Congratulations to Senior Zamere McKenzie who was selected as a nominee to this year’s McDonald’s All-American High School Basketball Team.
On Saturday, 1/20, the Varsity Basketball Team was back in action after a month off and some weather-related cancellations. NYMA (5-2) played host to a very talented Springfield Commonwealth Academy team. NYMA won by a score of 75-69. The Knights were led by Zaahir Woody who finished with 33 points. Zamere McKenzie and Brandon Evans added 11 points each while Josh Antoine had 9. Will Mayfield and Jalen Ricks had 6 points each.
NYMA Wrestling kicked off their season on Saturday, 1/20, at Loomis Chaffe. Overall it was a good day for the young Knights who won four and lost six. Eighth-grader Nathan Kratman won both his matches, sophomore Matthew Montes won one match, and Freshmen Kobe Parker won one match as well.
On Monday, 1/22, The Varsity Basketball team (6-2) traveled to Marvelwood for a HVAL game. NYMA won impressively by the score of 78-30. The Knights were led by Zaahir Woody with 19 points, Zamere Mckenzie added 13 points, Josh Antoine had 12, Will Mayfield and Brandon Evans had 9 points each, Karif Isaacs had 7, and Nigel Petti-Fernandez finished with 4 points. Jalen Ricks, David Pinto-Ricardo (in his first career start), and Mickey Urso each had 2 points as well.
On Wednesday, 1/24, we had a busy day at NYMA as JV Basketball hosted Upper Room Christian from Long Island, Varsity Basketball hosted Oakwood Friends, Bowling had its first matches of the season, and last but not least, Wrestling had a multi-event at Avon Old Farms. There they competed against Woodhall, AOF, and Taft.
JV Basketball lost to Upper Room Christian by a score of 76-68. Remy Sykes and Bob Wang led the team in scoring with 8 points each.
Varsity Basketball beat Oakwood Friends 73-26. NYMA was led by Zaahir Woody who finished with 23 points. Other cadets who chipped in included Branden Evans, Zamere McKenzie and Karif Isaacs with 12 a piece while Will Mayfield added 8 points. Jalen Ricks finished with 7 points and 10 assists.
The Bowling team’s first match of the season was versus Storm King. We bowl the best 2 of 3 games and Storm King came out hot winning game one 146-80. But Games 2 and 3 were won by NYMA giving us a big first win over Storm King (Game 2: 74-65, Game 3: 107-65). Notable players in this match were Adam Sun and Simon Lin who threw clutch shots to secure a NYMA victory for this first big match. NYMA’s second match was against Faith Christian Academy. NYMA beat FCA in game one 80-53, but games 2 and 3 were won by FCA (77-60, 94-76). We tried our best, but came up short in the end. The next match is at Pat Tarsio Lanes on Wednesday, 1/31 at 3:00pm if anyone would like to come watch!
On Wednesday, 1/24, the NYMA Wrestling Team participated in its second JV Jamboree of the season. The wrestlers traveled to Avon Old Farms School to wrestle The Taft School, Avon Old Farms, and Woodhall School. The Knights finished the day 5-5-1. Mr. Roselli was very proud of the way the team wrestled and continues to see improvement as the year progresses. This is a rebuilding year for the Knights. This year’s team members are Matthew Montes (team captain), Jamel Pauletta, Donovan Green, Tim Deluniversita, Kobie Parker, Nathan Kratman and Daniel Geng. The Knights have four more matches left on their schedule.