Greeley Sports Boosters elects Executive Board for 2019-2020
- Co-Presidents: Laura Brail (one year) and Jennifer Bergin (to become President in 2020-201)
- Vice President, Marketing: Ron Frasch
- Secretary: Amanda Goodstadt
- Treasurer: Cindy Greenstein
- Chief Technology Officer: Jeff Dorst
- Director of Membership: Samantha Potack
- Director of Fundraising: Bonnie Berg
- Director of Modified & Youth Sports: Stacey Reynolds
Greeley JV Lax Advances to 4-1 Record After 6-5 Win Over Tappan Zee
April 10th 2019-The 3-1 Greeley JV boys lacrosse team looked to improve their record on the turf versus Tappan Zee. The game started off extremely fast, with freshman Quaker Boden Bounds winning the opening face off and quickly advancing the ball to Matthew Hutchins who scored Greeley’s first goal just nine seconds into the game. The Quakers controlled the tempo the rest of the first quarter with Hutchins adding another goal just a minute later. Tappan Zee responded with a goal of their own midway through the quarter, and the quarter ended with Greeley leading 2-1.
The second quarter started off identically to the first one with Boden winning the face off and taking it down the field to score a quick goal. Play leveled out with neither team able to pull away from the other. Tappan Zee evened things at 4 going into the half scoring just prior to time expiring.
Continuing the trend of fast starts, Greeley sophomore Jeffrey Lungen started the third quarter with a terrific play circling around the defense and passing the ball to Charlie Spar setting him up for a shot, hitting the top right corner, putting Greeley back in front. Once again Tappan Zee responded tying it, putting good pressure on the Quakers and the game was tied 5-5 heading into the 4th.
Four minutes into the fourth, Zach Rosenthal scored, giving Greeley a 6-5 advantage. The rest of the way, Greeley’s stout defense anchored by Owen Platt, Harrison Ginsburg and Jack Marinello as well as the tremendous saves by goalie Sam Rosenberg thwarted Tappan Zee from scoring again, securing the 6-5 victory. The Quakers will look to pick up another win on Tuesday April 16th when they travel to Pleasantville.
Greeley Baseball Suffers First Setback Of The Spring
April 3rd - On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon, the Horace Greeley Quakers took on Lakeland High School at Greeley. The Quakers came into the game with a record of 2-0-1, while Lakeland was 2-1. For Greeley, Junior Jack Fitzgerald got the nod as the starting pitcher for Greeley, while Senior Evan Berta started for Lakeland.
Fitzgerald struck out the first batter of the game, but after that, had a tough time finding a rhythm. Fitzgerald ended up pitching 1.2 innings while walking 4 batters, striking out two, and giving up 5 earned runs. Will Chapin, Sean Dunleavy and Seth Goldstein pitched in relief for the Quakers. For Lakeland, Berta had a very strong outing. He pitched 4 scoreless innings. Lakeland sprinted out to a commanding 11-0 lead after two innings, with 10 of those runs coming in the second inning alone. Greeley’s Nate Jbara had a double in the first inning, in a game where the Quakers’ bats couldn’t find the holes in the Lakeland defense. Lakeland defeated the Quakers by a final score of 12-0.
Greeley’s will look to rebound in their next game; a rematch against Lakeland on Thursday, April 4th. The game will be played at Lakeland.
Get To Know State Wrestling Champion Aaron Wolk ’19
Aaron Wolk won the wrestling state championship in the 170 pound weight class. Aaron was the first State championship wrestling winner for Greeley since 1995. I decided to sit down with him and speak to him about his wrestling career.
I know you will be attending D1 Brown University, why did you choose Brown?
They have the open curriculum so it makes it really easy to choose classes. I really like the coach and the team. I visited and talked to the coach multiple times. I’m 40 minutes away from Foxboro and being a Patriots fan, that’s pretty exciting.
What was your high school wrestling record and how many pins did you have?
My record is 157 and 26 and I had 112 pins.
What is your trademark move, what do you do to execute that move, and was that the move you used to pin the guy in the championship match?
My trademark move is the cradle. When I cradle my opponent, I bring his head towards his knee, and lock my hands so that the head and knee stay together. I then pull the guy onto his back. Yes, that was that the move that I used in my championship match.
When did you start to wrestle?
I started in second grade with Coach DeBellis’s youth program.
How did you get into wrestling?
My mom signed me up for Coach DeBellis’s youth program, I kept doing that and the youth tournaments until about 5th grade.
Who do you credit for your success?
Obviously my parents, and my Greeley coaches - Debellis and Tortora. And my club Empire Wrestling Academy in Somers with coaches Degl and Dassan.
What has wrestling taught you?
Time management is a big one. I have a lot of homework both during the season and out of the season too. Perseverance too, especially with injuries. It's hard to come back from an injury but to be the best you have to.
The Greeley Student Boosters thanks Aaron for the interview and we wish him luck at Brown. Congratulations on an amazing Horace Greeley wrestling career!
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Tappan Zee Hands Boys JV Basketball Their First Loss of the Season
December 5th, 2018- The Horace Greeley Quakers took on Tappan Zee in Greeley’s main gym. The Quakers were coming off of a game winning shot against Carmel, and were looking to improve to 2-0. The game started off very slow with both teams putting up low numbers. As the second quarter began, help from Dylan Anderson’s offense, and the team's offensive rebounds, gave Greeley momentum going into the locker room at halftime, up 24-22.
As the third quarter began, both teams were in range of taking the lead. The game remained very tight, and thanks to Owen Parson’s strong offense, the Quakers were able to take the lead heading into the fourth. The fourth quarter was very intense as both teams looked to take the lead. Due to Tappan Zee’s fiery offense, and some unfortunate turnovers by Greeley, Tappan Zee was able to take a commanding 8 point lead and they never looked back. Even after a dominant 19 point game from Carter Salore, Greely lost to Tappan Zee by a score of 64-52.
The Quakers will look to bounce back from this tough loss, Monday, December 10, 2018 vs. Sacred Heart at Horace Greeley main gym. Tip off is set for 4:30.
Hockey Has Strong Start In White Plains Tournament; Get Coffee Ready for Early Sunday vs Harvey School
Greeley Hockey opened its season this holiday weekend with two strong wins and offensive contribution from a a number of players.
On what is a a getaway day for most, “GPuck” opened the season with a 4-1 victory over Iona Prep Wednesday afternoon at Ebersole Ice Rink in White Plains. Ryan Renzulli had a goal and an assist to lead the way. Liam Whitehouse, Ben Cohen and Jake Potter completed the scoring. Tyler Kay and Dylan Mutkoski notched helpers.
GPuck showed no signs of Thanksgiving food coma Friday morning when they faced a tough squad from Section 9’s Monroe-Woodbury. With the score knotted at 2 after 2 periods, the Quakers blew it open in the third scoring 5 to secure the “W” 7-2. Ben Madden made 16 saves. The offense saw several players earn points. Goal scorers were Ryan Renzulli (3), Liam Whitehouse (2), Jake Potter and Evan Scott. Tallying assists were Whitehouse (2), Potter (2), Kay (2), Renzulli, Cohen, Max Orlich, Gabe Adams and Matt Maitland.
If you can’t sleep or are up early on Sunday, hop in your car to Ebersole Ice Rink (110 Lake Street, White Plains) to see GPuck go for 3 straight against the Harvey School. Faceoff time is 7am (not a typo). Go Greeley!
Why Boys Varsity Soccer’s First Round Exit Shouldn’t Tell the Whole Story of the Quakers 2018 Season
By Matty Wasserman
As the Greeley Boys Varsity Soccer players laid flat on the turf Friday night, just minutes after their stunning loss to the #16 seed Sleepy Hollow, only one word could describe how the Quakers felt: Heartbreak.
Greeley came into the match with an undefeated record. #1 in the section. #4 in the state. This was a rare kind of team, one that had a chance to go places that few Greeley teams ever could. A team that had the kind of talent and chemistry that could take them all the way to Middletown for the State Final Four.
But then, on a crisp fall night in October, all of their wildest dreams came crashing down upon them at once, in a devastating 1-0 defeat. Sure, this loss is going to sting for a long time. There is always going to be the what could have been.
However, this one loss to Sleepy Hollow shouldn’t tell the whole story of an incredible 2018 season for the Quakers. This was a team that went 14-0-1 in the regular season. They went to Somers, and won in a hostile environment against a top team in the section. They secured their undefeated season in dramatic fashion, with an overtime victory against Rye Neck. They transformed throughout the season from a team who hoped to compete with the rest of the section, to a team that the rest of the section hoped to compete with.
After losing multiple seniors from a year ago, many thought the Quakers might regress, or at least remain constant, from their 2017 regular season record of 9-4-3. Instead, Greeley improved to 14-0-1 in 2018, and proved all of their doubters wrong throughout the season as they kept winning and winning.
All that needs to be said to prove Greeley’s rise to dominance in Section 1 throughout the season is the weekly rankings Lohud’s Mike Dougherty writes about Class A Boys Soccer:
October 1– #8 Greeley: The Quakers have filled multiple holes in the lineup and the newcomers seem to gain confidence with every win.
October 10– #1 Greeley: The last of the unbeatens have been tested multiple times in a deep league and keep on winning.
October 15– #1 Greeley: Did anyone have the Quakers going undefeated and locking up the top seed in Class A when the season got underway?
The 2018 Quakers team put Greeley Soccer back on the map. On Friday night, hundreds of fans came out in support of Greeley, and the 2018 Boys Varsity team proved that soccer can matter at Greeley. They showed that with the right combination of hard work, skill, and determination, Greeley can become the team to beat in Section 1.
Friday’s loss to Sleepy Hollow is a loss that is tough to swallow. But it shouldn’t define Greeley Boys Soccer as a whole. Even though the Quakers failed to achieve their end goal for the 2018 season, that shouldn’t take away from the fact that 2018 was still a special year for the Greeley Boys Varsity Soccer Team.
Field Hockey Returns to Class A Sectional Finals!
The Varsity Field hockey team has reached the Class A Sectional final. It will face #1 seed Mamaroneck, who defeated Greeley earlier in the season. If this seems like a déjà vu moment, it is. Last year’s final pitted #2 Greeley vs. #1 Mamaroneck. However, that is where the comparisons to last year’s team ends. Few people expected this year’s team to match last year’s success. That is understandable, as last year’s team featured three all-state players among its 13 seniors. Only two starters returned, and both would play different positions this year. The other six returning varsity players stepped into starting roles along with three players from last year’s JV squad.
Despite the low expectations and new lineup, varsity field hockey finished the regular season with a 12-3-1 record, with two of its losses coming against Clarkstown North and Mamaroneck in early September. Heading into the Sectional playoffs, Greeley earned the #3 seed after finishing strong with wins over Scarsdale, John Jay-Cross River, and Fox Lane (1-0-1 record against the latter). The high seed meant a first round bye and some valuable practice time.
On Monday, Greeley hosted #6 seed Fox Lane. This was another déjà vu moment, as Greeley faced Fox Lane in last year’s playoffs, having also gone 1-0-1 against them last year. While last year’s game was a double overtime, double shootout thriller victory, Greeley took care of business quickly on Monday. Less than two minutes in, Greeley earned a penalty corner followed by a penalty stroke (field hockey’s equivalent to soccer’s penalty kick). Lily Schoonmaker made quick work of the opportunity, and put Greeley ahead 1-0. From there, Greeley dominated play. In the end, Schoonmaker had another hat trick (3 goals) and an assist, Caroline Flannery notched 1 goal and 1 assist, and Izzy Klein scored 1 goal. Natalie Laskowski picked up a well-earned assist as a result of her consistently strong work inputting penalty corners. Fox Lane’s few counterattacks were thwarted by Greeley’s strong defense led by Sophia Rutman, anchored by Flannery and flanked by Emma Silverman and Stephanie Kasulka. Goalie Siena Jarrin displayed great judgment and timing in her four-save shutout.
The Semifinal game presented Greeley with an opportunity to avenge its 2-0 loss to Clarkstown North earlier in the season. As the seedings held up, #3 Greeley headed across the river to #2 Clarkstown North, which entered the game with a 14-0-2 record. Greeley set the tone and struck quickly, with Flannery scoring just 2:30 into the game off a penalty corner. Laskowski earned the first of her two assists with another fine input. Six minutes later, Flannery assisted on Schoonmaker’s penalty corner goal to take a 2-0 lead. Clarkstown North fought back to score on a penalty corner of its own. The game moved from end to end and entertained both teams’ fans. But tough play by Greeley’s players, including gritty midfield play by Laskowski, Grace Arrese, and Emma Terjesen and a fantastic quick rush off the goal line by Jarrin to thwart a breakaway, kept North to just the one goal. Rutman added another penalty corner goal (Laskowski assist), and the first half ended 3-1. Both teams exhibited a high level of play in the second half. The highlight was Greeley’s fourth penalty corner goal by Laskowski, described by LoHud reporter Nancy Haggerty as a “sweet goal that saw her bat an airborne ball in”. Assists went to Flannery and Olivia Barlow, who worked hard all game along the left side of the field. Final score was 4-1. The maturation and development of the Greeley team since its first game against Clarkstown North is evident. LoHud Player of the Day Flannery summed things up well when asked how the current Greeley team would fare against that September Greeley team, confidently stating that the current team would win 10-0.
Greeley’s record stands at 14-3-1. Greeley avenged one loss yesterday and advanced to the Sectional final. There it has the opportunity to avenge one of its other two losses this season when it faces powerhouse and perennial foe Mamaroneck this weekend.
Boys Varsity Soccer Stunned by Sleepy Hollow in Sectionals First Round
Friday, October 19-- The Horace Greeley High School Boys Varsity Soccer team put their undefeated record and #1 seed on the line on Friday night, facing the #16 seeded Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman in the first round of the Sectionals. It was a freezing night, but the Greeley faithful showed up and packed the bleachers of the brand new soccer field, hoping to see the Quakers win a first round match they were heavily favored in.
After pregame introductions, the game got off to a poor start for Greeley, after Sleepy Hollow striker, Carlos Suque, scored a goal in the 3’ minute of the game. The ball went into the top of the net, just out of the reach of Greeley’s senior goalie, Matt Quine. After the rough start, in the 8’ minute Quine made a nice diving save that kept the Quakers from falling unto an early 2-0 hole. The next twenty five minutes were uneventful, with neither team able to get much going offensively.
However, in the 33rd minute, the referee made a highly controversial call after a Sleepy Hollow player appeared to touch the ball in the penalty box, which would’ve resulted in a Greeley penalty kick. The referee ruled that the ball was touched out of the box, giving the Quakers a free kick instead. The crowd let the ref have it and was showered with countless boos, and it served as a pivotal moment in the match.
The Quakers came up empty on that possession, and went into halftime down 1-0. Just a few minutes into the second half, Greeley’s junior midfielder, Eli Peretz, got a red card and was ejected from the game just seconds after receiving a yellow card, likely due to the heated words he exchanged with the referee.
Greeley had a few chances in the second half of the game, and the pressure and intensity ramped up as the clock wound down. Greeley’s closest chance to scoring was Jake Cronin hitting the post on a free kick from near midfield, which would have been an incredible goal had it been a few inches to the right. The Quakers weren’t able to score in the last moments, leading to a shocking 1-0 defeat.
Although the Quakers were without leading scorer, Aidan Curtis, this was still a game they were heavily favored in. Greeley showed tremendous heart and effort throughout the contest, but came up just short in the end. Although it was a disappointing result, it was still a very successful season for Greeley, who finishes the 2018 season with a 14-1-1 record, with Friday being their first and only loss.
Morning Basketball: Inside the Quakers Off-Season Workouts
The alarm rings. You lie there for a minute and think “Why is it still dark?” That’s because it’s 5:00 AM. You roll out of bed, and you put the first pairs of shorts and a shirt you can find. You walk downstairs, eat a protein bar, grab your stuff and you’re on your way.
You walk sluggishly into the gym, still thinking about your bed and how you wish you were still in it. You grab a ball and warm up a little. You jog around, do some high knees, anything to wake you up. Coach blows the whistle. Awake or not, it’s time play. You start off with a full court layup drill. The group splits into two. Each group goes to the opposite end of the court, and two at a time (one from each group), you travel the length of the court and finish using only 5 dribbles. Each layup you miss is ten pushups. This starts as simple layups, and progresses into pull-up jump shots and floaters. After going through the entire drill on the right side you go to the left, and after you’ve gotten your blood pumping, you move onto the drills for the day.
It's 6:30 now, and while the rest of the school is just waking up for the school day that awaits them, you’re sweating and working hard on the basketball court. You may do a different shooting drill or closeout drill. The close out drill consists of you starting on the baseline, passing to a teammate at the three point line and doing a closeout on their shot. Then you take their place and they go to the back of the line and now you’re the shooter.
And finally it’s scrimmage time. At around 6:50, Coach splits everyone up into four teams and you rotate a few minutes of play and a few minutes off. You keep rotating until you’ve played every team a couple of times.
At 7:10, practice is finally over and you huddle up. Time to hit the showers and get ready for a long day of school.
Morning basketball is an extreme amount of commitment and dedication, just to improve your basketball game. However, this is the behind-the-scenes work that helped take a Greeley Varsity Basketball team from a 2016-17 record of 10-10, to a 2017-18 record of 16-5. With the work being put in this offseason, we’ll see what the 2018-19 season has in store.
Boys Varsity Soccer Clinches Undefeated Regular Season in Overtime Thriller
Monday, October 9-- The Greeley Boys Varsity Soccer team faced Rye Neck in the final game of the regular season on Monday, hoping to complete an undefeated season. Greeley looked sluggish and tired for most of the match, and Rye scored first to give them a 1-0 lead, which they held onto for the majority of the game. Rye Neck was quick footed with good speed, and at first they looked like Greeley might have finally met their match.
But as the sun went down, and the lights turned on, something snapped for the Quakers. Greeley got a sudden burst of energy. The Greeley offense put pressure on Rye Neck, working their way to two shots on goal in the final five minutes. With 1:35 on the clock, Eli Peretz scored off a rebound to tie the game up. Greeley’s defense held Rye Neck scoreless in the last minute to send the game into overtime.
When overtime came, the momentum was in Greeley’s favor. They continued to pressure on offense, and on defense. Zach Eichenberg, Harris Allen, James Allen, and Owen Parsons were lock-down, and kept the ball out of Greeley territory. Greeley finally caught a break in overtime, and in a chaos of events, after multiple Greeley shots and saves by the Rye Neck goalie, Aidan Curtis was able to score the game-winning goal. This sealed the deal for Greeley, and protected their undefeated season.
“After I missed my first shot, it was a scramble in the box.” Curtis said following the game about his game-winning goal. “[Jack] Rifkin was there, I was there, and I just saw the ball open and I slid and kicked it in. It was a great team performance, and a great atmosphere. It was crazy. I have never experienced anything like that before.”
Greeley looks to take this momentum into sectionals, and make a deep run as the number one seed in the section. Their first-round match will be Friday afternoon.
Boys Varsity Soccer Cruises Past Panas to Improve Record to 11-0-1
Tuesday, October 9-- The Greeley Quakers Boys Varsity soccer team entered Tuesday’s clash against the Walter Panas Panthers with a section-best 10-0-1 record, riding a 10 game win streak. The Quakers established their dominance in the section after a massive road win the prior week at Somers, and they were heavy favorites against the Panthers Tuesday.
The Quakers dominated the action from the get-go, with seven shots on goal in just the first 8 minutes of the game. Despite the continuous quality shots by Greeley, the Quakers only mustered one first-half goal, in the 11’ minute on a tap-in by forward Jack Rifkin, assisted by Aidan Curtis.
The ball barely crossed midfield for Panas throughout most of the first half, due to a stifling Greeley defense that has been superb all season. However, in the 26’ minute, a shocking goal came for the Panthers, on just their second shot-on-goal in the first half. Despite a first half completely dominated by the Quakers on both sides of the ball, the scoreboard reflected a 1-1 tie at the half.
The second half started much as the first half ended, with many failed chances for the Quakers. In the 46’ minute, however, Eli Peretz finally broke the Greeley scoring drought with an excellent goal to the far post, just past the outstretched arms of the Panthers goalie, who had been brilliant all game up to that point. Greeley broken the match open just three minutes later, in the 49’ minute, on a nice goal in traffic by Zach Eichenberg. Then, in the 55’ minute, Aidan Curtis headed in a goal inside the 6 yard box, off a deflection by the Panas goalie. With the game now out of reach, Panas pulled their outstanding goalie, opening the floodgates for more Greeley scoring. Bryce Gell added a late goal in the 73’ minute, to make it 5-1 Quakers. Then, Curtis secured a hat trick with his second and third goals of the game, in the 74’ and 78’ minutes. This last goal for Curtis marked his 13th of the season, placing him tied for fourth in the entire Lower Hudson Valley in goals scored this season.
Greeley ultimately won the game by a final score of 7-1, scoring an impressive six second-half goals. The Quakers play their second-to-last regular season game Saturday at home vs. Yorktown.
JV Football Defeated by Eastchester in Home Opener
Saturday, September 22-- The Greeley Quakers JV Football team came into Saturday with an 0-3 record, hopeful of turning the tides in their home opener against a favored Eastchester Eagles opponent. Greeley freshman QB Ryan Whol made his first career start Saturday, and he had over 50 yards rushing in the game. Despite Whol’s effective scrambles throughout the day, the Greeley offense struggled in the passing game against a stingy Eagles defense.
The Quaker defense did a solid job containing Eastchester’s passing game, however the running ability and breakaway speed of Eagles’ QB Christian D'Agostino was difficult for the Quakers to contain. Greeley let up 26 points in the first half, mostly on big runs from D’Agostino.
“We had a few solid moments on defense today,” linebacker Harrison Guinsberg said following the game. “But their quarterback was a lot to handle.”
Greeley will look to rebound from the 39-0 loss at the hands of Eastchester next Saturday, at home against John Jay.
Greeley Sports Boosters Gifts Support Training Staff, Athlete Health. More Planned with AD Jason Semo
- Portable Training / Taping Table
- Hydrocollator and Heating Pads
- Vacuum Splint Set – for stabilizing significant injuries to a leg, arm, wrist or neck
“The convenience of having the portable table has helped me more effectively treat injured athletes without leaving the sidelines of the basketball game. I’m looking forward to being able to evaluate student athletes on the sidelines on the fields. In the past, the training staff has to address injuries on the ground or on a metal bench. It was not an optimal way to treat our student athletes.”
Heating pads in the controlled Hydrocollator heat bath
“We now can treat athletes with heat therapy according to protocol. Before receiving the hydrocollator from the Boosters, we had no effective way of taking care of athletes needing warm therapy.”
Athletic Director Jason Semo added, "The Greeley Sports Boosters organization is a tremendous asset to our athletic department. Aside from financial assistance that supports various projects that enhance the overall pride throughout the district, the Boosters serves a great source of support between department and community through constant conversations and a full collaboration of ideas."
Varsity Soccer Deflates Scarsdale in New Turf Field Opening
September 14-- Monday night marked the official opening of Greeley’s brand-new, state of the art turf soccer field under the lights. The new field, which was built this summer, is wider, features a large bleacher area, and is all-in-all more conducive to soccer.
While the Greeley boys Varsity Soccer team had a new field to play on, the opponent was familiar. The Scarsdale Red Raiders, who lost their first meeting to Greeley in Scarsdale 1-0, were looking for revenge against the Quakers, who came into the game with a 4-0-1 record.
Greeley’s defense started slow, allowing three Scarsdale shots on goal in the first four minutes of game action. Luckily, none of the shots materialized into goals. The sloppy start behind them, the Quakers quickly starting moving the ball on offense and getting quality opportunities. 9’ into the game, Greeley chipped in a goal off a deflection in the box. Both Scarsdale and Greeley had a couple more chances in the first half, but both goalies held strong and kept the game at 1-0 at the half.
The second half was dominated by Greeley from the get-go. Greeley nearly scored in the 44’ minute, except for the last-ditch effort from the Scarsdale goalie. However, the Quakers wasted no more opportunities to blow the match wide-open. A Greeley corner kick led to an easy header in the 48’ minute. While the Quaker lead seemed safe up 2-0, they wouldn’t waste any time adding insurance. A mere :50 seconds later, Aidan Curtis put it through the net off yet another Greeley corner kick to increase the Greeley lead to 3-0. As the rain began to pick up, the Greeley defense still held strong.
“We’ve developed great chemistry as defense,” starting center back Owen Parsons said after the game. “With this being our fourth shutout in a row, we have confidence in each other and we know that we also have a great goalie [Matt Quine] to back us up.”
Varsity Football Loses Tight Battle on Homecoming Night
September 14-- It was homecoming night for the Horace Greeley Quakers Football team, trying to avenge their 0-2 start to the season with a win against the Walter Panas Panthers. Contest Field was swarming with Quaker fans, with the town of Chappaqua eager to see Greeley earn a victory under the lights.
Greeley got off to a slow start on the defensive end, with Walter Panas speed back David Louis breaking off a monster touchdown run only 3:20 into game action. The Quaker defense, however, bounced back nicely after allowing the early touchdown, and Greeley defensive back Max Brickman came up with a big interception late in the first quarter to get the tides rolling for the Quakers. Despite the momentum created on the defensive end, Greeley’s offensive woes from the previous game against Brewster continued throughout the majority of the first half. After a second Panthers touchdown with 5:00 to go in the second quarter put Walter Panas up fourteen, the crowd started to turn a little tense.
Greeley’s offense, however, would have something to say about that.
The Quakers quickly marched down the field, with two first downs on the ground. Now in enemy territory, Greeley Quarterback Seth Brail fired a 28 yard dagger down the sideline to tailback Jacob Rose. The completion put the Quakers in the red zone, and brought the Greeley crowd to life. Two plays later, Quakers’ star wideout Danny Meringolo caught a 17 yard touchdown on a beautiful back-shoulder ball from Brail, to make it a one-possession game. However, the excitement wouldn’t last for long, due to a last-second 62 yard touchdown from Walter Panas’ monstruos fullback, Sean Laukitis, to make the game 21-7 at the half.
Unfortunately, Greeley would not be able to recover from the Walter Panas touchdown run to end the first half. Meringolo added a second touchdown to his statline in the third quarter, this time on a 10 yard crossing pattern. While this touchdown did inject some life back into the Quakers, it was soon diminished by yet another huge touchdown run by the speedy Panthers running back Louis. This score made the game 28-14 Walter Panas and put it out of reach for Greeley.
Despite the 14 point loss, there were still some positive signs from the Greeley offense on Friday night, with Brail showing nice touch on some long passes, and playcalling that freed up the receivers on a number of occasions. The Quakers now have a three game road trip, which will begin next Saturday afternoon vs. Eastchester.
Greeley Boys Soccer To Host 22:22 Scrimmages and Fundraiser In Remembrance of Casey Taub
The event will start at 4pm at the Horace Greeley Contest Field with a ceremony remembering Casey. Afterward, the teams will play each other in a round robin as follows:
4:30pm Start – 30 minute scrimmage
Greeley / Port Chester
Carmel / Byram Hills
5:15pm Start – 30 minute scrimmage
Greeley / Carmel
Byram Hills / Port Chester
6:00pm Start – 40 minute scrimmage
Greeley / Byram Hills
Port Chester / Carmel
Money raised through merchandise sales and donations will go to the Matthew Larson Foundation for Pediatric Brain Tumors. More information on the organization can be found at http://www.ironmatt.org
Each of the Byram Hills, Carmel and Port Chester teams will be making a contribution as part of the event.
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