Here’s a quick look at where Nancy and I will be next week:
Monday, Jan. 27: Mount Vernon at Scarsdale, 6 p.m. — Mike Zacchio
Wednesday, Jan. 29: Briarcliff at Ardsley, 4:30 p.m. — Nancy Haggerty
Thursday, Jan. 30: Nanuet at Keio, 4:30 p.m. — Mike Zacchio
Saturday, Feb. 1: Rye Country Day at Rye, 12 p.m. — Mike Zacchio
The only day on here not set in stone is Thursday. I’m scheduled to be in the office, but I really want to see Rye Country Day and standout junior Tara Berger, so I’ll likely stop by before heading in. Other than that, all of the other games will be staffed by me or Nancy, barring another snowstorm or other act of Mother Nature.
I haven’t seen Mount Vernon since the very beginning of the season and I haven’t seen Scarsdale since its game against Suffern. In both events, both teams played well below par. Since then, Mount Vernon has had its moments, but has still struggled overall with its young roster. Coach Ayo Hart will have plenty of talent to work with in coming years, so this season will feature a lot of growing pains for the Knights. Scarsdale is looking shove itself into the Class AA conversation after rolling off a couple of victories. With Ossining, Clarkstown South and Lourdes standing out in the top class, it’s looking like Scarsdale will battle with Horace Greeley, New Rochelle, North Rockland and Ursuline for the final spot at the County Center.
We have not seen the Bears yet this season, but I’ve heard their a young, run-and-gun kind of team. One scout said the Bears, who started the season 4-0, are “no height, all speed,” so Ardsley should be a decent match. The Panthers don’t really have a plethora of height, either; mostly a lot of talented shooting guards. Briarcliff freshman guard Carly Fanelli should turn into an anchor for the Bears, while Ardsley has plenty of youth on its own end, highlighted by junior Casey Foley.
I’ll hit a crossover match between Nanuet-Keio, which is mostly my chance to scout the Unicorns. I saw Nanuet against Clarkstown South in the opening of the season and was impressed, overall. The Golden Knights look like a much more complete team from last year and could go on a run in the Class A section tournament, depending on what seed it draws. I have clue what to make of Keio. Its ranked by the state, as it has most of the season, but losses to Port Chester and Rye Neck don’t do the Unicorns any favors. It looks like Class C should come down to Keio and Haldane. I saw Hamilton against Rye, and its clear that the Red Raiders have a ways to go. Keio beat Hamilton by four on Friday, so I’ll finally get a chance to see if the Unicorns are worthy of its state rank and favorites to win Class C, or if the title is still up for grabs.