The ‘Pac wants to get the title back.
Mahopac was denied a second straight Class A championship in Section 1 (N.Y.) last year when the Indians were upset 9-8 by Mamaroneck.
How do the 2013 Indians look entering what looks to be a wide-open race?
For more, we turn to Ross Thompson, who just wrapped up the boys basketball season as Mahopac fell to New Rochelle 47-42 in the sectional semifinals at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.
The 6-foot-1 righty, an attackman, is an effective distributor and dodger, as evidenced by his highlight reel. He will continue his lacrosse career at Connecticut College.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I personally was not able to do any of the workouts with my team because I played on the varsity basketball team. When I have free time, I’ve been keeping the stick in my hands as much as possible.
As for my teammates that don’t play a winter sport, they have been working out in the weight room every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They also have lacrosse workouts every Tuesday and Thursday.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule is tough this year but I am definitely looking forward to our league games against Lakeland/Panas, Somers, John Jay, Yorktown and I always like playing against Long Island power Northport.
I just got word from (Mahopac Head) Coach (Mike) Haddeland that we are going to have a tough scrimmage schedule which will include St. Anthony’s, possibly Chaminade and Niskayuna along with a three-way scrimmage against Scarsdale and Pleasantville.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think Aidan Hynes (Mahopac standout Brendan Hynes’ younger brother) is going to shock a lot of people this year because of his young profile getting some burn as a freshman at defensive midfield along with sophomore defender Max Littleton and junior midfielder Kyle Dillon.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think our strength will be our attack line, which includes our two returning starters, Tyler Weisberg and myself. We will also have a solid starting defensive unit with the Hynes brothers and Max Littleton. They will all offer lots of talent.
How do you view the race in your league and who do think some of the contending teams will be?
I think it will be an extremely competitive league this year because of many teams losing key seniors, but I don’t feel any team has an extreme edge over another. Mahopac, Lakeland/Panas, John Jay, Somers and Yorktown will always be competing in a close race to the finish.
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