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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rockland softball all-county: Pearl River's O'Flynn overcomes major roadblock, thrives

Congratulations to Hurricanes All County Athletes!

Other members of The Journal News first team include:


Vittoria Adams, North Rockland: Adams finished the season with a 14-4 record and a 1.14 ERA. She pitched 116 innings and struck out 131 batters. The senior was the catalyst in victories against Bethlehem, Mercy, and Pearl River.

Danielle DeStaso, Clarkstown North (GOLD): The undisputed leader of the Rams had another solid season and was named third-team all-state in Class AA. The senior had a .449 batting average with eight doubles, four home runs, and a .531 on-base percentage. In the circle, she was one of the best in Rockland County with a 1.14 ERA and 198 strikeouts.


Jamie DeGennaro, Pearl River (18U) : DeGennaro was a huge catalyst for the Pirates in their run to another Section 1 title. She batted .432 with 29 RBI, 11 doubles, three triples, and a .719 slugging percentage . The senior was named first-team all-state in Class A and second-team in the East Region.

First base

Meghan Richards, Albertus Magnus: Richards finished the season with a .479 batting average, 29 RBI, and 10 home runs. The senior did not commit an error at first base and was named fourth-team all-state in Class B.

Second base

Melissa Place, Albertus Magnus: Place had a solid year for the Falcons and helped the team to a Class B semifinals appearance . The senior batted .472 with five home runs and 25 RBI.


Aferdita Sinanaj, Tappan Zee (16U): Sinanaj, a sophomore, batted .437 for the season with a team-leading 31 RBI. She had six home runs, seven triples, and five doubles.

Third base

Ruby Silverstein, Clarkstown North (18U): The sophomore helped the Rams to a berth in the Class AA sectional semifinals. She batted .306 for the season with 10 RBI.


Sam McDonald, Clarkstown South (GOLD): The junior played well for the resurgent Vikings and was rewarded with an all-section nod. She had 28 hits, including three doubles, a triple and two homers, with 13 RBI. Her batting average was .418.

Kristyn Neroda, Pearl River (18U): Neroda was a major catalyst for the Pirates all season long from the top of the lineup. The junior batted .410 with 28 runs scored and 19 stolen bases.

Brianna Rivera, North Rockland: Rivera's .406 average included a .621 mark with runners in scoring position. She split time in the outfield and behind the plate. The senior, who had 25 RBI, was named third-team all-state in Class AA.


Colleen Pagnani, Tappan Zee(18U): Pagnani was a major senior leader of the Dutchies and was named Class A fifth-team all-state. The catcher batted .390 with a double, triple, home run and 12 RBI. She threw out 16 of 20 base stealers.

Coach of the year

Danielle Trainor, Clarkstown North: In her third year at the helm, Trainor guided the Rams to a 15-7 record, which was second best in Rockland County. The Rams lost to eventual state champion John Jay-East Fishkill in the sectional semifinals. It was the furthest they had gone since 2006.

Second team

P: Paulina Gutkin, Fr., Tappan Zee

C: Laura Brennan, Sr., Clarkstown North (18U)

1B: Amanda Cooper, Sr., Clarkstown North

2B: Dana Kurtti, Sr., Clarkstown South

SS: Gemma Mahoney, Sr., Pearl River (18U)

3B: Becky Leone, Jr., Nyack

OF: Kathleen Baker, Sr., Suffern

OF: Cassi Coyle, Jr., Tappan Zee

OF: Laura Marinello, Fr., Nanuet

Util: Regina Argenzio, Jr., Tappan Zee

Util: Tara Condon, Jr., Albertus Magnus

Util: Taylor Corretjer, Sr., North Rockland

Honorable mention

Lindsay Cohen, Sr., Suffern (18U); Nikki Cole, Sr., East Ramapo, Danielle DiModugno (14U), Fr., Nanuet; Carly Feuer (18U) , So., Clarkstown South; Amanda Hartigan, Jr. (18U), Pearl River; Destiney Jones, Sr., North Rockland; Nicole Leote, Jr., Pearl River; Madeline List, Sr., Albertus Magnus; Brittany Montana, Jr.(18U) , Clarkstown South; Brianna Nicosia, Jr. (18U), North Rockland; Chineyre Oti, So., Clarkstown North; Erica Ronda, Jr., Clarkstown North; Julianne Skrapits, Sr., Clarkstown South; Allison Tobias, Jr. (18U), Clarkstown South; Diana Tzanis, Sr.; Katie Wood, 8th, Suffern; Kim Yano, Jr., Albertus Magnus

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Palumbo (12U Black) and Guevarra (12U Black) in NY Little League State Tournament

About a month ago 12U Black won the NY State PONY championship. Now, Gabby "The Gabinator" Palumbo and Reese "Re-Re" Guevarra, both from 12U Black, are playing in the New York Little League State Tournament tonight at South Orangetown Little League. In addition to the Hurricanes, they both also play for the New City LL 11/12 yo All-Star Team. The New City 11/12 yo All Star team won District 18 and Section 4 to make it to the NY State tournament. 

This summer, Guevarra and Palumbo had a chance to have some friendly competition against some of their Hurricanes teammates in the Little League All Star tournament. New City played an epic 18-inning game against the defending 2010 11 year old NY State Champs Nanuet. The Nanuet team includes teammate Megan Sneeden (12U Black) and Mackenzie Johnson (12U Blue). Nanuet also played New City in the District 18 Finals. Teammates Alicia Bertolino andAmanda Schweitzer (12U Black) are on the Stony Point team New City played in the semi-finals of the winner bracket. Also on the Stony Point team are Jaclyn Onody and Paulina Dore (12U Blue).

The winner of the NY State tournament is crowned NY Little League State Champion and will go on to represent NY in Bristol, CT for the Little League Eastern Regionals. Teams represented at Eastern regionals NJ, PA, MD, DE, NY for Mid-Atlantic. CT, RI. MA, ME, VT for New England.

The winning team of the Regionals goes on to the Little League World Series.

This is Guevarra's 2nd time in the NY Little League State Championship. Guevarra was part of the New City 9/10 year old team that made it to the NY State finals two years ago.

New City plays Islip LL tonight @ 6PM. Winner plays Saturday @ 1130AM. Loser plays Friday @ 6PM.

Hurricanes on 2011 11/12 yo All-Star teams.

12U Black
Megan Sneeden - Nanuet All Stars 
Amanda Schweitzer - Stony Point All Stars
Alicia Bertolino - Stony Point All Stars
Deangie Jimenez - East Ramapo All-Stars (Baseball)
Reese Guevarra - New City All Stars
Gabby Palumbo - New City All Stars

12U Blue
Mackenzie Johnson - Nanuet All Stars
Paulina Dore - Stony Point
Jaclyn Onody - Stony Point All Stars
Ericka Vasti - Haverstraw All-Stars

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Friday, July 8, 2011

2011 All-State Hurricanes - Destaso, Lalli, O'Flynn, DeGennaro, Pagnani

Danielle Destaso (GOLD)

Congratulations to our All-State athletes selected by the New York State Sportswriters Association and Coaches Organization of Girls Sports'.

Year followed by position then name.

12 ..... P ..... Danielle Destaso (Clarkstown North)

12 ..... P ..... Katie O'Flynn (Pearl River)
12 ..... P ..... Janine Lalli (Eastchester)
12 ..... C ..... Jamie DeGennaro (Pearl River)
12 ..... C ..... Colleen Pagnani (Tappan Zee)

Katie O'Flynn (18U)

Janine Lalli (GOLD)

Jamie DeGennaro (18U)

Collen Pagnani (18U)

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

12U Black go 6-0 and sweep PONY North Atlantic Regionals

This past July 4th weekend the 12U Black managed by Kristen Sullivan went 6-0 and swept the PONY North Atlantic Regionals in Flemington, NJ. They played some very good teams from the region and showed they could win close games with 4 of the 6 games being decided by only one run. The formula they've used all season, good pitching, solid defense and timely hitting is what brought this team its 9th tournament championship this season. 

Megan Sneeden did a fantastic job as usual behind the plate shutting down any running game by throwing out six base runners attempting to steal. 

Gabby Palumbo and Taylor Sullivan made no errors and combined for over 50% of the putouts. 

In the first game on Saturday, Sarah Gunderson pitched a great game and helped her cause at the plate driving in the only 2 runs needed (2-1 win). Alicia Bertolino hit a grand slam in the 2nd game to help put that game away early. In the 3rd game Deangie Jimenez hits a HR for the go ahead run in the final inning (final score 3-2), for the 3rd win clinching the #1 seed for the Hurricanes. Nicole Spiegelberg had a nice defensive play in the outfield which saved a few runs.

On Sunday, in the quarterfinals Amanda Schweitzer in the final inning hit a walk off triple scoring Kelsey Oh from 1st base (final score 5-4).

In the semi-finals, pitcher Reese Guevarra with the help of some stellar defense behind her kept a very dangerous lineup at bay. Guevarra and Kelsey Oh contributed offensively with deep shots for ground rule doubles. In a 2-2 tie with 2 outs catcher Megan Sneeden knocks in Guevarra with a double in the bottom of the 6th to take the lead 3-2. Hurricanes close it out in the 7th for the win.

In the finals, big hits were had by Jimenez, Palumbo and Oh. Kelsey Oh also made a nice diving catch in left field to save runs from scoring and preserving the lead and the tournament win. 

Next stop for the Hurricanes 12U Black is PONY Nationals in Cary, NC.

Kelsey Oh was awarded the Tournament MVP.
Reese Guevarra was awarded Most Outstanding Pitcher for the tournament.