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Scarsdale's Scores In Yesterday's Games:
Sport: Boy's Basketball
Game: Mamaroneck vs. Scarsdale
Score: Mamaroneck won 42-40
Highlights: Matt Mezansky finished the day with 21 points as the Tigers squeaked passed Scarsdale. Jack Hewitt led the Raiders with 12 points.
Sport: Girl's Basketball
Game: Mamaroneck vs. Scarsdale
Score: Scarsdale won 58-49 (OT)
Highlights: Scarsdale’s Shelby Zucker went 13 of 14 from the line, including four in the final minute of regulation to send the game into overtime. Zucker finished the game with 25 for the Raiders. Maggie Sullivan and Aliza Kanto of Mamaroneck each had 17 points.
Sport: Boy's Swimming
Game: Scarsdale vs. Keio
Score: Scarsdale won 98-76
Highlights: Scarsdale Matthew Ginsberg finished in first in the 200 freestyle, while teammate Sivan Mehta came in first in the 500 freestyle and Charles McFarland placed first in the 100 backstroke.
Sport: Girl's Gymnastics
Game: Scarsdale vs. Eastchester
Score: Eastchester won 141.25-124.7
Local Football Players Celebrate National Signing Day
For high school seniors, there is no more important choice than deciding on the perfect college to further their education. Today, several local football players will be making the choice in front of friends, family and media members in signing ceremonies at their schools.
As , Iona Prep’s defensive back Justin Combs will be signing on to play his college ball for Jim Mora and the rest of the coaching staff at UCLA at 2:45 p.m.
Staying in New Rochelle, Huguenot senior Anthony Caldararo will be signing on at 3:15 p.m. to play for American International College, a Division II school in Springfield, Mass.
Austin Taps of Stepinac and Mahopac originally committed to play tight end at William and Mary. However, it now looks that the senior will sign on to play defensive end at Penn, as he will sign a letter of intent at 11 a.m.
Taps will share the signing ceremony with Stepinac’s Jesse Gwin, who will be heading to C.W. Post, and Przemyslaw Popek, who will be heading to Stony Brook.
John Jay senior Ryan Sanders has chosen to play defensive tackle next year at Lafayette. Sanders played offensive and defensive tackle in high school.
Hackley’s offensive linemen A.J. Wolf signed on to play for the Duke Blue Devils at 10:15 a.m., and Ossining’s Brian Connolly committed to Bucknell at 8:30 a.m.
Croton Harmon’s duo of Kyle Ricciardi and Jesse Mainiero will be committing to schools tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. Ricciardi will join Army, and Mainer is committed to Marist.
Player of the year Christian Conway and his brother Jackson Conway were set to sign on to Yale along with Stepinac’s Caleb Gilligan-Evans. However, these signings seem to be on hold for now, as Yale has a new head coach and there may be some delays in paperwork.
Valiants home, hope to rebound
The Manhattanville College women's basketball team, coming off Freedom Conference losses to DeSales University and Eastern University, hope to rebound in Purchase tonight against FDU-Florham. Game time is 6 p.m.
Following tonight's game, the Valiants travel to Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Saturday for a game at 1 p.m. against Wilkes University.
Jen McSharer of Garnerville led the Valiants with 18 points and six rebounds in a 64-60 loss to DeSales, while Taylor Wilson of Pearl River just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.
In an 81-65 defeat to Eastern University, the Eagles pulled away late as the Valiants were forced to foul in an attempt to get back in the game.
Wilson finished with 16 points, including four 3-pointers, and added four steals, while McSharer, a graduate of North Rockland, had six points and six rebounds -- but her time was limited after falling into early foul trouble.
Wilson, who is seventh in the conference with 13.6 points per game, leads the conference in 3-point baskets with 40 and is ranked ninth in steals with 39.
McSharar is sixth in the conference in rebounding, pulling down eight caroms per game, and her 43 percent field-goal accuracy ranks 12th.
Harrison’s Salandra Named Conference Player of the Week
Franklin & Marshall sophomore guard Jon Salandra of Harrison was named Centennial Conference (CC) player of the week for his basketball exploits.
Salandra shot 85 percent from the field, making 17-of-20 attempts, while averaging 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in a 2-0 week for the ninth-ranked Diplomats.
The Hackley School graduate made 12-of-13 shots from the floor, in a 65-40 defeat over Johns Hopkins, for a career-high 24 points to go along with a career-best 10 rebounds.
F&M returns to action tonight when the Diplomats visit Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
Bonnies nearly break through
Despite owning the third-most wins in the nation, the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (20-2) just missed cracking the top-25 in the Associated Press Poll for the first time in program history, checking in as the No. 26 team with 61 points.
The Bonnies – who sit atop the Atlantic 10 standings as the lone unbeaten team at 7-0 – were just nine points shy of No. 25 Texas Tech, which garnered 70.
Only No. 1 Baylor (21-0) and No. 2 Notre Dame (21-1) have more victories than the Bonnies.
The Brown and White, a defensive stalwart led by Alaina Walker of Pomona, have won nine straight games – the second-longest winning streak in program history – and its 9-0 road record is the best in the nation.
St. Bonaventure looks to extend the winning streak tonight (Feb. 1) as it travels to Pittsburgh to face Duquesne University (15-6).
The Bonnies won the first meeting of the year, 61-53, in the conference opener. The Dukes were tabbed to finish third in the A-10 in the preseason poll. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Lady Warriors overtaken
The Nyack College women's basketball team, which had built a 14-point lead before falling at home to Georgian Court, 62-56, returns to Bowman Gymnasium tonight to host Bloomfield (NJ) College as part of a CACC doubleheader with the men's teams.
The women's game tips off the action at 6 p.m.
Against Georgian Court, the Lady Warriors had four players score in double figures, led by a 14-point effort from sophomore guard Ashley Tallman of Rotterdam.
Junior guard Brittany Mitchell of Queens Village, junior guard Khamari Tellis of Chicago, and freshman forward Meghan Richards of Nanuet also totaled double digits in scoring, with Richards pulling down a team-high seven rebounds, and Mitchell adding a team-high six assists.
Rockland CC on a roll
Led by Nikki Saponaro of Nanuet, who is averaging a team-high 12 points, the women's basketball team at Rockland Community College has won 16 of 22 games.
The Lady Hawks host Nassau CC on Thursday (Feb. 2), and feature a balanced attack.
Averaging nine points each per game are Christine Brezovsky of Nanuet, Katie Sovak of Tuxedo, and Melissa Loughhane of Pearl River.