Soccer: First Look Wednesday

The boys and girls soccer teams from Section 9 will see their first organized scrimmage action on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
On the girls side, Monroe-Woodbury will host Goshen, Cornwall, Washingtonville, Middletown, New Paltz and Oneonta at 9 a.m.
Also, Marlboro hosts Valley Central at 9 a.m.; Wallkill hosts Newburgh Free Academy at 10 a.m.; and Red Hook travels to Kingston at 10 a.m.
On the boys side, Spackenkill will play at Poughkeepsie at 9 a.m.; Ellenville hosts Red Hook at Liberty at 10 a.m.; Dover travels to Roosevelt at 10 a.m.; Port Jervis hosts Saugerties at 11 a.m.; Goshen travels to Minisink Valley at 11 a.m.; Onteora plays at Marlboro at 11 a.m.; and, Wallkill plays on the new turf at Newburgh Free Academy at 1 p.m.

The Thursday scrimmage schedule:
Boys – Icabod Crane at Spackenkill, 10 a.m.; Pine Plains and O’Neill at Marlboro, 11 a.m.; Warwick at Delaware Valley (Pa.), 3 p.m.; Monroe-Woodbury at Cornwall, 3:30 p.m.; Monticello at Ellenville, 3:30 p.m.
Girls – Cornwall at Newburgh Free Academy, 8 a.m.; Roosevelt at Warwick, 10 a.m.; Onteora at Marlboro, 1 p.m.

The Friday scrimmage schedule:
Boys – Valley Central at Red Hook, 9:30 a.m.; Spackenkill at Roosevelt, 10 a.m.; New Paltz at Rhinebeck, 10 a.m.; Wallkill at Minisink Valley, 11 a.m.; Fairport at Newburgh, noon; Taconic Hills at Webutuck, 4:15 p.m.; Burke at Pine Bush, 4:30 p.m.; Coleman at Kingston, 5 p.m.
Girls – Saugerties at Catskill, 9 a.m.; Rondout Valley at Ellenville, 10 a.m.; Wallkill at Warwick, 10 a.m.; O’Neill at Valley Central, 10 a.m.; Monroe-Woodbury at Shenendehowa, 3 p.m.

The Saturday scrimmage schedule:
Boys – Rondout Valley at Mount Academy, 10 a.m.; Burke at Wasthingtonville, 10 a.m.; Monticello at Kingston, 1 p.m.
Girls – Monroe-Wodbury at Shenendehowa, 10 a.m.; Saugerties vs. Kingston, 10 a.m. (at Robert Graves Elementary in Port Ewen); Highland at Chester, 10 a.m.; Minisink Valley, O’Neill, Middletown at Marlboro, 1 p.m.

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Pine Bush wins Newburgh Armory summer league title

(photo provided)

The Newburgh Armory boys basketball summer league played its championship games on Thursday night.

Pine Bush defeated Beacon 58-44 for the varsity title. Brian Powell scored 30 points and was named MVP.

Newburgh Free Academy beat Pine Bush 50-45 in the jayvee title game. Kemet Sudan scored 17 points and was named MVP.

I checked in with the summer league at SUNY Orange a few weeks ago. You can find that story here.

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Creating a better planet through soccer

A week ago soccer trainer David Copeland Smith was working with a handful of Olympians. He’s spent the past week working with the future of the sport.

Smith and his staff from Beast Mode Soccer LA have been conducting a week-long clinic for 57 players from the travel program Nirvana FC, under the guidance of coach Jenn Czumak, who also coaches the girls varsity team at Washingtonville High School.
Smith, who moved from England to Los Angeles a dozen years ago, shared his thoughts on the Olympic tournament, superstar Alex Morgan and what it will take for America to fully embrace the sport.

THR: What are your thoughts on the Olympic women’s soccer tournament and, in particular, Team USA?
Smith: I think this year’s Olympics is going to be really exciting. There’s only one team that doesn’t really have a chance Everybody else, they can put their hat in it. The USA is definitely the strongest. They kicked off yesterday against New Zealand and they’ve already looked to hit their high gears so we will see what happens with it. I want the U.S. to win. Hopefully they do. They have got the team to do it.
THR: What is Alex Morgan all about?
Smith: Alex is all about work ethic. We see all of the commercials and everything else, which alludes to off-field intelligence because she gets the endorsement deals and everything. The core of it, Alex is about always improving. She doesn’t stop improving. It’s important to us that everybody sees her work ethic … she’s a machine. She is an absolute monster on the field and even a bigger one off the field.
THR: Has her newfound fame gotten in the way of her game, or can she compartmentalize it?
Smith: Not at all, not from my perspective. A good example is she had a commercial to shoot … and we had to train that day so the whole point of it was for them to film the training session, but Alex is all about the training session and if the cameras were in the way, they were getting hit, and we’re talking very expensive cameras. We warned them a few times – lucky they didn’t get it. I’ve been with Alex where she has cancelled things before because we’re training that day and she has to get the training in, or she has moved appointments around the commercial interests. So with her, not at all. It’s great.
THR: Is Alex Morgan the new Mia Hamm?
Smith: No, no, there’s only one Mia. There will ever be one Mia. Mia, like Michelle Akers, was special. There’s definite similarities with Mia and Alex and one of the things is their work ethic. Completely different players but they do share that hunger. Mia is still doing it, she’s still an absolute beast off the field. She is on the board of Roma. She’s a part owner of LA FC. She has a camp, she has a foundation. If someone compared Alex to Mia, Alex would be very, very proud of that comparison. I always point to Mia … you should be looking at your off-field ventures now. Look at Mia … she’s an absolute boss, on and off the field. The new Mia? There isn’t one. She’s the new Alex.
THR: Alex is definitely a star here, but I think this time America is appreciating the other ten around her, like Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo. I think this is more of a team.
Smith: Yeah, absolutely. The thing with this team and the evolution of it is it truly is a team. No matter what 11 players you put out there, you have 11 superstars on the field. You have Kelley O’Hara, who is an absolute superstar. You have Becky Sauerbrunn, you have Julie Johnhston. Everyone on this 18 player squad is a superstar. You are right, people are recognizing more players, but I don’t think that has anything to do with the players; it has to do with perception. More people are paying attention to the game so they are actually watching it and seeing the other players, whereas before it was ‘Oh, Alex is scoring goals.’ Now it’s who’s giving her those goals, who is setting her up, how she is setting other people up. So you are going to see the Carlis and Mallory Pughs coming out and Christen Press because people are paying a lot more attention to the game, whereas before it was every Olympics and World cup people would get excited. Now we have a pro league and people can see these players week in and week out. I think that’s the huge evolution, that people are actually paying attention to everyone else.
THR: The previous U.S. teams were great but the women’s game was not as developed as it is 10 years later. Is it a tougher road these days for Team America than it used to be?
Smith: I think so. Ten, 15 years ago, I think if you took those players now, some of them would definitely make the team, 100 percent, but I think what we’re competing with now is teams are lot more technical. They have the same technology as we do, with GPS tracking and stuff like that. They are no longer playing catch-up, these other teams, and they are putting money into it as well, whereas we have been putting money into it for a long time. I think it’s more exciting, where before it was a handful of teams – maybe less than a handful who could do well. Now you are looking at five or six teams, seven or eight teams who can surprise anyone, and I include England as well. England surprised everyone at the World Cup but they didn’t surprise me or people who knew. … It’s always Germany and the US but there are so many other countries coming through, who are investing into the team.
THR: Does America win this Olympic gold?
Smith: Yes.
THR: You have worked with countless pros, who have undoubtedly worked with other coaches, trainers and technicians. What is it about your approach and you that appeals to them?
Smith: It’s very individualized. I personally watch a huge amount of soccer – my friends make fun of me because I don’t watch games, I watch players. So I am doing technical breakdowns for every player that we work with, so when I do work with them, whether it’s Alex Morgan or Morgan Bryan or any player, Kelly O’Hara, they know that session is broken down for them and if they are training together they know what they are doing on that side is for them, it’s from their game footage and what we have been watching from them and how we want them to improve. That’s why we have the consistency and that’s why players work with us.
THR: You are working with travel players today, most of whom are probably very well-motivated to be doing this. What do you hope to unlock in them?
Smith: Self-reliance. I want those players to know that they are in control of how god they get. They are in control of their development. We live in a society that we’re breeding laziness and we’re breeding players and people who don’t want to work hard because everything is given to them. And anything worth achieving in life is hard work. Not everyone is going to win the lottery. I just want that work ethic to rub onto these kids and that’s the great thing of working with who we work with is I have these stories of these players who are absolutely smashing it. The week before the Olympics the girls had a week off and yet five or six of them were in LA training. It’s those stories that I want to inspire these guys, that talent is a huge lie, and if you really, really want something, if you are willing to sacrifice for it – and not a lot of people are – then you can achieve it.
THR: Is this mainly about drills, motivation or both?
Smith: It’s mainly about giving these kids a psychological advantage to know that they are in control. The drills and everything help, obviously, and they are fun to do and they are basically getting ideas for stuff that they can do on their own when we’ve gone, and we leave them with a development plan. It’s just giving them a look through the window of ‘Wow, if I actually focus I can make it.’ Not all of them want to make it to the professional level but a lot of them want to get to the college level. We are giving them the tools to do that.
THR: What do you hope is their takeaway this week?
Smith: The sky is the limit, not just in soccer but in everything in life. Anything worth achieving is just through hard work. If some of them can take that message into school, if some of them can take that message into life, we are just creating better human beings who make a better planet.
THR: Do you see any future Alex Morgans here?
Smith: I saw about 57 of them, if they work hard enough.
THR: What are your thoughts about the growth of soccer in America, as it pertains to playing, and in particular, girls soccer.
Smith: It’s huge. I’ve been in America for 12 years and I hear it every year, Soccer is the net big sport. What we have to do is focus on developing players as a country. We say the right things but we don’t do the right things. We focus on W’s first and that goes right through from rec soccer where everybody gets 50 percent playing time but the coaches put all the tall, fast kids up front and they get the win because at the end of the day, human ego is a funny thing. Yet, if we can educate coaches to focus on true development from a young, young, young age, then soccer will be the next big thing because then we can produce world-class players, but it’s going to take a long time. But it’s not going to start until everybody gets on the same page.
THR: Where does the element of fun come into play as far as development?
Smith: Fun is when you win. Fun is when you know that you can step on the field and you’ve worked so hard you feel super confident. … If you don’t think it’s fun, then it is probably not for you. I played the piano when I was growing up … I didn’t think it was fun. Guess what I am not very good at now? Playing the piano. Soccer is one of those things that if you want to get better, it is fun. Again, it’s not for everyone, it really isn’t. But if you want to play and you want to make that commitment you’ll have fun, especially at camps like this. It’s hard core. It’s an intense camp. It’s not a fun, ‘Hey, let’s have a wacky Wednesday camp.’ It’s hard core. It’s three hours of hard work. But these kids haven’t blinked. They are on it for these three hours.
THR: Why are you here? Do you hold a lot of these camps?
Smith: No, we only do camps for the select few clubs who ‘get it.’ They understand what we do and they are willing to implement what we do long term with their kids with development.
THR: Will America ever fully embrace soccer?
Smith: There’s a lot of variables. Realistically I don’t think we will ever be bigger than football, and I think we can catch baseball. We’ve already caught hockey. But we’ve got to start producing better players. If the home-field product is better and there are American players, then yeah, people will buy into it. There’s a lot of different variables with Major League Soccer. You have to have a promotion and relegation system in order for the excitement levels to be there. We’ve got to do the blueprint of world-wide soccer and why it is successful … bring it over here, produce world-class players and world-class soccer on the field and then people will accept it.

kmcmillan@th-record.com
Twitter: @KenMcMillanTHR

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Girls soccer: OCIAA league schedules

OCIAA Division I
(2015 standings: Monroe-Woodbury 8-0; Pine Bush 5-3; Kingston 3-4-1; Newburgh 2-5-1; Middletown 1-7)
Wednesday, September 14
Middletown at Monroe-Woodbury, 4 p.m.
Newburgh at Kingston, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, September 16
Monroe-Woodbury at Newburgh, 4 p.m.
Kingston at Pine Bush, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 20
Newburgh at Middletown, 4 p.m.
Pine Bush at Monroe-Woodbury, 4 p.m.
Thursday, September 22
Middletown at Pine Bush, 4 p.m.
Monroe-Woodbury at Kingston, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 24
Middletown at Kingston, 10 a.m.
Monday, September 26
Pine Bush at Newburgh, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, October 4
Monroe-Woodbury at Middletown, 4 p.m.
Kingston at Newburgh, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 6
Newburgh at Monroe-Woodbury, 4 p.m.
Pine Bush at Kingston, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 8
Middletown at Newburgh, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, October 11
Monroe-Woodbury at Pine Bush, 4 p.m.
Friday, October 14
Pine Bush at Middletown, 4 p.m.
Kingston at Monroe-Woodbury, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, October 17
Newburgh at Pine Bush, 4 p.m.
Kingston at Middletown, 4:30 p.m.

OCIAA Division II
(2015 standings: Washingtonville 6-0; Warwick 3-3; Minisink Valley 3-3; Valley Central 0-6)
Friday, September 16
Warwick at Valley Central, 4 p.m.
Minisink Valley at Washingtonville, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, September 20
Minisink Valley at Valley Central, 4 p.m.
Washingtonville at Warwick, 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, September 22
Warwick at Minisink Valley, 4 p.m.
Valley Central at Washingtonville, 4 p.m.
Thursday, October 6
Valley Central at Warwick, 4 p.m.
Washingtonville at Minisink Valley, 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, October 8
Warwick at Washingtonville, 10 a.m.
Valley Central at Minisink Valley, 10 a.m.
Friday, October 14
Minisink Valley at Warwick, 4 p.m.
Washingtonville at Valley Central, 4:15 p.m.

OCIAA Division III
(2015 standings: Cornwall 5-1; Goshen 5-1; Port Jervis 2-4; Monticello 0-6)
Wednesday, September 14
Monticello at Cornwall, 4 p.m.
Friday, September 16
Goshen at Port Jervis, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, September 20
Cornwall at Goshen, 4 p.m.
Monticello at Port Jervis, 4 p.m.
Thursday, September 22
Port Jervis at Cornwall, 4 p.m.
Goshen at Monticello, 4 p.m.
Thursday, October 6
Cornwall at Monticello, 4 p.m.
Port Jervis at Goshen, 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 8
Port Jervis at Monticello, 10 a.m.
Friday, October 14
Cornwall at Port Jervis, 4 p.m.
Monticello at Goshen, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, October 19
Goshen at Cornwall, 4 p.m.

OCIAA Division IV
(2015 standings: O’Neill 6-0; Liberty 3-3; Burke 3-3; Fallsburg 0-6)
Wednesday, September 14
Burke at O’Neill, 4 p.m.
Liberty at Fallsburg, 4:15 p.m.
Friday, September 16
O’Neill at Liberty, 4:15 p.m.
Fallsburg at Chester, 4:15 p.m.
Tuesday, September 20
Chester at O’Neill, 4 p.m.
Liberty at Burke, 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, September 22
Burke at Chester, 4:15 p.m.
O’Neill at Fallsburg, 4:15 p.m.
Monday, September 26
Chester at Fallsburg, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 4
Fallsburg at Burke, 4:15 p.m.
Chester at Liberty, 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, October 6
O’Neill at Burke, 4 p.m.
Fallsburg at Liberty, 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, October 8
Liberty at O’Neill, 10 a.m.
Friday, October 14
O’Neill at Chester, 4 p.m.
Burke at Liberty, 4:15 p.m.
Monday, October 17
Chester at Burke, 4 p.m.
Fallsburg at O’Neill, 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, October 19
Burke at Fallsburg, 4:15 p.m.
Liberty at Chester, 4:15 p.m.

OCIAA Division V
(2015 standings: unavailable)
Monday, September 21
Tri-Valley at Seward, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 14
Sullivan West at Tri-Valley, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, September 20
Sullivan West at Seward, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, October 4
Seward at Tri-Valley, 4 p.m.
Thursday, October 6
Tri-Valley at Sullivan West, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 13
Seward at Sullivan West, 7 p.m.

OCIAA Division VI
(2015 standings: Eldred 2-0; Livingston Manor 0-2)
Eldred is the only league member.

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Boys soccer: OCIAA league schedules

OCIAA Division I
(2015 standings: Monroe-Woodbury 7-1; Newburgh 6-1-1; Kingston 4-3-1; Middletown 2-6; Pine Bush 0-8)
Tuesday, September 13
Middletown at Monroe-Woodbury, 4 p.m.
Newburgh at Kingston, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 15
Monroe-Woodbury at Newburgh, 4 p.m.
Kingston at Pine Bush, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 17
Newburgh at Middletown, 10 a.m.
Pine Bush at Monroe-Woodbury, 10 a.m.
Monday, September 19
Middletown at Pine Bush, 4 p.m.
Monroe-Woodbury at Kingston, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 21
Pine Bush at Newburgh, 4 p.m.
Middletown at Kingston, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 29
Monroe-Woodbury at Middletown, 4 p.m.
Kingston at Newburgh, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 5
Newburgh at Monroe-Woodbury, 4 p.m.
Pine Bush at Kingston, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, October 7
Middletown at Newburgh, 4 p.m.
Monroe-Woodbury at Pine Bush, 4 p.m.
Thursday, October 13
Pine Bush at Middletown, 4 p.m.
Kingston at Monroe-Woodbury, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18
Newburgh at Pine Bush, 4 p.m.
Kingston at Middletown, 4:30 p.m.

OCIAA Division II
(2015 standings: Warwick 5-0-1; Washingtonville 3-1-2; Valley Central 1-4-1; Minisink Valley 1-5)
Tuesday, September 13
Valley Central at Warwick, 4 p.m.
Minisink Valley at Washingtonville, 4 p.m.
Thursday, September 15
Valley Central at Minisink Valley, 4 p.m.
Washingtonville at Warwick, 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, September 21
Warwick at Minisink Valley, 4 p.m.
Washingtonville at Valley Central, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, October 5
Warwick at Valley Central, 4 p.m.
Washingtonville at Minisink Valley, 4:15 p.m.
Friday, October 7
Warwick at Washingtonville, 4 p.m.
Minisink Valley at Valley Central, 4 p.m.
Thursday, October 13
Minisink Valley at Warwick, 4 p.m.
Valley Central at Washingtonville, 4 p.m.

OCIAA Division III
(2015 standings: Cornwall 5-1; Goshen 5-1; Monticello 2-4; Port Jervis 0-6)
Tuesday, September 13
Monticello at Cornwall, 4 p.m.
Goshen at Port Jervis, 4 p.m.
Thursday, September 15
Cornwall at Goshen, 4 p.m.
Monday, September 19
Port Jervis at Monticello, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, September 21
Goshen at Monticello, 4 p.m.
Cornwall at Port Jervis, 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, October 5
Cornwall at Monticello, 4 p.m.
Port Jervis at Goshen, 4 p.m.
Friday, October 7
Goshen at Cornwall, 4 p.m.
Monticello at Port Jervis, 4 p.m.
Thursday, October 13
Port Jervis at Cornwall, 4:15 p.m.
Monticello at Goshen, 4 p.m.

OCIAA Division IV
(2015 standings: O’Neill 6-0; Burke 2-3-1; Fallsburg 2-4; Liberty 1-4-1)
Tuesday, September 13
Burke at O’Neill, 4:15 p.m.
Liberty at Fallsburg, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 15
Fallsburg at Chester, 4:30 p.m.
O’Neill at Liberty, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 17
Chester at O’Neill, 10 a.m.
Liberty at Burke, 10 a.m.
Monday, September 19
O’Neill at Fallsburg, 4 p.m.
Burke at Chester, 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, September 21
Chester at Liberty, 4:30 p.m.
Fallsburg at Burke, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 29
O’Neill at Burke, 4 p.m.
Fallsburg at Liberty, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 5
Chester at Fallsburg, 4 p.m.
Liberty at O’Neill, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, October 7
O’Neill at Chester, 4 p.m.
Burke at Liberty, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 13
Chester at Burke, 4 p.m.
Fallsburg at O’Neill, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18
Burke at Fallsburg, 4:15 p.m.
Liberty at Chester, 4:30 p.m.

OCIAA Division V
(2015 standings: Seward 4-0; Chester 2-2; Tri-Valley 0-4)
Tuesday, September 13
Seward at Sullivan West, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, September 21
Sullivan West at Tri-Valley, 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, September 29
Sullivan West at Seward, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 5
Tri-Valley at Seward, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, October 14
Tri-Valley at Sullivan West, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18
Seward at Tri-Valley, 4:15 p.m.

OCIAA Division VI
(2015 standings: Mount Academy 6-0; Eldred 4-2; Chapel Field 2-4; Tuxedo 0-6)
Saturday, September 17
Mount Academy at Eldred, noon
Saturday, October 8
Eldred at Mount Academy, noon

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BCANY Summer Hoops Fest Mid-Hudson girls roster

The BCANY Summer Hoops Festival will take place in Johnson City on August 5-7. The tournament takes the place of the former Empire State Games tourney and features teams from all corners of the state.

A provisional roster for team Mid-Hudson has been announced.

player, 2016-17 year, school

Melisa Alifano, Soph., Monroe-Woodbury

Isabelle Herrera, Fr., Spackenkill

Jordan Lepes, Sr., Eldred

Noelle Mancini, Jr., Spackenkill

Kelsey Morgans, Soph., Liberty

Julianna Noone, Jr., Warwick

Kiera Parker, Jr., Middletown

Brianne Rozzi, Soph., Highland

Katie Smith, Sr., Goshen

Erika Straub, Jr., S.S. Seward

Taylor Tomlinson, Sr., Middletown

Madison Vinett, Sr., Cornwall

Coaches: Head coach Peter Rickard, Chester; assistants Gus Lawson (Goshen), Dan Redmond (Fallsburg) and Kaitlin Gould (Middletown).

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Mid-Hudson BCANY Summer Hoops Fest boys roster

The BCANY Summer Hoops Festival will take place in Johnson City on August 5-7. The tournament takes the place of the former Empire State Games tourney and features teams from all corners of the state.

 

A provisional roster for team Mid-Hudson has been announced.

player, 2016-17 year, height, school

Jordan Bryan, Sr., 6-3, Middletown

P.J. Morais, Sr., 6-4, Washingtonville

Bright Afful, Sr., 6-4, Middletown

Connor Perez, Jr., 6-0, Warwick

Sam Clark, Sr., 6-4, Newburgh Free Academy

Cameron Ness, Soph., 6-8, Highland

Corey Simmons, Sr., 6-8, Poughkeepsie

Kyiev Bennermon, Jr., 6-4, Spackenkill

Axel Rodriguez, Soph., 5-10, New Paltz

Jaiden Allen, Jr., 5-9, Marlboro

Corey Burke, Sr., 6-4, New Paltz

Jose Gonazalez, Sr., 6-5, Middletown

Brendan O’Leary, Jr., 5-11, Washingtonville

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All-State baseball teams

The New York State Sportswriters Association released its annual All-State teams today. A total of 38 players from Section 9 were honored, including Marlboro’s Nick Mongelli as the Class B Player of the Year. Marlboro’s Dave Onusko was named the Class B Coach of the Year.

The full list will be published soon on newyorksportswriters.org

All-State baseball team, 2016
Class AA
First team
Tyler Kelder, Kingston, Jr., 1B/3B
Chris Morgese, Warwick, Sr., P/OF
Second team
Avery Short, Kingston, Jr., P
Third team
Anthony Amoroso, Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., 2B/P
Chris Davignon, Minisink Valley, Sr., OF
Fourth team
Drew Guerra, Monroe-Woodbury, Jr., OF
Kenny Gray, Valley Central, Sr., OF/P
Fifth team
Jack Bermingham, Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., SS
Dean Natalizio, Minisink Valley, Sr., 3B
Seventh team
Fletcher Szabo, Valley Central, Sr., OF
Justin Tuey, Kingston, Sr., OF
Eighth team
Nick Rivera, Monroe-Woodbury, Soph., P
Ninth team
Brian Picone, Washingtonville, Sr., SS
Tenth team
Alex Tejada, Middletown, Sr., SS/P
A.J. Rizzi, Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., P
Joseph Van Riper, Washingtonville, Sr., 1B

Class A
First team
Dominick Marzigliano, Cornwall, Jr., C/OF
Second team
Anthony Pacifico, Wallkill, Sr., P
Third team
Matt Barbieri, New Paltz, Sr., 1B
Fourth team
John Zinko, Wallkill, Jr., C
Fifth team
Justin Dunikowski, Wallkill, Jr., OF
Sixth team
Nick Torres, Cornwall, Sr., P
Matt Krafft, Cornwall, Soph., 1B
Seventh team
Ian Jenkeleit, Cornwall, Sr., OF

Class B
Coach of the Year: Dave Onusko, Marlboro
Player of the Year: Nick Mongelli, Marlboro
First team
Nick Mongelli, Marlboro, Sr., P/1B/OF
John Mooradian, Marlboro, Sr., SS
Second team
Jack Rusk, Marlboro, Sr., 1B/P
Fifth team
Xavier Oliver, Marlboro, Sr., 2B
Sixth team
Ryan Geraghty, John S. Burke Catholic, Sr., OF/P
Seventh team
Easton Raimondo, Ellenville, Sr., SS/2B/P
Eighth team
Cole Nicolis, Marlboro, Sr., C
Ninth team
Caleb Philips, Liberty, Sr., OF/C/P

Class C
Second team
Wilson Jimenez, Chester, Sr., P/SS
Third team
Cole Gill, S.S. Seward, Sr., C

Class D
Second team
Greg Scott, Livingston Manor, Sr., P/INF
Third team
Joe Cubero, Livingston Manor, Sr., OF
Fourth team
Andy Spanjer, Chapel Field, Sr., P
Logan DeVries, Chapel Field, Fr., SS

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Patrignelli disappointed but not crushed by Trials setback

Monroe-Woodbury graduate Megan Patrignelli wrote to her Facebook followers on Tuesday following her 26th-place finish in the women’s steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She was disappointed but heartened by the support she has received.

“Yesterday was a tough one. I was prepared for it to be hard, but not expecting to be on the pain train right from the gun. I’m of course very grateful for the whole experience, especially when I consider where I was at just a few months ago, but I can’t lie and say that I’m not extremely disappointed. I believed 100%, and I was ready. It just wasn’t there yesterday, for whatever reason- not exactly sure why yet. But these kinds of moments are the ones that remind you how much passion is there & how much you truly care about something. These are the moments that motivate you to keep going, to work harder, to get up and try again. My heart hurts now, and it probably will for a little while. But every experience, good or bad, plays some important part in the whole journey. I have experienced the most AMAZING support from so many people who have never given up on me, especially in these past few weeks. I just want you all to know that I appreciate every single one of you, and I am not giving up either! I really thought this was my day, but it clearly wasn’t. Just means I’ve gotta find a new day to make mine. On the bright side, I can now spend some time with my family and fully utilize my cheering skills for my awesome TRE teammates in the steeple finals and 1500m prelims!”

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All-state softball selections

2016 Class AA – All New York State High School Softball Selections

State Class AA Coach of the Year: Joe Mancinelli (Binghamton-4)
State Class AA Player of the Year: Paige Rauch (Binghamton-4)

1st Team

01 11 C Daniela Chiorazzi (North Rockland)
01 12 SS Samantha Fitzgerald (John Jay-East Fishkill)
02 12 1B Kelly Barkevich (Shenendehowa)
04 11 SS/P Paige Rauch (Binghamton)
04 12 3B Ally McGovern (Binghamton)
08 12 3B Crista San Antonio (East Meadow)
08 10 P Jessica Budrewicz (MacArthur)
09 12 P Allison Marcano (Middletown)
11 12 P Marissa Rizzi (Eastport-South Manor)
C 11 3B Janae Barracato (Sacred Heart Hempstead)

2nd Team

01 12 P Kayla McDermott (North Rockland)
01 11 P Ally Muller (John Jay-East Fishkill)
02 12 P Ashlyn Kersch (Ballston Spa)
03 12 P Peyton Bellrose (Liverpool)
04 12 1B Shelepack (Binghamton)
06 10 1B Madison Stewart (Orchard Park)
06 11 OF Alexandra Sheehy (Orchard Park)
08 12 P Nicole Imhof (Calhoun)
09 12 CF Micaela Abbatine (Warwick)
11 12 1B Nicole Zukowski (Patchogue Medford)

3rd Team

01 12 CF Amanda Schweitzer (North Rockland)
02 11 C Kaitlin Rarick (Bethlehem)
03 12 INF Ericka Sadowski (Liverpool)
03 12 INF Beth Bonin (Cicero-North Syracuse)
04 10 OF Mariah Graham (Elmira)
05 12 P Adrianna Dilal (Wester Schroeder)
06 11 SS Kara Paradowski (Lancaster)
08 12 C Grace Bandini (Oceanside)
C 11 P Claire O’Brien (Sacred Heart Hempstead)
11 11 P Sarah McKeveny (Connetquot)

4th Team

02 12 UTIL Sarah Baluch (Colonie)
04 10 UTIL Alli Richmond (Horseheads)
05 12 CF Kristen Simmons (Victor)
06 11 SS Maddie Klidonas (Niagara-Wheatfield)
09 12 P Alyssa Pfitscher (FDR-Hyde Park)
11 12 P Alyssa Bluthgen (Commack)
11 11 C Nahtica Shepherd (North Babylon)
P 12 P Amanda Neenan (Curtis)
P 12 DP Jamie Holmes (Tottenville)
C 10 SS Marissa Braito (Sacred Heart Hempstead)

5th Team

01 12 1B Gina Selvaggi (North Rockland)
01 12 C Sara Herskowitz (Clarkstown South)
02 12 UTIL Samantha Hart (Columbia)
03 12 P Keanna Wolcik (Baldwinsville)
04 11 OF Alissa Rice (Horseheads)
05 12 P Jessica Koneski (Fairport)
06 12 P Carly Leo (Niagara Falls)
08 10 CF Alex Burns (Baldwin)
09 12 P Ciarra DiGuilio (Warwick)
11 12 3B Taryn McGinley (Kings Park)

6th Team

03 10 INF Jenna Wike (Liverpool)
04 10 P Makayla Pourby (Binghamton)
04 11 3B Jill Murray (Horseheads)
05 11 SS Samantha Torlish (Victor)
05 12 C Abby Bloomfield (Schroeder)
06 11 3B Grace Ferguson (Kenmore West)
11 12 C Christina Rizzi (Eastport South Manor)
11 12 SS Kailah Konkel (Eastport South Manor)
C 12 P Kaitlin Geary (Kellenberg)
C 10 SS Angelina Reno (Moore)

7th Team

02 12 UTIL Kelly O’Gorman (Shenendehowa)
03 12 P Alanna Phillips (Proctor)
04 11 2B Kaily LaForce (Binghamton)
09 12 P/SS Michaela Veneziali (Pine Bush)
09 12 C Elivia Perez (Middletown)
11 12 P Rachel Wandzilak (West Islip)
11 12 3B Deanna Reith (Connetquot)
C 12 1B Kelly Rasulo (Kellenberg)
P 11 1B Erica Olsen (Susan Wagner)
P 12 P Isabella Gerone (Brooklyn James Madison)
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2016 Class A – All New York State High School Softball Selections

State Class A Player of the Year: Sarah Cornell (Clarke-8)
State Class A Coach of the Year: Matt Raleigh (Maine-Endwell-4)

1st Team

01 11 P Emily Turulli (Pearl River)
02 11 SS/P Hunter Levesque (Troy)
02 11 P Amber Bourdeaux (So. Glens Falls)
04 12 SS Allison Missavage (Maine-Endwell)
04 11 2B Meaghan Raleigh (Maine-Endwell)
05 12 P/1B Taryn Welch (Mendon)
05 12 P Nicole Carty (Sutherland)
08 12 P Sarah Cornell (Clarke)
08 12 SS Brianna Pinto (Carey)
11 10 C Lindsey Shaw (Sayville)

2nd Team

01 12 P Val Cucci (Ursuline)
01 11 P Colleen Walsh (Lakeland)
04 12 C Izabel Pasquale (Union-Endicott)
04 09 2B Katina Fox (Johnson City)
05 12 SS Halie Mariano (Mendon)
06 10 P Anilese Kelly (West Seneca East)
06 09 SS Christy Mack (Williamsville East)
08 12 P Rebecca Vilchez (Carey)
08 12 SS Kelsey Marigliano (Plainedge)
11 10 SS Love Drumgole (Mt Sinai)

3rd Team

01 12 SS Caroline Alicandri (Pearl River)
01 12 P Alexis Bazos (Fox Lane)
02 12 SS M. Cullen (Burnt Hills)
03 12 C Morgan Sgarlata (Oneida)
04 10 C Cassidy Barrett (Vestal)
05 12 SS Erin Guinan (Geneva)
05 12 P/1B Shannon Grage (Mendon)
08 12 C Brooke Scherer (Clarke)
09 12 P Bridget Bennett (New Paltz)
11 10 C Lauren Ramos (Westhampton)

4th Team

01 11 C Amber Badillo (Lakeland)
01 12 3B Christina DeCarlo (Harrison)
02 12 INF Caitlin Delsignore (Troy)
02 12 C Madison Rifenberick (Troy)
04 12 1B Daniella Dean (Maine-Endwell)
06 11 C Heather Haberman (Hamburg)
C 11 P Rachel Perelstein (Nardin)
08 12 1B Amelia Cariddi (Seaford)
09 12 C Courtney Blasko (Wallkill)
11 12 3B/C Alexis Freudenberg (Islip)

5th team

01 11 2B Cameron Lischinsky (Lakeland)
02 12 1B Torrey Fisher (Averill Park)
03 12 INF Paige Sherling (Jamesville-DeWitt)
04 10 3B Natalie Novak (Johnson City)
05 12 C Zoe Legott (Geneva)
06 12 C Rachel Funk (West Seneca East)
C 12 Shannon Gilbert (Buffalo Sacred Heart)
08 12 C Kim Basile (Island Trees)
09 12 C Karly Giancola (New Paltz)
11 10 SS Emily Whitman (Comsewogue)

6th Team

01 12 C Melissa Strand (Brewster)
01 12 SS Angie Rizzi (Ursuline)
04 11 SS Alex Hein (Johnson City)
04 10 3B Alexis Wanchisen (Maine-Endwell)
05 12 SS Brooke Wolff (Brighton)
05 08 P Emily Phelan (Olympia)
06 10 C Jenna Rhue (Lewiston Porter)
08 12 P Lauren Bloom (Bethpage)
11 12 1B Elizabeth Whitlow (Miller Place)
11 11 SS Samantha Seeger (Islip)

7th Team

01 11 3B Jeese McCarthy (Pearl River)
01 11 LF Kayla Castro (Ursuline)
03 12 3B Hannah Begay (Oneida)
03 12 OF Jessica Sardina (Whitesboro)
06 12 OF Madi Jaszcz (West Seneca East)
06 09 SS Abby DeCicco (Amherst)
09 12 P Stephanie Muller (Port Jervis)
09 12 1B Jaccora Webb (New Paltz)
P 11 SS Lizul Portugal (Construction)

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2016 Class B – All New York State High School Softball Selections

State Class B Player of the Year: Calista Phippen (Ichabod Crane-2)
State Class B Coach of the Year: Ryan Naccarato (Marlboro-9)

1st Team

02 10 P Calista Phippen (Ichabod Crane)
02 12 SS Cierra Casale (Hoosic Valley)
02 11 P Isabelle DeChiaro (Cohoes)
04 12 OF Alexis Phillips (Chenango Valley)
04 10 P Sophia Pappas (Susquehanna Valley)
04 12 P Mara Kohlbach (Windsor)
05 12 SS Madison Hilimire (Seneca Falls Mynderse)
06 11 P Carson Cotton (Depew)
09 12 P Lily Moresco (Marlboro)
09 11 CF/P/2B Taylor Felicello (Marlboro)

2nd Team

02 12 3B Sara Baker (Schuylerville)
03 12 INF Deshae Jones (APW)
04 12 P Kylie Warner (Chenango Forks)
04 12 1B Kassidy Seary (Norwich)
05 12 SS Jessie Hammers (Wayland-Cohocton)
06 12 1B Abby Nicometi (Depew)
06 12 P Jill Murray (Eden)
09 12 C Allie Swartz (Marlboro)
09 12 SS Amber Mianti (Marlboro)
11 12 SS Cierra Smith (Center Moriches)

3rd Team

02 11 P Camille Coyne (Hoosic Valley)
02 11 SS Lily Sencer (Cohoes)
03 12 P Rhea Pitkin (General Brown)
03 11 P McKenzie Cobb (South Jefferson)
03 11 P Marissa McIntyre (Adirondack)
03 12 P Amber Rice (APW)
04 12 C Allison Lockwood (Windsor)
04 12 P Hannah Eddy (Norwich)
05 11 P Makayla Brzezinski (Bath)
09 11 C Drew Bugna (Ellenville)

4th Team

01 10 P Olivia Dunne (Rye Neck)
03 10 P Lauren Nichols (Solvay)
03 10 C Chelsea VanTassel (General Brown)
03 11 P McKailey Lyndaker (Lowville)
05 12 P Ally Uberty (LeRoy)
05 12 P Amy Lorshbaugh (Wellsville)
06 10 C Abby Stone (Akron)
08 12 C Samantha Palazzolo (Wheatley)
09 12 3B/P Cassie Lapointe (Marlboro)
11 12 OF Caroline Casey (Center Moriches)

5th Team

01 10 C Sam Yanuzzi (Rye Neck)
01 11 P Olivia Zoeller (Pawling)
04 12 OF Danielle Cary (Windsor)
04 11 INF Hannah Haskell (Susquehanna Valley)
05 12 C Alex Siebert (Bath-Haverling)
05 12 SS Rayanna Anderson (Wellsville)
05 12 2nd Peyton Keib (Wellsville)
06 12 P Laura Kratzke (Alden)
11 11 SS Gwen Donaldson (Babylon)
11 10 P Allie Stanya (Babylon)

6th Team

02 12 P Haley Irvis (Ravena)
04 11 1B Katie Church (Chenango Forks)
04 12 OF Liz Wickheiser (Windsor)
05 12 3B Gillian Lamb (Mynderse)
05 10 UTIL Erin Cappotelli (LeRoy)
06 12 P Taylor Olsen (Gowanda)
06 11 P Hannah Cybert (Fredonia)
06 10 SS Alyssa Ramarge (Olean)
06 10 C Abby Tomasik (Depew)
06 12 3B Halie Kobie (Eden)
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2016 Class C – All New York State High School Softball Selections

State Class C Player of the Year – Alivia Clark (Elmira ND-4)
State Class C Co-Coaches of the Year – Les Funk (Pine Plains-9) and Steve Weber (Elmira ND-4)

1st Team

03 11 P Maria Noto (Cooperstown)
03 10 P Carly Stoker (Sandy Creek)
03 12 2B Jennifer Flynn (Cooperstown)
04 12 SS/P Alivia Clark (Elmira ND)
04 12 P Mackenzie Slaven (Elmira Heights)
04 10 P/SS Izzy Milazzo (Elmira ND)
04 11 3B/LF Mackenzie Maloney (Elmira ND)
05 12 P Emily McDonald (Cal-Mum)
09 10 C Cat Simmons (Pine Plains)
09 11 P/OF Skylar Conklin (Chester)

2nd Team

01 11 P Cassie McGrath (Tuckahoe)
04 12 P Samantha Wood (Tioga)
04 12 P Connor Decker (Sidney)
05 10 C Meghan Mietlicki (Cal-Mum)
05 11 P Bri Walker (Gananda)
06 10 P Taylor Betz (Cleveland Hill)
06 12 1B Cammie McKracken (Portville)
09 09 P Jo Schmidt (Pine Plains)
09 11 P/OF Kayla Palmer (Chester)
10 12 C Haleigh Agans (St. Lawrence)

3rd Team

01 12 3B/P Anastasia Pennacchio (North Salem)
02 10 P Ava Fitzmaurice (Greenville)
02 12 SS Kayley Fountain (Maple Hill)
04 10 3B Courtney Crater (Elmira ND)
04 12 3B Emily Lear (Elmira Heights)
04 11 C Megan Palmatier (Bainbridge-Guilford)
05 11 P/U Sierra Leitten (Bloomfield)
06 11 C Emily McIntosh (Cleveland Hill)
08 12 CF Erica Acampora (East Rockaway)
10 12 P Breanna Powell (Norwood-Norfolk)

4th Team

02 12 CF Kristen Silk (Greenville)
02 11 P Rachel Hall (Greenwich)
02 12 CF Sabrina Whitehouse (Greenwich)
03 11 UTIL Allison Burrows (Sandy Creek)
04 12 SS Jolene Krom (Sidney)
05 11 SS Hannah Paolucci (Alexander)
05 10 P Julia Mertsock (Letchworth)
06 11 P Alyssa Hahn (Cassadaga Valley)
06 12 C Allison Forness (Allegany-Limestone)
09 11 3B Sarah Wierzbicki (Florida)

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2016 Class D – All New York State High School Softball Selections

State Class D Co-Players of the Year – Megan Faulkner (Deposit-4) and Makenzie Stiles (Deposit-4)
State Class D Co-Coaches of the Year – Dan Briggs (Deposit-4) and Kim Driskell (Bradford-5)

1st Team

02 12 C Bri Amodio (Fort Ann)
02 09 P Kayla Bailey (Fort Ann
04 09 P Makenzie Stiles (Deposit)
04 12 C Megan Faulkner (Deposit)
04 10 SS Kyra Martin (Deposit)
04 11 C Sarah Lawrence (Edmeston)
05 12 P Sammi English (Bradford)
05 12 SS Karlee Patrick (Arkport)
10 11 C Hannah Thornhill (Heuvelton)
10 11 P Paige McCormick (Heuvelton)

2nd Team

03 09 P Sarah Johnson (Lafargeville)
03 09 P Jamie Weakley (Poland)
03 12 C Tiffany Jacobs (Stockbridge Valley)
04 11 P Amanda Greenwood (Afton)
04 09 LF Bryn Martin (Deposit)
04 11 CF Alea Tiffany (Deposit)
04 11 P Catherine Johnson (Edmeston)
04 12 SS Sydney Smith (Edmeston)
05 12 C Rachel Bonning (Bradford)
06 10 P Ally Haskell (Franklinville)

3rd Team

02 12 P Bailey Hasemann (Hartford)
03 12 UTIL Logan LaBiendo (Lafargeville)
03 12 SS Hailey Murray (Remsen)
04 11 SS Paige Polizzi (Afton)
04 12 UTIL Jade Meehan (Roxbury)
05 12 SS Alexandra Reigle (Elba)
05 12 P Stephanie Pingrey (Batavia Notre Dame)
06 12 P Jessica Wilcox (Pine Valley)
06 12 C Jamie Wilcox (Pine Valley)
09 11 P Jordan Lepes (Eldred)

4th Team

03 09 SS Taylor Zaino (West Canada Valley)
03 12 UTIL Mikayla Blumenstock (Poland)
03 11 P Jordan Batson (Poland)
03 12 1B Kaitlyn Janczuk (Hamilton)
04 12 P Devin Fox (Roxbury)
04 11 P Jenna Lutz (Davenport)
04 12 U Kaileen Townsend (Downsville)
04 08 3B Mikayla Martin (Deposit)
05 09 C Madison Williams (Finney)
05 11 SS Hannah Bowen (Batavia ND)

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