Nikki Potter Signs To Play Field Hockey At Colgate

Monday November 13th
Surrounded by her teammates, family members and coaches, Nikki Potter proudly signed her National Letters of Intent to compete at the Division 1 collegiate level next year.

Nikki will continue her education and play field hockey at Colgate University. When Nikki spoke about her decision to attend Colgate she expressed her appreciation for the sense of community that she felt while on campus during her visit. Nikki thanked her parents, teammates, her varsity Coaches Sukhi and Brittaney and her travel Coach Sarsen for all of the support that they provided her over the years and for helping her along the way.

Congratulations again to Nikki Potter and our coaches for this tremendous accomplishment!

Greeley Girls Swimming Head To New York State Swimming Championships

Following the Girls Swimming Team claiming another Section 1 title several swimmers will be packing their bags and heading to Ithaca, NY for the State Championships, November 17th and 18th:

Kristen Cornish - 200 and 500 Freestyles
Gaige Elms - 100 Backstroke and 200 Individual Medley
Ava Franks - 100 Breaststroke
Amanda McHugh - 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke
Sophie Raath - 50 and 100 Freestyle.

In additional to the individual events, the Greeley team also qualified in the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay events

Good luck at States!

Signing Day: Greeley Athletes Commit to D-1 Programs

by Mason Greenstein '21
November 8, 2017 was a special night for Horace Greeley’s left-handed pitcher, Brandon Neeck and wrestler Jacob Ferreira. It was the Letter of Intent signing event. Brandon Neeck signed his letter committing to the University of Virginia. Jacob Ferreira committed to Bucknell University.

Jacob Ferreira (white shirt), Brandon Neeck (blue shirt) with their parents at their Signing Day

Brandon is captain of the Quaker baseball team. Over his Greeley baseball career, Brandon had a lot of impressive statistics. In his junior year, Brandon pitched in 30 games. In those games, he had 50 strikeouts and finished his year with a 1.1 ERA. When asked why he picked UVA, Brandon said, “I wanted the best baseball program I could get, the best coaches I could get, the best education I could get, at the best college I could get and I thought UVA was the best combination of those things”. Brandon will be heading to Charlottesville as a starting pitcher and will proudly wear the Virginia Cavaliers baseball uniform.

Jacob was the first sophomore to become a captain of the wrestling team and he has been captain throughout his years wrestling at Greeley. Heading into the 2017-2018 season, Jacob has a record of 89-34. He also finished 8th in the Eastern States Classic and was a NYS qualifier. Jacob said, “I chose Bucknell because of their academic excellence, the great wrestling program, and its beautiful campus, I like the place.” Jacob will finish out his high school career and then head to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to start wrestling for the Bison.

Congratulations to both of these impressive athletes and good luck to them in the future.

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Field Hockey Falls in Sectional Final

contributed by Bill Neff
The underdog Field Hockey team, coming off a dramatic double overtime, double penalty shot win over arch rival Fox Lane on Monday, flew high through the first 29 minutes of the first half against Mamaroneck in the Sectional Finals and dominated action but did not score. In the final minute of play in the first half, Elizabeth Brissette of Mamaroneck would attempt Mamaroneck’s first shot and it skipped in. The wind came out of Greeley’s sails. In the second half, a penalty shot was called early, Mamaroneck converted and never looked back en route to a 5-0 win.

It is hard to say what if when you lose by that lopsided a score but one can only imagine what would have happened if HG instead were leading Mamaroneck at halftime instead of trailing on one shot. But that is sports and if one less shot had been turned away by HG goalie Willa Kuhn vs. Fox Lane maybe then their season would have ended that day. With the loss today, Greeley finishes 16-3-1, matching the 2015 mark achieved by many of these same girls, the best Greeley mark in a long time and ending again at the hands of Mamaroneck. So, melancholy reigns but when they reflect and realize all they achieved, to be the 3rd best team of 50 in the Section, win a league title and reach the Sectional Finals, they will realize how much they have achieved.

Field Hockey Prevails Over Fox Lane In Shootout, Advances to Sectional Championship Wednesday

Horace Greeley’s Field Hockey team set three goals for their team this year. Win the League. Did that. Beating Fox Lane. Second box, check. Win  the Sectional Finals: Standing in the way–arch rival, Fox Lane, again.

In a game for the ages that included 60 minutes of regulation time, two 10 minute overtime sudden death periods of reduced 7 on 7 play (field hockey is normally 11 on 11) and then two rounds of 5-shot shootouts, the girls emerged victorious behind the stellar goalie play of Willa Kuhn.

Despite three penalties including two simultaneously creating an 11 on 9 advantage for Fox Lane, Greeley got on board first just over 10 minutes into the first half when Lauren Neff tipped in a Fiona Grant blast from 12 yards out. The lead held up until Fox Lane’s All State forward Kayla Gallagher went coast to coast to tie it at 1 with 6:53 left on the clock. Regulation ended and although Greeley dominated overtime with many corners, it remained 1-1, and the teams headed to the shootout.

In the first 5 shot shootout, each team found the goal twice, with Nikki Potter and Grant scoring for Greeley. Unlike soccer where it then goes player by player, field hockey continues with another group of five shooters. In the second shootout, Potter, Grant each scored to start, while Senior Kuhn stood tall, stoning the first three Fox Lane shooters for the allotted 10 seconds (multiple shots may be taken). That set up freshman Lily Schoonmaker who scored and the celebration was on!

Willa Kuhn making a shootout save, photo credit:

The Quakers will face Mamaroneck, who beat Scarsdale 2-0 Monday night. If they can win Wednesday, box #3 will be checked and would be the first Section 1 title first time since 1984.

Come cheer on the Quakers Wednesday, 3:00pm at Pace University!

Alumni Spotlight: Courtney Miller HG ’08

Greeley Grad, standout lacrosse player and Israeli National Team member Courtney Miller (Class of 2008) was recently inducted into Colgate University's Hall of Honor.

Read all about it here

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Yorktown Soccer Honors Casey Taub

by Rachel Ornstein ’18
At the September 19th game, the Yorktown Varsity Soccer Team presented a signed number 22 jersey honoring Greeley’s Casey Taub. During Yorktown’s game vs. Mahopac on September 13th, they held a moment of silence in Casey’s honor concurrent with the Greeley game.

Grant and Potter In LoHud Field Hockey’s Elite 11; Graham in Second 11

Seniors Fiona Grant (Def.) and Nikki Potter (Mid.) were selected as members of the Journal News Field Hockey Elite 11 for 2017. Only perennial power Lakeland placed more players (3) on this honor roll.
Fellow senior Katie Graham was also honored as part of the publication’s “Second 11.” Congrats to all!

The full article can be found here

Girls Soccer Blanks Ossining 5-0

by Matty Wasserman ’21
Tuesday, September 19,— The Greeley Girls Varsity Soccer Team took on Ossining at Contest Field. Greeley got off to a strong start in the rain on Sammi Forster’s goal following a nice assist by Stella Schwartz. Despite looking dominant all half, the Quakers only took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

Greeley’s offense came to life in the second half, starting off with a goal by Rebecca Putnam. Emma Ardizzone added to the lead with a nice goal to make it 3-0 Greeley. As the rain wore on, Ellie Shepardson provided more insurance for the Quakers, scoring a breakaway goal to make the game 4-0, and then Shepardson would come back 4 minutes later to make the game 5-0. The Greeley defense notched a shutout today, giving Ossining few chances to score. It was a good win for the team, who looks ahead to going on the road to face Tappan Zee High School on Saturday, September 23.

Carly Levitz Featured as One of LoHud’s Tennis Stellar 6

Senior Carly Levitz was recognized by the Journal News as one of the premier girls tennis players in the Lower Hudson Valley. After a sectional quarterfinal finish last year, there are loftier goals to achieve this year as Greeley’s first singles player.

Read Mike Zacchio’s entire article here

#TaubStrong Goal at 22:22 Highlights Greeley’s 3-2 Win Over Ossining

Dylan Glickman put one home in the 78th minute as Greeley bested previously unbeaten Ossining yesterday in a 3-2 epic thriller.

In a game honoring #22 Casey Taub (more below), the scoring opened in incredible fashion. With the crowd clapping during the 22nd minute, Matt Lafortezza launched one from range over the keeper. When the referee paused the clock. It improbably read 22:22.

Ossining equalized and then went ahead on 2 goals from the spot by Matteo Marra. But Greeley stayed tough. Jake Cronin went low corner in the 64th minute to even it again at 2-2. Ossining almost went ahead again in the 78th when they beat the keeper, but Harris Allen, pulled the ball off the goal line to keep the game level before Glickman netted the winner 4 minutes later.

All cameras were panning the stands, but Sue and Jon Resnick were savvy enough to capture Lafortezza’s goal during the special moment.

Other teams in Section One honored Casey as well either before or during games. These schools included Yorktown, Walter Panas, Pelham, Byram Hills, Tuckahoe, Lakeland and Brewster (list likely incomplete).

As many of you may know, Casey bravely fought brain cancer over the past two years but succumbed to it this past summer. Living a loving and robust life, with deep passions for friends and soccer, Casey had a profound impact on all who hold him in their hearts.

Football Comes Up Short In First Ever Friday Night Lights Game

by Matty Wasserman ’21
A large crowd was in attendance on Friday, September 8 as the Greeley Quakers took on the Carmel Rams under the lights at the brand-new Contest field. Before the game, Greeley hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening up the turf field. Additionally, former athletic director Pete Kuczma, who held the position for 19 years, was honored at the game.

After an early touchdown by Carmel, Greeley RB Matthew Nagler ran for a 73 yard touchdown to put the Quakers on the board, to cut the Carmel lead to 7-6. The highlights would continue for Nagler, who intercepted a pass at the end of the first quarter. After a 37 yard completion from Ryan Flanagan to Jacob Rose, it appeared Greeley was mounting a comeback. However, the Rams defense proved to be tough, as did Carmel’s star running back Nicholas Heis. The Quakers fought hard to the end, but Carmel was the stronger team on Friday, taking the game 40-6.

Football will be back in action Saturday, September 16th at Port Chester HS. Kickoff is set for 1:30pm.

Boys JV-A Opens Season In 3-3 Draw

by Matty Wasserman ’21
On Thursday, September 7, the Greeley JV-A soccer team hosted their regular season opener against Arlington High School. The Greeley offense came out of the gate strong in the first half, dominating the game, but were only able to score once on a penalty kick by Daniel Cronin.

Arlington responded quickly in the second half, striking two goals in the first 10 minutes of the half to take a 2-1 lead. Just as the momentum shifted towards Arlington, Evan Tabor turned the game around for the Quakers, scoring two goals in less than two minutes, both on assists from Ryan Pohly. The high-scoring second half continued when Arlington tied up the game at 3-3 with a long goal. Neither team was able to finish the game off in OT despite numerous scoring chances, and the game ended in a 3-3 tie.

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