Congratulations to Cadets Roberta Bjornman, Saule Kaupyte, Zuzanna Kulinska, and Isabel Sanchez on their McDonald’s All-American nominations for this year. Great job cadets!
On Sunday, 1/6, while many of the cadets were moving back into their dorms, the NYMA Boys Varsity Basketball team was down in Baltimore, MD and it was not for the Ravens playoff game. They were in town to renew a historic athletic rivalry with Admiral Farragut from St. Petersburg, Florida (formerly from New Jersey).
The game was played at the famous Under Armor House in Baltimore which was formerly the Carmelo Anthony Gym. It was truly a test of two heavyweights as the “Little Army/Navy Game” rivalry was restored. Admiral Farragut struck first but NYMA responded with a 3-point field goal from Josh Antoine.
Just like two heavyweights, the two teams traded baskets and continued to feel each other out. Admiral Farragut went into the half with a five point lead, but the Knights came out in the third quarter looking to take over. It was a great game…up and down, back and forth action for all four quarters.
In the end the Knights would eventually fall by the score of 60-67. Admiral Farragut would bring home the coveted Founder’s Cup Trophy which was donated by NYMA Alum Joseph Mele.
Zamere McKenzie led NYMA in scoring with 19 points. This was the Knights’ first loss of the season as they drop to 4-1 overall. However, it was an amazing game that showed great sportsmanship and respect between two schools that have a rich tradition of competition.
There were many alumni on hand for both schools. After the game the two teams went out to lunch together and had a chance to talk with some of the alumni before heading back to campus.
Now that the cadets have settled back in, winter athletics are in full-swing. Tonight our Cheerleaders, Boys JV, Boys Varsity, and Girls Varsity Basketball teams will all head to Marvelwood for a triple-header which should make for a fun night. On Saturday the three teams are in action again as they are all at home. Boys JV Basketball will take on Woodstock at 1:00 pm. Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball will have a HVAL double-header versus Darrow. The girls will play first at 2:30 pm and the boys game will follow at 4:00 pm. The Knights Varsity Wrestling team is also in action on Saturday as they head to Loomis Chaffe.
The New England Recruiting Report is teaming up with Coaches vs. Cancer to coordinate fundraisers with schools in hopes of raising $25,000 for the American Cancer Society.
NYMA will be participating and hosting a fundraiser at Alumni Gym on January 26th during the Boys Varsity Basketball game against Springfield Commonwealth at 3:30 pm. Hope to see you there!
For more information, please visit: https://newenglandrecruitingreport.com/events/coaches-vs-cancer-classicNYMA Basketball 2019 revised
Boys Varsity Basketball:
Saturday, 12/1 – The NYMA Boys Varsity Basketball team had its last scrimmage before kicking off the new season. They traveled to West Point Prep and played in an awesome environment! NYMA lost 78-92 but they played extremely hard. Xavier Gibbs led the Knights with 36 points and Zamere McKenzie added 15 as well.
Sunday, 12/2 – Boys Varsity Basketball (1-0) opened up their season traveling to New Lebanon, NY to take on the Darrow Ducks in a HVAL matchup. The Knights would go on to win by the score of 91-37. NYMA was led by Jaylen Davis with 23 points. Also contributing for the Knights were Josh Antoine and Xavier Gibbs who each had 14 points. Jalen Ricks finished with 11 points and Zamere McKenzie had 10.
The boys have a big week as they host NEPSAC power, St. Thomas More, tomorrow. They will then travel to the Bronx on Friday to take on Our Savior Lutheran in the City Legends College Showcase Event being played at historical St. Raymond’s High School.
Boys Junior Varsity Basketball:
Saturday, 12/1 – The NYMA Boys Junior Varsity Basketball team opened up the season by beating Storm King at home by the score of 58-14. Coach Mario Espinoza (pictured right) made sure the team was well prepared and ready to play!
Wednesday, 12/5 – The JV Basketball team played away at Woodstock Day School. The Knights won by the score of 75-32 and Eric Veidemanis led all scorers with 21 points. Cadet Justin Bonsu scored 18 points with 7 assists while Cadet Jakai Lester had a monster game grabbing 17 rebounds. Cadet Harrison Jones pitched in 13 points. The JV Boys will host St. Thomas More tomorrow.
Girls Varsity Basketball:
Wednesday, 12/5 – the NYMA Girls Varsity Basketball team led by Coach Scott Alvarez tipped off the season at home against Chase Collegiate. The girls played a remarkable game winning by the score of 94-52. Cadet Zuzia Kulinska led all scorers with 37 points while Roberta “Tessa” Bjornman added 20 points. Cadet Dominyka Paliulyte scored 16 points, Isabel “Isa” Sanchez chipped in with 14, and Flera “Flo” Vinerte had 7. Also contributing was our Cheerleading Captain Gianna Whritenour who happens to be one of the best athletes in the school. She agreed to help the team out while theyare dealing with some injuries and she did a terrific job coming off the bench in the win.
Boys Modified Basketball:
Thursday, 12/6 – The NYMA Boys Modified Basketball team led by Coach Anthony Bailey defeated Oakwood Friends Academy by the score of 37-12. All of our young cadets played well and made NYMA proud. They also enjoyed some McDonald’s after the game and I heard they ate about 100 chicken nuggets led by Cadet Duke Liu.
Saturday, 12/8 – Coach Tom Roselli and the NYMA Wrestling team will kick off their varsity campaign as they travel to Marvelwood for the Skiff Mountain Shuffle. The team is excited to hit the mats and get their season off to a positive start. We are extremely happy to have these young cadets represent NYMA by bringing back a rich and proud tradition of wrestling here at the Academy.
The Girls Volleyball team played host to Storm King on Friday, 10/19, to kick off the Homecoming festivities. It was an exciting match through and through as Storm King defeated our Lady Knights in four sets 3-1. Scoring went as follows: Game 1: 23-25, Game 2: 7-25, Game 3: 25-14, Game 4: 24-26.
On Saturday, 10/20, the NYMA Soccer team defeated Springfield Commonwealth Academy in the first Homecoming competition of the day. The Cross Country meet followed with the Knights finishing 3rd overall. The following cadets earned medals: Matthew Montes (2nd) and Karif Isaacs (8th). Montes ran a personal best finishing the 3-mile race in 18:01. This is 14 seconds faster than his last record and he did it this time recovering from a sprained ankle. We are also extremely proud of cadets Alex Deluccia and Justin Bonsu who finished just outside the top-10 in 11th and 12th place. Great job!
On Monday, 10/22, the Girls Volleyball team played Marvelwood. Our Lady Knights won in a 3-game sweep (Game 1: 25-16, Game 2: 25-15, Game 3: 25-15). Also on Monday, the NYMA Soccer team (4-10 Overall, 2-5 HVAL) traveled to Darrow and lost by the close score of 2-3. Cadet Mickey Urso and Cadet Jeannot Basima scored the NYMA goals. The soccer game this past Saturday (10/27) against Harmony Christian was canceled due to the rain.
Wednesday, 10/24, the Girls Volleyball team traveled to Poughkeepsie Day School where they played a very competitive series winning in another 3-0 sweep (Game 1: 25-20, Game 2: 25-22, Game 3: 26-24). The Cross Country team also competed that Wednesday at Marvelwood in an HVAL race. The team was a little banged up and a few runners did not race but overall, they did a solid job. Cadets Donovan Green, Alex Deluccia, and Justin Bonsu all finished in the top-30. The boys are off until next Wednesday when they head to Oakwood Friends Academy for the HVAL Championships. They will be resting up and getting both physically and mentally ready to compete. We hope to see a few of the cadets earn some medals. We also hope to see Cadet Matthew Montes repeat this year as league champion. Good luck and go Knights!
This past Saturday, 10/13, our NYMA Soccer team (HVAL 2-4) traveled to Storm King and lost 1-9 to a very strong and well coached team. The NYMA Cross Country also traveled Storm King for a meet that day and junior cadet Matthew Montes finished in 2nd place while fellow junior cadet Karif Isaacs finished in 9th place.
On Monday, 10/15, the NYMA Varsity Soccer team hit the road again as they traveled to the Harvey School. NYMA lost a hard-fought game to a talented Harvey squad by the score of 0-4. This kicked off a busy week for us here on campus as we began to gear up for Homecoming this weekend. We have numerous festivities planned on campus and each day should bring something new.
Tuesday, 10/16, our Lady Knights Volleyball team took the court for the first time this year. They faced the defending HVAL champions, Faith Christian, and the girls did the school proud. They had a bunch of fan support from members of the Soccer and Cross Country teams as well as the faculty and administration. It was a great day for NYMA. The girls gave it their all but unfortunately lost to Faith Christian (20-25, 14-25, 9-25). They have been working hard and it will take them a little time and confidence to come together as a team. Over the next three weeks we hope they have some fun and make a run in the playoffs.
The Volleyball team jumped right back on the horse as they traveled to Oakwood Friends Academy on Wednesday, 10/17, for their second straight day of games. They won this match 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-14). The Lady Knights are now 1-1 Overall/HVAL.
Also on Wednesday, the NYMA Soccer team (3-9 Overall) hosted EF Academy from Westchester. NYMA lost by the score of 2-5. NYMA goals were scored by Cadet Mickey Urso and Cadet Jeannot Basima. The NYMA Cross Country team was also back on the course that day as they traveled to the Poughkeepsie Day School. The team was led by their young runners: 8th grade cadet Justin Bonsu and 9th grade cadet Alex Deluccia. The team had to deal with some injuries; they will rest up and come out on Saturday for Homecoming.
We also had a pretty intense week on campus with our Intramural Program as we had a 4-team Flag Football tournament amongst the cadets. The top-2 teams will battle it out for bragging rights in the championship game on the Quad today. Also taking place today, the Lady Knights Volleyball team will take on rival Storm King here at Alumni Gym to kick off our athletic contests for Homecoming Weekend! We will also have our annual pep rally and bonfire later tonight where we will give out our Athlete of the Month Awards.
Saturday will be a jam-packed day as we have Parent/Teacher Conferences and then a nice BBQ lunch before our teams are in action again. Soccer will kick off at 3:00 pm as they host Springfield Commonwealth Academy and the Cross Country races will start at 3:30 pm. Our last Homecoming event will be a kickball game amongst the Corps of Cadets that will begin at 4:00 pm.
The Lady Knights returned to the volleyball court on Tuesday at home against Faith Christian. They were all smiles as they gave it their all against FCA. Although they came up short against the 3-time defending HVAL Champs, it was a huge first step to bringing back a great program. Congratulations and good luck this season! Go Knights!!!
On Wednesday, October 10th the NYMA Knights Soccer team (3-6 overall, 2-3 HVAL) played host to Woodstock. The game was a great outing as Cadet Jeannot Basima finished with four goals. Basima really made an impact on the game as did the following cadets: Thapelo Shika, Remy Sykes, Bob Weng, and Zamere McKenzie. They each scored goals resulting in an 8-4 NYMA victory. Our young goaltender, Cadet Felix Fan, had a great learning experience and is still acclimating himself to the position. Senior Cadet goalie Bill He took over and put NYMA in a great position to win the match.
Also on Wednesday, the NYMA Cross Country team was in action but this time they had home field advantage as they hosted an HVAL Invitational meet. It was a great competition and the overall field consisted of 100 runners. The schools that were in attendance were Storm King, Faith Christian Academy, Poughkeepsie Day School, Marvelwood, Oakwood Friends, Harvey, EF Academy, Woodhall, and Woodstock. Junior Cadet Matthew Montes stole the show once again coming in 1st place for the third straight meet. Cadet Karif Isaacs finished in 9th place and freshmen Cadet Alex Deluccia finished in 10th. Cadets Xavier Gibbs (20th), Josh Antoine (22th) and Justin Bonsu (30th) all finished in the top 30. The Knights had a nice team showing as well as they came in 2nd place overall out of the ten schools who competed.