Somers High School (New York)

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Somers High School
120 Primrose Street

New York 10540

TypePublic High school
OversightSomers Central School District
PrincipalMark Bayer
Asst. PrincipalsClaire Comerford, Peter Rodrigues[1]
Number of students1,079 (2015-16)[2]
Color(s)Red, White and Black
RivalYorktown High School
NewspaperTusker Times

Somers High School is a public high school in Lincolndale, New York.


Somers High School offers a New York State regents curriculum augmented by Advanced Placement courses and a variety of electives; the school has local chapters of the National Honor Society and National Foreign Language Honor Society.

For the 2006-2007 school year Somers had a graduation rate of 100% with 97% receiving a regents diploma and 61% receiving a regents diploma with advanced designation. Of graduating students: 77% enrolled in a 4-year college, 18% enrolled in a 2-year college, 5% became employed full-time, and less than 1% joined the military.[3]

In 2008, Alexander Saeboe won 2nd place in the team competition at the prestigious Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.[4]


Somers High School has an athletics program with many sports represented, its mascot, an elephant, and the teams' nickname, the Tuskers, are to honor the town of Somers being known for hosting the first American circus.


The baseball team had won only one league title, in 1972, until 2000 when the school won its second league title and eventually losing 2-1 to Harrison in the Section 1 Class B Semi-Finals; the baseball team would again win the league title the following year in 2001. In 2005, the team made the sectional playoffs defeating Pearl River in the opening round; the team would lose in the Class A Section 1 Quarterfinals to Nyack, New York. In 2007 the team won the Class A title; the team followed up with another Sectional title in 2008 but both seasons would end in the first round of the NY State Class A playoffs. In 2009 they won the Section 1 Class A crown.

In 2007 Rob Sanzillo, a Somers High School graduate (class of 2003), was drafted in by the St. Louis Cardinals.[5]


The Tuskers were crowned state champions in 2016; this team's defense was stellar throughout the state tournament. Their explosive offense could score on any given play, they beat Arch rival Yorktown (42-6) to avenge their only loss of the season to win the NY state section 1 title. Next up was Section 9 power Cornwall which the Tuskers soundly defeated 28-7 (this victory avenged earlier state tournament losses), and then Somers soundly defeated the Capital Region perennial powerhouse Burnt Hills 48-24, in the state semifinals. They finished their magical run by beating previously undefeated and #1 ranked Greece Athena by the score of 25-17 at the Syracuse Orange Dome, where they were crowned 2016 New York State Champions; the Tuskers were an impressive 7-0 in the playoffs to take home the New York State title.

In 2012, the team won the regular season League A title in Class A and won the Section 1 championship over Sleepy Hollow; the team lost then lost in the regional game in the state playoffs to Cornwall. The team's final record was 10-1. In the 2013 season, Somers won the Section 1 title once again over Rye.. The 2013 team's record was 9-2.[6]

The current varsity coach, Tony DeMatteo, is the most victorious coach in Section 1 New York State football history, and has been named high school football's most motivational coach of all-time by the NFL.[7][8]

Ice Hockey[edit]

The Somers ice hockey team is merged with that of North Salem High School. In the 2007-08 season, Somers/North Salem had their winningest season in either school's history by finishing 16-9-1 and winning their first ever sectional game against rival JFK/Putnam Valley.

The next season. in 2009-10, Somers/North Salem finished with a 16-10 record and again went to sectionals, beating Pearl River in the first round but losing to Pelham High School in the second round for the second straight year.


The boys' lacrosse team has been to eight sectional title games from 2000–20010, winning in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2009; the Tuskers lost in the 2009 NY State quarterfinals. The team was also defeated in the NY State semifinals in 2000-2002 and 2006 and in the state title game in 2003.

Since 2002, nine Tuskers have earned All-American honors.

By year: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

2009: The Tuskers run to their last Sectional Championship was compiled of a multitude of Division 1 athletes such as JoJo Marasco (A) , Matthew Deiana (M/FO), Christopher Longo (G), Erik Pfiffner (M), Gregory Petre (A), John Bello (D), Eddie Schurr (D).

2010 was a rollercoaster season that included huge comeback wins over Ridgefield, CT in Double Overtime as well as Niskayuna, NY in Overtime. The Tuskers beat John Jay twice the previous year in 2009. However, the team fell to John Jay Cross-River twice during the regular season and a third in the 2010 Section 1 Class B Finals.

John Jay Cross-River Indians and Somers Tuskers hold a Section 1 record of 49 combined athletes committed to play in the NCAA in a Sectional Championship game; this comes second in the state to Long Island powerhouses Ward Melville and Chaminade (73)


The girls' soccer team has won four sectional titles and reached the NY State Class A State Semi-Finals in 2006 and 2011; the girls won the Class A New York State Public High School Athletic Association State Championship in 2014. Amanda DaCosta was named All-American in 2006. Hannon Eberts was named All-American in 2014 and 2015; the boys' soccer team won the Section 1 title in 1998 and finished the season ranked fifth in New York State. In 2016, they won the State Championships.

Track and Field[edit]

The school's only Track state championship came cross country in 2004; the cross country team also won the sectional title in 2005, 2007, and 2016. In 2016 the Somers Cross Country team had its best New York State Federations finish taking 4th place; this is the best a team has ever done from Westchester county. In addition, the indoor track and field team won the section championship in 1984, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005–2008, and 2010. In 2004, Pat Gazzini placed first at the Outdoor State Championship in the 400m Hurdles; the outdoor track and field team won the sectional title in 2001-2004, 2007 and 2008.


Brian Realbuto won Somers' first state championship in 2009 as a freshman in the 103 pound weight class, and won another state championship in 2011 in the 135 lb weight class.


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  2. ^ "SOMERS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  3. ^ "New York State School Report Card" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  4. ^ "2008 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology". Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  5. ^ "Rob Sanzillo Profile". Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  6. ^ "Somers High School 14-15 Football Schedule". Retrieved 2015-05-09.
  7. ^ "Coaches Teach the Skills of Life". Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  8. ^ "NFL 2008 High School Coach Of The Year". Retrieved 2009-03-23.

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