MW’s Humphrey scores 100th career goal

Monroe-Woodbury girls lacrosse coach Liz Cassese considers Julie Humphrey one of the most selfless players on the team.

She’s a hard-worker, a leader and a teacher. Cassese often sees Humphrey, a senior midfielder, working closely with other players.

So it was nice for Cassese and the rest of the team to see Humphrey get some well-deserved attention on Saturday. Humphrey reached 100 goals for her career, scoring four, in a 16-9 non-league win at Clarkstown North.

“It was really exciting,” Cassese said. “Julie worked so hard for this. She just does so many wonderful things for our team. I’m glad she was able to do this because she is so dedicated to the sport.”

Said Humphrey of reaching the milestone: “It feels really good. It’s exciting, it’s a nice highlight. I’m happy to have the support from my school and team. We kind of had a countdown going for the 100th goal.”

Humphrey plans on majoring in Biology/Pre-Med at SUNY Geneseo next year and will try out for the women’s lacrosse team.

“I definitely have to work hard,” she said. “But I’m excited for the opportunity.”


Posted in Lacrosse | Leave a comment

First state baseball polls of the season released

The first state baseball poll from the New York State Sportswriters Association was released this evening. 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, check out

1. Ward Meville-Section 11 (8-1)
2. Mamaroneck-1 (7-1)
3. Connetquot-11 (8-1)
18. Warwick-9 (4-2)

1. Division-Section 8 (7-0)
2. Bayport-Blue Point-11 (7-1)
3. Rye-1 (4-0)
8. Cornwall-9 (5-1)
17. Wallkill-9 (2-2)
19. Red Hook-9 (4-1)
20. Port Jervis-9 (4-1)

1. Livonia-Section 5 (8-0)
2. Mattituck-11 (9-0)
3. Babylon-11 (9-0)
15. Marlboro-9 (3-2)
16. Spackenkill-9 (4-2)

1. Bolivar-Richburg-Section 5 (5-0)
2. S.S. Seward-Florida-9 (7-0)
3. Dolgeville-3 (5-0)
16. Chester-9 (4-2)

1. Heuvelton-Section10 (4-0)
2. Hancock-4 (6-0)
3. Arkport-5 (5-1)
20. John A. Coleman Catholic-9 (1-2)

Lots of rain so far this week, but I try to tweet out as many scores as I can each night. Check out my Twitter feed here: @THR_Montgomery.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

VC hosts Warwick in big lax matchup Tuesday night

The players on both sides have been thinking about this game for the better part of the last 11 months.

Undefeated Warwick (6-0) heads to Montgomery to take on undefeated Valley Central (8-0) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the first can’t-miss boys lacrosse game of 2015 in Section 9.

Check out the video above for a little taste of what this game means to the Valley Central players.

I’ll also have a feature story on the Vikings in Thursday’s paper, so keep your eyes open for that.

In the meantime, here are the latest standings. We’ve just gotten into division play, so you can expect these to change quite a bit over the next few weeks.


(Updated 4/20/15)
Boys lacrosse standings, 2015
League, overall

Division I
Monroe-Woodbury 1-0 2-2
Pine Bush 1-0 5-2
Kingston 1-1 2-3
Middletown 1-1 3-5
Newburgh 0-2 0-7

Division II
Valley Central 1-0 8-0
Warwick 1-0 6-0
Minisink Valley 0-1 4-3
Washingtonville 0-1 1-4

Division III
Cornwall 1-0 4-2
Goshen 1-0 4-3
Highland 1-0 6-2
Roosevelt 0-1 1-5
Saugerties 0-1 3-4
Wallkill 0-1 1-4

Division IV
Red Hook 1-0 3-3
Rondout Valley 1-0 5-2
Burke Catholic 0-0 0-5
O’Neill 0-0 0-5
Rhinebeck 0-0 0-2
Millbrook 0-1 4-2
New Paltz 0-1 2-2

Wyoming Valley Lacrosse League
Delaware Valley 5-0 5-3

If you’re looking for scores, I post them as they come in each night. Check out my Twitter feed here: @THR_Montgomery.

Posted in Lacrosse | Leave a comment

5 named to BCANY Top 50

Wallkill's Rachel Simon poses at the Varsity845 All-Star photoshoot in March. (John DeSanto photo/Times Herald-Record)

Five local girls basketball players were named to the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Top 50 list.

Those players are:

  • Simone Ayers, Chester
  • Katie Cook, Newburgh Free Academy
  • Heather Kiczek, Wallkill
  • Rachel Simon, Wallkill
  • Anna Thompson, Spackenkill
Ayers, Cook, Kiczek and Simon were Varsity845 first team All-Stars. Click here to read the capsules on the All-Stars, published in March.
Click here to read the Player of the Year story on Simon.
I had blogged earlier about the upcoming BCANY Hoops Fest tryouts for team Mid-Hudson. The tryout dates have been finalized: June 9, 16, 18 and 29 at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. Tryout sessions will run from 7-9 p.m.
Check out the flier below for more information on how to register.

Posted in Basketball | Leave a comment

BCANY Summer Hoops Fesitval girls tryout dates

A few girls basketball notes so you can mark your calendars…

The BCANY Summer Hoops Festival is in its fifth year. The 2015 tournament, which fills in the void once filled by the Empire State Games, will take place July 31-August 2 in Johnson City.

The Mid-Hudson team, open to players Class of 2016 or younger, will be coached by Newburgh Free Academy’s Rich Desiderio and James I. O’Neill’s Cathryn Biordi.

A pair of tryout dates have been set for June 9 and June 16 from 7-9 p.m. at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. Two more tryouts will be announced at a later date. Stay tuned for more information.

In other girls basketball news, former Minisink Valley star Stefanie Dolson will appear at Family Farm Ice Cream on Tower Drive in Scotchtown at Noon on Saturday, April 25.

The event will help raise money for the Middletown Humane Society and give local girls basketball players an opportunity to meet one of our stars.

Posted in Basketball | Leave a comment

Army, Marist to host clinic at the Dutch on April 29

Got a little brother or sister (or son or daughter) who’d get a kick out of working with college players on the big field at Dutchess Stadium? The Army and Marist baseball teams will host a clinic for boys and girls (K-8th graders) at 4:45 p.m. on April 29th prior to their annual showdown at the Dutch.

Check out the fliers below for more information.

Posted in Baseball, Softball | Leave a comment

VIDEO: Fleming trying hand at golf

James I. O’Neill senior Davis Fleming, the area’s top returning tennis player, will also compete for his school’s golf team this season.

O’Neill coach Jorma Tompuri said Fleming should be one of his top three golfers. Fleming’s brother, Doug, played for undefeated James I. O’Neill team in the mid-2000s.

Posted in Tennis | Leave a comment

Reede out for season

Newburgh Free Academy’s Tyler Reede will miss his sophomore season due to an torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Newburgh coach Dennis Maher confirmed Reede will not play this season Tuesday afternoon. The injury occurred in gym class last week, Maher said.

Reede was considered a top contender for the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association and Section 9 singles titles. He placed third in the OCIAA and fourth in the section as a freshman. Reede is a two-time state qualifier. He placed second in the Section 9 doubles tournament as a seventh-grader and finished third in singles in the section as a freshman.

Reede’s loss leaves a huge void for Newburgh at No. 1 singles. Danny Parris, who qualified for the state tournament in singles as a junior last season, moved out of the area. Maher said sophomores Sean McNair and Rohan Patil would compete for the team’s top singles spot.

Posted in Tennis | Leave a comment

Varsity 845 wrestling all-stars: WOY Damani Burns chooses Cortland

Damani Burns’ favorite moment of his senior wrestling season was his final match.

Burns defeated Shoreham Wading River’s James Szymanski 8-0 to place third in the state last month.

“It just had a lot of emotional value behind it,” said Burns, the Varsity 845 wrestler of year. “It was the last time I was going to put on a Newburgh singlet and the last time I would have these coaches (Chris Leggett and Matt Dunne) in my corner. It really had a lot of meaning to it. I didn’t go in nervous. I went in excited.”

Burns’ wrestling days aren’t over. On Monday night, Burns decided that he will wrestle at Division III Cortland this fall. Burns, who received interest from Division I North Carolina State, was one of Cortland’s top recruit. He visited the school over the weekend.

For more on Burns’ story and his record-breaking season, read the wrestler-of-the-year piece here.

Burns made the Varsity 845 all-star team for the second straight season. Minisink Valley seniors Gerard Daly and Mike Raccioppi were selected for the third time. Here are the top 15 pound-for-pound wrestlers in the area. Link: 

VIDEO: The Varsity 845 all-stars shared their favorite moment of the season.


Posted in Other Sports, Wrestling | Leave a comment

Chester baseball hosting fundraiser with Walton Engine & Hose Co.

Chester’s baseball booster club will hold a fundraising dinner in conjunction wit the Walton Engine & Hose Co. at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10. All proceeds will be split between the two groups.

Check out the flyer below for more information.

Posted in Baseball | Leave a comment
  • Blog Authors

    Ken McMillan

    Ken McMillan has been covering sports since he got his first writing job in 1979. He has covered Section 9 athletics for most of the past 28 years. He reports on college sports, including Army and Marist College. He also writes on TV/radio sports ... Read Full

    Sal Interdonato

    Award-winning writer Sal Interdonato has been on the Army football beat since 2007. He'll take you inside the huddle and into the lives of the Black Knights. Read Full

    Kevin Gleason

    Award-winning columnist Kevin Gleason brings you his unique views on the world of sports. Read Full

    Justin Rodriguez

    Justin Rodriguez has covered high school sports in the 845 for over a decade. He offers interesting insight, opinions and features on his blog. Read Full

    Will Montgomery

    Will Montgomery covers boys' soccer, girls' basketball, boys' and girls' swimming and diving, boys' lacrosse and baseball (including the Hudson Valley Renegades) for and the Times Herald-Record. Prior to joining the TH-R in November ... Read Full
  • Categories

  • Archives