Ridgefield edges Yorktown today at the Daniel Hand preseason tournament.
West Islip downs Darien in a round-robin scrimmage.
Somers enjoys a strong showing at the New Fairfield Shootout.
What does it all mean? Now, we’ll know.
Because in a matter of days, teams from Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess will be joining Nassau by playing actual games. (Fairfield will follow next week.) These games will give us a clear indication if many of these preseason scores proved to be any accurate measure at all.
This much is certain. It’s not the scores that matter in the preseason, it’s the level of intensity and the signs that emerge for the potential for success down the road.
Those are things a couple of first-year coaches Somers’ Lew Janavey and Horace Greeley’s Vin DeGregorio were especially mindful of today at the New Fairfield Shootout.
Janavey is the longtime former assistant coach at Lakeland/Panas who also had stops at Fox Lane and Edgemont. DiGregorio, a former Yorktown High standout, was assistant at Put Valley. Now, both are getting their first shots as varsity head coaches.
And that means establishing their systems and realizing that the players won’t pick everything up overnight.
It’s a process.
And so far, at least, the results have been encouraging.
Janavey’s Tuskers showed marked improvement at yesterday’s New Fairfield Shootout from their performance at last weekend’s Red/Gray Shootout.
During that event, Janavey was imploring his players to make the hustle plays and get to ground balls.
Yesterday, the Tuskers not only did that but played with passion and purpose and plenty of spirit. There was an array of hard hits dished out by Somers players throughout the day especially by the team’s core of football players, including Matt Deiana, Rob Lombardo, Erik Pfiffner, Greg Petre, Dylan Haas, John Bello, Colin Tullgren, Joe Marasco and Christian Smith.
Somers’ offense, which at time relies too heavily on the talents of the Syracuse-bound Marasco (the eighth-ranked senior in the nation), was more balanced too.
It was also an encouraging day for DeGregorio and his Quakers.
Already the Quakers appear to have mixed good chemistry and cohesion a process that often takes weeks or months. And that’s if it ever happens at all.
In Greeley’s case, the process may have been expedited by the fact that the team’s identity on the field is pretty clear. The Quakers, you see, are a defensive-oriented team.
In 6-foot-3, 160-pound junior Hunter Bastian (a promising Division I prospect) and seniors Ben Litwak and Derek Katchis, the Quakers have one of the best close units in the section.
The offense needs to make some strides, but Hofstra-bound senior Jordan Fried and classmate and fellow attackman Burke Anderson and senior midfielder Jason Kerstein are a good group to build upon.
And building is exactly what DeGregorio and Janavey are looking to do.
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