Wrestling: Section 9 duals semifinals and finals


No. 1 Minisink Valley 43, No. 2 Monroe-Woodbury 21

99 pounds: Jarred Greiner (MV) pin Marco Vespa (MW) 3:05; 106: Connor Greiner (MV) pin Jake Minnies (MW) 0:41; 113: Tom Daly (MV) d. Rob Ricci (MW) 5-0; 120: Kevin Kelly (MW) d. Matt Lopez (MV) 7-5; 126: Vinny Vespa (MW) d. Gerard Daly (MV) 4-2; 132: Tyler Mayo (MV) Anthony Eckerson (MW) 5-1; 138: Chris Truglio (MV) d. Evan Barczak (MW) 9-5; 145: Matt Bracco (MW) d. Luke Hoffmann (MV) 12-10; 152: Michael Racciopi (MV) tech fall Shane Smith (MW) 5:39 (24-7);160: A.J. Aeberli (MV) tech fall Joshua Cordero (MW) 3:32 (18-2); 170: Nick Wentland (MV) pin Andrew Tully (MW) 3:33; 182: Deonte Moore (MV) d. Kendal  Elfstrum (MW) 4-2; 195: Marcello Gennaro (MW) pin Carl Gelardi (MV) 0:25; 220: Nick McShea (MW) pin David Wix (MV) 1:02; 285: Braxton Robertson (MV) d.Celestino Mazzamuto (MW) 6-0.



No. 1 Minisink Valley 64, No. 4 Cornwall 12

99 pounds: Jarred Greiner (MV) won by forfeit; 106: Connor Greiner (MV) tech fall Ahmani Roman (Cor) 2:09 (16-0);113: Tom Daly (MV) won by forfeit; 120: Matt Lopez (MV) Steven Gazzillo (Cor) 4:27 (20-2); 126: Gerard Daly (MV) tech fall Gavin Mannion (Cor) 3:35 (16-0); 132: Tyler Mayo (MV) pin Matt Schuyler (Cor) 1:10; 138: Chris Truglio (MV) d. Ryan Vizethann (Cor) 20-6; 145: Michael Racciopi (MV) won by forfeit; 152: Dane Neretich (MV) d. David Schuyler (Cor) 10-0; 160: A.J. Aeberli (MV) tech fall Nick Russo (Cor) 5:14 (15-0); 170: Nick Wentland (MV) pin Tom Keller (Cor) 1:47; 182: Quinn Zsido (Cor) d. Deonte Moore (MV) 8-1; 195: Matt Masterson (Cor) pin Carl Gelardi (MV) 1:53; 220: Jimmy Lynch (Cor) d. Braxton Robertson (MV) 2-1 ot; 285: Colin Shuth (MV) won by forfeit.


No. 2 Monroe-Woodbury 57, No. 3 Wallkill 18
99 pounds: Marco Vespa (MW) pin Avery Ellison (Wall) 0:47; 106: Andrew Davis (Wall) pin Jake Minnies (MW) 0:59; 113: Rob Ricci (MW) tech fall Sean Cruz (Wall) 2:04 (15-0); 120: Kevin Kelly (MW) pin Brad Bonner (Wall) 0:49; 126: Anthony Eckerson (MW) d. Gus Formato (Wall) 10-2; 132: Vinny Vespa (MW) d. Logan Losito (Wall) 17-2; 138: Evan Barczak (MW) d. Nick Sebesta (Wall) 8-0; 145: Matt Bracco (MW) pin Ed Doering (Wall) 0:54; 152: Ryan Sebesta (Wall) d. Shane Smith (MW) 4-3; 160: Joshua Cordero (MW) pin Brian Mascaro (Wall) 0:53; 170: Alec Guevara (Wall) pin Andrew Tully (MW) 2:28; 182: Kendal  Elfstrum (MW) pin Billy Kras (Wall) 0:36; 195: Nick McShea (MW) d. Garrett Betcher (Wall) 11-4; 220: Marchello Janero (MW) pin Jake Zimmerman (Wall)  1:22; 285: John Demy (Wall) d. Kevin Montolio (MW) 5-3.

Division 2 final

No. 2 Red Hook 51, No. 1 Highland 24

99-pounds: no contest; 106: Wade Harris (RH) pin Christian Canino 0:47; 113: Mike Feliciano (H) pin Noah Winchester 2:29; 120: Kensei Suzuki (RH) pin Johnny Declair 0:49; 126: Taylor Benson (RH) pin Jacob Discuillo 1:26; 132: Tristen Schiato (RH) d. Zack Milligan 11-0; 138: Andrew Sulieman (H) d. Kyle Torre 11-6; 145: Jeffery Kiluba (RH) pin Mark Castellanos 1:14; 152: Alex Thiry (RH) pin John Miller 2:48; 160: Larry Oliver (H) d. Ryan Hobson 5-1; 170: Lester Sokolowski (H) won by forfeit; 182: Teddy Mapes (H) pin A.J. Coulbaugh 1:01; 195: Darren Coon (RH) pin Dom Bellacico 4:32; 220: Stefan Chichkov (RH) d. Vinnie Valentino 14-6; 285: Travis Coon (RH) pin John Beal 3:09.

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Girls’ basketball state rankings: Dec. 16, 2014

Newburgh Free Academy senior small forward Kyla Given, center, battles for a rebound during practice on Sat., Dec. 13, 2014. (Will Montgomery photo/Times Herald-Record)

The first New York State Sportswriters Association girls’ basketball state rankings of the season were released this evening. I’ll post the top three teams in each class as well as any Section 9 teams to make the list.

For the full state rankings, click here.

Records are through games of Dec. 14.

Class AA

1. Ossining (3-1, Section 1)

2. Long Island Lutheran (2-1, AIS)

3. Murray Bergtraum (0-0, PSAL)

14. Newburgh Free Academy (2-0)

19. Kingston (1-1)

25. Monroe-Woodbury (1-1)

Class A

1. Kellenberg (0-0, CHSAA)

2. Martin Luther King, Jr. (0-0, PSAL)

3. Cardinal Spellman (0-0 CHSAA)

15. Wallkill (2-0)

Class B

1. Irvington (5-0, Section 1)

2. Cold Spring Harbor (0-0, Section 8 )

3. Norwich (2-0, Section 4)

7. Highland (1-0)

Class C

1. Hoosic Valley (3-0, Section 2)

2. Cooperstown (4-0, Section 4)

3. Haldane (1-2, Section 1)

5. Pine Plains (1-1)

8. Chester (2-1)

12. S.S. Seward (2-0)

Class D

1. Romulus (4-0, Section 5)

2. South Kortright (6-0, Section 4)

3. Fort Edward (3-0, Section 2)

6. Eldred (2-0)

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Post-game with video interviews: Middletown puts away NFA

MIDDLETOWN – Looking for, potentially, the best 1-2 punch in Section 9?

Well, we might have foundthem on Monday night in the form of Middletown’s Aaron Ray and Jordan Bryan. Ray scored 29 points and Bryan added 20 off the bench in a convincing 81-64 win over rival Newburgh in an Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association Division I game.

Ray did his thing, powerfully slashing to the basket, with Iona assistant coach Brock Erickson watching in the gym. Iona is one of many schools interested in Ray, a senior, who is a two-time Varsity845 first-team all-star.

Meanwhile, Bryan could end up being the second-coming off Ray. Only a sophomore, Bryan has been highly-touted for two years. This could be his breakout season, Part 2. Bryan rushed for 1,454 yards and 16 touchdowns in just six games for Middletown as a running back this fall.

We talked to Bryan after the big win:

Middletown moves to 4-0, 1-0 OCIAA. Newburgh is 1-2, 0-2 OCIAA and is now in danger of losing its hold of Division I: The Goldbacks have won the league title 10 of the last 11 seasons. Monroe-Woodbury upset Newburgh 55-47 in both teams’ Division I opener last week and put away Kingston 48-46 on Monday on a driving layup with four seconds remaining by Pete Deleo.

Newburgh and Kingston are now both 0-2 in Division I.

Middletown led Newburgh, the defending Section 9 Class AA champions, 39-30 at halftime and 56-48 after three quarters. Ray and Bryan helped put away the Goldbacks in the fourth. Bryan’s dunk on a baseline drive opened the period and he hit two more baskets to put the Middies up 64-51 with 6:12 remaining.

Ray’s 3-pointer with 4:43 remaining made it 71-55. Middletown outlasted the Goldbacks with its depth. Guard Shabon Burton added eight points and forward Jonas Parker scored six. Still, Bryan could end up being Middletown’s X-factor. He certainly has a bright future.

Here is what Middletown coach Jim Kelly said after the game:

Check out Varsity845.com or pick up a copy of the Times Herald-Record to read more about Middletown-Newburgh on Tuesday.

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NFA’s Forbes, Dubose and Gonzalez get offers from Division II AIC

Two former Newburgh basketball stars, Donovan “The Don” Fields and Ja’kwan “Slinky” Jones, went to Concord Prep in North Carolina last year in a package two-for-one package.

This year, there is a potential star-studded three-for-one Newburgh deal in the works. According to Newburgh coach Bill Bianco, star running backs Anthony Dubose and Aaron Forbes bruising offensive tackle Tyler Gonzalez – all seniors – have received full athletic scholarship offers from Division II American International College. AIC, located in Springfield, Mass., costs about $45,000 annually.

“This is a really big deal,” Bianco said. “It’s nice to know that these kids are going to be taken care of. AIC is a great school and this could mean a lot to them and their families. I’m really happy for them.”

None of the players verbally committed to AIC and Forbes may have bigger fish to fry. He already has offers from Lafayette, a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) school, and Division II Assumption College. He is also being recruited by Army, which visited Forbes at his home last week.

Still, AIC’s offer to three Goldbacks is another great compliment to Newburgh’s program.

AIC went 8-3 this season. Led by senior quarterback Kevin Arduino, a Cornwall graduate, AIC lost to C.W. Post-Long Island 58-25 in the Northeast-10 Conference championship.

Stay tuned for more on this story on Varsity845.com and in the Times Herald-Record.

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Jeter named NSCAA All-American

Monroe-Woodbury's Bruce Jeter (18) and Warwick's Asher Shaw-Smith-Gendelman (14) during play in the Section 9 Class AA boys soccer finals at Middletown High Schools Faller Field Complex on Monday, November 4, 2013. John Meore/For The Times Herald-Record

Monroe-Woodbury senior forward Bruce Jeter was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-American team for the second consecutive season.

Jeter, the only Section 9 player named to the team, was one of three players to make the team in both 2013 and 2014.

This past season, Jeter had 24 goals and six assists, helping to lead the Crusaders to a second straight Section 9 Class AA title.

In the championship game against Warwick, Jeter suffered a broken leg while playing on the defensive end in the final minutes of a 2-1 Monroe-Woodbury win. He has a scholarship to play at Marist College and recently got a vote of confidence from coach Matt Viggiano, who said Jeter’s roster spot is safe when he concludes his physical therapy.

Look for more on Jeter in our Varisty845 boys’ soccer All-Star package, which is tentatively scheduled to run in the paper on Dec. 21.

Jeter was also invited to participate in the High School All-American Game in Raleigh, N.C. this Sunday. Check out the roster here. Obviously, Jeter won’t be able to play because of the injury, but he’s still heading down to take in the festivities.

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Great new tournament – Slam Dunk Cancer Games – set for Jan. 3

Attention basketball fans: The place to be on Jan. 3 is Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh.

The Mount is holding a festival-style boys’ basketball tournament, which should feature some great basketball. Even better, it’s for a great cause.

The Section 9 chapter of the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) has put together the inaugural Slam Dunk Cancer Games at Mount Saint Mary. Ten local teams will compete in the fundraiser for the Hudson Valley Cancer Resource Center, which provides life-saving programs and services to cancer patients and their families free of charge.

Support includes financial assistance, prescription assistance, co-pay assistance, lodging during treatment, insurance information, medical supplies, career and cancer information, support groups, hospice information, bereavement care, palliative care, camps, retreats, legacy trips and scholarships.

The Orange County Basketball Officials Association will be donating their time to officiate the games and the 10 teams are soliciting donations. Among others, Monticello coach Chris Russo, Washingtonville coach Todd Rose and S.S. Seward coach Rob Gravelle helped put the event together.

“As coaches, we know that our players work hard on and off the court,” Rose said. “Our common goal is to encourage them to help make a difference in their communities by being advocates for those in the Hudson Valley affected by cancer. All ten coaches and all the Basketball Officials hope to have a large turn-out in support of such a worthy cause.”

Here is a look at the schedule for Jan. 3 at Mount Saint Mary:

10 a.m.
Fallsburg-S.S. Seward
11:45 a.m.
James I. O’Neill-Port Jervis
1:30 p.m.
3:15 p.m.
5 p.m.

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Section 9 football coaches association all-star teams released

Section 9 Football Coaches Association all-star team (picked by Section 9 coaches)

Stay tuned for the Varsity845 football all-stars and player and coach of the year on Sunday!

Class AA

Newburgh: Anthony Dubose, Aaron Forbes, Michael Westfall, Oliver Janvier, Tyler Gonzalez, Will Dencker.

Monroe-Woodbury: Cole Gennett, Zach Gordon, Brandon Lewis.

Washingtonville: Joe Tecklenburg, Jakob Woods, Derek Deoul.

Warwick: Dermot Egan, Trevor Pinkham.

Minisink Valley: Joe Sessa, Nathan Lake, Patsy Marotto.

Middletown: Jordan Bryan, Eamon Gillespie.

Pine Bush: Andrew Rogan.

Valley Central: Kenny Gray.

Roosevelt: Nick Amone.

Coach of the Year: Bill Bianco, Newburgh

Class A

Cornwall: Jason Bailey, Quinn Zsido, Kobie Thomas, Tyler Peddie, John Roth, Matt Robinson.

Port Jervis: Justin Rodriguez, Justin Drew, Trent Morgan, Quentin Hossann.

New Paltz: Todd Mullins, John O’Donnell.

Wallkill: Nick Gomez.

Coach of the Year: Mike Connolly, Cornwall

Class B

Marlboro: Rob Papuli, Ryan Greavan, Rino Tamburri.

Burke Catholic: Matt Pryzbocki, Tom Connolly, Brandon Rawlins.

Highland: Teddy Mapes, Travis Marnell.

Dover: Dustin Bowen.

Ellenville: Christopher Kovalcik.

Red Hook: Tim Terry.

Rondout: Andrew Koonz.

Coach of the Year: Rich Ward, Marlboro

Class C/D

Chester: Vinny Aloi, Brandon Sadlier, Angel Suarez, Danny Wittekind.

Millbrook: Mike DoCarmo, Delvin Wood, Jacob Higgins.

Sullivan West: Andrew Stabbert, Anthony Rydell.

Liberty: Patrick Fitzpatrick.

Tri Valley: Justin Swarthout.

Coach of the Year: Ronald Stover, Chester

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Girls’ soccer all-state teams

Class AA
Second team – Nikki Wagner (Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., MF); Sixth team – Erin Mellett (Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., D); Caitlin Leen (Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., D)
Class A
Second team – Samantha O’Malley (Goshen, Jr., D); Fourth team – Erin Sanders (Goshen, Jr., D)
Class B
Fifth team – Julia Kollesar (Spackenkill, Sr., MF)
Class C
First team – Michelle Giamportone (Rhinebeck, Jr., D); Third team – Stephanie Green (Chester, Jr., G); Fourth team – Kathryn Jankelunas (Chester, Sr., MF); Fifth team – Sinead Brosnan (Seward, Sr., F)
Class D
Fourth team – Lynzee Kelty (Eldred, So., F)

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Varsity845′s Top Plays of 2014: send us your clips

As part of our year-end package, Varsity845 is compiling videos of the top plays of the year in high school sports.

The rules are simple. The video must be of a high school varsity game. It can be taken by a parent but must be submitted by a coach or athletic director, and we must have permission to use the video.

We will accept all videos through Dec. 15, then post them on our web site so you can cast your vote to determine the best plays. We will unveil the top plays at year’s end.

Please send your clip to V845topvideos@gmail.com. We can’t wait to see the highlights.

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VIDEO: 2014-15 Minisink Valley wrestling

Minisink Valley is expecting a big season on the mat with 18 returning seasons and 12 wrestlers, who placed at last year’s Section 9 tournament.

Seniors Mike Raccioppi, Chris Truglio, Gerard Daly and Matt Lopez talk about the expectations for the season.

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