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County stresses importance
of Census count
BY CAROL REIF House of Representatives.State o cials use
STAFF WRITER Census data to redraw the boundaries of
congressional and state legislative districts.
Getting your numbers right really Calling them a “distraction,”the U.S.Su-
counts—especially when they determine preme Court didn’t buy the Trump admin-
how billions in federal dollars are parceled istration’s reasons for including the citizen-
out to vital services such as public safety ship question and subsequently blocked it.
and health care. Citizenship in general, however, continues
at’s the message Norma Drummond to be a political lightning rod.
hopes folks have internalized by the time According to Drummond, the county
the 2020 Census gets underway this month. uses Census data to “make informed deci-
Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the sions every day.”
head count has been conducted every 10 It, municipalities, school districts, hos-
years since 1790. pitals, nonpro ts and regular citizens need
Westchester’s commissioner of planning solid numbers to “apply for grants and to
PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM VANDEVELDE has been busily dropping in on as many of direct resources where they are most need-
Lakeland’s ﬁelds its 45 towns, villages and cities as possible ed,”she said.
in a quest to drive home the importance of Census data is also used to help resolve
an accurate population poll and so people local issues and to plan for future develop-
“know what to expect.” ment. It a ects the size of the slice of tax
Drummond recently visited Somers, sales pie municipalities sometimes rely on
North Salem and Lewisboro. to balance their budgets.
Drummond has sought to erase any lin- New York has lost congressional seats in
gering fears related to President Trump’s the past, so it’s important that its popula-
BY KATHERINE BORCHERT “ ere was a need to redo the under- last-minute bid to include a citizenship tion is tallied correctly,Drummond told the
STAFF WRITER ground drainage system, since we were
doing all that, we felt as if it would be, question. Critics said it was intended to Somers Town Board in November.
e sports elds at Lakeland High in the long run, more cost e ective and
School have been completed with the ex- safer to convert the grass elds on top intimidate households with immigrants— More importantly, she said, citing a
ception of landscaping and re-paving of into arti cial turf,” said Superintendent
the tennis courts. Dr. George Stone. “ ere’s no mainte- even those who are U.S. citizens— and George Washington Institute of Policy re-
nance, there’s shock cushions in there and
e elds su ered severe drainage it would allow us to have more practice could have distorted the nal count to the port, Census data is used to determine the
problems and cracks at the tennis courts, time.”
so the Lakeland Board of Education detriment of all. distribution of $880 billion in federal funds
voted in early 2019 to award the bid for SEE LAKELANDTURF PAGE 4
construction work to x the problems. Because the data can only be used to each year.
produce statistics, it cannot be shared with “Every person that is not counted is a loss
immigration or law enforcement agencies. of approximately $2,500 a year to local mu-
It’s also about fair representation. Cen- nicipalities and the county,” Drummond
sus numbers a ect the balance of power SEE CENSUS PAGE 6
in states and the allocation of seats in the
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2020 To-Do List: LAKELAND TURF percent of the project.
Stone made mentions of a similar proj-
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CENSUS Census data cannot be shared with any Count Committee. Westchester and Putnam.
FROM PAGE 1
other federal department. “The mission is very simple—we want to “They are not necessarily 9-to-5 jobs.
The questions are very basic: name, sex, make sure that if you reside in Westchester They are looking for people to go to people’s
said.“That means that just 400 people not get- age, birth date, race, ethnicity, whether the County that you are counted. The potential homes when they are home—nights and
ting counted is a million-dollars-a year loss.” person is of Hispanic, Spanish or Latino loss of dollars and representation is what is at weekends,”Drummond said.
For the first time, the majority of Ameri- heritage and what his or her relationship is to stake here,”he said. Background checks have to be made,
cans won’t be getting a Census form in the “Person 1,”the owner or renter of the home. During the 2010 Census, Westchester’s so people should apply as soon as possible.
mail. Instead, 95 percent will receive “invita- Drummond has raised concerns over population earned the dubious distinction of Training begins in January.
tions”to respond to it online. whether seniors and disabled residents would being the ninth hardest county in the state to In February, the bureau will begin count-
Letters will be mailed to the public on have the tech savvy—or equipment—to re- count. Only 76 percent of households sub- ing people in “group quarters”such as prisons,
March 16, April 8 and April 20. spond electronically.Sixteen percent of West- mitted responses. assisted living facilities and college dorms.
Responses also can be submitted by phone chester’s residents are over 65 and 10 percent Back then, the county just let the federal Students who commute will have to be
or mail. Residents have until the end of July of residents have some sort of disability. On government “do its thing,” but decided to logged in at their residences.
to respond.The Census Bureau must deliver top of that, 8.3 percent are living in poverty get proactive after uncovering flawed data, In general, barriers to participation seem
the official count to the president by Dec.31. and might not have access to a computer. Drummond said. to be apathy, concerns about data confiden-
About 5 percent—most likely those who Collectively, these special needs groups As part of a nationwide effort in 2018, tiality and privacy, fear of repercussions and
use post office boxes, have rural route ad- represent about 250,000 people, or 25 per- the county reviewed housing addresses and distrust of government.
dresses, or have been displaced by natural cent of the population. found 370,000—24,000 more units than But, Drummond said, many want to
disasters—will get a form delivered to them. The county intends to reach out to senior were “officially”accounted for. know “what’s in it”for them personally.
The less than 1 percent who live in very centers and nutrition programs, not only to “If that doesn’t worry you, it worries me,” When asked what would make it worth
remote areas such as northern Maine and educate seniors about responding online but Drummond said. doing their civic duty, they usually mention
Alaska will have to be tracked down and what to expect if someone comes to their door. Some of the units were likely empty, but more money for health care, fixing potholes
surveyed. “There are so many scams out there that even if there were only one person in each of and bettering their children’s education.
If residents haven’t responded by mid- affect our seniors.We really want them to be them, that would have made the “difference Then there are those who are unaware
April,they can expect to be visited by a Cen- careful, but we want them to respond to the in Westchester County being over, or being that the Census exists—like 20-somethings,
sus taker. Census,”Drummond said. under,a million people.That’s huge,”she said. new immigrants and visiting workers—and
The bureau is now allowed to canvass They should always ask for ID and should The county found that seven municipali- need to be brought up to speed.
building managers and neighbors. never give out their bank account,credit card ties were not complying with monthly re- Getting to the parents through their kids
“If they’ve been knocking on that door, or Social Security information. quirements to report things like residential is one tactic for raising awareness, Drum-
and nobody answers, they are allowed to ask The county is hoping to establish “hubs” building permits. mond said.
neighbors how many people are living in in public facilities such as libraries and to re- “You know, there’s basements and at- Drummond said schools are being encour-
that unit,”Drummond said. cruit teenage volunteers to help seniors com- tics. There’s second floors and first floors. aged to weave lessons about the Census into
As a last resort, the Census will use tax plete the Census online. Whether they’re legal or not, we don’t subjects such as math and science—much
forms, food stamps, Medicaid rolls and data It will be rolling out a website with “visual care, and neither does the Census Bureau,” like they did with environmental issues.
from Housing and Urban Development, aids,” including the county’s logo, photos of Drummond said. “My child came home from school one
Veterans Administration, Health and Hu- the actual mailings and versions of the Cen- In October, it offered training sessions to day and said, ‘Mom! Do you know how
man Service, Social Security Administration sus in Spanish. get the outliers back on track. many water bottles there are in the ocean?’
and Internal Revenue Service to obtain the Last spring, County Executive George The Census Bureau plans to hire more That’s how we learned to recycle; our kids
count. Latimer formed the Census 2020 Complete than 6,200 people to knock on doors in guilted us into doing it.”
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Generation next In honor of my cousin Joey
is column originally perity, they birthed e column originally the cattle. What about
appeared on Feb. 14, Baby Boomers.
2019. BRUCE appeared in February 2019 MY honor, surely that is on a
THE BLOG eir collective PERSPECTIVE higher plane? No replies
Without a history is the story Idedicate this column our teacher, since honor
sense of BRUCE of the 20th Cen- to my cousin Joey, JAMES depends on the approval
loss, there APAR tury. Millennials, who passed away MARTORANO of others and has no in-
is no sense of life. Gen Zers, and their
descendants will on President’s day, 2019 trinsic value but is only a
Upon learning author whatever tale
earlier this year of this century will tell. after a valiant ght to re ection of other’s opin-
the passing of my
wife Elyse’s 94-year-old father, Dr. survive a massive stroke. ions about us. Master,
Leonard “Buddy” Middleman, a sud-
den realization washed over me. It He possessed all the good things you look one student asks, clearly excellence makes
left me ush, humbled, and endowed
with a familial authority that only for in a person: fun, insight, love, warmth, the grade? He answers: not at all since you
the passage of time and the passing
of life can bestow. ELUSIVE BLESSINGS and a dedication to his wife and family. can be an excellent assassin, or thief. e
It’s woven into the fabric of hu-
With my parents long gone, in the Even though he su ered greatly the last few students questions continued: since we are
moment that my father-in-law took man existence that children outlive
his last breath, my life was rede ned. their parents. If that can be called a years, his life was a meaningful one buoyed all in need of things to survive perhaps
Just like that, in the transitional mo- blessing for the parents, neither my
ment of loss, I was transmuted into dad nor my wife’s dad were particu- by a loving wife and a caring family. Which wealth is an important part of ourishing?
Bruce the Elder, the paterfamilias. larly blessed in that way.
brings me to my central question: what As you might have guessed, his answer is in
As he and others of the World My father lost his eldest son, my
War II generation take their nal brother Stephen, a full quarter-cen- gives life meaning? the negative: wealth is useful as a means to
bow, awash in our gratitude for their tury before he himself passed away.
courage and sacri ces, the Baby My father-in-law who just passed Last week I began our conversation about something else but is never a good in itself.
Boomer generation is next in line to had lost his son, my wife’s brother
dispense the wisdom of our advanc- Marc, eight years ago, and had lost the meaning of life by reviewing the lessons Finally he rejects his own teacher’s (Plato)
ing age, while hopefully tamping his grandson, our son Harrison, 16
down the impulsive foolishness of years ago. I remember Buddy mut- of the Bhagavad-Gia. With my cousin in view that good is an abstract concept. So
our false sense of superiority towards tering mournfully, almost incredu-
younger generations. lously, “a grandparent isn’t supposed mind I would like to consider a second what is it?
to outlive his grandson.”
THE MYTHS OF MEMORIES entry into my “meaning of life” contest, To comprehend his explanation we must
We may never have been called
namely, Aristotle’s answer to the question of rst consider his view that the aspect of
Millennials in our youth, but who’s
kidding who? Our coming of age in life’s meaning. our ‘soul” that separates us from the animal
the Fifties and Sixties was no less
fraught with the naivete and angst Unlike the Bhagavad-Gia which posited kingdom is our mind. “ e function of man
that attends every next generation of
parents and workers. life’s signi cance from without – in nding is an activity of the soul which follows or
We’re arguably not better than one’s place in the in nite Universe, Aristo- implies a rational principle.” e function of
anybody younger; what we are, inar-
guably, is older. Quickness by seniors tle focused more on the inward dimensions anyone is to provide an excellent example of
to criticize our juniors -- through
hoary generational generalizations of life. that person. For example the function of a
-- has more to do with envy than
it does with studious analysis of When I was in high school I asked a juggler, good or bad, is to juggle. A juggler
their behavior. Age is supposed to
bring wisdom, but it also can bring UNNATURAL PROGRESSION friend: why are you studying so hard, his who is not doing a good job is not ful ll-
grumpiness that makes the wisdom Without loss, there can be no life.
unwelcome. immediate answer: to get a degree. My ing his/her function. e best person of
When the loss is cruelly untimely,
I instinctively harbor utmost and totally counter-intuitive, as it is questioning didn’t stop there and his an- course is the person who is most virtuous;
regard for those of my father-in-law when parents bury children, it throws
and my father George’s generation. the natural progression of genera- swers led me down a very predictable path: therefore the function of a human being is
tions into dizzying disarray.
ey all entered this world on the get a good job, make money, have a family, rational virtuous activity. For mankind the
cusp of, or in the midst of, e Great I tacitly accepted a while ago that
Depression; they fought their way the mantle of family patriarch one eventually retire in comfort. I wouldn’t highest good lies in ful lling our function
abroad and at home through the day would fall on my shoulders. Now
Great War; they nanced homes and that it has come to pass, I accept it let up, “you want that because you believe as animals possessing a rational soul and in
built careers during post-war pros- and can live with it. Saying goodbye
to a parent is an anticipated mile- it will make you happy.” He begrudgingly so doing we achieve our eudaimonea.
stone on the pathway of life.
agreed. I believed then and I believe now Pleasure, honor, excellence, wealth may
Saying goodbye to a child is
neither an anticipated nor acceptable the simple truth that all of us act in ways all be good things but the highest good, in
part of the natural order of things. It
violates the sacred circle of life that that we think will lead to happiness. accordance with our nature, is to act reason-
connects parent to child and genera-
tion to generation. To a large extent Aristotle would agree. ably and virtuously. My high school friend
In summoning the fortitude to His central concept of the good life is what mistakenly equated happiness for various
carry on the legacy of those from
who we came, and who, as pre-or- he called eudaimonea. It has been mistrans- rungs along life’s ladder: good grades, a de-
dained, have left us, it’s ennobling to
remember that we also embody and lated as happiness but it more accurately gree, a job, a marriage, a house, possessions,
draw strength from those who came
from us, but left before us, and whose means “to live well” or “to ourish.” It is not retirement. Instead of these stops along the
spirit will remain before us, to inspire
generations yet to be born. an experience or a description of a moment way true happiness is a judgment of a whole
but rather an evaluation of a life in general. lifetime of virtuous living.
But what does it mean “to ourish”? Virtue is acquired according to Aristotle
Aristotle attempts to answer the question through habituation. at’s why child rear-
in great detail. To understand his answer ing is so critical. A person who through-
you must rst appreciate that for Aristotle out their lives has acted virtuously has in
goodness is tied to function. Aristotle did Aristotle’s view good character. ose who
not believe in an afterlife or a soul as we do are reluctant to observe the virtuous life are
in the west today. e word “soul” for him cowards. A huge part of being virtuous is to
meant literally your function-your nature. embrace the mean between two extremes.
Once you ful ll your function, you are, in Practical wisdom is the ability to recognize
his mind, “ ourishing”. the di erence. Let me give you an example
To ourish is to seek the highest good. of embracing the mean: to run into a battle
One of his students asked: but what is the when you are outnumbered ten to one is
Bruce Apar is a writer, actor, consultant, highest good? Is it the seeking of self indul- foolhardy, to run away is cowardly, to retreat
and community volunteer. He can be reached
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since that is on a level with the pigs and
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Overcoming obstacles to learning
Dear Dr. Linda, Believe me, they do want to Another obstacle might be improve. Once your students
Every year I ask my eighth- improve their grades. Every
student wants an A+, but if 1) STRONG that some of your students do actually go through the process
grade English students to make they don’t know how to achieve LEARNING
a New Year’s resolution about it, 2) their courses are too dif- not know how to study, how to and commit to one of more of
what they are going to do so DR. LINDA
that they’ll do better in school. cult, or 3) they su er from the SILBERT transfer the material they are the options, it’s likely they will
It’s amazing, but every year, they three “tions”—disorganization,
all come up with the best inten- procrastination and lack of they may have for overcoming given to learn into their long- start improving in school.
tions. But those resolutions don’t motivation—they will not be that obstacle. For example, one
seem to pan out. Every student able to make their New Year’s of your students may say that term memories. Most students Going through this process
remains at the same level. I have resolutions come true. he gets low grades because he
never seen one student do any doesn’t do his homework. As think studying is going through brings more to your students
better. My colleagues make fun To succeed in improving a class, investigate why. Is it
of me, but I keep trying. I’m their grades, your students will because he doesn’t remember a stack of ash cards. at is than just making a list of things
optimistic someone will come need your help and guidance to to get his assignments? If that’s
through. Any thoughts on this? overcome the obstacles that are the reason, then determine three the lowest level of learning. that aren’t going to happen. It
preventing them from higher options: One option might be
English Teacher grades in the rst place. And de- for him to put it on his phone. All that does is test immediate gives them a strategy for set-
termining what those obstacles Another option is to have an
Dear English Teacher, are is the rst step. As a class, assignment pad that works for recall. It doesn’t mean a student ting goals, identifying obstacles,
As I’ve said in the past, it when you make the New Year’s him and a third option might be
resolution assignment, focus on that he teams up with a “study understands the subject or will and charting new courses until
always feels good to make New three common obstacles that buddy” who checks in with him
Year’s resolutions—no matter are preventing most of your to be sure he has the assignment. remember all the ashcards. something works for them.
our ages—because they’re about students from doing better in
something we really want to school. Together, discuss options Studying isn’t instinctual. Most Have a happy and healthy
happen but are unlikely to seri- that will help them do better.
ously commit to bringing them of us need to be taught various New Year! From my family to
about. As a result, most resolu- To carry this out, download
tions don’t last very long. e my free “Obstacles to Learn- techniques and strategies to yours,
same is true for your students. ing” chart at stronglearning.com.
Following a list of resolutions to Write down an obstacle and help us learn the material, such Dr. Linda
improve their grades is probably then work with your students
not going to happen. to ll in three realistic options as chunking, creating acronyms
and learning how to visualize. Dr. Linda is co-author of
e point is that your stu- “Building Strong Students,
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2019: e year in review, part I
These stories are the highlights of up newspaper. If you around out there and FLORIDA MAN SHOVES PIZZA IN
the year in review, but I’m actu- DAD’S FACE AFTER LEARNING HE
ally pretty surprised we viewed are a human and you MAN it’s making a bee-line HELPED DELIVER HIM AT BIRTH
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Dishin’ with the dog
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three dishwashers. First there is the dishwasher. Having spent and I marveled at how unique onto the oor where it broke
the electronic one which does a a summer at sleepaway camp e third dishwasher in the our dog was, which could also into a million pieces.
pretty good job, assuming you when he was 16 as, you guessed house is the dog. Of all three, be a euphemism for weird.
pre-wash the dishes before you it, a dishwasher, my husband the dog ranks best for getting I shrugged.
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While many adults spend the siast. Mr. MacFad- READING, requires guests to sign into the icy waters of the Baltic Sea.
rst day of the New Year den believed that a WRITING & a waiver and a release e idea is to immerse yourself in the
sleeping late and lounging dip in the icy water CHOCOLATE agreement before
on the couch with the remote in hand, was bene cial for participating in a chilly water for 30 seconds to one min-
why not start your new year o with ute to release endorphins, get out and
a splash? ose hardy members of the stamina and the im- KIM swim. Winter weather run into a sauna to warm up and sweat
Coney Island Polar Bear Club have the mune system. Club KOVACH swimming can pose a and release toxins from your body, and
right attitude. Promptly at one o’clock members swim all risk of hypothermia.
in the afternoon on New Year’s Day, the nally to run back outside and jump
annual Polar Bear Plunge is a 116 year winter long, not just But fans of cold water into the frozen water again. e Finns
tradition with a dip in the frigid waters swear by it!
of the Atlantic Ocean. on New Year’s Day. swimming believe that
e idea of the Polar Bear Plunge ap-
e New Year’s Day Polar Bear Members gather on the beach in Coney this activity promotes good circulation, peals to me. e requirements are very
Plunge is open to everyone. ere is low—no swimming experience neces-
no fee to participate but donations are Island every Sunday from November releases endorphins and reduces stress. sary, no age limits. You just have to
encouraged for di erent charities. e walk or run across the cold, damp sand
2020 plunge will raise funds to create a through April to swim in the chilly Fans of cold water swimming around and splash into the icy waters lapping
more sustainable and cleaner environ- the Brooklyn shoreline. en everyone
ment in the Coney Island community Atlantic Ocean. the world have been plunging them- shrieks and laughs and runs back to
as well as for programming for Coney grab their dry clothing and talk to the
Island youth. You can spot the hardy Polar Bear selves into icy lakes across Europe and TV reporters. Sounds fun!
Considered the oldest winter bathing Club regulars as they spread out in a Scandinavia for centuries. I read about Kim Kovach set her own personal
club in the United States, the Coney record when she was in eighth grade
Island Polar Bear Club was founded in circle on the beach and do jumping a group of employees in Sweden who by jumping into the cold backyard
1903 by Bernarr MacFadden, a wealthy pool on anksgiving Day. www.
publisher and health and tness enthu- jacks and stretches before making a take a little eld trip on their lunch kimkovachwrites.com
bee-line into the icy water. Members break once a week to jump into icy wa-
often wear o cial Polar Bear Club hats, ter. ere is a video, of course, “Sweden
sweatshirts and robes. Some intrepid o ce workers relax with lunchtime
souls form another circle in the choppy icy swim” showing these co-workers
waters and whoop it up. Others swim jumping into the cold water with snow
around for a few minutes before run- covering the ground.
ning back on shore to grab dry towels In Finland, a favorite activity is to
and sweat shirts. jump into a rectangular hole cut into
I read that the Polar Bear Club the ice on a frozen lake or take a plunge
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As I read this I can’t help think
that he is describing my cousin
Joey to a t. Indeed he is.
Rest in Peace, dear cousin.
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The Lakeland ﬁeld hockey team Sports Year in Review: 2019
celebrates winning the Section 1
Class B state title.
FILE PHOTO/JAMES VANDEVELDE
BY MIKE SABINI Rescigno Reaches
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Milestone, Resigns
Another year has come to a close, which In October, Yorktown football coach
means it’s time recap to some of the top Mike Rescigno won his 100th-career
varsity sports moments from 2019. game, when the Huskers defeated top-
Lakeland Field Hockey seeded John Jay (Cross River), the de-
fending Section 1 Class A champion,
Wins Again 20-7, in the Section 1 Class A semi nals.
It would be the nal win of his 15-
For the 10th time in the last 11 years, year coaching career at Yorktown High
Lakeland’s eld hockey squad won the School. Following the season, Rescigno
Class B state title, defeating Garden City stepped down to spend more time with
in the state title game, 2-0, at Alden High his family.
School. e win over John Jay gave the No. 5
e win was sweet revenge for the Huskers (8-2) their third trip in the last
Hornets (20-1-1), whose nine-year state four years and fourth trip in the last six
title streak came to end in 2018 with a seasons to the section title game, where
1-0 defeat to Garden City in the cham- they lost to No. 3 Rye, 41-7, at Mahopac
pionship game. High School. FILE PHOTO/DEENA BELL
e win on Sunday, Nov. 17, gave Lakeland’s Fon Lakeland’s Joe Vetrano helped lead the Hornets to a state title appearance.
Lakeland their 13th state title in their il-
lustrious history, all under coach Sharon Goes 40-40 their 40th-straight trip to a section title Lakeland/Panas Boys
e team was led by senior captains Lakeland pitcher Claire Fon became game by defeating visiting No. 4 Horace Reach Lax Finals
Erin Daly and Jenna McCrudden, who the rst softball player in New York State Greeley, 15-6, in the Section 1 Class B
were named All-Americans. Public High School Athletic Association semi nals. No. 7 Lakeland/Panas (9-11) earned
Lakeland Baseball Goes history e top-seeded Huskers (13-6), led their fth trip to the Section 1 Class A
to win 40 games and hit 40 homers in by All-Americans Keith Boyer and Dan nals in the last six years by defeating No.
Back-to-Back a career. O’Meara, lost to their rival, No. 2 John 3 Wappingers, 10-7, in the semi nals.
She reached both milestones in Lake- Jay (Cross River), in a classic title game, e host Rebels hung tough in the title
Lakeland’s baseball squad, as the No. land’s 5-3 victory against visiting No. 5 7-6, at Lakeland High School. game against No. 1 Mamaroneck, trailing
1 seed, defeated No. 4 Nyack, 5-4, in Tappan Zee in the Section 1 Class A Yorktown Girls Lax just 6-4 at halftime, before losing 10-4.
the Section 1 Class A title game at Pace semi nals, for a Hornet squad that won Beat Foxes
University, winning back-to-back sec- its third straight League III-C title. LPPV Wins Gymnastics
tional baseball crowns for the rst time in Yorktown’s girls lacrosse squad, led by Section Title
school history. e win earned the top-seeded Hor-
nets (22-1), a trip to the section nals for
Lakeland (24-3), led by Joe Vetrano, the second time in three years. ere, they All-American Kelsey McDonnell, sealed Lakeland/Panas/Putnam Valley gym-
Gatorade 2019 New York Baseball Play- lost to sister school, No. 10 Walter Panas, their seventh-straight trip to the Section nastics’ squad won the Section 1 title with
er of the Year, made it to the state Class in the title game, 7-3, at North Rockland 1 Class B title game with a 10-6 victory a score of 171.6 at Carmel High School.
A regional semi nals, where they lost to High School. against visiting No. 3 Fox Lane in the Four of their gymnasts went on to
Maine-Endwell, 5-4, in NYSEG Stadi- Husker Boys Back semi nals. compete at the states with the Section 1
um in Binghamton.
e No. 2 Huskers (14-5) played in a squad, which nished fth.
at is the home of the Binghamton in Lax Finals thrilling championship game, losing in
Rumble Ponies, the Double-A squad of overtime to No. 1 Su ern, 7-6, at Fox
the New York Mets. SEE 2019 PAGE 17
Yorktown’s boys lacrosse squad secured Lane High School.
Thursday, January 2, 2020 SPORTS Yorktown News – Page 17
FILE PHOTO/SAMANTHA FERNANDEZ
Sam Riccardulli holds the ball she hit to become Yorktown’s all-
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ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT – JACK KRUSE
Lakeland’s Kruse plans on playing hoops in college
BY MIKE SABINI e goal for my nal season at Lakeland My favorite music to listen to while Lakeland’s Jack Kruse
CONTRIBUTING WRITER is to make it to the County Center. warming up is anything that is upbeat and FILE PHOTO/DEENA BELL
Who has been your biggest role model gets you motivated.
Jack Kruse is a senior captain on this over the years and what have you learned If you could have one superpower, what
year’s Lakeland boys basketball squad. from them? would it be and why?
Kruse, who plays both forward and guard, My biggest role model over the years has If I could have one superpower it would
was named to the All-Tournament team been coach [Bill] Casey (assistant coach). be the ability to y because that seems fun.
in the Bill Green Holiday Tournament in He has taught me to so sel ess and be an If you could pick one place to visit on
Bronxville, which the Hornets won. all-around better person. vacation that you’ve never been to, where
For Kruse, this is his third year on the var- Tell us one thing about yourself that would you go and why?
sity squad. He was named All-League in his not a lot of people know? If I could pick one place to go on vacation
sophomore campaign and All-League and One thing about myself that not a lot of I’ve never been before it would be Hawaii
All-Conference his junior season. people know is that I am a big Star Wars because the beaches look awesome.
How old were you when you started fan. What is your favorite food to eat before
playing basketball and what got you Do you plan on continuing to play bas- or after a match?
started? ketball in college? Tell us about where you Favorite food to eat before a game would
I was around 7 when I started playing are going to school and why you chose it? be any sandwich from Lakeland Deli.
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be to play. basketball. Pizza, because the slices are gigantic.
What is your favorite thing about being Do you know what you want to study in What’s the go-to app on your phone
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My favorite thing about being on the studying and why? My go-to app is Snapchat because it’s a
basketball team at Lakeland is the relation- I am currently leaning toward studying way to talk to your friends.
ship you build with your team on and o economics in college due to how much I For a young athlete growing up in the
the court. have enjoyed the economics class I am tak- Lakeland district, what would you tell
What is your favorite team activity or ing this year. them about the experience of being part
pregame or post-game ritual that you Who is your favorite professional ath- of the basketball team and why should
share with your teammates? lete and pro (or college) sports team? they go out for the team?
My favorite team activity would have to My favorite professional athlete is Da- For a young athlete growing up in the
be listening to music and hanging out in the mian Lillard, and my favorite team is the district I would tell them to try out for the
locker room. UNC Tar Heels. team because they will build relationships,
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season at Lakeland? warming up for a game? if they don’t.
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Trio leads Husker boys hoops to victory
Sinagra team MVP; Patierno records 100th victory
Yorktown Boys On o ense, it’s been a focus of practice in our backyard together He is very active, so that was a big to being named team MVP, at
Basketball (3-6) ours in practice to push tempo. and now it’s paying o . So I’m de ection at that point.” the Warwick Wildcat Dual Meet
We made some shots.” pretty sure that’s why we played Tournament.
YORKTOWN 52 VS. PELHAM 45 pretty well in the third quarter.” Sam Pincus (5 points), Ma-
Friday, Dec. 20 Prybylski’s clutch shot was honey (3 points) and Antoine “It was great, great way to start
Yorktown won their second symbolic of the performance the Roni Brucaj put the Huskers Coles (2 points), also got into the up the holiday break,” Sinagra
Huskers received from their re- up for good 46-43, on a 3-pointer box score for a Husker squad that said. “I thank my coaches, team-
consecutive game, by defeat- serves. with approximately three min- will next play at 6:15 p.m. Tues- mates, and my dad, who all push
ing visiting Pelham 52-45, led utes left in the game. day, Jan. 7, at Brewster. me to be the best I can be, no
by Roni Brucaj (16 points, 6 re- “Guys came o the bench matter what obstacles come my
bounds, 4 assists), Eddie Brucaj ready to play today,” Pavella said. “During the season, I was hesi- “We feel really good,” Roni way.”
(11 points, 4 assists) and Tony “ ey hit some good shots com- tant to shoot a lot but throughout Brucaj said. “Now we start the
Granitto (8 points, 8 rebounds). ing o the bench. I know Matt practice, my coaches put trust in league games and we are going to Yorktown’s Dean Patierno feels
(Mahoney) hit a shot, Jack hit me to shoot the ball, whenever I have to work hard these next two this is just a sign of things to
“It feels good to win at home,” some shots, so I thought the en- was wide open, they trust me to weeks. After the break, we have come for Sinagra.
said Yorktown coach Mark ergy was good from the bench shoot the ball,” Roni Brucaj said. big games coming up and we
Pavella. “It’s our second win here. guys.” “So whenever I get the opportu- want to make the playo s.” “Christian is a beast, he’s both
So it feels good going into the nity now, I don’t hesitate and I very strong and very athletic,”Pa-
break on a good note.” e Brucaj brothers produced just shoot the ball.” Yorktown Wrestling tierno said. “He’s bound to have
the Huskers scoring in the third (7-11) a great season, if he keeps doing
e Huskers took a 28-26 lead quarter, which they led 40-37 Rob Miller (2 points), helped what he’s doing.”
at halftime, nishing the rst half at the end of, as Roni Brucaj seal the win by breaking up a Pel- WARWICK WILDCAT DUAL
on an 11-3 run, culminated by a and Eddie Brucaj each scored 6 ham pass, which led to an Eddie MEET TOURNAMENT Patierno (145) went 3-1, which
3-pointer from Jack Prybylski (5 points apiece. Brucaj basket, giving the Husk- included his 100th-career victory.
points). ers a 50-45 advantage, with 1:05 Saturday, Dec. 21
“Growing up, we always want- remaining in the game. Yorktown’s Christian Sinagra “It meant a lot to nally get to
“I thought we were aggressive ed to play with each other,” Roni (170 pounds) went 5-0, defeated 100,” Patierno said. “Wrestling
on defense,” Pavella said about Brucaj said. “So now we nally “Rob is really good on the bas- two all-section wrestlers, en route takes a lot of hard work and de-
that run. “We pushed the tempo. are getting the opportunity to ketball,” Pavella said. “He’s one of termination, so getting 100 was
play together. We always used to our better defenders on the ball.
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ROUNDUP BYSNS Hockey (3-6) Matt Gergley recorded 14 saves Propelling the BYSNS to victo- li e, scored two goals early, which
FROM PAGE 20
for the BYSNS. ry was Goodli e, who scored two really got the team pumped,it kept
BYSNS 3 VS. CLARKSTOWN 7 “Our team chemistry started to rst-period goals, put the visitors the energy high,” Bonitatibus said.
very rewarding.” Friday, Dec. 20 spark a little more than the previ- on top 2-0. “Also, continuous crashing the net
Sinagra said he was very proud e BYSNS trailed 4-0 against ous games,” Makarenko said. “We “One of our girls,Ashley Good- was key for us.”
of Patierno and happy he was able visiting Clarkstown at the Brews- have become a far better hockey
to achieve this milestone. ter Ice Arena, rallied to get back in team than in the beginning of the
“He was able to reach this goal the game, but eventually fell to the season.We just have to put in more
because his e ort in practice pass- visitors from Rockland County, e ort and we will be a better team.”
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