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.
Field Hockey and Soccer Playoffs!
Greeley Girls Soccer will host Pelham in a Class A Sectional outbracket game at 4:30pm, on the new C Field turf. The Quakers are the #9 seed in Class A.
The Boys Soccer team, ranked #4 in NY State Class A in the latest NYS Sportswriters rankings, have the #1 seed in the section and will host the winner of today's Sleepy Hollow/Eastchester game. Kick off at 6:30pm on the C Field turf. The Quakers ran a barely blemished 14 wins, 0 losses, 1 draw regular season record.
In Field Hockey, the Quakers earned a #3 seed and first round bye alongside #1 Mamamroneck and #2 Clarkstown North. Although unconfirmed, Greeley is expected to host tomorrow's winner between North Rockland (#11) and Fox Lane (#6) on Monday, time TBD.
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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.
Modified Fall Sports Registration Open
Modified (7th and 8th Grade) Fall Sports registration is now open. All prospective athletes must register through FamilyID.
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Please be prepared to upload a doctor’s physical dated within the last 12 months.
Greeley Sports Boosters Elects Officers and Board Members
- President: Laura Brail
- Vice President, Strategic Planning: Jennifer Bergin
- Treasurer: Cindy Greenstein
- Secretary: Amanda Goodstadt
- Chief Technology Officer: Jeff Dorst
- Board Member at-Large: Heather Lafortezza
- Board Member at-Large: Karen Yarasavage
Updated Fall Sports Start Dates Available
Senior Dinner Montages Are Up
Freshman Baseball Cruises to 2-0 Start Behind Big First Inning
Friday, April 13-- Coming off a tight opening day victory, the Greeley Quakers Boys Freshman Baseball team looked to win their second game of the season against the Scarsdale Raiders. Greeley got off to a red hot start, putting up five runs in the first inning, in large part due to a plethora of base hits, along with two consecutive RBI bloop singles.
“We wanted to swing at good pitches that were over the plate,” first basemen Ben Lichtenstein said after the game. “We knew that if we made contact the ball would go far.”
Neither side was able to get much offense going after Greeley’s massive first inning. Colin Dunn and Ryan Bingham teamed up to pitch a stellar game for the Quakers, allowing few baserunners and only giving up one run over seven innings. Greeley would only tack on one more run in the game, on a Scarsdale error in the fifth inning, but the damage had already been done. The Quakers glided to an easy 6-1 victory, and an encouraging 2-0 start to the season.
“This strong start really validates the hard work we’ve put in over the offseason,” infielder Gavin MacGreevey said following the win. “I think it shows that we’re going to be really good [this season].”
Greeley will look to build on its hot start on Wednesday, at home against rival Fox Lane.
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