I’m not picking one winner here. Too close to call. The kids from Carmel and Mahopac showed up in droves for a Wednesday night game at Brewster Ice Arena, then packed the place for a Friday night rematch. Look at the picture. There’s no place to sit. Everybody is standing. And both student sections come out and support hockey all season long. So it’s a tie, which happens in hockey.
Honorable mention: Suffern, Iona Prep, Scarsdale, White Plains
Most Philanthropic Team
It’s not even close. Rye. Hands down. The Garnets took part in the Polar Plunge at Playland, and with help from a very active booster group, ran a food drive to stock the Carver Center pantry and raised $4,000 for Memorial Sloan Kettering to fight cancer.
Honorable mention: Byram Hills, Mahopac, Somers/North Salem
The full-color booklet produced by John Jay this year is great, complete with a fun biography and head shot of every player.
Honorable mention: Rye, White Plains, Suffern
“Hurry up James. The lights are on at the golf course. There’s still time to hit a few balls.” – Scarsdale coach Jim Mancuso to standout forward James Nicholas on the way out of the rink following a December win over New Rochelle.
Honorable mention: “We’ll probably beat you the next game.” Nyack/Tappan Zee defenseman Matt Kowalchuk to Clarkstown forward Joe Tokarczyk following a 17-1 loss.
It has to be Suffern vs. Clarkstown, which ended in a 3-3 tie. I don’t care who was missing from the lineup, it was a fun watch. The atmosphere was great, too, with both schools filling the stands at Sport-O-Rama.
Honorable mention: I didn’t get to see the Friday Night Tie, but the first meeting, a 4-3 win by the Rams went back and forth right to the end. Great drama.