I have a few links to share from the last two days.
— First, today was the first boys basketball notebook. It included the following items:
• The Mayfields. Spencer Mayfield was elated on Saturday, when he had the special honor of presenting his son, Spencer Jr., with the MVP after Nanuet beat Sleepy Hollow at the Harry Jefferson Showcase. As I write in the notebook, the elder Mayfield is probably not known for his emotional outbursts — unless a turnover or shoddy screen leads to an eruption — but he said the moment had him choked up. The coach never gets an opportunity to watch his son play, and certainly not for an entire game. He really seemed to appreciate the opportunity. So did his son.
• Briarclif’s turning point. I checked in with first-year coach Brendan Coxen after his Bears pulled off one of the upsets of the young season by winning at Byram Hills. Coxen thought the season actually changed the Saturday before. His team was drubbed on its home floor by Tappan Zee, but Coxen said the game taught his players just how hard they had to play to beat a good team. A few days later, they proved it was a lesson learned.
• Mount Vernon opener picture perfect. Finally, the area’s top team will open tomorrow at home against Gorton. The game tips at 4:15, but the school will honor last year’s Federation champs by posting a team photo on the wall. It will be the fifth such photo on the wall, joining Bob Cimmino’s 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2007 state champs.
— Sunday’s main story from the Jefferson Showcase focused on Iona Prep’s win over Peekskill. The win moved the Gaels to 6-0 after a season that saw them advance deep into the playoffs but post a disappointing 12-13 record. Coach Vic Quirolo and his players made it clear they had higher expectations heading into the new season, and they’ve met them. Now, outside of dates against All Hallows and New Rochelle, Iona could be looking at an unbeaten season. Stay tuned…
Also, it was interesting just how frustrated I found Lou Panzanaro after Peekskill’s loss. You could tell he was not only annoyed at some of the late mistakes, but optimistic about the future. He thinks the Red Devils can be very good if they find some consistency. That’s something to keep an eye on…
— If you live in Wesetchester or Putnam, you didn’t get a chance to read about Friday’s thorough 68-33 victory for Tappan Zee over Pearl River. We ran the story in Rockland, and it underscored just how dominant the Dutchmen were in victory.
George Gaine switched up the offense in the four days leading up to the game. The switch worked, spurring his team to a 19-0 lead in the first quarter. It doesn’t get much better than that.
— In case you missed it, two seniors have closed in on personal milestones.
• Tappan Zee’s Pat Peterson is 13 points shy of 1,000 for his career. He goes for the mark at 7 on Tuesday night at rival Pearl River.
• Eastchester’s Dave Solano is 32 shy of 1,000. The Eagles draw Lincoln at home on Wednesday at 4:15 p.m.