Player Spotlight: Maddie Plank

By Colby Cho and Andrew Kanovsky Volume 68, Issue II The Player Spotlight is a series that puts Briarcliff athletes under the microscope. The athlete under examination in this issue is junior Maddie Plank, captain and point guard of the Varsity Girls Basketball. Plank is a third year varsity player and is a star player on this year’s squad. Her success on and off the … Continue reading Player Spotlight: Maddie Plank

March Madness Recap 2014


UConn Wins the National Championship
UConn Wins the National Championship

By Owen Lynch

Every March, sports fans and people across the country strive to make the perfect bracket. This year, one of the wealthiest men in America, Warren Buffett, said that he would give anyone who could make a perfect bracket one billion dollars. Despite the life-changing money that one could earn for doing so, no one was able to make the perfect bracket. In fact, after the first twenty-five games (of 63 in the tourney) only three of the 11 million brackets created on ESPN remained flawless, to put into perspective how many upsets occurred early on. Continue reading “March Madness Recap 2014”

Winter Sports Recap

By Josh Gottlieb

As the end of winter draws near, Briarcliff is currently wrapping up a very successful winter sports season. Many Briarcliff sports teams have made tremendous strides this year.

VBB Takes on Pleasantville
VBB Takes on Croton

The 2013-2014 season has been one of transition for the boys’ varsity basketball team. After losing several senior leaders from the previous season, the varsity team has had a much younger squad. Despite their youth, the 2013-2014 season has been an incredibly successful one. The team has shown an impeccable ability to keep games close. Whether it be their heartbreaking 44-42 loss to Croton or their thrilling overtime win against Westlake, it is clear that this team is used to high pressure, late-game scenarios. This experience will prove vital as the team marches on towards the playoffs. The season came to a close with a loss to Irvington in the section quarter finals. Continue reading “Winter Sports Recap”

Varsity Boys Basketball and Cheerleading Senior Day

By Molly Charney Today, Sunday, February 9, the Varsity Boys Basketball team took on Albertus Magnus at home.  Seniors Jon Heier, Kevin Wolff, and Javan Robinson were honored before the game.  Briarcliff’s senior cheerleaders, Lili Yurch, Olivia Gelard, Denise Haxhia, Haley Muratore, Julia Bloom, Katie Powers and Lauren Rubich were celebrated at half time.  The game was competitive early, but the Bears were unable to … Continue reading Varsity Boys Basketball and Cheerleading Senior Day

Briarcliff shows resilience, overcoming deficit to beat Pleasantville

By Harrison Singer


Post-Game Interview Conducted by Harrison Singer

Briarcliff took on Pleasantville on Tuesday, in what was no disappointment to the long-lasting rivalry between the two teams. Briarcliff was unable to bring the defense or offense in the first quarter. The Bears gave the Panthers’ above-average shooters looks and they were taking advantage, as Pleasantville jumped out to a 19-6 lead after the first quarter. Briarcliff has had to play from behind a lot this season, and, again, they had to answer to an early deficit. Continue reading “Briarcliff shows resilience, overcoming deficit to beat Pleasantville”

Orange Out for Leukemia: Briarcliff Beats Westlake in Overtime

By Harrison Singer

On Friday night, the Briarcliff Bears boys’ varsity basketball team took on the Westlake Wildcats in a huge league game. The Bears had a two-point lead after the first quarter, leading 14-12. The bears shot a pedestrian 39% from the field to Westlake’s 42%. The Bears somehow managed to sneak out a lead after the first quarter, despite not shooting as well as their opponent. Continue reading “Orange Out for Leukemia: Briarcliff Beats Westlake in Overtime”

Varsity Boys Basketball Update

The Varsity Boys Basketball team is off to a strong 3 and 1 start, as of the beginning of December break. The Bears have won the first round of the Briarcliff Booster Club Tournament vs. Clark and are set to play in the championship game on January 4th at 7pm vs. Wallkill. Click here for a recap of the Bears’ first league game against the Horace … Continue reading Varsity Boys Basketball Update

Bears Hold Off Horace Greeley, win 56-50

By Harrison Singer

Our Briarcliff Bears took on the Horace Greeley (Chappaqua) Quakers on Wednesday, December 11th, marking Briarcliff’s first game against a team in its league. Briarcliff started out a bit sluggish, trailing 16-11 after the first quarter. After asking coach Moffet about his team’s slow start, he said, “We started out slow. We were down 14-7 at the very start.” Briarcliff shot just 38% from the floor in the first quarter, which was a big reason why they fell behind, along with a lack of defense. Continue reading “Bears Hold Off Horace Greeley, win 56-50”