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Fall High School Sports Season Opens Today

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- It is the moment every student-athlete looks forward to -- the opening of the high school sports season. The 2011 scholastic season will commence, Tuesday, with a group of field hockey and soccer games, and volleyball matches, before revving up to full force on Wednesday, with a full slate of games in all fall sports.

Lakeland, the two-time defending New York State Class B field hockey champion, opens its quest for a third consecutive Section 1 title, Tuesday, hosting Ossining, 7 p.m. The Hornets have three of Section 1’s elite players in Shannon Scavelli, Emma Bozek and Gianna Bensaia. Scavelli has verbally committed to Michigan to play field hockey and Bozek has given her word to attend the University of North Carolina, also for field hockey.

Rye will be at Putnam Valley for a scrimmage. These teams have a rivalry, having played for the Section 1 Class B field hockey title numerous times. Sleepy Hollow, New Rochelle, Dobbs Ferry and Ardsley will host volleyball matches. Ardsley, a 2010 Section 1 Class A semifinalist, will play Scarsdale. The Yorktown girls’ soccer team will host a tournament, beginning 4 p.m.

Here is a look at Tuesday’s schedule:Field hockey -- Ossining at Lakeland, 7 p.m.; Rye at Putnam Valley (scrimmage), 4:30 p.m. Girls’ soccer -- Yorktown tournament, 4:15 p.m. Volleyball -- Mount Vernon at Sleepy Hollow, Mamaroneck at Gorton, Irvington at New Rochelle, Saunders at Dobbs Ferry and Scarsdale at Ardsley. All matches are at 4:15 p.m.

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