It was a historic season for Pleasantville High School last year.
The Panthers advanced to the Section 1 (N.Y.) title game for the first time in school history. Pleasantville fell to three-time Class C sectional champ Bronxville 15-9 to end the season 15-5. Pleasantville advanced to the final by pulling out a dramatic 9-8 win over perennial Section 1 power Hendrick Hudson.
Igniting Pleasantville’s offense during its groundbreaking run was crafty attackman Brendan Halloran.
The Skidmore College-bound senior is one of the premier playmakers in the Hudson Valley.
Now, here are Brendan’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
Our team has been playing indoor up at Brewster every Wednesday night, lifting throughout the week, and we will be starting speed and agility training at Velocity after Christmas break. We also hold captains’ practice out on the turf a few times a week as well.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
I think we have a very well-rounded schedule this year and I am looking forward to playing everyone in our league as well as Put Valley, Mahopac, Somers and Mamaroneck. We are also scrimmaging Brewster, Fordham Prep and John Jay to prepare for the season.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Jack Drillock started for us as a freshman last year and we expect him to help lead our defense and push the ball in transition. We are all very confident that Jack is poised for a huge year.
Dante Bolla is another defender who will step into a big role this year and help anchor our defense.
Additionally, senior Austin Tomasetti has been one of our hardest workers this off season and is going to be a key player for us.
Last, Baylor Rosenbaum will go from a role player at attack last year to one of our main options. He is a great overall player and is always hustling.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Our offense will definitely be the strength of our team. We return the majority of our starters from last year, however, I think our defense is going to surprise people with their stick skills and lacrosse IQ.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
Rye, Horace Greeley, Fox Lane, Byram Hills and Harrison are all great teams and I think that every team is a contender for the league. We are all very familiar with each other and I truly believe that the league is up for grabs.
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