commits to a school.


ESPN Article Focuses On Exploitation of Young Athletes

A recent ESPN piece you can read here focused on scam artists that surround young athletes and their loved ones. Men and women known as "street agents", hucksters, and those that promise to steer kids to D1 scholarships are the basketball versions of Brown and Jones, the alleged baseballl scammers featured in the ESPN article.

The bottom line remains simple: Be wary of those that make promises to you or your child that have any financial gain, payment or fee anywhere along the way. Check their backgrounds using simple and inexpensive tools such as an $18.95 Integrascan. Get a photocopy of the driver's license of your children's coaches, and at minimum the full name and home address of each and every person you bring into their lives as a role model, coach, mentor, tutor. If you discover a criminal past you can make an informed decision regarding the bad acts, convictions, that are part of that person's past and whether you wish to allow them in to be part of your child's life.


Source Reports Hudson Valley Standout Williams May Join Fiacco at Lafayette

A first-hand source has reported Hudson Valley standout Beatriz Williams (Byram Hills) is being recruited by Lafayette. If she were to attend the program there, two Hudson Valley standouts would be combined on the court for the Leopards. Danielle Fiacco (North Salem) completed a successful freshman season at Lafayette, averaging 6.6 PPG and 8.0 RPG. Williams would join highly touted guard recruit Maggie Peabody (Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville, KY) in the back court. Click here for the official Leopards site to stay posted.



Pridemom Elaine Heyda featured in, "Mom in the Stands" at Journal News online

Every American is seemingly in search for their '15 minutes of fame' as first postulated by Andy Warhol. On April 14, 2011 Pridemom Elaine Heyda, the mother of the Pride player with the longest run of any athlete...aka Kasey Heyda... got hers. You can click here to read the article that includes the following exchange:

Q. Did she play AAU basketball, too?

E.H.: Yes, from third to eighth grade with the Future Stars. Then in ninth grade, she went to the New York Pride.

Q. What is your proudest memory of her playing?

E.H.: Her freshman year, she scored 18 points against Ossining. She had a headline in The Journal News the next day that read, 'Heyda puts on a show.'

The Pride salutes Elaine for setting the example of the way all AAU parents ought to be—thank you for the mention—Kasey was a credit to the program. Mother and daughter can share their mutual headline status at the Journal News. In addition to being picked out of the crowd no doubt for her perfect comportment, Elaine has an extensive volunteer portfolio, including Booster Club Chairperson for Briarcliff High School.



Belleville Completes First Season, Looking for Players NOW for 2011/2012 Roster

Lindenwood University in Belleville, IL is currently looking for players to complete our 2011-2012 JV and Varsity rosters! This past season was the inaugural season of the women's basketball program at LU-Belleville. We are in the process of building a strong tradition of basketball excellence at Lindenwood University.

We are currently in the USCAA conference, which is an independent conference. In the future, we will be moving to the NAIA. We are looking for hard working players with great attitudes to join our program. We are very focused on attitude and character; we do not deal with negativity, poor work ethic, or lack of effort. Additionally, we are extremely focused on academics and we strongly believe that you are a student-athlete first. You must perform in the classroom in order to perform on the court.

In order to be eligible for an athletic and academic scholarships (talent scholarships) you will need to complete the following:

(1) Fill out an application for admission on our website at belleville.lindenwood.edu (or print it and mail it to the address below).

(2) Have your official transcripts sent to my attention at the address below.

(3) Add our code 002480 to the FAFSA form.

You can find out additional information about Lindenwood University-Belleville, including the academic and athletic programs offered, on our website http://belleville.lindenwood.edu/

We look forward to learning more about you and receiving your information. Please let me know if you would like to schedule a campus visit by emailing me at aewing@lindenwood.edu.




NY Pride SISCA 15U Girls at CT Storm Mother's Day Classic

15U NY Pride SISCA capped off a successful weekend with a bang in a 50-18 defeat of the Connecticut Storm in their annual tourney, the Mother's Day Classic. Horace Greeley's Samantha Srinivasan led all scorers with 13 points, and an inspiring all-around performance that included 5 steals, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks. John Jay's Sasha Puglisi dazzled the crowd, capping her 10-point effort with a flamboyant reverse lay-up. Hackley's Stefanie Frolo and John Jay's Molly Newcomb --with 7 points each-- combined with Somers' Caite Opfer to provide a dominating presence on the defensive boards, swatting away numerous futile shot attempts from the opposition.

Harrison's Paige Brabant, and Montfort Academy's Alex Brady hit from long-range, chipping in 5 points apiece. Briarcliff's Haley Ann Simpson and Montfort's Alexandra Kearney contributed valuable minutes with their poised ballhandling skills, and smothering defensive efforts.

It was Paige Brabant's 14-point effort in the opening game of the tournament, that led the charge for Pride teamSisca in their 48-44 victory over the Connecticut Breeze. Caite Opfer and Sasha Puglisi had 8 points apiece, and Alex Brady hit for 6 more.
Stefanie Frolo swept the boards with 12 rebounds and chipped in with 6 points, while Samantha Srinivasan added a field goal and
ripped down 8 rebounds of her own. John Jay 8th-grader Eilish Newcomb rounded out the scoring with her high-arching 3-point bomb.

Sandwiched in-between was a tough loss to a very strong Connecticut Select team, and a heartbreaking 36-35 overtime defeat to a well-coached Connecticut Storm team. Pride teamSisca will join u16 teamAldo at the Hudson Valley Joust on May 21 and 22, looking to bring the same level of intensity that resulted in their strong finish at the MDC Tourney.



The 15U NY Pride Girls, pictured just prior to their resounding victory over the host Connecticut Storm in the Mother's Day Classic.
(L-R): Coach Phil Sisca, Alexandra Kearney, Samantha Srinivasan, Molly Newcomb, Alex Brady, Caitelyn Opfer, Paige Brabant, Stefanie Frolo, Sasha Puglisi, Eilish Newcomb, and Haley Ann Simpson.


NY Pride ALDO 16U Girls Run 2011 AAU Season Record to 10-2 at CT Storm Mother's Day Classic

Pride ALDO brought their 'A' game, going 3-1 in the process at this year's CT Storm Mother's Day Classic. Always a quality tournament, the event was held at Connecticut College Mitchell College, making it the 16th annual classic, again sold out.

The opening round matched Pride ALDO against the CT Starters Select team in a tight contest that ended on a late 3, the final a 45-44 loss. Chelsea Henderson (Yonkers High School) had an impact game, dropping in 13 points to lead all scorers except one. Click here to see Chelsea in action with her Pride and Yonkers HS teammates.
Lauren Quattrocchi (Brewster) is proving to be a capable second part of a sister act, following her sister Devon in Pride uniform. Lauren shared leading scorer status with teammate Chelsea, also firing her lethal jumper for 13 points, while notching 6 assists. Carmel's up-and-coming front-court presence Kelsey Zwarych hammered in 6 points while slapping the rock back in the other direction with 3 blocks and adding 8 rebounds.

Pride ALDO set off on a 3-game winning streak to make their presence known in northern Connecticut. The CT Storm went down 48-27 with pressure 'D' setting the tone. Another up-and-comer in Hudson Valley girls basketball, Somers' Victoria Scheffel blasted the competition with 12 points and 7 rebounds in the win.

Hackley standout Nia Yancopolous popped off with 8 points and 4 assists while handling the ball capably. Briana Rhett (New Rochelle) also added her take with another 8 spot while Mahopac's Cat Cazzari pitched in 8 points and was 4-4 from the freethrow line, on her way to an outstanding tournament with 9, 5, and 6 points in the following games.

Pride ALDO opened up with an 18-0 run over Team Mass, finishing things off with a 46-23 win. Somers' Marisa Gardineer, Brewster's Lauren Quattrocchi, and Hackley's Nia Yancopolous put on a shooting display, notching 12, 10, and 8 points respectively. Tori Scheffel continued sweeping the boards with 8 more rebounds and Briana Rhett was good for 6 assists.

The weekend was closed out with a defensive affair against the Connecticut Select 17's, a 29-28 win. Mary Miceli (New Rochelle) led all scorers with 7 points. The next stop for Pride ALDO is 25th annual tournament known as "The Joust", hosted by the Hudson Valley Knights in Poughkeepsie (note the change from the tournament page). Click here for more information on The Joust.

More on Chelsea Henderson—back on December 13, 2010 The Journal News reported on the "Game of the Day" and the player of the game was Chelsea. Click here for a link and below is the call-out:

Score of the day—Yonkers 55, Lincoln 52, OT: At Yonkers, Chelsea Henderson scored six of her 16 points in overtime to give the Bulldogs their first win of the season. Jessica Rabaa scored 21 points. With 10 seconds left in regulation, Donasia Farmer (14 points) came off of a pick and roll and hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game at 52 for the Lancers.

Video below: Chelsea Henderson in action with NY Pride and Yonkers HS.


Hudson Valley Sports Report Absorbed into MSGVarsity

The writer/publisher/cook and bottle-washer of the website Hudson Valley Sports Report Rich Thomaselli has reportedly been shopping his content around. By his own report he's found a taker. Hudsonvalleysportsreport.com will be absorbed into the MSGVaristy site and Thomaselli's site will be independent no longer. Here's a quote from his article announcing the deal (no link is provided because his site drops reports onto a default page instead of their own discrete links):

"But I’m certainly proud of what HVSR has become. If anything, I hope Hudson Valley Sports Report jolted a few butts into action in terms of local coverage. Because, frankly, all the local papers fell into their own little coverage niche with little to no competition, and that made them lazy."

In his piece Thomaselli refers to the large number of page hits at MSGVaristy.com, about ten times what his site experienced. We wish him well in his continued endeavors to cover regional sports with a gentle nudge of our own, since he seems into that kind of thing. MSG Varsity shuts out everyone that is not an Optimum subscriber, continuing a trend of closed content embraced by NYChoops.net, Rivals, and others. This has an obvious effect on cash flow, but serves to shut out the very readership, Hudson Valley residents, that put Hudson Valley Sports Report on the map ... unless they pony up. Since expanded readership is the reason for combining forces, opening up the content to a wider audience by increasing the availability of content would be a welcome change.


Pride Alum Tori Jarosz Reported to Exit Vanderbilt

The Pride learned about alum Tori Jarosz's exit plans before the Poughkeepsie Journal article yesterday as well as the LoHud spin-off of same. Tori was part of a powerhouse AAU squad that saw 9 of 10 players go on to play college ball, 3 of which received D1 scholarships. You can read the Poughkeepsie Journal piece here. The LoHud piece here adds a few tidbits. The bottom line is Marist, facing the impending exit of 6' 4" Kate Oliver, is poised to add Jarosz to the roster once she sits out the mandatory one-year NCAA period. The Pride wishes Tori well in her quest for playing time and in her educational goals.


Pride Alum Kim Hanlon Reported to Pick Stony Brook

The Pride is proud of training participant and Nike alum Kim Hanlon (White Plains) for her reported commitment to Stony Brook University. You can read the story here if you are a member. New coach Beth O'Boyle joined the program from Canisius and word on the street is that Kim was her first choice for a guard. Click here for Coach O'Boyle's bio page at the Seawolves site.

Beth O'Boyle is a great choice for Stony Brook, a program on the rise on the mens side. The men came one heartbreak away from their first NCAA birth this season in a loss to Boston University. O'Boyle helped Canisius to its best season in school history in 2008-09 and great things for the Seaswolves' womens program are expected. She has a speedy guard that can finish in Hanlon.



Pride Alum Christa Scognamiglio Named Rockland Player of the Year

The Pride congratulates alum Christa Scognamiglio (Pearl River) for being named Rockland basketball Player of the Year. Click here to read a feature story about the Pearl River junior.


All Section List Includes Pride Alum, Training Participants and Players

The Pride is proud of the hard-working young women that were named All Section for Section 1 basketball. Here is the entire list for the 2010/2011 season:

Christa Baccas, Suffern; Jackie Brett, Greeley; Saniya Chong, Ossining; Megan Curran, Tappan Zee; Felicia DaCruz, Albertus Magnus; Danielle DeStaso, Clarkstown North; Sabrina Diaz, Carmel; Jazmin Garcia, Peekskill; Marley Giddins, Irvington; Nicole Grossbard, Pearl River; Brittney Gullo, John Jay-EF; Margo Hackett, Pawling; Kasey Heyda, Briarcliff; Maia Hood, Alexander Hamilton; Brittany Horne, Carmel; Asia Jackson, Peekskill; Hayley Kanner, Scarsdale; Sade King, Mount Vernon; Raegan Knox, John JayBrittni Lai, Irvington; Nicole Lanteri, Arlington; Alexis Martins, Irvington; Lillian McCabe, Rye; Rachel McNair, Nyack; Liz Milner, Haldane; Carece Moore, Mount Vernon; Tasia Nolan, Peekskill; Lauren Quattrocchi, Brewster; Savina Reid, Briarcliff; Nicole Robinson, Ursuline; Christina Rupp, Ossining; Christa Scognamiglio, Pearl River; Caroline Spillane, Ursuline; Imani Tilford, Woodlands; Teneka Whittaker, Lourdes.


Training @ Club Fit, Jefferson Valley

Most afternoons you'll find Aldo Redendo on the hardwood training boys and girls, improving their ball-handling and shooting skills. Your child can be part of the action, all it takes is a call to Aldo on his cellphone 917-417-6563. You can also reach him via e-mail by clicking here.

Aldo stands at 6' 0" in stocking feet (his preferred mode of travel) but comes up looking like Spudd Webb when surrounded by 6' 4" Ray Tapio from Brewster (third from left dressed in black), 6' 6" Austin Brown (arm resting on Aldo's shoulder) and 6' 8" Max Parks. Max and Austin both play for Somers so say you heard it here first, look out for the Tuskers in 2011/2012 in Class A. In Celtics jersies, #5 is Will Gregson (Seven Bridges) and #20 is Jake Shild (Mahopac). Front row with basketball is Brandon Redendo, a student of the game with a burgeoning basketball IQ.



Photo below from girls training session (left to right): Megan , Samantha, Andra, Grace , and Kelsey


Newcomers training with Aldo:

Thiago Randazzo 6'5" from Kennedy
Max Parks 6'8" Somers
Ausin Brown 6 6" Somers
Alex Perlman 6 3" Lakeland
Michael Demello 5' 8" Kennedy
Matt Ryan 6 3" Iona Prep
John Seeher Somers
Matt Tartaglia 5 10" Lakeland
Matt Cy Panas
Eric Schneder 6 2" Lakeland
Raymond Tapio 6 4" Brewster
Ralph Watts 6 6 Albany State University
Brian Daniels 6 4" Briarcliff
Sticks Hunter 6 0" Peekskill
Kurt Stedl 6 5" Ridgefield


Pride 16U Girls Continue AAU Season at Blue Chip Sacred Heart

Price ALDO and Sisca, the 16U girls teams, took part in the Blue Chi basketball event at Sacred Heart University in Fairlfield, Connecticut during the weekend of April 23-24. Next stop: The Mother's Day Classic in New London, CT.

Pride ALDO went 4-1 at the event and both 16U teams did their thing in front of coaches from the following schools:

Blue Chip Basketball Pre-Season Challenge New England
College Coach Attendance

1. UMBC
2. Gordon College
3. LeMoyne College
4. SNHU
5. University of New Hampshire
6. University of Bridgeport
7. Assumption College
8. Johnson & Wales
9. Brandeis University
10. Pace University
11. Moravian College
12. CT College Prospects of America
13. Stonehill College
14. Bentley University
15. Amhurst
16. Rochester
17. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
18. Utica College
19. Connecticut College
20. Southern Connecticut
21. Suffolk
22. Mount Ida College
23. St. Michael's College
24. UVM
25. Wesleyan University
26. Quinnipiac University
27. Saint Rose
28. Holy Cross
29. Boston University
30. University of Hartford
31. Daniel Webster
32. Roger Williams
33. Western New England
34. Elins College
35. Union College
36. Loyola University
37. Siena College
38. Sacred Heart University


Pride 13U Boys Go Deep into D II Regional Qualifier

The Pride 13U boys played at the Long Island Garden in the Division II regional qualifier during the weekend of April 30-May 1. They made it to the semi-finals, dropping a game to the Blue Bombers 53-41 . Along the way the Pride defeated two Long Island Lightning teams and lost a heart-breaker to the Riverside Hawks by 1.Next stop: The Hall of Fame Classic in Springfield Mass.


Pride Kicks Off 2011 AAU Season With a Bang

Early results are in and word is that Pride Aldo and Pride Sisca went a combined 5-0 at the Future Stars event on Sunday, April 10. The showdown included a smackdown of Hoops Express 16U girls. The boys Pride 13U wrapped up three wins on April 9, including wins over Croton Harmon boys, Long Island Lightning, and the BC Eagles.

Image above: Top left to right.Neal Sullivan (scorebook)Players;Quari Alleyne,Mark Martin, Ryan Sullivan, Brandon Collins, Theo Courtsouros, Jeffrey Merchant, Prince Marsh, Ezekiel Dermasio, Qur'an Brickhouse, Kaelien Henderson and Coach Aldo Redendo. Bottom left to right.John Robles, Quinn Willman, Brandon Redendo and Brice Schreter.


Final NY State Basketball Rankings

Here is a good link for the final New York State girls varsity basketball rankings courtesty of the folks at Varsity 845. Section 1 placed as high as #15 in AA (Ossinning), #2 in A (Peekskill), #1 in B (Irvington), and #3 in C (Haldane).


College Hopefuls and More on the NAIA

Here is a good link to learn more about NAIA recruiting. It seems few athletes and their families in the Hudson Valley consider the NAIA route. This may be the result of geographic realities, 'name' school (aka bumper-sticker envy) or lack of awareness by local AAU and high school coaches. If your goal is to add the college basketball experience to your life, there are many schools to choose from in the NAIA.

"Overall, NAIA recruiting closely mirrors that of NCAA Divsion II. Recruiting, practice, and competition are governed by individual institutions and/or conference. Contact the recruiting school for more information or visit www.naia.org. "


College Hopefuls and AAU Eligibility, Article on AAU's Role

Questions sometimes arise regarding age/grade eligibility issues and AAU play. Click here to get a document that spells it all out for you for boys and here for girls.

Here is an interesting article out of USA Today that addresses various recruiting issues based on player experience.


College Hopefuls and the Recruiting Service

'Dingo Ate My Baby' may be a fictional band in Buffy the Vampire Slayer but if one replaces the "Dingo" with "recruiting service" and "Baby" with "my parents money" you'll have an accurate statement about many self-described 'recruiting services'. The sad reality is the AAU scene could use a Buffy ... to slay some of the vampires that are out there for a quick buck. They promise to get you in front of college coaches, push you to the front of the list, and so on. They want upwards of $5 grand for their no guarantee services. Say no to their pitches and they've been known to get nasty.

In the wild west of girls basketball recruiting Dan Olson came off as a decent human being during this writer's discussions with the man. You can see from this link that his business is built around selling information to college coaches, not soaking naive parents. In your contact database you should include scouting services. Legit ones will be thankful for the information and may come out and see you play at a team or individual showcase to flesh out their file. Illegitimate ones will try and hit you up for money, make lots of promises.

The bottom line is buyer beware.


College Hopefuls and the Contact Attack

Once you've assembled your contact database consisting of decision-maker e-mails save them to your address book. You're going to need this list going forward to send out 'Blind CC' (blind carbon copy) e-mails with your team tournament schedule, individual showcase participation, and news of note that points up your success as a scholar and/or an athlete. If you don't know how to use the BCC feature on your e-mail client ask someone or you can click here for Outlook Express users, here for Gmail users, and here for Mozilla Thunderbird users.

Coaches have a lot on their plate when it comes to recruiting. Yo want to make yourself the easiest player in the country to recruit and can accomplish that task by making sure a coach never needs to work hard to find out more about you. This writer recently had the chance to get feedback on the subject of academics with two former D1 coaches, one the legendary Vic Bubas of Duke (through an interview question provided for a recent television interview prior to the NCAA tournament). Both respondents stated unequivocally that academic success gets a player recruited and keeps them in school. Two guards of equal talent to choose from, guess which one gets offered?

With your contact database in hand (e-mail addresses) and a method to deploy them (BCC via your e-mail program) you are armed and ready to send out an e-mail for the following reasons:

  • —AAU tournament schedule
  • —Individual basketball showcase
  • —High Honor Roll
  • —Academic awards
  • —Volunteer Work in your Community
  • —Photos of you in action
  • —Notable performances in AAU and high school ball
  • —Any newspaper mention of you
  • —Athletic Awards
  • —As they say in New England, 'what have you?' (i..e, use your imagination)


College Hopefuls and NAIA Schools

The NAIA consists of schools in regions outside of the northeast primarily. Both NAIA Division 1 and 2 schools confer athletic scholarships and the NAIA has no restrictions on contact. Unlike the NCAA, NAIA coaches are allowed to contact prospective players at any time. You can click here to find the complete list of NAIA schools nationwide.

You should use the same approach described immediately below to build your contact database. Once again, be sure to fill out recruiting forms at the site for each school you visit.


College Hopefuls and Starting the Recruiting Process

A lot of unnecessary mystery seems to surround the college recruiting process. The first question that needs to be an answered is, 'where do I start?' We begin by answering with 'where you don't start.'

Working efficiently and expending a lot of energy are compared when it comes to team and indivdual success on the hardwood. The former beats the latter when combined with skill and talent. Putting all of your energy into attending team practices, training, and pouring on all the sweat one can muster is part of getting to be noticed and helping your AAU team win. Sure to make your coach happy but not an efficient way to ensure you get recruited. The latter is a form of job interview, and to succeed at that you need to complete a resume, listing all of your on and off the court attributes. And that means everything, especially academics. You'll then need to source out the relevent decision-makers aka coaches. Get your name in front of them and keep it there.

Here's one approach. Go to this page at the NCAA. Choose Division 1, 2, or 3 from the drop-down box and click on [RUN REPORT]. What you'll end up with is a list of each school in that division, with clickable links. Now comes the hard work (you didn't think this was going to be easy...?) Click on the link for each school you are interested in playing for and feel you have a shot at. Be honest with yourself, talk to your coaches, and be not afraid.

Once you get to a school's website you'll find a list of the coaches for each sport. Find the e-mail address for each. Sometimes it is listed on the roster page, other times it is in a phone/e-mail directory. Sometimes it is found on the bio page for a coach. You'll have to dig. Once you get what you are looking for, Windows users can [RIGHT CLICK] and choose [COPY E-MAIL ADDRESS]. Save this into a list for later use and be sure to save the e-mail address of the head coach, assistant coach, and director of recruiting for each school. Save the list of e-mails in a Notepad document, word processor, or in your e-mail program's address book for later use and check back for instructions on how to deploy your attack in the next segment above.

While you are at each school site, be sure to fill out the recruiting form using the link they will provide.

Image above: NCAA screenshot from the instructions in paragrah three [RUN REPORT].


College Hopefuls and Individual Showcase Events

The AAU team approach has its place in the college recruiting process and is often emphasized as 'the way to go' to the detriment of the individual player showcase. The latter events are NCAA sanctioned and a list of the girls events can be found by clicking here. Check back with the NCAA site for a listing of sanctioned boys events. Boys and girls events for summer 2011 will also be listed at a later date, as they become finalized.

Especially valuable recruiting opportunities exist in the individual showcases that are part of the July and October NCAA viewing period. While these showcases are 'invite only', every AAU coach has the ability to make a phone call and get a player an invite. As your AAU coach to do just that and be SURE to get out to a few individual showcases if your plans include playing college ball. Finally, do not let anyone tell you that sophomore year is 'too early' to do one of these events. It is the perfect time to experience the individual showcase, when there is little 'on the line' ... so you'll be a veteran the following year. Here is a partial list of individual showcases (including editorial/opinion material) at the Jim Martin Scouting page.


Gaitley to Coach Fordham

Former Monmouth, St. Joseph's, Richmond and LIU head coach Stephanie Gaitley has been announced as the new Head Coach at Fordham. Click here, here and here to read stories on the selection. Gaitley has been a winner everywhere she has been on the sideline, and then some. She leaves the Monmouth program in the kind of condition every AD desires: coming off an NIT bid and expected to be #1 in the NEC next season.

To this day Gaitley is the winningest coach in LIU women's basketball history. Gaitley served as the head coach at Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia for ten seasons from 1992 to 2001. She led the Hawks to five 20-win seasons and two Atlantic 10 Championships and garnered five NCAA Tournament bids. Gaitley is a member of the South Jersey and Ocean City High School Halls of Fame. She and her husband Frank have three sons.

"She has been a winner and has always had a conference-championship caliber team," Fordham athletic director Frank McLaughlin said in a statement. "Her outstanding coaching career makes a strong statement that Fordham is very serious about becoming one of the top women's basketball programs in the very competitive Atlantic 10 Conference."

Photo above from here: Coach Stephanie Gaitley works the sideline at Monmouth last season to a 23-10 overall (13-5 NEC) record.


Morehead, Pinewood Wins State Championship

The Pride says 'go west young man (or woman)' ... at least go west to Pinewood High School in Palo Alto, California and congratulate team Aldo alum Kelsey Morehead for her part in the 2010/2011 State Championship. Click here to read about the 71-52 win over Rincon on March 11, 2011. Kelsey knocked down two treys in that game.

Pinewood went on to defeat St. Bernard, 67-56 for the championship in NorCal's CIF State D-V league. Click here for an article that includes this rather nice quote about the Tufts bound senior:

"Point guard Kelsey Morehead ran the show beautifully in her usual 32 minutes of floor time. "

Photo above from here: Kelsey Morehead drops in the lefty layup during the win over Rincon on March 11th (left) and right hand for right pass in the win over St. Bernard on March 26th.


Sheridan Taylor Leads All Scorers, Peekskill Wins 1st State Championship

The Pride is proud of alum Sheridan Taylor, a newly minted State Basketball Champion in Section 1's Class A. Pride players and parents know Sheridan went about it the old-fashioned way. She paid her dues up and down the East Coast during last year's AAU season, setting the tone as the hardest-working member of Pride James and then some. What coaches never get from Taylor is a complaint. What they always get is 100% effort. The Peekskill senior led all scorers with 20 points in a 58-35 in the Class A final at Hudson Valley Community College over Averill Park. Click here to read the LoHud story on the game.

A first-ever Gold Ball, first ever State Championship ... and a bye in the first round of Federation play ... is all in the rearview for the Red Devils now. They play the winner of Friday's semifinal game between CHSAA champion Archbishop Molloy and the PSAL champs for the title Saturday, March 26th at 12:15 at the Times Union Center in Albany.

The LoHud piece had this quote from Sheridan: "It's the best thing ever," Taylor said. "It's the best way to complete my senior year."


Sheridan Taylor Rocks the House; Returns to Finish Gold Ball Job; Team Leading Scorer w/18 Points

The Pride is not the least bit surprised with the performance of alum Sheridan Taylor during Peekskill's thrilling come-from-behind Class A championship 62-54 win over Pearl River at the Westchester County Center on March 6, 2011. And while we are not here to quibble over MVP choices, everyone that attended the game knows two things are facts: 1) When Peekskill was fading in the first half, Sheridan never quit and led her team back while displaying her warrior spirit on the big stage; 2) Sheridan re-entered the game following a bad 4th quarter ankle sprain to gut it out and help the Red Devils finish the job. The results were a team championship, the coveted Gold Ball.

Click here for the NCNLocal story on the Class A championship game. From that article:

"Taylor kept the Red Devils afloat in the first half, netting eight of her team-high 18 points in the second quarter. Senior Kiana Letsinger contributed four points."

During his pep talk while Peekskill was trailing, coach Rodney Headley Jr. implored his athletes to pay back their parents' collective investment in time and money, aka AAU. In the win Headley out-coached Lorraine Moylan, the Pearl River sideline presence now adding a chapter to her legacy that includes bitterly dissappointing losses at the County Center. On 6 March Moylan's team held a commanding 16 point lead late and was benefited by a loud and large student body in support. None of those factors served to overcome the will of the Peekskill players including Garcia and Nolan and there was nary a sign of any adjustments in the Pearl River game plan. On this night second year coach Headley Jr. was by far the man with the magic words and the equally magic touch. And the kids clutching the Gold Ball at the end.

From the Regional Championship win article below:

The first quarter was a defensive contest as each team only scored three points apiece. Peekskill was able to tie it at the buzzer on a basket by Sheridan Taylor, whose hoop finished off a fast break off a Maine-Endwell miss.

"That's the style of game they play," Headley said. "They are hard-nosed defensive players and they get rebounds. It's the first time we got beat on rebounds in a long time. They play a low-scoring game and hope to be around at the end and they were. But we adapted and prevailed."

Peekskill added to their winning ways with a Regional Championship over Maine-Endwell. Click here for that story. Peekskill earned its first trip to the New York State Final Four with the 49-44 win over Maine-Endwell.

Photo above: The caption reads, "Peekskill's Sheridan Taylor (5) and Jazmin Garcia (13) celebrate their victory over Maine-Endwell in the girl's regional basketball championship at Mount St. Mary's College in Newburgh, March 11, 2011."


Smith Falls in NEWMAC Final; Quattrocchi Wraps Successful 2nd Campaign for Pioneers

The Pride is proud of alum and former Hudson Valley standout Devon Quattrocchi and her Smith Pioneers for their run to the NEWMAC championship game. The Pioneers saw an eight game winning streak snapped by favorite Babson in the title game that would have guaranteed a bid to the Division III NCAA Championship. Click here for the full story.

Quattrocchi logged 744 minutes (31.0 avg. per game) during the Pioneers' successful 17-11 campaign during the 2010/2011 season. In addition to holding down the #3 spot on the roster in minutes played, the sophomore amassed 22 starts, 69 assists (2nd on the team) and 169 points. The Smith program is on an upward trend since acquiring the services of Quattrocchi with back-to-back winning seasons (14-10 for 2009/2010; Devon put up 115 points and 35 assists as a freshman). Click here for stats for this season and here for last season.


Yancopoulas Leads Hackley to NYSAISAA Girls Basketball Championship Game

The Pride is proud of comeback player of the year PG Nia Yancopoulas. The Hackley junior led all scorers Thursday night in a 33-24 win over Trinity. The New York Post reported Yancopoulas' 15 point outburst, including four 3-pointers, in their story here. You can also pick it up at High School Sports dot net here. On March 4 the Hackley Hornets took on Dwight and St. Peter’s-bound guard Antonia Smith for the right to represent Class C in the final and came away with a 60-44 win. Smith pummelled No. 3 Immaculata with 30 points in the previous round prior to matching up against Hackley. Nia Yancopoulas learned her lock-down man defensive skills playing the Pride way and gladly loans them out to her Hackley head coach and the results were a trip to the final at 11 AM on Sunday, March 6th at the Fieldston School at 3901 Fieldston Road, Bronx, NY.

Photo above: Nia gets set to drain another three for the Pride.


Heschel Falls to Flatbush, Game Declared "Epic" by Jewish Hoops America

The Pride's Aldo Redendo wore a groove in the Taconic>Saw Mill>Henry Hudson>West End Avenue run this fall and winter as he headed south to coach his Heschel Heat boys varsity basketball squad. In addition to a bag of 'The Rock' emblazoned balls Redendo brought plans to convert the Heat from what one team parent described as "walk it up" basketball to an intense, man-with-help style that would transform the squad, and the experience of its athletes, in the season to come.

When word was passed down to the Yeshiva basketball doyens at Jewish Hoops America that there was a new coach in town the collective response was a combination yawn and derision, not to mention an expection that Aldo would be 'another one and out' at the Manhattan private school. Click here for their article following the Heschel-Flatbush playoff game to see how far things came after one season.

To their credit the Heschel athletes bought in. The boys made trips to Redendo's training gym at Club Fit in Jefferson Valley, literally matching their new coach's willingness to exit the comfort zone in search of an extra edge. On the night of March 2nd, 1609 Avenue J in Brooklyn was the center of NYC's Yeshiva basketball universe, the Joel Braverman High School to be exact as Hechel squared off against Flatbush in the first round of the playoffs.

With about 4 minutes remaining in the 4th Quarter Heschel took a one point lead, stunning the raucous home crowd. The atmosphere at Flatbush was what one would expect for a game of this magnitude. The gym is two stories below ground and a low, poured-concrete ceiling kept the noise in the room. And there was plenty of noise as Heschel fans made a strong showing, MSG's Mike Quick was there covering the action and the tense contest led to wave after wave of celebrations... and moans.

From the piece at Jewish Hoops America:

"So the Falcons took the court without Sam Mishaan and were ready for the heralded Heschel full court defense and that's exactly what they got from the opening tip. That defense contributed to an extremely low scoring first quarter as Flatbush took an 8-5 lead after one. In the 2nd stanza Heschel's defense created many turnovers..."

"With 6 minutes left the Falcon faithful were sweating and worried whether this would be it. They had promised Mishaan a win so his career wouldn’t end on the bench with a bunch of “what if’s”..."

"Kudos to the Heschel Heat on a great season and above all acting like the true gentlemen they are known to be. Coach Aldo took this team over in September and instilled a classiness second to none. "

Photo above: A glum Flatbush squad (right) watches their offense sputter as the scoreboard reads 30-30 with 6:14 remaining in the 4th Quarter. Heschel (in orange) would take its final lead at the 4 minute mark. Inset: Heschel fans have their hands in the air as David Yitzhari steps to the line to give Heschel a lead in the final quarter; fans spilled into and filled the viewing area above the court during the standing room only contest.


Briarcliff to Class B Finals

Pride AAU and Briarcliff coach Don Hamlin is the class of Section 1 and his teams experience success that leads to Gold Ball, State and Federation basketball championships. Coach Hamlin once again has his squad playing at the Westchester County Center and in the finals. If you are an Optimum subscriber you can watch the post-game interview with Don Hamlin here. His Briarcliff Bears knocked off Bronxville 53-32. You can catch a story on that game by clicking here. The win propels the Bears to the finals against Irvington on Saturday night, March 5th @ 7:00 PM. Savina Reid was awarded Con Ed Scholar Athlete of the Week and will be taking her sporting self to Carnegie Mellon to play soccer in the fall.


Celaj Barrage, Reid = Speed, + Heyda IDAK over Pawling by 20; Berry Good in Loss

Pride players and coaches ganged up on Pawling in a Class B quarterfinal and the result was a 20 point win on Wednesday, February 23rd. Kasey Heyda dominated the glass with 11 rebounds and in the scoring column, leading all scorers with 18 points. Brianna Celaj had her battery bring down the 'Celaj Barrage' after it had apparently been lifted while ammunition was restocked. Savina Reid nearly pulled off a post-season triple double with 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Last but by far not least, Pride and Briarcliff coach Don Hamlin did what he is accustomed to doing: lead his young athletes to post-season victories and another berth at the Westchester County Center.

Pride alum Carey Berry had a productive night on a tough night for her team with 19 points as Putnam Valley was whalloped by Irvington, 77-44.


Pride Players, Alum in Post Season Action

There were plenty of Pride players and alum in action in Section 1's post-season on Tuesday, February 22nd. Hackley's Nia Yancopoulas continued her comeback season with 12 points and handled the rock in her team's 51-39 win over Our Lady of Victory. Sheridan Taylor dropped in with 16 points during a 74-44 drubbing of Somers. Carmel's Brittany Horne ended a stellar high school career with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 59-55 loss to Mount Vernon.

Emily Alicea had 18 points as Lakeland dropped their contest to Albertus Magnus, 52-42. Margo Hackett scored 46 points in a double OT win over Croton Harmon Monday night during which the Pawling scorer went up against former Pride and Hawks teammate Aly Tuman.

The game of the post-season to date was Mt. Vernon's win over Carmel, 59-55. The game was played at Fischer Middle School in Carmel due to a leaking roof at Carmel High School and in the early going it was all Rams. Carmel built a 10 point lead off the fast break and every call, including a questionable 'T' against Mt. Vernon, went Carmel's way.

Country Center championship MVP Sade King, however, was never rattled and when you are the best '1' in the building, and have the best '5' on the floor in the form of D1-bound Luburida "Birdy" Gordon, there is no reason to panic. Carmel's backcourt had their way early and often but failed to get Georgetown-bound star and Pride alum Brittany Horne nearly enough touches. King, whose rep extends to Brooklyn's MC's and beyond, had no such problem and found her bigs time and again with the rock. Sade also made a reverse layup move that thrilled the crowd and showed what big time is by knocking down the late free throws, including the dagger that extended the lead to 59-55, the final margin.

Photo above: Mt. Vernon's Sade King shows ice in the veins, with the dagger free throw that extended the lead to 4 points with 11 seconds remaining.


Moschetta Bakes Beacon

Joining other Pride players and alum in the winner's circle is a player we've been following all season. And with good reason. The hard-working, unselfish guard knocked Beacon and Christina Dahl out of any thought of a run to the County Center. And Andi did it decisively by leading all scorers with a 19 point outburst, including two threes. The only bright spot for Beacon was the play of Brittany Romanelli. The senior led her team with 17 points to cap off a great season for a team she did everything she could to carry.


Knox Knocks out Scarsdale; Roman Wrecks 'Neck

John Jay head coach Greg Blake has his first signature win since taking the reins at the Cross River program and it's a big one. His Indians sent Luke Vaccaro's Scarsdale squad packing, terminating their post-season in a dramatic 44-42 win. Pride standout Raegan Knox led all scorers with 26 points, 10 from the free throw line, in a dominant performance that earned her team a trip to the post-season following the outbracket victory. Click here for the boxscore.

Blake and Knox head to Greeley on Friday, February 18th at 5:00 PM. There is no doubt coach and his top player will be ready. Another Pride alum stood out on the night of February 17th. The talented Sofia Roman led all scorers with a 16 point outburst that tipped a feisty Mamaroneck fanbase, along with their team, out of the 2010/2011 season. Roman did it all: nailed two treys, dropped in 6 from the freethrow line, and popped off four times from the field. She also dished so others could swish, including her sister Veronica, herself a standout scholar athlete. Click here for the boxscore.


Pride Players Finish Strong

Another Hudson Valley girls basketball season ended the way it began: With NY Pride AAU players making a difference for their high school squads. The number '14' figured into the mix as Brewster's Rori Stark and Lakeland's Courtney Stokes each dropped in fourteen points and led their teams in scoring in a loss to Carmel and a win over Hen Hud, respectively. Not to be outdone, hustle-meister Taylor Pompilio dropped in 10 more points for the Hornets in Lakeland's 45-33 win over Hen Hud.

Nia Yancopoulas (Hackley) continued her strong comeback season with a 13 point effort in a 46-37 win over Sacred Heart (CT). Pride alum Sofia Roman and Kim Hanlon had 18 points each for White Plains in a 68-48 loss to Mount Vernon. Another Pride alum, Christa Scognamiglio (Pearl River), had 27 points in what must have been a nailbiter of win, 79-26 over Suffern. The Pride salutes Harrison's Andi Moschetta for distributing the rock as her team won another testament to why schools need to put 'bus money' over all else in a 65-19 win for Harrison over Port Chester.

The Pride wishes all of the athletes the best as they head into the post-season.


Heschel Bests T.A. of Bergen, One Win Away From Postseason Berth

The Heschel Heat got hot again with a 47-32 road win over the Torah Academy of Bergen County on February 9th. The final regular season game for the Heat is a rematch against Hillel on February 16th at Heschel's West Side gym. In the last game between the teams Hillell came away with a 56-43 win. Hillel is currently ranked #8 nationally in the Jewish Hoops Top 25 while Heschel has dropped out of the 1-25 rankings.

Click here for a breakdown of the post-season situation as of last week.


Sweet 16 for Yancopoulas in 300th, More Pride Players Shine

The pride of the Pride Nia Yancopoulas (Hackley) netted 16 big points to help sweeten the 300th victory for Hackley coach Shelagh Amann in a 62-31 win over Dalton on February 11th. Two Pride favorites, Kasey Heyda (Briarcliff) and Andi Moschetta (Harrison) continued their double-digit ways with 18 and 13 points respectively in a 69-36 win for the Bears. No chairs went airborne in the loss but a few hands may have been thrown up in the loss according to sources.

A Pride fall team standout accounted for almost half her teams' output as Brewster junior Lauren Quattrocchi quietly went about her business and scored 13 in an important 34-29 win over Somers. Brewster faces Carmel in the season finale before AA playoffs begin. In an unrelated story, Yorktown dropped a tough OT loss 39-35 to Hen Hud. The Cornhuskers are still in pursuit of their first win of the season.


Celaj Barrage Continues + Heyda

The results from last night's games included an 84-26 win by Briarcliff over Sleepy Hollow. Bears' sophomore Brianna Celaj continued her fire support of her team by leading all scorers with 19 points. Kasey Heyda contributed 16 points and eight rebounds. As of February10, 2011 the Celaj Barrage grinds on with another double-digit scoring night for the young Pride player.


Knox 4th 2009 Pride ALDO Alum to Reach 1,000 as a Junior

The Pride is proud of Raegan Knox (John Jay Cross River) for reaching the 1,000 point milestone as a junior. She joins three other Pride ALDO alum from the the 2009 AAU 16U squad, Emily Tapio (Brewster), Christa Scognamiglio (Pearl River), and Margo Hackett (Pawling) in that category. That AAU club went 44-14 on the 2009 season.

Knox hit her 1,000th point in a 59-43 win over Brewster on February 8, 2011, scoring a season-high 34 points. Here's a quote from her coach Greg Blake (source: Journal News):

“I knew she was good and I hadn’t seen her play until (the beginning of the season),” he said, “but I learned that she plays hard and never quits. In my 39 years of coaching I’d say she’s definitely one of the top five competitors I’ve ever coached.”

Photo above: Raegan Knox elevates for the Pride on her way to two points.


Heschel Drops Heartbreaker to Undefeated Frisch, 45-42, Led with Under a Minute to Play; Heat Rated "Loudest Yeshiva Crowd in NYC" by Observers

"The orange clad Heschel Heat, 6-5 in YL play, but playing the best ball of the year... and a team no one wants to play in the playoffs. Heschel was ripe and ready for this game" Jewish Hoops America

(click here to read the in-depth piece at JHA on the the Heschel-Frisch game)

The Heschel Heat entered their February 7th matchup with undefeated and highly ranked Frisch decided underdogs and left with a loss that opened some eyes in Yeshiva basketball circles. No mean feat. Unable to hit the jumpshot all night, coach Aldo Redendo had the Heat playing a frenetic man with help 'D' that kept things close. Frisch threatened to pull away after amassing double-digit leads multiple times and held a ten point margin, 37-27, to start the fourth quarter.

Heschel made a furious run with some big-time play from Heat big man David Yitzhari. Timely threes brought the already loud home crowd to fever pitch and with under a minute to play Heschel held a one point lead and was poised to salt this one away from the free throw line. A miss on the front end of a one-and-one led to a fast-break basket and the lead changed hands for the final time as Frisch closed out a three point win.

Aldo commented after the game, "I'm so proud of these kid. They never give up, they fought hard. We will be ready for the playoffs."

Photos above top left, clockwise: The clock struck midnight at 8:44 PM as the front end of a one-and-one was released with Heschel holding its only lead of the game; the final scoreboard; Frisch led 37-27 to start the fourth quarter; Aldo Rednedo looks on as his Heat charges do their thing in front of an adoring and loud home crowd.


Pride Alum Carey Berrys Lakeland, Andi Handy in Loss

The Pride hasn't lost track of alum Carey Berry and with good reason. The Putnam Valley senior did her thing and proved a small forward can play big in the paint as she 'painted' Lakeland with 15 points during a 40-32 win on Tuesday, February 8th. Pride player Emily Alicea almost got the Hornets back into it with a steal and layup with about a mintue to go, cutting it to a four point game, but Put Valley hung on to win, improving their season record to 9-8. Alicea led Lakeland with 10 points as the Hornets fell to 8-7 on the season.

Speaking of seasons, the 2010/2011 season is one of parity in Hudson Valley girls basketball. Sources point to some outstanding players but almost every team in Section 1 can be beaten on any given night. Pride alum Andi Moschetta continued her Harrison rampage with another double-digit night, scoring 12 in a loss to Byram Hills, 61-41 on Tuesday the 8th.


Pride Union at Union

The Pride is proud of two alum now on the roster at Union College. Nora Swidler (Heschel) and Kelsey McDonald (Cornwall Central) are both playing for coach Mary Ellen Burt at the Schenectady, New York school. Union is 12-6 overall and 7-3 in Liberty League play on the 2010/2011 season.


February 7th Declared "Pride Double Figures" Night

Pride players were named all over the papers for their play on February 7, 2011. Aly Tuman (Croton Harmon) contributed 10 big ones but it wasn't enough to overcome a 38-34 loss to Sleepy Hollow. At Lakeland, Emily Alicea had 13 points and Courtney Stokes had 12 points in a 47-30 win over Hen Hud.

At Kennedy, Sheridan Taylor had 18 points for the Red Devils in a 62-37 win over Kennedy. At Pleasantville, Brianna Celaj and Kasey Heyda each had a dozen points in a 59-30 win over Pleasantville....and yes, the "Celaj Barrage" continues (click here to find out what a barrage sounds like). In fact, we hear Don Hamlin is so happy with his call to the supporting battery that has brought on stonk after stonk from Brittany Celaj, that the barrage may not be called off until a Golden orb and another Federation pelt is on the Briarcliff coach's already well-adorned belt.

More on the Celaj Barrage from the win over Sleepy Hollow in the Tarrytown Patch here:

Headline: Briarcliff Trounces Sleepy Hollow Behind Reid, Celaj

Hamlin, the longtime Bears coach, heaped lavish praise on Celaj (13 points), who has come into her own lately.

“Her performance was huge,” Hamlin explained. “She just gives us scoring when we’re searching. She really gives us an efficient scoring punch.”

And on another note...to the fans in AA—Sade King, known as "Little Sade" in Brooklyn for her flash and game, teamed up with the section's only true 5 Luburdia Gordon to put a beating on Scarsdale. The Mount Vernon point guard poured in 17 points while getting her big all lit up with 22 to lead all scorers. Word to all the wannabee PG's in the section: make your front court happy, make your team successful. Forget the "me" and be a leader of the "we" and see what happens. The Pride hopes the coaches in AA have enjoyed their regular seasons and will be down at the County Center to see what a team that plays 1 through 5 looks like.

Photo above from the North County News Online: The Celaj Barrage bringing its firepower to bear against another hapless defender as caught by the cameras of the North County News.


Heyda Hammers Ossining, Celaj Barrage Continues, Reid × 2

The Pride is proud of one its stalwarts, warrior priestess Kasey Heyda. The Briarcliff senior has traveled the east coast along the AAU circuit for years bringing 100% effort, intensity and enthusiasm to every game. This athlete never takes a game off and is the kind of team-mate that makes everyone else better and enjoy basketball more. Kasey returned from her national tour to remind Hudson Valley basketball aficionados why Briarcliff is where it is: her 19 points and 9 rebounds crushed the Bears' league rival and much larger AA school on February 4th, 65-62. Heyda put up the numbers and also showed her coolness in the big moments, providing the game-winning bucket with under two minutes left in the game.

Young gun Brianna Celaj continued her 'Celaj Barrage', joining Heyda in the double-digit scoring category with a baker's dozen13 points and matching her senior front-court mate with 9 rebounds of her own. The Reids shined in the game, 12 points for Briana and 9 plus 6 dimes for the other half of their sister act, Savina. The win puts Briarcliff in the driver's seat to hang another league championship banner in their house and again proves 'AA', 'B' and all that means nothing when small-school players play with heart and for a great coach like Don Hamlin (a Pride coach that dedicates untold hours grooming and teaching young players during the AAU season and is a winner on every level.)


More Moschetta in the News

The Pride continues to follow alum and athletes that have put in the hours training and it is never a surprise when sportswriters, college coaches and others in the sports realm sit up and take notice of the high acheivers that have made their work ethic known on the hardwood of Club Fit and beyond. Andi Moschetta (Harrison) is back at the forefront of sports in her high school and received additional coverage in the paper down there which you can read by clicking here. The sub-head from the piece in the Harrison Patch reads:

In her senior season Andrea Moschetta has battled adversity and hardship, but she has fought back and shown why she is one of the best athletes in Harrison High School.

Andi played on Pride JAMES and ALDO squads at AAU tournaments up and down the east coast and has spent hundreds of hours working her tail off training... so her success is no accident. We called out Andi for her willingness to stay the course for the love of her sports and are happy to do so again for this authentic competitor, a throwback to another era.

Photo above from the Harrison Patch, click here to see those and others: What used to be known as a 'sportsman' (or sportswoman') seems to be a bygone term as athletes focus all their energy on one sport to keep up with a virtual arms race created by the pursuit of college opportunities. Andi is a sportsman, seen here getting it done on the basketball court and the soccer field for the Harrison Huskies.


Redendo Helps Cement Heschel Place in Top 25

The Pride's Aldo Redendo is enourmously proud of his Heschel Heat 2010-2011 varsity squad. The team has secured a place in the latest Top 25 rankings from Jewish Hoops America and has come close to knocking off top-ranked teams. MTA is currently ranked #6 nationally and barely escaped the confines of the Heschel gym with a 39-38 OT win. Proving it was no fluke, Heschel had the ball and a chance to win at MTA's place before falling 41-39 on the road. Single digit losses to #5 Frisch speaks to the effort the Heat are putting in and word out of the Midtown Manhattan school is that the players are buying in to Aldo's intense style.

The results speak for themselves. Click here for the Heschel schedule. Click here for the Jewish Hoops America chat site where they take their Yeshiva basketball very, very...very seriously.

Photo above from Heschel here: The taskmaster with arms folded watches his charges carefully during the opening tipoff.


Pawling Crushed by Haldane, Hackett Not Crushed × 2,000; Knox, Scognamiglio in the News

The Pride is proud of alum Margo Hackett (Pawling) in her 6th season of playing varsity for dad and coach Jeff. Her team suffered a tough loss, 73-42 at the hands of Haldane. In the loss, Hackett tossed in 24 points and surpassed 2,000 points in her career, an impressive tally.

John Jay's Raegan Knox knocked in 27 points in a 62-30 win over hapless Yorktown. Despite great coaching, Yorktown has been unable to secure that first 'W' on the 2010/2011 season. Christa Scognamiglio (Pearl River) donated 18 points to another great coach, Lorraine Moylan, in Pearl River's 61-27 win over Spring Valley.


Hackley's Yancopoulas Steals 8, Call a Cop

The Pride noticed one of its favorite hustle-athletes Nia Yancopoulas (Hackley) for her performance in the Tarrytown school's 52-30 win over Fieldston. Nia handled the rock, swiped the rock and scored the rock to the tune of 9 points and 8 steals in the win.


MSG Varisty Picks Mt. Vernon Over Ossinning in AA Championship, Pride ALDO's Tapio, Knox, are Pre Season MSG All Star Picks

The folks at MSG Varsity picked Mt. Vernon before the season to repeat as champions in AA. With the season past the halfway mark, some question whether that pick will come through.

MSG also compiled its own list of AA All Stars and Pride ALDO players Emily Tapio (Brewster; first team All Star) and Raegan Knox (John Jay CR) made the list. Here is the breakdown you can read here:

Breaking it Down: Class AA Girls Hoops
By Kevin Devaney Jr. | Wednesday, December 15

CLASS AA

Defending Champion
Mount Vernon: The Knights were loaded with talent last season and seemed to get better every day on their way to their second straight title. The top player, Taylor Palmer, currently plays for West Virginia.

Preseason Favorite
Mount Vernon: A three-peat isn’t out of the question for Mount Vernon. But the team still has question marks. Sade King and Carece Moore both saw serious time last season, and 6-foot-4 sophomore Lubirdia Gordon is a matchup nightmare. Add in Donisha Watson, a 6-3 transfer om Murray Bergraum, and the potential for this team is unlimited.

Top Contenders
Ossining: Last year’s runner-up returns Section 1’s best player in sophomore Saniya Chong. But there’s so much youth and inexperience around here. Chong alone will enable Ossining to contend. But the development of the surrounding players, including three eighth-graders, will dictate how far the team goes.

Carmel: The Rams feature the area’s best post player in Brittany Horne, who has signed with Georgetown from a team that reached the Section 1 semifinals last season. Juniors Nikki Oliver and Sabrina Diaz are talented players who could put Carmel over the top.

Scarsdale: The Raiders have a terrific post player in Hayley Kanner. The versatile 6-foot-1 forward has “improved immensely” according to coach Luke Vaccaro. Again, the development of the supporting cast against the ultra-competitive league schedule will be a major factor.

Ursuline: The Koalas are always in the thick of things in Class AA and this season will be no different. Ursuline is deep and athletic.

Team on the Rise
North Rockland: Watch out for the Red Raiders. They return eight players from last season and are vastly improved from top to bottom. Alex Philbin, Fiona Pierre and Deanna Jones are all 5-foot-10 and are capable scorers and rebounders. North Rockland will fair well against their Rockland league schedule and could end up near the top of the Class AA seedings.

MSG VARSITY: PRESEASON ALL-STARS

First Team
Saniya Chong, 5-9, Soph., G, Ossining: Even with all the attention given to her by opposing defenses, Chong always finds ways to put the ball in the basket.

Lubirdia Gordon, 6-5, Soph., C, Mount Vernon: Still a work-in-progress, Gordon showed great mobility and toughness in the postseason last March. Look for an improved player this season.

Taneka Whittaker, 5-9, Sr., G, Lourdes: An outstanding shooter, Whittaker can handle anything an opposing defense throws at her thanks to her ability to score from anywhere on the floor.

Brittany Horne, 6-1 Sr., F, Carmel: The Georgetown-bound standout is an explosive talent. When she’s on her game, nobody is better.

Donisha Watson, 6-3, Sr., F, Mount Vernon: A transfer from Murray Burgtraum, Watson will make a major splash in Section 1, especially as the season progresses and she acclimates herself with her teammates.

(Injured but still an all-star)
Emily Tapio, 6-1, Sr., C, Brewster: Unfortunately, the Fordham-bound star suffered a torn ligament in her knee and is expected to miss the entire season. Still, no reason to keep her off the list.

Second team
Carece Moore, 6-7, Sr., G, Mount Vernon
Christa Baccas, 6-3, Sr., F, Suffern
Hayley Kanner, 6-1, Sr., F, Scarsdale
Raegan Knox, 5-6, Jr., G, John Jay
Sade King, 5-0, Jr., PG, Mount Vernon

Postseason Predictions
Final Four
Mount Vernon over Carmel
Ossining over Ursuline

Championship
Mount Vernon over Ossining


Cate Ruland, JJEF AA Aiming High

One John Jay East Fishkill parent (with another AAU club, not a Ruland) stated unequivocally at a basketball event in NYC that this year's Patriots had "state championship" potential. Following their convincing win over AA league rival Lourdes 48-39 on January 19th, perhaps that prognostication will come true. From the MaxPreps story here:

(January 19, 2011: Hopewell Junction, NY 12533) John Jay Patriots (Hopewell Junction, NY) backers were in high spirits Wednesday as they witnessed their basketball squad thwart the visiting Our Lady of Lourdes Warriors (Poughkeepsie, NY), 48-39 in a league bout.

With the win, John Jay upgrades its record to 8-3 on the season. The Patriots host Arlington (LaGrangeville, NY) to play the Admirals in a Section 1 Conference 1 - A bout on Friday, January 21. The Admirals go into the bout with a record of 11-1. Arlington won 47-30 in their recent league bout against Beacon (Beacon, NY)

Next up, the Warriors play the Poughkeepsie Pioneers (Poughkeepsie, NY) in a Section 1 Conference 1 - A bout, on Friday, January 21. Our Lady of Lourdes will attempt to upgrade on its 6-6 season record. The Pioneers go into the bout with a 7-4 record after their 67-45 league win over Ketcham (Wappingers Falls, NY).

The Pride's Cate Ruland (JJEF) had an excellent AAU season and has carried her game forward into the high school season, finding herself in the middle of JJEF's success over the last two seasons. Cate was described by Aldo Redendo as, "just smart, smart on a basketball court" and the senior guard added 11 points in a January 14th win over Poughkeepsie, 53-46, which you can read here. Ruland is bringing dishing and swishing to the Patriots and we suggest AA fans stay tuned as all the talk surrounds Ossinning, Mt. Vernon and company ... but there is a strong, well rounded team just to the north. College coaches can view Cate's profile at BeRecruited here.

The folks at HudsonValleySportsreport also got onto Cate's success, noting that she had a big part in defending Teneka Whittaker in the win over Lourdes here:

Admirals, Jay Set For Showdown—WICCOPEE – The John Jay High School girls’ basketball team got what it wanted – for Friday night’s game against Arlington to mean something. In this instance, it means a share of first place. Brittney Gullo had 19 points and seven rebounds, and the Patriots moved into sole possession of second place in Conference I, League A with a 48-39 win over Our Lady of Lourdes on Wednesday night. Jay hosts first-place Arlington, to whom it lost earlier this month, on Friday night. “Our defense was the key to tonight’s success,” John Jay coach Larry Brooks said. “Maggie (Gallagher) and Cate (Ruland) both switched up defensively on Teneka. She got her points, but she had to work for them.”

OLL star Teneka Whittaker had a game-high 19 points, but the Patriots were able to slow her down, particularly in the third quarter when the Warriors scored only two points. Gallagher had eight points and three assists, Ruland had nine points, but the big damage was done on the boards. Carlee Hirt (seven points) had nine rebounds, and Brittany Gregory and Calli Balfour had seven and 11 boards, respectively, off the bench.

Photo above: Cate getting it done for the JJEF Patriots.


Hard Work Paying Off for White Plains' Roman, Hanlon

The Journal News ran a nice story featuring Sofia Roman and Kim Hanlon of White Plains and their shooting prowess in a win on January 20th, 38-35 over Scarsdale. You can find it here and since their blogs scroll away without discrete links, some of that material from the girls basketball sportsdesk there:

Kim Hanlon’s straightaway 3 with 2:30 left was the difference for a White Plains team that entered in last place, without a win over a Class AA opponent all year.

Tigers guard Sofia Roman (10 points) showed a pretty pull-up jumper all day long that kept her team in it. Not many girls look as smooth as she did on that shot, and the junior could be dangerous going forward if she continues to develop it.

“I know that I’m a good shooter and I know I need to develop that part of my game a little more,” she said. “So I’ve been working a lot on jump shots and pullups because I know I’m short, so if I go against taller girls I know I’m going to get blocked. If I stop on a dime and pull up they won’t block me.”

The story behind the story is all about the thousands of reps these two have put in over the years training in gym's like Club Fit with trainer Aldo Redendo. Both played on the Pride Nike team in 2009 and took part in fall league action for the AAU club. The Pride is proud to see their work ethic pay off and an informed Pride smile may be breaking out, knowing the backstory of those sweet jumpshots that are currently being deployed to benefit the high school program at White Plains.

Some additional news on the above story and players. Click here for more on the Scarsdale vs. White Plains game. Here's MSG Varsity's take. Video excerpts of the girls' post-game interview can be found here. The win over Scarsdale aparently fueled another quality win for White Plains against New Rochelle on January 20th, 57-31. Pride alums and young athletes that logged untold hours training with Aldo and on their own, sisters Sofia and Veronica Roman, led the way over New Ro with 18 and 14 points, respectively, making them the most potent sister act in Section 1 basketball in years. You can read about that game here.

In his January 4, 2011 column at NYCHoops.net Joe Fenelon wrote here:

White Plains high school's Sofia Roman is one of the top underclassmen combo guards in Westchester, NY. Now the 5-foot-7 guard is looking for a place to play in college.

Photo above: Veronica (left) and Sofia (right) Roman doing their sister act in win against Scarsdale. Both are Frank Becera photos, Journal News, you can purchase or view here as well as others from the game.


Tapio, Horne, Pride Alum are 2011 McDonald's All American Nominees

The Pride is proud of Emily Tapio (Brewster; Fordham commit) and Brittany Horne (Carmel; Georgetown commit) for their nomination to the McDonald's All American Game for 2011. This year the game will be held in the United Center in Chicago . Click here for the full nominee list and here for more details.

The voting process for the McDonald’s All American Team next involves the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee is comprised of the nation’s most knowledgeable high school analysts, prep scouts, high school newspaper reporters and prestigious basketball coaches.


Knox Knocks Off Brewster

Pride ALDO player Raegan Knox continued her torrid scoring season and knocked off a depleted Brewster Bears lineup in OT, 55-51. Pride ALDO players and parents will never forget the 4 (yes, four) OT game at Blue Chip Richmond in April 2010 when Raegan cooly hit the game winner off an Emily Tapio screen at the buzzer to defeat an outstanding allstar team from northern New York. At that game there were about a dozen D1 coaches on hand including Fordham head coach Cathy Andruzzi.

Knox was at it again with 22 points in the win. Pride JAMES player Lynjesa Cox had a big night for Brewster with a double-double, scoring 12 points and adding 10 rebounds.


Pride Alum Andi Moschetta Stands Out, Stays the Course Impressively

The Pride is proud of alum Andi Moschetta as the Harrison senior had another productive night in her outstanding career. Andi led her team with 19 points for the Huskies in a loss to Rye on January 19th. Few players in the Hudson Valley have gotten it done, undaunted, with so little to work with as has Andi in her varsity career. An intense competitor, Andi would play one on 5, and also serve as the Sixth Man if need be and has weathered coaching changes and a program that has not built itself up with players around Andi during her tenure there. Andi is back in action after missing 6 games due to injury.

Click here for more on Andi, who received a nice mention in The Harrison Report:

One bright spot for Harrison, however, was the play of Andi Moschetta, who led the Huskies with 16 points.

Pride Players, Alum Play Standout Roles in Lakeland-PV Game

It might have been confused for "New York Pride" night as Lakeland tipped Putnam Valley 50-47 in double overtime. Current Pride players Taylor Pompilio, Emily Alicea, and Courtney Stokes got the job done for Lakeland while alum Carey Berry continues to deploy a combination of effort and character to play an important role in reviving the program at Putnam Valley.

Taylor showed her 'big-time' side by hitting the go-ahead free throw in 2 OT to get her Hornets over the finish line with a 'W'. Courtney Stokes led Lakeland with 13 points and Emily Alicea contributed 10 points while handling the rock. Taylor also had 8 points to go along with her game-winner while Carey Berry led all scorers with 18 points.

Celaj Continues Barrage, Carrying Briarcliff, Tuman Tops Tigers

The Pride continues to be pleased as punch at Briarcliff's Brianna Celaj as the rising sophomore pours in double-digit points night in and night out. Her latest exploits came with another Pride ALDO player on the floor during Briarcliff's 60-47 win over Croton Harmon on January 19th. Briarcliff needed a win badly and its senior-laden lineup saw underclassmen Celaj go off for 13 points in the win. Aly Tuman led the Tigers with 15 points to lead all scorers.

Pride 2010 AAU Player Lauren Knowles Getting in Done for Washingtonville

The Pride's Lauren Knowles (Washingtonville) is having a great season up in Section 9 and getting some coverage for her exploits. The Orange County Post provided the Wizards' senior some coverage in their Wedneday, January 12, 2011 edition.

Lauren is getting it done for Washingtonville and at last check leads the team in scoring and rebounds.

Pride ALDO Alum Christa Scognamiglio Joins 1,000 Club

The Pride is proud of ALDO alum Christa Scognamiglio (Pearl River) for reaching the 1,000 point plateau. She joins a bevy of Pride players that have hit the mark. Christa was part of a Pride ALDO squad that included Emily Tapio (Fordham bound), Margo Hackett (Pace bound) and Raegan Knox (John Jay CR).

Pride ALDO Guard Brianna Reid Featured

Brianna Reid (Briarcliff) joined her sister in the backcourt of Pride ALDO's 2010 AAU squad and brought court-sense and unlimited hustle to bear along with abundant athleticism. Brianna was featured in a recent Journal News article you can get by clicking here. The piece details Reid's four state championships (3 in soccer; 1 in basektball) along with other information about her high school sports career.

Young Pride Players in the News

Brianna Celaj traveled with Pride ALDO for the Blue Chip Division 1 college showcase at Fairleigh Dickinson when the backcourt Reid sisters were away. It was the first experience of play at this level for the Briarcliff player, now a sophomore, and although shorthanded (also missing Raegan Knox, at Empire States), the team competed in a top bracket. On the evening of January 5, Celaj taped into that experience as she dropped in her high school scoring high of 17 points in a 67-32 win over Westlake. Kasey Heyda also contributed to the win with 16 points while Savina Reid notched nine assists.

Another young Pride player, Victoria Scheffel (Somers) had a double-digit scoring night with 10 points in a 34-31 win over Mahopac.

Pride Players and Alum in the News; Heschel Notches Second Win of Week

Wednesday, January 5th was a busy day for Pride players and alum. Pride ALDO's Aly Tuman (Croton Harmon) stood strong and led her young team with 9 points in a loss to Ossinning. Another ALDO 2010 AAU teammate, Raegan Knox (John Jay CR) poured in 21 points in a 57-31 win over Yorktown. The Cornhuskers are reportedly missing Pride alums including Jenna Gambino and Ann Kelsey badly but great coaching is expected to carry the program forward.

Another popular Pride alum Carey Berry (Putnam Valley) had a big night and led her team with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Her double-double was part of a 48-31 win over Dover.

In the friendly confines of NYC Aldo led his Heschel Heat boys varsity to their second win of the week, and a 12-6 record overall. The program was scheduled for a rebuilding year by the doyens of Jewish Hoops America, a prognostication that appears to be way wide of the mark as the program's players are flourishing due to amazing work ethic and tenacious 'D'.

Image above is Jack Black, getting it done the same way Aldo's Heschel Heat has worked their way to a 12-6 season... Tenacious D.

Pride Aldo Players Kasey Heyda and Savina Reid to Appear on Varsity Online at 7:00 PM on January 6, 2011

One may be a budding college soccer star, and the other a budding TV and movie star, but both are PRIDE ALDO players from the 2010 AAU season (Heyda a 4 year player). We're talking about Briarcliff's Savina Reid and Kasey Heyda, both slated to appear on the LoHud Varsity Insider Chat online with host Jake Thomases. The host has tasked the Bears' sports stars to "...try to explain why Class B isn’t a one-horse race, and why we should still pay attention to their pursuit of a gold ball..." which is, 'frankly', an interesting premise. Click here to tune in and pose your questions for the athletes and the host.

Pride Alum Brittany Horne Reaches 1,000 + 1,000 Club

The Pride is proud of Team Aldo alum Britanny Horne (Carmel). The Georgetown-bound senior notched her 1,000th point in a December 30, 2010 win over New Rochelle, and 1,000 rebound in a 12/28/10 win over Mahopac. Horne was part of a 2008 PRIDE ALDO AAU squad that included no less than three eventual 1,000 point scorers, Tori Jarosz (Lakeland; Vanderbilt), Emily Tapio (Brewster; Fordham) and Horne.

Heat 3-3 in League Play, 9-6 overall

Aldo Redendo guided his Heschel Heat boy varsity basketball team to and from Baltimore and came away 9-6 overall on the young season. The Heat took part in the 2010 Florence & Joseph Weiner Basketball Tournament from December 8-12. Click here for details. Congrats to Heschel's Max Khagan and Zach Gaylis for making the Boys All-Tournament Team 1st and 2nd Team respectively. Get the tournament book here. Click here for the complete game schedule and results.

A rematch with MTA is set for Monday, December 20th at Yeshiva University HS for Boys:, 2540 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10033. Click here for directions (because we know you have to be there and get some Yeshiva basketball action for your fine self) and here for the entire Heschel Heat schedule.

Image above from the Beth Tfloh website, Aldo (at right) doing his thing in Baltimore with the Heschel Heat.

Kelsey Morehead (Pinewood) To Be a Jumbo at Tufts

Word just in from majordomo Bob that nimble guard Kelsey Morehead (Pinewood) will be in uniform at Tufts next season. In case some didn't get the memo, it's about getting a great education and doing what you love and have a gift for and the Pride is proud of Kelsey for her decision to attend and play at one of the finest universities in the United States.

The Pinewood High School senior traveled across the country to take part in college showcases with the 2010 Pride Aldo squad. A sense of humor keeps us going in this business and no doubt the diminutive, speedy star of one of Northern California's top teams will get a giggle out of being a Jumbo come the 2011/2012 season. Click here to check out Tufts University athletics.

Image at left above from MaxPreps, Kelsey Morehead pushes the rock for Pinewood; at right, Tufts Jumbos logo

Pre-Season Putnam Examiner Analysis Names Pride Players, Alum

Click here to read the pre-season girls basketball write-up in the Putnam Examiner, some quotes below with Pride players and alum in yellow:.

Lakeland: "Longtime head coach Steve Fallo will look to seniors Sara Oakes and Courtney Stokes to bridge the scoring gap."

Brewster: "Doris Shuckin returns one of the best players in the section in senior Emily Tapio. Tapio, another Fordham-bound stallion, was a double-double machine last season. She led the Bears (15-5) in every major statistical category. The diverse talent’s production is so potent that the digits nearly fall off the page — 19.2 points, 10.6 boards, and 4.9 dimes per game last season. Tapio, who plays for the NY Pride on the AAU circuit, can score the rock in a variety of ways. As a wing, she can bury shots from all over and pounds the boards with relentless hustle. A fourth team All-State selection last season, Tapio will look to drive the big Bear bus into the County Center."

and

"Great guard play should help and the Bears get that from Lauren Quattrocchi, Marisa Delzio and swingman Rory Stark, who are all flushed into bigger roles. Expect this trio to pound the ball inside to Tapio and take some of the scoring stress off her back by shouldering some of the scoring mantle."

Putnam Valley: "...opening the door for Wallach, who succeeded mightily at Lakeland before relinquishing control in the mid’90s. This is his first venture into the Section 1 girl’s scene, but he’s relishing being back on the sideline, knowing his veteran presence should calm the storm. Carrie Berry, Tori Ferraro, Dana Tatnell, Rachel Fitzgerald and Erin McCrudden are part of a pack of players who hope to see the program turn the corner after it forfeited the final portion of their season in support of the coach."

Carmel: "(Brittany) Horne, a walking double-double."

Kasey Heyda Sweet 16 in Win Over Rye + Nia is Back in the Black

The Pride is proud of Kasey Heyda. The Briarcliff workhorse proved that coaches can expect to pencil in points and rebounds ... and hustle ... every game for the senior forward. Kasey did her thing in the form of 16 points, carrying the load on the boards and doing all the physical work she expects of herself, in the Bears' win over Rye 62-46 on Tuesday, December 14th. Click here for MSG Varsity's pre-season write-up for Class B, which mentions Briarcliff as "loaded with senior talent..."

No one can keep Nia Yancopoulas down. The Hackley junior proved her resiliance once again while showing off her abundant talent as she handled the point and dropped in 11 points in a December 14th win, 62-33 over Dalton. Nia is one of the top guards in the Fairchester League and is expected to have a breakout season ... which appears to already be underway. Click here for links to scores.

Blake, Knox Slated to Lead Indians in 2010/2011

John Jay Cross River has a new coach with a lot of experience and a top scorer to lead them into the 2010/2011 season according to the article in the Bedford-Katonah Patch. Click here to read all the details.

Greg Blake is a well-established coach. Here's a quote from the article:

John Jay also has a solid coach in Blake, who brings with him 37 years of coaching to the Indians. Blake is no stranger to John Jay as he was the head boys coach at the school from 1988-96, which included making it to the sectional finals at the Westchester County Center in White Plains in '88.

Knox is no stranger to Section 1, and gets the following mention:

Knox can do it all for the Indians, who finished 10-9 and qualified for the sectionals a year ago. She is coming off a season where she averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and four steals per game.

And from Coach Blake:

"Raegan is going to be our go-to player," John Jay coach Greg Blake said. "She plays an all-around game," Blake said. "She can shoot, she can go to the hoop, she plays defense."

Pride Players Featured in John Jay vs. Lakeland Game

Pride players were on the court to begin the 2010/2011 high school season as John Jay CR squared off against Lakeland on Thursday, December 2nd (click here for the complete story in the Yoorktown Patch). John Jay's Raegan Knox had a big night, leading all scorers with 31 points, 25 of them coming in the second half. Raegan was also a remarkable 11-11 from the free throw line. Knox was quoted after the game:

"We are a young team and we have a new coach, so we were all really motivated to pull this out," Knox said. "We were just so pumped coming into it. When we were down, we knew we had to pick it up and we did. We are very excited that we won this game."

The game was close, with John Jay clinging to a 4 point lead with about a minute remaining. Pride players Courtney Stokes pitched in with 8 points and Taylor Pompilio added another 5. In her first game of the post-Jarosz era, the Pride's Emily Alicea had an outstanding game, pouring in 19 points to leader her team. Alicea also handled the PG duties as stated by her coach Steve Fallo:

"Emily is our point guard," Fallo said. "She is our leader on the floor. I expect Emily to have a terrific season. She will be the quarterback on our team and lead the way."

Yes...shiva! Heschel Over Moshe Aaron 37-29

The Heschel Heat made it two straight wins on November 29th with a defensive-minded effort over Moshe Aaron Yeshiva High School, 37-29. In the win the Heat saw the return of senior David Yitzhari who led all scorers with 15 points to go along with his 10 boards.

It was 'congrits' to Yitz and the Heat as they improved their season record to 4-3 (2-3 league).

Image above from the Heschel website, the 2010/2011 Heat squad.

NYGHoops Lists D1 Signees

Joe Fenelon gets around and he's seen most of the athletes listed as D1 commits play.

Click here for a link to his list from NYGHoops.com/NYCHoops.net. Here's Joe's list:

Bria Smith 5'9" G Christ the King HS - Virginia

Tehresa Coles 5'9" G Colonie HS - Siena

Stephany Leon 6'3" Northport HS - Delaware

Ashley Gomez 5'7" G Murry Bergtraum HS - Canisius

Antonia Smith 5'7"Dwight HS - St Peters College

Allysia Rohlehr 5'10" St John the Baptist - Albany

Rachel McNair 6'1" Blessed Sacrament NY - George Mason

Brianna Kiesel 5'7" Utica Proctor HS - Pittsburgh

Kamala Thompson St John's the Baptist HS - Dartmouth

Alexis Smith 5'9"st John the Baptist HS - Illinois U

Maddy Jankowski 5'9" St Mary's HS - St. Francis College

Tiffany Jones 6'3"Nazareth HS - Syracuse

Emily Tapio 6'1" Brewster HS - Fordham University

Mickey Imprelliseri 6'2" St Anthony's - Bucknell

Felicia DeCruz 5'8" Albertus Magnus HS - Fairfield University

Lillia McCabe 5'11" Rye HS - Davidson University

Liz Milner 5'11" Haldane HS - Fordham University

Karin Robinson 5'8" Mary Louis Academy HS - George Mason

Nia Oden 5'10" Christ the king HS - Illinois

Christa Baccas 6'3" P Suffern HS Buffalo University

Katie Roth 6'2" Maple Hill HS - Hartford University

Fordham Announces Recruitng Class

Head coach Cathy Andruzzi announced the incoming recruiting class for her Fordham Rams on November 22nd. Click here for the complete article. In what has become a trend in Division 1 basketball, recruiting focus is on athletes that stand 6' 0" and taller that also possess ballhandling skills and the ability to run the floor. Andruzzi said of the new class:

"This is the biggest and best recruiting class we have ever had! I am extremely pleased with the quality, versatility and depth of this class. Our forwards average over six-foot tall and they are complimented by a true point guard. With the graduation of six players we needed to have a strong recruiting class and we did."

Hudson Valley standout Liz Milner of Haldane joins fellow forwards Cody Sims (Saint Mary's College High School, Berkeley, California), Taylor Reif (Copley Senior High School, Copley, Ohio), and Olivia Suhr (Marion High School, Walworth, New York). Point Guard Kelly McGovern (Lincoln Way East High School in Frankfurt, Illinois) and Wing player Emily Tapio (Brewster) complete the class. From the article:

Tapio, a 6-0 forward from Brewster, New York, plays for Brewster High School, where she was a double-double threat as a junior, averaging 19.2 points and 10.6 rebounds a contest, while adding 4.9 assists per game. She helped Brewster to a 15-5 record last season, earning Fourth Team All-New York State for Class A. For AAU, Tapio is a member of the NY Pride.

"Emily is a versatile wing who can score, shoot and defend. She plays with great passion and enthusiasm and has a work ethic that is second to none. Emily is a great fit for our program," said Andruzzi.

Image above from the Fordham University website, the 2010/2011 squad.

Heschel Splits on Road

Aldo brought his Heschel Heat varsity into the week of November 21-22 with a Sunday night game vs. Frisch, followed by a contest vs. Loyola. Things started slowly vs. Frisch as the Heat found itself in a 16-0 hole. Despite out-scoring Frisch 41-37 the rest of the way the outcome was a loss for Heschel, 53-41.

A team meeting and pre-game shoot-around preceded the contst vs. Loyola and the outcome was a satisfying 53-40 road win. The win was keyed by defensive intensity, the calling-card of the 2010/2011 Heat and evened the season record at 3-3. Heschel plays their next game on the road at Moshe Aaron on November 29th.

Jesse Kavana Contributes at Skidmore

The Pride is proud of Skidmore guard Jesse Kavana (Mahopac) for her efforts during Skidmore's game against Oneonta. It wasn't long ago that Jesse was wrapping up an outstanding career at Mahopac, including reaching the lofty heights reserved for high school 1,000 Point Scorers.

In the 57-50 loss to Oneonta Kavana did some of everything, pitching in with a productive 16 mintues that included hitting the three, multiple assists, including pushing the ball in transition before kicking it to set up teammate Megan Gaugler for a three. Jesse also pulled down four boards, including an offensive rebound. Click here for the box score and here for the play-by-play. Lakeland's former star Kristin Pappalardo played well in the win for Oneonta, producing her first three college points and handling the ball during 18 minutes of floor time.

Quattrochhi Co-Scoring Leader for Smith vs. Westfield

The Pride is proud of alum Devon Quattrochhi (Brewster) for an outstanding game for the Smith Pioneers. Click here for the link to the full story on the seaon opening loss in OT to Westfield.

Smith's balanced scoring was led by three players scoring 11 points apiece: Quattrocchi, Rosa Drummond and BelBruno. Sydney Parkmond had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Devon added 2 points and 2 assists and a steal in the season opener, a win over Framingham State 59-40 on November 15th.

Benischek Shines in Opener

The only thing missing for the Pride's Sarah Benischek (Lakeland) from Merrimack's season opener against Bentley was a 'W'. The talented junior guard put together an excellent game while logging 40 minutes during the Warrior's loss to Bentley 79-65 in their opener on November 17, 2010.

Sarah contributed 15 points, making her co-leading scorer for her team. Just as importantly, Benischek pulled down 8 rebounds and was good for 8 assists, making for a near triple-double night. Click here for a game recap and here for a preview of their next game on November 19 vs. Slippery Rock.

A pair of three-pointers from co-captains Genn Roy (Granby, Mass.) and Benischek gave Merrimack an early 14-8 lead.

Midway through the first half, the Warriors owned a 21-17 edge on the scoreboard.

Benischek nailed a trey to tie the score at 31-31 with four minutes remaining in the opening half.

Photo above from Merrimack website game recap, Sarah Benischek in game vs. Bentley.

Allison Cleary Making Mark at Pace with Scoring and Minutes

The Pride's Allison Cleary (Cornwall Central) is in the midst of a great start to the 2010/2011 season for the Pace University Pacesetters. In the openg game of the season on November 12, 2010 Cleary notched 35 minutes of floor time and 8 points in a 67-53 over Bridgeport. Two assists and two steals rounded out a strong night for the sophomore guard. The following day Aly was good for another 8 points, plus 5 rebounds in 27 minutes of play during a 79-66 win over Queens College. Aly also collected 4 assists in that game.

Pace ran its record to 3-0 on the young season with a 67-59 win over St. Thomas Acquinas on November 18th. Aly Cleary contributed another 7 points, 4 rebounds and an assist during her 32 minutes on the floor. Another local standout Riley Harrington (Irvington) scored 7 points for STAC. Click here for a full story on the game.

Photo above from Pace University website, Allison Cleary.

Pride's Nora Swidler joins Suffern Standout at Union

The Pride's Nora Swidler (Heschel) is part of an outstanding freshman class at Union College where she is joined by Suffern's Kristin Schmidt. Union has a youth and height movement underway apparently with an abundance of six foot+ frosh, with Swidler the leader in that category at 6' 3". Star guard, senior Leah Pepe has more than enough targets to find with assist passes in the front court when she season begins on November 27th at St. John Fisher.

Photo above from Union College: "Prior to Union: Was named to the Yeshiva League All Star teams in both her junior and senior seasons for Abraham Joshua Heshel School...Was the team's MVP and also an all star for the RASGHA Tournament."

Putnam County Courier Shout Out

A Pride parent just reported some information that deserves a shout out to the Putnam County Courier staff. Apparently family members had, in their zeal to make certain their subscription to the weekly paper did not lapse, subscribed three times. Only one subscription is needed to enjoy the print edition as well as the online edition. Staff member Carol at the Courier picked up on the error, phoned the eager readers, and straightened it all out. And she only billed once, correctly assuming that was the proper thing to do. Then followed up diligently, in person.

The Pride salutes the Putnam County Courier for their 'throwback' touch of class. Many a paper, cable company, and what have you, would simply bill and bill and good luck, hope you notice it on your credit card statement. Personal, pre-emptive and courteous handling? Fahgettaboutit!

In addition to great customer service, the Putnam County Courier provides the best sports coverage for the county, bar none. Color photos, great copy (not to mention the Skip Pearlman captions) and reporters making the rounds enhances the sports experience for young athletes. Putnam County residents are glad Roger Ailes brought the longstanding paper back in print. Click here to visit their site and here to subscribe. While many papers are failing due to the inability to find a model for success, Mr. Ailes and the people at the Courier are going with the American Way: create something of value and ask a fair price for it. For only $5.00 you can add an online subscription to your print edition.

NY Empire State Games to End?

The long history of what was once a model program for amateur athletic competition for the nation is slated to end as the New York Empire State Games is pulling the plug. Website down, cancellation of the 2011 games announced internally in writing. The 33 year history of the games is apparently coming to a close due to budgetary shortfalls as New York State although there is word that efforts may be underway to save the 2011 event without reference to future Empire State Games. At mininmum, there is a cloud over the games that all lovers of sport hope will clear with firm and decisive leadership out of Albany. No, we are not joking.

The 2009 ESG event was cancelled due to budget cuts. And while a 2010 event was held, limited participation saw uneven competition in the girls basketball saw a Hudson Valley team come out on top against little in the way of resistance. Rochester was slated to hold the games in 2011.

CBS Gametracker

The best way to follow NCAA basketball games from all over the country live and in real time is Gametracker from CBSSports.com. You can also keep up with the complete scoreboard available by clicking here via the NCAA.

Gametracker allows viewers to watch the game unfold and click through various stat-laden screens. For fans of the game that love crunching numbers and appreciate its price of free, it's a link that should be active on your computer on a regular basis.

Image above left: A screenshot from CBS Gametracker.

NY Pride Supports Hoops For Heroes

The NY Pride supports Hoops for Heroes and just made our first donation to this great cause to celebrate Veterans Day 2010. You too can support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund by clicking here.

This worthy charity is using free throws to raise money for wounded veterans. The goal is to hit 1 million foul shots and as of November 11, 2010 they are halfway there. The men and women of the United States Armed Forces did there part. Now do yours. Click here to make YOUR donation. Gold Star mothers know what it is like to give up a child to protect your freedom. You'll be glad you gave too and supported Hoops For Heroes.

Every shot made shall serve as a reminder of the reverence due those who have honored us with their selfless service to this country. Every dollar raised shall serve to benefit those who now suffer for that sacrifice.

Signing Day Ceremony at BHS

Pride alum Emily Tapio (Brewster) signed a NLI to play at Fordham University on a full scholarship and took part in a ceremony held at Brewster High School on November 12th. Fordham opens its season against Elon and Stony Brook on November 11-12 at the Phoenix Classic in Elon, North Carolina.

Photo above left: Emily signs NLI while Brewster A.D. Lance Pliego (left) looks on; also in back row Head Coach Doris Schukin, mom and dad, and Aldo Redendo. Right: Having some fun during the interview by Eric Gross for local television.

Highland Loses Division 1 Prospect to Move

Varsity 845 is reporting on a story NYPride.net was aware of as of October 31st when Monasia Buldoc played her last game in the region in the Rose Classic semifinals. The article states:

Let’s start with the most shocking news which comes from two-time defending Class B champion Highland. Highland coach Jim Delmar said Tuesday that junior center Monasia Bolduc has moved to Hillsborough, North Carolina with her family.

But Bolduc did return to the Hudson Valley area recently to participate in an AAU tournament where she was getting looked at by Division I schools like Siena and Albany, but returned to North Carolina after the tournament.

Buldoc has D1 talent written all over her and has other attributes that cannot be taught: she is 100% coachable and one of the nicest, most respectful, not to mention hard-working young women you could meet. College coaches know they can reach her through her AAU club Triple Threat.

Hudson Valley Sports Report Details Section 9 Situation

Rich Thomaselli and his Hudson Valley Sports Report site broke the story (Poughkeepsie Journal then picked up on it although both are claiming the scoop), then today broke it all down in a new article about northern Section 1 teams defecting to Section 9:

The Poughkeepsie Journal reported Tuesday that the remaining Dutchess County schools decided not to apply to join Section Nine for the 2011-2012 school year.

In reality, those eight schools didn’t decide anything. It was decided for them.

Most readers are aware of the problems with Section 1 that caused Arlington, John Jay, Roy C. Ketcham, Our Lady of Lourdes, Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Dover and Pawling to consider re-deploying. From the Thomaselli piece on November 10th:

Because right now, Arlington, Jay, RCK, OLL, Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Pawling and Dover are the red-headed step-children of Section One, with no power at all, especially in football. But, for now, there will be no application to join Section Nine by the Nov. 30 deadline.

The bottom line is Section 1 will not be diminished by the exit of the above programs. At least not this year.

Heschel Sends a Message in OT Loss to MTA

Still down David Yitzhari, the Heschel Heat took the #4 team in the Top 25, the MTA Lions, to OT before falling 39-38. Yisrael Feld played well and was the Lions' leading scorer as expected. In his postgame report coach Redendo remarked on Feld's skills, athleticism, and demeanor, "the whole package". The story of the night for Heschel was the energy a short-handed team brought to the game as the Heat athletes continue to hone their man with help, pushing the ball in transition, the exact opposite of zone, walk it up halfcourt ball.

The gym was louder than the night before as Ben Fenster knocked in 19 points while Aaron Ladd created havoc in the passing lanes and played a second night of inspired man defense. With two minutes to play Heschel was up by 5 and had the last possession in overtime and a chance to win. The two teams match up again on 12/20/2010 at Yeshiva University High School for Boys at 2540 Amsterdam Avenue.

Back to back performances against top teams has the Heat buying in to the new system brought in by Redendo. At 2-2 the team is poised to go on a roll and make some noise in the post-season. The coaching staff, consists of head coach Aldo Redendo and assistant Abe Keita. Abe Keita played at St. Johns University and overseas before becoming part of the Heschel staff while Redendo has served as an AAU coach for over a decade and was an assistant at Trinity Catholic in Bridgeport, Connecticut last season.

Photo above: Assistant coach Abe Keita (St. Johns) during a timeout; #32 David Yitzhari listens intently.

Pride's Simpri, Hudson Valley Standouts on Red Dragons' Roster for 2010/2011

Still wearing her #32 from Brewster Bears days, Pride alum Vania Simpri (Brewster) is ready to take her game on the college hardwood. Simpri is part of an Oneonta squad that has three seniors, including former Lourdes standout Rebecca Bucci, and six freshman players.

Vania is joined on the squad by Kristin Pappalardo, former Lakeland star and one-time rival. Pearl River's Kelly Mulligan is also on the roster. The action starts at Skidmore in Saratoga Springs on November 19, 2010 in a 6:00 PM game to open the season.

Photo above from Oneonta website team picture; Vania Simpri at left.

Heschel Drops One to RTMA, 54-46

A new style of basketball is in the house at Heschel and with three games in the bank it is no "secret" that man with help is the approach for the Heat 2010/2011 campaign. A hard-working Heat squad minus David "Yitz" Yitzhak took RTMA deep into their November 8th game. The Heat players brought intensity to the court but were exposed to early tickey-tack foul calls that eventually took a toll, removing two top scorers from the floor. One of those top scorers was Ben Fenster who attacked the inside relentlessly and could not be stopped with the exception of foul calls. Aaron Ladd poured himself out on 'D' taking on the best player RTMA had to offer and the crowd loved it.

After building an early 9-3 lead in the opening minutes the teams played evenly and the score at halftime was 26-26. The Heat took a lead into the fourth quarter before seeing key players removed from the floor with five fouls. RTMA capitalized immediately, building an eight point margin that would be impossible to overcome. Heschel takes on #4 ranked MTA on November 9th.

Photo above: Heschel's #22 Ben Fenster attacked the interior of the RTMA defense, building a first half lead and getting to the line; Inset: The Heat held a 36-33 lead to begin the 4th quarter.

Saint James CYO Continues 3 Year Unbeaten Run

The theme this weekend seems to be multi-generation sports experiences and Brandon Redendo stepped up to do his part on Friday, November 5th at the Brewster Sports Center. His Saint James (Carmel) 6th Grade CYO team took home a 44-38 victory to continue their unbeaten streak into a third consecutive season. Further details on the game will be posted here shortly.

Pride alum Making It Happen in Volleyball and Soccer

The Pride is proud of two fantastic multi-sport athletes making it happen on the hardwood in volleyball and on the soccer field. In the two years she played NY Pride basketball Aly Tuman (Croton Harmon) held an overwhelming lead in an important category that is rarely found in stat lines and defies being quantified: the clutch shot. No player had more game tying or game winning baskets than Aly. Not even close. Tuman's clutch ways precede the Pride: she was known for the trait as a player on the Westchester Hawks Select teams she played on going back to 12U.

Tuman continued an outstanding soccer career during 2010. Click here for an article from the Tarrytown Patch:

If Croton-Harmon didn't have Aly Tuman on its team, Sleepy Hollow (1-1) very well could've walked away with a win in its Sept. 22 road contest.

Unfortunately for Sleepy Hollow, Tuman is indeed a member of the Tigers and she showed the Lady Horsemen just how great a scorer she is by tallying four goals in a 4-1 triumph for the host.

It does not take a lot of imagination to figure out that Aly is a chip off the old Tuman when it comes to multi-sport success. Dad Jim was inducted into the Wayne County Sport Hall of Fame in 2008, click here for the details. You'd never know from meeting Jim, like his daughter one of the most laid-back and down-to-earth people you'd want to meet, but we'll allow the folks from Wayne County, Pennsylvania to do the talking:

Any serious conversation about the greatest basketball players in Wayne County League history must begin with Jim Tuman. A 1979 graduate of Honesdale High School, Jim may well be the most dominant scorer in local hoops history. Tuman was a three year starter for the Hornets’ varsity basketball team under Hall of Fame Coach Tom Finan. A talented multi-sport athlete, Jim also excelled on the baseball diamond. In fact, Tuman was a Wayne County League all-star in both 1978 and ‘79. He hit a robust .438 as a junior in varsity action. Tuman went on to play collegiate hoops in the Ivy League at Princeton University. He received his Civil Engineering Degree in 1983 and went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration at Cornell University.

She's been in the news here a lot lately, but that can't be helped because this other Pride alum is also a multi-generation multi-sport athlete and she has been in the news everywhere in the northern tier of Section 1. Pride alum Margo Hackett, coached by Siena standout and alum, sister Jessica Hackett, was part of the Pawling Tigers Section 1, Class C championship victory on November 5, 2010. Click here for the Journal News article and here for the Poughkeepsie Journal article.

"Margo Hackett gave the Tigers the most trouble, making 21 of Pawling's 30 kills. She also had 12 digs."

"Gutting out a pair of close games before marching over No. 3 Croton-Harmon in the third, the top-seeded Pawling Tigers captured the Section 1 Class C championship for the first time in nearly a decade..."

Photo above from Poughkeepsie Journal online: Pawling celebrates the final kill and a Class C championship.

Emily Tapio, Pride alum Brittany Horne Named "New York Top 10 Players" by NYCHoops.net

The Pride is proud of two of its standouts, Emily Tapio (Brewster; Fordham commit) and Brittany Horne (Carmel; Georgetown commit) for being named in to the NYC Hoops Top Ten Players on November 3, 2010. Click here for the link at NYCHoops and Rivals.com.

7. Brittany Horne (6'1" Carmel HS) - Athletic forward with some ball handling skills, showed some range on her shoot this summer. Runs the floor well. (Georgetown Commit)

10. Emily Tapio- (6'1" W Brewster HS) - forward with athleticism and a strong build. Very effective down low and willing to scrap and mix it up. Has many guard skills that allow her to play on perimeter, can shoot from three point range. (Fordham Commit)

Image above: Screenshot from NYGHoops.com/NYCHoops.net article.

Jewish Hoops America Has Heschel at #8 Nationally, to Face #4 Tuesday

The folks at Jewish Hoops America released their Top 25 national basketball rankings on November 1st and the Heschel Heat came in a solid #8 with 203 votes. The #1 team in the country is YULA, out of Los Angeles.

On the strength of titles in early-season tournaments, the YULA Panthers and HAFTR Hawks have taken the top two spots in Jewish Hoops America's first National Top 25 poll of 2010-2011.

YULA swept through the Cooper Invitational Tournament, with an overtime win over #3 Flatbush in the semifinals and a 9-point win over #4 MTA in the final behind junior center Jack Gindi's 35 points.

On Monday, November 9th Heschel takes on the MTA Lions, ranked #4 in the poll. MTA is the highest ranked team Heschel will face in the regular season and has a 1,000 point scorer on its roster, Yisrael Feld. Feld was named to Jewish Hoops America National First Team as a junior in 2009-10 and was named National Sophomore of the Year in 2008.

Photo above from Jewish Hoops America: MTA's Captain and star player Yisrael Feld awaits Heschel on November 9th.

Aldo Redendo and Ashton Kutcher: Two Men Getting Into Jewish Hoops

Word quickly spread that Demi Moore's husband Ashton Kutcher attended a game played by the Israeli National team in Shoam, Israel. Click here for the details. At about the same time the Pride's Aldo Redendo was getting hired to coach at Heschel. Is there a connection between Ashton Kutcher and Aldo, besides the looks department? Who knows. Kutcher did tweet this from courtside:

“Watching the Israel national team beat up Latvia in bball. Kind of surreal.”

Photo above: Ashton Kutcher courtside in Israel from the www.celebrity-gossip.net site.

Heschel Heat to 2-0, Beat Kushner 52-37, Team a Bright Spot in Year 5771

What was a tie game at halftime became a 15 point win for the Heschel Heat on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Head coach Aldo Redendo reported the score and provided some standout stats for the Heat, which was playing short-handed without David "Yitz" Yitzhari. It has been nothing but mazel tov (good luck) so far on the young 2010/2011 season for the NYC private school program.

The entire 12-man roster contributed to the win. Mani Schlisser had a monster night, doing his best Dwayne Wade (also plays for a team called the Heat) on the way to dropping in 20 points and earning a spot on Charles' Fave Five. Aaron Ladds added 15 points while Big Ben Fenster went double-double on Kushner. The Heat's next games are against Mesivta on 11/08 and Yeshiva on 11/09, back to back home games at Heschel High School's gym at 20 West End Avenue. You will find some Heschel updates by Isaac Benishai on Nachum Segal's blog here.

Nachum invites everyone to tune in every Tuesday morning at 7:20 a.m. for the JM in the AM Yeshiva League Sports Report, presented by Isaac Benishai. Find out the latest information and scores from the basketball and hockey leagues, as well as, other Jewish sports information from time to time. Isaac Benishai will be joining Nachum live at JM in the AM next week, spread the word!

Photo above: Isaac Benishai reporting the Yeshiva League Sports Report at the Nachum Segal online broadcast.

Pride Alum Margo Hackett to Pace on Full Scholarship+

Word in today that Pride alum Margo Hackett (Pawling) just verbaled to Pace University and accepted a full scholarship to play basketball at the high level D2 program. In addition, Hackett will have a fifth year at the school as a graduate assistant and plans to pursue a Master's Degree in Education and a career as a Special Education teacher.

Hackett joins another Pride alum, Aly Cleary (Cornwall Central) and Hudson Valley standout Brittany Shields (Haldane) as a Pacesetter. Her father and longtime coach Jeff Hackett summed it up, "We're proud of Margo. For all the girls that do this, getting an opportunity is the result of giving up all the trips to the beach, parties, to play basketball and work on their game. Pace is a perfect fit."

New York Post Tops in NYC Girls Basketball Coverage

The New York Post and reporter Marc Raimondi, a St. John's grad, cover the girls basketball scene in and around NYC more extensively than any other publication and sports writer. Click here to get a list of Raimondi's articles at the NY Post.

From Raimondi's bio page:

He (Marc) was previously a founding member of FiveBoroSports.com and worked as the associate sports editor and a staff writer at the TimesLedger Newspapers in Queens.

You can also catch Marc Raimondi's Blog here.

"Virtual Vanderbilt" Launched, New Tech Approach to Consuming Sports Product + AP Pre Season #24

Every Vanderbilt Commodores can now be enjoyed in a unique way using the "Virtual Vanderbilt" portal. The women's basketball edition can be accessed by clicking here. You can find out about the overall approach by clicking here.

From the site description:

The site includes videos, photographs and key bites of information designed for a variety of audiences to view at their leisure.

Vanderbilt begins the season ranked #24 in the pre season AP Poll. UConn is ranked #1.

AP Top 25 - Preseason
1. Connecticut (39)
2. Baylor (1)
3. Stanford
4. Tennessee
5. Xavier
6. Duke
7. Ohio State
8. Texas A&M
9. Kentucky
10. Oklahoma
11. West Virginia
12. Notre Dame
13. Georgetown
14. St. John's
15. North Carolina
16. UCLA
17. Texas
18. Florida State
19. Georgia
20. Iowa State
21. Maryland
22. Iowa
23. TCU
24. Vanderbilt
25. Michigan State

Others receiving votes: LSU 75, Georgia Tech 73, DAYTON 67, Gonzaga 64, DePaul 49, California 44, North Carolina State 28, Bowling Green 22, Nebraska 19, TEMPLE 15, Wisconsin-Green Bay 15, San Diego State 8, Wisconsin 8, USC 7, James Madison 5, Rutgers 4, Arkansas-Little Rock 3, Arizona State 2, Pittsburgh 2, Kansas 1, Miami (FL) 1, Penn State 1, Tulane 1


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Pride Tryouts = Strong Turnout

Pride director Aldo Redendo reported a strong turnout for this year's NY Pride AAU tryouts for both boy's and girl's teams. If you were unable to attend call Aldo at 917-417-6563 to check on any remaining openings. Otherwise, stay tuned, you'll be hearing from a Pride coach shortly.


Pace Exits D2 NCAA tournament in First Round to Franklin Pierce

The Setters came, they played, they exited with a first round loss to Franklin Pierce, 78-68. The Ravens built a lead as large as 21 points but the Setters never quit. Pace got within 7 with under 14 minutes remaining in the game.

Pride alum Aly Cleary (Cornwall Central) had a strong showing with 9 points, 3 assists and 2 steals. Fellow Pride alum Margo Hackett (Pawling) contributed 3 points in 21 minutes of play. Full story here. Box score here. Pace finished the season with a 20-9 record.


Morehead Shines as Tufts Falls to St. Thomas 50-47

Pride alum Kelsey Morehead (Pinewood) ended her freshman season on a high note in a hard-fought D3 Sweet 16 loss to St. Thomas on March 9th. The Jumbos clawed back into the game time and again after St. Thomas started off with an 8-0 lead.

Kelsey Morehead knocked in 9 points, all on made threes and all big. Kelsey started the Jumbos' scoring with a trey, cutting the lead to 8-3 early. With under 5 minutes to play Morehead capped of a 13-2 run with back-to-back threes to bring Tufts to within 3 at 44-41 with 4:41 remaining.

Full story here. Box score here.


Morehead, Tufts on the way to D III NCAA "Sweet 16"

Pride alum Kelsey Morehead (Pinewood) is having a breakout freshman season at Tufts. Along with her teammates the 5' 2" guard is Chicago-bound after a 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins on March 3rd. Read about that win here.

You can watch the game live here courtesy of the University of Chicago. Game time is 5:30 pm CST vs. St. Thomas (28-1). Read the full story of the win that propelled Tufts to the Sweet 16 here.

Morehead had an outstanding freshman regular season starting all 29 games and averaging 29.7 minutes per game. Kelsey nailed down 6.8 ppg and 2.4 apg to help her team on its quest for a D III national championship. Click here for season stats.

 

Image above: Pic fromTufts site of Kelsey Morehead in post-season action.


Pace, Cleary and Hackett invited to D II Dance

Two Pride alumni and the Pace University Pacesetters are heading to the D II NCAA tournament courtesy of an at-large bid. You can read about it here at the Pace site. The Pacesetters ran off a 20-8 record during the 2011/2012 season to get the attention of the selection committee. The Setters will face #5 Franklin Pierce at 8:30 pm on Friday night, March 9th.

Freshman Margo Hackett (Pawling) had a strong first season contributing 5.0 points per game, .8 assists per game and averaging just over 18 minutes. Junior Aly Cleary (Cornwall Central) averaged 6.5 ppg and 2 apg. Here are the stats for Pace.

Image above: Pics from Pace site, Margo Hackett (left) and Aly Cleary (right).


Pride Alum Christa Scognamiglio = Pearl River’s all-time leading scorer; Gold Ball Season Continues

The Pride is proud of alum Christa Scognamiglio (Pearl River) for a bevy of accomplishments during the 2011/2012 season. And it's not over yet for the Fairfield-bound senior as her team heads further into State and Federation action following a rousing winover Tappan Zee to grab this year's Class A Gold Ball.

On January 28, 2012 Christa nailed all-time leading scorer status at Pearl River. Read it here, including:

Christa Scognamiglio became Pearl River’s all-time leading scorer when she hit a layup with 4:39 left in the first quarter of Pearl River’s 63-29 home win over visiting Burke Catholic Saturday.

The record had been held by Denise McGuire, who graduated from Pearl River in 1980 with 1,476 varsity points. The timing of the record, though, came as shock to Scognamiglio. Going into the game, the senior forward, and the media, had been told by Pearl River coach Lorraine Moylan that she was 18 points away from breaking the record, when in fact she was only three.

“After I hit the shot, my teammates all came over and started hitting me on my stomach; I was really confused and didn’t understand,” Scognamiglio said. “But after I realized what happened, I was really relieved.”

Following heart-breaking defeats the past two years at the County Center, Christa, joined by younger sistger Marissa, took home the gold. Read about it here. The Rockland Patch has more, here, plus 25 photos.

As a side note, the 2009 Pride Aldo squad included two all-time leading scorers at their programs, Raegan Knox (John Jay CR) and Christa Scognamiglio, along with Emily Tapio, the first junior girl to reach 1,000 points at Brewster and on her way to the same goal prior to missing her entire senior season following an ACL injury.

Image above: Pic from MSG Varsity of Christa Scognamiglio (left) and her teammates as they celebrate the Gold Ball win over TZ.

Knox Notches All Time Leading Scorer Status at JJCR for Girls/Boys; Con Edison "Athlete of the Week"

If it bounced a basketball at John Jay (Cross River) High School it is now looking up at Pride alum Raegan Knox. The senior guard was featured in this piece by Chuck Slater. Ronald, Colin and Ragean logged hours in the gym at Club Fit training so forgive us if we find their combined success no accident. It's the result of hard work and a fine work ethic.

Knox was awarded Con Edision's Athlete of the Week award. Click here for the details. Raegan became the all-time leading scorer for girls basketball on January 12, 2012 after notching 1,278 points. Click here for the Bedford-Katonah Patch story. Raegan broke the John Jay all-time scoring record during Tuesday night’s 53-38 win over host Mahopac. Click here for a recap.

Greg Blake expressed a ton of confidence in Knox prior to heading to Peekskill for a sectional post season contest that would pit Raegan against Hofstr-bound Asia Jackson, playing on her rowdy home court. Knox and her team dispensed with Jackson, the Red Devils' home court edge, and their crowd in a 47-38 victory you can read about here.

Image above: Pic from the Bedford-Katonah Patch left to right, mom Donna Knox, Ragaen, and dad Ron Knox at center court.


Stark, Quattrocchi, Cox Finish Strong High School Careers at Brewster

Three Pride alum finished their senior seasons togther in style. Lauren Quattrochhi overcame an ankle injury to help her team past a game Yonkers squad in outbracket action, 60-37. Quattrocchi dropped in 11 points and added 8 assists. Click here for recaps of the round. Rori Stark added 8 points and also had 8 assists in the win.

Lynjesa Cox also had a strong season for Brewster following a year of building her game for the Gray NY Pride AAU squad.

Stark capped off her high school career in a first round loss against Albertus Magnus, 54-44. Stark was impressive nonetheless, leading all Brewster scorers with 13 points. Recaps here. Stark went at an undefeated Somers squad on Friday, January 6, 2012 with the same intense attitude she brought to every game. Here's a part of the Twitter feed from MSG for that game (another Pride alum is named, Brittany Dieso played for the Don Hamlin Pride 14U squad):

SOMERS, N.Y. – The Somers Tuskers came into their contest with Brewster undefeated at 7-0.

They left the game realizing there’s plenty of work to do if they’re going to be a playoff contender in Section 1 Class A.

Brewster’s suffocating defense forced Somers into 26 turnovers as the visiting Bears earned a 55-39 win on Friday night.

Bears senior forward Rori Stark finished with a game-high 18 points.

Brewster junior Brittany Deieso was all over Somers’ leading scorer Marisa Gardineer, holding her to just nine points. Gardineer, a senior, scored all of her points in the second half.

“She did a great job,” Delzio said of Deieso. “Brittany is a very intense player and she really shut [Gardineer] down.”

The Bears utilized a diamond-and-one defense and held Somers to just two points in the first quarter. They led 24-13 at halftime.

“We knew [Gardineer] was a great scorer and we just tried to make sure that we had somebody in front of her all the time,” Brewster coach Don Hamlin said. “Brittany did an awesome job defending her. When Brittany came out, Lauren Noce did a nice job on her.

Image above: LoHud pic of Rori Stark at the Kennedy tournament during December 2010.

Image above: MSG Varsity pic of two Pride alum in action, Marissa Gardineer of Somers and Lynjesa Cox of Brewster. Click here for the full story of Brewster's win over Somers.


Redendo Wraps Up First Season at Putnam Valley

Aldo Redendo finished his first year at the helm of the Putnam Valley Tigers girls basketball program with a successful rebuilding year. The Tigers started strong at 4-1 and positioned themselves with the 8th seed. Aldo worked with a young team that saw 8th graders getting significant minutes, overcoming an injury to an upperclassman starter during the Kennedy game. Things remained positive all year at the program that had been rocked with problems the season before.

Putnam Valley scored the first 8 points of the game but fell to Valhalla 31-24 in the first round of sectional play in Class B. Here is a link for recaps of the round, including:

Valhalla 31, Putnam Valley 24: In a Class B first round game at No. 8 Putnam Valley, Lucy Wedge had 10 points and Jade Fumarelli had seven points. Carey Berry scored 12 points for the Tigers. The No. 9 Vikings will play at No. 1 Irvington in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Image above: Aldo watches over his players prior to the opening tip of the Putnam Valley vs. Valhalla game on February 17, 2012. Inset: Two Trinity Catholic boys basketball assistants after the PV-Valhalla game; at left, Brian Scanlon.


Oneonta Wins SUNYAC Title

Pride and training alum were in the house when the Oneonta Red Dragons cut down the nets following their SUNYAC championship win over Buffalo State 50-41 on February 25th. Vania Simpri (Brewster) appeared in the game and Kristin Pappalardo (Lakeland) had ten points and 2 assists. The box score is here. A full game recap is here and includes:

Sophomore guard Kristin Pappalardo (Mahopac/Lakeland) was also named to the All-Tournament Team after registering 10 points in today's game after scoring 15 points last night in the semifinals along with grabbing a team high 10 rebounds.

The Red Dragons went on to lose in the first round of the D III NCAA tournament to King's College, 56-42. Story for that game is here.


Aldo Redendo Finishes Second Season at Heschel with Thriller, 52-50 Win over Browning

Aldo wrapped a second season at the helm of the Heschel Heat boys varsity program and wrapped it up in fine style. Fine means an exciting 52-50 win over Browning before an adoring ... and loud crowd in their home gym on West End Avenue. The game showcased the potential the team had all season as active defense and crisp execution was on hand for the senior-laden squad.

The most hands-on Athletic Director in all of NYC's private school sports Larry Rispoli was there to take care of business on senior night but his presence was anything but a one off. Larry is found on the sidelines, the gyms, and wherever there is Heat in action ... when he's not guiding the baseball program as head coach.

Following the game Aldo re-affirmed his intentions to return to Heschel for a third season.

Image above: The Heat troops gathered around Aldo and Abe during a second half timeout prior to an exciting 52-50 season ending win over Browning on February 13, 2012 (Pride photo).


Hackley Ends Dream Season 23-0 with Private High School School Ivy League Championship

The Pride is proud of alum Nia Yancopoulos (Hackley; Washington University commit) for her performance in a come from behind win over Poly Prep for the Ivy League crown. With the win Hackley ran the table, ending the first undefeated season in program history with a 23-0 record. You can read about it in the NY Post here, including the following quote:

With the score tied, Nia Yancopoulos shoveled a pass to the Hackley sophomore, who put up a 10-foot shot from the left side after Allie Coppola’s shot was blocked by Jacquie Kennedy on the right block. The ball hit off the left side of the rim, then off the right and finally dropped in after the buzzer sounded.

The game capped a remarkable comeback for Hackley and an even more stellar comback by Yancopoulos. Nia faced down injuries, back surgery, and a move to a new program with the force of her blue chip character ... and the results of untold hours of rehab, training with Aldo ... was the moment all players dream of at every level: to share in a championship run with their coaches and teammates.

Nia will be coaching a Pride 14U girls team with Sarah Benischek and plans to attend and play basketball for Washington University in St. Louis in the fall.

Image above: Pride photo of Nia Yancopoulos and her Ivy League hardware moments after the game ended vs. Poly Prep. The game was held at Fieldston School.

 

Video above: Pride video of the final 7 seconds of the Hackley vs. Poly Prep game at Fieldston on March 4, 2012.


Smth College takes ECAC Crown

Pride alum dropped in 7 points and notched 1 assist during 39 minutes of action as Smith College came from behind to win the first ECAC New England Championship in the school's history on Sunday, March 4th.

A complete article can be found here. Box score here. Devon Quattrochhi played an important part in Smith's 2011/2012 campaign, holding down 6th place in team scoring with 6.6 PPG here.

Image above: Smith College players celebrate at half court seconds after their comeback win over Keene State on the Owls' home cpourt.


Hackley Crushes Rye Country Day 46-33, Remains Undefeated

The undefeated Hackley squad went into the January 18th game against Rye Country Day with a mission: win. And keep RCD's Carolyn Binder from being the deciding factor. And make a statement. Chalk up Hackley as a success on all counts as well as for continuing to run the table on their undefeated 9-0 season.

Allie Coppola had a huge game, garnering 20 points and 13 rebounds. The Pride's Nia Yancopolous handled the ball and contributed 13 points. Click here for the story.

Image above: Three Hackley starters seen rooting on an AAU teammate at a local college game while unwinding in preparation for their game against Rye Country Day. Hackley pride was 'in the house'.


Fordham Defeats Massachusetts, 56-54, on Last Second Shot from Tapio

With under 2 seconds to go Emily Tapio called for the ball from junior point guard Arielle Collins and calmly deposited a game-winning basket at UMass in an A-10 Coference game on January 28, 2012. The game was also the Brewster freshman's career with with 12 points and 5 re3bounds. A full recap is here. Box score here. Tapio played 20 minutes, including down the stretch in the second half.

Tapio continued her trend of remaining cool under fire. With under 40 seconds remaining she hit both ends of a 1-and-1 to add to a 2 point lead for Fordham in a win over Stony Brook. ESPN Gamecase here.

From the Fordham site regular season recap:

2011-12: Made her Fordham debut at #11 Rutgers (12/8)...Scored four points including a pair of key foul shots with under a minute remaining at Stony Brook (12/11)...Scored six points on 3-of-3 shooting versus Coppin State (12/30)...Pulled down six rebounds at George Washington (1/7)...Netted 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting at La Salle while setting all time-marks in rebounds (7), minutes (26) and field goals (5) (1/11)...Posted a season-best 12 points (6-of-9 shooting) including the game-winning basket at Massachusetts (1/28)...Closed out the regular season with 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting against Saint Louis (2/26).

 

Video above: The local broadcast of the Fordham-UMass game. Umass hit a 3 with 8 seconds left to tie the game. Neither team had any timeouts.

 

Video above: Raw footage of the postgame press conference segment.


Even More Pride Alum in Action on the College Hardwood

Andrea Moschetta (Harrison; Springfield College) is paying her dues. Nothing new to this self-motivated young athlete. Many players have powerhouse high school teams to look back on as a driving force for their success and inspiration. It is the rare individual that is so dedicated to making it at the next level that they can build themselves as athletes and competitors in the face of a more challenging environment. Andi is this individual and nothing was going to stop this future Occupational Therapist from reaching her goal.

Andi is getting minutes for the 8-6 Pride and has contributed in 4 games. Just as importantly, Moschetta is the ultimate teammate and is committed for the long haul and will do what it takes to help Head Coach Naomi Graves in every way asked of her. Stay tuned.

Image above: Andi Moschetta, front row, #40, and left inset, after the Pride's 58-52 win over Skidmore on January 2, 2012.


More Pride Alum in Action on the College Hardwood

Jesse Kavana (Mahopac; Skidmore) is a young woman that exemplifies hard work and dedication as a high school athlete, an AAU standout, and in college. The Skidmore senior paid her dues at every level and experienced the success that comes from staying the course. At Mahopac Kavana was a 1,000 point scorer and was the back court star of a series of powerful Indians teams. Playing Pride AAU Jesse was the ultimate worker, relentless from the opening tip to the end no matter the score.

Jesse was quoted here following one of the many community service hours she and her team have donated to the Saratoga Springs community:

“We all look forward to working with these young players, because a lot of them come to camp in the summer and our games throughout the season. It is refreshing to know that we are making a difference in another's life. I remember being that age, and having an older player do the same thing for me,” said senior guard Jessie Kavana.

Jesse's committment on and off the hardwood brings the story full circle in this portion of what all signs point to a life and career filled with making a difference. After appearing in one game in 2009/2010 Jesse appeared in all 24 games and averaged 5.3 games off the bench last season and is now the proud owner of an impressivve stat line for her 2011/2012 Thoroughbreds. Appearing in all 10 games, Jesse is 16-18 from the free throw line, boasts a 33.3% shooting percentage from behind the arc, and is averaging 7.3 PPG. Toss in 18 assists and 13 steals on the young season while averaging 22.3 minutes per and you have an accomplished player with a winning formula.

Image above: Team pic from here; Jesse Kavana wears #24.


Pride Training and AAU Alum in Action on the High School Hardwood

The Pride is proud of Carmel's Kelsey Zwarych as she dropped the hammer on Brewster in a league win, 67-51 on January 12, 2011. Zwarych went up against former Pride 10U AAU coach Don Hamlin and thanked him for his Pride teaching and service the only way an athlete can, by showing their stuff. Hamlin and the Bears had no answer for Kelsey as she led her team to victory with a 17 point, 10 rebound outing that also saw the Carmel back-court provide an exemplary display of unselfish basketball that saw the guards lead in the assist category and the front court get the touches that lead to winning basketball.

She played on Pride AAU teams all over the East Coast, put in the hours training with Aldo at Club Fit (as did her brothers), and now Raegan Knox is the all time leading scorer at John Jay Cross River. You can read all about it here.

“I knew roughly what I needed, but I forgot about it during the game because the score was so close and I was more focused on getting the lead,” said Knox after the game.

Hackley senior Nia Yancopoulas is coming into her own and was an integral part of a 55-24 win over Dalton Thursday night. You can catch a write up of her 14 point, 6 steal outing here.

Somers Marissa Gardineer is the leading scorer for the Tuskers and is having a breakout season after taking part in the Pride ALDO squad during AAU last spring. Gardineer had 28 points, 12 rebounds, and eight steals and went 11 of 13 from the foul line, a typical outing, in a 55-47 win against Mahopac on January 12th. Click here for the write up and click through HighSchoolSports.net for more stats links.

Image above: From LoHud here, at left Raegan Knox knocks back one of her 1,289 points while helping the Indians and Coach Greg Blake knock off North Salem 63-52; at right Kelsey Zwarych uses her height and vision to make it happen.


Pride Alum in Action on the College Hardwood

Pride alum are active in the college game at a number of schools. Brittany Horne (Carmel; Georgetown) played on what was arguably the best Pride AAU squad assembled in recent years. The former Carmel standout has played some quality minutes for the currently #18 Hoyas. Vania SImpri (Brewster; Oneonta) is in her second year playing for the Red Dragons and is joined there by a new Hudson Valley front court player, Kaitlyn Ponesse 'K-Po' from Walkill. Vania had her season high of 8 points against SUNY Potsdam on December 6, 2011 and is averaging 3.3 PPG.

Aly Cleary (Cornwall Central; Pace University) continues to shine at Division II Pace in her third season for the Pacesetters. The junior guard has 73 points already for the 2011/2012 season, following a 159 point campaign. Margo Hackett (Pawling) is also getting minutes, averaging 13 per game and has pitched in 62 points to support former rival and Haldane Standout Brittany Shields and her 227 points on the season to date.

Cate Ruland (JJEF; Oswego) is getting on the floor at SUNY Oswego. The freshman has seen action in 9 games, logging 88 minutes for the 8-4 Lakers. Mount Saint Mary's Kasey Heyda (Briarcliff) has seen action in 9 games on the season to date, scoring a season high 4 points against St. Lawrence on November 19, 2011. Kelsey Morehead (Pinewood; Tufts) continues to be the freshman toast of the Jumbos. Kelsey has played in all 13 game, scored 97 points and most importantly for a PG, 37 assists for her 11-2 squad.

Emily Tapio (Brewster; Fordham) had a career best 11 points, 7 rebound, and 2 assist outing against La Salle in an A-10 conference game on January 11, 2012. After becoming eligible to play on 11-11-11, the former high school and Rose Classic standout wears #11 for the Rams and was also #11 in high school. Being named Fordham's "Player of the Game" by the WFUV broadcast crew did little to take the sting out of a tough 6 point loss that saw the freshman help bring the deficit to 6 with 31 seconds to play on an old-fashioned 3 point play.

Image above: Former AAU teammates Aly Cleary (at left) and Emily Tapio in action from their respective college sites.


Putnam Valley Up-Ends Dobbs Ferry 61-58

Pride-style basketball was on display on both ends of the floor as Putnam Valley outlasted favorite Dobbs Ferry 61-58 in the first round of the Croton-Harmon tournament. Box score here. Dobbs Ferry pressed from the outset and made a furious rush in the 4th quarter, outscoring Putnam Valley 23-12 in the period. They were reportedly aided by an unusual call by one of the referees, according to a person that was in attendence.

Carey Berry dropped in 22 points, adding to Erin McRudden's 18 and Natalie Gallo's 12 in the win. Click here for the scores and story including:

In the first round of the Croton-Harmon tournament, Carey Berry had 22 points and 12 rebounds to help guide the Tigers to their first 2-0 season start since 2004. Erin McCrudden added 18 points and four assists. Jeana Corradina led Dobbs Ferry with 16 points.

The LoHud blog (unlinkable due to their format) had this:

Putnam Valley 61, Dobbs Ferry 58: In the first round of the Croton-Harmon tournament, Carey Berry had 22 points and 12 rebounds to help guide the Tigers to their first 2-0 season start since 2004. Erin McCrudden added 18 points and four assists. Jeana Corradina led Dobbs Ferry with 16 points after the Eagles were down by 17 points with just four minutes remaining. Putnam Valley is now 2-0 for the first time since 2004. Putnam Valley will play the Haldane/Croton-Harmon winner on Saturday in the championship at 5:15 p.m. Dobbs Ferry will face the Haldane/Croton-Harmon loser on Saturday in the consolation at 1 p.m.

Image above: Coaches and Putnam Valley team lined up for the National Anthem.


The Sisterhood of the Travelling Scognamiglios, When Scognamiglios Attack Part II

Pride alum Christa Scognamiglio (Pearl River; Fairfield commit) teamed up with Raegan Knox (John Jay CR), Emily Tapio (Brewster; Fordham) and Margo Hackett (Pawling; Pace) for an AAU season in which the 5' 9" guard came to the fore. Fast forward 3+ years and Christa, with younger sister Marissa on board, knocked off Mount Vernon decisively, 71-57, in a display of speed at the "Queens of the Court" on December 10, 2011. Article here.

Over two years ago NYPride.net called out a talented Rockland athlete for her skill with:

Athletic talent runs deep in the Scognamiglio family, a fact made readily apparent on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. Congrats to Marissa Scognamiglio, younger sister of Christa, for her game-winning goal over arch rival Nanuet High School, 2-0.

Not surprisingly, now the whole world is in on the potential of Pride alum Christa Scognamiglio's younger sibling, even their local high school coach. This sister act has embarked on an exciting 2011/2012 season and has been featured here and here. More important than any stat line or game outcome, Christa and Marissa are dedicating this upcoming season to their 15-year-old brother Tommy. This young man has bone cancer on the run and is taking it on the Scogs way: with courage and tenacity.

Image above: Carol Dyer's photo from the December 11, 2011 issue of the Pearl River Patch; Christa is #24 in blue ; Marissa, #13, defends Mount Vernon's Sade King (Hampton commit) #11 as she looks to get the ball into the post to 6' 3" Lubirdia Gordon.


Mack Rosenberg and Alex Smith Rock the Booth at WFUV

Here at NYPride.net we pride ourselves on discovering new talent on the hardwood and the media surrounding the game. We brought you Christa Scognamiglio (Pearl Rivedr; Fairfield commit) and Joe Fenelon (NYCHoops.net; Scouts.com) among others and our readers are hereby placed on alert for two up-and-coming talents that currently grace the radio booth at WFUV 90.7 FM. Everyone in the know ... knows there is a Syracuse influence behind the reporting here ... but in all due respect there isn't a finer team coming out of Newhouse this side of the classes of 2012-2014 than Rosenberg and Smith.

Mack Rosenberg is the play-by-play man for Women's Basketball at Fordham University and covers the action with his color commentator Alex Smith. Click here to listen to their work, assisted by field production man John DeMarzo. The hallmark of a Rosenberg/Smith broadcast is an attribute that cannot be 'seen' through the speakers of your '68 Firebird ... or whatever you may be driving down the West Side as you tune the knob of your Delco radio to 90.7 FM. But it comes through loud and clear nonetheless.

These two are preparation and information freaks, as anyone knows that has observed their work at Rose Hill and gyms across the country east of the Mississsippi, whereever the Rams may travel. Macbooks loaded with stats, information streaming in real time, and notably, manila folders literally covered with hand-written notes, flowcharted and graphed at the ready. They pick the brains of coaches, alumni, fans, and have the man-on-the-street touch that connects with people and gets at facts.

In a recent sit down with Rosenberg and Smith NYPride.net confirmed their plans for futures in the broadcasting industry, a no-brainer ... but that's what we're all about here, facts, first hand. In addition to his duties as Women's Basketball pxp man, Rosenberg also serves as WFUV's beat reporter covering the Brooklyn Cyclones. Smith's coverage of Fordham football can be sampled here.

Image above: At left, NYPride.net photo of Alex Smith (left) and Mack Rosenberg (right) preparing for the Fordham-Rhode Island game at Rose Hill on January 14, 2011; at right, Mack Rosenberg does his thing as beat reporter covering the Brooklyn Cyclones for WFUV FM.


Putnam County Examiner Continues Local Sports Reporting Excellence

The regional sports coverage in the Putnam County Examiner is so enthusiastic, just being able to read the free paper may be some kind of subliminal test of ones athleticism—since it is sometimes stored on the bottom of the newspaper rack or floor—requiring the limberness needed to bend all the way down to pick up a copy. Squat... thrust!

Pick one up you should because every issue promises hard-hitting basketball coverage by Ray Gallagher and Kerry Barger at this time of year.

The December 6th issue of the Putnam Examiner broke down the girl's scene team by team. It's no accident that the Examiner's Barger focused the Putnam Valley preview on "pushing his team to incorporate man-to-man and help defense" as the success of this approach will make or break the Tiger's chances in 2011/2012. Next up for Putnam Valley: the Croton Harmon Tournament at Croton Harmon High School.

Image above: The Put Valley portion of the December 6th issue.


Cate Ruland Bringing Smarts to Bear at Oswego

During her time as a NY Pride AAU player Cate Ruland (JJEF) always stood out as a thinker on the court. Her basketball IQ was always evident and the 5' 2" guard was a regular contributor and assist-maker. Even at the D1 level few womens basketball guards are able to grasp the nuances of two-man basketball, and the pick-and-roll, the staple of NBA play is notably absent. Ruland grasps these concepts and executes. Crisp execution is her calling-card.

As a freshman at SUNY Oswego Ruland is carving out an increasingly important role for herself. Ruland appeared in six of the Lakers' none games, logging 14 and 17 minutes, respectively, in their last two games, vs. Fredonia State and Buffalo State. Next up for the 6-3 Lakers is Cazenovia on December 16th.

Image above: Cate Ruland from the Oswego Lakers' website.


Heyda in the Game for Mt. St. Mary's

Following a high school career as a scoring machine for Briarcliff and a long-running AAU career for the NY Pride, freshman Kasey Heyda is now contributing her talent to the womens basketball program at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, New York.

An education major, Heyda has appeared in six of the Knights ten games. The team is 9-1 on the new season and consists of a squad laden with veterans, a total of 9 upper-classmen. In his 32nd season, Heyda's coach J. Randall Ognibene is one of the most successful Division III basketball coaches of all time.

Image above: Kasey Heyda from the Mount's website.


Morehead Making an Immediate Impact at Tufts

Freshman Kelsey Morehead (Pinewood, Palo Alto) used to travel across the country to take part in East Coast AAU events for the Pride. The Tufts Jumbos are pleased the nimble point guard decided to 'come east' as the team ran off seven straight wins with a 74-35 win over Bridgewater State on December 10th. You can read the full story here, including:

The Jumbos were 5 for 12 from three-point range in the first half to help them to a 23-point lead at the break, 37-14. First-year Kelsey Morehead (Foster City, CA) converted on three of those three-pointers and had 11 points.

Morehead leads the team in minutes (275) and assists (26) on the season and is the #3 scorer. Complete stats here. Next stop for the Jumbos is the Maine Maritime Tournament starting on January 2nd.

Image above: Kelsey Morehead from the Tufts website.


Tapio Back in Action

Fordham Freshman Emily Tapio (Brewster) completed a long journey and made a difference, chipping in to help end the Rams' two-game losing streak with 41-37 Win over Stony Brook. Recovery from ACL surgery was followed by a bout with mono to delay the 6' 0"guard/forward's return to action. In 9 minutes of play in the win over Stony Brook Tapio garnered 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 4 points while entering in the second half to defend a rampaging Gerda Gatling who was on her way to taking over the game, leading the comeback for the Seawolves while grabbing a career high 13 rebounds.

The story at the Fordham website here included (and here):

Stony Brook used an 11-2 run to make it a two-point contest, 35-33, with just over a minute remaining, until a foul on Dani Klupenger with 40 seconds left put Emily Tapio on the line for a one-in-one. Tapio calmly drilled both foul shots to give Fordham some breathing room.

Also in attendance at the game was Pride Nike alum and White Plains standout Kim Hanlon, signed to a full scholarship to play at Stony Brook. Next up for the 6-4 Rams in Winthrop on December 17th at Rose Hill in the Bronx.

Image above left to right: Arielle Collins, Liz Milner (Haldane), Taryn Durant and Emily Tapio (Brewster) following the Stony Brook game. Another Hudson Valley standout, Milner is having a strong start to her Fordham career.


Dedication, Hard Work and Heart, Nora Swidler in 2nd Season for Union College; Pride's Kelsey McDonald also in 2nd Season

Sophmore Nora Swidler (Heschel) has appeared in 4 of the 6 games played by the Union College Dutchwomen, currently at 3-3. The 6' 3" center is the tallest player on the squad and abundant quantities of the right stuff, including dedication, a love of the game and blue chip attitude are Swidler's calling-cards. Nora brought these qualities to her participation in NY Pride AAU. Pride aluum Kelsey McDonald (Cornwall) is also in her second season for Union following a successful high school career that included the Section 9 championship in each of her four seasons.

The 2010-11 Union Dutchwomen won 14 games and competed in the Liberty League Tournament. Their next game is on December 13th at Utica College.

Image above the 2011-2012 Union Dutchwomen squad; Nora Swidler is #13; Kelsey McDonald is #33.


Vania Simpri Making Impact at Oneonta; Named to 2011 SUNYAC All-Academic Team

Second year player Vania Simpri (Brewster) accomplished two things during her freshman campaign with the Oneonta State Red Dragons. The 6' 0" forward put in the time and hard work on the court and as importantly off the court.

Simpri was named to the 2011 SUNYAC All-Academic Team and on December 6, 2011 put up 8 points and 5 rebounds during an impressive eight minute span in a 61-33 win over SUNY Potsdam. The Red Dragons are currently 5-4 on the season and head to Gwynedd-Mercy College on January 2nd for a non-conference game.

Image above the 2011-2012 Red Dragons squad; Vania Simpri is #32.


Heat go 3-2, finish 2nd in Weiner Tournament

The Heschel Heat picked up after their loss to Frisch on December 6th—read an aticle on that game here—and headed to the Weiner Tournament in Maryland for five games between December 7-10. The Heat stepped things up in the Old Line State, turning on the energy with the following wins: Heschel 50 HANC 41; Heschel 31 BT 28; Heschel 46 Chicagoland 38.

Final boys standings: 1. Ramaz 5-0; 2. Heschel 3-2; 3. Chicagoland 3-2; 4. HANC 2-3; 5. BT 1-4; 6. TCW 1-4. Heschel played tough against the eventual champion Ramaz, dropping a 40-30 contest. Ramaz is ranked #4 nationally by Jewish Hoops America.

The Heschel Heat boys varsity return to action in a December 14th home game vs. Torah Academy of Bergen County.


Briarcliff's Brianna Celaj Returns to Action; 19 point Outburst vs. Poughkeepsie

What happens behind the scenes usually says more about the character of young athletes than anything that occurs in the public eye. Volunteer work, the extra effort to achieve high grades while shouldering the burden of sports. And overcoming injuries. Many a coach cannot wrap their mind around what these young people go through once they are no longer available to add points and rebound to the school's program.

Briarcliff junior Brianna Celaj deserves a shout-out for all of the above reasons and then some. The newspaper box score reports her 19 point night against a tough Poughkeepsie team, leading all scorers. Click here for the stats. But those in the know ... know that this kid got her hard-working self back in the gym as soon as anyone could after her ACL surgery and has returned to action because of her hard work, desire, and grit. Whatever Briarcliff does, under a new coach this season following the sudden departure of Don Hamlin, Brianna Celaj is a success story already by making it all the way back.

Image above by Matthew Brown / The Journal News shows Brianna Celaj (#15) playing 'D' at the County Center.


Putnam Valley 41-24 Winners over Haldane in Season Opener

Former Pride player and standout Carey Berry led all scorers and rebounders with an impressive 19 point, 12 board outburst in the season and home opener for a newly reconstituted PV Tigers program. New Head Coach Aldo Redendo picked up his first win in Section 1 girls basketball and earned a shout out at the Journal News online:

One other note: An impressive performance from Putnam Valley, who blew out Haldane in Aldo Redendo’s first game as Tigers coaching debut (using his ‘swarming man-to-man defense’).

Swarming man with help defense is Redendo's calling card on his AAU teams and, as noticed by sportswriter Yaron Weitzman at Journal News, in the high school gym. You can read it here.

Next up for Putnam Valley is a road game against Croton Harmon on 12/15 at 5:15 PM. Croton Harmon dropped Rye Neck 34-31 on their opening night.

Photo above: John Racioppo's photo from Pennysaver Local news here shows Carey Berry and PV knocking off Kennedy last season, story here.


Yancopoulas MVP of Sleepy Hollow Tournament

Nia Yancopoulas poured in 12 points in Hackley's 52-33 win over Sleepy Hollow on Sunday, December 4, 2011. With the win Hackley comes away with the tournament championship. Yancopoulas was named Tournament MVP. Here's the story from LoHud:

Hackley 52, Sleepy Hollow 33:In the championship game of the Sleepy Hollow tournament, Nia Yancopoulas scored 12 points and was named MVP of the tournament. Teammate?Allie Coppola added nine points and was also named to the All-Tournament team. Jamie Bucci scored 12 points for the Headless Horsemen and was named to the All-Tournament team.


Heschel Nets First Win on 2011/2012 Season

The Heschel Heat boys varsity basketball team nailed down their first win 67-35 over Kushner on November 16th. The win was part of a 4-game home-game stretch that opened the season at 1-3. The next stop for the Heat is a road game at Hillel Yeshiva High School on November 21st.


Jewish Hoops America Pre Season Rankings; Game 1 in the Books

The voice of Yeshiva basketball has spoken in its unique tone with the pre-season rankings article you can find here. The Aldo Redendo-led Heschel Heat come in at #14, in the "The "Alright Eddie, that's enough fastballs, throw 'em some breaking balls now" Division" (we are not making this stuff up, see what those expensive private schools can do for one's creative writing!)

Heschel opened up its 2011/2012 season with a 39-27 home loss to HAFTR (Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway). The latter was ranked #12, in the "The "Jusssssst a Bit Outside" Division" by Jewish Hoops. You'll have to read the linked article to, as they say in my old nabe, comprendo. In the meantime you can delve into the ongoing history of the Yeshiva league here. Next up for Heschel is Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy of the JEC on November 7th at home.


Austin Brown Ready to Make His Mark in 2011/2012

Somers senior Austin Brown has stayed the course and invested untold hours of training at Club Fit, Jefferson Valley. The 6' 7" center/forward has an understanding of the work ethic required to get the job done and is all smiles while he puts in the extra time in addtion to school shootarounds, and all the other requirements expected of a high school student athlete.

Austin has been the 'center' of attention in wins and losses as local coaches and reporters key on his presence. When Somers pulled off an upset you can read about here—and ended favorite Sleepy Hollow's post-season with a February 2011 win 51-32, it was "6-foot-7 behemoth Austin Brown". More of the same is expected for the 2011/2012 season as Brown teams up with fellow Pride player and training participant Max Parks at Somers.

Photo above: Austin Brown (Somers) works on his shot-blocking during pickup game.


Pride 16U Girls Make the Grade at Blue Chip Fall Ball 2011

The Pride 16U girls had a great showing at the October 2011 Blue Chip Basketball Fall Ball Classic. Two Pride teams attended the event, held at Villanova, and the campuses of nearby Cabrini College, West Chester University and the Westtown School. And both Pride teams posted winning records.

2011 Best of the Best and Fall Ball College Coaches

Adelphi (2) Clarion Gettysburg Maryland Queens Swarthmore
Akron Cleveland State Goucher (2) Marymount Randolph-Macon TCNJ
Albany Colby Gwynedd-Mercy Marywood University Rhode Island Temple
Albright Colgate Hartford (2) McDaniel Richard Stockton Towson
Allegheny College Coaches Hartwick Merrimack (2) Richmond Tufts
American College of St. Elizabeth Haverford College Millersville Rider U. Albany
American International College of St. Rose Hawk Scouting Misericordia University Roger Williams UMASS
Amherst Columbia Hill College MIT RPI UMBC (2)
Appalachian State CW Post Hofstra University Monmouth Rutgers UMES
Arcadia Dartmouth Holy Cross Montclair Sacred Heart University (2) UNC Charlotte
ASA College Delaware (2) Holy Family University (2) Mount St. Mary’s Saint Francis University Mary Washington
Assumption DePaul Hood College Moravian College Saint Rose University of Richmond
Bard College De Sales Immaculata University Mt. St. Mary’s Salisbury University of Rochester
Bentley DeSalle Indiana University of PA (2) Muhlenberg Scranton University of New Haven
Binghamton Dickinson College Iona National Recruiting Seton Hall University of Pennsylvania
Bloomfield Drew Ithaca National Scouting Report Seton Hill UVA – Wise
Bloomsburg Drexel University IUP Navy Shenandoah University VCU (2)
Boston College Duquesne James Madison Nazareth Shepherd University (2) Vermont
Boston University (2) East Carolina Kean (2) NC State Shippensburg Villanova (2)
Brandeis East Stroudsburg Keystone College Neumann University (2) Siena College (2) Virginia
Brockport Elmira King’s College New Hampshire Slippery Rock Virginia Tech
Bryant Emmanuel Kutztown (2) Niagara Southern Connecticut Wagner
Bryn Mawr ESU Lafayette (2) NJIT St. Francis Wake Forest
Bucknell University (2) Eastern U LaSalle Northeastern St. John Fisher (2) Washington College
Buffalo Fairfield Lebanon Valley Notre Dame St. Mary’s College of Md. Wellesley
BYU Fairleigh Dickinson Lehigh (2) NYU (2) St. Peter’s College West Chester
Cabrini Fairmont State LeMoyne Old Dominion St.Bonaventure Univ. West Point USMA
Caldwell College (2) Fordham LIU Oneonta State (2) St.John’s University West Virginia University
Canisus Franklin & Marshall Lock Haven Pace Stevenson University Western New England
Cedar Crest Furman Love Athlete Penn Stevenson Cox Wheeling Jesuit (2)
Centenary Gannon Loyola Penn State – Hazelton Stockton State Wilkes
Central CT State George Mason LVC Penn State Stone Hill William & Mary
Chestnut Hill George Washington Manhattan Philadelphia University Stony Brook William Smith
Cheyney Georgetown Manhattanville Pitt SUNY Morrisville (2) Wilmington
Chowan Georgia State Mansfield University Pitt Greensburg SUNY Oneonta Yale University
Cincinnati Georgian Court Marist (2) Princeton Susquehanna University Youngstown State

Photo above: Megan Weidenhamer skys to finish her tear-drop. Legendary guard Tony Parker repeatedly emphasizes the need for young players to master this shot and Megan is well on her way.


Pride 14U Boys Rock Gauchos Roundball Classic 2011

The Pride 14U boys were in the house with Aldo Redendo on the sidelines barking out the plays. The event is considered one of the top-tier leagues in NYC for the age bracket and ran from September 17-October 13 for Pool Play.

The Pride boys came out of the gates strong with a 60-52 win over the L.D. Rebels on 17 September. On the 24th they went toe-to-toe from tipoff to end with the Gauchos (McCollins) in a 51-39 loss. A win over the Gators put the Pride in the winner's bracket.

Photo above: Pride 14U boys in action: Zeek Demasi, Walter King, Brandon Collins, John Robles, Quarrie Alleyne, Matt Ryan, Max parks, and Brandon Redendo. Head coach Aldo Redendo in lower left corner.


Aldo Redendo in at Putnam Valley

The Pride's Aldo Redendo was hired as the new head coach of the Putnam Valley girls basketball program. The Tigers play in Section 1's Class A and are a program expected by many to experience a rebuilding period under their new coach. Last season Aldo coached another rebuilding program, Heschel High School of Manhattan, to a 12-6 record and a post-season berth.

Redendo was reached by phone on September 30 and outlined his approach as, "These are great kids, a great program, and they are going be winners starting in the practice gym. Everything will take care of itself from there."

Aldo served as first assistant at Trinity Catholic, a boys program in Fairfield, CT, during their run of three state titles in Connecticut, along with his AAU and Heschel High School head coaching duties.

Photo above from Xavier Mascareñas / The Journal News: Pride alum and Tigers senior Carey Berry goes up for a jumper during the February 8, 2011 win, 40-32, over Lakeland. Another Pride player alum, #11 Emily Alicea, looks on.


Pride's Longest Running Player Kasey Heyda Joins D3's 11th Winningest Coach

Kasey Heyda (Briarcliff; Mt. St. Mary) joined 16 other Briarcliff members of the Class of 2011 in the ranks of college athletes. Heyda is the second Pride player to play college ball following a Pride career. She was preceded by Katie Weiner (D3 U. of Rochester). In addition to being the longest running player on any Pridde AAU roster, Heyda will play for Mount Saint Mary's (Newburgh) coach J. Randall Ognibene. Click here for his bio and here for a list of Briarclifgf seniors that moved on to play college sports.


Joe Fenelon, Friend of Girls Basketball, can be Your Friend at Facebook

Joe Fenelon reports for a variety of outlets and covers the NYC girls game better than anyone. He now has a Facebook page where you can cennect with Joe and be his friend. Click here for the link.


BCANY Names Top 50 for 2011/2012 Girls Basketball

The Basketball Coaches of New York Top 50 for the past season included some Hudson Valley standouts and Pride alumni. You can click here for the complete list. The Central girls knocked off the Mid Hudson team 94-84 to take home the gold. On the girls side, the lopsided win over Mid Hudson 127-52 stirred up local controversy, mostly aimed at coaches Dan Ricci (Ossininng) and John Rielly (a former AAU coach as of last report) at various online chat boards known for this kind of thing.

On the boys side Long Island defeateds the Southern Tier team for the championship. Lopsidced results were also reported including a 100-60 loss by the Mid Hudson boys.


Five Star Girls Camp at BSC; Highland Center Returns North of Mason-Dixon Line

NYC talent in the girls game was on display at the Brewster Sports Center over the weekend of August 19-21. NYChoops.rivals.com has a detailed wrap-up here.

The only news of note to followers of the Hudson Valley game was the return of Highland's former Monasia Buldoc (click here for more and here for North Carolina Fighting Red Wolves). "Moe" played with a Rose Classic squad AAU team that inlcluded Pride players and alum and made a run to the final four last fall. Buldoc is now listed on the roster of Nazareth Regional High School, the defunct program reconstituted overnight with former St. Michael's Academy players brought to the Brooklyn Catholic school with an annual tuition of $7,785.

Photo above from NYChoops.net: Monasia Buldoc (Class of 2012) at Five Star Camp.


Pride Alum On the Move

A number of NY Pride alumni are moving forward with their playing and coaching careers. Word is in that Kristi Dini (Boston U.) has finished cutting her teeth on the sidelines with Pride 10 year-old girls and has been hired to man the sidelines as head coach at Briarcliff. Tori Jarosz (Lakeland; Vanderbilt) is officially transferred to Marist and will play there after sitting out a year. Sarah Benischek (Lakeland; Merrimack) is reported to have joined the staff at Manhattan College as an assistant coach.

On July 29, 2011 Pride alum Emily Tapio (Brewster; Fordham) took part in the give-a-glove program, part of the national Harlem RBI program that provides baseball and softball equipment. The Fordham women's softball team were the first A-10 champions in school history and a handful of players from the women's basketball team volunteered to assist in the effort.

Harlem RBI's mission is to provide inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn and Grow. The program uses the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams. Harlem RBI's vision is to be a model learning community where youth become healthy, educated and active global citizens who achieve excellence and change the world.

Photo above from Fordham.edu website: Emily Tapio hands out the gloves along with Charlotte Stoddart and Kelly McGovern of the women's baketball program.


Aldo Invests Summer 2011 Coaching Nike Swoosh, Lakeland Varsity

The 2011 AAU season was over all of two days before coach Aldo Redendo was back in the gym coaching three different squads. The Lakeland boys varsity team needed a coach to take part in the BSC summer league and Aldo answered the call to volunteer for that spot. The result was a learning experience ... with the emphasis on man with help, and fundamentals. The latter were especially needing game-time focus and that's exactly what the players received as they finished with a .500 record and an even spread of minutes for all participants. Aldo also opened up the squad to some other players from nearby schools, including Brewster and Somers.

The Pride put two squads into the Nike Swoosh league run out of the Brewster Sports Center. Both Redendo-coached squads had outstanding seasons in the 12U and 14U brackets. On the last day of play both Pride teams were still standing as finalists. The 12U team went on to wrap up the Nike Championship with a 49-47 win over a Nor'east Lightning team coached by local standout Al Morales. Each coach in that game had a son on the floor in the form of Brandon Redendo and A.J. Morales. The Pride 12U wrapped up an undefeated season at BSC with the win.

Photo above: Left to right bottom : Brandon Redendo(Stormville) , John Palmieri (Brewster), Jack G (Chappaqua). Top; L to R
Kaellen Henderson (Yonkers), Lydell Gefferd,(NYC) Malachi DeSousa (Beacon) , Aca Gartner (Beacon). Not in photo;
Prince Marsh (Peekskill) Andre Davis(Beacon), Jalen Young (New Rochelle).

The Pride 14U Swoosh team wrapped up a great summer season as semifinalist.

Photo above: Bottom L to R: Kaellen Henderson (Yonkers) , John Robles (M. Vernon) Noah Nardone (Roslyn, LI) Mark Martin (Mt. Vernon) Top L to R: Brandon Collins (Garrison) Jeffrey Merchant (Chappaqua) Ezekiel DeMasio (White Plains ) Quari Alleyne (Peekskill)
Not in photo : Matt Ryan (Westchester ), Dillion DeMauro(Westchester), and Armani Rivera (CT)


Blue Chip "Best of the Best" Individual Showcase at King of Prussia/Villanova set for Friday October 7, 2011

The Blue Chip Basketball folks sent out their coaches mailer for the upcoming "Best of the Best" individual showcase and NYPride.net is giving you a sneak peek ... along with the head's up. This event is the #1 individual showcase on the East Coast and YOU need to be there if you are a female player serious about playing college ball. Don't be put off by the "Division 1" stuff ... you WANT to showcase YOUR talent down there against the best players and this event is ALWAYS filled with college coaches, including many head coaches. We assume you already know a lot of AAU tournaments boast college coach attendance at their events at what can be charitably described as, 'taking liberties with the truth.' Not so with Blue Chip Basketball and their events.

IMPORTANT: To attend the "Best of the Best" you need to be formally reccomended by your AAU coach or high school coach. Mr. T. also has the entre to get you an invite and you know where to reach him. You cannot just pay and show up so make your calls NOW to get your invite then up your workouts, increase your prepartion ... shoot-shoot-shoot ... and understand your role, your position. You'll have one shot to stand out and change your future. NY Pride wants you to GO FOR IT! You ... can .. do ... it. Believe in yourself.

Announcing Blue Chip Basketball's
upcoming Annual NCAA Certified Fall Events
for high school girls

Friday, October 7
The Best of the Best Shootout
(King of Prussia, PA)
For your Division I prospect players

Send NAME, ADDRESS, Year of Graduation, and EMAIL ADDRESS for Class of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and we'll send them an invitation to register and attend.

The cost is $150 for two games which includes a FREE DVD of each player's first game with the opportunity to purchase the second game DVD.

 

**The events below are team events**

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9

Fall Ball Classic Tournament - Philly area
Four games - two on Saturday, two on Sunday.

170 TEAMS and 190 COLLEGES attended in 2010!!

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9
Fall Ball Classic Tournament - New England (Fairfield, CT)

Four games - two on Saturday, two on Sunday.


CT Starters Announce Individual Showcase at Yale for September 11, 2011

The Connecticut Starters AAU organization has arranged a college showcase for girls in graduating classes 2012, 2013, and 2014 only. The event will be attended by D2 and D3 coaches according to the event-holder's website. Click here for the details and an online registration form. Cost is $95.00 per player.


Victoria Scheffel, Tireless Worker in the Gym

Fresh off a successful AAU campaign with Pride ALDO Victoria Scheffel (Somers) arrived at Club Fit twenty minutes early for her weekly workout session on Monday, July 25, 2011. Scheffel has put the time into building her game since middle school when she attended every clinic and camp she could find. Following a strong AAU campaign in which she put up 10.3 PPG and 7.2 RPG 'Tori' is poised to have a breakout senior year for the Somers Tuskers in a competitive Class A in New York's Section 1.

The hard work is paying off with college interest. Victoria's plans include attending the upcoming Gettysburg College camp and summer and fall ball, followed by the Blue Chip Villanova individual and team showcases. You can obtain more recruiting information about Victoria via Aldo Redendo @ 917-417-6569 or basketballuniverse@hotmail.com.

Photo above: Tori Scheffel at the July 25th workout with trainer and AAU coach Aldo Redendo.


Pride's Hamlin, Quattrochhi named in Journal News Piece

In addition to his impeccable resume coaching at Briarcliff High School, coach Don Hamlin has labored long and hard developing young players as the coach of New York Pride AAU teams at the lower levels. Hardly a task that shines a light on his commitment, Hamlin's devotion to the game and hours in the gym saw many Briarcliff players mature on Pride AAU squads into high school stars.

Another young athlete that puts in the time is 2011 Pride 16U guard Lauren Quattrocchi. In addition to playing for Pride ALDO during AAU, Quattrocchi has already been taking part in Hamlin's new Brewster High School open gyms. The two talented Pride alumni will combine forces at Brewster High School during the upcoming 2011/2012 season in pursuit of success in Class A.

A Journal News feature article can be read here that names Hamlin and Quattrocchi.


Andi Moschetta Harrison's "Female Athlete of the Year"

Harrison High School voted Pride alum Andi Moschetta "Scholar Athlete of the Year" for the 2010/2011 school year. The Springfield College-bound senior was a two sport star athete for the school, a soccer and basketball standout that will be missed by the Westchester school. Andi plans to study Occupational Therapy and will undoubtedly bring the work ethic and sticktoitiveness that were the hallmarks of her successful AAU career and her academic success.

In addition to being singled out by her high school Andi was chosen by her adoring public via the Harrison Patch publication, for another honor. The online newspaper's June 30, 2011 issue bore the following sub-head:

"After hundreds of votes, the public has decided that Andrea Moschetta is the best of the best of Harrison's female athletes. "

You can click here for the entire Patch article which includes,

"Harrison's Andrea Moschetta made her presence felt this year through more than just raw athletic ability, the senior was a leader and role model for teammates regardless of the sport she was playing."

Springfield College is fortunate to be part of Andi Moschetta's impending success story. She is heading to Springfield to play basektball and is drilling with a personal guard coach and working out in a lifting regimen all summer to enter the gym in fine form.

Image above: Mark Rinaldi's photo of Andi in action from the Harrsion Patch online issue of June30, 2011.


Brianna Celaj Update; Candace Parker, Role Model

It has been said that sports consists of 'practice, games and injuries", noting that two of the three stated portions involves heart and discipline and take the athlete outside of the public eye to a personal journey that requires fortitude known to those that log the hard miles that create success. One such athlete was women's basketball national champion twice at Tennessee and #1 draft pick in the WNBA, Candace Parker. The former Lady Vol and Los Angeles Sparks star was also the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game. Parker is the wife of Shelden WIlliams and the mother of baby Lailaa Nicole Williams.

Candace Parker may be the best role model for women's basketball ever. Parker won the 2009 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice award as the favorite female athlete in the sports category to the surprise of no one. Prior to her college career Parker was a two-time national high school player of the year. She garnered national attention after winning the slam dunk contest at the McDonald’s High School Boys’ All-Star game.

During her high school years Candace Parker tore her ACL and missed her entire senior season at Naperville Central. Click here to read about Parker's comeback.

The Pride is proud of alum Brianna Celaj of Briarcliff for her spirited come-back from ACL surgery. News was just forwarded about Brianna's progress and it points to a potential return to the hardwood for the upcoming 2011/2012 season. Celaj is putting in the work that is required of all athletes coming off of surgery.

"A little update on the Celaj Barrage. Approximately 3 months ago on April 6th 2011 Brianna had successful ACL surgery after tearing her ligament in a Lacrosse Scrimmage at White Plains high school. Immediately after surgery Brianna began her Rehab at Sleepy Hollow Physical Therapy in Hawthorne New York with Dr. Matthew Contino. With hopes of returning to the 2011-2012 Briarcliff line-up that has not only lost 4 senior starters, but their Head Coach Don Hamlin, Brianna has been in rehab 2-3 times a week. On days she has off from rehab Brianna has been training her upper body and recently starting shooting drills with Aldo Rendendo all while maintaining a 95 Average during her Sophomore Year. After just One session Aldo had Brianna shooting like she never missed a beat, going 92 out of 100 from the free throw line at one point making 40 free throws in a row. "

Image above: Brianna Celaj post workout with Aldo Redendo at Club Fit, Jefferson Valley, NY during the week of June 20, 2011.


Pride's Emily Tapio Inducted Into Brewster High School Athletic Hall of Fame; Hamlin Rolling

The names of two new Pride alumni will be found in the gym at Brewster High School during the 2011/2012 season. One is new girls varsity head coach Don Hamlin, already putting in the work with open gyms at the Putnam County AA school. The other will be that of Emily Tapio, one of four athletes inducted into the school's Hall of Fame on June 8, 2011.

Missing her senior season due to an ACL injury did not stop Fordham-bound Emily Tapio from being inducted into the Brewster High School sports Hall of Fame. The 2011 grad tallied impressive numbers during three years as a varsity starter after being brought up midway through her 8th grade season. Tapio was the first basketball player in school history to notch 1,000 points as a junior and was on track to chase the school scoring record before her injury. Personal accomplishments included being one of ten named to Section 1's All Academic team, All State, All Section, and a McDonald's All American nomination. Tapio was named a Top 10 NYC Player by NYC Hoops and played in the Metro Classic All Star game for the Burbs and was named to Westchester/Putnam All Stars, and Putnam All Stars by local sportswriters.

Team accomplishments were the focus of the six footer's approach to the game. Considered one of the most unselfish impact players by opposing coaches, Tapio led all sophomores in NY State in assists at her position while also leading her team in scoring and rebounds. As a 14 year-old she was the second leading scorer on a Lakeland Storm team that played for the Nike NYC 16U championship. Emily played on a Hoopers squad that brought the Conrad McRae 2010 championship back to Westchester from Brooklyn and was a three year NY Pride player, teaming up with regional standouts Tori Jarosz (Lakeland; Vanderbilt) and Brittany Horne (Carmel; Georgetown), bringing her to the attention of college coaches during her freshman AAU season. She played a pivotal ball-handling and scoring role in helping to bring a 16U Triple Threat squad to the Rose Classic 2010 final four (out of 49 teams) and come 2 points shy of beating Harlem USA and earning a berth in the championship game against Exodus NYC. Tapio was an early commit and verbaled to Fordham on December 31, 2009 after making the rounds of a variety of Patriot, MAAC, and NEC, schools that fall, meeting back-to-back with Patriot and NEC coach of the year recipients during the process, a great learning experience that included attending practices and scrimmages.

Additional significant team accomplishments during Tapio's time as a starter and team scoring/rebounds/assists leader in Brewster beginning in freshman year included a 5-0 player record over rival Lakeland (2-0 head-to-head vs. Jarosz) during the Tori Jarosz years (the only loss during that stretch came when both Tapio and Jarosz were absent due to injuries). While Emily Tapio made her three-year run Brewster never lost a home post-season game, defending what once again became a loud BHS home crowd with wins over Pelham, Tappan Zee, Ardsley, and Nyack. The win over Nyack propelled the Bears to the Class A Final Four at the Westchester County Center for the 2008/2009 season, one which also saw Brewster hang a league championship banner in their gym and see head coach Doris Schukin awarded "Coach of the Year" honors for her league. Tapio's post-season stats include 28 points against Ardsley (voted "Player of the Round" for Class A by the Journal News), 29 points against Tappan Zee, 19 points against Peekskill (leading all scorers) and 17 points against Albertus Magnus (second only to Alaina Walker, now at St. Bonaventure).

During the post-event interview, Emily stated, "I could not have done it without great coaches and teammates, I can't believe it's over." Basketball is far from over for the National Honor Society and Math Honors Society inductee, one of 22 recipients in her class of the Scholar's Award for reaching the High Honor Roll every semester from 6th Grade to graduation. In addition to the mark Tapio made on the court at her high school, she left a legacy of encouragement and mentoring to young players, serving for four summers at Doris Schukin's basketball camp as well as tutoring special needs students at Brewster Hight School and H.H. Wells Middle School.

Image above, left to right: Lance Pliego, Athletic Director, Emily Tapio with HoF plaque, and Head Coach Doris Schukin follwing the induction ceremony on June 8, 2011 at Brewster High School.


Pride 16U/15U Girls Meet Gym Rat Challenge

Both Pride teams got out of pool play, no small accomplishment at the Gym Rat Challenge, held over the weekend of June 18-19. After winning 2 games Pride ALDO held their own against a D1-laden opponent, falling by 10. Pride SISCA's Sasha Puglisi (John Jay CR guard) made the 15U All Gym Rat Team honorable mention. Click here to read a recap of the event. Once again, the Gym Rat event was one 0of the best run in the country and provided the opporunity for the Pride players to test their ability against talent ranging from high D1 to mid-major skills and down.

Next stop: Blue Chip Penn State.


Pride 16U Girls Yancopolous Shines at Ocean City

Pride ALDO girls dropped a hard-fought contest in their first game at Ocean City, 55-45 to the NY Elite. Hackley junior Nia Yancopolous had an excellent game, leading all scorers with 11 points while capably handing the ball and distributing to teammates. Nia continued to shine during the weekend, averaging 11.3 PPG over a four game span. Four hard-fought games against solid talent including the MD Panthers and Crossroads AAU came up short in the 'W' column but overall each game was a well-played contest.

Next stop: Gym Rat Challenge, Albany.


Pride 13U Boys Do Their Thing at the Dowd Memorial Tournament

The Pride is proud of the 13U boys for action during the Dowd Memorial during the weekend of June 4-5 in Orange County, NY. They won their first game against a solid national D2 Noreast Lightning squad coached by Tyrone 'China' Seabright, 50-42 in a well-played contest for both teams. Some standouts for the Pride included Quari Alleyne who knocked in 18 points and Brandon Collins, chipping in with 12 of his own.

The second game continued the growing rivalry against Kenny Dawson's Playmakers. Dawson's squad dropped an 'L' on the Pride at the recent D3 National Qualifier at the Brewster Sports Center, 72-69 . Kudos to the Pride athletes for turing the tables in the form of a 54-40 statement victory. Brandon Redendo had 8 points and notched 10 assists while John Robles had 16 big points and Marco Morency added 10 rebounds. Look for Robles and Morency in Mount Vernon HS uniforms down the road: these young men are paying their dues.

The Pride rolled through a win in the semifinals, a 70-35 win over the Long Island Lightning. It was a team effort, with fast breaks finished the right way: by giving up the ball to the teammate running his lane. Ezekial Demasio worked hard for every one of his 12 rebounds and Brandon Collins nailed down a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. Brandon Redendo also contributed 22 points and another 6 assists.

The Pride came up short in a championship game loss to the NYC On Point Cyclones (all three teams entered by On Point left as Tom Dowd champions, tip of the hat to their organization). Lack of effort was not among the reasons for the 'L'. Quinn Willman led all scorers with 21 points, making six from behind the arc. Jeffrey Merchant notched 8 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Redendo added 15 points. The Pride 13U exited the event with their heads held high and as always, the Dowd Memorial was a well-run tournament well worth taking part in. You can check out the Tom Dowd Memorial alumni Facebook page here. All content is public.


Pride Alum Mike Yoder Breaking Into Coaching

Pride alum Mike Yoder (Mahopac; Endicott; Wescon) is moving forward with his coaching career and gathering experience on the sidelines and the practice gym. Mike had a standout career at Mahopac High School. The 6' 0", 190 guard finished his 4-year playing career at D3 Endicott following the 2009-2010 season, serving as team captain.

Yoder and was named an assistant coach at Western Connecticut State University under longtime head coach Bob Campbell (27 years). Click here for the Wescon Media Guide. In his first year as an AAU coach Mike steered a new 15U Noreast Lightning squad to a respectable .500 season, and was noted for the way which the young men responded to his style on the sidelines and came together as a team successfully under his guidance, finishing the season strongly.

Image above top: Mike Yoder bio from the Western Connecticut State University 2010/2011 Media Guide (inset: Endicott Gulls logo); bottom, head coach Yoder back row, right and assistant coach James Harlen, back row left. Harlen and and Yoder were Mahopac High School teammates.


NAIA D1 Nazarene Looking for Players for 2011

This just in on June 2, 2011 from coach Lewis at Nazarene:

MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS is excited to announce Jon Lewis as the new Head Women's Basketball coach. Prior to being named head coach, Lewis spent the last five seasons at MNU as the lead assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Coach Lewis and his staff look to continue the MNU women's basketball winning tradition. Known for their intense defense and fun fast paced style of play, the Lady Pioneers are headed into their third season at the NAIA DI level.

MNU is a member of the NAIA DI Heart of America Conference located regionally in the Midwest. Our staff is looking to add dynamic playmakers to the 2011-2012 roster. We encourage all incoming freshman, Juco transfers or NCAA transfers who work hard and want to be apart of a unique and special program to contact us immediately. We run a total person program, building champions on the court, in the classroom and in life. We take pride in our commitment to the physical, mental and emotion aspects of the college experience.

Athletes interested in being eligible for a women's basketball scholarship must complete the following:

Email the MNU women's basketball staff with a letter of interest
Send transcript information, video, stats, etc...
Add MNU school code 007032 to your current FAFSA form

You can find out additional information about MidAmerica Nazarene University, including academic and athletic programs offered, on our website at www.mnu.edu. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Please let me know if you have any further questions by contacting jalewis@mnu.edu.

Coach Jon Lewis - Head Women's Basketball Coach - MidAmerica Nazarene University - 2030 East College Way - Olathe, KS 66062
Contact: jalewis@mnu.edu - 913-971-3758 (Office) - 913-221-8809 (Cell)


Allegany College of Maryland (JUCO) Still Needs Womens Bball Players for 2011

This just in on June 1, 2011 from coach Sherman at Allegany:

This is Garett Sherman the Head Women's basketball coach at Allegany College of Maryland. We are a junior college located in Western Maryland with a rich basketball tradition. We recently completed a 30-5 season with a 6th place finish at the Junior College National Tournament. During the last four years our women's basketball program has a record of 106-14 and many of our players have moved on to the D1 and D2 levels of play at four year universities. At this point we are still recruiting small forwards, power forwards and centers for the fall of 2011. Please contact me below for more information.

Garett Sherman - Head Women's Basketball Coach - Allegany College of Maryland - 12401 Willowbrook Road - Cumberland, Md 21502

240-727-8857 cell - www.allegany.edu - alleganycollegebasketball@yahoo.com - gsherman@allegany.edu


Pride 13U Boys and a Busy Memorial Day Weekend

While most people were relaxing around the grill Aldo and the Pride 13U boys were grinding it out on the hardwood in Albany on Sat-Sun and at the Brewster Sports Center on Monday, May 30th. The boys stepped into the firing line to face top competition at the annual Gym Rat event, notching a 2-2 record, then returned to the area to complete their D III qualifier run with a hard-fought contest against an excellent Playmakers team, a 71-68 loss in the semifinals.

The following Pride players made the All Gym Rat Team, honorable mention: Jeffery Merchant (6-3 C) N.Y. Pride; Brandon Redndo (4-11 PG) N.Y. Pride.


J. A. Cissel Comes Through

Special thanks to Tim and the J. A. Cissel Mfg. Company are in order. Tim took the time to think outside the box and come up with a sports netting solution at a great price to assist Fordham-bound Emily Tapio in her personal shooting workouts. They can make anything you need in terms of sports netting and are located in Lakewood, New Jersey, just one UPS Ground zone away, reducing the cost of shipping significantly for New York area customers. You can click here to access their site.


Hamlin in at Brewster

Word is in that the Brewster School Board confirmed former Briarcliff girls basketball head coach Don Hamlin for the opening at Brewster High School, replacing longtime varsity coach Doris Schukin. Hamlin is well known for a legacy of success at Briarcliff that stretched across years of players and includes Class B, State and Federation titles.

Hamlin knows what it takes to create a winning environment for young athletes. In additon to his duties as a varisty head coach Don has coached 10U and other young, developmental AAU teams for the NY Pride. He inherits an experienced squad at Brewster led by current junior Lauren Quattrocchi. Lauren is having a breakout AAU season playing for Pride ALDO during the 2011 campaign and has recruiting coming her way that points to a future on the college hardwood. Sister Devon just wrapped up a successful second season at Smith College.

According to a reliable source, prior to the confirmation of Hamlin, a Brewster teacher was in line for the job per union preferences. The teacher in question is to be applauded for his character as he stepped aside to benefit his school by making way for the more experienced Hamlin.

Image above: While NYPride.net awaits a new photo of Don Hamlin, above is an evocative image of the Pied Piper of Hamlin (no known relation). In school recruiting is a critical component of success and no basketball coach can afford to allow inroads to be made into the pool of available tall female athletes at a particuoar school, especially those that play basketball throughout the lower levels.


Christa Scognamiglio Commits to Fairfield

The Pride is proud of Christa Scognamiglio. The Pearl River junior capped off ayear that saw her named Rockland County Player of the Year and a trip to the County Center Class A championship with a verbal committment to MAAC Fairfield on Tuesday, May 24th. The program pulled off a 17-13 season in 2010/2011, the fourth for head coach Joe Frager.

The Stags play energetic defense and ended their season with a loss to Siena in the MAAC quarterfinals, but held their opponent to only 33 points in the 37-33 contest. The offense will get a needed boost with Scognamiglio joining fellow Rockland standout Felicia DeCruz (Albertus Magnus) in the back-court.

 


Pride Focus on Lakeland's Matt Tartaglia, Work Ethic Second to None

When Lakeland's Matt Tartaglia arrived for training on Monday, May 23rd, he sent a message about his self-discipline in the midst of the usual intense Aldo session at Club Fit, Jefferson Valley. Tartaglia was fresh off a weekend of four games that saw him lead his Pride 16U boys to the finals at the Hooperstown event that brought out talent from the Riverside Hawks and Long Island Lightning in the DI-DII category. After throwing his body around for two days Tartaglia had every reason to take a day off.

Matt spent exactly zero minutes on the bench over the weekend, playing every minute of all four games while handling the ball, breaking the press, and scoring. Tartaglia's success at the high school game is the residue of discipline and a work ethic second to none. With all the tournaments that took place over the weekend, no athlete could be questioned for begging off due to dead legs. Not Matt Tartaglia. He brought every bit of the energy and focus remaining in his body to a session that only inlcuded two other banged-up die-hards, a third of the usual group.

Click here for an article naming Matt as leading scorer in a win over Ketcham. Here is a Twix page with a compilation of article links for Matt. Matt's cousin Kelsey Morehead (Pinewood) will be attending and playing basketball at Tufts this fall. Matt will be a credit to any college program with a coach looking for a guard that raises the bar in terms of talent and work ethic.


Photo above: Matt Tartaglia (Lakeland) at the free throw line following a technical foull; inset with trainer Aldo Redendo at Club Fit, Jefferson Valley.

Pride Team Notes


The Pride is proud of its young athletes. The 13U boys went 2-1 at the Hall of Fame Spring Classic over the weekend of May 15th. Wins included a 64-37 victory over Mass Elite and 53-25 over Indoor Action. The boys played hard but dropped a 49-43 contest to an AAU squad out of Mt. Vernon, New York.

The 13U boys were at it again during the weekend that followed. At the DIII Qualifier, held at Brewster Sports Center during the weekend of May 21st, the 13U boys went 4-0 with wins over Noreast Lightning, Brooklyn Aviators, LI Lightning, and Next Level AAU. It was a total team effort with everyone involved in the success of the unit.


NY Pride 6th Grade Girls = Winners at BSC; Joust Time For 16U


The Pride is proud of the 6th Grade girls! They won their first tournament April 2-3, 2011 at Brewster Sports Center. They won 3 out of 4 games in their second tournament, the Lady Knicks/WBA tournament May 14-15, 2011. They will be playing in 3 tournaments in June, 2011.

The 16U ALDO girls went 3-1 at the popular Poughkeepsie Joust event. A standout 55-43 win over a tough Boston Panthers team was the highlight of the tournament for the Pride ladies.


Newcomb Buzzer Beater = Joy Eruption

The 15U NY Pride sideline erupts in celebration as Molly Newcomb converts a pinpoint cross-court pass from sister Eilish into a buzzer-beating bucket. Moments like this never get old!

The Pride defeated a tough Connecticut Starters club, 43-42-- on this play-- in their first game at the Blue Chip College Showcase at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Connecticut


Pictured (L-R): Coach Aldo Redendo, Alexandra Kearney, Alex Brady, Coach Phil Sisca, Samantha Srinivasan, Caite Opfer, and Haley Ann Simpson.


NY Pride 13U Team Hits Stride at Rockland Rumble

Last year the NY Pride 12 and under girls team coached by Keith Amerson and Tim Weidenhamer were undersized and undermanned after losing their center after the team's first tournament. Despite the odds the team went on to complete a remarkable 26 - 0 season record. The team's success was based on a combination of excellent team speed, balanced scoring and an aggressive, smothering style defense that stifled opponents.

This year because of an overwhelming response to tryouts the team added several new, high -caliber players that bring an added dimension of height and strength. The team struggled through their first two tournaments going 3 - 5 while the team worked on meshing the new players and re-establishing their aggressive style of defense. The third weekend this year they hit their stride by going 4-0 at the Rockland Rumble despite playing "up" in the 14 and under bracket. The weekend included an exciting and tough 37 - 30 win over a taller and stronger Lady Knicks 14U team.

Last weekend they continued their winning ways by going 2-0 with two convincing wins at the Hooperstown Mother's Day Tournament.



Photo above: NY Pride 6th grade girls. On the bottom row, left to right, Jillian Maguffin, Katie Zampolin, Carly Fanelli, Teresa Marinaccio, Lauren Schmidt, and Natalie Alfieri. Top row, left to right, Coach Janet Marinaccio, Kristen Bringsjord, Amanda Skopetos, Sabrina Panarese, Megan Powers, Jackie Contento and Coach Cathie Skopetos.

Athletes Stuck With the Bill Following Injuries at Collegiate Level According to NY Times Article, Beware

In the interest of keeping it real and bringing information relating to the decision to play high school and college sports, the Pride has been digging into the issues relating to sports injuries and the treatment of athletes by the instituations they play for.

"Many students, whether athletes or not, have medical insurance through their parents. But these plans often exclude varsity sports injuries, limit out-of-state treatment or do not cover much of the bill. Some colleges buy secondary policies to fill the gaps, although even these plans have holes. And only players hurt badly enough to require extensive care can turn to the N.C.A.A. for coverage. Its catastrophic insurance carries a $75,000 deductible, which will increase to $90,000 next year."

The New York Times ran a piece back in 2009 entitled, "College Athletes Stuck WIth The Bill After Injuries" and you can click here to read the entire article. The bottom line goes like this. If you play DIII sports, assume you are not covered at all for any injury. If you think a full scholarship means the college will look after your medical needs, you may have to reconsider. Many schools are carrying the same excess coverage insurance (aka: BAD insurance that tries to avoid paying anyone a dime) that public high schools foist on their athletes.

No one is minding the store for your child. Click here for the policy of Old Dominion for an example of a D1 institution resorting to excess medical coverage.

"Old Dominion University’s athletic insurance covers usual and customary costs for such athletically related injuries once the student athlete/parent’s primary insurance coverage is completed."

When you find yourself having discussions with college coaches about potentially having your child take part in a program, include questions about medical coverage and the treatment of injured athletes. Then get something in writing, as many a coach on the D1 level has been known to infer that 'everything is taken care of'. Your child is in harm's way every time he or she steps on the court or field. Make sure they are protected with the best insurance you can afford.

The NCAA is aware of the problem, which has resulted in, from their report you can read here:

"This allowed a potential "gap" in insurance that could result in student-athletes incurring significant out-of-pocket expenses"

The result of the above is that colleges look to have parent's insurance pay for medical costs, while providing excess medical policies, notoriously slow-paying, to protect their bottom lines (keeping premiums down). In light of these realities, the quesitons that need to be posed include, 'who pays for medical costs incurred during injury events that are outside of my state or coverage network if the school is passing insurance for my child through to my policy?' and, 'can I expect timely reimbursement from the school's carrier for costs not covered by my carrier?' and finally, is their someone at the school that will handle these questions or is it up to me to sing for my insurance reimbursement supper on my own with the usual umpteen forms, delays, and stalling tactics insurance carriers use to drive off insureds with lesser intestinal fortitude?' Ask questions before your child commits to a school.


ESPN Article Focuses On Exploitation of Young Athletes

A recent ESPN piece you can read here focused on scam artists that surround young athletes and their loved ones. Men and women known as "street agents", hucksters, and those that promise to steer kids to D1 scholarships are the basketball versions of Brown and Jones, the alleged baseballl scammers featured in the ESPN article.

The bottom line remains simple: Be wary of those that make promises to you or your child that have any financial gain, payment or fee anywhere along the way. Check their backgrounds using simple and inexpensive tools such as an $18.95 Integrascan. Get a photocopy of the driver's license of your children's coaches, and at minimum the full name and home address of each and every person you bring into their lives as a role model, coach, mentor, tutor. If you discover a criminal past you can make an informed decision regarding the bad acts, convictions, that are part of that person's past and whether you wish to allow them in to be part of your child's life.


Source Reports Hudson Valley Standout Williams May Join Fiacco at Lafayette

A first-hand source has reported Hudson Valley standout Beatriz Williams (Byram Hills) is being recruited by Lafayette. If she were to attend the program there, two Hudson Valley standouts would be combined on the court for the Leopards. Danielle Fiacco (North Salem) completed a successful freshman season at Lafayette, averaging 6.6 PPG and 8.0 RPG. Williams would join highly touted guard recruit Maggie Peabody (Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville, KY) in the back court. Click here for the official Leopards site to stay posted.



Pridemom Elaine Heyda featured in, "Mom in the Stands" at Journal News online

Every American is seemingly in search for their '15 minutes of fame' as first postulated by Andy Warhol. On April 14, 2011 Pridemom Elaine Heyda, the mother of the Pride player with the longest run of any athlete...aka Kasey Heyda... got hers. You can click here to read the article that includes the following exchange:

Q. Did she play AAU basketball, too?

E.H.: Yes, from third to eighth grade with the Future Stars. Then in ninth grade, she went to the New York Pride.

Q. What is your proudest memory of her playing?

E.H.: Her freshman year, she scored 18 points against Ossining. She had a headline in The Journal News the next day that read, 'Heyda puts on a show.'

The Pride salutes Elaine for setting the example of the way all AAU parents ought to be—thank you for the mention—Kasey was a credit to the program. Mother and daughter can share their mutual headline status at the Journal News. In addition to being picked out of the crowd no doubt for her perfect comportment, Elaine has an extensive volunteer portfolio, including Booster Club Chairperson for Briarcliff High School.



Belleville Completes First Season, Looking for Players NOW for 2011/2012 Roster

Lindenwood University in Belleville, IL is currently looking for players to complete our 2011-2012 JV and Varsity rosters! This past season was the inaugural season of the women's basketball program at LU-Belleville. We are in the process of building a strong tradition of basketball excellence at Lindenwood University.

We are currently in the USCAA conference, which is an independent conference. In the future, we will be moving to the NAIA. We are looking for hard working players with great attitudes to join our program. We are very focused on attitude and character; we do not deal with negativity, poor work ethic, or lack of effort. Additionally, we are extremely focused on academics and we strongly believe that you are a student-athlete first. You must perform in the classroom in order to perform on the court.

In order to be eligible for an athletic and academic scholarships (talent scholarships) you will need to complete the following:

(1) Fill out an application for admission on our website at belleville.lindenwood.edu (or print it and mail it to the address below).

(2) Have your official transcripts sent to my attention at the address below.

(3) Add our code 002480 to the FAFSA form.

You can find out additional information about Lindenwood University-Belleville, including the academic and athletic programs offered, on our website http://belleville.lindenwood.edu/

We look forward to learning more about you and receiving your information. Please let me know if you would like to schedule a campus visit by emailing me at aewing@lindenwood.edu.




NY Pride SISCA 15U Girls at CT Storm Mother's Day Classic

15U NY Pride SISCA capped off a successful weekend with a bang in a 50-18 defeat of the Connecticut Storm in their annual tourney, the Mother's Day Classic. Horace Greeley's Samantha Srinivasan led all scorers with 13 points, and an inspiring all-around performance that included 5 steals, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks. John Jay's Sasha Puglisi dazzled the crowd, capping her 10-point effort with a flamboyant reverse lay-up. Hackley's Stefanie Frolo and John Jay's Molly Newcomb --with 7 points each-- combined with Somers' Caite Opfer to provide a dominating presence on the defensive boards, swatting away numerous futile shot attempts from the opposition.

Harrison's Paige Brabant, and Montfort Academy's Alex Brady hit from long-range, chipping in 5 points apiece. Briarcliff's Haley Ann Simpson and Montfort's Alexandra Kearney contributed valuable minutes with their poised ballhandling skills, and smothering defensive efforts.

It was Paige Brabant's 14-point effort in the opening game of the tournament, that led the charge for Pride teamSisca in their 48-44 victory over the Connecticut Breeze. Caite Opfer and Sasha Puglisi had 8 points apiece, and Alex Brady hit for 6 more.
Stefanie Frolo swept the boards with 12 rebounds and chipped in with 6 points, while Samantha Srinivasan added a field goal and
ripped down 8 rebounds of her own. John Jay 8th-grader Eilish Newcomb rounded out the scoring with her high-arching 3-point bomb.

Sandwiched in-between was a tough loss to a very strong Connecticut Select team, and a heartbreaking 36-35 overtime defeat to a well-coached Connecticut Storm team. Pride teamSisca will join u16 teamAldo at the Hudson Valley Joust on May 21 and 22, looking to bring the same level of intensity that resulted in their strong finish at the MDC Tourney.



The 15U NY Pride Girls, pictured just prior to their resounding victory over the host Connecticut Storm in the Mother's Day Classic.
(L-R): Coach Phil Sisca, Alexandra Kearney, Samantha Srinivasan, Molly Newcomb, Alex Brady, Caitelyn Opfer, Paige Brabant, Stefanie Frolo, Sasha Puglisi, Eilish Newcomb, and Haley Ann Simpson.


NY Pride ALDO 16U Girls Run 2011 AAU Season Record to 10-2 at CT Storm Mother's Day Classic

Pride ALDO brought their 'A' game, going 3-1 in the process at this year's CT Storm Mother's Day Classic. Always a quality tournament, the event was held at Connecticut College Mitchell College, making it the 16th annual classic, again sold out.

The opening round matched Pride ALDO against the CT Starters Select team in a tight contest that ended on a late 3, the final a 45-44 loss. Chelsea Henderson (Yonkers High School) had an impact game, dropping in 13 points to lead all scorers except one. Click here to see Chelsea in action with her Pride and Yonkers HS teammates.
Lauren Quattrocchi (Brewster) is proving to be a capable second part of a sister act, following her sister Devon in Pride uniform. Lauren shared leading scorer status with teammate Chelsea, also firing her lethal jumper for 13 points, while notching 6 assists. Carmel's up-and-coming front-court presence Kelsey Zwarych hammered in 6 points while slapping the rock back in the other direction with 3 blocks and adding 8 rebounds.

Pride ALDO set off on a 3-game winning streak to make their presence known in northern Connecticut. The CT Storm went down 48-27 with pressure 'D' setting the tone. Another up-and-comer in Hudson Valley girls basketball, Somers' Victoria Scheffel blasted the competition with 12 points and 7 rebounds in the win.

Hackley standout Nia Yancopolous popped off with 8 points and 4 assists while handling the ball capably. Briana Rhett (New Rochelle) also added her take with another 8 spot while Mahopac's Cat Cazzari pitched in 8 points and was 4-4 from the freethrow line, on her way to an outstanding tournament with 9, 5, and 6 points in the following games.

Pride ALDO opened up with an 18-0 run over Team Mass, finishing things off with a 46-23 win. Somers' Marisa Gardineer, Brewster's Lauren Quattrocchi, and Hackley's Nia Yancopolous put on a shooting display, notching 12, 10, and 8 points respectively. Tori Scheffel continued sweeping the boards with 8 more rebounds and Briana Rhett was good for 6 assists.

The weekend was closed out with a defensive affair against the Connecticut Select 17's, a 29-28 win. Mary Miceli (New Rochelle) led all scorers with 7 points. The next stop for Pride ALDO is 25th annual tournament known as "The Joust", hosted by the Hudson Valley Knights in Poughkeepsie (note the change from the tournament page). Click here for more information on The Joust.

More on Chelsea Henderson—back on December 13, 2010 The Journal News reported on the "Game of the Day" and the player of the game was Chelsea. Click here for a link and below is the call-out:

Score of the day—Yonkers 55, Lincoln 52, OT: At Yonkers, Chelsea Henderson scored six of her 16 points in overtime to give the Bulldogs their first win of the season. Jessica Rabaa scored 21 points. With 10 seconds left in regulation, Donasia Farmer (14 points) came off of a pick and roll and hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game at 52 for the Lancers.

Video below: Chelsea Henderson in action with NY Pride and Yonkers HS.


Hudson Valley Sports Report Absorbed into MSGVarsity

The writer/publisher/cook and bottle-washer of the website Hudson Valley Sports Report Rich Thomaselli has reportedly been shopping his content around. By his own report he's found a taker. Hudsonvalleysportsreport.com will be absorbed into the MSGVaristy site and Thomaselli's site will be independent no longer. Here's a quote from his article announcing the deal (no link is provided because his site drops reports onto a default page instead of their own discrete links):

"But I’m certainly proud of what HVSR has become. If anything, I hope Hudson Valley Sports Report jolted a few butts into action in terms of local coverage. Because, frankly, all the local papers fell into their own little coverage niche with little to no competition, and that made them lazy."

In his piece Thomaselli refers to the large number of page hits at MSGVaristy.com, about ten times what his site experienced. We wish him well in his continued endeavors to cover regional sports with a gentle nudge of our own, since he seems into that kind of thing. MSG Varsity shuts out everyone that is not an Optimum subscriber, continuing a trend of closed content embraced by NYChoops.net, Rivals, and others. This has an obvious effect on cash flow, but serves to shut out the very readership, Hudson Valley residents, that put Hudson Valley Sports Report on the map ... unless they pony up. Since expanded readership is the reason for combining forces, opening up the content to a wider audience by increasing the availability of content would be a welcome change.


Pride Alum Tori Jarosz Reported to Exit Vanderbilt

The Pride learned about alum Tori Jarosz's exit plans before the Poughkeepsie Journal article yesterday as well as the LoHud spin-off of same. Tori was part of a powerhouse AAU squad that saw 9 of 10 players go on to play college ball, 3 of which received D1 scholarships. You can read the Poughkeepsie Journal piece here. The LoHud piece here adds a few tidbits. The bottom line is Marist, facing the impending exit of 6' 4" Kate Oliver, is poised to add Jarosz to the roster once she sits out the mandatory one-year NCAA period. The Pride wishes Tori well in her quest for playing time and in her educational goals.


Pride Alum Kim Hanlon Reported to Pick Stony Brook

The Pride is proud of training participant and Nike alum Kim Hanlon (White Plains) for her reported commitment to Stony Brook University. You can read the story here if you are a member. New coach Beth O'Boyle joined the program from Canisius and word on the street is that Kim was her first choice for a guard. Click here for Coach O'Boyle's bio page at the Seawolves site.

Beth O'Boyle is a great choice for Stony Brook, a program on the rise on the mens side. The men came one heartbreak away from their first NCAA birth this season in a loss to Boston University. O'Boyle helped Canisius to its best season in school history in 2008-09 and great things for the Seaswolves' womens program are expected. She has a speedy guard that can finish in Hanlon.



Pride Alum Christa Scognamiglio Named Rockland Player of the Year

The Pride congratulates alum Christa Scognamiglio (Pearl River) for being named Rockland basketball Player of the Year. Click here to read a feature story about the Pearl River junior.


All Section List Includes Pride Alum, Training Participants and Players

The Pride is proud of the hard-working young women that were named All Section for Section 1 basketball. Here is the entire list for the 2010/2011 season:

Christa Baccas, Suffern; Jackie Brett, Greeley; Saniya Chong, Ossining; Megan Curran, Tappan Zee; Felicia DaCruz, Albertus Magnus; Danielle DeStaso, Clarkstown North; Sabrina Diaz, Carmel; Jazmin Garcia, Peekskill; Marley Giddins, Irvington; Nicole Grossbard, Pearl River; Brittney Gullo, John Jay-EF; Margo Hackett, Pawling; Kasey Heyda, Briarcliff; Maia Hood, Alexander Hamilton; Brittany Horne, Carmel; Asia Jackson, Peekskill; Hayley Kanner, Scarsdale; Sade King, Mount Vernon; Raegan Knox, John JayBrittni Lai, Irvington; Nicole Lanteri, Arlington; Alexis Martins, Irvington; Lillian McCabe, Rye; Rachel McNair, Nyack; Liz Milner, Haldane; Carece Moore, Mount Vernon; Tasia Nolan, Peekskill; Lauren Quattrocchi, Brewster; Savina Reid, Briarcliff; Nicole Robinson, Ursuline; Christina Rupp, Ossining; Christa Scognamiglio, Pearl River; Caroline Spillane, Ursuline; Imani Tilford, Woodlands; Teneka Whittaker, Lourdes.


Training @ Club Fit, Jefferson Valley

Most afternoons you'll find Aldo Redendo on the hardwood training boys and girls, improving their ball-handling and shooting skills. Your child can be part of the action, all it takes is a call to Aldo on his cellphone 917-417-6563. You can also reach him via e-mail by clicking here.

Aldo stands at 6' 0" in stocking feet (his preferred mode of travel) but comes up looking like Spudd Webb when surrounded by 6' 4" Ray Tapio from Brewster (third from left dressed in black), 6' 6" Austin Brown (arm resting on Aldo's shoulder) and 6' 8" Max Parks. Max and Austin both play for Somers so say you heard it here first, look out for the Tuskers in 2011/2012 in Class A. In Celtics jersies, #5 is Will Gregson (Seven Bridges) and #20 is Jake Shild (Mahopac). Front row with basketball is Brandon Redendo, a student of the game with a burgeoning basketball IQ.



Photo below from girls training session (left to right): Megan , Samantha, Andra, Grace , and Kelsey


Newcomers training with Aldo:

Thiago Randazzo 6'5" from Kennedy
Max Parks 6'8" Somers
Ausin Brown 6 6" Somers
Alex Perlman 6 3" Lakeland
Michael Demello 5' 8" Kennedy
Matt Ryan 6 3" Iona Prep
John Seeher Somers
Matt Tartaglia 5 10" Lakeland
Matt Cy Panas
Eric Schneder 6 2" Lakeland
Raymond Tapio 6 4" Brewster
Ralph Watts 6 6 Albany State University
Brian Daniels 6 4" Briarcliff
Sticks Hunter 6 0" Peekskill
Kurt Stedl 6 5" Ridgefield


Pride 16U Girls Continue AAU Season at Blue Chip Sacred Heart

Price ALDO and Sisca, the 16U girls teams, took part in the Blue Chi basketball event at Sacred Heart University in Fairlfield, Connecticut during the weekend of April 23-24. Next stop: The Mother's Day Classic in New London, CT.

Pride ALDO went 4-1 at the event and both 16U teams did their thing in front of coaches from the following schools:

Blue Chip Basketball Pre-Season Challenge New England
College Coach Attendance

1. UMBC
2. Gordon College
3. LeMoyne College
4. SNHU
5. University of New Hampshire
6. University of Bridgeport
7. Assumption College
8. Johnson & Wales
9. Brandeis University
10. Pace University
11. Moravian College
12. CT College Prospects of America
13. Stonehill College
14. Bentley University
15. Amhurst
16. Rochester
17. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
18. Utica College
19. Connecticut College
20. Southern Connecticut
21. Suffolk
22. Mount Ida College
23. St. Michael's College
24. UVM
25. Wesleyan University
26. Quinnipiac University
27. Saint Rose
28. Holy Cross
29. Boston University
30. University of Hartford
31. Daniel Webster
32. Roger Williams
33. Western New England
34. Elins College
35. Union College
36. Loyola University
37. Siena College
38. Sacred Heart University


Pride 13U Boys Go Deep into D II Regional Qualifier

The Pride 13U boys played at the Long Island Garden in the Division II regional qualifier during the weekend of April 30-May 1. They made it to the semi-finals, dropping a game to the Blue Bombers 53-41 . Along the way the Pride defeated two Long Island Lightning teams and lost a heart-breaker to the Riverside Hawks by 1.Next stop: The Hall of Fame Classic in Springfield Mass.


Pride Kicks Off 2011 AAU Season With a Bang

Early results are in and word is that Pride Aldo and Pride Sisca went a combined 5-0 at the Future Stars event on Sunday, April 10. The showdown included a smackdown of Hoops Express 16U girls. The boys Pride 13U wrapped up three wins on April 9, including wins over Croton Harmon boys, Long Island Lightning, and the BC Eagles.

Image above: Top left to right.Neal Sullivan (scorebook)Players;Quari Alleyne,Mark Martin, Ryan Sullivan, Brandon Collins, Theo Courtsouros, Jeffrey Merchant, Prince Marsh, Ezekiel Dermasio, Qur'an Brickhouse, Kaelien Henderson and Coach Aldo Redendo. Bottom left to right.John Robles, Quinn Willman, Brandon Redendo and Brice Schreter.


Final NY State Basketball Rankings

Here is a good link for the final New York State girls varsity basketball rankings courtesty of the folks at Varsity 845. Section 1 placed as high as #15 in AA (Ossinning), #2 in A (Peekskill), #1 in B (Irvington), and #3 in C (Haldane).


College Hopefuls and More on the NAIA

Here is a good link to learn more about NAIA recruiting. It seems few athletes and their families in the Hudson Valley consider the NAIA route. This may be the result of geographic realities, 'name' school (aka bumper-sticker envy) or lack of awareness by local AAU and high school coaches. If your goal is to add the college basketball experience to your life, there are many schools to choose from in the NAIA.

"Overall, NAIA recruiting closely mirrors that of NCAA Divsion II. Recruiting, practice, and competition are governed by individual institutions and/or conference. Contact the recruiting school for more information or visit www.naia.org. "


College Hopefuls and AAU Eligibility, Article on AAU's Role

Questions sometimes arise regarding age/grade eligibility issues and AAU play. Click here to get a document that spells it all out for you for boys and here for girls.

Here is an interesting article out of USA Today that addresses various recruiting issues based on player experience.


College Hopefuls and the Recruiting Service

'Dingo Ate My Baby' may be a fictional band in Buffy the Vampire Slayer but if one replaces the "Dingo" with "recruiting service" and "Baby" with "my parents money" you'll have an accurate statement about many self-described 'recruiting services'. The sad reality is the AAU scene could use a Buffy ... to slay some of the vampires that are out there for a quick buck. They promise to get you in front of college coaches, push you to the front of the list, and so on. They want upwards of $5 grand for their no guarantee services. Say no to their pitches and they've been known to get nasty.

In the wild west of girls basketball recruiting Dan Olson came off as a decent human being during this writer's discussions with the man. You can see from this link that his business is built around selling information to college coaches, not soaking naive parents. In your contact database you should include scouting services. Legit ones will be thankful for the information and may come out and see you play at a team or individual showcase to flesh out their file. Illegitimate ones will try and hit you up for money, make lots of promises.

The bottom line is buyer beware.


College Hopefuls and the Contact Attack

Once you've assembled your contact database consisting of decision-maker e-mails save them to your address book. You're going to need this list going forward to send out 'Blind CC' (blind carbon copy) e-mails with your team tournament schedule, individual showcase participation, and news of note that points up your success as a scholar and/or an athlete. If you don't know how to use the BCC feature on your e-mail client ask someone or you can click here for Outlook Express users, here for Gmail users, and here for Mozilla Thunderbird users.

Coaches have a lot on their plate when it comes to recruiting. Yo want to make yourself the easiest player in the country to recruit and can accomplish that task by making sure a coach never needs to work hard to find out more about you. This writer recently had the chance to get feedback on the subject of academics with two former D1 coaches, one the legendary Vic Bubas of Duke (through an interview question provided for a recent television interview prior to the NCAA tournament). Both respondents stated unequivocally that academic success gets a player recruited and keeps them in school. Two guards of equal talent to choose from, guess which one gets offered?

With your contact database in hand (e-mail addresses) and a method to deploy them (BCC via your e-mail program) you are armed and ready to send out an e-mail for the following reasons:

  • —AAU tournament schedule
  • —Individual basketball showcase
  • —High Honor Roll
  • —Academic awards
  • —Volunteer Work in your Community
  • —Photos of you in action
  • —Notable performances in AAU and high school ball
  • —Any newspaper mention of you
  • —Athletic Awards
  • —As they say in New England, 'what have you?' (i..e, use your imagination)


College Hopefuls and NAIA Schools

The NAIA consists of schools in regions outside of the northeast primarily. Both NAIA Division 1 and 2 schools confer athletic scholarships and the NAIA has no restrictions on contact. Unlike the NCAA, NAIA coaches are allowed to contact prospective players at any time. You can click here to find the complete list of NAIA schools nationwide.

You should use the same approach described immediately below to build your contact database. Once again, be sure to fill out recruiting forms at the site for each school you visit.


College Hopefuls and Starting the Recruiting Process

A lot of unnecessary mystery seems to surround the college recruiting process. The first question that needs to be an answered is, 'where do I start?' We begin by answering with 'where you don't start.'

Working efficiently and expending a lot of energy are compared when it comes to team and indivdual success on the hardwood. The former beats the latter when combined with skill and talent. Putting all of your energy into attending team practices, training, and pouring on all the sweat one can muster is part of getting to be noticed and helping your AAU team win. Sure to make your coach happy but not an efficient way to ensure you get recruited. The latter is a form of job interview, and to succeed at that you need to complete a resume, listing all of your on and off the court attributes. And that means everything, especially academics. You'll then need to source out the relevent decision-makers aka coaches. Get your name in front of them and keep it there.

Here's one approach. Go to this page at the NCAA. Choose Division 1, 2, or 3 from the drop-down box and click on [RUN REPORT]. What you'll end up with is a list of each school in that division, with clickable links. Now comes the hard work (you didn't think this was going to be easy...?) Click on the link for each school you are interested in playing for and feel you have a shot at. Be honest with yourself, talk to your coaches, and be not afraid.

Once you get to a school's website you'll find a list of the coaches for each sport. Find the e-mail address for each. Sometimes it is listed on the roster page, other times it is in a phone/e-mail directory. Sometimes it is found on the bio page for a coach. You'll have to dig. Once you get what you are looking for, Windows users can [RIGHT CLICK] and choose [COPY E-MAIL ADDRESS]. Save this into a list for later use and be sure to save the e-mail address of the head coach, assistant coach, and director of recruiting for each school. Save the list of e-mails in a Notepad document, word processor, or in your e-mail program's address book for later use and check back for instructions on how to deploy your attack in the next segment above.

While you are at each school site, be sure to fill out the recruiting form using the link they will provide.

Image above: NCAA screenshot from the instructions in paragrah three [RUN REPORT].


College Hopefuls and Individual Showcase Events

The AAU team approach has its place in the college recruiting process and is often emphasized as 'the way to go' to the detriment of the individual player showcase. The latter events are NCAA sanctioned and a list of the girls events can be found by clicking here. Check back with the NCAA site for a listing of sanctioned boys events. Boys and girls events for summer 2011 will also be listed at a later date, as they become finalized.

Especially valuable recruiting opportunities exist in the individual showcases that are part of the July and October NCAA viewing period. While these showcases are 'invite only', every AAU coach has the ability to make a phone call and get a player an invite. As your AAU coach to do just that and be SURE to get out to a few individual showcases if your plans include playing college ball. Finally, do not let anyone tell you that sophomore year is 'too early' to do one of these events. It is the perfect time to experience the individual showcase, when there is little 'on the line' ... so you'll be a veteran the following year. Here is a partial list of individual showcases (including editorial/opinion material) at the Jim Martin Scouting page.


Gaitley to Coach Fordham

Former Monmouth, St. Joseph's, Richmond and LIU head coach Stephanie Gaitley has been announced as the new Head Coach at Fordham. Click here, here and here to read stories on the selection. Gaitley has been a winner everywhere she has been on the sideline, and then some. She leaves the Monmouth program in the kind of condition every AD desires: coming off an NIT bid and expected to be #1 in the NEC next season.

To this day Gaitley is the winningest coach in LIU women's basketball history. Gaitley served as the head coach at Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia for ten seasons from 1992 to 2001. She led the Hawks to five 20-win seasons and two Atlantic 10 Championships and garnered five NCAA Tournament bids. Gaitley is a member of the South Jersey and Ocean City High School Halls of Fame. She and her husband Frank have three sons.

"She has been a winner and has always had a conference-championship caliber team," Fordham athletic director Frank McLaughlin said in a statement. "Her outstanding coaching career makes a strong statement that Fordham is very serious about becoming one of the top women's basketball programs in the very competitive Atlantic 10 Conference."

Photo above from here: Coach Stephanie Gaitley works the sideline at Monmouth last season to a 23-10 overall (13-5 NEC) record.


Morehead, Pinewood Wins State Championship

The Pride says 'go west young man (or woman)' ... at least go west to Pinewood High School in Palo Alto, California and congratulate team Aldo alum Kelsey Morehead for her part in the 2010/2011 State Championship. Click here to read about the 71-52 win over Rincon on March 11, 2011. Kelsey knocked down two treys in that game.

Pinewood went on to defeat St. Bernard, 67-56 for the championship in NorCal's CIF State D-V league. Click here for an article that includes this rather nice quote about the Tufts bound senior:

"Point guard Kelsey Morehead ran the show beautifully in her usual 32 minutes of floor time. "

Photo above from here: Kelsey Morehead drops in the lefty layup during the win over Rincon on March 11th (left) and right hand for right pass in the win over St. Bernard on March 26th.


Sheridan Taylor Leads All Scorers, Peekskill Wins 1st State Championship

The Pride is proud of alum Sheridan Taylor, a newly minted State Basketball Champion in Section 1's Class A. Pride players and parents know Sheridan went about it the old-fashioned way. She paid her dues up and down the East Coast during last year's AAU season, setting the tone as the hardest-working member of Pride James and then some. What coaches never get from Taylor is a complaint. What they always get is 100% effort. The Peekskill senior led all scorers with 20 points in a 58-35 in the Class A final at Hudson Valley Community College over Averill Park. Click here to read the LoHud story on the game.

A first-ever Gold Ball, first ever State Championship ... and a bye in the first round of Federation play ... is all in the rearview for the Red Devils now. They play the winner of Friday's semifinal game between CHSAA champion Archbishop Molloy and the PSAL champs for the title Saturday, March 26th at 12:15 at the Times Union Center in Albany.

The LoHud piece had this quote from Sheridan: "It's the best thing ever," Taylor said. "It's the best way to complete my senior year."


Sheridan Taylor Rocks the House; Returns to Finish Gold Ball Job; Team Leading Scorer w/18 Points

The Pride is not the least bit surprised with the performance of alum Sheridan Taylor during Peekskill's thrilling come-from-behind Class A championship 62-54 win over Pearl River at the Westchester County Center on March 6, 2011. And while we are not here to quibble over MVP choices, everyone that attended the game knows two things are facts: 1) When Peekskill was fading in the first half, Sheridan never quit and led her team back while displaying her warrior spirit on the big stage; 2) Sheridan re-entered the game following a bad 4th quarter ankle sprain to gut it out and help the Red Devils finish the job. The results were a team championship, the coveted Gold Ball.

Click here for the NCNLocal story on the Class A championship game. From that article:

"Taylor kept the Red Devils afloat in the first half, netting eight of her team-high 18 points in the second quarter. Senior Kiana Letsinger contributed four points."

During his pep talk while Peekskill was trailing, coach Rodney Headley Jr. implored his athletes to pay back their parents' collective investment in time and money, aka AAU. In the win Headley out-coached Lorraine Moylan, the Pearl River sideline presence now adding a chapter to her legacy that includes bitterly dissappointing losses at the County Center. On 6 March Moylan's team held a commanding 16 point lead late and was benefited by a loud and large student body in support. None of those factors served to overcome the will of the Peekskill players including Garcia and Nolan and there was nary a sign of any adjustments in the Pearl River game plan. On this night second year coach Headley Jr. was by far the man with the magic words and the equally magic touch. And the kids clutching the Gold Ball at the end.

From the Regional Championship win article below:

The first quarter was a defensive contest as each team only scored three points apiece. Peekskill was able to tie it at the buzzer on a basket by Sheridan Taylor, whose hoop finished off a fast break off a Maine-Endwell miss.

"That's the style of game they play," Headley said. "They are hard-nosed defensive players and they get rebounds. It's the first time we got beat on rebounds in a long time. They play a low-scoring game and hope to be around at the end and they were. But we adapted and prevailed."

Peekskill added to their winning ways with a Regional Championship over Maine-Endwell. Click here for that story. Peekskill earned its first trip to the New York State Final Four with the 49-44 win over Maine-Endwell.

Photo above: The caption reads, "Peekskill's Sheridan Taylor (5) and Jazmin Garcia (13) celebrate their victory over Maine-Endwell in the girl's regional basketball championship at Mount St. Mary's College in Newburgh, March 11, 2011."


Smith Falls in NEWMAC Final; Quattrocchi Wraps Successful 2nd Campaign for Pioneers

The Pride is proud of alum and former Hudson Valley standout Devon Quattrocchi and her Smith Pioneers for their run to the NEWMAC championship game. The Pioneers saw an eight game winning streak snapped by favorite Babson in the title game that would have guaranteed a bid to the Division III NCAA Championship. Click here for the full story.

Quattrocchi logged 744 minutes (31.0 avg. per game) during the Pioneers' successful 17-11 campaign during the 2010/2011 season. In addition to holding down the #3 spot on the roster in minutes played, the sophomore amassed 22 starts, 69 assists (2nd on the team) and 169 points. The Smith program is on an upward trend since acquiring the services of Quattrocchi with back-to-back winning seasons (14-10 for 2009/2010; Devon put up 115 points and 35 assists as a freshman). Click here for stats for this season and here for last season.


Yancopoulas Leads Hackley to NYSAISAA Girls Basketball Championship Game

The Pride is proud of comeback player of the year PG Nia Yancopoulas. The Hackley junior led all scorers Thursday night in a 33-24 win over Trinity. The New York Post reported Yancopoulas' 15 point outburst, including four 3-pointers, in their story here. You can also pick it up at High School Sports dot net here. On March 4 the Hackley Hornets took on Dwight and St. Peter’s-bound guard Antonia Smith for the right to represent Class C in the final and came away with a 60-44 win. Smith pummelled No. 3 Immaculata with 30 points in the previous round prior to matching up against Hackley. Nia Yancopoulas learned her lock-down man defensive skills playing the Pride way and gladly loans them out to her Hackley head coach and the results were a trip to the final at 11 AM on Sunday, March 6th at the Fieldston School at 3901 Fieldston Road, Bronx, NY.

Photo above: Nia gets set to drain another three for the Pride.


Heschel Falls to Flatbush, Game Declared "Epic" by Jewish Hoops America

The Pride's Aldo Redendo wore a groove in the Taconic>Saw Mill>Henry Hudson>West End Avenue run this fall and winter as he headed south to coach his Heschel Heat boys varsity basketball squad. In addition to a bag of 'The Rock' emblazoned balls Redendo brought plans to convert the Heat from what one team parent described as "walk it up" basketball to an intense, man-with-help style that would transform the squad, and the experience of its athletes, in the season to come.

When word was passed down to the Yeshiva basketball doyens at Jewish Hoops America that there was a new coach in town the collective response was a combination yawn and derision, not to mention an expection that Aldo would be 'another one and out' at the Manhattan private school. Click here for their article following the Heschel-Flatbush playoff game to see how far things came after one season.

To their credit the Heschel athletes bought in. The boys made trips to Redendo's training gym at Club Fit in Jefferson Valley, literally matching their new coach's willingness to exit the comfort zone in search of an extra edge. On the night of March 2nd, 1609 Avenue J in Brooklyn was the center of NYC's Yeshiva basketball universe, the Joel Braverman High School to be exact as Hechel squared off against Flatbush in the first round of the playoffs.

With about 4 minutes remaining in the 4th Quarter Heschel took a one point lead, stunning the raucous home crowd. The atmosphere at Flatbush was what one would expect for a game of this magnitude. The gym is two stories below ground and a low, poured-concrete ceiling kept the noise in the room. And there was plenty of noise as Heschel fans made a strong showing, MSG's Mike Quick was there covering the action and the tense contest led to wave after wave of celebrations... and moans.

From the piece at Jewish Hoops America:

"So the Falcons took the court without Sam Mishaan and were ready for the heralded Heschel full court defense and that's exactly what they got from the opening tip. That defense contributed to an extremely low scoring first quarter as Flatbush took an 8-5 lead after one. In the 2nd stanza Heschel's defense created many turnovers..."

"With 6 minutes left the Falcon faithful were sweating and worried whether this would be it. They had promised Mishaan a win so his career wouldn’t end on the bench with a bunch of “what if’s”..."

"Kudos to the Heschel Heat on a great season and above all acting like the true gentlemen they are known to be. Coach Aldo took this team over in September and instilled a classiness second to none. "

Photo above: A glum Flatbush squad (right) watches their offense sputter as the scoreboard reads 30-30 with 6:14 remaining in the 4th Quarter. Heschel (in orange) would take its final lead at the 4 minute mark. Inset: Heschel fans have their hands in the air as David Yitzhari steps to the line to give Heschel a lead in the final quarter; fans spilled into and filled the viewing area above the court during the standing room only contest.


Briarcliff to Class B Finals

Pride AAU and Briarcliff coach Don Hamlin is the class of Section 1 and his teams experience success that leads to Gold Ball, State and Federation basketball championships. Coach Hamlin once again has his squad playing at the Westchester County Center and in the finals. If you are an Optimum subscriber you can watch the post-game interview with Don Hamlin here. His Briarcliff Bears knocked off Bronxville 53-32. You can catch a story on that game by clicking here. The win propels the Bears to the finals against Irvington on Saturday night, March 5th @ 7:00 PM. Savina Reid was awarded Con Ed Scholar Athlete of the Week and will be taking her sporting self to Carnegie Mellon to play soccer in the fall.


Celaj Barrage, Reid = Speed, + Heyda IDAK over Pawling by 20; Berry Good in Loss

Pride players and coaches ganged up on Pawling in a Class B quarterfinal and the result was a 20 point win on Wednesday, February 23rd. Kasey Heyda dominated the glass with 11 rebounds and in the scoring column, leading all scorers with 18 points. Brianna Celaj had her battery bring down the 'Celaj Barrage' after it had apparently been lifted while ammunition was restocked. Savina Reid nearly pulled off a post-season triple double with 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Last but by far not least, Pride and Briarcliff coach Don Hamlin did what he is accustomed to doing: lead his young athletes to post-season victories and another berth at the Westchester County Center.

Pride alum Carey Berry had a productive night on a tough night for her team with 19 points as Putnam Valley was whalloped by Irvington, 77-44.


Pride Players, Alum in Post Season Action

There were plenty of Pride players and alum in action in Section 1's post-season on Tuesday, February 22nd. Hackley's Nia Yancopoulas continued her comeback season with 12 points and handled the rock in her team's 51-39 win over Our Lady of Victory. Sheridan Taylor dropped in with 16 points during a 74-44 drubbing of Somers. Carmel's Brittany Horne ended a stellar high school career with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 59-55 loss to Mount Vernon.

Emily Alicea had 18 points as Lakeland dropped their contest to Albertus Magnus, 52-42. Margo Hackett scored 46 points in a double OT win over Croton Harmon Monday night during which the Pawling scorer went up against former Pride and Hawks teammate Aly Tuman.

The game of the post-season to date was Mt. Vernon's win over Carmel, 59-55. The game was played at Fischer Middle School in Carmel due to a leaking roof at Carmel High School and in the early going it was all Rams. Carmel built a 10 point lead off the fast break and every call, including a questionable 'T' against Mt. Vernon, went Carmel's way.

Country Center championship MVP Sade King, however, was never rattled and when you are the best '1' in the building, and have the best '5' on the floor in the form of D1-bound Luburida "Birdy" Gordon, there is no reason to panic. Carmel's backcourt had their way early and often but failed to get Georgetown-bound star and Pride alum Brittany Horne nearly enough touches. King, whose rep extends to Brooklyn's MC's and beyond, had no such problem and found her bigs time and again with the rock. Sade also made a reverse layup move that thrilled the crowd and showed what big time is by knocking down the late free throws, including the dagger that extended the lead to 59-55, the final margin.

Photo above: Mt. Vernon's Sade King shows ice in the veins, with the dagger free throw that extended the lead to 4 points with 11 seconds remaining.


Moschetta Bakes Beacon

Joining other Pride players and alum in the winner's circle is a player we've been following all season. And with good reason. The hard-working, unselfish guard knocked Beacon and Christina Dahl out of any thought of a run to the County Center. And Andi did it decisively by leading all scorers with a 19 point outburst, including two threes. The only bright spot for Beacon was the play of Brittany Romanelli. The senior led her team with 17 points to cap off a great season for a team she did everything she could to carry.


Knox Knocks out Scarsdale; Roman Wrecks 'Neck

John Jay head coach Greg Blake has his first signature win since taking the reins at the Cross River program and it's a big one. His Indians sent Luke Vaccaro's Scarsdale squad packing, terminating their post-season in a dramatic 44-42 win. Pride standout Raegan Knox led all scorers with 26 points, 10 from the free throw line, in a dominant performance that earned her team a trip to the post-season following the outbracket victory. Click here for the boxscore.

Blake and Knox head to Greeley on Friday, February 18th at 5:00 PM. There is no doubt coach and his top player will be ready. Another Pride alum stood out on the night of February 17th. The talented Sofia Roman led all scorers with a 16 point outburst that tipped a feisty Mamaroneck fanbase, along with their team, out of the 2010/2011 season. Roman did it all: nailed two treys, dropped in 6 from the freethrow line, and popped off four times from the field. She also dished so others could swish, including her sister Veronica, herself a standout scholar athlete. Click here for the boxscore.


Pride Players Finish Strong

Another Hudson Valley girls basketball season ended the way it began: With NY Pride AAU players making a difference for their high school squads. The number '14' figured into the mix as Brewster's Rori Stark and Lakeland's Courtney Stokes each dropped in fourteen points and led their teams in scoring in a loss to Carmel and a win over Hen Hud, respectively. Not to be outdone, hustle-meister Taylor Pompilio dropped in 10 more points for the Hornets in Lakeland's 45-33 win over Hen Hud.

Nia Yancopoulas (Hackley) continued her strong comeback season with a 13 point effort in a 46-37 win over Sacred Heart (CT). Pride alum Sofia Roman and Kim Hanlon had 18 points each for White Plains in a 68-48 loss to Mount Vernon. Another Pride alum, Christa Scognamiglio (Pearl River), had 27 points in what must have been a nailbiter of win, 79-26 over Suffern. The Pride salutes Harrison's Andi Moschetta for distributing the rock as her team won another testament to why schools need to put 'bus money' over all else in a 65-19 win for Harrison over Port Chester.

The Pride wishes all of the athletes the best as they head into the post-season.


Heschel Bests T.A. of Bergen, One Win Away From Postseason Berth

The Heschel Heat got hot again with a 47-32 road win over the Torah Academy of Bergen County on February 9th. The final regular season game for the Heat is a rematch against Hillel on February 16th at Heschel's West Side gym. In the last game between the teams Hillell came away with a 56-43 win. Hillel is currently ranked #8 nationally in the Jewish Hoops Top 25 while Heschel has dropped out of the 1-25 rankings.

Click here for a breakdown of the post-season situation as of last week.


Sweet 16 for Yancopoulas in 300th, More Pride Players Shine

The pride of the Pride Nia Yancopoulas (Hackley) netted 16 big points to help sweeten the 300th victory for Hackley coach Shelagh Amann in a 62-31 win over Dalton on February 11th. Two Pride favorites, Kasey Heyda (Briarcliff) and Andi Moschetta (Harrison) continued their double-digit ways with 18 and 13 points respectively in a 69-36 win for the Bears. No chairs went airborne in the loss but a few hands may have been thrown up in the loss according to sources.

A Pride fall team standout accounted for almost half her teams' output as Brewster junior Lauren Quattrocchi quietly went about her business and scored 13 in an important 34-29 win over Somers. Brewster faces Carmel in the season finale before AA playoffs begin. In an unrelated story, Yorktown dropped a tough OT loss 39-35 to Hen Hud. The Cornhuskers are still in pursuit of their first win of the season.


Celaj Barrage Continues + Heyda

The results from last night's games included an 84-26 win by Briarcliff over Sleepy Hollow. Bears' sophomore Brianna Celaj continued her fire support of her team by leading all scorers with 19 points. Kasey Heyda contributed 16 points and eight rebounds. As of February10, 2011 the Celaj Barrage grinds on with another double-digit scoring night for the young Pride player.


Knox 4th 2009 Pride ALDO Alum to Reach 1,000 as a Junior

The Pride is proud of Raegan Knox (John Jay Cross River) for reaching the 1,000 point milestone as a junior. She joins three other Pride ALDO alum from the the 2009 AAU 16U squad, Emily Tapio (Brewster), Christa Scognamiglio (Pearl River), and Margo Hackett (Pawling) in that category. That AAU club went 44-14 on the 2009 season.

Knox hit her 1,000th point in a 59-43 win over Brewster on February 8, 2011, scoring a season-high 34 points. Here's a quote from her coach Greg Blake (source: Journal News):

“I knew she was good and I hadn’t seen her play until (the beginning of the season),” he said, “but I learned that she plays hard and never quits. In my 39 years of coaching I’d say she’s definitely one of the top five competitors I’ve ever coached.”

Photo above: Raegan Knox elevates for the Pride on her way to two points.


Heschel Drops Heartbreaker to Undefeated Frisch, 45-42, Led with Under a Minute to Play; Heat Rated "Loudest Yeshiva Crowd in NYC" by Observers

"The orange clad Heschel Heat, 6-5 in YL play, but playing the best ball of the year... and a team no one wants to play in the playoffs. Heschel was ripe and ready for this game" Jewish Hoops America

(click here to read the in-depth piece at JHA on the the Heschel-Frisch game)

The Heschel Heat entered their February 7th matchup with undefeated and highly ranked Frisch decided underdogs and left with a loss that opened some eyes in Yeshiva basketball circles. No mean feat. Unable to hit the jumpshot all night, coach Aldo Redendo had the Heat playing a frenetic man with help 'D' that kept things close. Frisch threatened to pull away after amassing double-digit leads multiple times and held a ten point margin, 37-27, to start the fourth quarter.

Heschel made a furious run with some big-time play from Heat big man David Yitzhari. Timely threes brought the already loud home crowd to fever pitch and with under a minute to play Heschel held a one point lead and was poised to salt this one away from the free throw line. A miss on the front end of a one-and-one led to a fast-break basket and the lead changed hands for the final time as Frisch closed out a three point win.

Aldo commented after the game, "I'm so proud of these kid. They never give up, they fought hard. We will be ready for the playoffs."

Photos above top left, clockwise: The clock struck midnight at 8:44 PM as the front end of a one-and-one was released with Heschel holding its only lead of the game; the final scoreboard; Frisch led 37-27 to start the fourth quarter; Aldo Rednedo looks on as his Heat charges do their thing in front of an adoring and loud home crowd.


Pride Alum Carey Berrys Lakeland, Andi Handy in Loss

The Pride hasn't lost track of alum Carey Berry and with good reason. The Putnam Valley senior did her thing and proved a small forward can play big in the paint as she 'painted' Lakeland with 15 points during a 40-32 win on Tuesday, February 8th. Pride player Emily Alicea almost got the Hornets back into it with a steal and layup with about a mintue to go, cutting it to a four point game, but Put Valley hung on to win, improving their season record to 9-8. Alicea led Lakeland with 10 points as the Hornets fell to 8-7 on the season.

Speaking of seasons, the 2010/2011 season is one of parity in Hudson Valley girls basketball. Sources point to some outstanding players but almost every team in Section 1 can be beaten on any given night. Pride alum Andi Moschetta continued her Harrison rampage with another double-digit night, scoring 12 in a loss to Byram Hills, 61-41 on Tuesday the 8th.


Pride Union at Union

The Pride is proud of two alum now on the roster at Union College. Nora Swidler (Heschel) and Kelsey McDonald (Cornwall Central) are both playing for coach Mary Ellen Burt at the Schenectady, New York school. Union is 12-6 overall and 7-3 in Liberty League play on the 2010/2011 season.


February 7th Declared "Pride Double Figures" Night

Pride players were named all over the papers for their play on February 7, 2011. Aly Tuman (Croton Harmon) contributed 10 big ones but it wasn't enough to overcome a 38-34 loss to Sleepy Hollow. At Lakeland, Emily Alicea had 13 points and Courtney Stokes had 12 points in a 47-30 win over Hen Hud.

At Kennedy, Sheridan Taylor had 18 points for the Red Devils in a 62-37 win over Kennedy. At Pleasantville, Brianna Celaj and Kasey Heyda each had a dozen points in a 59-30 win over Pleasantville....and yes, the "Celaj Barrage" continues (click here to find out what a barrage sounds like). In fact, we hear Don Hamlin is so happy with his call to the supporting battery that has brought on stonk after stonk from Brittany Celaj, that the barrage may not be called off until a Golden orb and another Federation pelt is on the Briarcliff coach's already well-adorned belt.

More on the Celaj Barrage from the win over Sleepy Hollow in the Tarrytown Patch here:

Headline: Briarcliff Trounces Sleepy Hollow Behind Reid, Celaj

Hamlin, the longtime Bears coach, heaped lavish praise on Celaj (13 points), who has come into her own lately.

“Her performance was huge,” Hamlin explained. “She just gives us scoring when we’re searching. She really gives us an efficient scoring punch.”

And on another note...to the fans in AA—Sade King, known as "Little Sade" in Brooklyn for her flash and game, teamed up with the section's only true 5 Luburdia Gordon to put a beating on Scarsdale. The Mount Vernon point guard poured in 17 points while getting her big all lit up with 22 to lead all scorers. Word to all the wannabee PG's in the section: make your front court happy, make your team successful. Forget the "me" and be a leader of the "we" and see what happens. The Pride hopes the coaches in AA have enjoyed their regular seasons and will be down at the County Center to see what a team that plays 1 through 5 looks like.

Photo above from the North County News Online: The Celaj Barrage bringing its firepower to bear against another hapless defender as caught by the cameras of the North County News.


Heyda Hammers Ossining, Celaj Barrage Continues, Reid × 2

The Pride is proud of one its stalwarts, warrior priestess Kasey Heyda. The Briarcliff senior has traveled the east coast along the AAU circuit for years bringing 100% effort, intensity and enthusiasm to every game. This athlete never takes a game off and is the kind of team-mate that makes everyone else better and enjoy basketball more. Kasey returned from her national tour to remind Hudson Valley basketball aficionados why Briarcliff is where it is: her 19 points and 9 rebounds crushed the Bears' league rival and much larger AA school on February 4th, 65-62. Heyda put up the numbers and also showed her coolness in the big moments, providing the game-winning bucket with under two minutes left in the game.

Young gun Brianna Celaj continued her 'Celaj Barrage', joining Heyda in the double-digit scoring category with a baker's dozen13 points and matching her senior front-court mate with 9 rebounds of her own. The Reids shined in the game, 12 points for Briana and 9 plus 6 dimes for the other half of their sister act, Savina. The win puts Briarcliff in the driver's seat to hang another league championship banner in their house and again proves 'AA', 'B' and all that means nothing when small-school players play with heart and for a great coach like Don Hamlin (a Pride coach that dedicates untold hours grooming and teaching young players during the AAU season and is a winner on every level.)


More Moschetta in the News

The Pride continues to follow alum and athletes that have put in the hours training and it is never a surprise when sportswriters, college coaches and others in the sports realm sit up and take notice of the high acheivers that have made their work ethic known on the hardwood of Club Fit and beyond. Andi Moschetta (Harrison) is back at the forefront of sports in her high school and received additional coverage in the paper down there which you can read by clicking here. The sub-head from the piece in the Harrison Patch reads:

In her senior season Andrea Moschetta has battled adversity and hardship, but she has fought back and shown why she is one of the best athletes in Harrison High School.

Andi played on Pride JAMES and ALDO squads at AAU tournaments up and down the east coast and has spent hundreds of hours working her tail off training... so her success is no accident. We called out Andi for her willingness to stay the course for the love of her sports and are happy to do so again for this authentic competitor, a throwback to another era.

Photo above from the Harrison Patch, click here to see those and others: What used to be known as a 'sportsman' (or sportswoman') seems to be a bygone term as athletes focus all their energy on one sport to keep up with a virtual arms race created by the pursuit of college opportunities. Andi is a sportsman, seen here getting it done on the basketball court and the soccer field for the Harrison Huskies.


Redendo Helps Cement Heschel Place in Top 25

The Pride's Aldo Redendo is enourmously proud of his Heschel Heat 2010-2011 varsity squad. The team has secured a place in the latest Top 25 rankings from Jewish Hoops America and has come close to knocking off top-ranked teams. MTA is currently ranked #6 nationally and barely escaped the confines of the Heschel gym with a 39-38 OT win. Proving it was no fluke, Heschel had the ball and a chance to win at MTA's place before falling 41-39 on the road. Single digit losses to #5 Frisch speaks to the effort the Heat are putting in and word out of the Midtown Manhattan school is that the players are buying in to Aldo's intense style.

The results speak for themselves. Click here for the Heschel schedule. Click here for the Jewish Hoops America chat site where they take their Yeshiva basketball very, very...very seriously.

Photo above from Heschel here: The taskmaster with arms folded watches his charges carefully during the opening tipoff.


Pawling Crushed by Haldane, Hackett Not Crushed × 2,000; Knox, Scognamiglio in the News

The Pride is proud of alum Margo Hackett (Pawling) in her 6th season of playing varsity for dad and coach Jeff. Her team suffered a tough loss, 73-42 at the hands of Haldane. In the loss, Hackett tossed in 24 points and surpassed 2,000 points in her career, an impressive tally.

John Jay's Raegan Knox knocked in 27 points in a 62-30 win over hapless Yorktown. Despite great coaching, Yorktown has been unable to secure that first 'W' on the 2010/2011 season. Christa Scognamiglio (Pearl River) donated 18 points to another great coach, Lorraine Moylan, in Pearl River's 61-27 win over Spring Valley.


Hackley's Yancopoulas Steals 8, Call a Cop

The Pride noticed one of its favorite hustle-athletes Nia Yancopoulas (Hackley) for her performance in the Tarrytown school's 52-30 win over Fieldston. Nia handled the rock, swiped the rock and scored the rock to the tune of 9 points and 8 steals in the win.


MSG Varisty Picks Mt. Vernon Over Ossinning in AA Championship, Pride ALDO's Tapio, Knox, are Pre Season MSG All Star Picks

The folks at MSG Varsity picked Mt. Vernon before the season to repeat as champions in AA. With the season past the halfway mark, some question whether that pick will come through.

MSG also compiled its own list of AA All Stars and Pride ALDO players Emily Tapio (Brewster; first team All Star) and Raegan Knox (John Jay CR) made the list. Here is the breakdown you can read here:

Breaking it Down: Class AA Girls Hoops
By Kevin Devaney Jr. | Wednesday, December 15

CLASS AA

Defending Champion
Mount Vernon: The Knights were loaded with talent last season and seemed to get better every day on their way to their second straight title. The top player, Taylor Palmer, currently plays for West Virginia.

Preseason Favorite
Mount Vernon: A three-peat isn’t out of the question for Mount Vernon. But the team still has question marks. Sade King and Carece Moore both saw serious time last season, and 6-foot-4 sophomore Lubirdia Gordon is a matchup nightmare. Add in Donisha Watson, a 6-3 transfer om Murray Bergraum, and the potential for this team is unlimited.

Top Contenders
Ossining: Last year’s runner-up returns Section 1’s best player in sophomore Saniya Chong. But there’s so much youth and inexperience around here. Chong alone will enable Ossining to contend. But the development of the surrounding players, including three eighth-graders, will dictate how far the team goes.

Carmel: The Rams feature the area’s best post player in Brittany Horne, who has signed with Georgetown from a team that reached the Section 1 semifinals last season. Juniors Nikki Oliver and Sabrina Diaz are talented players who could put Carmel over the top.

Scarsdale: The Raiders have a terrific post player in Hayley Kanner. The versatile 6-foot-1 forward has “improved immensely” according to coach Luke Vaccaro. Again, the development of the supporting cast against the ultra-competitive league schedule will be a major factor.

Ursuline: The Koalas are always in the thick of things in Class AA and this season will be no different. Ursuline is deep and athletic.

Team on the Rise
North Rockland: Watch out for the Red Raiders. They return eight players from last season and are vastly improved from top to bottom. Alex Philbin, Fiona Pierre and Deanna Jones are all 5-foot-10 and are capable scorers and rebounders. North Rockland will fair well against their Rockland league schedule and could end up near the top of the Class AA seedings.

MSG VARSITY: PRESEASON ALL-STARS

First Team
Saniya Chong, 5-9, Soph., G, Ossining: Even with all the attention given to her by opposing defenses, Chong always finds ways to put the ball in the basket.

Lubirdia Gordon, 6-5, Soph., C, Mount Vernon: Still a work-in-progress, Gordon showed great mobility and toughness in the postseason last March. Look for an improved player this season.

Taneka Whittaker, 5-9, Sr., G, Lourdes: An outstanding shooter, Whittaker can handle anything an opposing defense throws at her thanks to her ability to score from anywhere on the floor.

Brittany Horne, 6-1 Sr., F, Carmel: The Georgetown-bound standout is an explosive talent. When she’s on her game, nobody is better.

Donisha Watson, 6-3, Sr., F, Mount Vernon: A transfer from Murray Burgtraum, Watson will make a major splash in Section 1, especially as the season progresses and she acclimates herself with her teammates.

(Injured but still an all-star)
Emily Tapio, 6-1, Sr., C, Brewster: Unfortunately, the Fordham-bound star suffered a torn ligament in her knee and is expected to miss the entire season. Still, no reason to keep her off the list.

Second team
Carece Moore, 6-7, Sr., G, Mount Vernon
Christa Baccas, 6-3, Sr., F, Suffern
Hayley Kanner, 6-1, Sr., F, Scarsdale
Raegan Knox, 5-6, Jr., G, John Jay
Sade King, 5-0, Jr., PG, Mount Vernon

Postseason Predictions
Final Four
Mount Vernon over Carmel
Ossining over Ursuline

Championship
Mount Vernon over Ossining


Cate Ruland, JJEF AA Aiming High

One John Jay East Fishkill parent (with another AAU club, not a Ruland) stated unequivocally at a basketball event in NYC that this year's Patriots had "state championship" potential. Following their convincing win over AA league rival Lourdes 48-39 on January 19th, perhaps that prognostication will come true. From the MaxPreps story here:

(January 19, 2011: Hopewell Junction, NY 12533) John Jay Patriots (Hopewell Junction, NY) backers were in high spirits Wednesday as they witnessed their basketball squad thwart the visiting Our Lady of Lourdes Warriors (Poughkeepsie, NY), 48-39 in a league bout.

With the win, John Jay upgrades its record to 8-3 on the season. The Patriots host Arlington (LaGrangeville, NY) to play the Admirals in a Section 1 Conference 1 - A bout on Friday, January 21. The Admirals go into the bout with a record of 11-1. Arlington won 47-30 in their recent league bout against Beacon (Beacon, NY)

Next up, the Warriors play the Poughkeepsie Pioneers (Poughkeepsie, NY) in a Section 1 Conference 1 - A bout, on Friday, January 21. Our Lady of Lourdes will attempt to upgrade on its 6-6 season record. The Pioneers go into the bout with a 7-4 record after their 67-45 league win over Ketcham (Wappingers Falls, NY).

The Pride's Cate Ruland (JJEF) had an excellent AAU season and has carried her game forward into the high school season, finding herself in the middle of JJEF's success over the last two seasons. Cate was described by Aldo Redendo as, "just smart, smart on a basketball court" and the senior guard added 11 points in a January 14th win over Poughkeepsie, 53-46, which you can read here. Ruland is bringing dishing and swishing to the Patriots and we suggest AA fans stay tuned as all the talk surrounds Ossinning, Mt. Vernon and company ... but there is a strong, well rounded team just to the north. College coaches can view Cate's profile at BeRecruited here.

The folks at HudsonValleySportsreport also got onto Cate's success, noting that she had a big part in defending Teneka Whittaker in the win over Lourdes here:

Admirals, Jay Set For Showdown—WICCOPEE – The John Jay High School girls’ basketball team got what it wanted – for Friday night’s game against Arlington to mean something. In this instance, it means a share of first place. Brittney Gullo had 19 points and seven rebounds, and the Patriots moved into sole possession of second place in Conference I, League A with a 48-39 win over Our Lady of Lourdes on Wednesday night. Jay hosts first-place Arlington, to whom it lost earlier this month, on Friday night. “Our defense was the key to tonight’s success,” John Jay coach Larry Brooks said. “Maggie (Gallagher) and Cate (Ruland) both switched up defensively on Teneka. She got her points, but she had to work for them.”

OLL star Teneka Whittaker had a game-high 19 points, but the Patriots were able to slow her down, particularly in the third quarter when the Warriors scored only two points. Gallagher had eight points and three assists, Ruland had nine points, but the big damage was done on the boards. Carlee Hirt (seven points) had nine rebounds, and Brittany Gregory and Calli Balfour had seven and 11 boards, respectively, off the bench.

Photo above: Cate getting it done for the JJEF Patriots.


Hard Work Paying Off for White Plains' Roman, Hanlon

The Journal News ran a nice story featuring Sofia Roman and Kim Hanlon of White Plains and their shooting prowess in a win on January 20th, 38-35 over Scarsdale. You can find it here and since their blogs scroll away without discrete links, some of that material from the girls basketball sportsdesk there:

Kim Hanlon’s straightaway 3 with 2:30 left was the difference for a White Plains team that entered in last place, without a win over a Class AA opponent all year.

Tigers guard Sofia Roman (10 points) showed a pretty pull-up jumper all day long that kept her team in it. Not many girls look as smooth as she did on that shot, and the junior could be dangerous going forward if she continues to develop it.

“I know that I’m a good shooter and I know I need to develop that part of my game a little more,” she said. “So I’ve been working a lot on jump shots and pullups because I know I’m short, so if I go against taller girls I know I’m going to get blocked. If I stop on a dime and pull up they won’t block me.”

The story behind the story is all about the thousands of reps these two have put in over the years training in gym's like Club Fit with trainer Aldo Redendo. Both played on the Pride Nike team in 2009 and took part in fall league action for the AAU club. The Pride is proud to see their work ethic pay off and an informed Pride smile may be breaking out, knowing the backstory of those sweet jumpshots that are currently being deployed to benefit the high school program at White Plains.

Some additional news on the above story and players. Click here for more on the Scarsdale vs. White Plains game. Here's MSG Varsity's take. Video excerpts of the girls' post-game interview can be found here. The win over Scarsdale aparently fueled another quality win for White Plains against New Rochelle on January 20th, 57-31. Pride alums and young athletes that logged untold hours training with Aldo and on their own, sisters Sofia and Veronica Roman, led the way over New Ro with 18 and 14 points, respectively, making them the most potent sister act in Section 1 basketball in years. You can read about that game here.

In his January 4, 2011 column at NYCHoops.net Joe Fenelon wrote here:

White Plains high school's Sofia Roman is one of the top underclassmen combo guards in Westchester, NY. Now the 5-foot-7 guard is looking for a place to play in college.

Photo above: Veronica (left) and Sofia (right) Roman doing their sister act in win against Scarsdale. Both are Frank Becera photos, Journal News, you can purchase or view here as well as others from the game.


Tapio, Horne, Pride Alum are 2011 McDonald's All American Nominees

The Pride is proud of Emily Tapio (Brewster; Fordham commit) and Brittany Horne (Carmel; Georgetown commit) for their nomination to the McDonald's All American Game for 2011. This year the game will be held in the United Center in Chicago . Click here for the full nominee list and here for more details.

The voting process for the McDonald’s All American Team next involves the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee is comprised of the nation’s most knowledgeable high school analysts, prep scouts, high school newspaper reporters and prestigious basketball coaches.


Knox Knocks Off Brewster

Pride ALDO player Raegan Knox continued her torrid scoring season and knocked off a depleted Brewster Bears lineup in OT, 55-51. Pride ALDO players and parents will never forget the 4 (yes, four) OT game at Blue Chip Richmond in April 2010 when Raegan cooly hit the game winner off an Emily Tapio screen at the buzzer to defeat an outstanding allstar team from northern New York. At that game there were about a dozen D1 coaches on hand including Fordham head coach Cathy Andruzzi.

Knox was at it again with 22 points in the win. Pride JAMES player Lynjesa Cox had a big night for Brewster with a double-double, scoring 12 points and adding 10 rebounds.


Pride Alum Andi Moschetta Stands Out, Stays the Course Impressively

The Pride is proud of alum Andi Moschetta as the Harrison senior had another productive night in her outstanding career. Andi led her team with 19 points for the Huskies in a loss to Rye on January 19th. Few players in the Hudson Valley have gotten it done, undaunted, with so little to work with as has Andi in her varsity career. An intense competitor, Andi would play one on 5, and also serve as the Sixth Man if need be and has weathered coaching changes and a program that has not built itself up with players around Andi during her tenure there. Andi is back in action after missing 6 games due to injury.

Click here for more on Andi, who received a nice mention in The Harrison Report:

One bright spot for Harrison, however, was the play of Andi Moschetta, who led the Huskies with 16 points.

Pride Players, Alum Play Standout Roles in Lakeland-PV Game

It might have been confused for "New York Pride" night as Lakeland tipped Putnam Valley 50-47 in double overtime. Current Pride players Taylor Pompilio, Emily Alicea, and Courtney Stokes got the job done for Lakeland while alum Carey Berry continues to deploy a combination of effort and character to play an important role in reviving the program at Putnam Valley.

Taylor showed her 'big-time' side by hitting the go-ahead free throw in 2 OT to get her Hornets over the finish line with a 'W'. Courtney Stokes led Lakeland with 13 points and Emily Alicea contributed 10 points while handling the rock. Taylor also had 8 points to go along with her game-winner while Carey Berry led all scorers with 18 points.

Celaj Continues Barrage, Carrying Briarcliff, Tuman Tops Tigers

The Pride continues to be pleased as punch at Briarcliff's Brianna Celaj as the rising sophomore pours in double-digit points night in and night out. Her latest exploits came with another Pride ALDO player on the floor during Briarcliff's 60-47 win over Croton Harmon on January 19th. Briarcliff needed a win badly and its senior-laden lineup saw underclassmen Celaj go off for 13 points in the win. Aly Tuman led the Tigers with 15 points to lead all scorers.

Pride 2010 AAU Player Lauren Knowles Getting in Done for Washingtonville

The Pride's Lauren Knowles (Washingtonville) is having a great season up in Section 9 and getting some coverage for her exploits. The Orange County Post provided the Wizards' senior some coverage in their Wedneday, January 12, 2011 edition.

Lauren is getting it done for Washingtonville and at last check leads the team in scoring and rebounds.

Pride ALDO Alum Christa Scognamiglio Joins 1,000 Club

The Pride is proud of ALDO alum Christa Scognamiglio (Pearl River) for reaching the 1,000 point plateau. She joins a bevy of Pride players that have hit the mark. Christa was part of a Pride ALDO squad that included Emily Tapio (Fordham bound), Margo Hackett (Pace bound) and Raegan Knox (John Jay CR).

Pride ALDO Guard Brianna Reid Featured

Brianna Reid (Briarcliff) joined her sister in the backcourt of Pride ALDO's 2010 AAU squad and brought court-sense and unlimited hustle to bear along with abundant athleticism. Brianna was featured in a recent Journal News article you can get by clicking here. The piece details Reid's four state championships (3 in soccer; 1 in basektball) along with other information about her high school sports career.

Young Pride Players in the News

Brianna Celaj traveled with Pride ALDO for the Blue Chip Division 1 college showcase at Fairleigh Dickinson when the backcourt Reid sisters were away. It was the first experience of play at this level for the Briarcliff player, now a sophomore, and although shorthanded (also missing Raegan Knox, at Empire States), the team competed in a top bracket. On the evening of January 5, Celaj taped into that experience as she dropped in her high school scoring high of 17 points in a 67-32 win over Westlake. Kasey Heyda also contributed to the win with 16 points while Savina Reid notched nine assists.

Another young Pride player, Victoria Scheffel (Somers) had a double-digit scoring night with 10 points in a 34-31 win over Mahopac.

Pride Players and Alum in the News; Heschel Notches Second Win of Week

Wednesday, January 5th was a busy day for Pride players and alum. Pride ALDO's Aly Tuman (Croton Harmon) stood strong and led her young team with 9 points in a loss to Ossinning. Another ALDO 2010 AAU teammate, Raegan Knox (John Jay CR) poured in 21 points in a 57-31 win over Yorktown. The Cornhuskers are reportedly missing Pride alums including Jenna Gambino and Ann Kelsey badly but great coaching is expected to carry the program forward.

Another popular Pride alum Carey Berry (Putnam Valley) had a big night and led her team with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Her double-double was part of a 48-31 win over Dover.

In the friendly confines of NYC Aldo led his Heschel Heat boys varsity to their second win of the week, and a 12-6 record overall. The program was scheduled for a rebuilding year by the doyens of Jewish Hoops America, a prognostication that appears to be way wide of the mark as the program's players are flourishing due to amazing work ethic and tenacious 'D'.

Image above is Jack Black, getting it done the same way Aldo's Heschel Heat has worked their way to a 12-6 season... Tenacious D.

Pride Aldo Players Kasey Heyda and Savina Reid to Appear on Varsity Online at 7:00 PM on January 6, 2011

One may be a budding college soccer star, and the other a budding TV and movie star, but both are PRIDE ALDO players from the 2010 AAU season (Heyda a 4 year player). We're talking about Briarcliff's Savina Reid and Kasey Heyda, both slated to appear on the LoHud Varsity Insider Chat online with host Jake Thomases. The host has tasked the Bears' sports stars to "...try to explain why Class B isn’t a one-horse race, and why we should still pay attention to their pursuit of a gold ball..." which is, 'frankly', an interesting premise. Click here to tune in and pose your questions for the athletes and the host.

Pride Alum Brittany Horne Reaches 1,000 + 1,000 Club

The Pride is proud of Team Aldo alum Britanny Horne (Carmel). The Georgetown-bound senior notched her 1,000th point in a December 30, 2010 win over New Rochelle, and 1,000 rebound in a 12/28/10 win over Mahopac. Horne was part of a 2008 PRIDE ALDO AAU squad that included no less than three eventual 1,000 point scorers, Tori Jarosz (Lakeland; Vanderbilt), Emily Tapio (Brewster; Fordham) and Horne.

Heat 3-3 in League Play, 9-6 overall

Aldo Redendo guided his Heschel Heat boy varsity basketball team to and from Baltimore and came away 9-6 overall on the young season. The Heat took part in the 2010 Florence & Joseph Weiner Basketball Tournament from December 8-12. Click here for details. Congrats to Heschel's Max Khagan and Zach Gaylis for making the Boys All-Tournament Team 1st and 2nd Team respectively. Get the tournament book here. Click here for the complete game schedule and results.

A rematch with MTA is set for Monday, December 20th at Yeshiva University HS for Boys:, 2540 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10033. Click here for directions (because we know you have to be there and get some Yeshiva basketball action for your fine self) and here for the entire Heschel Heat schedule.

Image above from the Beth Tfloh website, Aldo (at right) doing his thing in Baltimore with the Heschel Heat.

Kelsey Morehead (Pinewood) To Be a Jumbo at Tufts

Word just in from majordomo Bob that nimble guard Kelsey Morehead (Pinewood) will be in uniform at Tufts next season. In case some didn't get the memo, it's about getting a great education and doing what you love and have a gift for and the Pride is proud of Kelsey for her decision to attend and play at one of the finest universities in the United States.

The Pinewood High School senior traveled across the country to take part in college showcases with the 2010 Pride Aldo squad. A sense of humor keeps us going in this business and no doubt the diminutive, speedy star of one of Northern California's top teams will get a giggle out of being a Jumbo come the 2011/2012 season. Click here to check out Tufts University athletics.

Image at left above from MaxPreps, Kelsey Morehead pushes the rock for Pinewood; at right, Tufts Jumbos logo

Pre-Season Putnam Examiner Analysis Names Pride Players, Alum

Click here to read the pre-season girls basketball write-up in the Putnam Examiner, some quotes below with Pride players and alum in yellow:.

Lakeland: "Longtime head coach Steve Fallo will look to seniors Sara Oakes and Courtney Stokes to bridge the scoring gap."

Brewster: "Doris Shuckin returns one of the best players in the section in senior Emily Tapio. Tapio, another Fordham-bound stallion, was a double-double machine last season. She led the Bears (15-5) in every major statistical category. The diverse talent’s production is so potent that the digits nearly fall off the page — 19.2 points, 10.6 boards, and 4.9 dimes per game last season. Tapio, who plays for the NY Pride on the AAU circuit, can score the rock in a variety of ways. As a wing, she can bury shots from all over and pounds the boards with relentless hustle. A fourth team All-State selection last season, Tapio will look to drive the big Bear bus into the County Center."

and

"Great guard play should help and the Bears get that from Lauren Quattrocchi, Marisa Delzio and swingman Rory Stark, who are all flushed into bigger roles. Expect this trio to pound the ball inside to Tapio and take some of the scoring stress off her back by shouldering some of the scoring mantle."

Putnam Valley: "...opening the door for Wallach, who succeeded mightily at Lakeland before relinquishing control in the mid’90s. This is his first venture into the Section 1 girl’s scene, but he’s relishing being back on the sideline, knowing his veteran presence should calm the storm. Carrie Berry, Tori Ferraro, Dana Tatnell, Rachel Fitzgerald and Erin McCrudden are part of a pack of players who hope to see the program turn the corner after it forfeited the final portion of their season in support of the coach."

Carmel: "(Brittany) Horne, a walking double-double."

Kasey Heyda Sweet 16 in Win Over Rye + Nia is Back in the Black

The Pride is proud of Kasey Heyda. The Briarcliff workhorse proved that coaches can expect to pencil in points and rebounds ... and hustle ... every game for the senior forward. Kasey did her thing in the form of 16 points, carrying the load on the boards and doing all the physical work she expects of herself, in the Bears' win over Rye 62-46 on Tuesday, December 14th. Click here for MSG Varsity's pre-season write-up for Class B, which mentions Briarcliff as "loaded with senior talent..."

No one can keep Nia Yancopoulas down. The Hackley junior proved her resiliance once again while showing off her abundant talent as she handled the point and dropped in 11 points in a December 14th win, 62-33 over Dalton. Nia is one of the top guards in the Fairchester League and is expected to have a breakout season ... which appears to already be underway. Click here for links to scores.

Blake, Knox Slated to Lead Indians in 2010/2011

John Jay Cross River has a new coach with a lot of experience and a top scorer to lead them into the 2010/2011 season according to the article in the Bedford-Katonah Patch. Click here to read all the details.

Greg Blake is a well-established coach. Here's a quote from the article:

John Jay also has a solid coach in Blake, who brings with him 37 years of coaching to the Indians. Blake is no stranger to John Jay as he was the head boys coach at the school from 1988-96, which included making it to the sectional finals at the Westchester County Center in White Plains in '88.

Knox is no stranger to Section 1, and gets the following mention:

Knox can do it all for the Indians, who finished 10-9 and qualified for the sectionals a year ago. She is coming off a season where she averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and four steals per game.

And from Coach Blake:

"Raegan is going to be our go-to player," John Jay coach Greg Blake said. "She plays an all-around game," Blake said. "She can shoot, she can go to the hoop, she plays defense."

Pride Players Featured in John Jay vs. Lakeland Game

Pride players were on the court to begin the 2010/2011 high school season as John Jay CR squared off against Lakeland on Thursday, December 2nd (click here for the complete story in the Yoorktown Patch). John Jay's Raegan Knox had a big night, leading all scorers with 31 points, 25 of them coming in the second half. Raegan was also a remarkable 11-11 from the free throw line. Knox was quoted after the game:

"We are a young team and we have a new coach, so we were all really motivated to pull this out," Knox said. "We were just so pumped coming into it. When we were down, we knew we had to pick it up and we did. We are very excited that we won this game."

The game was close, with John Jay clinging to a 4 point lead with about a minute remaining. Pride players Courtney Stokes pitched in with 8 points and Taylor Pompilio added another 5. In her first game of the post-Jarosz era, the Pride's Emily Alicea had an outstanding game, pouring in 19 points to leader her team. Alicea also handled the PG duties as stated by her coach Steve Fallo:

"Emily is our point guard," Fallo said. "She is our leader on the floor. I expect Emily to have a terrific season. She will be the quarterback on our team and lead the way."

Yes...shiva! Heschel Over Moshe Aaron 37-29

The Heschel Heat made it two straight wins on November 29th with a defensive-minded effort over Moshe Aaron Yeshiva High School, 37-29. In the win the Heat saw the return of senior David Yitzhari who led all scorers with 15 points to go along with his 10 boards.

It was 'congrits' to Yitz and the Heat as they improved their season record to 4-3 (2-3 league).

Image above from the Heschel website, the 2010/2011 Heat squad.

NYGHoops Lists D1 Signees

Joe Fenelon gets around and he's seen most of the athletes listed as D1 commits play.

Click here for a link to his list from NYGHoops.com/NYCHoops.net. Here's Joe's list:

Bria Smith 5'9" G Christ the King HS - Virginia

Tehresa Coles 5'9" G Colonie HS - Siena

Stephany Leon 6'3" Northport HS - Delaware

Ashley Gomez 5'7" G Murry Bergtraum HS - Canisius

Antonia Smith 5'7"Dwight HS - St Peters College

Allysia Rohlehr 5'10" St John the Baptist - Albany

Rachel McNair 6'1" Blessed Sacrament NY - George Mason

Brianna Kiesel 5'7" Utica Proctor HS - Pittsburgh

Kamala Thompson St John's the Baptist HS - Dartmouth

Alexis Smith 5'9"st John the Baptist HS - Illinois U

Maddy Jankowski 5'9" St Mary's HS - St. Francis College

Tiffany Jones 6'3"Nazareth HS - Syracuse

Emily Tapio 6'1" Brewster HS - Fordham University

Mickey Imprelliseri 6'2" St Anthony's - Bucknell

Felicia DeCruz 5'8" Albertus Magnus HS - Fairfield University

Lillia McCabe 5'11" Rye HS - Davidson University

Liz Milner 5'11" Haldane HS - Fordham University

Karin Robinson 5'8" Mary Louis Academy HS - George Mason

Nia Oden 5'10" Christ the king HS - Illinois

Christa Baccas 6'3" P Suffern HS Buffalo University

Katie Roth 6'2" Maple Hill HS - Hartford University

Fordham Announces Recruitng Class

Head coach Cathy Andruzzi announced the incoming recruiting class for her Fordham Rams on November 22nd. Click here for the complete article. In what has become a trend in Division 1 basketball, recruiting focus is on athletes that stand 6' 0" and taller that also possess ballhandling skills and the ability to run the floor. Andruzzi said of the new class:

"This is the biggest and best recruiting class we have ever had! I am extremely pleased with the quality, versatility and depth of this class. Our forwards average over six-foot tall and they are complimented by a true point guard. With the graduation of six players we needed to have a strong recruiting class and we did."

Hudson Valley standout Liz Milner of Haldane joins fellow forwards Cody Sims (Saint Mary's College High School, Berkeley, California), Taylor Reif (Copley Senior High School, Copley, Ohio), and Olivia Suhr (Marion High School, Walworth, New York). Point Guard Kelly McGovern (Lincoln Way East High School in Frankfurt, Illinois) and Wing player Emily Tapio (Brewster) complete the class. From the article:

Tapio, a 6-0 forward from Brewster, New York, plays for Brewster High School, where she was a double-double threat as a junior, averaging 19.2 points and 10.6 rebounds a contest, while adding 4.9 assists per game. She helped Brewster to a 15-5 record last season, earning Fourth Team All-New York State for Class A. For AAU, Tapio is a member of the NY Pride.

"Emily is a versatile wing who can score, shoot and defend. She plays with great passion and enthusiasm and has a work ethic that is second to none. Emily is a great fit for our program," said Andruzzi.

Image above from the Fordham University website, the 2010/2011 squad.

Heschel Splits on Road

Aldo brought his Heschel Heat varsity into the week of November 21-22 with a Sunday night game vs. Frisch, followed by a contest vs. Loyola. Things started slowly vs. Frisch as the Heat found itself in a 16-0 hole. Despite out-scoring Frisch 41-37 the rest of the way the outcome was a loss for Heschel, 53-41.

A team meeting and pre-game shoot-around preceded the contst vs. Loyola and the outcome was a satisfying 53-40 road win. The win was keyed by defensive intensity, the calling-card of the 2010/2011 Heat and evened the season record at 3-3. Heschel plays their next game on the road at Moshe Aaron on November 29th.

Jesse Kavana Contributes at Skidmore

The Pride is proud of Skidmore guard Jesse Kavana (Mahopac) for her efforts during Skidmore's game against Oneonta. It wasn't long ago that Jesse was wrapping up an outstanding career at Mahopac, including reaching the lofty heights reserved for high school 1,000 Point Scorers.

In the 57-50 loss to Oneonta Kavana did some of everything, pitching in with a productive 16 mintues that included hitting the three, multiple assists, including pushing the ball in transition before kicking it to set up teammate Megan Gaugler for a three. Jesse also pulled down four boards, including an offensive rebound. Click here for the box score and here for the play-by-play. Lakeland's former star Kristin Pappalardo played well in the win for Oneonta, producing her first three college points and handling the ball during 18 minutes of floor time.

Quattrochhi Co-Scoring Leader for Smith vs. Westfield

The Pride is proud of alum Devon Quattrochhi (Brewster) for an outstanding game for the Smith Pioneers. Click here for the link to the full story on the seaon opening loss in OT to Westfield.

Smith's balanced scoring was led by three players scoring 11 points apiece: Quattrocchi, Rosa Drummond and BelBruno. Sydney Parkmond had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Devon added 2 points and 2 assists and a steal in the season opener, a win over Framingham State 59-40 on November 15th.

Benischek Shines in Opener

The only thing missing for the Pride's Sarah Benischek (Lakeland) from Merrimack's season opener against Bentley was a 'W'. The talented junior guard put together an excellent game while logging 40 minutes during the Warrior's loss to Bentley 79-65 in their opener on November 17, 2010.

Sarah contributed 15 points, making her co-leading scorer for her team. Just as importantly, Benischek pulled down 8 rebounds and was good for 8 assists, making for a near triple-double night. Click here for a game recap and here for a preview of their next game on November 19 vs. Slippery Rock.

A pair of three-pointers from co-captains Genn Roy (Granby, Mass.) and Benischek gave Merrimack an early 14-8 lead.

Midway through the first half, the Warriors owned a 21-17 edge on the scoreboard.

Benischek nailed a trey to tie the score at 31-31 with four minutes remaining in the opening half.

Photo above from Merrimack website game recap, Sarah Benischek in game vs. Bentley.

Allison Cleary Making Mark at Pace with Scoring and Minutes

The Pride's Allison Cleary (Cornwall Central) is in the midst of a great start to the 2010/2011 season for the Pace University Pacesetters. In the openg game of the season on November 12, 2010 Cleary notched 35 minutes of floor time and 8 points in a 67-53 over Bridgeport. Two assists and two steals rounded out a strong night for the sophomore guard. The following day Aly was good for another 8 points, plus 5 rebounds in 27 minutes of play during a 79-66 win over Queens College. Aly also collected 4 assists in that game.

Pace ran its record to 3-0 on the young season with a 67-59 win over St. Thomas Acquinas on November 18th. Aly Cleary contributed another 7 points, 4 rebounds and an assist during her 32 minutes on the floor. Another local standout Riley Harrington (Irvington) scored 7 points for STAC. Click here for a full story on the game.

Photo above from Pace University website, Allison Cleary.

Pride's Nora Swidler joins Suffern Standout at Union

The Pride's Nora Swidler (Heschel) is part of an outstanding freshman class at Union College where she is joined by Suffern's Kristin Schmidt. Union has a youth and height movement underway apparently with an abundance of six foot+ frosh, with Swidler the leader in that category at 6' 3". Star guard, senior Leah Pepe has more than enough targets to find with assist passes in the front court when she season begins on November 27th at St. John Fisher.

Photo above from Union College: "Prior to Union: Was named to the Yeshiva League All Star teams in both her junior and senior seasons for Abraham Joshua Heshel School...Was the team's MVP and also an all star for the RASGHA Tournament."

Putnam County Courier Shout Out

A Pride parent just reported some information that deserves a shout out to the Putnam County Courier staff. Apparently family members had, in their zeal to make certain their subscription to the weekly paper did not lapse, subscribed three times. Only one subscription is needed to enjoy the print edition as well as the online edition. Staff member Carol at the Courier picked up on the error, phoned the eager readers, and straightened it all out. And she only billed once, correctly assuming that was the proper thing to do. Then followed up diligently, in person.

The Pride salutes the Putnam County Courier for their 'throwback' touch of class. Many a paper, cable company, and what have you, would simply bill and bill and good luck, hope you notice it on your credit card statement. Personal, pre-emptive and courteous handling? Fahgettaboutit!

In addition to great customer service, the Putnam County Courier provides the best sports coverage for the county, bar none. Color photos, great copy (not to mention the Skip Pearlman captions) and reporters making the rounds enhances the sports experience for young athletes. Putnam County residents are glad Roger Ailes brought the longstanding paper back in print. Click here to visit their site and here to subscribe. While many papers are failing due to the inability to find a model for success, Mr. Ailes and the people at the Courier are going with the American Way: create something of value and ask a fair price for it. For only $5.00 you can add an online subscription to your print edition.

NY Empire State Games to End?

The long history of what was once a model program for amateur athletic competition for the nation is slated to end as the New York Empire State Games is pulling the plug. Website down, cancellation of the 2011 games announced internally in writing. The 33 year history of the games is apparently coming to a close due to budgetary shortfalls as New York State although there is word that efforts may be underway to save the 2011 event without reference to future Empire State Games. At mininmum, there is a cloud over the games that all lovers of sport hope will clear with firm and decisive leadership out of Albany. No, we are not joking.

The 2009 ESG event was cancelled due to budget cuts. And while a 2010 event was held, limited participation saw uneven competition in the girls basketball saw a Hudson Valley team come out on top against little in the way of resistance. Rochester was slated to hold the games in 2011.

CBS Gametracker

The best way to follow NCAA basketball games from all over the country live and in real time is Gametracker from CBSSports.com. You can also keep up with the complete scoreboard available by clicking here via the NCAA.

Gametracker allows viewers to watch the game unfold and click through various stat-laden screens. For fans of the game that love crunching numbers and appreciate its price of free, it's a link that should be active on your computer on a regular basis.

Image above left: A screenshot from CBS Gametracker.

NY Pride Supports Hoops For Heroes

The NY Pride supports Hoops for Heroes and just made our first donation to this great cause to celebrate Veterans Day 2010. You too can support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund by clicking here.

This worthy charity is using free throws to raise money for wounded veterans. The goal is to hit 1 million foul shots and as of November 11, 2010 they are halfway there. The men and women of the United States Armed Forces did there part. Now do yours. Click here to make YOUR donation. Gold Star mothers know what it is like to give up a child to protect your freedom. You'll be glad you gave too and supported Hoops For Heroes.

Every shot made shall serve as a reminder of the reverence due those who have honored us with their selfless service to this country. Every dollar raised shall serve to benefit those who now suffer for that sacrifice.

Signing Day Ceremony at BHS

Pride alum Emily Tapio (Brewster) signed a NLI to play at Fordham University on a full scholarship and took part in a ceremony held at Brewster High School on November 12th. Fordham opens its season against Elon and Stony Brook on November 11-12 at the Phoenix Classic in Elon, North Carolina.

Photo above left: Emily signs NLI while Brewster A.D. Lance Pliego (left) looks on; also in back row Head Coach Doris Schukin, mom and dad, and Aldo Redendo. Right: Having some fun during the interview by Eric Gross for local television.

Highland Loses Division 1 Prospect to Move

Varsity 845 is reporting on a story NYPride.net was aware of as of October 31st when Monasia Buldoc played her last game in the region in the Rose Classic semifinals. The article states:

Let’s start with the most shocking news which comes from two-time defending Class B champion Highland. Highland coach Jim Delmar said Tuesday that junior center Monasia Bolduc has moved to Hillsborough, North Carolina with her family.

But Bolduc did return to the Hudson Valley area recently to participate in an AAU tournament where she was getting looked at by Division I schools like Siena and Albany, but returned to North Carolina after the tournament.

Buldoc has D1 talent written all over her and has other attributes that cannot be taught: she is 100% coachable and one of the nicest, most respectful, not to mention hard-working young women you could meet. College coaches know they can reach her through her AAU club Triple Threat.

Hudson Valley Sports Report Details Section 9 Situation

Rich Thomaselli and his Hudson Valley Sports Report site broke the story (Poughkeepsie Journal then picked up on it although both are claiming the scoop), then today broke it all down in a new article about northern Section 1 teams defecting to Section 9:

The Poughkeepsie Journal reported Tuesday that the remaining Dutchess County schools decided not to apply to join Section Nine for the 2011-2012 school year.

In reality, those eight schools didn’t decide anything. It was decided for them.

Most readers are aware of the problems with Section 1 that caused Arlington, John Jay, Roy C. Ketcham, Our Lady of Lourdes, Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Dover and Pawling to consider re-deploying. From the Thomaselli piece on November 10th:

Because right now, Arlington, Jay, RCK, OLL, Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Pawling and Dover are the red-headed step-children of Section One, with no power at all, especially in football. But, for now, there will be no application to join Section Nine by the Nov. 30 deadline.

The bottom line is Section 1 will not be diminished by the exit of the above programs. At least not this year.

Heschel Sends a Message in OT Loss to MTA

Still down David Yitzhari, the Heschel Heat took the #4 team in the Top 25, the MTA Lions, to OT before falling 39-38. Yisrael Feld played well and was the Lions' leading scorer as expected. In his postgame report coach Redendo remarked on Feld's skills, athleticism, and demeanor, "the whole package". The story of the night for Heschel was the energy a short-handed team brought to the game as the Heat athletes continue to hone their man with help, pushing the ball in transition, the exact opposite of zone, walk it up halfcourt ball.

The gym was louder than the night before as Ben Fenster knocked in 19 points while Aaron Ladd created havoc in the passing lanes and played a second night of inspired man defense. With two minutes to play Heschel was up by 5 and had the last possession in overtime and a chance to win. The two teams match up again on 12/20/2010 at Yeshiva University High School for Boys at 2540 Amsterdam Avenue.

Back to back performances against top teams has the Heat buying in to the new system brought in by Redendo. At 2-2 the team is poised to go on a roll and make some noise in the post-season. The coaching staff, consists of head coach Aldo Redendo and assistant Abe Keita. Abe Keita played at St. Johns University and overseas before becoming part of the Heschel staff while Redendo has served as an AAU coach for over a decade and was an assistant at Trinity Catholic in Bridgeport, Connecticut last season.

Photo above: Assistant coach Abe Keita (St. Johns) during a timeout; #32 David Yitzhari listens intently.

Pride's Simpri, Hudson Valley Standouts on Red Dragons' Roster for 2010/2011

Still wearing her #32 from Brewster Bears days, Pride alum Vania Simpri (Brewster) is ready to take her game on the college hardwood. Simpri is part of an Oneonta squad that has three seniors, including former Lourdes standout Rebecca Bucci, and six freshman players.

Vania is joined on the squad by Kristin Pappalardo, former Lakeland star and one-time rival. Pearl River's Kelly Mulligan is also on the roster. The action starts at Skidmore in Saratoga Springs on November 19, 2010 in a 6:00 PM game to open the season.

Photo above from Oneonta website team picture; Vania Simpri at left.

Heschel Drops One to RTMA, 54-46

A new style of basketball is in the house at Heschel and with three games in the bank it is no "secret" that man with help is the approach for the Heat 2010/2011 campaign. A hard-working Heat squad minus David "Yitz" Yitzhak took RTMA deep into their November 8th game. The Heat players brought intensity to the court but were exposed to early tickey-tack foul calls that eventually took a toll, removing two top scorers from the floor. One of those top scorers was Ben Fenster who attacked the inside relentlessly and could not be stopped with the exception of foul calls. Aaron Ladd poured himself out on 'D' taking on the best player RTMA had to offer and the crowd loved it.

After building an early 9-3 lead in the opening minutes the teams played evenly and the score at halftime was 26-26. The Heat took a lead into the fourth quarter before seeing key players removed from the floor with five fouls. RTMA capitalized immediately, building an eight point margin that would be impossible to overcome. Heschel takes on #4 ranked MTA on November 9th.

Photo above: Heschel's #22 Ben Fenster attacked the interior of the RTMA defense, building a first half lead and getting to the line; Inset: The Heat held a 36-33 lead to begin the 4th quarter.

Saint James CYO Continues 3 Year Unbeaten Run

The theme this weekend seems to be multi-generation sports experiences and Brandon Redendo stepped up to do his part on Friday, November 5th at the Brewster Sports Center. His Saint James (Carmel) 6th Grade CYO team took home a 44-38 victory to continue their unbeaten streak into a third consecutive season. Further details on the game will be posted here shortly.

Pride alum Making It Happen in Volleyball and Soccer

The Pride is proud of two fantastic multi-sport athletes making it happen on the hardwood in volleyball and on the soccer field. In the two years she played NY Pride basketball Aly Tuman (Croton Harmon) held an overwhelming lead in an important category that is rarely found in stat lines and defies being quantified: the clutch shot. No player had more game tying or game winning baskets than Aly. Not even close. Tuman's clutch ways precede the Pride: she was known for the trait as a player on the Westchester Hawks Select teams she played on going back to 12U.

Tuman continued an outstanding soccer career during 2010. Click here for an article from the Tarrytown Patch:

If Croton-Harmon didn't have Aly Tuman on its team, Sleepy Hollow (1-1) very well could've walked away with a win in its Sept. 22 road contest.

Unfortunately for Sleepy Hollow, Tuman is indeed a member of the Tigers and she showed the Lady Horsemen just how great a scorer she is by tallying four goals in a 4-1 triumph for the host.

It does not take a lot of imagination to figure out that Aly is a chip off the old Tuman when it comes to multi-sport success. Dad Jim was inducted into the Wayne County Sport Hall of Fame in 2008, click here for the details. You'd never know from meeting Jim, like his daughter one of the most laid-back and down-to-earth people you'd want to meet, but we'll allow the folks from Wayne County, Pennsylvania to do the talking:

Any serious conversation about the greatest basketball players in Wayne County League history must begin with Jim Tuman. A 1979 graduate of Honesdale High School, Jim may well be the most dominant scorer in local hoops history. Tuman was a three year starter for the Hornets’ varsity basketball team under Hall of Fame Coach Tom Finan. A talented multi-sport athlete, Jim also excelled on the baseball diamond. In fact, Tuman was a Wayne County League all-star in both 1978 and ‘79. He hit a robust .438 as a junior in varsity action. Tuman went on to play collegiate hoops in the Ivy League at Princeton University. He received his Civil Engineering Degree in 1983 and went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration at Cornell University.

She's been in the news here a lot lately, but that can't be helped because this other Pride alum is also a multi-generation multi-sport athlete and she has been in the news everywhere in the northern tier of Section 1. Pride alum Margo Hackett, coached by Siena standout and alum, sister Jessica Hackett, was part of the Pawling Tigers Section 1, Class C championship victory on November 5, 2010. Click here for the Journal News article and here for the Poughkeepsie Journal article.

"Margo Hackett gave the Tigers the most trouble, making 21 of Pawling's 30 kills. She also had 12 digs."

"Gutting out a pair of close games before marching over No. 3 Croton-Harmon in the third, the top-seeded Pawling Tigers captured the Section 1 Class C championship for the first time in nearly a decade..."

Photo above from Poughkeepsie Journal online: Pawling celebrates the final kill and a Class C championship.

Emily Tapio, Pride alum Brittany Horne Named "New York Top 10 Players" by NYCHoops.net

The Pride is proud of two of its standouts, Emily Tapio (Brewster; Fordham commit) and Brittany Horne (Carmel; Georgetown commit) for being named in to the NYC Hoops Top Ten Players on November 3, 2010. Click here for the link at NYCHoops and Rivals.com.

7. Brittany Horne (6'1" Carmel HS) - Athletic forward with some ball handling skills, showed some range on her shoot this summer. Runs the floor well. (Georgetown Commit)

10. Emily Tapio- (6'1" W Brewster HS) - forward with athleticism and a strong build. Very effective down low and willing to scrap and mix it up. Has many guard skills that allow her to play on perimeter, can shoot from three point range. (Fordham Commit)

Image above: Screenshot from NYGHoops.com/NYCHoops.net article.

Jewish Hoops America Has Heschel at #8 Nationally, to Face #4 Tuesday

The folks at Jewish Hoops America released their Top 25 national basketball rankings on November 1st and the Heschel Heat came in a solid #8 with 203 votes. The #1 team in the country is YULA, out of Los Angeles.

On the strength of titles in early-season tournaments, the YULA Panthers and HAFTR Hawks have taken the top two spots in Jewish Hoops America's first National Top 25 poll of 2010-2011.

YULA swept through the Cooper Invitational Tournament, with an overtime win over #3 Flatbush in the semifinals and a 9-point win over #4 MTA in the final behind junior center Jack Gindi's 35 points.

On Monday, November 9th Heschel takes on the MTA Lions, ranked #4 in the poll. MTA is the highest ranked team Heschel will face in the regular season and has a 1,000 point scorer on its roster, Yisrael Feld. Feld was named to Jewish Hoops America National First Team as a junior in 2009-10 and was named National Sophomore of the Year in 2008.

Photo above from Jewish Hoops America: MTA's Captain and star player Yisrael Feld awaits Heschel on November 9th.

Aldo Redendo and Ashton Kutcher: Two Men Getting Into Jewish Hoops

Word quickly spread that Demi Moore's husband Ashton Kutcher attended a game played by the Israeli National team in Shoam, Israel. Click here for the details. At about the same time the Pride's Aldo Redendo was getting hired to coach at Heschel. Is there a connection between Ashton Kutcher and Aldo, besides the looks department? Who knows. Kutcher did tweet this from courtside:

“Watching the Israel national team beat up Latvia in bball. Kind of surreal.”

Photo above: Ashton Kutcher courtside in Israel from the www.celebrity-gossip.net site.

Heschel Heat to 2-0, Beat Kushner 52-37, Team a Bright Spot in Year 5771

What was a tie game at halftime became a 15 point win for the Heschel Heat on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Head coach Aldo Redendo reported the score and provided some standout stats for the Heat, which was playing short-handed without David "Yitz" Yitzhari. It has been nothing but mazel tov (good luck) so far on the young 2010/2011 season for the NYC private school program.

The entire 12-man roster contributed to the win. Mani Schlisser had a monster night, doing his best Dwayne Wade (also plays for a team called the Heat) on the way to dropping in 20 points and earning a spot on Charles' Fave Five. Aaron Ladds added 15 points while Big Ben Fenster went double-double on Kushner. The Heat's next games are against Mesivta on 11/08 and Yeshiva on 11/09, back to back home games at Heschel High School's gym at 20 West End Avenue. You will find some Heschel updates by Isaac Benishai on Nachum Segal's blog here.

Nachum invites everyone to tune in every Tuesday morning at 7:20 a.m. for the JM in the AM Yeshiva League Sports Report, presented by Isaac Benishai. Find out the latest information and scores from the basketball and hockey leagues, as well as, other Jewish sports information from time to time. Isaac Benishai will be joining Nachum live at JM in the AM next week, spread the word!

Photo above: Isaac Benishai reporting the Yeshiva League Sports Report at the Nachum Segal online broadcast.

Pride Alum Margo Hackett to Pace on Full Scholarship+

Word in today that Pride alum Margo Hackett (Pawling) just verbaled to Pace University and accepted a full scholarship to play basketball at the high level D2 program. In addition, Hackett will have a fifth year at the school as a graduate assistant and plans to pursue a Master's Degree in Education and a career as a Special Education teacher.

Hackett joins another Pride alum, Aly Cleary (Cornwall Central) and Hudson Valley standout Brittany Shields (Haldane) as a Pacesetter. Her father and longtime coach Jeff Hackett summed it up, "We're proud of Margo. For all the girls that do this, getting an opportunity is the result of giving up all the trips to the beach, parties, to play basketball and work on their game. Pace is a perfect fit."

New York Post Tops in NYC Girls Basketball Coverage

The New York Post and reporter Marc Raimondi, a St. John's grad, cover the girls basketball scene in and around NYC more extensively than any other publication and sports writer. Click here to get a list of Raimondi's articles at the NY Post.

From Raimondi's bio page:

He (Marc) was previously a founding member of FiveBoroSports.com and worked as the associate sports editor and a staff writer at the TimesLedger Newspapers in Queens.

You can also catch Marc Raimondi's Blog here.

"Virtual Vanderbilt" Launched, New Tech Approach to Consuming Sports Product + AP Pre Season #24

Every Vanderbilt Commodores can now be enjoyed in a unique way using the "Virtual Vanderbilt" portal. The women's basketball edition can be accessed by clicking here. You can find out about the overall approach by clicking here.

From the site description:

The site includes videos, photographs and key bites of information designed for a variety of audiences to view at their leisure.

Vanderbilt begins the season ranked #24 in the pre season AP Poll. UConn is ranked #1.

AP Top 25 - Preseason
1. Connecticut (39)
2. Baylor (1)
3. Stanford
4. Tennessee
5. Xavier
6. Duke
7. Ohio State
8. Texas A&M
9. Kentucky
10. Oklahoma
11. West Virginia
12. Notre Dame
13. Georgetown
14. St. John's
15. North Carolina
16. UCLA
17. Texas
18. Florida State
19. Georgia
20. Iowa State
21. Maryland
22. Iowa
23. TCU
24. Vanderbilt
25. Michigan State

Others receiving votes: LSU 75, Georgia Tech 73, DAYTON 67, Gonzaga 64, DePaul 49, California 44, North Carolina State 28, Bowling Green 22, Nebraska 19, TEMPLE 15, Wisconsin-Green Bay 15, San Diego State 8, Wisconsin 8, USC 7, James Madison 5, Rutgers 4, Arkansas-Little Rock 3, Arizona State 2, Pittsburgh 2, Kansas 1, Miami (FL) 1, Penn State 1, Tulane 1


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