Cassel leads Section 9 all-state boys lacrosse picks

Goshen’s Jared Cassel, Section 9’s all-time leading scorer, added another honor to his decorated high school career Monday.

Cassel, who finished with 238 career goals, was named fifth-team, all-state among small-school (Class C & D) players by the New York Sportswriters. Next stop for Cassel is Division III SUNY Cortland.

Warwick senior midfielder Chris Malota, who will be Cassel’s teammate at Cortland, was selected seventh-team, all-state among large-school (Class A & B players. Malota had 41 goals and eight assists in helping Warwick to the Section 9 Class B title.

Monroe-Woodbury senior defender Tyler Toledo was a third-team pick and Marlboro senior midfielder Jack Young, who will play for Division I Siena, was an eighth-team selection respectively in the large-school classes. Red Hook junior attack Brian Kelly made the sixth team in the small-school classes.

Receiving honorable-mention state recognition were Warwick senior goalie Sam Steng and Warwick junior attack Kenton Mears in the large schools and James I. O’Neill senior attack Mitch Browne and senior midfielder Luke Kilner in the small schools.

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Amanda Zeno fundraiser set

Gymratz Performance will hold a fundraiser for Fallsburg senior basketball player Amanda Zeno on August 4 at their facilities in Florida.

Zeno was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and is receiving treatment at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She is an alumni of the Gymratz AAU program.

The fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Donations are $20 per car with all proceeds going directly to the Zeno family. The event will include basketball games and competitions as well as raffles and prizes.

Zeno, who is one of the top students in her class at Fallsburg, was selected to the Varsity 845 second team as a junior and averaged 22.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.9 steals and 3.6 assists per game.

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Hopkins, Riley named to preseason watch lists

Army quarterback Kelvin Hopkins was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List and cornerback Elijah Riley was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List on Monday. The Maxwell Award is for the top all-around player and the Bednarik Award rewards the best defensive player. Both rising seniors are coming off career seasons. Hopkins was the first Army player to throw and rush for 1,000-plus yards. Riley wrapped up his 2018 campaign with 55 total tackles.

Both watch lists were comprised of 80 players. The Maxwell Award Watch List included 37 quarterbacks. The Bednarik Award Watch List had 12 cornerbacks.

Riley was also named in Athlon Sports’ Top 50 Underrated Players for 2019.

In Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 players of the 2019 season, no Army players made the cut.

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Softball: Tagg, Garcia, Kelty top state all-stars

Warwick senior third baseman Brittany Tagg, Cornwall junior catcher Julia Garcia and Eldred sophomore shortstop Lenae Kelty were named second-team all-state in their respective classes.

Tagg batted .449 out of the leadoff spot for Section 9 Class AA champion Warwick. She had three home runs and 13 RBI.

Garcia hit .537 with six doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI for Class A Cornwall.

Kelty was Class D Eldred’s top run producer and a slick-fielding infielder.

Class AA
Second team:
Brittany Tagg, Warwick, Sr., third base
Third team: Sam Ryan, Monroe-Woodbury, Jr., pitcher
Fifth team: Shannon Bonewit, Kingston, Sr., shortstop
Sixth team: Madison McGee, Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., catcher
Seventh team: Hannah Hennessy, Warwick, Jr., outfield
Eighth team: Sydney Bonewit, Kingston, Sr., outfield

Class A
Second team:
Julia Garcia, Cornwall, Jr., catcher
Fifth team: Emma Brennan, Minisink Valley, Fr., pitcher
Sixth team: Kourtney Ketcham, Minisink Valley, Sr., catcher
Seventh team: Jayna Celano, Goshen, Sr., shortstop; Amanda Owens, Roosevelt, Sr., shortstop

Class B
Fifth team:
Bianca Novotny, Rondout Valley, Sr., shortstop; Katie Koelling, Chester, Sr., shortstop
Sixth team: Mackenzie Fischer, Rondout Valley, Sr., outfield

Class C
First team:
Haley Strang, Pine Plains, Sr., catcher
Second team: Jo Schmidt, Pine Plains, Sr., shortstop
Third team: Alexa Roach, S.S. Seward, Jr., shortstop
Fourth team: Alex Mackenzie, Pine Plains, Sr., pitcher

Class D
Second team:
Lenae Kelty, Eldred, Soph., shortstop

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2019 BCANY boys hoops roster

James I. O’Neill guard Darius Boben, Monticello guard Josh Gattling and Washingtonville guard Ryan Graham will return to Section 9/Mid-Hudson team for the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Summer Fest in August.

Boben, Gattling and Graham, all rising seniors, helped Mid-Hudson to a 3-1 record and a semifinal berth last summer.

Joining the trio on the Mid-Hudson squad are Washingtonville’s Romeo Aquino (2020); Red Hook’s Brandon Cahill (2020); Newburgh Free Academy’s JK King (2022); Monticello’s Jordan Ruggiero (2021), Wallkill’s Matt Shea (2022); New Paltz’s Matt Simmons (2021); Chester’s Kevin Stein (2020) and Newburgh Free Academy’s Nakai Wheeler (2021).

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Local schedule for Saturday, June 1

High school

BASEBALL
Section 9 finals, at Saugerties
Class AA: No. 7 Pine Bush vs. No. 1 Kingston, 4 p.m. (Cantine field)
Class A: No. 1 Roosevelt vs. No. 3 Minisink Valley, 1 p.m. (Cantine field)
Class B: No. 1 Marlboro 10, No. 3 Rondout Valley 0
Class C: No. 2 Tri-Valley vs. No. 1 Pine Plains, 2 p.m. (Lorenz field)
Class D: No. 2 Livingston Manor vs. No. 1 Tuxedo, 11 a.m. (Lorenz field)
BOYS LACROSSE
State quarterfinals
(at Middletown)
Class A: Mamaroneck 10, Kingston 4
Class B: Warwick vs. John Jay-Cross River, 12:30 p.m.
Class C: Red Hook vs. Rye, 3 p.m.
Class D: James I. O’Neill vs. Briarcliff, 5:30 p.m.
GIRLS GOLF
State championship, first round, Deerfield CC, Rochester, 9 a.m.
SOFTBALL
Section 9 finals
Class AA: No. 3 Middletown vs. No. 4 Warwick, at Wallkill HS, 10 a.m.
Class A: No. 1 Minisink Valley vs. No. 3 Red Hook, Middletown HS, 1 p.m.
Class B: No. 4 Rondout Valley vs. No. 6 Marlboro, Middletown, 3 p.m.

College
BASEBALL
NCAA Div. I regional: Army vs. Florida, at Texas Tech, noon
MEN’S RUGBY
Army in Sevens Collegiate Championships, at Philadelphia
WOMEN’S RUGBY
Army in Sevens Collegiate Championships, at Philadelphia

Local
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Quebec at Rockland, 6:30 p.m.
HORSE RACING
Belmont, 1:30 p.m.
SUMMER COLLEGE BASEBALL
Saugerties at Amsterdam, 6:45 p.m.
AUTO RACING
Nostalgia Night at Orange County Fair Speedway, 6:30 p.m.
Bethel Motor Speedway, 6:30 p.m.

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2019 Section 9 Boys Lacrosse Coaches All-Stars

Monroe-Woodbury senior defender Tyler Toledo, Highland/Marlboro senior midfielder Jack Young, Warwick senior goalie Sam Steng and Red Hook junior attack Brian Kelly were named Section 9 U.S. Lacrosse all-Americans for the 2019 season.

Wallkill’s Alex Danon earned Section 9 U.S. Lacrosse coach of the year honors. Danon led Wallkill to a 13-4 record and its first berth in a section final since 2013 in his second season.

Marlboro senior Danny Rusk, who played for Highland, won the Bob Scott Service Award.

Rusk, Valley Central senior Matt Abatangelo, Warwick senior Matt Hansen and Wallkill senior Ryan Lavella were honored as academic all-Americans.

U.S. Lacrosse awards
Coach of the Year: Alex Danon, Wallkill
Bob Scott Service Award: Danny Rusk, Highland

All-Americans
Tyler Toledo, Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., defense
Jack Young, Highland, Sr., midfield
Sam Steng, Warwick, Sr., goalie
Brian Kelly, Red Hook, Jr., attack

Academic All-Americans
Danny Rusk, Highland, Jr.
Matt Abatangelo, Valley Central, Sr.
Ryan Lavella, Wallkill, Sr.
Matt Hansen, Warwick, Sr.

All-Section 9 Team
Attack:
Timmy Philbin, Monroe-Woodbury, Soph.; Matt Abatangelo, Valley Central, Sr.; Matt Meade, Warwick, Sr.; Brian Kelly, Red Hook, Jr.
Midfield: Alex Lewis, Wallkill, Sr.; Randy Rosario, Valley Central, Soph.; Chris Malota, Warwick, Sr.; Steve Fellenzer, Minisink Valley, Sr.; Terry Anderson, Newburgh Free Academy, Sr.
Defense: Tyler Toledo, Monroe-Woodbury, Sr.; Anthony McGee, Warwick, Sr.; Patrick Tully, Warwick, Sr.; Chris Sweikata, Minisink Valley, Sr.
Goalie: Sam Steng, Warwick, Sr.
Faceoff specialist: Matt Hansen, Warwick, Sr.
Long-stick midfield: Jack Young, Highland, Sr.
Defensive midfield: Frank Wise, Pine Bush, Sr.

All-Division I
Attack:
Ty Carpino, Kingston, Jr.; Justin Longo, Kingston, Jr.; Nate Cosentino, Washingtonville, Sr.; Timmy Philbin, Monroe-Woodbury, Soph.
Midfield: Terry Anderson, Newburgh Free Academy, Sr.; Chapman Parker, Kingston, Jr.; Michael Vecchiariello, Washingtonville, Jr.; Jack Dembia, Monroe-Woodbury, Sr.
Defense: Shawn Sanner, Washingtonville, Jr.; Tyler Toledo, Monroe-Woodbury, Sr.; Chris Chiera, Kingston, Jr.; Tanner Mejias, Kingston, Jr.
Goalie: Dean Pesce, Monroe-Woodbury, Soph.
Faceoff specialist: Owen Neubauer, Monroe-Woodbury, Jr.
Long-stick midfield: Ryan Kennedy, Washingtonville, Jr.
Defensive midfield: Frank Wise, Pine Bush, Sr.

All-Division II
Attack:
Matt Meade, Warwick, Sr.; Matt Abatangelo, Valley Central, Sr.; Chris Hammond, Highland, Sr.; Jordan Pinskey, Warwick, Jr.
Midfield: Jhovanny Olivares, Minisink Valley, Sr.; Steven Fellenzer, Minisink Valley, Sr.; Chris Malota, Warwick, Sr.; Randy Rosario, Valley Central, Soph.
Defense: Tyler Castro, Minisink Valley, Sr.; Chris Sweiwata, Minisink Valley, Sr.; Anthony McGee, Warwick, Sr.: Pat Tully, Warwick, Sr.
Goalie: Sam Steng, Warwick, Sr.
Faceoff specialist: Matt Hansen, Warwick, Sr.
Long-stick midfield: Jack Young, Highland, Sr.
Defensive midfield: Mario Cuccio, Minisink Valley, Sr.

All-Division III
Attack:
Jared Cassel, Warwick, Sr.; Brian Kelly, Red Hook, Jr.; Sam Serrano, Rondout Valley, Jr.: Chad Castle, Wallkill, Soph.
Midfield: Alex Lewis, Wallkill, Sr.; Caiden Fry, Rondout Valley, Jr.; Drew Raggio, Goshen, Sr.; Cian Ryan, Red Hook, Jr.
Defense: Ryan Lavelle, Wallkill, Sr.; Blaise Driscoll, New Paltz, Sr.; Jordan Salmoiraghi, Goshen, Sr.; Reece Curley, Red Hook, Sr.
Goalie: Gio Guido, New Paltz, Jr.
Faceoff specialist: Alex Lewis, Wallkill, Sr.
Long-stick midfield: Chris Masker, Goshen, Jr.
Defensive midfield: Matt Kelly, Rondout Valley, Sr.

All-Division IV
Attack:
Luke Kilner, James I. O’Neill, Sr.; Mitch Browne, James I. O’Neill, Sr.; Sebastian Kopilak, Millbrook, Sr.; Ryan Olmstead, Millbrook, Sr.
Midfield: Graham Gist, James I. O’Neill, Jr.; Ryan Cantilli, Millbrook, Sr.; Dylan Madison, Millbrook, Sr.; Mikey Ackerman, Millbrook, Sr.
Defense: Sawyer Vermeesch, James I. O’Neill, Sr,; Kyle Mayo, James I. O’Neill, Jr.; Jared Richey, James I. O’Neill, Jr; Stephen Szalewicz, Millbrook, Sr.
Goalie: Matt Castagnozzi, Millbrook, Sr.
Faceoff specialist: Ryan Hall, Millbrook, Soph.
Long-stick midfield: Jonas Ebner, James I. O’Neill, Sr.
Defensive midfield: Jacob Woodruff, James I. O’Neill, Jr.







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Local schedule for Thursday, May 30

High school
BASEBALL
Section 9-AA semifinal: Washingtonville vs. Kingston, at Bard College, 2 p.m. (site change)
Section 9-A semifinal: Saugerties Roosevelt, ppd. to Friday 4 p.m.
Section 9-A semifinal: New Paltz at Minisink Valley, at Rock Sports Park, 4 p.m. (site change)
No. 6 Ellenville vs. No. 3 Rondout Valley, at Rock Sports Park, 11 a.m. (site change)
Section 9-B quarterfinal: Rhinebeck vs. Burke Catholic, at Rock Sports Park, 2 p.m. (to be resumed in top of fourth inning with Rhinebeck leading 8-0) (site change)
Section 9-B semifinal: Chester at Marlboro, 2 p.m.
Section 9-C semifinal: S.S. Seward vs. Tri-Valley, at Neversink Town Park, 2 p.m. (site change)
Section 9-D semifinal: Eldred at Livingston Manor, 1 p.m.
BOYS TENNIS
State championships at National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, 8 a.m.
SOFTBALL
Section 9-AA quarterfinal: Valley Central vs. Warwick, at Rock Sports Park, 1 p.m. (site change)
Section 9-AA semifinal: Middletown vs. Kingston, at Chambers Elementary, 2 p.m. (site change)
Section 9-A quarterfinal: Cornwall at Roosevelt, 2 p.m. (resumes with FDR leading 1-0 in bottom of second inning)
Section 9-A quarterfinal: No. 7 Saugerties at No. 2 New Paltz, 4 p.m.

Section 9-B quarterfinal: No. 5 Burke Catholic vs. No. 4 Rondout Valley, at Rock Sports Park, 11 a.m. (site change)
Section 9-B quarterfinal: Marlboro vs. Chester, at Pulvirent field, 2 p.m.
Section 9-B quarterfinal: Spackenkill at Ellenville, 2 p.m.
Non-league: Eldred at Sullivan West, 3:15 p.m.
TRACK AND FIELD
Section 9 state qualifier (day one), at Middletown, 3:30 p.m.

Local
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Rockland at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
HORSE RACING
Monticello, 12:50 p.m.
Belmont, 1:30 p.m.

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Local schedule for Tuesday, May 28

High school
BASEBALL
Section 9 tournament
Class A quarterfinals
Wallkill at Cornwall, ppd. to Wednesday 3 p.m.
New Paltz at Minisink Valley, ppd. to Wednesday 4 p.m.
Port Jervis at Saugerties, ppd. to 6 p.m. Wednesday
Class B quarterfinals
Spackenkill at Marlboro, ppd. to Wednesday 4 p.m.
Rhinebeck at Burke Catholic, ppd. To Wednesday 4 p.m.
Chester at James I. O’Neill, ppd. to Wednesday 2 p.m.
Ellenville at Rondout Valley, ppd. to Wednesday 4 p.m.
SOFTBALL
Section 9 tournament
Class AA quarterfinal
Valley Central at Warwick, ppd. to Wednesday 4 p.m.
Class A quarterfinals
Cornwall at Roosevelt, ppd. To Wednesday 4 p.m.
Saugerties at New Paltz, ppd. to Wednesday 4 p.m.
Port Jervis at Red Hook, ppd. To Wednesday 4 p.m.
Class B quarterfinal
Spackenkill at Ellenville, ppd. To Wednesday 4 p.m.
Burke Catholic at Rondout Valley, ppd. to Wednesday 4 p.m.
Marlboro at Chester, ppd. To Wednesday 4 p.m.
Dover at Liberty, ppd. To Wednesday 4 p.m.
BOYS LACROSSE
Section 9 tournament
(at Middletown HS)
Class B championship: Warwick vs. Minisink Valley, 4 p.m.
Class A championship: Kingston vs. Monroe-Woodbury, 6:30 p.m.
GIRLS LACROSSE
State first round
(at Newburgh Free Academy)
Class D: Millbrook vs. Bronxville, 4 p.m.
Class AA: Monroe-Woodbury vs. North Rockland, 6 p.m.
TRACK AND FIELD
Fast Time Relays at Warwick, 6:15 p.m.

Local
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Rockland at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
HORSE RACING
Monticello, 12:50 p.m.

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Girls Lacrosse: Three-peats for Warwick and Goshen

The rallying cry has become a constant for the Warwick girls lacrosse team over the last weeks.

Whether it’s during practice, pregame or following another win, coach Denis O’Connor, a big Game of Thrones fan, borrows a line from Arya Stark’s scene with Melisandre in the epic series Season 8, Episode 3’s “The Long Night.”

What do the Wildcats say the next opponent? “Not today.”

Warwick is once again heading to the state tournament after capturing its third straight Section 9 Class B title with a 13-4 win over Valley Central, scoring nine of the last 10 goals of the game.

Senior Erin Flannery said she and classmate Taina Gamory were “babies” on Warwick’s first section championship team.

“We made school history three years ago, getting the first section title ever at Warwick and we wanted to keep that momentum going and set an example for the younger girls,” said Gamory, who will play for Division I Hartford.

Read the story on Warwick and its Game of Thrones phenomenon here.

Gamory is among Game of Thrones fans that think the eighth season should be redone.

“It (the ending) was so predictable,” Gamory said. “There could have been so much more to it. There’s a bunch of endings that I saw on Twitter and people writing their own endings and they were so much much better than the ending they chose.

“Bram the Broken, I didn’t know what that was. I did not like it. I was like, ‘Where did that come from?’ I wanted (the ruler of the Six Kingdoms) to be Jon (Snow). Jon went back to the Night’s Watch but the Night Walkers aren’t there anymore. What are they protecting?”

Goshen appeared in control of its third straight Section 9 Class C title, building a 6-3 halftime. Senior Maggie Calzaretta was locked in, scoring four of her game-high six goals in the first half.

But, Red Hook and Bailey Jordan roared to tie the game at 7-7. The game was knotted twice more before Goshen’s Kendra Godson drew a penalty with nine seconds left.

Godson had practice the free-position opportunity for hours upon hours in her backyard. The senior wouldn’t be denied as her goal lifted Goshen to a 10-9 victory.

Read Goshen’s story here.

VIDEO: Warwick’s Taina Gamory and Erin Flannery and Goshen’s Kendra Godson talk about winning their third consecutive section championship.

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