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www.nyjournalnews.com RK The Journal News Saturday, January 15, 2000 7C LOCAL SPORTS Pleasan surprise HOCKEY NOTEBOOK: South's move to higher level proving beneficial SAM WEINMAN The Journal News Clarkstown South had reason to be skeptical heading its first season back in League 1. After winning 24 consecutive games over the past two seasons in League 2, the Vikings moved into the top league with just five of 11 skaters having any varsity experience. And despite a 2-3 record through its first five league games, South coach Frank Kern said he has been "pleasantly surprised." "Every game has been competitive," Kern said. "I have four exceptional defensemen (David Wright, Mike Puma, Greg Kuper-man, and Zach Ennis), and when you put guys like that on the ice, you're going to do welL" The proof can even be found in their losses. The Vikings have surrendered a total of just 11 goals in losses to Suffern, Pelham, and Mamaroneck, and by playing a higher level of competition during the regular season, they are likely to be better prepared for the sectionals. , "The program is much better off where we are," Kern said. . One odd twist in moving up to League 1 is that despite a losing record South will still have a higher seed in the sectionals. The current rules state that no League 2 team can be seeded higher than a League 1 team. So even while going undefeated last year, South still found itself as a No. 7 seed. As it stands now, they could be seeded as high as fourth. BRAGGING RIGHTS: Iona Prep dispensed of crosstown rival New Rochelle 10-2 on Tuesday. It was the first time the two teams have met in a number of years. . Led by 35 points from Anthony Williams, Iona Prep has won eight of its last nine games. LOOSE PUCKS: Former Suffern coach John Orlando, a member of the New York State High School Hockey Hall of Fame and currently the Section 1 chairman for ice hockey, will be a guest on Rick Wolffs WFAN show tomorrow morning between 8 and 9 a.m. Path leads STANTON, from 1C Johnny Mathis, the coach, is so defensive about Shaw that you have to think he recruited him against Public School Athletic League rules. But the kids insist it was just a growing friendship that got them together. " "We just got put on the same team at camp," J.C. Mathis said. "It was by luck, by fate. And I'd tell him all the time what it could be like playing together. I guess he bought into it He was the missing piece to get to this leveL And it's worked out great" "Nothing against Mount Vernon," Mathis said with a grin, "but he made the right decision." "I didn't know he was talking to Kennedy," Gordon said. "I thought he was coming with us. We would have won everything." v Last year, Gordon and the Knights lost the sectional title, by a point to White Plains, the eventual state public school championship. ; Meanwhile, Shaw and Mathis carried Kennedy all the way to the PSAL final at the Garden where they lost to Cardozo. This year, Kennedy is the team to beat . Next year, Shaw heads to St John's. "Shaw is gonna be a terrific college player," said Bob Hurley, the legendary St Anthony coach whose son was a star at Duke and a first-round draft choice in the NBA. "He causes matchup problems because he isn't limited in where he can play on the floor." Just as many people would have found him at Mount Vernon, a famous address for basketball that has sent Gus Williams and Earl Tatum and Lowes Moore and Rodney McCray and more on to" fame and fortune. ir Gordon, a junior, is already a target for every coach in the Big East and ACC. - The best players in the suburbs always wonder if they can play the city game. - When Elton Brand was a rising star in Peekskill, he thought about heading for the Catholic High School Athletic Association, the best basketball league in the I 1 STANDINGS, LEADERS Lmoim records only Through Thursday NOTE: Gnts between League 3 and teams count toward league records. League 4 Section t League 1 W Suffern . Mamaroneck. .................... ........5 New Rochelle ............. .. 4 Pelham ................4 Clarkstown South - J Scarsdale ....................................... 1 Rye J League 2 W North Rockland J Clarkstown North 3 White Plains 2 Pearl River 2 Greeley 2 Byram Hills 1 Nyack 0 League W Eastchester .6 Harrison 6 Sleepy HollowEdgemont 2 Tappan Zee . 2 East Ramapo - . .0 League 4 W Fox Lane ....... 7 Brewster ........ t John Jay .........................2 Kennedy. ....... ..................) Somers 0 Pts 12 10 8 a 4 2 0 Pts Pts 12 12 4 4 1 Pts 14 13 5 4 0 Scoring Minimum 15 points Through Jan. 13 Name (School) Q A Pts Jon Foster (Suffern) 29 23 52 C.J. Fredericks (Pelham) 17 18 35 AnthonyWilliams(lonaPrep) 21 14 35 Bobby Driscoll (NRk) 15 18 33 Peter Ferraro (Iona Prep) 14 18 32 Ryan Mero (Harrison) 15 16 31 Bobby Pauls (Harrison) 19 11 30 Chase D'Agostino (Pelham) 12 18 30 Lee Gilner (Suffern) 5 25 30 Dan Quartuclo (CI. North) 16 13 29 A.J. Strozza (Harrison) 15 13 28 Mike Kroog (North Rockland) 13 14 27 Kyle Goldberg (Suffern) 14 12 26 C.J. Tozzo (New Rochelle) 13 12 25 Matt Jung (Mamaroneck) 18 7 25 Greg Christian (Mamaroneck) 6 16 22 John Cascarano (New Ro) 7 14 21 Dana Calderone (Stepinac) 13 7 20 Paul George (Mamaroneck) 9 11 20 David Voltson (Stepinac) 12 8 20 Tony Scotto (Nyack) 9 10 19 Anthony DiCulo (Eastchester) 11 8 19 Joe Herman (CI. North) 6 13 19 Jarrett Mathews (Nyack) 15 4 19 Chris Brescia (CI. South) 9 9 18 Mike Goldman (Mamaroneck) 2 16 18 Brendan Furlong (Iona Prep) 5 12 17 Brendan Kelly (Fox Lane) 12 5 17 Jimmy Augustoni (NRk) 6 10 16 Bryan Williams (New Ro) 6 9 15 Ryan Webler (Mamaroneck) 2 13 15 "The reason I'm having him on is despite these teams sprouting up like mushrooms all over the place, there continues to be mythology about ice hockey," said Wolff, whose son John plays for Byram Hills. "You still get people on school boards who think of it as a sport with a lot of fights and violence. And I want to talk to John so hopefully he can dispel that" Sam Weinman writes a weekly ice hockey notebook during the season. You can reach him by phone at (914) 696-8502, or by fax at (914) 696-8118. out of town nation. "There were rumors," Peeks-kill coach Lou Panzanaro said. "But Elton's mother wouldn't let him. She said he would be leaving her soon enough. And Ernie Lorch, his AAU coach with the Riverside Hawks, also told him he didn't have to leave, that he was getting the best level of competition." Brand stayed at Peekskill, setting a Super Six scoring record that still stands with 34 points and had 15 rebounds against Mar-istof Bayonne. He went to Duke and played for a national championship. And earlier this week, he came back to the Garden with the Chicago Bulls, who made him the top pick in the last NBA draft "I wanted the competition level in the CHSAA," he said. "But I played at Riverside with the top players in the natioa That gave my game some credibility." "Elton had to make a statement and he did," said Ron Ar-test who played in the CHSAA at LaSalle Academy and at Riverside with Brand before going to St John's, then joining him again in Chicago for their rookie campaign. Shaw's decision has worked out for him. But he didn't need to move to the PSAL to get to St John's. "I guess he felt more comfortable there," Mount Vernon sophomore guard Jomo Belfor said. "But he would have been more than welcome with us. We have the tradition, the reputation. And we have one of the best coaches. He understands the game and he understands you, as a person." Bob Cimmino's team is doing just fine without Shaw, unbeaten this season and bidding to be one of the best teams Mount Vernon has ever produced. And that would be something special Because hoop dreams rule the city. But in the suburbs, we still got game. Barry Stanton is a sports columnist for The Journal News. sisteffi BOYS BASKETBALL: Vikings' third-quarter defense shuts down Suffern Complied from staff reports Clarkstown South held Suffern to two field goals in the third quarter and defeated the host 65-64 yesterday. Chris Rastelli led the Vikings with 22 points, with 16 in the second half. "The third quarter really hurt us," said Suffern coach Jim Sayre. "Their defense held down our scoring and they were able to hit their free throws down the stretch." South went 8 for 12 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. Garry Bakker led Suffern with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Roger DeFreese added 18 points and eight rebounds. HAMILTON 92, GOULD 37: At Hamilton, sophomore Justice Hall led a balanced scoring attack for the Red Raiders with 19 points. Hall also pulled down 10 re Shoreline Wrestling Classic under way Pearl River's Homenick handily advances in 1:30 as 3rd seed at 140 pounds ANTHONY PINCIARO The Journal News NEW ROCHELLE Imagine being a sectional champion and only drawing a third seed. That is what happened to Somers' Brian Mullaney at the 36th annual Ted Murphy Shoreline Wrestling Classic. The junior 152-pounder, who was the Section 1 145-pound titl-ist last year, was seeded third behind Newburgh's Nick Rausen-berger and Fordham Prep's Alex Hug, respectively. All Rausenberger did was win the Section 9 152-pound crown and go on to place fourth in the state, while Hug was the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association 145-pound state champion with 37 wins. Rausenberger also established a Newburgh school record for wins with 140 last night The third seed didn't faze Mullaney as he opened with a 43-second flattening of Pine Bush's Dustin Greer yesterday in the opening round. Wrestling resumes at 10 am. today with the quarterfinal round. The finals are tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. All of the top four seeds survived and advanced to today with the exception of three No. 4 seeds. Mount St Michael's Ste-phan Hernandez (103 pounds), Bethpage's Mike Yannotti (160) Hurdles races no obstacle for Suffern's Cann Senior runner outstanding after taking up the sport in her sophomore year JOHN HUMENN The Journal News Amanda Cann, who has been dancing ballet since the age of three, could have added a celebration dance to her repertoire if she so desired. She's certainly had enough opportunities to practice. Cann, who never set foot on a track prior to her sophomore year, is among the section's elite hurdlers and currently holds Suffern's fourth-best mark all-time in the 55-meter hurdles. The senior is accomplished in ballet modern and jazz dance. She's the school's reigning champion in its elite self-defense tournament. She maintains a 3.87 cumulative average and is listed in Who's Who of American High School Students. Cann is also The Journal News Rockland Scholar Athlete of the week. With so much of her time devoted to dance, Cann was at first reluctant to come out for the track team. It took a year for Suffern coach Joe Biddy to per- powers bounds. Junior guard Andrew Williams contributed 18 points including six 3-pointers and nine steals. Hamilton finished with 29 steals and outscored Gould 64-19 in the second half. Manny Brown paced the Giants with 12 points including two 3-pointers. DOBBS FERRY 82, KEIO 69: At Dobbs Ferry, Santo Provenzano scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the host Doug Campana had 17 points and 10 assists while Cody Liebman pulled down 10 rebounds. Ray Delhay chipped in 11 points. . Keio's Kenji Okawa scored 17. NYACK 71, NANUET 46: At Na- nuet, Gerry McNair, Chantal Bien-Aimy and Alvin Carter combined for 53 points to lead the Indians. McNair led all scorers with 20 points. Chris McGrath paced the Golden Knights with 11 points. RAMAPO 72, NORTH ROCKLAND 58: At North Rockland, forward Wayne Holt scored 11 of his game-high 29 points in the third quarter to lead Ramapo in a - J ' ' ' i r ( v'v S - ( u o A - t ,v V - C jo rT - t . v - ra; Matthew BrownTht Journal Nwt ; New Rochelle's Joe Guccione is lied up by Pearl River's Ian Cervone during their 1 35-pound match at the . ' Shoreline Wrestling Classic in New Rochelle yesterday. Cervone advanced with a 4-1 decision. Matthew BrownThe Journal News Somers' Anthony Carozza defeats Clarkstown South's. Mike Colesanti in 3 minutes, 14 seconds. and Ardsley's Dan Fraszka (189) were eliminated. Ossining's John Ryan pinned Hernandez 1:30 into their opening-round match, while Scars-dale's Rob Matzkin finished Yannotti 37 seconds into the third period of their bout Truman's Antonio Colon pinned Fraszka at 3:22 of their SCHOLAR Amanda Cann School: Suffern Sport: Track Academics: 3.87 avg. ATHLETE suade her. "He asked me during my freshman year but I really didn't want to. I didn't play any sports but he told me that since I was a dancer, I would be a good hurdler," said Cann, 18, of Suffern. "I decided to get into it as a sophomore and it turned into something great" Like most things she tries, Cann was exceptional at the hurdles nearly from the start "The hurdles are usually the toughest thing to start with but her first trip down it was like she was doing it all her life," Biddy said. "By the end of the season, she had the fastest performance in the county." Cann was hooked. She attended an elite hurdlers camp each of the past two summers in her quest to be the best La. I il Soiitk League I-B game. Senior guard Kris Novelus had 15 points and junior guard Jacques Francois added 14 points, including four 3-pointers for the Gryphons, who ended North Rockland's 10-game winning streak. Senior forward Jean Fabien had 18 points and junior forward Bashiri Warren added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Red Raiders. PEARL RIVER 55, ALBERTUS MAGNUS 47t At Pearl River, the Pirates "shot 12-for-15 from the foul line, including 4-for-5 down the stretch to hold off the Falcons in a League II-C game. Tom Be-hrens and Jimmy Glackin shared team-high honors with 12 each for Pearl River. Matt Willock had 10 points while Kevin Hurley and Erik Svensson each added eight as the Pirates improve to 84, 2-0. Kieran Hayward led the Falcons with 20 points. SPRING VALLEY 69, CLARKSTOWN 52: At Spring Valley, Gerard Allen had 25 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks for the Tigers, who have won three straight match. Truman took the first-day lead, advancing nine wrestlers to amass 46 points. Fordham Prep and Pine Bush are tied for second with 36 points. Fordham Prep had eight wrestlers move on and Pine Bush seven. Newburgh and Ossining each has 34 points to sit in fourth. "This is good preparation for the sectionals and the states," Mullaney said. "The more competition, the better. In this tournament you get to wrestle guys from four different areas. "I figured the seeds could have gone either way, but I felt that I'd either be second or third. I think it's always better being the underdog." Coming into the tournament the consensus among the coaches was that the 152-pound weight class was the most difficult Mullaney, as he always does, comes out shooting from the opening whistle. He threw Greer down and in an instant turned "I'd really like to get great at running and become a better hurdler," said Cann, now a team captain. "I've had lot of fun doing it and then I started getting better at it and that made it even more fun because I could actually be good at something." Cann is being modest she's excelled in several endeavors. Last winter she was a member of Suffern's nationally-ranked 4 x 200 relay. She also took up the pole vault and shares the school record in that event Last spring, she led off Suffern's state-qualifying 4 x 100 relay. She's an accomplished dancer who has performed in for dance companies such as Coupe Dance Studio, the Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble and Tran-scen Dance. She spends upwards of 20 hours a week when rehearsing for a show. Two years after learning self-defense in a freshman gym class taught by Biddy, Cann won the school's championship tournament Biddy also got Cann to play golf. The results were predictable. "In a very short time, with close to a perfect swing, she pounds the ball 200 yards," Biddy 65-64 games. Greg Jean had 12 points, and 11 rebounds and Greg Pleet-1 er had six assists for the winners. Sophomore Tom O'Gara led Clarkstown with 17 points. , v GREEN MEADOW 69, CHAD SCIENCE 59: Adam Love scored 28 , points and collected 12 rebounds .'; to lead Green Meadow. Love ' went 9 for 12 from the floor. Luke Marlow added 11 points as Seth Wulsin and Jake Appleman each added eight points. STEPINAC 56, CARDINAL HAYES : 55: At Stepinac, center Steve : Poinsett scored a layup for Stepi- nac with 10 seconds remaining to lift the hosts. Poinsett combined for 18 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter including 11 rebounds. Cardinal Hayes had a chance to win but missed two foul shots with no time remaining on the clock. Andrew Marsh chipped in for Stepinac with 13 points and five assists as Brendan Burke; added four points and five assists. ; The Crusaders have won four in a " row after starting the season at 0-, 7. him tn his hark '. li a uic some as any uuicl match," said Mullaney of his' T4t .1 nnwMn nn nn ntt upeiung-ruunu win. nu jusi gu- ing 10 go out ana Deing aggressive. I'm not going to change.! Tomorrow is going to be good." . , ' Pearl River's Matt Homenick is in a similar situation at 140' pounds. . Homenick who is seeded ' uura rjenina a pair oi secuonai victors, Bethpage's Tom Paladino.: and Pine Bushs Shawn Wiley,,-respectively feels he is up tq ," the challenge, like Mullaney. "I've been practicing really hard," Homenick said. "I felt good now. I'm going to have a good ' night's sleep because I have a big', day ahead of me tomorrow." - , TJn:1. 1 1 1 .OA l . shoulder Evan Davis of Ardsley. '- "All of my matches are going to be tough, but I think it's great" he said. "What more could I ask for? I want to wrestle the good: w l touti o. x n-i uiat Alii xii wit same ballpark with them. said. "A local golf pro, Brad Ber- . ney, saw here and said she's the , real deal and that she should give , up everything and play golf." Cann also has an interest in art and is currently enrolled in an .' AP studio art class where she , does figure studies and sculpture. ' But for now, Cann would prefer to concentrate on track, a sport she plans to stay with in . college. She's already been ac-. cepted at Albany but is hoping to , attend Lehigh. "I'm looking into the sciences ' but I don't know where I want to; go yet I'm leaning toward health . medicine or maybe sports medi-, cine," Cann said. Whatever she chooses, Cann will do it right because, as she . says, "I have to be the best I can be in whatever I do." The Journal News Rockland , Scholar-Athlete of the Week program honors students for their academic, athletic and "". community achievements. Each week a winner is selected from among the nominees submitted by ' athletic directors. Only seniors can be nominated and the award can only be won once. 1 Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday for consideration , for that week.