All-state softball: Four first teamers, 21 in all from Section 9

The all-state softball selections have been announced ny NYSSCOGS and 21 players from Section 9 were named to the all-class teams.
The four players who were named first team are Olivia Lattin of Kingston (Class AA), Kelly Panek of Highland (Class B), and Katie Moos of Seward and Amanda Almodovar of Chester (Class C).
The list:
Class AA
First team
Olivia Lattin (Kingston, Sr., P)
Third team
Allison Pritchard (Roosevelt, Sr., P)
Fifth team
Elivia Perez (Middletown, Jr., C)
Sixth team
Maddy Lee (Roosevelt, Sr., CF/C)
Micaela Abbatini (Warwick, Jr., CF)
Seventh team
Sarah Baganz (Kingston, Sr., SS)
Eighth team
Brook Megna (Warwick, Jr., SS)

Class A
Second team
Peyton Atkins (Goshen, Jr., SS/C)
Katie Preiss (Cornwall, Sr., SS)
Fourth team
Sydney Hendershot (Port Jervis, Sr., 1B)
Sixth team
Gabby Battle (Wallkill, Sr., P)
Danielle May (Goshen, Sr., CF/SS)

Class B
First team
Kelly Panek (Highland, Sr., C)
Third team
Cassie La Pointe (Marlboro, Jr., 3B/P)
Fourth team
Allison Swartz (Marlboro, Jr., C)
Seventh team
Taylor Felicello (Marlboro, Jr., CF/P)

Class C
First team
Katie Moos (Seward, Sr., 3B)
Amanda Almodovar (Chester, Sr., RF)
Third team
Allison Toscano (Tuxedo, Sr., SS/P)
Fourth team
Cat Simmons (Pine Plains, Fr., C)
Fifth team
Stephanie Dudgeon (Chester, Jr., C)

Class D

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Section 1 vs. Section 9 boys soccer challenge schedule announced

On Monday, Oct. 12, Valhalla High School will host the second annual Section 1 vs. Section 9 boys soccer challenge.

Here is a schedule of the games:

  • Bryam Hills vs Cornwall, 10 a.m.
  • Bronxville vs Rhinebeck, 12:15 p.m.
  • Lakeland vs Goshen, 2:30 p.m.
  • Mamaroneck vs Newburgh Free Academy, 4:45 p.m.
  • Valhalla vs Spackenkill, 7 p.m.

There will be no admission charged, but donations will be accepted. All proceeds will go to cancer research.

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MHAL baseball coaches’ All-League team

Here are the MHAL baseball All-League teams for the 2015 season, as voted on by the coaches.

The Varsity845 baseball All-Star team will be published shortly.

MHAL Coaches All League Teams

American Conference

Marlboro's Nick Mongelli pitches during a game at Minisink Valley in 2015. (Times Herald-Record file photo)

Roosevelt: Nick Rand (Senior – Outfield/ Pitcher), Will Grega (Senior – Infield/Pitcher); Tyler Myers (Senior – Outfield); Isiah Nugent (Senior – First Base/Pitcher); Kyle Zigner (Senior – Outfield), Cory Simmons (Senior – Infield).

Marlboro: Nick Mongelli (Junior – Pitcher); Scott Oliver (Senior – Pitcher/Infield); John Mooradian (Junior – Infield); Cole Nicolis (Junior – Catcher); Kyle Cherubini (Senior – Outfield); Xavier Oliver (Junior – Infield).

New Paltz: Stevie Branche (Senior – Designated Hitter); Seb Pannuto (Senior – Infield); Taylor Digilio (Senior – Infield); Chris Baker (Senior – Outfield); Tyler Black (Junior – Pitcher).

Poughkeepsie: Mark Weaver (Senior – Catcher); Treyvon Stokes (Senior – Outfield); Lucas Ramos (Junior – Infield).

Red Hook: AJ Coolbaugh (Junior – Outfield); Nick Carlson (Senior – Catcher); Connor Christensen (Junior – Pitcher/Outfield); Greg Karpinski (Senior – Pitcher/Outfield); Pat Troy (Senior – First Base).

Rondout Valley: Frank Finkbeiner (Senior – Pitcher); Jake Hikade (Junior – Infield ); Kyle Kolodzijski (Junior – Outfield); Andrew Huffman (Sophomore – Catcher ).

Saugerties: Nick Teiter (Senior – Pitcher/Infield); Jon Lezette (Senior – First – Base/Outfield); Biko Skalla (Senior – Outfield); Jimmy Miller (Junior – Designated Hitter).

Wallkill: Nick Gomez (Senior – Infield); Steve Moskwa (Senior- Pitcher/Infield); Josh Begany (Senior – Pitcher); Anthony Pacifico (Junior (Pitcher – Outfield); Trent Tucker (Junior – Outfield); Jake Stewart (Junior – Pitcher).

National Conference

Dover: Russel Bradshaw (Junior – Pitcher/Outfield); Andrew Anderson (Junior – Pitcher/First Base); John Carlo (Junior – Pitcher/Infield); Zach Elwood (Junior- Catcher/Outfield).

Ellenville: Ryan Diehl (Sophmore – Pitcher/ Infield); Easton Raimondo (Junior – Infield).

Millbrook: Vincent Granuzzo (Senior – Pitcher/First Base); Matt Kyle (Senior – Infield); Wally Cook (Senior – Outfield); Tyler Gangloff (Junior – Outfield).

Onteora: Jack Kane (Senior – Infield); Justin Beckwith (Senior – Pitcher); Zach Chartrand (Freshman – Outfield).

Pine Plains: John Wheeler (Senior – Pitcher/Infield); Matt Pelletier (Senior – Outfield); Petter Ducillo (Freshman – Pitcher/Infield); Matt Funk (Freshman – Infield).

Rhinebeck: Chris Cassens (Junior – Pitcher/Infield); Spencer Hutchins (Junior – Catcher); Hunter Brandt (Junior – Infield); Sean Martin (Senior – Outfield); Ryan Eull (Junior – Pitcher/Infield).

Spackenkill: Justin Etts (Senior – Infield/Pitcher); Mike Hovermill (Junior – Pitcher/Infield); Josh Rosario (Junior – Pitcher/Infield); Joe Arcuri (Sophomore – Catcher).

Webutuck: Hunter Coulthand (Junior – Pitcher/Infield); Chris Reed (Junior – Pitcher/Infield); Lashawn Thrasher (Senior – Outfield); Andrew Thrasher (Senior – Catcher); Kyle Emmons (Senior – Pitcher/Infield); Nick Reilly (Senior – First Base); Dave Geillo (Senior – Infield); Tom Ford (Senior – Outfield).

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Team Mid-Hudson finalizes BCANY girls Hoops Fest roster

Here is the final Mid-Hudson roster for the upcoming BCANY summer Hoops Fest tournament in Johnson City. The tournament will take place from July 31-August 2 and will feature other All-Star teams from areas around New York State.

Team Mid-Hudson will gather for four practices in late July just before the tournament begins. Look for more information on this team as we draw closer to tourney time.

Team Mid-Hudson, 2015

Player, School, year in school 2014-15, Pos.

Annmarie Chiappone, S.S. Seward, Jr., G-F

Greer Liguori, Warwick, Soph., G

Allyson Lyle, James I. O’Neill, Soph., F

Maggie Malone, Cornwall, 8th, F

Quinn Mullarkey, Newburgh Free Academy, Jr., G

Erica Prindle, Kingston, Jr., F

Allison Rozzi, Highland, Jr., G

Briana Rozzi, Highland, 8th, G

Samiaya Salley, James I. O’Neill, Jr., G

Erika Straub, S.S. Seward, Fr., G

Madison Vinett, Cornwall, Soph., F

Kayla Walsh, Newburgh Free Academy, Fr., G-F

Alaysia Walters, Newburgh Free Academy, Jr., F

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State baseball poll, final 2015 rankings

Here are the final state baseball rankings from the New York State Sportswriters Association. I’ll list the top three teams in each class as well as any Section 9 teams that made the cut.

For the full list, click here.

Thanks for following along during the baseball season. We’ll be publishing the annual Varsity845 All-Star in the paper in the weeks to come. Stay tuned on Twitter (@THR_Montgomery) for more when I know exactly when the section will run.

If you have any summer baseball news to pass along, please feel free to drop me a line via email:


Chester senior pitcher and catcher Kyle Marco, second from left, and freshman third baseman Sean Murphy, left, share a laugh during practice on Tuesday. Chester had faced a generation gap between upperclassmen and lowerclassmen, but now have come together as a team, and the wins have followed. (Will Montgomery photo/Times Herald-Record)

1. Mamaroneck-Section 1 (24-4)
2. Saratoga-2 (20-6)
3. Connetquot-Section 11 (24-5)
15. Roosevelt-Hyde Park-9 (17-4)
17. Minisink Valley-9 (16-7)
20. Valley Central-9 (14-10)

1. Byram Hills-Section 1 (22-5)
2. Division-8 (25-5)
3. Queensbury-2 (21-6)
15. Saugerties-9 (13-9)
16. Cornwall-9 (16-4)

1. Mattituck-Section 11 (27-1)
2. Livonia-5 (25-2)
3. Westhill-3 (20-5)
15. Spackenkill-9 (16-7)
19. Marlboro-9 (15-5)
20. Highland-9 (11-10)

1. Hoosic Valley-Section 2 (25-1)
2. Geneseo-5 (22-5)
3. Southold-11 (21-3)
6. Chester-9 (18-5)
9. Webutuck-9 (15-3)

1. Smithtown Christian-Section 11 (13-10)
2. Fort Ann-2 (19-1)
3. Westfield-6 (21-3)

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BCANY Mid-Hudson girls basketball roster taking shape

The BCANY Mid-Hudson girls basketball team is currently running through some tryouts in preparation for the annual Summer Hoops Fest coming up this summer in Johnson City.

Final cuts have yet to be made, but here are the players that are still in consideration for the team.

Player, school, 2014-15 year in school, Pos.

Warwick's Greer Liguori (right) shoots over Valley Central's Katie Gallagher (left) during an OCIAA Division II game in Montgomery, N.Y. on Jan. 5, 2015. (Will Montgomery photo/Times Herald-Record)

Alaysia Walters, Newburgh Free Academy, Jr., F

Briana Rozzi, Highland, 8th, G

Allison Rozzi, Highland, Jr., G

Greer Liguori, Warwick, Soph., G

Erika Straub, S.S. Seward, Fr., G

Erica Prindle, Kingston, Jr., F

Samiaya Salley, James I. O’Neill, Jr., G

Madison Vinet, Cornwall, Soph., F

Kayla Walsh, Newburgh Free Academy, Fr., G

Diamond Weeks, Fallsburg, Fr., G

Brianna Marchionda, Wallkill, Soph., G-F

Annmarie Chiappone, S.S. Seward, Jr., G-F

Olivia Vigna, James I. O’Neill, Jr., G-F

Allyson Lyle, James I. O’Neill, Soph., G-F

Quinn Mullarkey, Newburgh Free Academy, Jr., G

Emi Knecht, S.S. Seward, Soph., G

Eve Merrigan, Washingtonville, Jr., G

Maggie Malone, Cornwall, 8th, G-F

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Hintze continuing Monroe-Woodbury legacy

Jim Hintze accepted Monroe-Woodbury’s head football coaching position for two important reasons.

Hintze’s son, Dylan, will be a senior defensive end for the Crusaders this fall.

And, Pat D’Aliso agreed to return as Monroe-Woodbury’s offensive coordinator. D’Aliso retained Hintze from Monroe-Woodbury’s  jayvee coach to a varsity assistant 27 years ago.

Hintze, 55, a Monroe-Woodbury assistant for the last 32 years, was approved by the school board last week. He takes over for Bernie Connolly, who retired from coaching after the 2014 season. Connolly was hired by D’Aliso to run a Wing-T offense at Monroe-Woodbury in 1988 and remained on staff for 27 years.

The D’Aliso-Connolly-Hintze combination helped Monroe-Woodbury to four straight state Class AA finals (2005-08), including a state title in 2005 and 10 Section 9 Class AA championships, including seven straight from 2004-2010.

“When we first started this (as a varsity staff) 27 years ago, you didn’t have all the offseason stuff that you have now,” said Hintze, who was line coach and special teams coordinator at Monroe-Woodbury. “In order to be successful, you have to work at it all year. There’s no way around it. With Pat and Bernie, we’ve been innovators. I think we pushed the envelope in Section 9, trying to make the whole section better and try to make the coaching better.”

Hintze could have retired from teaching after 33 years. Monr0e-Woodbury’s administration offered the head coaching job to Hintze twice prior to him taking the position.

“When you work in a program, especially when it’s successful, you always think about being a head coach,” Hintze said. “I don’t know how many staffs work together for that amount of time. You don’t see that too often. That’s one of the keys to our success, the fact that we knew each other so well… Did I think about (being head coach)? Yeah. But at 55, I didn’t think about it.

“I’m saying it’s one year at a time. We’ll see what happens and how I feel after the first year. I have a lot of catching up to do.”

Hintze said Matt McCullagh, who played for Monroe-Woodbury in the early 2000s and has been on staff, will be the team’s defensive coordinator. Assistants James Sciarra and Hugh Hagan will return to the staff.

Monroe-Woodbury, a section finalist last season, returns two starters on offense and four on defense.


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Track and field: Outdoor Nationals athlete list

The scholastic outdoor national track and field championships will be held in Greensboro, N.C., from June 9-21.
Here are the Section 9 athletes who will compete:
Championship division
2,000-meter steeplechase (Sat. 1:10 p.m.): Jack Jibb (Monroe-Woodbury); Dan Peterson (Warwick)
400 relay (Sat. 6:15 p.m.): Newburgh (Marc Bellamour, Jahnique Dessaline, Blaine Billings, Zack Warden)
800 relay (Sat. 9:35 a.m.): Cornwall (Kevin Gangemi, Jaron Wallace, Conner Russell, Justus Mathelier); Newburgh (Zack Warden, Marc Bellamour, Blaine Billings, Jahnique Dessaline)
1,600 relay (Sun. 3:30 p.m.): Newburgh (Carson King, Jahnique Dessaline, Zack Warden, Stephon Scott)
3,200 relay (Sat. 7:55 p.m.): Monroe-Woodbury (Jack Jibb, Adam Alshoubeki, Wayne Williams, Christopher Urio)
1,000 sprint medley Swedish relay (Fri. 1:30 p.m.): Newburgh (Blaine Billings, Zack Warden, Jahnique Dessaline, Stephon Scott)
1,600 sprint medley (Sat. 2:05 p.m.): Monroe-Woodbury (Thomas Cooper, Brian Sano, Seth Wilson, Wayne Williams)
4×110 shuttle hurdles (Sat. 4:20 p.m.): Washingtonville (Timothy Henry, Nicholas Pham, Jacinto Gomez, Mark Pietrzak)
Pole vault (Sun. 9 a.m.): Derek DiBona (Warwick)
Shot put (Sat. 3:45 p.m.): Robert Detz (Chapel Field)
Decathlon (Saturday/Sunday): Colin Maggiolo (Warwick); Matt Przybocki (Burke Catholic)

1,600 relay (Sun. 3:05 p.m.): Monroe-Woodbury (Morgan Menzzasalma, Alexis Gomez, Kristen Lubeskie, Olivia Gibson)
3,200 relay (Sat. 7:30 p.m.): Cornwall (Jillian Decker, Beatrice Boylan, Ashley Wallace, Dara Cuffe)
4-mile relay (Sun. 8:10 a.m.): Cornwall (Dara Cuffe, Hannah Mellino, Ashley Wallace, Beatrice Boylan); Monroe-Woodbury (Katie Munks, Kiersten Kral, Katie Kern, Alina Kasparsons)
1,600 sprint medley relay (Sat. 1:35 p.m.): Monroe-Woodbury (Olivia Gibson, Alexis Acevedo, Morgan Menzzasalma, Katie Munks); Warwick (Greer Ligouri, Grace Rotar, Megan Reilly, Jessica Pinelli)
1-mile race walk (Fri. 2:20 p.m.): Katie Miale (Monroe-Woodbury)
Pole vault (Sat. 12 p.m.): Catherine Walker (Monroe-Woodbury)

Emerging elite
110-meter hurdles (Fri. 12 p.m.): Storm Malone (Highland)
Hammer (Fri. 12 p.m.): Mohib Khan (Tri-Valley)

Distance medley relay (Sun. 9:50 a.m.): Monroe-Woodbury (Katie Munks, Alexis Gomez, Jessica Cueva-Scarpelli, Julia Hoyt)
Hammer (Sat. 3 p.m.): Rachel Campo (Monroe-Woodbury)

Junior high school
1-mile (Fri. 4:23 p.m.): Logan Montilla (Middletown)
1-mile (Fri. 4:15 p.m.): Dana Lynch (Middletown)

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State tournament: Krahulik tops Section 9 after first round

Warwick’s Katie Krahulik turned in her best round of the state tournament in her fifth and final championship.

Krahulik, a senior who will play for Division I Hofstra, shot an 8-over-par 80 in the first round at SUNY Delhi and is in 14th place heading into Sunday’s final round. She made 11 pars.

Auburn freshman Lindsay May is 18 holes away from winning her second straight state title. May shot a 4-under 68 Saturday.

Warwick eighth-grader and Section 9 champion Charlotte Stanton birdied the first hole and finished with a 12-over 84. Stanton is tied for 19th place.

Pine Bush freshman Pasqualina Tartaglione had birdies on the sixth and 16th holes. Tartaglione finished at 13-over 85 and is tied for 23rd place.

The second and final round will start at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

State championship
(Firs round at SUNY Delhi, par 72)
1 Lindsay May (Auburn) 35-33-68; 14 Katie Krahulik (Warwick) 40-40-80; T19 Charlotte Stanton (Warwick) 40-44-84; T23 Pasqualina Tartaglione (Pine Bush) 42-43-85; T40 Kristin Scali (James I. O’Neill) 46-44-90; T55 Amber Pennington (Rondout Valley) 43-50-93; 60 Krissy Buermeyer (Valley Central) 53-42-95; T61 Lexie Maier (Valley Central) 50-46-96; 74 Madison Levine (Fallsburg) 56-45-101; Rachel Menoutis (Warwick) 57-64-121.


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Saraceno is Tough Enough

Wallkill graduate Tanner Saraceno could be reality TV’s next star.

Saraceno, a former Section 9 wrestler, was one 13 finalists revealed Friday by World Wrestling Entertainment for its “Tough Enough” series.

The sixth season of “Tough Enough”  premieres on June 23 on USA. Saraceno is one of seven male wrestlers, who are competing for a one-year WWE contract and $250,000. He survived a three-day tryout with 40 potential contestants.

In a WWE release, Saraceno is described as, “a tattooed mixed-martial arts fighter with the beard of a wildman and a resume that would make most opponents shrivel in fear.”

After graduating from Wallkill in 2009, Saraceno attended Sacred Heart and Dutchess Community College. He later wrestled for Division II Limestone. Recently, Saraceno was an amateur fighter out of Revolution MMA in South Carolina. He won three of his four fights, the last on April 18 by a second-round technical knockout.

Follow Saraceno’s journey via his Twitter account (@HammerSasquatch)


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