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!