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radierstennischampsThe Raiders Girls Varsity Tennis Team won the Section I Championship on Sunday October 13. The girls played over the course of three days against Somers, Harrison, and Byram Hills for the championship. Although some of the matches were very tight, the girls pulled through and continued to work their hardest and cheered each other on. The team sent one singles player and four doubles teams into post-season play.

On Friday October 11 the Raiders went 4-0 against Somers, then scored another 4-0 victory over John Jay. Harrison proved to be a very tough adversary in the semi-finals, where Scarsdale came out on top 4-2. Many of the matches against Harrison were split sets and went into grueling tiebreakers.

The final match was against Byram Hills when Scarsdale again scored a 4-2 win and took the Section 1 title. The victory capped off an excellent regular season when the team finished undefeated with a 16-0 record with no one on the team losing a single league match.

According to Coach Jennifer Roane: "This is the first team section 1 championship for Scarsdale. We were seeded #1 going into the tournament; The girls handle the pressure well and let their tennis speak for themselves."

highfiveMegan Niu and and Maggie Maronilla playing second doubles against Byram Hills.

Some of the players will play in the Conference tournament which starts on Tuesday October 15 at White Plains High School. The conference line-up is: 

Singles:
1. Anya Kornfeld

Doubles:
1. Zoe Tucker/Natalie Hu
2. Laura Mendes/Luisa Mendes
3. Maggie Maronilla/Megan Niu
4. Maggie Akuetey/Emmilyann Tsai

Team members: Zoe Tucker,Natalie Hu, Anya Kornfeld,Luisa Mendes and Laura Mendes, Megan Niu, Maggie Maronilla, Maggie Akuety, Emily Anne Tsai, Devin Goldman, Sabrina Siegel, Anna Cho and Natalie Schonfeld.

maggieSenior captain Maggie Akuetey, serving against Harrison.

TennisSeniorDayThe team celebrates Senior Day with Coach Jennifer Roane.The Scarsdale Girls Varsity A Tennis Team finished the regular season undefeated at 11-0, coming out number 1 in their league. Their final match was a 7-0 sweep against Mamaroneck.

The post season matches begin on Friday October 11. Scarsdale is seeded number 1 in the section.

The first post season match will be played against Somers at Somers on Friday.
The second round is Saturday at 12:30 against Edgemont.
The semi-final will be played on Sunday at 10 am at Harrison High School, with the finals at 1 pm.

Come out and cheer on this amazing team.

MeganandMaggieMegan Nui and and Maggie Maronella after their 6-1, 6-3 win against Horace Mann.

The Scarsdale’s Varsity A Tennis is on a roll. Now at 9-0, the team scored two victories in the past week. They had a stunning 7-0 away match on Friday September 20 against Fox Lane and scored 6-1 in a non-League match against Horace Mann on Monday September 24.

Although the tennis team has played against Fox Lane previously, some of the girls were still nervous going into Friday’s match. However, as the match progressed, they got into the swing of things and simply, “played their game,” according to senior Captain Luisa Mendes.. With a really strong team this year, Mendes believes, “the team will win the league, win the conference, and go undefeated.” Junior Zoe Tucker beat rival, Leah Tuluca, in a grueling 6-4, 6-2 match. As this was the fifth time these two adversaries have played each other, Zoe claims she had to “go in with a specific strategy and although it was a rough beginning I pushed through and ultimately felt great about my match.”

The girls have had a 9-0 record so far, and hope to go undefeated this season. On this strong team, every player on the team is undefeated in League matches.

The team had another stellar day on Monday 9-22 with a 6-1 victory over Horace Mann, following their 7-0 shutout of Fox Lane on Friday 9-19. They have barely dropped a match all season.

Though Horace Mann is not in Scarsdale’s league, Coach Jennifer Roane set up the non-league match to give her team more court time against one of the toughest teams in the area. She told the girls, the match was a “challenge” that forced them out of their comfort zones.

The competition was fierce with players on all courts driving deep balls to the baseline and keeping their opponents near the fence. It was great spectating and a good opportunity to watch some highly skilled young players.

MendesSenior Captain Luisa Mendes warms up before the Fox Lane match.Doubles team and sisters Luisa and Laura Mendes walked off the court with a score of 6-3, 6-4. We watched the duo hitting strong deep shots and challenging their opponents until the player at the net had the chance to put it away.

In second doubles, Megan Niu and Maggie Maronella scored a 6-1, 6-3 win. They said their strategy was to play consistently, identify the opponents weaknesses, adjust when they needed to and going for the poach at the right time.

In third doubles Maggie Akuetey and Emilyanne Tsai came away 6-4, 6-1. They said they hit steadily, take their time and waitMaggieandEmilyMaggie Akuetey and Emilyanne Tsai were all smiles after their 6-4, 6-1 win against Horace Mann. for an opportunity to be aggressive at the net.

We were not able to watch the fourth doubles team of Anna Cho and Natalie Schonfeld as they played on the other set of courts – but they looked pleased with their 6-1, 6-2 triumph.

Horace Mann brought some dynamite singles players with them on Monday. On court one, Scarsdale’s Zoe Tucker fought hard against Sofia Allinson. Allinson drives hard deep balls, both cross court and down the line and proved to be a fierce opponent. Though Tucket gave it her all, she came away with her first loss of the season, falling 6-1 and 6-2 to Allinson.

NatalieHu2Natalie Hu hits a forehandat Fox Lane.Freshman Natalie Hu also had a long battle again Horace Mann’s JJ Ryu. The points were long and looked exhausting. Hu was undaunted by her senior opponent and won 6-4, 6-1.

In third singles, junior Anya Kornfeld had an easier time, beating Allison Markman 6-0, 6-0. It was a steamy September day and Kornfeld looked like she had a workout.

It’s a big week for the team who played Urusline on Wednesday September 23, scoring another 7-0 sweep. A non-league match against Harrison which was planned for Thursday 9-25 was cancelled due to weather.anyaJunior Anya Kornfeld, playing 3rd singles, is undefeated.

TuckerandChoTeammates Zoe Tucker and Anna Cho shake it out after the match.

raiders2Scarsdale driving for a TD Deep in Ossining territory.There was a slight autumn chill in the air on Friday night September 27 as the Scarsdale Raiders hosted the Pride from Ossining. The Raiders were coming off their first loss of the season – to perennial powerhouse New Rochelle. On Senior Day, the Raiders put forth an extremely well balanced effort and dominated the Pride 43-20.

Scarsdale won the opening toss and took possession off the opening kickoff at its own 37. The opening drive began as a solid Raider ground game, and saw Quarterback Ben Miller keep the ball on a dash up the middle for a 35 yard gain, after a Julian Glantz 11 yard run. After two running plays from the Pride’s 26 yard line, Julian Higgins converted a 10 yard pass from Miller and ran to the Ossining eight yard line. In its only failure to score from the red zone the entire evening, Scarsdale turned the ball over on downs at the Pride five yard line. The Scarsdale defense, which was playing without co-captain Harry Song, held the Pride to limited yards on Ossining’s first possession. As would prove for most of the contest co-captains Sam Feldman and Dean Mancini led the Scarsdale front four in controlling the line of scrimmage. The Raiders were aided by what was the first of several holding penalties on the Pride – negating what might have been a large gain.raiders1Raiders receive pregame instruction.

The Pride was forced to punt deep within its territory. The punt was shanked to the left and Scarsdale was left sitting pretty with a first down at the Pride’s 20 yard line. Runs by Higgins and Glantz brought the ball to the Pride four yard line. Glantz then rushed the ball in from the four yard line with 1:45 remaining in the first quarter -- behind solid blocking from the offensive line. Following an offside penalty on the extra point, Scarsdale switched to a two-point conversion attempt. Fullback Jake Potters took Miller’s handoff home and the Raiders took an 8-0 lead.

After a strong kick off by Bennett Abbe – who consistently put the ball deep in Pride territory all night, Ossining took the ball on a touchback at its 25 yard line. On the first play of the possession, the Pride’s RB fumbled the ball and Glantz recovered– putting Scarsdale in business at the 15 yard line of Ossining. Two plays later and with six seconds left in the quarter, Noah Borst took a pitch from Miller to the end zone. After the first of five extra points by Abbe, the Raiders took a 15-0 lead into the second quarter. Scarsdale controlled the ball for almost the entire quarter – a theme that would prevail for most of the evening.

Ossining took possession and moved the ball to midfield – highlighted by QB Jahseem Gray’s keeper. Mancini then sacked Gray for a huge loss on second down and Nose Tackle Edward Eforo and Linebacker Brendan Knopp stopped the Pride on third down forcing them to punt again. The Raiders then continued its strong running game as Glantz and Higgins moved the ball upfield. On a big fourth and one, Miller snuck in behind Center Eforo and Scarsdale had a first down. Miller then kept the ball for a 15 yard gain. After an incomplete pass and a stymied run, Scarsdale was faced with a long third down. With a little more then a minute left in the half, Potters then took a pitch from Miller for 31 yards and the Raiders third score of the evening. The Pride moved the ball towards midfield after RB Daquan Ray rushed the ball for a 20 yard gain. Ossining then tried a half back option, but Miller, who also plays corner back, intercepted the ball deep in Scarsdale territory. Scarsdale played the clock out for the rest of the quarter and the Raiders went into the locker room at halftime leading 22-0.

During halftime Scarsdale celebrated senior day by having its seniors and their families – as well as the senior cheerleaders -- come onto the field for a special honor:
The seniors are:

raiders3Scarsdale Senior football players and families await halftime ceremony.

Michael Callahan
Ian Rothenberg
Aiden Burden
Harry Song
Tom Reynolds
Adam Freihofner
Jack Cioffi
Sam Feldman
Chris Saenger
Dean Mancini
Tyler Miller
Richard Gao

The second half started with Scarsdale’s Potters putting a big hit on the Ossining kick returner. The Pride then put together what was probably its best drive of the evening. A mix of QB keepers and Ray’s running moved the ball to the Scarsdale half of the field. After a Gray 20 yard connection to RB John Turnquist and an eight yard rumble by Gray, the Pride had possession of the ball on the Scarsdale 16. Turnquist moved a draw up the middle to the Scarsdale six. Following a small gain on a keeper, QB Gray snuck in on a two yard plunge – putting the Pride on the scoreboard with a little under two minutes left in third quarter. On the extra point attempt, Mancini busted through the Ossining line and blocked the attempt – making the score 22-6 going into the final quarter of play.

Scarsdale started the fourth with an exciting series of plays. After a 13 yard gain by Higgins off a nice pitch by Miller, the Raiders struck on the longest play of the game. Quarterback Miller’s 20 yard pass deflected off the hands of the Pride safety and landed in the outstretched arms of receiver Noah Borst who sped down the field and took the ball to the house, completing a 65 yard TD. With the score now 29-6 early in the fourth quarter Scarsdale’s confidence was apparent. The ensuing kickoff to the Pride almost led to a turnover as Abbe’s planned short kick-off was almost recovered by Ian Rothenberg who raced down the field and showed tremendous hustle in almost completing an incredible play.

Ossining did not stop playing, and after a first down and a Scarsdale penalty, possessed the ball on its own 41. At that point the Raider defense again came through. On a fourth and six near midfield, Feldman made a solid stop of the Pride’s Ray, and Scarsdale took possession of the ball again. On the second play from scrimmage, the Raiders struck again! On a sweep off the left side, Higgins raced the ball 45 yards, landing another Scarsdale touchdown. Following another Abbe extra point, with 7:40 left in the game, the Raiders took an untouchable 36-6 lead.

The following set of downs saw the Pride undertake its best drive of the day – marked by a 20 yard run by Turnquist. A controversial roughing the passer call on a fourth and long gave the Pride the ball on the Raider 31 yard line. On the next play Ray took the ball on a 31 yard scamper into the Scarsdale end zone. The Raiders successfully defended the two-point conversion attempt and Scarsdale led 36-12 with six minutes to play in the affair.

Scarsdale had its final score of the evening on its last possession of the game. Potter ripped off runs of 20, 8, and 25 yards setting Scarsdale up inside the 10 yard line. Fullback Adam Freihofner blasted through the Pride defense for a three yard touchdown at the 3:02 mark, and the Raider lead soared to 43-12. The evening wrapped up with Ossining scoring a touchdown and converting a two-point conversion with 17 seconds left. The game ended with the scoreboard showing a 43-20 victory for the Raiders.

Coach Andy Verboys was quite happy with his team’s showing and said: “after last year, we were in unchartered water (in coming after a losing season) and we were looking for a strong bounce back year. We are starting to play as a team on both sides of the ball and I’m very happy with that.” Speaking to the immediate future, Coach was very optimistic saying: “we are almost all healthy now and getting everyone back will help us continue our progress.” Quarterback Miller echoed the coach’s comments by saying: “we are really becoming a family and playing great together as a team.” Verboys finally noted that his team had “won a few close games early in the season which built some momentum.” He looks forward to facing a “strong and fast” Mount Vernon team next weekend. The victory brings the Raiders record to a solid 3-1 while the Pride remains winless at 0-3.

ZoeandNatalieZoe Tucker and Natalie HuGood news from both the tennis court and the football field this week for the Raiders:

Girls Varsity Tennis

Coach Jennifer Roane has a spring in her step and a twinkle in her eye when she talks about this year’s Varsity girl’s tennis team. And she has good reason to be optimistic.

It’s only the beginning of the season, and the team has already won their first two league matches, shutting out Fox Lane and Bronxville, 7-0.

The talented team includes freshmen to seniors – and every grade in between. Several of the top players train year round, and two have rankings in the Eastern section. With this line-up of skilled players, the team is poised for a winning season.

At the home match against Bronxville on Monday September 9, first singles was played by junior Zoe Tucker, just named to the list of the 2019 stellar “next 6” by Lohud. She trains at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy at Lake Isle and competes in the USTA Eastern section and national tournaments. This is her third year playing varsity tennis. In 2018 she was All League and All Section and was the Scarsdale High School Girls Tennis Team's Most Valuable Player.On Monday, she defeated Rory Kristian from Bronxville 6-1, 6-0.

Playing second singles was newcomer to the team, freshman Natalie Hu. She also competes nationally and has played doubles with Tucker in some tournaments. On Monday, she gave up very few points, defeating Eva Dani, 6-0, 6-2.

Junior Anya Kornfeld also trains at the academy and won her match on Monday, 7-5, 6-1.

The team has a set of sisters playing first doubles …. senior Luisa Mendes and sophomore Laura Mendes. What’s their strategy? A big serve and a rush to the net. This is their second year playing together and they get along well. On Monday they dominated their opponents 6-3, 6-0.

The second doubles team of junior Emily Anne Tsai and senior Maggie Akutey also won handily – at 6-0, 6-3.

AnnaandNatalieFourth Doubles Team Anna Cho and Natalie SchonfeldThird doubles team of Maggie Maronilla and Megan Niu came away with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 and juniors Anna Cho and Natalie Schonfeld scored a 6-0, 6-2 victory in fourth doubles.MendezSistersFirst Doubles Team and Sisters: Luisa and Laura Mendes

It doesn’t get much better than that – especially against a rival like Bronxville.

Also on the roster this year are Devin Goldman and Sabrina Siegel.

We’ll be watching these girls – especially when they get their new uniforms! The next match is against Mamaroneck, at SHS on Friday September 14 at 4:15. Come by and watch some great tennis.

Football

The Raiders Football team is also off to a great start. Below see a photo of the happy team after their opening season game against Port Chester on September 7 when they won Scarsdale 18, Port Chester, 10.

FootballThe Raiders Varsity Football Team after their opening season win over Port Chester: Photo credit Maryellen Saenger and Gayle Jamesley

 

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