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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 »


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 »


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 »

Paul N. Barger

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

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 »


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.

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 »


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 »


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.

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 »


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 »

SH Boys hoops captains

Local High School Basketball Teams Gear Up for New Season

by Tom Pedulla –  The Hudson Independent examines the prospects of local schools for the varsity girls’ and boys’ basketball season. GIRLS Dobbs Ferry Last year’s record: 17-6 Top returnees: Samantha Arone, Kayla Halverson, Julia Schwabe, Kristin Trezza. Top n... More »

Thomas Palicz

Dobbs Ferry Season Ends With 21-7 Loss to Valhalla

By Tom Pedulla At least for this year, there is a changing of the guard in Section 1 Class C football. Valhalla, which had not advanced this far since 2001, toppled defending champion Dobbs Ferry 21-7 on Saturday at Mahopac High School to advance to the state ... More »


Q&A: Concussions in Youth Sports

by Tom Pedulla –  With youth and high school sports in full swing, Dr. Mark Herceg, a neuropsychologist at Phelps Hospital, participated in a question-and-answer session with The Hudson Independent for the benefit of young athletes and their parents. Before Dr... More »

Thomas Palicz

Senior Captain Palicz Key to Dobbs Ferry Success on Gridiron

by Tom Pedulla –  Dobbs Ferry football coach Joe Cox paid senior captain Thomas Palicz the ultimate compliment when he said of him, “He’s wanted to be great.” Palicz dreamed of playing for the Eagles at a young age. When the opportunity finally arrived, he not... More »


Irvington QB Daly Heralded as a Selfless Team Player

by Tom Pedulla –  In an age when self-aggrandizement and selfies are celebrated, Irvington senior Aidan Daly offers a refreshing alternative. He is a selfless team player, a humble young man. Daly had two quarterbacks ahead of him as a freshman, Liam Toolan an... More »


Hackley’s Senior Running Back Returns Strong from Injuries

by Tom Pedulla –  Few players can change the complexion of a game with one touch of the football. Hackley’s Enzi Teacher is among the few. The 5-10, 196-pound senior running back proved that in the season opener, carrying seven times for 50 yards and two touch... More »


Dobbs Ferry Football Program Reloads with New Coach Cox

by Tom Pedulla –  “We Reload.” The slogan on the backs of the practice jerseys worn by Dobbs Ferry High School football players says everything about the hopes, expectations and pressure that annually surround the program. It also says everything about the sti... More »

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