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High School Softball Teams Swinging for Success

By Tom Pedulla— The Hudson Independent previews the local varsity softball teams for the upcoming season. DOBBS FERRY Despite a difficult schedule, hopes are high for a winning record. The Eagles are very talented at key positions. League Most Valuable Player ... More »

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Local Baseball Squads Ready for Season

By Tom Pedulla— The Hudson Independent previews the local varsity high school baseball teams: DOBBS FERRY The Eagles return an excellent one-two punch on the mound in senior right-handers Chris Archer and Jon Galland. Success will need to start with them. Arch... More »

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Irvington Flag Football Catching on with Players

By Tom Pedulla— Justin Myers was not sure what to expect when he became head coach of the Irvington-Bronxville girls’ flag football team. He had never coached girls before. He has considerable experience with high school tackle football, with 11 players to a s... More »

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Dobbs Ferry Loses Heartbreaker in Class B Semifinals

By Tom Pedulla— The Dobbs Ferry boys’ basketball team had come so far, going from five wins two years ago to double-digits in victories last season to a glistening 16-5 mark this year that included a post-season victory against Valhalla. And now the third-seed... More »

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Five Champion Wrestlers Put Sleepy Hollow on the Map

By Tom Pedulla– Silas Corveddu had done well merely to reach the Section 1 Division 2 championships on Feb. 10 at the Westchester County Center. The freshman had been struck by a car in mid-January, leaving him with a severely bruised knee and keeping him from... More »

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Masters Boys Basketball Is Earning Respect

By Tom Pedulla– If it takes a tooth or two for The Masters School to continue its ascent in boys’ basketball, the Panthers are paying that price.  Senior Nathan Lothian faced some unexpected dental work after Masters defeated visiting King School, 73-62, on Fe... More »

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Irvington’s Gina Maher Makes It 800!

By Tom Pedulla–    They came to see a living legend accomplish a remarkable milestone on Feb. 1. They got what they came for.    In the final seconds of Irvington’s 48-27 rout of visiting Eastchester, fans in the overflow crowd rose to their feet and began cha... More »

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Flora Out As Sleepy Hollow Football Coach

By Tom Pedulla–    In a decision charged with controversy, Sleepy Hollow High School is searching for a new varsity football coach following an abrupt end to Jerry Flora’s three-year stint.    Although Flora was unable to reverse the fortunes of the long-suffe... More »

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Champion Horsemen Performing Among Best in School History

By Tom Pedulla— Brian Tompkins, in his 49th season as wrestling coach, paid his current Sleepy Hollow team a massive compliment. When Tompkins was asked where this tenacious squad might rank among those he has coached for almost five decades, he responded, “I’... More »

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High School Girls Basketball Teams Striving to be Competitive

By Tom Pedulla— The Hudson Independent previews the local girls’ basketball season. Here is a look at each team: DOBBS FERRY Coach Kasey Grisanti is optimistic despite the need to replace three starters, including high-caliber center Grace Healy. She must have... More »

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Local Boys Basketball Squads Aiming to Show Improvement

By Tom Pedulla— The Hudson Independent previews the local boys’ basketball season. Here is the outlook for each team: DOBBS FERRY The Eagles must overcome the loss of five seniors. It did not help when a team that already lacked size lost forward-center Braden... More »

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Racing Day In The Rivertowns

By Barrett Seaman— Blessed with a crisp, clear Autumn day, the annual pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Trot races in Tarrytown and Irvington drew large fields, with runners ranging in age from the sixes to the seventies. Whole families, father-daughter, mother-son and ... More »

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Hackley Football Coach Marks 50 Years on the Sidelines

By Tom Pedulla— Hasaan Sajid was a sophomore when he decided to give the Hackley football team a shot. Never mind that he had never seen a game and did not know the positions. He arrived at the practice field with trepidation that escalated into fear when he s... More »

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Sleepy Hollow Relishes Decisive Homecoming Game Win

By Tom Pedulla— As Sleepy Hollow players gathered in the end zone to celebrate their 31-13 victory against Briarcliff Saturday night, sophomore Aaron Aarpi made a statement with his crutch. Taking care not to put any pressure on his injured right foot, he held... More »

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High School Football Players Nominated for Prestigious Award

By Rick Pezzullo—  Two local high school football standouts are in the running for a prestigious award championed by the Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York Giants. Marcus Canton of Irvington High School and Jahniya Witters, an All-League Honorable M... More »

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Second-Year Coach Striving to Bring Stability to Hackley

By Tom Pedulla— No matter the level, successful football programs have stability. That is exactly what second-year coach Joe McDermott is intent on bringing to Hackley. The senior class has been forced to adjust to four coaches in as many years. It finally has... More »

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Bulldogs Facing Rebuilding Season in 2023

By Tom Pedulla— Everything points to a rebuilding year for the Bulldogs as they adjust to yet another head coaching change and a season-ending injury to stellar running back Marcus Canton. Jeff Michael, who stayed only two seasons as head coach, hands over the... More »

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Dobbs Ferry Confident of Continuing Winning Tradition on Gridiron

By Tom Pedulla— Dobbs Ferry has not one but two tremendous running backs to replace in bruiser Brian Dann and breakaway threat Brandon Holman. The Eagles are confident they can meet that stiff challenge. “We have guys ready to fill those spots and they’re goin... More »

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Horsemen Striving to Take Step in Right Direction on Gridiron

By Tom Pedulla— In his effort to revive a once-proud football program at Sleepy Hollow High School, third-year coach Jerry Flora is encouraging players to literally take a step in the right direction. If the Horsemen are to fare well, they must turn mental sha... More »

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