Sailor Strong: Fall Sports Recap

With a year filled with uncertainty and many tough decisions to be made, one of the topics of contention was high school sports. With the global pandemic wiping out the athletic spring season, student-athletes knew there was a chance that sports would not return immediately. However, on August 24, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that low-risk sports, such as field hockey, soccer, tennis, swimming, golf and cross-country, could resume practicing on September 21, and even play games. News 12 featured two Hendrick Hudson senior athletes in a story on the return of the fall sports season, Sarah Mandelkow (cross country) and Ryan Travis (football). 

Senior football player, Ryan Travis, on News 12.
Senior cross country runner, Sarah Mandelkow, on News 12.








As everyone was excited to have a season, the student-athletes were cooperative with the new routine of daily Covid forms, temperature-checking, and masks. Coaches made sure to inform the student-athletes of the new protocols and demonstrate proper mask etiquette. Athletes were required to practice with their masks on and maintain social distancing when possible. The new regulations didn’t dampen the coaches and student-athletes’ enthusiasm, thrilled as everyone was to be able to play at last.

Varsity Girls Soccer coaches DiNardo and Pagel.

With practice cancellations common due to COVID-19 risks, the student-athletes were grateful for every practice possible. Every minute of every practice, they worked as if it were their last, because it very well could be. The unpredictability of these times has fostered an environment of grateful and hardworking student-athletes.

The new regulations made it difficult to have a traditional game setup, but school spirit remained undamped. The home spectators were the only outsiders allowed to watch the games. However, the minimized crowd managed to be just as spirited, especially considering how well Hen Hud did during the fall season.

The Sailors did not stop dominating, even with the drastically different environments. Varsity Boys Cross Country placed third and Girls Cross Country won the Section One Putnam Northern Westchester Championship. Varsity Girls Tennis’s Nhat-Dinh Nguyen and Alyssa Margiotta placed as semi-finalists in the singles Regional Tournament. Varsity Girls Field Hockey’s Caroline Coronel was nominated for Field Hockey Player of the Week on lohud.

This year’s senior student athletes fought through the fall season with grace and determination. For Varsity Girls Field Hockey, Vanessa Rossi (left) and Caroline Coronel (right) lead their team through numerous victories and kept their team’s heads up high

For Varsity Girls Soccer, (from left to right) Kira Varada, Elizabeth McDowell, Evelyn Zhinin, Molly Gibson, Salena Salameh, Megan Abatemarco, Madison Gough, Alexandra Simonetti, Madison O’Hara, and Iliana Done celebrated their senior night during their first game and had a great season.

Cross Country Coach Bails checks temperatures before practice (L-R Marcia Bailey, Robert Arellano, Diana Alvarez, Thomas Barry).
Girls Varsity Tennis has a socially distanced talk with Coach Fredman.















Congratulations to all of our fall sports athletes!


Fall I Sports Stats:

Varsity Boys Soccer

Season Record 3-9; League Record 0-5; League Standing 3rd       

Giovanni Cardona – All League; All Section Hon. Mention

Luke O’Neill – All League 

Varsity Girls Soccer

Season Record 5-7; League Record 3-2; League Standing – 2nd      

Megan Abatemarco – All League hon. Mention

Sabrina Byrne –  All League hon. Mention

Kayla Cohen – All League hon. Mention

Katherine Couch – All League

Molly Gibson – All League

Madison Gough – All League hon. Mention

Lena Johnsen – All League

Elizabeth McDowell – All League

Madison O’Hara – All League; All Section hon. Mention

Alexandra Simonetti – All League hon. Mention

Kira Varada – All League; All Section

Varsity Field Hockey:

Season Record 5-6-1; League Record 2-5-1 

Caroline Coronel – All League Hon. Mention

Taeghan Dapson – All League; All Section Hon. Mention

Rowan Dapson – All League Hon. Mention

Alana Espinoza – All League Hon. Mention

Vanessa Rossi – All League Hon. Mention

Emma Schembari – All League Hon. Mention

Varsity Girls Tennis:

Season Record 6-3; League Record 6-2; League Standing 2nd      

Shannon Ellis – All League 

Isabella Gatto – All League

Katelyn Keefe – All League 

Lucy Mager – All League 

Paige Montgomery – All League 

Jordan Porter – All League

Marta Przybylowska – All League 

Colleen Ryan – All League 

Varsity Cross Country:

Girls –League Standing – 1st; Boys – League Standing – 3rd    

Diana Alvarez – All League

James DeFilippis – All League 

Braden Flinchbaugh – All League 

Daniela Lastras – All League hon. Mention

Sarah Mandelkow – All League; All County

Isolde McManus – All League; All County; All Section

Hannah Quigley – All League

Benjamin Ramirez – All League hon. Mention

Zoe Rose – All League; All County

Lindsey Tellez – All League

Isabella Zahl – All League hon. Mention