With today being the last day of “The Aughts,” a decade that sounds like it was named after a disease, Rick Carpiniello took a look back at the best in the decade that was in high school sports.
A few girls hoops items made the cut.
The best players? Brittany Shields, who won five Section 1 titles, played in two state finals, was named the Isabel Costa Award winner as a senior and snapped Haldane’s all-time scoring record. Yes, yes — not bad. Carp also gave some love to Amy Voelkel, Rebecca DiSisto and Rosemarie Fazio, the Lakeland trio that won two state championships (field hockey and basketball) and reached a third state final four (lacrosse) as seniors, or, as it could also be known, the greatest year of any athlete(s) in Section 1 history. Simply incredible.
The best teams? None quite made the list because no one dominated for the entire decade, at least no on par with Peekskill boys hoops, Hen Hud volleyball, New Ro football, Briarcliff girls soccer, etc. Had their been a category for best single-season teams or best multi-year runs, 2007 Lakeland would have to make the cut. The Hornets won a Class A state title and went undefeated. They could not have done better.
The best games? One of the best ever. Ossining 77, Mount Vernon 74 in 2004. Melissa Awerdick’s free throws. Dan Ricci’s bellyflop. They finally met again on the County Center floor five years later and MV returned the favor, but this 2OT thriller was really where the rivalry began. It still burns strong to this day.
Since there’s only so much love to go around in a column that covers so many sports, I wanted to expand the lists. Remember, I only hopped on board halfway through the decade, but I’ll take a look at the best of the best over the next three days: Players on Friday, teams on Saturday and games on Sunday, so stay tuned for that…