Welcome to MSGVarsity.com's Memorable Mondays, a summer-long series that looks back on the top players, games and moments from the past season and gazes ahead to 2012-13. As the summer goes on, we'll compile all the lists and post them here: www.msgvarsity.com/mondays. New lists will be posted every Monday.
In Week 2 of Memorable Mondays, we look at five of the best individual performances in the Hudson Valley.
* Chester's Saxon Smith runs wild vs. Livingston Manor/Roscoe: Chester all-everything running back Saxon Smith turned in a record-setting 2011 football season, setting a pair of Section 9 records with 3,057 rushing yards and 49 touchdowns. He propelled the Hambletonians to a 12-1 record and a runner-up finish in the NYS Class D playoffs. Smith obviously had a litany of eye-popping performances, however, one stood above the rest. In a 49-34 Week 4 win over Livingston Manor/Roscoe, he ran for an astounding 469 yards and seven touchdowns on just 26 carries. Smith averaged a robust 18 yards per carry, scoring on runs of 90, 78, 55, 42, 17, 5 and 3 yards. The Dean Junior College-bound senior turned it into overdrive in the second half, racking up 324 yards and five touchdowns. Smith's seven touchdowns were tied for the second most in Section 9 history. His 469 yards were also the third most in Section 9 history.
* Peterson propels Tappan Zee to epic upset over Jamesville-Dewitt: Tappan Zee's monumental upset over Jamesville-DeWitt in the NYS Class A boys basketball semifinals was tailor-made for Hollywood. And senior guard Pat Peterson turned in an Oscar-worthy performance. The silky-smooth sharpshooter totaled a game-high 31 points and broke the school's all-time scoring record in the process. Peterson was Robin Hood-like from downtown, going 7 of 13 to tie the single-game Class A state final four record for 3-pointers in a game. And he simply couldn't miss when it mattered most, scoring an impressive 28 points after the break. Overall, Peterson went 9 of 18 from the field and knocked down four clutch free throws inside the final 20 seconds of regulation to seal it. In a game that featured a pair of highly-touted Division 1-bound stars in Tyler Cavanaugh (Wake Forest) and Dajuan Coleman (Syracuse), it was Peterson who shined brightest.
* Chong drops 55 points on Archbishop Molloy: In just her second game of the 2011-12 season, Ossining's Saniya Chong turned in one of the year's most remarkable performances. The junior scoring machine put the rest of New York State — and, really, the entire country — on blast with a 55-point effort in a 93-75 win over NYC powerhouse Archbishop Molloy. Chong, who averaged 33.3 points per game this past season, flashed her pinpoint long-range accuracy with eight 3-pointers. She was at her best during a crucial third quarter, totaling 27 points as Ossining pulled away for the win. Of course, it wasn't all about the points. Chong also had seven rebounds, six steals, five assists and five blocks.
* Bonnes fills up the net vs. Mamaroneck: Lakeland/Panas' Alexa Bonnes almost lost count of how many goals she scored in the Rebels' 24-16 Class A semifinal win over Mamaroneck. When it was all said and done, the UConn-bound attacker set a school record with 11 goals to lift L/P into the sectional finals. Bonnes, who also tacked on an assist for an even 12 points, finished the season with a team-high 65 goals. In 2012, she scored seven-plus goals in a game three times.
* Cirillo's nine-spot lifts Eastchester over Mamaroneck: Eastchester senior attackman Tom Cirillo made a habit of putting up absurd stat lines in 2012. And Mamaroneck was just another one of his victims. The Salisbury University-bound star bagged nine goals and an assist in a 15-8 win over the Tigers, who went on to win the Section 1 Class A title. Even more impressive, it marked the second time Cirillo accomplished the gaudy statistical feat. He also had nine goals and an assist in a 12-10 loss to Pelham. Cirillo, who scored five-plus goals seven times, finished the year with a team-high 75 goals.
Join us throughout the summer as "Memorable Mondays" brings you more top 5 lists:
July 9: Top five Cinderella stories from 2011-12
July 16: Top five exciting endings from 2011-12
July 23: Top five heartwarming moments from 2011-12
July 30: Top five favorite venues from 2011-12
Aug. 6: Top five coaches from 2011-12
Aug. 13: Top five most memorable games from 2011-12
Aug. 20: Top five teams from 2011-12
Aug. 27: Top five teams to watch in 2012-13
Find them all at www.msgvarsity.com/mondays.