Boys soccer scoring leaders

Wallkill’s John Locicero and John S. Burke Catholic’s Connor Doyle share the area’s lead with 12 goals.

Locicero had a slight edge on Doyle as the scoring leader with one more assist.

Warwick’s Sam LaTorre tops the area with nine assists. Monticello’s Robert Velazquez is second with eight assists.

Stats are based on scores emailed to Times Herald-Record sports department.

Scoring leaders
(Player, School, Goals, Assists, Points)
John Locicero, Wallkill 11-3-25
Connor Doyle, Burke     11-2-24
Eric Ormsby, Warwick   10-2-22
Giddel Alvarado, NFA    9-3-21
Jacob Burgess, Cornwall 10-1-21
Liam Evans, Monticello  9-3-21
Jeremy Pantoni, Goshen 9-2-20
Walter Espinoza,Marlboro 9-1-19
Zemi Rodriguez,Goshen  6-6-18
Jack Gardiner, Seward   7-3-17
Vincent Henry, Liberty    8-1-17
Sam LaTorre, Warwick   4-9-17
Evan Liguori, Warwick    7-3-17
James Maltes, Wash     8-1-17
Liam McDermott, Wash 7-2-16
Dan Crisano, Wallkill      6-2-14
Henry Paz, Liberty         6-2-14
Owen Sagerman,RH      6-2-14
Roberto Velazquez, Mont 3-8-14
Thomas Huleatt, Mount  6-1-13
Manny Hernandez, PJ    6-0-12
Jair Mautone, Coleman  6-0-12
Justin Guiliano, Ellenville 4-3-11
Kelvin Nunez, Fallsburg 5-1-11
Raul Reyes, Liberty       3-4-11
Jacob Schulman, Corn  3-5-11


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VIDEO: Warwick boys soccer rolling

Warwick boys soccer’s strong start continued Wednesday with a 4-0 shutout over Pine Bush.

Senior Eric Ormsby scored Warwick’s first three goals. Ormsby’s third goal was on a header off a nice cross from Jack Schenkman. Senior Evan Liguori added his sixth goal of the season to close the scoring.

The Wildcats (5-0) have outscored their opponents 26-5 this season.

Senior midfielder Sam LaTorre and Liguori, who plays left wing, talk about Warwick’s undefeated run.

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Some more leftover high school football notes this week

Warwick – An amazing story comes out of the southern Orange school. Senior Steven Mehling has not played football since his youth days but he wanted to contribute to the team this year. So he gets some training as a kicker, tries out for the Warwick varsity and makes the team. Not only that but Mehling kicks the two extra points that made the difference as Warwick edged Monroe-Woodbury, 14-13, in the season opener last weekend.
“He’s a real competitive kid,” said Warwick coach Greg SIrico. “He said, ‘Coach, I want to help the football team win games. I want to be your kicker.’ He has the mind of a linebacker in the body of a kicker. He wanted to be involved in a positive program. We love the kid.”
Wide receiver Connor Perez caught 10 passes for 158 yards, becoming the favorite target of first-year varsity QB Jared Senius.
“Connor has a real desire to win, plus with great athleticism,” Sirico said. “Jared is a super kid who works hard; he was behind Gene Decker last year as quarterback. Jared stepped up and was great. To go out there and throw for 200 yards in week one … that’s a pretty good accomplishment.”
Sirico also praised the play of offensive and defensive lineman Nick Fotino and offensive lineman Jason Hranitz.
“We really want to get that ground game going better than we did in week one,” Sirico said of the upcoming contest with Goshen.

Monroe-Woodbury – The Crusaders are still stinging over last week’s loss to Warwick. How the team responds this week against Washingtonville is chief on coach Ryan Baldock’s mind.
“My main message was talking to them about life isn’t what happens to you; it’s about how you respond,” he said. “Life isn’t always about sunshine and rainbows, so how are you going to respond to a little adversity? We still have all of our goals in front of us. We’re looking forward to getting another opportunity on Friday night.”
“When you have a program with the tradition of excellence that we have, they always have something to prove every week. We know what is expected out of us. We have high expectations of ourselves. I am pretty confident my guys are going to come out and they are going to put it on the line on Friday night (at Washingtonville).”
Baldock praised the play of free safety Tyler Toledo, who had 10 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception returned for a touchdown. “He’s a very gifted player and I thought he played very well on that side of the ball.”

Marlboro – Rich Ward has coached a bunch of successful teams at Marlboro but he doesn’t like to compare one group to another.
“This is a different team than last year,” he said. “I think we have as many weapons, if not more this year. I don’t like comparing teams. Every team has its own dynamics.”
Seven different players scored for Marlboro in its rout of James I. O’Neill last week. “All seven we knew were weapons,” he said. “I was extremely happy with the way the offensive line played – we have a couple young kids there. As a group and unit I thought they were very efficient.”
Despite the big margin, Ward came away impressed by O’Neill, coached this year by Westchester County veteran John Catano.
“O’Neill is pretty good,” Ward said. “They have some good, skilled players. I think they’re a little bit behind with their new coach and new system and stuff but I think that’s a dangerous team as you go along and the season from week to week. (QB Luke Kilner) is elusive, he throws a decent ball and he’s a decent runner. He is someone to reckon with.”

Sideline observations – My hats off to Burke Catholic coach Aaron Hasbrouck and Monticello coach Sean McAveney for disciplining their kids in the middle of a game.
Burke quarterback Heath Hoovler vented his frustrations at a yards-marker who he felt didn’t drop the marker quick enough as Hoover was chased out of bounds in the loss to New Paltz. Hasbrouck immediately called Hoovler out of the huddle to come over and apologize to the sideline official, saying he had a job to do. Hoovler dipped his head, gave the worker a fist bump and went back to the huddle.
Monticello had a defender go foot-stomping in a “look-at-what-I-just-did” moment after posting a sack. McAveney yelled out to him, “Knock that off. You’re losing 24-7.” It was a good message to preach team first and not me-first.
Looking forward – It should be a nice quarterback duel on Friday night when Pine Bush’s Haakon Meland faces Chandler Toth and Valley Central.
Twitter: @KenMcMillanTHR

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HIgh school football team notes for week two

The second week of the high school football season is upon us.
Here’s a look at some team notes for this weekend:
Burke Catholic (0-1; Next: Millbrook) – Has dropped last three season openers, going 6-9 all-time … Burke is 3-4 vs. Millbrook, including win in 2016 Class C final … Burke has gone 0-2 only five times previous … Eagles have scored at least 14 points in last 15 games … Fridays have not been kind for Burke, going 1-7 on last eight. There’s one more on Oct. 13 at Chester … Burke has lost last eight games when giving up 30 points (last such win: 48-40 over O;Neill in 2013 Class C final)
Chester (1-0; Next: Ellenville) – Hambletonians are 8-7 all-time in season openers, winning two of last three … 1-1 vs. Highland all-time (lost in 2007) … first game vs. Ellenville since 2013, 2-1 all-time … Chester has won last three home openers …Chester is 1-4 in last five road openers (beat Fallsburg in 2015) … last 2-0 start came in 2015 (seven times in all) … Chester has scored 20 points in last seven games played (5-2 record) and 12 of last 13.
Cornwall (1-0; Next: Saugerties) – Dragons have won three of last four openers, and three of last four home openers … The 48-0 win over Goshen was the first shutout in an opener since 2007 (27-0 at Red Hook) … Cornwall scored 50 points in the 2014 opener (50-7 over Amsterdam at the Carrier Dome) … since 2010, Cornwall has posted 19 shutouts, with six by higher scores than last week (65 points was the high) … Cornwall has beaten Saugerties 16 consecutive times from 2001-16; last Sawyers win was 47-6 in 2000 … Cornwall has won six consecutive games at Saugerties and one at Dietz Stadium in Kingston.
Eldred (0-1; Next: Roscoe/LMDSW) – The Yellowjackets have lost 17 in a row (including two forfeits) … last win was Sept. 12, 2014, 13-6 over Livingston Manor … Eldred has lost last two openers and three of last four … Eldred, which did not play in 2016, lost twice to Roscoe in 2015, including 40-8 Class D final, and five of last six meetings.
Ellenville (0-1; Next: Chester) – Blue Devils have lost opener four years in a row and six of last seven … Ellenville has lost home opener in six of last seven years … Blue Devils have gotten off to 0-2 starts the last three years … Coach Dan Cavanagh is 3-25 over three-plus seasons … The magic number for Ellenville is apparently 20 points allowed: Blue Devils are 0 for last 28 when allowing 20-plus and won last 10 games when allowing 19-or-less.
Goshen (0-1; Next: Warwick) – Goshen was last blanked in a season opener in 2006 (50-0 by Warwick), and 14 times in the last 57 years … Gladiators lost last five openers, seven of eight and 10 of last 12 … An 0-2 start would be Goshen’s fourth in last five years … Goshen has lost last four home openers and five of six … Warwick has won the last 12 meetings, including six at Goshen, and 20 of the last 21 .. last Goshen home win over Warwick was 1994.
Highland (0-1; Next: Marlboro) – The Huskies suffered their first opening loss since 2011 to Rondout Valley … the last 0-2 starts came in 2010 and 2011 … Highland is 1-1 all-time vs. Chester … HIghland lost last eight to Marlboro, including last three at Highland … Highland won four meetings from 2007-09 … Marlboro won 11 in a row over HIghland from 1978-88 … Highland has scored under 20 poits in nine of last 10 games … Marlboro owns 30-20-1 record over HIghland since 1968.
Kingston (0-1; Next: Middletown) – The Tigers have lost eight openers in a row (2009 was last win), and last seven road openers … Kingston has dropped last 10 games, is 2-26 in the last 28 and 4-33 in the last 37 … Kingston has lost last five games vs. Newburgh … the 59-12 loss was the largest road loss since falling 76-0 at Newburgh on Oct. 24, 2003 … Kingston has started 0-2 the last three seasons and six of last seven … Middletown has won the last four meetings, but Kingston owns 20-11 mark since Kingston re-joined Section 9 in 1987, and 21-13-1 mark since 1970 .. since 2012, Kingston has allowed 30-39 points nine times, 40-49 points 11 times and 50-plus points four times.
Liberty (1-0; Next: Rondout Valley) – Indians have won last eight openers and last seven road openers … Liberty has seven wins by 30 points in 2016-17, six in 2015 and three in 2014 … Liberty has opened 2-0 the last three years and four of the past six seasons … Liberty has won its last two home openers … First meeting vs. Rondout Valley since 2010 … Liberty has scored 30 points 20 times since 2014 and 29 times since 2012.
Marlboro (1-0; Next: HIghland) – The Iron Dukes have scored 64, 46 and 48 points in its last three season openers … Marlboro is 3-0 in last three openers and last three home openers … Dukes own 3-1 mark over O’Neill since 2015 … the last time Marlboro played on Sept. 8 was 15 years ago (1-1 all-time on this date) … Marlboro has opened 2-0 in five of last seven years … Marlboro has scored 30-39 points 12 times, 40-49 points 15 times, 50-59 points 10 times and 60-plus four times (41 times) this decade.
Middletown (1-0; Next: Kingston) – Middies have won last three season openers and last three home openers … MIddletown has started 2-0 the past two years but only eight times previous dating back to 1970 (1970-73-74-78-83-86-90-96) … Middletown snapped six-game losing streak to Minisink Valley (1991 was last win) … it was the fewest points allowed in a Middletown oepner since 2011 … generous scheduling has given Middletown three opening home games for first time since 1979, and at least two home games to start for the eighth time since 1973.
Millbrook (0-1; Next: Burke) – The Blazers have last their last three season openers and five of last seven, and their last two home openers … Millbrook last started a season 0-2 in 2002, 205, 2011.

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Bockman, McHale opt to play in USTA Junior tournaments

Two of the area’s top girls tennis players have decided to train and compete in United States Tennis Association junior tournaments over high school this fall.

The departure of two-time defending Section 9 champion Jane Bockman, a Goshen sophomore, and Valley Central junior Kortney McHalle, a 2016 state qualifier, makes Washingtonville freshman Jalynn Balleste one of the favorites to win the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association and Section 9 titles.

Cornwall’s Shirali Patel, Goshen junior Becky Andrews and Monroe-Woodbury seventh-grader Maeve Cassidy are some other names to watch.

Bockman was the 2015 and 2016 OCIAA singles champion.


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Wednesday’s sports postponements

Boys golf
Ellenville at John A. Coleman Catholic, ppd.

Cross country
Warwick at Valley Central, ppd. to Sept. 19
Liberty, Livingston Manor at Tri-Valley, ppd. to Oct. 10, at Liberty
O’Neill vs. Middletown, ppd. to Thursday
Sullivan West, Tuxedo at Eldred, ppd.

Field hockey
Coxsackie-Athens at Webutuck, ppd.
Pine Plains at Red Hook, ppd.

Girls soccer
Valley Central at Newburgh, ppd.
Minisink Valley at Middletown, ppd.
Tri-Valley at Liberty, ppd.
Monticello at Burke Catholic, ppd.
Saugerties at Red Hook, ppd. to Saturday, 3 p.m.
Dover at Rhinebeck, ppd. to Sept. 25
Millbrook at Webutuck, ppd. to Thursday, 4:15 p.m.
Eldred at Chester, ppd.

Girls tennis
Liberty at Monticello, ppd.
James I. O’Neill at Goshen, ppd. to Oct. 5
Newburgh Free Academy at Valley Central, ppd.
Monroe-Woodbury at Washingtonville, ppd. to Thursday
Middletown at Minisink Valley, ppd. to Thursday
Cornwall at Kingston, ppd. to Thursday
Roosevelt at Wallkill, ppd. to Thursday
Ellenville at New Paltz, ppd. to Thursday
Spackenkill at Red Hook, ppd.
Highland at Marlboro, ppd. to Thursday

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Girls soccer: A look at the preseason matchups

The Varsity 845 girls soccer season gets underway on Friday, August 25, when Colonie visits Washingtonville in the first non-league contest. Onteora travels to Watervliet the next evening, and Wallkill travels to Pine Bush on Tuesday, August 29, with the first meeting of two local squads.

In the meantime, there’s a host of scrimmages with the first coming three weeks from tomorrow, on Wednesday, August 23. Class AA champion Monroe-Woodbury will host eight schools, starting at 9 a.m., with a variety of mini-games planned. Scheduled to appear are Cornwall (Class A semifinalist), Washingtonville (Class AA semifinalist), Goshen (Class A champ), Valley Central, New Paltz and Middletown, plus Nanuet and Oneonta.
Also set to play that day are Catskill at Saugerties and Kingston at Red Hook (Class A runner-up) in 10 a.m. matchups and Beacon at Roosevelt at 6 p.m.
A couple of scrimmages that might be fun to watch will be the Aug. 28 meeting between defending Section 9 champs Goshen and host Monroe-Woodbury, and Class C semifinalist S.S. Seward will host seven schools on Aug. 29, which includes sectional Final Four teams Goshen, Warwick and Eldred.

Here’s a look at the remainder of the preseason scrimmages (listed on the OCIAA website), and early regular-season matchups (in italics):

Thursday, August 24
Spackenkill (Class B champ), Wallkill (Class A semifinalist) at Arlington, 9 a.m.
Tri-Valley at Rondout Valley, 10 a.m.
Middletown at Marlboro, 11 a.m.
Ellenville at New Paltz, 4 p.m.

Friday, August 25
Pine Bush at Spackenkill (Class B champ), 10 a.m.
Wallkill (Class A semifinalist) at Kingston, 10 a.m.
Valley Central at Marlboro, 11 a.m.
James I. O’Neill (Class B semifinalist) at Haldane, 3:30 p.m.
Monroe-Woodbury (Class AA champ) in multi-scrimmage at Shenendehowa, 4 p.m.
Taconic Hills at Webutuck (Class C runner-up), 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, August 26
Monroe-Woodbury (Class AA champ) in multi-scrimmage at Shenendehowa, 9 a.m.
Minisink Valley (Class AA semifinalist), James I. O’Neill, John Jay-East Fishkill at Marlboro, 2 p.m.

Monday, August 28
TBD at Pine Plains, 9 a.m.
Vernon (N.J.) at Warwick (Class AA runner-up), 10 a.m.
Goshen (Class A champ) at Monroe-Woodbury (Class AA champ), 10 a.m.
Lourdes at F.D. Roosevelt, 10 a.m.
Schenevus at Sullivan West (Class C champ), 11 a.m.
Marlboro at James I. O’Neill (Class B semifinalist), 2 p.m.

Tuesday, August 29
Goshen (Class A champ), Warwick (Class AA runner-up), Newburgh, Monticello, Roscoe, Eldred (Class D champ), Downsville at S.S. Seward (Class C semifinalist), 9:30 a.m.
Washingtonville (Class AA semifinalist) at North Rockland, 10 a.m.
REGULAR SEASON: Wallkill at Pine Bush, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, August 30
Monroe-Woodbury (Class AA champ), Nanuet at Suffern, 9 a.m.
REGULAR SEASON: New Paltz at Newburgh, 10 a.m.
John Jay-East Fishkill at Cornwall, noon
Red Hook at Marlboro, 4:15 p.m.
Rondout Valley at Highland, 4:15 p.m.
Onteora at Dover, 4:15 p.m.
Ellenville at Millbrook, 4:15 p.m.
Rhinebeck at Pine Plains, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, August 31
REGULAR SEASON: Valley Central at Cornwall, 10 a.m.
Wallkill at Saugerties, 10 a.m.
Monticello at Washingtonville, noon
Pine Bush at Highland 1 p.m.

Friday, September 1
Fallsburg at Port Jervis, 10 a.m.
REGULAR SEASON: Newburgh at Red Hook, 11 a.m.
Pine Plains at S.S. Seward, 3 p.m.
Monroe-Woodbury at North Rockland, 3:30 p.m.
Pine Bush at Roosevelt, 4:15 p.m.

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Football scrimmage schedule

Welcome to August, which means high school football is just about ready to get underway after a busy summer of camps, 7 on 7s, plus numerous practice sessions.
The season openers are set for Friday, September 1, but not before a week of preseason scrimmage action. Here is a list of those scrimmages:
Saturday, August 26
Valley Central, a team to be determined at Marlboro (Class B runner-up), 9 a.m. (JV also)
Pine Plains at Taconic Hills, 9 a.m.
Saugerties (Class A semifinalist), Red Hook, Spackenkill at F.D. Roosevelt, 9 a.m. (JV also, no Spackenkill)
Chester (Class C semifinalist) at James I. O’Neill (Class B semifinalist), 9 a.m. (JV also)
Kingston at Our Lady of Lourdes, 9:30 a.m. (JV also)
Wallkill (Class A semifinalist) at Middletown, 10 a.m. (JV also)
Roscoe (Class D champ), Ellenville, Tri-Valley at Liberty (Class B semifinalist), 10 a.m.
Cornwall (Class A champ), Pine Bush (Class AA semifinalist) at Warwick, 10 a.m. (JV also)
Minisink Valley at Maine-Endwell, 11 a.m. (JV also)
Monroe-Woodbury (Class AA runner-up) at Suffern, 11 a.m. (JV also)
Rondout Valley at Port Jervis, 6 p.m.
Newburgh Free Academy (Class AA champ) at Port Jervis, 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 26
Sullivan West at Port Jervis, 10 a.m.
Poughkeepsie at Rondout Valley, 10 a.m.

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Section 9 finalist Jordan Suarez transfers to Minisink Valley

One of the state’s top wrestling programs has added one of Section 9′s top returning lightweights to its lineup.

Jordan Suarez, a 2017 section 99-pound finalist, has transferred from Pine Bush to Minisink Valley, Minisink Valley coach Kevin Gallagher confirmed.

Suarez, a sophomore, advanced to the section final as a fifth seed and finished the 2016-17 season with a 22-7 record.

Minisink Valley, the state’s No. 6 team in the final rankings last season, returns the majority of its lineup that includes a talented senior class of  2017 Section 9 champions Dom Vetrano (a two-time titlist) and Vinny Vetrano, two-time section champion Connor Greiner, two-time section finalist and 2017 state qualifier Joe Yanis and 2017 section finalists Timmy Ganuncio and Andrew Fenner.

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Girls basketball: Mid-Hudson BCANY all-star team

A pair of Varsity 845 girls basketball first team all-stars have been chosen to represent the Mid-Hudson in the upcoming Basketball Coaches Association of New York tournament.
Lauren Desrats of Warwick and Maggie Malone of Cornwall are among the 12 players (and one alternate) who were selected by co-coaches Catie Biordi of James I. O’Neill and Marion Casey of Marlboro.
Also named were BCANY Section 9 all-stars Victoria Mirecki of Washingtonville, Kayla Walsh of Newburgh, Rudae Gadson of Port Jervis, Isabella Herrera of Spackenkill, Talaya Lewis and Jetta Stephens of Marlboro and Erin Fox of Millbrook. Rounding out the team are Kiarra Kennedy of Middletown, Jaelen Daubon of Roosevelt and alternate Erin Smith of Goshen.
The tournament will be played Aug. 4-6 in Johnson City.

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