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Ready for Some Spring Football in the Rivertowns

By Tom Pedulla— The Hudson Independent offers its annual preview of the local high school football season, which was postponed due to the pandemic but salvaged in a spring format: DOBBS FERRY Hopes are always high for the Eagles. The uncertainty about whether ... More »

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Sleepy Hollow Senior Breaks New Ground on Ice

By Tom Pedulla— Perhaps one of the most important lessons Johanna Reimer learned during her four years at Sleepy Hollow High School is that breaking new ground is never easy, but it is extraordinarily rewarding. Reimer’s determination to play hockey led her to... More »

Sleepy Hollow team captains (L-R:) Kevin Sullivan, Zach Rudder and Ben Good.
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High School Basketball Teams Ready to Hit the Hard Court

By Tom Pedulla— The Hudson Independent examines the prospects of local schools for the varsity basketball season. Due to the pandemic, Hackley School in Tarrytown and The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry will not field basketball teams this winter. GIRLS DOBBS FE... More »

Girls basketball in Irvington, NY
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Return of High-Risk High School Sports Applauded

By Tom Pedulla— Local athletic administrators, coaches and student-athletes reacted with surprise but also delight when the path was cleared for high-risk high school sports to be played despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Andrew Cuomo, facing mounting pre... More »

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Irvington High School Seniors Commit to Playing Sports in College

By Rick Pezzullo— Six Irvington High School seniors recently announced their commitment to play sports at colleges across the country in the fall. Max Forte has committed to track and field at Duke University in Division I, which is the highest level of interc... More »

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Irvington High School Basketball Standout Commits to Yale

By Rick Pezzullo– Grace Thybulle, an Irvington High School rising senior and standout basketball player, has committed to continue her academic and athletic career at Yale University in the fall of 2021. “Making my decision was extremely difficult because I ha... More »

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Local Softball, Baseball Teams Hopeful of Getting on the Diamond

by Tom Pedulla –  With the hope that not all of the season will be lost to the covid-19 pandemic, The Hudson Independent looks at the prospects for our local high school softball and baseball teams: SOFTBALL DOBBS FERRY Coach: Kim Reznicek Top returning player... More »

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Defending Champion Dobbs Ferry Boys Hoops Team Proud of Season

by Tom Pedulla –  Members of the Dobbs Ferry boys’ basketball team left the Westchester County Center with heads held high. No, they had not successfully defended their first Section 1 Class B title in 52 years, bowing to Valhalla 65-54 in the semifinal round.... More »

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Irvington Girls End Season with Class B Final Loss to Putnam Valley

By Tom Pedulla Members of the girls’ basketball team in Irvington, accustomed to shedding tears of joy in the postseason, blinked back tears of sadness after bowing to Putnam Valley, 52-49, in the Section 1 Class B final on March 7. The Bulldogs were coming of... More »

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Irvington Attorney Represents Ossining Gymnast in Civil Rights Case

by Tom Pedulla –  Paul Barger of the Irvington-based firm Barger & Gaines has built an extensive background in education cases since he graduated from George Washington University Law School in 1999. He represented public school districts in New Jersey from 20... More »

Abby Conklin scored the 1,000th point in her career in a game on January 29. —Photo by the Irvington School District
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Irvington Point Guard Relishes Sharing the Spotlight

by Tom Pedulla –  Abby Conklin, a senior point guard at Irvington, possesses a deeper understanding of the essence of her sport than the National Basketball Association’s shot-crazed stars. “The best thing is making a good pass,” she said. “It’s team ball and ... More »

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SH Boys Hoops Team Make Memories on NBA Court

by Tom Pedulla – The pizza was great, the lights were bright at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, and rarely have fans of the Sleepy Hollow boys’ basketball team felt better about the Horsemen than they did on January 15. No, Sleepy Hollow did not win, staging a d... More »

Taha Dinana grew up playing squash in Cairo.
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Masters School Squash Stars Commit to Top College Programs

by Kira Ratan –  They’ve held the number one spot on their respective girls and boys squash team at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry since they arrived from Egypt several years ago.  Each has won national squash titles while in the U.S., so it’s no surprise t... More »

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Eagles Seek Consistency on Hardwood in Defense of Crown

by Tom Pedulla –  Defending a championship at any level represents one of the greatest challenges in sports. Just ask the Dobbs Ferry boys basketball team. After graduating seven seniors, including four starters, from a memorable team that produced the school’... More »

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Sleepy Hollow Boys Hoops Team Make Memories on NBA Court

by Tom Pedulla The pizza was great, the lights were bright at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, and rarely have fans of the Sleepy Hollow boys’ basketball team felt better about the Horsemen than they did Wednesday, January 15. No, Sleepy Hollow did not win, stagi... More »

Coach Stephanie Mills and her three children: Matthew, Madison, and Danielle.
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Dobbs Ferry Girls Basketball Coach Balances Sports and Motherhood

by Tom Pedulla –  Most coaches strive to create a family atmosphere. Stephanie Mills takes that to another level as she balances motherhood with her role as girls’ basketball coach at Dobbs Ferry. She involves her three children – Danielle, 7; Matthew, 6; and ... More »

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Sleepy Hollow Girls’ Hoops Coach Eager to Rebuild Program

by Tom Pedulla –  To many candidates, the opportunity to coach the Sleepy Hollow varsity girls’ basketball team may not have seemed appealing. The program has lacked stability due to a number of coaching changes, and wins have been few. Tony Pignataro familiar... More »

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