Ah, one of the most-dreaded times of the year for students — the return from winter break.
Personally, I always hated that more than the first day of school because at least in the summer you had three months off and beautiful weather. The winter break is just long enough for you to enjoy, but just short enough to give you that, “Ugh, I have to go back,” feeling.
We have a full schedule on hand today, including some really awesome contests. Nancy Haggerty will be covering Ossining at Harrison later tonight, but if you were thinking about swinging by one tonight, there are plenty worthy candidates to choose from.
The game to keep an eye on, in my opinion, in Peekskill-Mahopac. After a rocky start to the season, the Class A section champs have seemingly found their stride, winning the Slam Dunk Tournament to end the year. Mahopac gained some nice street cred after handing Beacon its first loss. With the home-court advantage and a very good student-support group (I see you, Mahopac Maniacs), this game has upset written all over it.
However, I told myself entering the Slam Dunk final: “If Peekskill wins, they’re for real.” The Red Devils won, and won somewhat handily. The key to beating Peekskill is keeping it off of the free-throw line. The team grew over the offseason and is big and not afraid to drive the lane and draw contact. If Rodney Headley Jr.’s girls can keep getting 15-20 free points a game, the Red Devils will be very successful. If you’re in the Mahopac area tonight, stop by.
UPDATE (5:00 p.m.): Peekskill-Mahopac has been postponed. No makeup date announced. … According to Jordan Griffith of MSG Varsity, it looks like Rye-Horace Greeley is also postponed. Please comment updates if you have any!
UPDATE (5:30 p.m.): All Brewster Central School District after-school activities have been cancelled. … Newburgh Free Academy at Pearl River has also been postponed.
Here’s the full schedule, along with my predictions:
Monday, January 6
Tuckahoe at Riverside, 4:15 p.m.
New Rochelle at Saunders, 4:15 p.m.
Hastings at Eastchester, 4:15 p.m.
Dobbs Ferry at Irvington, 4:15 p.m.
Yonkers Montessori at Solomon Schechter, 4:30 p.m.
Valhalla at Rye Neck, 4:30 p.m.
Blind Brook at Westlake, 4:30 p.m.
Hamilton at Croton-Harmon, 4:30 p.m.
Roosevelt vs. East Ramapo at Spring Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Pleasantville at Briarcliff, 4:30 p.m.
Bronxville at Pelham, 4:30 p.m.
Sleepy Hollow at Mamaroneck, 4:45 p.m.
Ossining at Harrison, 6:15 p.m.
Rye at Horace Greeley, 6:15 p.m.
Clarkstown North at Monroe-Woodbury, 6:30 p.m.
Peekskill at Mahopac, ppd.
Yorktown at Brewster, ppd.
Newburgh Free Academy at Pearl River, ppd.