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The Somers Record 01.13.22

Vol. 11 No. 39 Visit for the latest news. Thursday, January 13, 2022

Town Board organizes for 2022 Universal Pre-K
begins Jan. 24
Morrissey named Deputy Supervisor 
BY CAROL REIF contract between the district
BY CAROL REIF STAFF WRITER and the White Plains-based
STAFF WRITER vendor, YMCA of Central and
Early-childhood education is Northern Westchester.
Somers’ newly-minted super- getting a big boost in Somers
visor has chosen his predecessor this month with the launch of e program o cially starts
as his right-hand man. Universal Pre-kindergarten. on Monday, Jan. 24, at Primrose
Elementary School.
Robert Scorrano, who was e publicly funded, tuition-
sworn in on Sunday, Jan. 2, an- free program will provide learn- Its 18 slots have already been
nounced at the town’s reorgani- ing opportunities for four-year- lled but anyone interested in
zation meeting last week that he olds and help them transition getting their child on the “list”
was appointing Rick Morrissey into K-12 education. for September’s 18 spots can
as his deputy supervisor. contact Stacey Elconin, the dis-
e school district, after re- trict’s director of special services,
Morrissey, elected in 2013 ceiving a state grant last spring, by emailing  selconin@somerss-
as supervisor, decided early last had hoped to start o ering Pre- Parents will need to
year not to seek a fth two-year K in the fall but was forced to supply their child’s name and
term. Councilman Tom Garrity, postpone the opening until the date of birth and their names,
a member of the Town Board second semester of the 2021- email addresses, and phone
since 2008, has been deputy su- 2022 school year. It will not lose numbers. Participants are cho-
pervisor for the past eight years. funding because of the delay. sen via lottery.

Deputy supervisors can assist at’s because Albany has ac- e district  wants the pro-
the supervisor with the “plan- knowledged that the turnaround gram to run for a full year before
ning, supervision and direction time was extremely tight, and deciding if it wants to expand it.
of town operations and assumes some districts needed more time
the duties of the town supervi- to prepare. “To see how it goes,” Elconin
sor in his/her absence,” accord- explained.
ing to a job description provided Covering about 95 percent of
by Under the costs, the grant is not a one- e program is only for four-
Section 42 of New York State shot deal; it is the base for aid year-olds. Some parents like to
Town Law, supervisors can ap- going forward, education o - hold their kids back from kin-
point anyone they like -- includ- cials said. e per-pupil funding dergarten until they’re six, she
ing a town o cer, o cial, or em- limit is $5,400. explained, emphasizing that no
ployee -- as long as that person
e Board of Education voted ve-year-olds are allowed.
PHOTO: CAROL REIF on Tuesday, Jan. 4, to approve a
SEE MORRISSEY PAGE 4 Supervisor Scorrano and Rick Morrissey on Inauguration Day.


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Thursday, January 13, 2022 The Somers Record – Page 3

Your Neighbor

Norman Fulton
Somers author examines educational gap in new book

BY TOM WALOGORSKY “I asked them to locate New York State

EDITOR on a map,” Fulton recalls. “Out of 15 kids,

not one of them could.”

“I think we can solve the problem in the As he became closer with his students,

inner city,” explains educator and author they would reveal their thoughts on a num-

Norman Fulton. ber of relevant topics, including pressing so-

e Somers resident has been an instruc- cial issues such as gun control, seen through

tor at a Westchester facility for incarcerated the lens of their inner-city upbringing and

teens, and has channeled his experiences education.

into his new book, “Gaps and Bridges.” Fulton would continue to examine the

“ ere was a tremendous gap between disparity between inner-city and suburban

kids who are growing up in the country ver- upbringing and education. In one instance,

sus kids who are growing up in the inner he interviewed an inner-city teacher who

city,” says Fulton. accepted a position as a summer school in-

Fulton previously published “Yo God, structor at an upper-class school in West-

What the Hell,”in 2015. e book explored chester.

the stories of incarcerated youths, giving “She said she walked into the

them a voice to attempt to help their com- school and saw the library and a

munities. classroom, and she stood there and

Fulton was raised in the small towns of cried,”he explains.“ e blackboard

Pine Plains and Bangall, NY, and it wasn’t she was using at her other school

until his extensive work with inner-city was cracked and there wasn’t any

youth that he realized the true scope of the chalk. A student would be given a

disparity between their upbringing and his text book one day, and they would

own. have to return it, so another stu-

With his work through the Brieant Youth dent would be able to use it.”

Alliance (BYA), he came to know numerous In speaking further with this in-

youths, their stories, and the circumstances structor, she described teaching in

of their upbringing and education. an inner-city school as akin to be-

Some of Fulton’s experiences were eye- ing in a foreign country.

opening, others heartbreaking. However, “She told me you have to speak

some of these interactions also inspired him the foreign language,” he con-

with the notion that there was hope for the tinues. “Sometimes that’s a lot of

incarcerated youths. swear words.”

Relating a story from when he was asked PHOTOS COURTESY OF NORM FULTON In “Gaps and Bridges,” Fulton

to speak at a Martin Luther King Day ob- examines the inner-city educational experi-

servance, Fulton describes his experiences ence in hopes of shedding light on the dis-

with those who attended. parities and moving to correct the problems

“I’m a Deacon in the church, and I asked in a awed system.

the kids if they would like me to pray for “Once you cross over into the Bronx, it

them,” he recalls. “I was surprised by how changes a lot,” he explains. “ ere are par-

many of them jumped at the opportunity. ents there who love their children just as

We stood up and held hands, and I asked much as anyone, but they don’t have the op-

who they would like me to pray for.” portunities to provide what their kids need.

e 24 youths who joined him all o ered And the biggest thing they can’t provide is

up prayers for parents, siblings, and friends, education. In this day in age, for a student

many of whom were dealing with situations concerning he discovered that his students displayed positivity, apti- not to be able to get a good education is disgusting. I’m

incarceration, domestic abuse, or substance abuse. tude, and even a sense of humor despite their situation. not casting dispersion on every school in the inner-city.

“Not one kid asked for a prayer for themselves. Not As part of one lesson, he taught them about the workings But we do have to face up to the facts that they’re not get-

one,” says Fulton. “I was really excited about that. Even of the stock market with simulated investments. To his ting a good education. And as such, they get into things

though they’re locked up, they still have the capacity for surprise, the group turned a pro t of $1,000. that they shouldn’t be doing.”

care and concern and love.” However, other lessons would reveal the disparity in his “Gaps and Bridges” is available for purchase on barne-

As Fulton settled into his role as a teacher at the facility, students’ educational experiences. and Amazon.

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MORRISSEY he thanked running mates and ward to “supporting Rob and
fellow Republicans Anthony working with him as he leads the As a rst-time elected
Cirieco and Bill Faulkner – and town forward.”

has the “same quali cations as town tax receiver Michele McK- Faulkner told e Somers Re- o cial, I can think of
an elective town o cer.” earney, who was also re-elected cord last week that he “enthusi- no better mentor to be
in November – for showing him astically” supported Scorrano’s
If the supervisor is absent or “the ropes.” decision to appoint Morrissey
unable to act, deputy supervi- because of his “wealth of expe-
sors can, when present, preside “As a rst-time elected o cial,

at Town Board meetings. ey I can think of no better mentor rience and perspective that will my deputy supervisor
can perform all the duties of su- to be my deputy supervisor than greatly serve the Town Board.”

pervisor – such as signing docu- the individual who just guided Councilman Richard Clinchy than the individual

ments  – but cannot cast a vote, the town through more than a said prior to the reorg meeting

the law states. decade of low taxes, low crime that he had been a “bit surprised” who just guided the

If the o ce of supervisor be- rates, and economic growth,” only because he found out about
comes vacant, the deputy super- Scorrano said in his recent state- the appointment when he read it

visor continues to serve “until ment, adding that he was “grate- on the Jan. 6 agenda. town through more
the successor of such deputy ful” that Morrissey had accepted “I believe Tom enjoyed the

supervisor is appointed,” it said. his request “to be that resource.” job (as deputy supervisor) and I than a decade of low
If the supervisor doesn’t tap He also thanked Garrity for thought he did it very well,” he

a deputy supervisor within ve his service as deputy supervi- added.

days of taking o ce or ve days sor. Prior to being a council- Cirieco, remarking last week taxes, low crime rates,
after a vacancy occurs in the of- man, Garrity was on the Zoning that the new supervisor is “his

ce, the Town Board has the Board of Appeals for ve years own man and will make his own and economic growth.

power to appoint one. and the Planning Board for decisions,” explained that “it’s

In a statement released after three. not a command and control job;

the ursday, Jan. 6, reorgani- Morrissey spent close to 12 it’s a job of consensus with the -Supervisor Robert Scorrano
zation meeting, Scorrano noted years in elected o ce – four of councilmen as well as with the

that “during the campaign, I them as a town councilman and public.”

promised the voters – my friends eight as supervisor. He also spent It is up to Scorrano to “draw

and neighbors – that I would 18 years serving on the town’s advice from the professionals he however. Harding left, and Mary Beth

bring my A-game and do my Architectural Review Board and chooses,” he said, adding: “In my Entered into the o cial record Murphy replaced him. Bill was

best to help Somers succeed.” 17 years on its Ethics Board, and experience with him, he is eager by Town Clerk Patricia Kalba at not appointed deputy supervisor.

A nancial services consul- was once chairman of the Open to work with people and under- the ursday, Jan. 6, meeting, the When Rick became supervisor,

tant, Scorrano was a member of Space Committee and president stand their views and be decisive comment was submitted by Te- Mary Beth did not become deputy

the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Somers Lions Club. in making decisions.” resa “Terry” Cli ord, a resident supervisor. Tom Garrity became

from 2015 to 2018. e dad of Morrissey said he was “hon- Garrity declined to comment of Heritage Hills. deputy supervisor with Rick. He

two also coaches Somers youth ored to be appointed as deputy last week. It read, verbatim: “It is unprec- has a great deal of experience and

sports. supervisor for the Town of e town did receive input edented to have a former supervi- SEE MORRISSEY PAGE 5

In post-election comments, Somers” and was looking for- from a member of the public, sor act as deputy supervisor. Bill

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MORRISSEY cept the appointments, “some are · Christine Rossiter, deputy tax PRE-K Pre-K is “sensitive to each
FROM PAGE 4 at the discretion – for example, receiver. (Announced by McKear- FROM PAGE 1
family’s lifestyle, values,

the deputy town clerk, the deputy ney.) and cultural preferences”

should remain deputy. We also tax receiver, the deputy supervi- e kids don’t have to be and “each child is viewed as

have two excellent council mem- sor – of the head of those depart- BOARD CHAIRMEN vaccinated, but they do have unique and is guided to reach

bers in Richard Clinchy and ments.” · John Alfonzetti, Architectural to wear masks. ( e CDC his/her potential.”

Anthony Cirieco. No need for “Not up to the Town Board. Review Board. is currently recommending Children are, the YMCA

Mr. Morrissey to be appointed Some of these others, like board ·  Kevin Westerman, Parks & that anyone age ve and up added, “encouraged to prob-

deputy.” chairmen, that is up to the Town Recreation Board. get a COVID vaccine. Clini- lem-solve, experiment with

Cli ord, president of her con- Board … just to di erentiate so it · John Currie, Planning Board. cal trials are being conducted developmentally appropri-

do association, a member of the doesn’t confuse somebody that’s ·  Victor Cannistra, Zoning on shots for children age six ate materials, and establish

Heritage Hills Society Board for watching us,” he added. Board of Appeals. months to under ve years social relations through self-

14 years, and a Democrat, ran un- “Right, some of them are just · Richard Auerbach, A ordable old.) directed activities and special

successfully in 1997 for supervi- announcements,” explained Kal- Housing Board. Margarita Pineiro of the projects.”

sor against Republican William ba. ·  omas J. Tooma Jr.,  Robert YMCA  of Central and In other words, there’s a lot

C. Harding. Harding had been “Exactly, some of them are just Russell, and  Al Vigliotti, Fire Northern Westchester will be more to Pre-K than nger-

elected in 1987 after defeating announcements,” Clinchy re- Prevention Bureau. directing the program’s state painting, naps, and graham

three-term incumbent D. Wayne sponded. Education Department- crackers with milk.

Van Tassell who ran on the inde- e deputy supervisor will re- COMMITTEE CHAIRS approved curriculum. It is e proposed daily sched-

pendent line after failing to gain ceive an annual stipend of $1,080. ·  Michael Barnhart, Open licensed by the state O ce of ule is:

the GOP endorsement.  Board members are paid $14,612 Space Committee. Children & Family Services · 8:30-9:00: School arrival.

Murphy became supervisor in a year. · Don Bleasdale, Somers En- and sta ed by state-certi ed · 9:00-9:15: Morning Meet-

1998 and held the position until Other appointments made ergy Environment Committee. early childhood education ing.

2013.  She has been the village ursday were: · Kathy Cucchiarella, Partners teachers. · 9:15-9:35: Snack/Bathroom.

manager for Hastings-on-Hud- in Prevention Committee. In Somers’ case, there · 9:35-9:55: Large Group:

son for the last 2? years. SUPERVISOR, TAX RECEIVER, As part of the reorganiza- will be one teacher and two Language/literacy

According to Town Board TOWN CLERK tion, the Town Board adopted teaching assistants. · 9:55-10:40: Small Groups/

meeting archives, Murphy had ·  Doris Jane Smith, town his- its meeting format and rules for According to the YMCA, Centers.

at least one deputy supervisor – torian. (Announced by Scorrano.) the submission of agenda items, the program “works in part- · 10:40-11:00: Large Group/

Richard W. Nicholson. Nichol- ·  Kim DeLucia, executive as- designated its o cial newspaper nership with parents and rec- Math. 

son had served three terms on the sistant to the supervisor. (An- ( e Somers Record), o cial de- ognizes them as the primary · 11:00-11:45: Small Group/

Town Board. nounced by Scorrano.) pository ( JP Morgan Chase), of- teachers of their children.” Centers.

In 2013, Morrissey ran against ·  Patricia Kalba, election liai- cials auditors (PFK O’Connor Parents are encouraged, · 11:30-12:00: Recess.

Christine Robbins for the post son and registrar of vital statistics. Davies), and legal counsel (Ste- it added, to take a role in · 11:45-12:30: Lunch/Bath-

and won handily. (Announced by Scorrano.) phens, Baroni, Reilly & Lewis). their child’s educational ex- room.

Scorrano thanked Cli ord for ·  Linda Verderame, deputy It set salaries and longevity perience by participating in · 12:30-1:15: Nap time.

her comment ursday. town clerk, deputy election liai- payments for town employees and classrooms, group meetings, · 1:15-1:30: Dismissal.

Clinchy noted ursday that son and deputy registrar of vital rules for various governmental

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Paucar trial begins

Amawalk resident faces felony charges from 2020 crash

BY CAROL REIF derway in Westchester County Plains-Harrison border on Jan. raignment in August 2020. car, was taken to the hospital
Court. 30, 2020. e most serious of If convicted of the rst, Paucar as were the injured Preston and

Jaime Paucar, 52, of Amawalk, those were second-degree mur- could be sentenced to 15 to life to Jack.

e nonjury trial of a Somers faces multiple charges in connec- der and vehicular homicide, both 25 years to life in prison. If found Paucar’s blood alcohol con-

man accused in the deaths of tion with the fatal DWI crash felonies. guilty of the second, he faces a tent – measured two hours after

two Ardsley residents is now un- on Interstate 287 on the White He pleaded not guilty at his ar- maximum of 8 1/3 to 25 years be- the crash -- was more than two

hind bars. He is currently being times the legal limit, according to

Keep the lights on. held in the Westchester County the Westchester County District

Jail on $250,000 bail. Attorney’s O ce.

Killed were Jordan Wachtell, His driver’s license had been

57, and 17-year-old Ardsley suspended earlier.

High School senior Eric Gold- Assistant District Attorney

berg, a friend of his son Preston, Christine O’Connor told Judge

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day, Jan. 7, that he never saw the Charges in the indictment were:

car that struck Wachtell’s BMW Felonies:

head-on coming, according to re- Two counts Murder in the Sec-

ports.  ond Degree, a class A felony.

Wachtell had been taking the ree counts Aggravated Ve-

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LETTERS ful conversations with each other, Hills Council of Condominiums, Presidents and designated repre- e proposed expansion of
and was quickly disappointed. In- which serves as a forum for all sentatives meet monthly to share the Somers National Golf Club
FROM PAGE 8 stead, Mr. Freeman reiterated false individual condominium associa- information and concerns about is an issue of critical concern to
facts shared by racist and divisive tions, to exchange ideas about the issues facing our community of all our residents. e business’
Having watched the melee up groups in our nation. management of our respective condominiums and our 2600+
close and fearing for the safety condo communities. irty Condo unit owners. SEE LETTERS PAGE 17
of those on the road to the high e exposure of lawful but ugly
school and anyone who might facts in American history led to Grea Hair We follow strict CDC guidelines.
have needed emergency ser- signi cant legislation to improve We pledge to keep everyone safe!
vice vehicles to make their way our America - Workplace Safety i th Bes Accessor !
through the tra c jam, I am Regulations including Child
frustrated about what happened Labor Laws, Americans with Dis- •Precision Cuts • Sets • High-End Color
and concerned about what might abilities Act, the Civil Rights Act • Highlights • Perms • Blow-Dry
happen moving forward. Somers and the War on Poverty, to name • Facial Waxing
is a wonderful place to live, but our just a few. Continuing to right the
leadership must be more thought- wrongs will continue to make us a (914) 232-7070
ful in the decisions they make better nation.  e CRT and DEI
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tributed moving forward. Other our lawful but ugly facts of racism
than poor planning by Somers in America that are intentionally Servin th communit for over 30 year
o cials, there is absolutely no rea- omitted from our history books.
son why the communities around Until we right those wrongs,
us were able to get the job done progress for a better nation for all
safely while we were not. is stalled.

Stephanie Keegan Our American democracy is a
wonderful experiment, uniquely
PUBLISHER’S MEMO enriched by global immigrants.
RESPONSE  A better future for our nation is
To the Editor, possible only when all of us are
included fairly, and past injustices
I commend Patrick DeSena for are corrected. 
his well written letter to the edi-
tor in the Jan. 6 edition, and The Denise Elliott
Somers Record for printing it.  
I, too, was appalled by Brett CONDOMINIUMS OPPOSES
Freeman’s letter On Dec SNGC EXPANSION 
30. When I began reading it, I To the Editor, 
was hopeful the article would o er
suggestions on how to start fruit- We represent the Heritage

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planned addition of a cigar
bar, indoor driving simula- NOTICE TO
tor and a mini golf course has NEW YORK RESIDENTS
roused our unit owners in rm
opposition. Our unit own- Homeowner Funding enables families to make necessary
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added burdens on our aging
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from the cigar bar patio.

While golf communities
with dining facilities are often
found inside condo complexes
around the country, a minia-
ture golf course in the middle
of a townhome community is
not common. Miniature golf
courses are best suited for
main roads in vacation areas,
away from residential homes.

ey often operate into the
late evening and are popular
with teens looking for an
outdoor activity. 

ese serious concerns we
are hearing from our commu-
nity are not just about being
“inconvenienced.” Heritage
Hills residents oppose this
project because it threatens
their safety, environment,
security and property values. 

e Council of Condomini-
ums is speaking in one uni ed
voice in full opposition to this
expansion and development
on the SNGC site.

Louise Squitieri, President,
Council of Condominiums,

President, Condo 17
George Rolita, Vice President,

Council of Condominiums,
President, Condo 20

Page 18 – The Somers Record Thursday, January 13, 2022



Basketball notches first win over Yorktown

BY WHIT ANDERSON the success of the Tuskers, nishing the eve- In the 200 medley relay, the Yorktown- rst. is team consists of three freshmen
CONTRIBUTING WRITER ning with 14 points.  Somers team consisting of Luke Hopper, and one sophomore, indicating they have
Jason Muroski, Jay Wilkinson, and George ample opportunity to get even better.
BOYS BASKETBALL  Somers 62, Tuckahoe 45 Whalen swam a 1:56, just getting edged
Mahopac 61, Somers 56 Monday, Jan. 10 out by Arlington’s relay team who swam a “ ese individual wins and high placings
Thursday, Jan. 6 Somers carried their momentum from the 1:55.81.  set us up for the League Championship
Similar to their previous games, the Tusk- Yorktown win, beating Tuckahoe handily at meet this upcoming Sunday,” said Coach
their home court on Monday. GIRLS TRACK John Vegliante.
ers played from behind against Mahopac for Matt Fitzsimons once again led the Tusk- Pearl River Holiday Fest
most of the matchup last ursday, almost ers in scoring, putting up 23 points on the Monday, Dec. 27 BOYS TRACK
completing a late-game comeback that fell night and 17 in the rst half.Big man Chris- Somers had their rst post-Christmas Pearl River Holiday Fest
just short. tian McGrane had his breakout perfor- Monday, Dec. 27
mance of the season, putting up 14 points.  meet at Rockland Community College, e boys also competed at Rockland
Bennett Leitner led the team with 17 nishing with several notable performanc-
points, and Andrew Violante nished with BOYS SWIMMING/DIVING Community College that day, producing
10. Arlington 57, Somers 36 es.  multiple standout results.
Monday, Jan. 10 Kaitlyn Krug had herself quite a day, n-
Somers 57, Yorktown 51 e Yorktown-Somers Swimming and Sophomore Andrew Fasone nished
Saturday, Jan. 8 ishing second in the high jump and fth in fourth in the 55m dash nals. He was the
After so many close calls and heartbreak- Diving Team was unable to get out of their the triple jump. only underclassman in the race and ran a
ing losses, Somers nally got their rst win recent skid, losing to Arlington at home by 7.12. Fasone also placed seventh in the long
of the year. e victory was even more sig- a sizable margin. Megan Spencer once again dominated jump nals. 
ni cant as it came against league-rival York- for the throwing team, edging out Ella
town in a hostile road environment.  Individual winners on the day included Maerz of Clarkstown North for a rst place Ryan Allen placed third in his 1000m
Jay Wilkinson and Nicholas Fraser, who heat, and Colin Brooks fth in his. Both
e team put together a well-rounded nish in the shot put. came within a second of breaking three
scoring e ort. Matt Fitzsimons led the team nished with a 5:44.40 and 6:13.43 in the e Tuskers also won the 4x200 relay minutes.
with 20 points, while his co-star Bennett 500 freestyle respectively. Wilkinson also
Leitner had 13. Sophomore Andrew Vio- swam a 54.73 to win his race in the 100 with a team consisting of Makeda Wiggins, Brian Luciano continued his impressive
lante continued to prove he is a key piece for butter y.  Keira Cleary, Haylie Donovan, and Isabella season by placing second in the shot put
Milojevic. Milojevic stole the show in the with a 44-07.25.
last leg by taking the team from third to

Andrew Violante had 14 points against Yorktown.

Somers pulled out a big win on the road. PHOTOS: BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER

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Thursday, January 13, 2022 SPORTS The Somers Record – Page 19

Somers unable to knock off rust against Mahopac

BY WHIT ANDERSON more pressure for the Tuskers by will help, because we’re not a team
that gets into the paint and utilizes
CONTRIBUTING WRITER implementing a full court press, physicality. With that being said, I
need to watch the game video. It’s
causing Somers to turn the ball over on us, we don’t get the ball inside
In their rst game after a 19-day and give up fast break points to their
Mahopac was able to extend the
layo , the Somers Tuskers couldn’t opponent. is turned into a 7-0 run lead at the end of the third quarter,
and then blow it open in the fourth.
nd their rhythm at home against for Mahopac, putting them ahead
e combination of Somers turn-
Mahopac. e Tuskers made a few 17-8 with 3:20 left in the half. But overs, and Mahopac hitting contest-
ed threes was too much to handle.
runs throughout the game to keep despite clear fatigue and rhythm is- Somers’ lack of conditioning was an
even bigger factor than earlier in the
it within reach, but ultimately fell sues, Somers demonstrated the will- game,so their defense opened up for
easy Mahopac looks. 
short in the fourth quarter, losing ingness to ght back, making their
Battling a layo and other adverse
40-27. own small run in the nal minutes factors determined the outcome of
this game, so Coach Hattem knows
e Tuskers got o to a rough to close the half down 19-12. it’s only upwards from this point for
the Tuskers.
start o ensively, missing wide open Coming out of the locker room,
“ ese kids will run through a
jumpers. e o ensive struggles Mahopac attempted to put the nail wall if you ask them to,” said Hat- Alexa Warycha facing up against a defender.
tem. “I can’t be too hard on them.
were compounded by the Tuskers in the co n against Somers. ey We just need to get in the gym, we
need to continue to get shots up,
consistently getting out on the fast initiated another 5-0 run to start we need to get into game shape. I
tell the girls, ‘we’re just as good as
break and not being able to convert the third quarter. But thankfully for any of these teams, we’re just not
playing well right now.’ I think the
great looks. However, Somers was the Tuskers, Ava Giudice provided a adjustment is to keep going at it,
stay healthy, so we can all practice
locked in early on the defensive end, spark to keep her team in it.Giudice’s together. ere have been so many
moving parts. If we keep at it, we’ll
limiting Mahopac’s o ense, allow- relentless pressure on defense turned be ne. We’ll win a game eventually
and turn it around.”
ing them to end the quarter only into instant o ense for Somers. is

down 10-6. was capped o by a Giudice three

“We haven’t played a game in that brought the Tuskers within two

almost four weeks, and we recently points of Mahopac with 2:37 left in

had ve kids test positive for Covid,” the quarter. 

said Coach Marc Hattem. “I think e run was impressive, but could

there’s a thing to be said about game not be sustained for Somers. A ma-

shape, I don’t know if they were in jor key for this run, and the previous

that. ey’re great kids, so it hurts ones, dying out was the Tuskers’ in-

to watch them struggle like that. ability to get to the free throw line

I think it was just all these factors, all game.

being rusty, game shape, some kids “We’re more of a perimeter-ori-

having very few practices.” ented team,” Hattem said. “We just

Hattem’s reasoning for the team’s got Alexa Warycha back which is

struggles remained evident in the big, but she wasn’t feeling well and Lauren McCartin inbounding the ball. PHOTOS: WHIT ANDERSON

second quarter. Mahopac added is still getting back into shape. at

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