North Basketball: Rams vs. Nanuet

by Kyle Unger

Game #3 vs. Nanuet
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Following their loss to Albertus Magnus Catholic High School on Friday, December 7th, the Clarkstown North Rams hosted the Nanuet Golden Knights. Although the Knights were not seen as such huge competition, Coach Daniel Goldberg explained to his players that they shouldn’t take this game lightly. The Rams came out with the great intensity on all cylinders in the first half. Once Clarkstown North established a comfortable lead, they never looked back. The Rams charged to a 60-43 victory over Nanuet for their second win on the season. Junior Sal Barbetto scored 19 and senior captain Zac Jarrett had 14 of his own; along with senior captain Vincent Lleshaj grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds. Friday, December 14th, Clarkstown North will be hosted by the Nyack Indians. Nyack has had some new players come from St. Joe’s, so they have a much better team this year. Come and support the Rams!


North Basketball: Rams vs. Monroe-Woodbury

by Kyle Unger

Game #1 vs. Monroe-Woodbury
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Hello basketball fans! The 2012-13 season has officially began for Head Coach Dan Goldberg and the Rams of Clarkstown North High School. The Rams hosted the Monroe-Woodbury Crusaders. Starting for the Rams were seniors Vincent Lleshaj, Zac Jarrett, Brendan Hendrickson, Christopher Boddy, and junior Salvatore Barbetto. After finishing with a losing record last year, the Rams only hope to get better with their new and improved team and captains: Lleshaj, Jarrett, and fellow senior Connor Coppola, a role player.

The ‘new and improved’ Clarkstown North basketball team consists of eight returning players: seniors Connor Coppola, Josh Sharan, Steve Bardio, and the four starting seniors (Lleshaj, Jarrett, Hendrickson, and Boddy). The two returning juniors are Barbetto and Stav Gershonovitz.

For the newcomers, the list consists of juniors Matt McMullin, Zach Silverman, Jeremy Becker, and Chukuka Emili. There are two sophomores present on the Varsity team who made huge impacts on Junior Varsity for their freshman season to allow them to impress Coach Goldberg, Plaskett, and Amparo. Laurent Louis and EJ Smith have wowed the coaches enough to be given a chance to play Varsity basketball for Clarkstown North.

The Rams had lost four players from last year. Ethan Santore, who currently studies Pre-Dental at Stony Brook University in Long Island, was the one and only senior from last year’s squad. Unfortunately, Santore does not play for the Stony Brook team. Three juniors on the team, who are now seniors, are not returning for the 2012-13 season because of personal reasons.

With the home court advantage, the Rams took the upper hand in the first quarter. Dressed in all white, the audience really got engaged right away. The Rams were too much for the Crusaders in the first half, as Clarkstown North charged to a 37-24 lead going into the second half.

The North Rams came out with twice as much intensity in the second half than the first. With the crowd still chanting loud for their school, the Crusaders were overwhelmed by the noise in the main gymnasium. Zac Jarrett’s 18 of his 24 points were from behind the arc. Sal Barbetto had 21 points of his own. For their home opener, the Rams stormed to a 74-43 victory. It was a great win for Coach Goldberg and his Rams as they get ready for their next game on Friday, December 7th at Albertus Magnus Catholic High School against the Falcons. Come and support your school!


Rams Football: Season Summary

by Kyle Unger

For the 2012 season, the Clarkstown HS North Rams have ended the regular season in up tempo. With a well deserved record of 5-2, the Rams hope to be participants in the playoffs. The only losses the Rams had suffered were both at home against Ramapo and across-town rival Clarkstown HS South.

Clarkstown North players have had some casualties along the way: for instance, senior Center Mike Lembo with a high-ankle sprain, senior Wide Receiver and Cornerback Connor Coppola with a season-ending back injury, senior Running Back and Safety Ricky Straniere with a separated shoulder, sophomore Linebacker James Valle with a shin injury, and senior Defensive End and Tight End Anthony Termine with a serious back injury. With new senior Kicker Andrew Seid, coach Joe Trongone was a little skeptical about the amount of reps Seid would get in games. For a first season off of soccer and assuming the role as kicker for the Rams, he stepped up big some tight situations.

Senior Quarterback Frankie Regalbuto has had a very productive season both passing and rushing during crucial plays of the game. Seniors Billy DeLay, Eddie Ruckel, Ricky Straniere, and  Anthony Termine, along with standout junior Matt McMullin have been the backbone for the Rams’ offense. DeLay, Termine, Ruckel, and Straniere have been huge contributors on defense as well. Seniors Guido Porcelli, Jeremy Job, Josh Sharan, Michael Barkachy have been the help on defense to make big plays. Juniors Josh Dinkins, Christian Lugo, and sophomore James Valle have made the Rams’ defense a competitive one this year.

Clarkstown North’s Special Teams has been the only aspect of their team that has been criticized and in need of improvement. North’s Special Teams was tested against Ramapo for their first loss of the season. With severe editing, coach Trongone brought out a better team. The Rams won the next week against the undefeated Carmel, who wound up losing their next couple of games to end the season. It was a huge turnaround for the Rams’ season.

The hardest part for the coaches is to see their star seniors graduate. The big question for the 2013 season is, “Who will be the quarterback?” The Rams are losing an enormous portion of their starters and an even bigger loss in passion. There are just some players that you can’t replace as far as effort, enthusiasm, and pride. That’s what makes Trongone a great coach. He’s capable of finding the right players to replace graduating seniors…and make it work. Coach Amparo, Ferreri, Benvenuto and Rubino help to that effect by pushing these student-athletes in practice to increase performance in games.

Clarkstown North believes in its football program as much as the coaches and players do. From double and triple sessions in the long-brutal summer to the cold winter days of the last couple of minutes in the final game, the North pride never ceases.

The Rams will be playing two more games and the next is on Saturday, October 27th at Mahopac. Yes, the Rams did not officially make the playoffs this year because of a couple more teams with better records, but that doesn’t mean the spirit here is dead! Come and support your Rams and your seniors as they play for their last year few high school football games. There’s no reason to lower the North pride!