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AMAZING: Manhattan College Softball 2nd Baseman Victoria Alonso (North Rockland HS Grad) makes a diving ESPN Top 10 level catch against Siena College.
Alonso was named a Journal News First Team All-Star as a senior at North Rockland High School…Also earned a place on the all-state third team after hitting .413 with six triples and six stolen bases (in six attempts) in 2017…Selected to the all-section and all-league teams.
In 2020, Victoria was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team…Played 11 games for the Jaspers with 10 starts…Batted .310 for the season with a slugging percentage of .552, ranking fourth on the team.

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Clev Lubin of Suffern HS Named New York Gatorade Football Player of the Year



SUFFERN, NY – Clev Lubin, a senior at Suffern High School and An Army-West Point prospect, has been named the New York Gatorade Football Player of the Year.  Lubin broke the 1,000-yard mark in just six games this spring, leading the program to a 5-1 record. He scored 16 touchdowns on 110 carries and had 22 tackles on defense. Clev is also a star on the basketball court. Lubin is the first Gatorade New York Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Suffern High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Lubin as New York’s best high school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to be announced in May, Lubin joins an elite group of past state football award-winners, including Emmitt Smith (1986-87, Escambia High School, Fla.), Matthew Stafford (2005-06, Highland Park High School, Texas) and Christian McCaffrey (2012-13 & 2013-14, Valor Christian High School, Colo.).

The Section 1 Offensive Player of the Year, Clev had a season-best 303 yards and five touchdowns rushing on 31 carries in a victory over defending Class AA state champion New Rochelle. Lubin was an All-State selection as a junior.

Lubin has volunteered locally on behalf of a youth mentoring program. “Clevmer Lubin is one of the best running backs that we’ve ever played against,” said Ray Rhett, head coach at New Rochelle High. “His size, speed and patience are rarely seen.”

Lubin has maintained a 3.23 GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at the U.S.
Military Academy this fall.

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Rockland Officials Stress Safety for National Bike Month



NEW CITY, NY – Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert remind residents to follow safety guidelines when out bike riding.

One of the most important things you can do to stay safe when riding your bicycle is to wear a helmet that fits right every time you ride. This is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash. In Rockland County, all cyclists, no matter what their age, must wear a bike helmet.

“There are many great reasons to ride your bike: It offers fun, freedom, and exercise, and it’s good for the environment. By law, bicycles on the roadway are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. To avoid crashes, be focused and alert to the road and all traffic around you; anticipate what others may do before they do it,” said Dr. Ruppert.

Bike riders must follow the same rules of the road as motorists. Here are some additional safety basics that you should know when you are out bike riding:

Ride single file in the direction of traffic.
Use hand signals when turning and use extra care at intersections.
Before entering traffic, stop and look left, right, left again, and over your shoulder.
Wear bright clothing and ride during the day.
If night riding can’t be avoided, wear reflective clothing.
Make sure your bike has reflectors on the bike frame in the front and back, pedals, and spokes, as well as a horn or bell. A rear-view mirror and a bright headlight are also recommended.
Do not wear earbuds when cycling. If you must stay connected, wear only one in your right ear.
No child under age one is permitted as a passenger on a bicycle.
If you haven’t taken your bike out in a while, chances are it will need a slight tune-up. Here are some areas that should be checked before you get back on your bike:

Check your tires to see if they need air.
Spin the wheels to make sure the tires are not worn.
Check your brakes. Test them to make sure they can stop on dry pavement.
Make sure your bike frame is secure, and chains should not be rusted or black with grime.
Make sure your seat is secure.
Take your bike for a short trial ride in a parking lot or safe area to be sure the bike is in working order.
“We all must understand that the roads are shared by bicyclists, pedestrians and vehicles, and a failure to achieve peaceful coexistence can result in tragedy. It is everyone’s responsibility to be smart and respectful on the roads to keep yourself and your family safe,” said County Executive Day.

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