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THE WEEK THAT WAS – OCTOBER 19-25

Athlete Of The Week, Top Performers, We’re Tawkin’ Here!, Dot Dot Dot, And the TT5

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 to SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25
Welcome to Hudson Valley Sports Report’s weekly superlatives.

Every week we will honor various student-athletes who stood out from the week before, including naming our Athlete of the Week; a list of Top Performers; a chat with an athlete or coach for We’re Tawkin’ Here!; Dot, Dot, Dot is a series of quick thoughts separated by, uh, three dots; and Thomaselli’s Top Five, or the TT5, is the legendary feature of eclectic observations that date back more than 30 years to Rich’s debut as a sportswriter.

NOTE: If you wish to nominate an Athlete of the Week or Top Performer, email rich@hudsonvalleysportsreport.com. We do not do a vote as they are easily manipulated, often become a popularity contest and at times are not representative of the achievements on the field.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

WARREN BANKS, BEACON BOYS SOCCER – The Bulldogs got themselves a top-notch striker. Warren put five in the back of the net last week, leading Beacon to a 6-1 victory over Peekskill in a league game. Making it sweeter? It was Beacon’s Senior Night.

TOP PERFORMERS

* VIOLETA FRANCESE, KETCHAM FIELD HOCKEY – A week after scoring a career-high three goals in a 3-3 tie with Arlington, Vivi dropped another hat trick. This time it was three more goals in an 8-0 victory over Ossining.

* MEGAN HOWARD and BRIANNA FASOLINO, ARLINGTON FIELD HOCKEY – The Admirals already have a solid goalkeeper in sophomore Amanda Cimillo. Now imagine how difficult it is to penetrate that defense when you have players in front of her like Megan and Brianna, both of whom had goal-line saves in a 1-0 victory over John Jay.

* ASHLEY TRICARICO, JOHN JAY FIELD HOCKEY – Ash had her own little bash in a game against Carmel. She scored a career-high three goals, with the capper being the game-winner in a 4-3 league win over the Rams.

* JOE GALEANO, CARMEL BOYS SOCCER – Not your Average Joe. This one had nine saves as Carmel stunned Arlington, 2-0, behind its standout goalkeeper.

WE’RE TAWKIN’ HERE!

We spoke with new Carmel football coach Jimmy Nguyen prior to Monday’s announcement from Section1 that sport-specific off-season workouts could begin on Nov. 2.

On the Xs and Os: “Right now our plans as coaches are to simplify everything we have in our playbook so when we are able to practice it is easy for kids to comprehend.”

On the long delay that might lead to injury without enough time for workouts: “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned about their physical preparation. We are losing valuable time to prepare their bodies for football which is a rigorous sport and demands a lot out of your body.”

On the mental psyche of the team: “Players are definitely frustrated as they see other districts begin workouts and even teams in the Catholic league and states around us doing football activities.”

DOT, DOT, DOT
Good Lord, can we please get this election over with already?!? … It’s good that Section 1 is allowing sport-specific off-season workouts but we still need answers from the Governor’s office and the state Department of Health on the status of the high-risk sports … I get it, this pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime experience but one lesson learned from the pandemic is the inconsistency. For instance, Section 9 schools delayed all fall sports until the spring but were allowed to start off-season workouts on Sept. 21. But school superintendents have the final say and some decided their athletic programs could not start those workouts – which means some programs are now at a competitive disadvantage. Not good … That was a big, big win for Carmel boys soccer over Arlington last week. Good to see the team so competitive.

THOMASELLI’S TOP FIVE

5. Dinner out. For the first time in eight months I ventured out to actually have dinner inside a restaurant instead of picking it up or ordering delivery. A bit surreal.

4. Hate to tell you this but no matter who wins the World Series it’s a paper champion. 60-game season? No games against teams from two whole divisions in their league? Expanded rosters? Little to no travel? More like the Extended Spring Training Champ than World Series Champion.

3. When I covered Brian Griese as a senior, the year he led Michigan to an unbeaten record and a share of the national championship, I always knew he would be a great analyst. I learn something new from him every Monday night.

2. John Jay boys soccer. Still unbeaten. What sucks is no sectionals.  

1. Arlington Girls Soccer. Second straight win over Mahopac, the Admirals’ toughest rival.

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