The Pirates returned only one full-time starter from last season, senior guard Sam Alicandri and they were adapting to a new head coach, Dan Lauture. They also opened the season with four consecutive games on the road.
Pearl River showed it was up to the last of those challenges, winning all four, capped by a 58-37 victory at East Ramapo Monday.
The tests do not get any easier when the Pirates play their first home game of the season 4 p.m. Wednesday against Clarkstown South, which features University of Maryland recruit Laura Castaldo, a top scoring and rebounding threat. Castaldo scored 19 points and dominated the boards in the second half when the two teams played at South last season, but the Pirates built off a fast start for a 54-38 win.
Pearl River's wresting match at Clarkstown South Tuesday was cancelled. No make-up date has been announced yet. Clarkstown schools closed due to the snow Tuesday.
Pearl River bowling against Nanuet was also cancelled.
Tuesday, Dec. 17
- Bowling: Pearl River boys and girls vs. Nanuet at New City Bowling Lanes, 3:30 p.m. CANCELLED
- Wrestling: Pearl River at Clarkstown South, 6 p.m. CANCELLED
- Girls basketball: Clarkstown South at Pearl River, 4 p.m.
- Boys basketball: Pearl River at Spring Valley, 5:30 p.m.
- Wrestling: East Ramapo at Pearl River, 5 p.m.
- Wrestling: Pearl River in Tiger Invitational Tournament at Cohoes High School, 4:30 p.m.
- Boys basketball: Suffern at Pearl River, 7 p.m.
- Wrestling: Pearl River in Tiger Invitational Tournament at Cohoes HIgh School, 9 a.m.
- Ice hockey: Pearl River vs. Carmel at Sport-O-Rama, 8:30 p.m.
- Ice hockey: Pearl River vs. Ossining at Brewster Ice Rink, 7:20 p.m.