Girls’ soccer standings (through Sunday, Sept. 14)

Girls’ soccer standings
(through Sunday, Sept. 14)

League Overall
OCIAA Division I
Monroe-Woodbury 1-0-0 4-0-0
Pine Bush 1-0-0 2-1-0
Newburgh 0-0-0 1-2-1
Kingston 0-1-0 1-2-0
Middletown 0-1-0 0-4-1

OCIAA Division II
Minisink Valley 0-0-0 2-1-0
Valley Central 0-0-0 2-2-1
Washingtonville 0-0-0 1-1-1
Warwick 0-0-0 1-3-0

OCIAA Division III
Goshen 0-0-0 3-0-0
Cornwall 0-0-0 3-1-0
Port Jervis 0-0-0 2-1-1
Monticello 0-0-0 1-4-0

OCIAA Division IV
Burke Catholic 0-0-0 2-0-1
James I. O’Neill 0-0-0 3-1-0
Liberty 0-0-0 1-3-1
Fallsburg 0-0-0 0-1-0

OCIAA Division V
Tuxedo 1-0-0 3-1-0
Chester 0-0-0 1-1-0
S.S. Seward 0-0-0 1-2-1
Tri-Valley 0-0-0 0-2-0
Sullivan West 0-1-0 0-2-0

OCIAA Division VI
Eldred 0-0-0 3-0-0
Chapel Field 0-0-0 0-0-0
Liv. Manor 0-0-0 0-2-0

MHAL Division I
Saugerties (6) 3-1-0 3-2-0
Wallkill (5) 3-1-0 4-1-0
Roosevelt (2) 1-3-0 1-3-0
Poughkeepsie (0) 0-4-0 0-5-0

MHAL Division II
Red Hook (9) 5-0-0 5-0-0
Marlboro (6) 3-1-0 3-1-0
New Paltz (5) 4-2-0 4-2-0
Highland (0) 0-3-0 0-3-0
Rondout Valley (0) 0-3-0 0-3-0

MHAL Division III
Spackenkill (7) 4-0-0 4-0-0
Ellenville (5) 3-1-0 3-2-0
Onteora (1) 1-2-0 2-2-0
Dover (0) 0-2-0 0-2-0

MHAL Division IV
Rhinebeck (8) 4-0-0 4-1-0
Coleman Cath. (2) 1-2-0 1-2-0
Millbrook (2) 1-3-0 1-3-0
Webutuck (2) 1-3-0 1-3-0
Pine Plains (0) 0-2-0 1-3-0

MHAL games within division are 2 points for win, 1 point for tie; when Division plays II and III plays IV, a win is worth 1 point and a tie is worth one-half point.

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MHAL field hockey scoring leaders, standings thru 9/14

(through Sunday, Sept. 14)

Name (School) G-A-Pts
Caroline Crump (Kingston) 8-3-19
Shannon Yearwood (Red Hook) 7-3-17
Sasha Stratton (Rondout Valley) 6-3-15
Marist Parr (Red Hook) 6-1-13
Miranda Davenport (Rondout Valley) 4-3-11
Makaylah Mutz (Rondout Valley) 4-3-11
Olivia Prizzi (Kingston) 3-4-10
Aleksia Cvijic (Red Hook) 4-1-9
Jillian Eggers (Rondout Valley) 4-1-9
Alise Anson (Rondout Valley) 4-0-8
Delaney Duffy (Pine Bush) 4-0-8
Kayleigh Schneeberger (Spackenkill) 4-0-8
Chloe Chaffin (Kingston) 3-2-8
Erin Connors (Kingston) 3-2-8
Stephanie Douglas (Kingston) 2-3-7
Alana Hubbs (Kingston) 3-0-6
Reghan Riley (Kingston) 2-1-5
Amanda Ravas (Spackenkill) 1-3-5
Maeve McGee (Pine Bush) 1-3-5
Mackenzie Mitchell (Pine Bush) 2-0-4

MHAL standings
(through Sunday, Sept. 14)

Division I


Red Hook (3) 3-0 12 1 5-0 20 2
Rondout Valley (3) 3-0 25 0 3-0 25 0
Kingston (2) 2-0 25 0 2-0 25 0
Spackenkill (1) 1-0 1 0 2-1 8 7
Pine Bush (1) 1-2 9 5 1-2 9 5

Division II


Pine Plains (2) 1-2 1 13 1-3 2 17
Dover (1) 1-2 2 7 1-2 2 7
Webutuck (1) 1-1 3 3 1-1 3 3
Ellenville (1) 1-1 1 7 1-1 1 7
Onteora (0) 0-3 1 14 0-3 1 14
Rhinebeck (0) 0-3 0 30 0-5 1 41

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Boys’ soccer state rankings: Sept. 13

Monroe-Woodbury goalie Matt Apicella leads the Crusaders in yoga during a practice on Aug. 25. M-W is ranked No. 2 in the first state soccer poll of the season. (Will Montgomery photo)

The New York State Sportswriters Association released its first set of boys’ soccer rankings on Monday. The records are accurate through games of Sept. 13.

I’ll list the top three in each class as well as any Section 9 teams that made the cut.

For the full list, follow this link.

Class AA

1. Arlington (5-0-0, Section 1)

2. Monroe-Woodbury (3-0-0)

3. Shenendehowa (5-0-0, Section 2)

16. Warwick (3-0-0)

Class A

1. Honeoye Falls-Lima (6-0-0, Section 5)

2. Scotia-Glenville (5-0-0, Section 2)

3. Garden City (2-0-1, Section 8 )

4. Rondout Valley (4-0-0)

20. Cornwall (3-1-0)

Class B

1. Livonia (4-0-0, Section 5)

2. Ichabod Crane (3-0-0, Section 2)

3. Valhalla (4-0-1, Section 1)

6. Spackenkill (5-0-0)

Class C

1. Lansing (4-0-0, Section 4)

2. Maple Hill (4-0-0, Section 2)

3. Red Creek (5-0-0, Section 5)

4. Rhinebeck (5-0-0)

Class D

1. Chazy (4-1-0, Section 7)

2. Southern Cayuga (3-0-0, Section 4)

3. Brookfield (6-0-0, Section 3)

11. Eldred (2-2-0)

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Arlington tops M-W boys’ soccer, Crusaders still feeling confident

MIDDLETOWN – The boys’ soccer teams from Arlington and Monroe-Woodbury met once again under the lights, a season after the teams played an instant classic in a 2013 state Class AA quarterfinal on Arlington’s home turf.

This time, Arlington struck early in both halves and held on despite strong play from Monroe-Woodbury in the late stages of each half for a 2-0 win in a neutral-site game at Faller Field.

Check out the video above for some highlights from the game.

Arlington, which won a state Class AA championship in 2012, improves to 6-0-0 and should be very near the top of the state rankings when those are released.

Monroe-Woodbury, which was playing without starting defenders James Delaney and Jared Cohen, falls to 3-1-0.

Certainly not a make-or-break game for Monroe-Woodbury despite the result, as the Crusaders have plenty of time to regroup and get healthy before the Section 9 playoffs start up. It should be an interesting field in Class AA this year. In addition to M-W, Warwick is also looking strong this season. Newburgh Free Academy can never be counted out. Pine Bush is off to a strong start. Washingtonville and Minisink Valley could also put a scare into any of those top teams in an opening round playoff game.

At this point, it looks like Monroe-Woodbury and Warwick have established themselves as the top two teams in Section 9 Class AA. It would be no surprise to see those two teams square off in the championship game in a matter of weeks. But there’s also plenty of season left to play. Will any of those contenders find a way to be there at the end?

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Cornwall puts away Cardinal Hayes

CORNWALL – First came Amsterdam, an Albany-area team with a pretty good reputation, which figured to at least give Cornwall a decent run.

It never happened. Cornwall blew Amsterdam’s doors off 50-7 last week at the Carrier Dome last week.

Next up for the Green Dragons came New York City’s Cardinal Hayes on Saturday, another potential dangerous opponent. The result? See Amsterdam.

A week after blowing out Amsterdam, Cornwall put away Cardinal Hayes 34-6 on Saturday. The Green Dragons led 21-0 at halftime behind two touchdown passes by Jason Bailey – to Tyler Peddie and Matt Robinson. Bailey also rushed for a score in the first half.

Cardinal Hayes’ credentials included winning its first Catholic High School Football League Class AA title since 1981 last season. Hayes rolled out junior running back Timothy Poindexter, who rushed for 1,372 yards and 17 touchdowns a year ago. He has received scholarship offers from, among other schools Rutgers, Fordham, Ohio, Old Dominion and Toledo.

Cornwall, the three-time defending Section 9 Class A champion, didn’t allow Poindexter to score. Hayes’ only touchdown came on a 38-yard run by Justin Covington with 41 seconds left against Cornwall’s second-team defense. The Green Dragons’ first team ‘D’ hasn’t allowed a point in two games.

Peddie added a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second half for Cornwall and Quinn Zsido scored on a 15-yard run. Cornwall plays three-time defending Section 9 Class B champion Marlboro next Friday.

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The miracle at Middletown: Middies complete amazing comeback vs. Port

MIDDLETOWN – It will go down as the “Middletown Miracle” – one of the greatest comebacks in Section 9 football history.

Trailing by 19 points with just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Middletown came back to beat rival Port Jervis 36-33 on Friday night in the Erie Bell game at Faller Field. And get this: Middletown sealed the miracle comeback with some razzle dazzle magic.

Ben Akoko hit wide receiver Eamon Gillespie on a 56-yard halfback option with 32.5 seconds left for the win, setting off a wild celebration on the Middletown sideline. Everyone at Faller, especially Port Jervis, was left in shock.

By far, it was one of the greatest games and comebacks in one the nation’s oldest high school football rivalries. After the latest edition of the Erie Bell game, Middletown leads Port Jervis 71-58-7 in the all-time series. It began in 1897.

Port Jervis took a 33-14 with 5:37 remaining on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Noah Knesel to Jack Piscitelli and the Red Raiders seemed headed to an easy win. Port Jervis defeated Middletown 14-7 last season. After Knesel to Piscitelli, Middletown came back with a 38-yard touchdown from quarterback Brandon Nugent to Isahiah Reyes.

A Middletown two-point conversion made it 33-22, but the Middies still had a long way to go. In desperation mode, Nugent hit Cleveland Perez for a 38-yard touchdown with 43.2 seconds left, and converted another two-point conversion to make it 33-30.

To set up the so-called miracle at Middletown, the Middies still had to pull off an onsides kick. And they did. Justin Rodriguez appeared to have a handle on the kick, but he couldn’t corral it, and Middletown’s Rachi Jordan pounced on it at the Middies’ 44.

On Middletown’s next play, Akoko took a hand off from Nugent. Coming out of the backfield, Akoko appeared in danger of being tackled. But he got the pass off to a wide open Gillespie, who waltzed into the end zone, setting off a wild celebration on the Middletown sideline.

Port Jervis had one last chance to win, but on fourth-and-10 from its own 20, Wesley Schools was picked off by Jaycob Jones. All Nugent had to do was then take a knee to end the wild game. Of course, Middletown’s players sprinted to pose and touch the coveted Erie Bell.

According to Gillespie and Akoko, the game-winning play was designed by Middletown coach Bill Donohue to look like a bubble screen, making it appear that Middletown was looking to convert a short pass – then go out of bounds. Instead, Akoko heaved the ball downfield for a play that will go down as one of the most magical in Erie Bell history.

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Section 9 swim splash: Sept. 12, 2014

Kingston's Courtney McCardle competes in the 100 breaststroke during a meet at Valley Central on Sept. 10, 2014. (Will Montgomery photo)

The Varsity845 girls’ swimming and diving weekly page will make its debut on Saturday. The swim page will be a regular Saturday feature throughout the fall season.

This week, I caught up with Valley Central senior Kaitlyn Troy, who’s got big goals for her final high school season.

Next Saturday, look for the story of the Kingston High team, which has gone the extra mile so far in practices this year, as they’re also thinking big about the 2014 season.

There are some interesting meets on tap next week. Monroe-Woodbury visits Minisink Valley on Monday. It’s a non-league meet, so it won’t count in either team’s division rankings, but it should go down to the wire as to which team can win.

Next Friday, Sept. 19, Kingston hosts Washingtonville in a key Division I meet. We’ll see what happens over the rest of the season, but right now it looks like Monroe-Woodbury, Kingston and Washingtonville are all going to contend for the division title.

We’re just a handful of meets into the season, but we already have a pair of state meet qualifiers in Monroe-Woodbury’s Taylor Stalnaker and Troy of VC, who both qualified in the 100 backstroke. Plenty more state qualifiers to come in the weeks ahead.

girls’ swimming and diving standings, 2014
(through 9-11-14)
OCIAA Division I
League Overall
Kingston 2-0, 3-0
Monroe-Woodbury 2-0, 3-0
Washingtonville 1-0, 2-0
Pine Bush 0-0, 1-0
Valley Central 0-1, 0-2
Middletown 0-2, 0-2
Newburgh 0-2, 0-3
OCIAA Division II
Cornwall 1-0, 2-0
Minisink Valley 1-0, 2-0
New Paltz 1-0, 1-1
Poughkeepsie 1-1, 1-2
Rhinebeck 0-0, 0-0
Roosevelt 0-0, 0-1
Marlboro 0-1, 0-1
Warwick 0-2, 0-3

Automatic state meet qualifiers
(Through 9-11-14)
Event (qualifying time)
100 backstroke (1:00.42)
Taylor Stalnaker, Monroe-Woodbury, 59.83
Kaitlyn Troy, Valley Central, 1:00.39

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Varsity845 boys’ soccer rankings

Monroe-Woodbury senior striker Bruce Jeter, center, works on set piece kicks as head coach Pat Bulla, squatting, looks on during practice on Mon., Aug. 25, 2014. (Will Montgomery photo).

Here is the first edition of the Varsity845 boys’ soccer Top 10 for the 2014. Our weekly boys’ soccer page will run on Sundays this year, starting with a story on the Wallkill team.

If you’ve got any tips or story ideas, send them my way on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.

Varsity845 Top 10
1. Monroe-Woodbury (3-0-0): It’s been smooth sailing so far for the Crusaders, who remain the team to beat until proven otherwise.
2. Warwick (2-0-0): The Wildcats have perhaps the top defense in Section 9, but will they be able to find the back of the net consistently?
3. Goshen (2-1-0): The Gladiators get two road games this week at Port Jervis and Monticello. Goshen is aiming for a 14th consecutive division title.
4. Wallkill (3-0-1): Despite some hiccups in its season-opening tournament, the Panthers are back on track in MHAL play, beating Poughkeepsie 8-0 on Thursday.
5. Cornwall (2-1-0): The Green Dragons look to keep pace with Goshen in Division III, as they’ll face Monticello and Port Jervis this week as well.
6. Pine Bush (2-1-0): A.J. Kmiec had quite the game in a 5-3 win over Middletown on Wednesday, as he scored twice and assisted on each of the other three goals.
7. Newburgh Free Academy (1-2-1): The Goldbacks have been up and down so far, but they did play Wallkill to a draw and beat Goshen this year, so they can’t be counted out.
8. Rondout Valley (4-0-0): Boys’ lacrosse has been one of Rondout Valley’s top sports in recent seasons and an influx of laxers has helped the soccer team to a scorching start in 2014.
9. Washingtonville (2-2-0): A big test for this young Wizards squad comes on Thursday with the annual road trip to Warwick.
10. Fallsburg (3-1-0): The Comets will be fun to watch this year. On Wednesday, Fallsburg allowed five goals to Port Jervis…but scored six to hang on for the win.

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J-Rod’s Varsity845 football rankings: Week two edition

1. Monroe-Woodbury (1-0): The spread is a beautiful thing, but M-W is also M-W because of its surgical-like defense. See last week’s 35-0 win over Holy Cross in which LB Cole Gennett, DL Joe Hnatko and FS Brandon Lewis were all impressive.

2. Newburgh (0-1): There are many variation of V845/Times Herald-Record jinxes. The Goldbacks are victim of the dreaded being picked No. 1 in J-Rod’s preseason ball.

3. Cornwall (1-0): Prior to game against Amsterdam, Cornwall coach Mike Connolly talked up the opponent like they were a super team. The Green Dragons went on to beat Amsterdam 50-7. This Connolly kid is good.

4. Washingtonville (1-0): If I’m Washingtonville special teams coach for a day, I’m rolling out Derek Deoul for a NFL-record 65-yard field goal. Don’t expect to get that offer any time soon.

5. Valley Central (1-0): Nick Pacheco is so valuable as, among other things, a return man for VC.

6. Minisink Valley (1-0): Joe Sessa lit it up last week against Port Jervis, but Minisink Valley also looks to have another good RB in Deonte “Prime Time” Moore.

7. Pine Bush (0-1): Came in pretty confident against VC last week. Now what?

8. Walkill (1-0): Left Wallkill out of preseason V845 preseason poll. J-Rod is in midseason form as far as BIG mistakes go.

9. Poughkeepsie (1-0): Should get a test on Friday from Roosevelt, which will look to do what it does best, methodically control the ball on offense.

10. Warwick (1-0): Thanks to talented Warwick TE Dermot Egan for joining us on the V845 podcast this week. Check it out on Yes, that’s a shameless plug for the podcast. Warwick deserves one, too, after an impressive win over St. Francis last week.

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M-W, Arlington get rematch at Middletown on Sat. night

The boys’ soccer teams from Monroe-Woodbury and Arlington won’t have to wait until the state playoffs for a rematch.

The Crusaders and Admirals will clash in a non-league game at Middletown High School’s Faller Field at 7 p.m. on Saturday. It will be the finale of a tripleheader that features the Middletown boys taking on Lakeland at 3 p.m. and the Monroe-Woodbury girls squaring off against Arlington at 5:30.

In last season’s state Class AA quarterfinals, Monroe-Woodbury used a goal from Bruce Jeter in the second overtime to beat Arlington, 1-0. The win, on Arlington’s home field, snapped Arlington’s 35-match unbeaten streak.

Here’s the game story from last year’s instant classic.

“It should be a great match,” said Monroe-Woodbury boys’ soccer head coach Pat Bulla. “I expect that it’s going to give us a good idea of what each team has to offer this season. This is a good squad and they should be coming out hard after the defeat last year.”

Monroe-Woodbury (3-0-0) and Arlington (5-0-0) remain among the top Class AA teams in the state this season.

“They’ve been looking forward to it all season,” Bulla said. “We have some great camaraderie between our boys’ and girls’ teams. They’re having some sort of get-together tomorrow (Friday) night, a pasta party at someone’s house. A lot of people in school have been talking about it and they’re excited as well.”

Saturday’s schedule
Byos’ soccer
Middletown vs. Lakeland, 3 p.m.
Girls’ soccer
Monroe-Woodbury vs. Arlington, 5:30 p.m.
Boys’ soccer
Monroe-Woodbury vs. Arlington, 7 p.m.

*All games at Middletown’s Faller Field

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