Freshman Championship at Clarkstown South on Monday October 2 at 4:00 p.m.
Section 1, Class B Championship at Bowdoin Park on Saturday November 7 at 10:00 a.m.
Tournament Monday & Tuesday, November 2 & 3, 5:00 p.m. at Felix Festa MS, 30 Parrot Rd., West Nyack, NY
Boys Soccer The No. 3 seeded Tappan Zee beat the second-seeded Byram Hills, 2-1 in overtime of the semi-final game on Thursday October 29.
In the quarterfinal game on Monday October 26, the second-seeded Byram Hills beat Pelham, No. 10, 1-0 on a penalty kick by Jack Beer in the opening minutes of the second half at Byram Hills High School.
On Friday October 23, Byram Hills beat Brewster, No. 15, 2-1, in double overtime.
Girls Soccer Byram Hills, seeded No. 3, lost to No. 2 seeded Pearl River 2-0 in the semi-final game on Thursday October 28.
The Bobcats beat Nanuet, No. 6, in the quarterfinal game on Tuesday October 27, 2-0. The goals were scored by Elyse Lipman and Sela Berenblum, and Jessica Kennett had an assist.
Byram Hills, No. 3, defeated Riverside, No. 14, 6-0. Game coverage is below.
The Bobcats fell to the the Lakeland, the former NYS Champions in the semi-finals on Saturday.
The Bobcats beat Harrison, No. 5 seeded in the quarterfinals, 1-0 at BHHS on Thursday October 29. Olivia Gordon scored the winning goal.
No. 4 seeded Bobcats won the first round game against No. 11 seeded Sleepy Hollow, 3-0. Goals were scored by Ally Steffen, Olivia Gordon and Ashley Polera, and Polera also had an assist. Game coverage is below.
A Day of Power Outage in the School and on the Field
October 29, 2015 The Byram Hills Boys Soccer Team scored their first and only goal by Jack Beer in the opening minutes of the semifinal game against Tappan Zee. But unfortunately, a minute later, Ben Weinstein, the Bobcat captain and senior striker, was down by incidental contact which led to an injury that kept him off the field for the remainder of the game.
Tappan Zee, the third-seeded team, won 2-1 in overtime.
The second-seeded Byram Hills controlled the game in the beginning of the first half. Tappan Zee started to take more control in the second half, when the Dutchmen scored to tie the game on a goal from Chris Mulqueen that sent the game into overtime.
In a double overtime, the first team to score the golden ball wins. Within the last two minutes of the end of the first overtime period, Tappan Zee’s Lukas Puris scored the winning goal after a questionable referee call. Byram Hills’ goalie Matt Groll was setting his players to move up when a little bouncer from the Dutchman found its way into the net that unexpectedly ended the Bobcats’ season.
“This was the pinnacle for the vast majority of the players who leaving it all on the field,” said Alan Zaretsky whose sons, Josh and John, were past captains of their respective Byram Hills soccer teams. “Josh was on the team that went to the state championship the year before Matt Allen started coaching.
As Byram Hills played the ball in the air, there was a persistent wind on the field throughout the game. With 11:30 remaining on the clock in the first half, there was a good offensive thrust from the Bobcats on a cross from Oliver Grossman to Michael Gelb that the wind pushed back more towards the middle of the field as opposed to going towards the goal. This allowed Tappan Zee to make a good defensive play and to take possession.
Tappan Zee was able to keep the pressure on Byram Hills which led the Bobcats to seemingly rush on many possessions.
With five minutes left in the first overtime, a good shot from Bobcat David Noel’s left foot pummeled the ball from about 20 yards out that was just a little high and came right off the cross bar.
With a record of 15-3-1 this season, the Bobcats appeared in their tenth consecutive post season to at least the semifinal round. The well-known soccer Bobcat powerhouse, while going further distances in other years, indeed won the state championship in 2007 and went to the States four other times.
“This is a great continuation of a wonderful program and community spirit that started when Matt Allen began coaching,” said Zarestky.
“Since then we always expect Byram Hills to be in the final games of the playoffs, and are surprised when they are not, just as the Yankees,” he concluded.
But this wasn’t the case this year, for either team, that are used to playing deeper and longer into many prior seasons.
Field Hockey Team Advances in Playoffs By Valerie Polera
October 28, 2015 The Byram Hills Girls Varsity Field Hockey Team won the first round of playoffs on Tuesday against No. 11 seeded Sleepy Hollow, 3-0.
Scoring a goal in the first few minutes of play, junior midfielder Ally Steffen, gave the fourth seeded Bobcats the early lead.
Moments later, senior captain Ashley Polera drove the ball in from the top of the circle, where freshman Olivia Gordon was waiting to tip-in the ball.
With 12 minutes remaining in the first half, Polera proceeded to score the Bobcats’ third goal from the left corner.
Byram Hills defense played strong from the beginning, not allowing Sleepy Hollow to cross midfield more than a few times. Although Sleepy Hollow was not able to advance much past midfield, when the time came for Bobcat junior goalie Serena Feldman to make a clutch save, she had no problem meeting the challenge.
Bobcats advance to the Class B quarterfinals on Friday October 30 to play Harrison, No. 5 seeded, at Byram Hills High School. The game will begin at 3:00 p.m.
Tues, 10/27 QF, Nanuet @ BHHS, 2-0 WIN Thurs, 10/29, SF, Pearl River, 2-0 loss
FIELD HOCKEY Thu 09/03/2015 05:00PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ CLARKSTOWN NORTH HS Wed 09/09/2015 04:30PM HACKLEY SCHOOL @ BYRAM HILLS HS, 3-0 WIN Fri 09/11/2015 04:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ SCARSDALE HS, 4-0 loss Wed 09/16/2015 04:15PM URSULINE SCHOOL @ BYRAM HILLS HS, 2-1 WIN Fri 09/18/2015 04:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ WHITE PLAINS HS, 5-0 WIN Mon 09/21/2015 04:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ NYACK HS, 0-0 TIE Thu 09/24/2015 04:15PM MAMARONECK HS @ BYRAM HILLS HS, 5-2 loss Sat 09/26/2015 12:30PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ RYE HS, 5-2 loss Mon 09/28/2015 04:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ PEARL RIVER HS, 1-0 loss Wed 09/30/2015 04:15PM HARRISON HS @ BYRAM HILLS HS Fri 10/02/2015 03:30PM NANUET HS @ BYRAM HILLS HS Thu 10/08/2015 04:15PM PELHAM HIGH SCHOOL @ BYRAM HILLS HS Tue 10/13/2015 04:15PM WHITE PLAINS HS @ BYRAM HILLS HS, 5-0 WIN Wed 10/14/2015 04:15PM RYE HS @ BYRAM HILLS HS, 5-2 loss Fri 10/16/2015 04:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ HARRISON HS, 5-0 WIN Mon 10/19/2015 04:30PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ PELHAM HIGH SCHOOL, 1-0 WIN Playoffs
Tues. Oct 27 Sleepy Hollow @ BHHS, 3-0 WIN Thurs. Oct. 29 QF Harrison @ BHHS, 1-0 WIN
FOOTBALL Sat 09/05 @1:30PM JOHN JAY CROSS RIVER HS @ BYRAM HILLS HS, 34 - 33 loss Sat 09/12 @3:00PM NYACK HS @ BYRAM HILLS HS, 54-34 loss Fri 09/18 @7:00PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ LAKELAND HS, 25-22 loss Fri 09/25 @7:00PM SPRING VALLEY HS VS BYRAM HILLS HS , 34-27 loss Sat 10/03 @3:00PM BEACON HS @ BYRAM HILLS HS, 55-43 WIN Fri 10/09 @7:00PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ TAPPAN ZEE HS Fri 10/16 BHHS vs Somers, 55-27 loss
CROSS COUNTRY Tue 09/08 @4:30PM PELHAM HIGH SCHOOL @ BYRAM HILLS HS SAT 09/19 Van Cortlandt Park Mon 09/21 @4:30PM PORT CHESTER HS @ BYRAM HILLS HS Tue 09/29 @4:30PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ HARRISON HS Sat 10/10 @ 9:20AM BOBCAT RUN @ BYRAM HILLS HS Tue 10/13 @4:15PM CHAMPIONSHIP @ BYRAM HILLS HS
GIRLS TENNIS Thu 09/03 @4:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ NORTH SALEM HS Tue 09/08 @4:30PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ JOHN JAY CROSS RIVER HS Wed 09/09 @4:15PM PEARL RIVER HS @ BYRAM HILLS HS, 7-0 WIN Fri 09/11 @4:15PM BYRAM HILLS @ NYACK HS, 6-1 WIN 09/17 BYRAM HILLS vs RYE HS, 6-1 WIN Fri 09/18 @4:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ HARRISON HS, 4-3 Loss Mon 09/21 @4:15PM MAMARONECK HS VS BYRAM HILLS HS @ FLINT PARK Fri 09/25 @4:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ PELHAM HS, 5-2 WIN Oct. 1 @4:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ SCARSDALE B TEAM, 4-0 WIN* SEPT 30 @4:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ RYE HS, 6-0 WIN Fri 10/02 @4:15PM HARRISON HS @ BYRAM HILLS HS Mon 10/05 @4:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ HORACE GREELEY HS, 4-3 WIN Wed 10/07 @4:15PM PELHAM HIGH SCHOOL @ BYRAM HILLS HS Fri 10/09 @4:15PM SCARSDALE B TEAM @ BYRAM HILLS HS
* Incomplete match due to rain
VOLLEYBALL Thu 09/03 @4:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ NORTH SALEM HS THE HARDSCRABBLE CLUB Tue 09/08 @4:30PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ JOHN JAY CROSS RIVER HS Wed 09/09 @4:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ PEARL RIVER HS Fri 09/18 @4:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ NYACK HS Fri 09/ @4:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ HARRISON HS, 3-0 loss Mon 09/21 @4:15PM MAMARONECK HS VS BYRAM HILLS HS @ FLINT PARK Fri 09/25 @4:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS VS PELHAM HS, 3-0 Loss Mon 09/28 @4:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS SCARSDALE B TEAM Wed 09/30 @4:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ RYE HS, 3-0 loss Fri 10/02 @4:15PM HARRISON HS @ BYRAM HILLS HS, 2-2 TIE Mon 10/05 @4:15PM BYRAM HILLS HS @ HORACE GREELEY HS Wed 10/07 @4:30PM Scarsdale B @ BYRAM HILLS HS, 3-1 WIN Fri 10/09 @4:30PM Eastchester @ BYRAM HILLS HS Tues 10/13 @4:30PM Pelham HS @ Byram Hills HS
Thurs 10/15 @4:30PM Byram Hills HS @ Harrison HS, 3-0 loss
October 26, 2015 The Byram Hills Varsity Field Hockey Team has made it into the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, setting school records with their level of play. The team is currently seeded No. 4 in Class B.
In the first round schedule, the lady Bobcats will play Sleepy Hollow, No. 13, on Tuesday October 27 at Byram Hills High School at 1:00 p.m. If they win, they play again on Thursday at home, at 3:00 p.m.
Once again, fans welcome the teams appearance in the playoffs after a long, dry spell spanning over two decades. Go Bobcats! More sports
Today's eleventh game of the season, Byram Hills Boys Soccer Team defeated Pelham 4-1, bringing their record to an outstanding 10-1. In their second matchup this season (Byram Hills won 1-0 on September 21), the past two Section 1 champions started slow.
The Bobcats scored first in the second half at 26:39 when Jack Beer chipped the ball over the top of the defense, and then Ben Weinstein ran onto it and booted it into the corner.
Weinstein had a good game: one goal on four shots and one assist. The Bobcat captain has scored a point in the last four games.
Byram Hills’s second goal came off of a set piece at 28:42. The ball came out and Zach Beinhacker one timed it from about 25 yards out with a solid booming shot.
Byram Hills’ third goal was from Weinstein’s cross which Michael Gelb finished at 18:20.
The fourth goal for Byram Hills at 6:39 was off of Oliver Grossman’s fast break. Pelham’s goalie came out to cut the angle, but Grossman put the ball past him and slid it into the net.
At 5:55 Pelham’s Jonathan Salama’s corner kick was headed-in by Pelham’s Giorgos Orfanovdakis, putting them on the board. Pelham’s record this season is 6-6.
The Bobcats play a non-league game on Saturday, October 10 at Jericho High School’s football stadium at 1:30 p.m.
On Columbus Day, Byram Hills will play in a tournament at Valhalla High School. Game time is 10:00 a.m. The Bobcats will line up as the #4 ranked team in the state against Cornwall, who is the #6 ranked team.
Byram Hills Cross Country News
Cogan Wins Again October 3, 2015 Byram Hills Cross Country Team finishes 5th for the freshman boys team at the Brewster Invitational. Results
Middle Schooler Sets Course Record
October 1, 2015 Today on the Byram Hills 1.5 mile cross country course, Jennifer Mui, H.C.C. 7th grader, sister of team member Jon Mui, became just the third middle school girl to break 10:00 on the course. Her time of 9:32.1 shattered the prior middle school course record by 14.6 seconds.
Coach Greg Govan says the old mark of 9:46.7 was set last year at the Bobcat Run by Pippa Nutall from John Jay Cross River.
Zach Cogan won the 1.8-miles race in 9:34.3, setting a new meet record. The old record of 9:36.7 was set by Like Carmosino from Irvington in the event last year.
Boys Soccer Play In Honor of Andrew Ecker
September 26, 2015 On Friday, the Byram Hills Boys Soccer team took the field beside the Harrison Huskies in honor of the fighting spirit in memory of Andrew Ecker. The Byram Beat performed a rendition of “Lean on Me” after a eulogy was delivered by Bryan Horn before the game to commemorate Andrew. Along with his parents and siblings, teammates, friends, and neighbors were in attendance to honor a "young man who represented everything about grace, character and class in sport, and more importantly, in life.”
During his time on the Byram Hills boys soccer team from 2002 to 2004, the team selected Andrew to sing the ‘Fiste’ (Fight) song around the pitch. This past summer, Andrew lost his fight after a three-year battle with brain cancer.
The Byram Hills Boys Soccer team is ranked No. 1 in Class A in New York State by the New York State Sportswriters Association as of September 21, with a 4-0-0 record.
Since then, the Bobcats have improved their record to 6-0-0 with 1-0 win over Pelham High School and this 3-0 win over Harrison.
“Being ranked No. 1 puts a lot of pressure on the team,” says Coach Matt Allen. “They realize every team that comes here wants to play and beat the No. 1 team. The pressure is not just the expectation, but the idea that the other team is bringing their best effort.”
It was a good game where both teams played aggressively. Byram Hills came out quickly and controlled the ball well. In the first half, forward Ben Weinstein put it in the net at 25:36 and the Bobcats were on scoreboard first with a dash down the left wing before cutting into the middle for his shot.
“The team plays looser and better when we score the first goal,” says Allen. Although the Huskies played well for the first ten minutes, after the Bobcats scored first, the momentum accelerated for Byram Hills.
“We’re a defensive-oriented team, and we like to counter,” said Allen. “But Harrison realized that the space was there and they were able to take advantage of that. But they let down a little bit after the first goal, and we were able to capitalize,” he added.
Six minutes later, mid-fielder David Noel scored off a header over the goalie with an assist from forward Jack Beer’s long pass, notching another goal to 2-0.
Less than a minute later at 18:57 on the clock, Weintein tallied again which was to be the final goal of the game.
“The second half was difficult to read,” said Allen. “Harrison picked up their pace and we got outplayed.”
As it’s only game six of the season, Allen says they’re still working to recognize “game sense”. When there are only a couple of minutes left to play, the players have to change their style of play, depending on where they are in the game: they either slow everything down or speed everything up. “We are trying to teach them to recognize certain situations of when to play defense or when to play offense.
“We probably have the best League in Section 1,” says Allen, “with great opponents who are going to get our best as we play stingy defensively.”
With 17 minutes remaining in the game, Byram Hills was fouled at the Huskies 15 yard line. A defensive wall was put up and then the ball was dipped over the wall. Without giving away any plays, Allen says, “We have about seven to eight set pieces that are taken from the U.S. National team.”
But being ahead 3-0 allowed Byram Hills to get in as many guys on the field as possible. With about 10 to 15 minutes left, Allen started thinking about Saturday’s away game at Tappan Zee High School, under the lights at 6:00 p.m.
Byram Hills Girls Varsity Tennis vs Rye HS September 17 at BHHS Winner: Byram Hills Girls Varsity Tennis Score: 6-1
Singles Matches Byram Hills VS RyeWinner Score 1st Andie Shapiro VS Maggie Tolley BH 6-1, 6-3 2nd Dana D'Onofrio VS Alex Manning BH 6-2, 6-1 3rd Devon Wolfe VS Laura Jarmillo BH 6-3, 6-0
Doubles Matches Byram Hills Rye HS Winner Score 1st Charlotte Wittels, Emily Tantleff VS Ella Girling, Isabel Abt BH 6-1, 6-3 2nd Casey Stillman, Jamie Begleiter VS Willa O'Connor, Dana McLaughlin BH 6-4, 6-1 3rd Danielle Skelly, Eliza Scher VS Niki Francis, Stephanie Rodilosso RYE 6-7, 7-6, TB: 9-11 4th Alexis Aberman, Olivia Tantleff VS Ellen Scully, Ileana Reese BH 6-4, 6-1
Nyack VS Byram Hills Girls Varsity Tennis
On September 11 ,the Byram Hills Girls Tennis Team played Nyack High School at Nyack. The teams are made of three single players and four doubles teams. Byram Hills won 6-1.
Nyack Byram Hills WinnerScore
1st Steffi Medina VS Andie Shapiro Nyack 6-1, 6-3 2nd Morgan Gray VS Dana D'Onofrio BH 6-1, 6-2 3rd Ireland Temple VS Emily Tantleff BH 6-4, 6-4
Doubles Matches Nyack Byram Hills WinnerScore
1st Dahlia Luongo, Julia Trahan VS Charlotte Wittels, Devon Wolfe BH 6-4, 6-3 2nd Katie Jewett, Emma Kleiner VS Jamie Begleiter, Ariel Milewitcz BH 6-4, 6-3 3rd Briana Maselli, Isabel Allen VS Eliza Scher, Danielle Skelly BH 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) 4th Kyra Blinn, Asha Bell VS Alexis Aberman, Olivia Tantleff BH 6-2, 6-4
Bobcat Cross-Country Heats Up
September 15, 2015 Josh Ingber is a Bobcat junior in his third year on the Byram Hills Cross-Country team. Josh ran the 1.5 mile race at the dual meet with Pelham and Port Chester at Byram Hills on September 9.
He came close to his personal best of 10:20 as he finished the 1.5 mile race in 10th place with a time of 10:39.9. His goal this season is to get sub 10 for the dual meets in the 1.5 mile race and sub 21 for the 5K. His personal best for the 5K is 22.0.
Although he said he likes the shorter and faster distances of spring track, he works everyday toward his personal best time. He and other team members train hard after school for two hours daily to improve their speed and endurance.
On Wednesday, he said the 1.5 mile course was challenging, but he is used to the course and knows the strategies needed to race.
Q. Are you pushing it at the end of a race?
A. You have to. If you don’t, it’s all gone to waste because you are not supposed to save up for the end. You always have to have the adrenalin to push yourself through the race, especially if a kid from another team is next to you.
He said hydration is a big deal as he has to drink throughout the day of a race. But he doesn’t drink or eat two hours prior to race time because he doesn’t want to cramp up, especially when the heat index is over 100.
Nutrition is also important for optimal racing. Through fitness, Josh said, he figured out a formula that usually works for him. Before he races he has bananas for potassium. He takes in complex carbs the day before a race and simple carbs the day of the race.
He takes the winter off from running and works on weight training. He adds weight training during the summer months as well.
After the dual meet he said, “I’ll go home, stretch, have a glass of water and eat some pasta. And start up again tomorrow in preparation for the next meet.”
Byram Hills Girls Soccer Lost Opening Game and Top Player
September 9, 2015 Byram Hills Girls Soccer Team hosted Pearl River on opening day as the field temperature rose to over 91 F causing an hour plus delayed start. Everyone expected a tough game among the top teams in the Tri-County region.
The Bobcats came out strong against the Pirates in a sloppy opening season game that provided Pearl River a 2-0 victory.
The heat challenged players to maintain a level of confidence said Pearl River coach Tim Peabody. He stretched his team out with plenty of substitutes, going 19 or 20 players deep with nine or ten substitutes in the first half alone.
Early in the season, the players aren’t yet in their best condition. The strategy of frequent substitutions early on gave Pearl River an edge with fresher legs throughout the game.
During the first few minutes of the game the tough play by Pearl River led to an early “incidental contact” non-call that let play continue even as senior All-State Bobcat forward Carly Barnett walked off the field with a broken nose.
Soccer is not overly a contact sport. Yet from the get go, there was plenty of tripping and pushing-off from both sides. The referees are responsible for keeping the game under control.
Twenty minutes into the game, a scheduled water break was called with the score tied at 0-0. Pearl River came out and capitalized on a second-chance corner kick at 9:58 in the first half. The corner kick sailed wide beyond the goal when Sarah Donovan got her foot on the ball to put it in the far post to score the first goal of the game. The goal was nothing fancy, just a set play by the Pirates that gave her an opportunity which she didn’t try to kick too hard which can lead to a player leaning back and shooting high.
“It was a technical play into the far post that we had practiced,” said Peabody. Donovan is a freshman who started playing varsity last year as an eigth-grader. “She had wonderful composure during the well practiced and executed play,” he said.
Peabody calls it the second effort theory: “If we make a mistake; such as miss hit a ball, you make a second effort.” Today Pearl River did a better job at that second effort on the loose balls. When the first time there wasn’t a good pass, they jumped right back on the ball.
At 34:56, Byram Hills Ramy Berenblum was awarded a penalty kick. The bullet went left into Lauren Gallagher, Pearl River’s senior goalie and fifth year player who bobbled the ball but held Byram scoreless as she recovered the rebound.
At 23:30 Byram Hills didn't capitalize on a pair of corner kicks when they couldn’t settle the ball down.
Fifth year Pirate Kari Portington brought the ball down the field into Byram’s end. She got squeezed and pulled down between two defenders at the top of the box. Portington then executed a perfect direct kick, striking it hard over Byram Hills four-man defensive wall to the top of the goal beyond Byram Hills' goalie’s reach. Pearl River went up 2-0 with 18:02 remaining.
With eight minutes on the clock, Byram Hills Jess Kennett had a great sequence starting from the 25 yard when she sent a bullet that hit the cross bar. Off her own rebound, Kennett struck again from the five yard line, which was then cleared by a defender. Kennett was quick to got her foot on the ball a third time which missed just wide.
With time running down to five minutes on the clock, speedy Kelsey Goldring brought the ball down the field and just missed the net on the last opportunity to put Byram Hills on the board.
At 2:53, Byram’s goalie Emma Furling made a nice save as she deflected the ball that then hit the top of the net and then came down, and she brought the ball into her chest, keeping the score to 2-0.
The remainder of this week, Byram Hills faces Albertus Magnus, another top team, at home on Thursday at 4:15 p.m., followed by a Friday game at Saunders at 4:30 p.m.
Glory to the Hills
August 18, 2015 With school starting in less than two weeks on September 1, the Byram Hills High School athletic fields are in full swing with tryouts for varsity teams and practice for others.
There are a significant number of students who participate in a wide selection of Fall sports: football, boys soccer, girls hockey, field hockey, cheerleading, boys & girls cross country, girls tennis, volleyball and girls swimming.
Soon the students’ days will be filled from morning until night, as the summer days quickly come to an end. The student athletes will hit the books by day and then train after school to prepare for competition. Being part of a team offers great bonds, friendships and shared goals. Plus being on a team is a great way to stay in shape and may include strength training in the gym as part of the weekly routine.
The students seem glad to be back and ready to go as they get their heart rates up, stay hydrated, participate in time trials, and sharpen their skills. Being part of the team is putting smiles on their faces.
Photos courtesy of Harry Malles
Bobcat Cross Country Warms Up at Jamie’s 5K Run
September 20, 2015 On Sunday, at Jamie’s 5K community race in Armonk’s Wampus Brook Park, members of the Byram Hills Cross Country Team were present to support the community. The team ran the race as an easy jog as if they were practicing, since they had just competed hard on Saturday and had to focus on another meet again on Monday.
We spoke with three of the top runners from the prior day’s Van Cortlandt Park meet.
Zach Cogan ran with a group of four or five runners in the leader group of the Van Cortlandt Park 2,500-meter race. The freshman stayed with the lead group until the very end, as his strategy was not to be in first place. “When the first-place runner was about six-to-ten seconds ahead,” Zach said knew it was between himself and another runner to claim second. “I heard his dad screaming his name, and ‘Let’s go, let’s go!’”
Then at the moment when he heard his mom and coaches, he ran as fast as he possibly could to take second place at 8:52.4, dipping under 9:00 for the freshman school record on the famed course. After the race he said he felt exhausted, but really happy. While racing, he asked himself, “If anyone can do it, why can’t I?” Even though he was in the lead pack, Zach said nothing could be done without his teammates.
The Van Cortlandt 2,500-meter race is equivalent to about 1.6 miles. Grayson Kaminer ran it in 9:21.8. The Byram Hills freshman landed sixth place on the Byram Hills’ school record for the course and 12th place for the day. “It was a good race,” he said. “I like the course that starts off on a flat field and then into the woods and hills.”
Kaminer added, “There’s a lead group, and I’m usually in the second group where my goal is to keep the lead group and Zach Cogan in my sight. If he can do it, I can do it. My coaches tell me if I don’t start with the lead group, it’s hard to catch up to them, but as long as I see them I know I’m doing good.”
Kaminer said he is stepping it up from last year’s modified team. “It’s nerve-racking at first,” as he lines at the starting point because he said he is up against some amazing runners.
Rebecca Cawkwell is a Byram Hills senior who comes from a family of runners. She likes the shorter 2.5 mile, 4K course which she completed in 16:44.9 to place third on Byram Hills’ school record. It’s one of the more competitive meets and this was her third time running at Van Cortlandt Park.
She said the course is broken up: “There’s the intro before the woods, the beginning woods section, the main part of the race is the back loop that’s about a mile long; the first half is uphill. The second half is all downhill.”
Her goal as she was going through the uphill was to not die or let too many people get by her. “Once I saw the downhill marker, I put it into full gear,” finishing .001 behind her best race time there. Standing at the starting line with her teammate, Sophia, they were trying not to worry too much about the hill because she said the last time she ran the hill, she completely died.
Monday’s cross country meet at Byram Hills is against Eastchester and Port Chester High Schools. It’s different from the Van Cortlandt Park race with 20 other schools, but still competitive.
Bobcat Spirit Spreads for Byram Hills Homecoming
October 1, 2015 Byram Hills High School athletes kicked off Homecoming activities on Thursday by spreading Bobcat spirit at the district’s middle school and elementary schools.
The high school’s “Traveling Pep Rally,” including varsity team captains and varsity cheerleaders, greeted the district’s younger students as they arrived at The Coman Hill School, The Wampus School and HC Crittenden Middle School in Armonk. Bobcat team mascots and the high school students cheered and shared high-fives with the younger students to whip up excitement for this weekend’s Homecoming.
On Friday, the following games are scheduled to be played at the high school:
• 3:30 p.m. V Field Hockey vs. Nanuet
• 4:15 p.m. V Girls Tennis vs. Harrison - Postponed
• 4:15 p.m. JV Boys Soccer vs. Pelham
• 4:30 p.m. V Volleyball vs. Nanuet
• 4:30 p.m. JV Volleyball vs. Nanuet
• 4:45 p.m. V Girls Soccer vs. Bronxville.
Because of concerns over predicted weather, however, the Community Pep Rally and fireworks scheduled for the evening at Byram Hills High School have been cancelled.
Saturday’s Homecoming events are scheduled to kick off at noon with a parade down Main Street in Armonk. There will be a 3 p.m. Varsity Football game against Beacon High School, with the Homecoming Court introduced at half time. From 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., there will be a barbeque and concessions. Please be sure to check the Athletic Hotline throughout the weekend for any additional updates: 914-273-9200, X3.
Homecoming activities are sponsored by the Byram Hills Bobcat Boosters.
Cogan Sets New School Record at Van Cortlandt
Sept. 19, 2015 "Today at Van Cortlandt Park, Zach Cogan, established a new school record of 8:52.4 as he became the first Byram Hills freshman to dip under 9:00 on the famed 2,500 meter course," says Coach Greg Govan. "The old record was held by Phil Cawkwell who ran 9:00.7 in 2003.
"Grayson Kaminer moved onto the top ten list, posting a 9:21.8 which is #6 for Byram Hills athletes.
"Rebecca Cawkwell who currently sits in 3rd place on the list just missed the time of 16:44.8 she ran in 2013 by 1/10th of a second."
The complete top ten list for the Byram Hills Cross Country Team at Van Cortlandt Park is on page two of the results.
September 23, 2015 On Monday, at Byram Hills High School dual meet against Eastchester and Port Chester, Zach Cogan established another new school record. His second in three days. He sped over Byram Hills 1.5 mile cross country course, stopping the clock at 8:18.2. The time beat the former record of 8:30.5 set on October 11, 2014 by John Duarte at the Bobcat Run.
The complete meet results are below with the Top Ten lists for the Byram Hills courses: