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Pearl River Sports: Houston, Grossbard Starting

Former Pirates Luke Houston and Nicole Grossbard are both starting for basketball teams at Southern Connecticut State University, Houston as a sophomore and Grossbard as a freshman.

Two former Pearl River High School standouts earned starting roles at Southern Connecticut State this season.

Sophomore guard Luke Houston averages seven points per game and shares the team lead with six steals for the men’s squad, which is 3-1. Houston, one of the top players in Rockland County as a senior at Pearl River two years ago, started 13 games and averaged 7.5 points per contest as a freshman.

Nicole Grossbard, a freshman, started the last two games after coming off the bench in the first two for the Owls’ women’s team, off to a 2-2 start. She averages five points per game and leads the Owls with 15 assists. Grossbard is making 52.9 percent of her shots from the field and averages 27.3 minutes per contest.

Grossbard was an all-Section 1 guard as a junior at Pearl River before sitting out all of her senior season with a knee injury.

Both teams play at Pace tonight, with the women’s game at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 8:30 p.m.

The women’s team will make a local trip next month, playing at Dominican College 1 p.m. Dec. 31.

Winter Sports Begin Today

The Pearl River bowling team will be the first winter sports team to open its season 3:30 p.m. today against Nanuet at Pearl River Lanes. 

The Pearl River Ice Hockey team will open its 2012-13 season 9:15 p.m. Friday against Horace Greeley at Sport-O-Rama in Monsey, the Pirates' home ice.

Pearl River went 13-7-1 last season, reaching the second round of the playoffs. 

Share Sports Results, Pictures on Patch

Coaches, parents and other followers of Pearl River athletics, please send scores and information to ryan.buncher@patch.com or upload your pictures directly to stories about games as they are posted on Pearl River Patch. 

Don't forget this can include youth sports as well as updates on local athletes as they compete on the college level. 

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