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Woodlands High School Toast Their Athletes

Hartsdale's Woodlands High School had a successful Athletic Awards ceremony last week.

Students and parents gathered in the balloon-filled gym on Friday night, dressed in colorful skirts and pressed collared shirts, celebrating the athletes' accomplishments and improvements throughout the school year.

Even with the season ending, coaches and athletes looked back with fondness while anticipating their next chance to compete.

"My girls are amazing," said Taneishea Cantave, the varsity volleyball coach. "There has definitely been improvement from day one until the end. This year was a chance for them to prove that could take it to the next level, making it to the first round of section playoffs. I pushed them and they worked hard."

With cheerleading in only its second season, coach Ashley Fisher was proud that her team earned first and third place trophies throughout the year. Hard work helped the team go from nothing to something, she said.

A season highlight for golf captain Shaina Weir was hitting all birdies. It was her best game yet. Also a member of the tennis team, she felt herself improve throughout the season.

"We lost a couple games here and there but, overall, we had a good season," said tennis captain Justina Mark. "We didn't have any seniors, so the same team will be continuing next year."

The modified tennis team won more individual matches this year than last, and had five girls qualify for league championships with two moving on to sectionals, said coach Pat Levy.

The varsity basketball team made it to the playoffs at the Westchester County Center , losing to Irvington. Nicole Brooks looks forward to next season as the bulk of the team will return and can develop together.

Undefeated in 2009, varsity tennis coach Tom Tokarski was thrilled that the 2011 team was his largest yet.

"And they worked really well together," said Tokarski. "They're dedicated and motivated. They're very good, cordial kids. It's a good environment and they have fun."

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