Rivalry revisted: Cornwall-Wallkill talk about Friday’s showdown

On Tuesday, my practice travels took me to Cornwall and then Wallkill.

Of course, the intense rivalry that is Cornwall vs. Wallkill resumes on Friday. The Panthers host Cornwall at 7 p.m. with the winner clinching the Section 9 Class A Division I title.

This is always an intense and anticipated game. Nothing has changed this year.

For me, the rivalry reached a fever pitch in 2010, when Wallkill beat Cornwall for the Class A championship. Cornwall had won five Class A titles in a row. However, after losing to Wallkill in the 2011 regular-season, Cornwall has responded with five wins in a row against its rival.

The Green Dragons have won three straight Class A titles, defeating Wallkill in convincing a fashion. That brings us to this. Wallkill vs. Cornwall – the next round.

Cornwall (7-0, 2-0 Class A) enter as the favorite – again. Not a problem. Wallkill (6-1, 2-0 Class A) always seems to thrive as the underdog. The game features two first-year coaches – Mike Connolly (Cornwall) and Rory Boice (Wallkill), two young gun quarterbacks, Jason Bailey (Cornwall) and A.J. Dembroski (Wallkill), two talented running backs, Zach Slater (Wallkill) and Kevin Gangemi (Cornwall), two talented defenses and hard-charging offensive lines.

In advance of the big game, I talked to Bailey and Cornwall offensive lineman Brendan Rose.

Then it was off to Wallkill, where I met with Slater and another potential star of the game, wide receiver Nick Gomez.

With that, I wish Cornwall and Wallkill good luck on Friday night!

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Section 9 round of 16, quarterfinal results

Newburgh Free Academy seniors Sarah Fishman and Priscilla Salazar, the OCIAA champions, advanced to the Section 9 doubles semifinals with a 6-2,l 6-1 win over Marlboro’s Michaela Kulpinski and Adriana Vacante at Match Point Tennis in Goshen.

Valley Central senior Sera Satkowski, the OCIAA singles champion, defeated New Paltz’s Julia Cohen 6-2, 6-0 to reach the Section 9 semifinals. Satkowski will play teammate Erica Frommer next. Frommer, a senior, beat Cornwall’s Mackenzie Patterson 6-0, 6-2 in a quarterfinal.

Monroe-Woodbury’s Lisa Weissburg and Jordan Castro defeated Warwick’s Juliana Marcolini and Nikki Knapp 2-6, 6-3,6-3 in a quarterfinal. Marcolini was seeking her third straight Section 9 doubles title. Weissburg and Castro will meet Newburgh’s Sarah Fishman and Priscilla Salazar in a semifinal.

Semifinals start at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Puzzling singles and doubles draws.

Goshen seventh-grader Jane Bockman, the fifth seed, will play top-seeded Sophia He of Spackenkill in a quarterfinal.

Thought Bockman would have not had to play the No. 1 or 2 seeds until the semifinals.

Cornwall’s Jenn Buckhout and Mackenzie Milano, who placed fourth in the OCIAA doubles tournament last week, was not seeded in the top eight. Buckout and Milano played No. 3 seed Lisa Weissburg and Jordan Castro, the second seed, in the round of 16.

(at Match Point Tennis, Goshen)

Quarterfinals: Sophia He (Spackenkill) d. Jane Bockman (Goshen) 6-2, 6-4; Vanessa Lam-Tran (Spackenkill) d. Jessica Schroedl (Roosevelt) 6-0, 7-6 (7-4); Erica Frommer (Valley Central) d. Mackenzie Patterson (Cornwall) 6-0, 6-2; Sera Satkowski (Valley Central) vs. Julia Cohen (New Paltz) 6-2, 6-0.

Round of 16
Sophia He (Spackenkill) d. Haley Dunleavy (Goshen) 6-0, 6-0; Jane Bockman (Goshen) d. Priya Sarma (Spackenkill) 6-1, 6-0; Vanessa Lam-Tran (Spackenkill) d. Julia Drago (James I. O’Neill) 6-2, 6-3; Jessica Schroedl (Roosevelt) d. Heather Giza (Monticello) 6-1, 6-3; Mackenzie Patterson (Cornwall) d. Isabel Arias (Monroe-Woodbury) 6-2, 6-2; Erica Frommer (Valley Central) d. Bailey Kretschmer (Onteora) 6-1, 6-0; Julia Cohen (New Paltz) d. Giovana Guimares (Saugerties) 6-0, 6-0; Sera Satkowski (Valley Central) d. Stephanie Smith (Onteora) 6-0, 6-1.



Sarah Fishman-Priscilla Salazar (Newburgh Free Academy) d. Michaela Kulpinski-Adriana Vacante (Marlboro) 6-2, 6-1; Lisa Weissburg-Jordan Castro (Monroe-Woodbury) d. Juliana Marcolini-Nikki Knapp (Warwick) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3; Katrina Ackerman-Kelly Wilson (Roosevelt) d. Emily King-Julia Pergolizzi (Valley Central) 6-3, 6-4; Emma Messenger-Grace Messenger (Marlboro) d. Anaise Nicolas-Justine Kelly (New Paltz) 6-1, 6-0.

Round of 16: Sarah Fishman-Priscilla Salazar (Newburgh Free Academy) d. Alexis Ferrante-Wiliana Lundy (Roosevelt) 6-0, 6-0; Michaela Kulpinski-Adriana Vacante (Marlboro) won by walkover over Kortney McHale-Ali Dratch (Valley Central); Lisa Weissburg-Jordan Castro (Monroe-Woodbury) d. Jenn Buckhout-Mackenzie Milano (Cornwall) 6-1, 6-3; Juliana Marcolini-Nikki Knapp (Warwick) d. Gabby Kaplan-Kelly Teel (Monroe-Woodbury) 6-2, 6-4; Emily King-Julia Pergolizzi (Valley Central) d. Sarah McCall-Cynthia Ma (Spackenkill) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1; Katrina Ackerman-Kelly Wilson (Roosevelt) d. Jacqueline Davies-Emily Appenzeller (Red Hook) 6-1, 6-0; Anaise Nicolas-Justine Kelly (New Paltz) d. Clea Schumer-Abby Baxter (Red Hook) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5; Emma Messenger-Grace Messenger (Marlboro) d. Carlin Rea-Kelsey Reivers (Goshen) 6-3, 6-4.

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Middletown one (tough) win away from making playoffs for first time since 1996

MIDDLETOWN – Middletown made history last week, defeating Roosevelt 35-13 to clinch its first winning season since 2001.

Of course, the Middies are proud of the accomplishment, but they hope they aren’t done making history just yet. Next up? Middletown wants to take it back to 1996. That’s the last time the Middies have qualified for the Section 9 playoffs.

Middletown can pull it off by defeating host Newburgh on Friday in a big-time Section 9 Class AA Division I game. The winner qualifies for the Class AA playoffs and the loser is eliminated. Both teams’ enter the showdown 5-2, 2-1 Class AA. Monroe-Woodbury (6-1, 4-0 Class AA) has already clinched a playoff spot by virtue of winning the division.

I stopped by Middletown practice today to talk to running back/safety Robert Dean and hard-hitting linebacker Lex Galarza:

Last week’s 35-13 win over Roosevelt clinched the Middies’ first winning season since 2001. Middletown coach Bill Donohue said he hasn’t experienced a winning season in the program in 13 years, including three as head coach. He and Middletown offensive coordinator Jeremy Beamon played on the Middies’ last team to qualify for the playoffs 18 years ago. Middletown lost to Kingston 21-14 in the 1996 Section 9 Class AA championship.

Middletown is clearly not interested in just a winning season. Enter Newburgh. The Middies must go through the streaking perennial Class AA contender to make the playoffs.

Middletown lost to Monroe-Woodbury 17-0 two weeks ago in one of its biggest games since Beamon starred under center and Donohue protected him with an attitude. The Middies vs. Newburgh is even bigger, considering the playoff implications.

Coming tomorrow: Video nterviews from Cornwall and Wallkill’s practices. The rivals play on Friday for the Class A Division I title.

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Video: Tyler Muise scores TD for Valley Central!

MONTGOMERY – Looking for a feel good story? Well, here it is.

Tyler Muise scored a special and touching touchdown before Valley Central’s game against Washingtonville on Friday that brought many in the crowd to tears.

In case you haven’t heard of Muise, he is a big part of Valley Central’s team, even though he never played a down. At least, until Friday night. Muise has Down syndrome, the most common genetic cause of learning disabilities in children.

With Washingtonville coach Don Clark’s blessing, Valley Central coach Ron Introini arranged for Muise, in a helmet and full pads, to run for a touchdown with both teams on the field before the Section 9 Class AA Division II game. Muise is a fixture on Valley Central’s sideline and wore his signature No. 43 jersey for the touchdown up the gut.

Introini recruited Muise, a student at Valley Central, to join the team before the 2012 season with the help of adaptive physical education teacher Bob Leonard and Carol Fitts, a special education teacher. Muise had been struggling with the loss of his mom, Linda, to cancer in February of that year. Introini introduced Muise to his players as their new teammate and the Vikings’ took him in.

Introini didn’t want to give Muise a token title such as manager or water boy. Muise has always just been part of the team – like on Friday night. What a moment!

Kudos to Introini, his staff and athletic director Mike Bellarosa for making this happen. And congratulations to Tyler Muise!

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Wrap-up with video interviews: Steady Minisink shuts Warwick out

SLATE HILL – Just call them the Monsters of Minisink: That would be a reference to Minisink Valley’s tough as nails offensive line.

Of course, we all love to talk about the skill players. But Minisink Valley’s big guys up front have made us take notice of them with their steady and hard-hitting play. The Warriors front five were front and center once again, leading the way for running backs Joe Sessa and Deonte “Prime Time” Moore in an efficient and convincing 28-0 win over Warwick Friday night.

Here is an interview with one of Minisink Valley’s stars on the offensive line – Nate Lake – who also made plays and big hits on the defensive line and special teams. Of course, Minisink Valley’s defensive unit gets a game ball for posting the shutout.

With the win, Minisink Valley (6-1, 3-0 Class AA) took over first-place in Division II. The Warriors, a three-win team a year ago, can clinch the division with a win over visiting Roosevelt on Friday. Roosevelt and Warwick (6-1, 2-1 Class AA) also remain in the Class AA playoff race.

For all of Minisink Valley’s domination against Warwick, the Warriors were most impressive on the offensive line. Sure, running backs Sessa and Moore get most of the ink, but even they defer to the hard-charging offensive line

The Monsters of Minisink line flexed its muscle early, opening the game with a 14-play, 92-yard drive that ate 6:54 off the clock. It culminated with a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Matt Carosella. Carosella made it 14-0 on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Luke Hanson on the first play of the first quarter.

Warwick did have a chance to pull within a touchdown on the last play of the first half. However, on a first-and-goal from Minisink Valley’s 6-yard line, quarterback Brendan Bauer couldn’t connect with Nick Ghiloni as time expired. Sessa scored on an 11-yard touchdown for Minisink Valley in the third quarter and Moore added a 1-yard touchdown with 4:24 remaining.

Sessa rushed for 131 yards and Moore added 116.

We also checked in with Moore, a man of few words, but always a pleasure to speak with.

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M-W cancels rest of JV football season due to alleged bullying incidents

Monroe-Woodbury has canceled the rest of its jayvee football season with two games remaining due to alleged bullying incidents.

The school district was made aware of alleged incidents of bullying among members of the junior varsity football team. In written complaints, student athletes notified the district of verbal abuse taking place among players this season. An investigation was launched immediately, and families of these students have been contacted.

As a result of the initial findings, the district has canceled the junior varsity football season and will forfeit the remaining two games as the district looks into the situation. According to sources, the alleged bullying was of verbal nature.

Gene Iozzino, who coaches Monroe-Woodbury’s jayvee team, could not be reached for comment. Monroe-Woodbury athletic director Ron Montalto declined comment.

“This type of behavior is clearly unacceptable, and we will never tolerate bullying or harassment of any kind in this district,” Monroe-Woodbury interim superintendent Elsie Rodriguez said in a statement. “We will take whatever action necessary to keep the students safe and secure while in the district’s care.”

Moving forward, the district said it will implement additional anti-bullying training to ensure the safety of all students.

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VIDEO: OCIAA doubles champions Sarah Fishman, Priscilla Salazar

Newburgh Free Academy seniors Sarah Fishman and Priscilla Salazar defeated Monroe-Woodbury’s Lisa Weissburg and Jordan Castro 6-3, 6-4 to win the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association doubles title.

Fishman and Salazar won Newburgh’s first OCIAA title since Kelly Phillips captured the singles title in 2008.



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VIDEO: OCIAA singles champion Sera Satkowski

Valley Central sophomore Sera Satkowski won her first Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association singles title Friday at Match Point Tennis in Goshen.

Satkowski defeated teammate and defending champion Erica Frommer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in the final.




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OCIAA girls tennis final results

Valley Central sophomore Sera Satkowski defeated teammate and defending champion Erica Frommer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to win the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association singles title.

Satkowski rallied from 2-0 down in the third set to avenge a three-set OCIAA final loss to Frommer last year.

Newburgh Free Academy seniors Sarah Fishman and Priscilla Salazar won the OCIAA doubles title, defeating Monroe-Woodbury’s Lisa Weissburg and Jordan Castro 6-3, 6-4.

Fishman and Salazar reached the final with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Cornwall’s Jenn Buckhout and Mackenzie Milano.

Frommer,  (16-0), the defending champion and second seed, defeated Goshen seventh-grader Jane Bockman 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 in a semifinal Friday morning.

Satkowski, (17-0), the top seed, outlasted Monroe-Woodbury senior Isabel Arias 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.

Bockman defeated Arias 6-2, 6-3 in the consolation singles final.

Warwick’s Juliana Marcolini and Nikki Knapp beat Buckhout and Milano 6-1, 6-1 in the consolation doubles final.


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Latest top 10 rankings: Week 7 edition

1. Monroe-Woodbury (5-1): The Crusaders’ offense wasn’t exactly the greatest show on turf against Middletown last week. But Monroe-Woodbury’s defense was worth the price of admission.

2. Cornwall (6-0): Rolls Poughkeepsie on Friday, finally setting up the match-up we have been waiting for against Wallkill next week.

3. Newburgh (4-2): Just scored another touchdown against Pine Bush to make it Goldbacks 79, Bushmen 14. But seriously: Newburgh plays rival Kingston, which is winless, on Friday.

4. Minisink Valley (5-1): Seemingly playing a little better each week with help from, among others, gritty linebackers Luke Hoffman and Tyler Mayo.

5. Wallkill (5-1): Look out if Wallkill gives lineman John Demy the ball. He goes 6-foot-2, 285 pounds and scored on a run against Goshen last week.

6. Warwick (6-0): Clinches a Class AA playoff berth with a win over Minisink Valley on Friday.

7. Middletown (4-2): A win over Roosevelt on Friday would clinch Middletown’s first winning season since 2001.

8. Roosevelt (5-1): Used some of Valley Central’s early-season comeback magic against the Vikings last week. Roosevelt spotted Valley Central a 14-0 halftime lead, only to comeback for a dramatic win.

9. Marlboro (4-2): During its three-year run as Section 9 Class B champs, Marlboro likely hasn’t seen a contender as good as confident Burke Catholic. The Iron Dukes host Burke Catholic at 7 p.m. on Friday.

10. Burke Catholic (6-0): Star two-way lineman Brandon Rawlins (this week’s guest on the V845 podcast) could be kicking it in the Hudson Valley next year as Army and Marist are interested.

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