Pel Mel Winter Sports Update

Sam Plunkett, Co-Web Manager, Sophomore

At the dawn of a new winter season, many have high expectations for our teams given their playoff history. Those expectations have been met with mixed results.

Ice Hockey

The Pelham varsity hockey team (PVP) started out a little rocky this season, following their championship season last year. With an overall record of 2-5-3, the team hasn’t had the most auspiciousbeginning, but there is still plenty time to salvage their sluggish start. This year the team welcomed many new players including seniors Alexander McLean and Devin Alvarez who have both proven to be essential assets on the ice. Many of the players on the team are veterans from last year’s championship team, who bring a much needed familiar charisma to the team.

Ed Witz, PVP’s head coach, said “The team is now heading into the stretch getting prepared for the playoffs. We’ve played a grueling schedule to date with five losses all to Division 1 state ranked teams. We need to develop more consistency on offense but the team has turned the corner and has played well lately.”
The ice hockey team had a big win against rival team Rye in which senior captain Drew Montanarella had a hat trick which led the team to victory. Also Christain Mortfit scored his first career goal against Scarsdale on January 15th combining with Timmy Solomine to defeat the Raiders 2-1.

Boys Basketball

The boys varsity basketball team looks to rebound off of an impressive season last year with the of experienced returners. Since the start of the season, the boys have maintained a record of 7-3. Junior Bruno Barbosa has consistently stood out on the court, dominating the hoop. The team started off their season at Irvington, winning an opening tournament by defeating both Dobbs Ferry and Sleepy Hollow. Danny Friedman and Bruno Barbosa, two of Pelham’s star players, were named to the All Tournament Team. Coach Finegan commended both Friedman and Barbosa for their leadership and dynamic scoring skills.

Girls Basketball

Off to a electrifying start, Pelham’s varsity girls basketball team holds an overall record of 7-3, looking to make a league comeback after being defeated in playoffs last year. Juniors Samantha Volpe and Lauren Kuster have been major factors to the team’s fast start. In their season-opening tournament, Pelham was able to win the first game by outscoring Suffern 44-29, but fell to Masters in the second game. The girls hope to defeat the talented teams in their league and stretch their post-season run.

Track and Field

Pelham’s boys and girls winter track and field team has gained popularity over the years consistently attracting so many new faces. It was not surprising that the team has prevailed as one of the best in the area. On December 17, the team participated in their first ever national meet at the Ocean Breeze Complex on Staten Island. Pelham had two top five finishes. Freshman Atiba Alexander finished fifth in the freshman boys long jump and senior Lorenzo Bertuccioli finished fifth in boys varsity triple jump.

Junior Henry Driesen, one of this year’s team captains, said, “The track team is really outperforming our expectations and we’re benefiting from lots of newcomers.”

Boys Swimming

This year, 18 boys from PMHS came together to form Pelham’s first Varsity Boys Swim Team. So far, the new team has participated in six meets securing a 5-2 record. Some stand-out swimmers include sophomores Dylan Nordstrom and Lance Brady who have performed exceptionally well during meets. The boys swim team is proving to be a force to be reckoned with. This new team is becoming one of Pelham’s powerhouses with an impressive start to their winter season.