Girls soccer: A look at the preseason matchups

The Varsity 845 girls soccer season gets underway on Friday, August 25, when Colonie visits Washingtonville in the first non-league contest. Onteora travels to Watervliet the next evening, and Wallkill travels to Pine Bush on Tuesday, August 29, with the first meeting of two local squads.

In the meantime, there’s a host of scrimmages with the first coming three weeks from tomorrow, on Wednesday, August 23. Class AA champion Monroe-Woodbury will host eight schools, starting at 9 a.m., with a variety of mini-games planned. Scheduled to appear are Cornwall (Class A semifinalist), Washingtonville (Class AA semifinalist), Goshen (Class A champ), Valley Central, New Paltz and Middletown, plus Nanuet and Oneonta.
Also set to play that day are Catskill at Saugerties and Kingston at Red Hook (Class A runner-up) in 10 a.m. matchups and Beacon at Roosevelt at 6 p.m.
A couple of scrimmages that might be fun to watch will be the Aug. 28 meeting between defending Section 9 champs Goshen and host Monroe-Woodbury, and Class C semifinalist S.S. Seward will host seven schools on Aug. 29, which includes sectional Final Four teams Goshen, Warwick and Eldred.

Here’s a look at the remainder of the preseason scrimmages (listed on the OCIAA website), and early regular-season matchups (in italics):

Thursday, August 24
Spackenkill (Class B champ), Wallkill (Class A semifinalist) at Arlington, 9 a.m.
Tri-Valley at Rondout Valley, 10 a.m.
Middletown at Marlboro, 11 a.m.
Ellenville at New Paltz, 4 p.m.

Friday, August 25
Pine Bush at Spackenkill (Class B champ), 10 a.m.
Wallkill (Class A semifinalist) at Kingston, 10 a.m.
Valley Central at Marlboro, 11 a.m.
James I. O’Neill (Class B semifinalist) at Haldane, 3:30 p.m.
Monroe-Woodbury (Class AA champ) in multi-scrimmage at Shenendehowa, 4 p.m.
Taconic Hills at Webutuck (Class C runner-up), 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, August 26
Monroe-Woodbury (Class AA champ) in multi-scrimmage at Shenendehowa, 9 a.m.
Minisink Valley (Class AA semifinalist), James I. O’Neill, John Jay-East Fishkill at Marlboro, 2 p.m.

Monday, August 28
TBD at Pine Plains, 9 a.m.
Vernon (N.J.) at Warwick (Class AA runner-up), 10 a.m.
Goshen (Class A champ) at Monroe-Woodbury (Class AA champ), 10 a.m.
Lourdes at F.D. Roosevelt, 10 a.m.
Schenevus at Sullivan West (Class C champ), 11 a.m.
Marlboro at James I. O’Neill (Class B semifinalist), 2 p.m.

Tuesday, August 29
Goshen (Class A champ), Warwick (Class AA runner-up), Newburgh, Monticello, Roscoe, Eldred (Class D champ), Downsville at S.S. Seward (Class C semifinalist), 9:30 a.m.
Washingtonville (Class AA semifinalist) at North Rockland, 10 a.m.
REGULAR SEASON: Wallkill at Pine Bush, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, August 30
Monroe-Woodbury (Class AA champ), Nanuet at Suffern, 9 a.m.
REGULAR SEASON: New Paltz at Newburgh, 10 a.m.
John Jay-East Fishkill at Cornwall, noon
Red Hook at Marlboro, 4:15 p.m.
Rondout Valley at Highland, 4:15 p.m.
Onteora at Dover, 4:15 p.m.
Ellenville at Millbrook, 4:15 p.m.
Rhinebeck at Pine Plains, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, August 31
REGULAR SEASON: Valley Central at Cornwall, 10 a.m.
Wallkill at Saugerties, 10 a.m.
Monticello at Washingtonville, noon
Pine Bush at Highland 1 p.m.

Friday, September 1
Fallsburg at Port Jervis, 10 a.m.
REGULAR SEASON: Newburgh at Red Hook, 11 a.m.
Pine Plains at S.S. Seward, 3 p.m.
Monroe-Woodbury at North Rockland, 3:30 p.m.
Pine Bush at Roosevelt, 4:15 p.m.

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Football scrimmage schedule

Welcome to August, which means high school football is just about ready to get underway after a busy summer of camps, 7 on 7s, plus numerous practice sessions.
The season openers are set for Friday, September 1, but not before a week of preseason scrimmage action. Here is a list of those scrimmages:
Saturday, August 26
Valley Central, a team to be determined at Marlboro (Class B runner-up), 9 a.m. (JV also)
Pine Plains at Taconic Hills, 9 a.m.
Saugerties (Class A semifinalist), Red Hook, Spackenkill at F.D. Roosevelt, 9 a.m. (JV also, no Spackenkill)
Chester (Class C semifinalist) at James I. O’Neill (Class B semifinalist), 9 a.m. (JV also)
Kingston at Our Lady of Lourdes, 9:30 a.m. (JV also)
Wallkill (Class A semifinalist) at Middletown, 10 a.m. (JV also)
Roscoe (Class D champ), Ellenville, Tri-Valley at Liberty (Class B semifinalist), 10 a.m.
Cornwall (Class A champ), Pine Bush (Class AA semifinalist) at Warwick, 10 a.m. (JV also)
Minisink Valley at Maine-Endwell, 11 a.m. (JV also)
Monroe-Woodbury (Class AA runner-up) at Suffern, 11 a.m. (JV also)
Rondout Valley at Port Jervis, 6 p.m.
Newburgh Free Academy (Class AA champ) at Port Jervis, 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 26
Sullivan West at Port Jervis, 10 a.m.
Poughkeepsie at Rondout Valley, 10 a.m.

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Section 9 finalist Jordan Suarez transfers to Minisink Valley

One of the state’s top wrestling programs has added one of Section 9′s top returning lightweights to its lineup.

Jordan Suarez, a 2017 section 99-pound finalist, has transferred from Pine Bush to Minisink Valley, Minisink Valley coach Kevin Gallagher confirmed.

Suarez, a sophomore, advanced to the section final as a fifth seed and finished the 2016-17 season with a 22-7 record.

Minisink Valley, the state’s No. 6 team in the final rankings last season, returns the majority of its lineup that includes a talented senior class of  2017 Section 9 champions Dom Vetrano (a two-time titlist) and Vinny Vetrano, two-time section champion Connor Greiner, two-time section finalist and 2017 state qualifier Joe Yanis and 2017 section finalists Timmy Ganuncio and Andrew Fenner.

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Girls basketball: Mid-Hudson BCANY all-star team

A pair of Varsity 845 girls basketball first team all-stars have been chosen to represent the Mid-Hudson in the upcoming Basketball Coaches Association of New York tournament.
Lauren Desrats of Warwick and Maggie Malone of Cornwall are among the 12 players (and one alternate) who were selected by co-coaches Catie Biordi of James I. O’Neill and Marion Casey of Marlboro.
Also named were BCANY Section 9 all-stars Victoria Mirecki of Washingtonville, Kayla Walsh of Newburgh, Rudae Gadson of Port Jervis, Isabella Herrera of Spackenkill, Talaya Lewis and Jetta Stephens of Marlboro and Erin Fox of Millbrook. Rounding out the team are Kiarra Kennedy of Middletown, Jaelen Daubon of Roosevelt and alternate Erin Smith of Goshen.
The tournament will be played Aug. 4-6 in Johnson City.

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All-state softball teams released

All-state teams
Class AA: Fourth team – Alayna Savaglio (Minisink Valley, Jr., P); Fifth team – Shannon Bonewit (Kingston, Soph., SS); Seventh team – Jennifer Lawson (Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., CF); Jazmyn Martinez (Middletown, Sr., P); Eighth team – Brittney Garcia (Newburgh Free Academy, Sr., SS)
Class A: Third team – Jill Harrison (New Paltz, Jr., P); Fifth team – Alyssa Hernandez (Goshen, Sr., C); Sixth team – Madison Dembroski (Wallkill, Fr., CF); Seventh team – Gabby Kurtz (Cornwall, Sr., CF)
Class B: First team – Makaylah Mutz (Rondout Valley, Sr., C); Taylor Felicello (Marlboro, Sr., SS/P); Fourth team – Tori Decker (Rondout Valley, Jr., P); Kayla Palmer (Chester, Sr., P); Sixth team – Mel Papuli (Marlboro, Soph., P)
Class C: First team – Cat Simmons (Pine Plains, Jr., C); Haley Strang (Pine Plains, Soph., OF); Second team – Jo Schmidt (Pine Plains, Soph., SS)
Class D: Second team – Alaina Gaughan (Eldred, Jr., SS); Sarah Wierzbicki (S.S. Seward, Sr., C); Fifth team – Kiera Costello (Tuxedo, Jr., SS); Katie Innella (Eldred, 8th, 1B)

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Dickson qualifies for U.S. Junior Amateur

Washingtonville’s Matt Dickson punched his ticket to the U.S. Junior Amateur Friday, firing an even-par 71 in a qualifier at Mount Kisco Country Club.

Dickson, who just completed his junior year at Washingtonville, finished second in the field of 80 golfers vying for three qualifying spots. He shot 2-under (34) on the back nine with birdies on No. 14 and 17.

The round continues a strong year for Dickson. He qualified for his first high school state tournament last month. Dickson shot a 4-over 75 in the second round and tied for 21st in the state.

Now, Dickson is headed to his first USGA major. The Junior Amateur will be played on July 17-22 at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kan.


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Maggee Sheridan, Grace Gavis lacrosse all-Americans

Warwick senior midfielder Maggee Sheridan and Kingston junior attack Grace Gavis were recently named all-Americans by US Lacrosse.

Sheridan, who also took draws for Section 9 Class B champion Warwick, had 74 goals and 41 assists this season.

Gavis scored a team-high 58 goals and led the Section 9 Class A champions with 21 assists.

Millbrook’s Kaitlyn Daly was also received all-American recognition by US Lacrosse.

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845 alumni update: Valley Central grad, Cleveland Indians draft pick James Karinchak

When a baseball coach compares one of today’s pitchers to legendary Nolan Ryan, you take notes.

Bryant coach Steve Owens said James Karinchak’s post-game practice reminded him a lot of Hall of Famer.

After starts, Karinchak would lift and run that night. When Bryant’s bus would pull in at 2 a.m. from a long-road trip, Karinchak would head to the field house for more work.

“He’s extremely committed,” Owens said. “He never takes a day off…He’s a special kid. He’s a little quirky and a little hard to get to know at times. People that are not around him every day may not understand him but we really cherish what he brings to the table, how he acts, how he carries himself and most importantly how he competes every day.”

Karinchak’s next pitch will be thrown in the Cleveland Indians organization. Karinchak, a junior right-handed pitcher, became the first Valley Central graduate to be drafted since Jason Motte was picked by the Cardinals in 2003. Cleveland selected Karinchak in the ninth round with the 282nd overall pick Tuesday.

“Everyone projects him as a reliever at the next level,” Owens said. “I’m not sure about that. It doesn’t matter because the kid is going to go out there and compete his tail off no matter what role they put him in…He’s a tenacious competitor. He makes no excuses. He holds himself to high standard and he’s ready. He’s ready to move on and he’s very excited about the opportunity that’s in front of him.”

Karinchak entered Bryant as a 175-pound freshman with an 85-mile-per-hour fastball. He’s leaving Bryant at 230 pounds with a fastball, clocked as high as 95. Karinchak finished his three-year career with a 26-11 record and recorded nine games of 10 or more strikeouts. He missed three weeks in March with an elbow injury that may have hurt his stock in the draft.

“If he didn’t get banged up a little bit this year, he could have been taken way higher, maybe second or third round,” Owens said. “Who knows. But he’s got an opportunity to be a pro player right now and he’s going to run with it and I think he’s going to do a super job.”

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Track championships day one notebook: Samuels a strong second

It was a big day for gold medals for Section 9 athletes with six on the opening day of the New York State track and field championships, and yet there were a couple other top-three medals earned as well.
Wallkill senior Richard Samuels came into the meet with the state’s top time in the 800 meters. He lowered his best by 1.71 seconds but still got beat by Fairport junior Ben Bulkeley, who won in an astonishing 1:50.96.
It was the first state top-three medal for the Wallkill boys since Kilo Rivera won silver in the Class B 110 hurdles in 2002.
Big three – Warwick sophomore pole vaulter Kaeli Thompson cleared 11 feet, 9 inches, to place third in Division I and fifth in the Federation. Warwick senior Kesigh Deloatch improved 17 inches in the triple jump, to 46 feet flat, improving his pre-meet rank from No. 11 to placing third in Division I.
It’s been a while – The victory by the Newburgh Free Academy girls in the 400-meter relay was the first gold for the Goldback ladies since NFA’s 4-by-400 team won Division I and Federation gold in 2003. It is also the first time a Section 9 school has captured the girls 400 relay gold. It was NFA’s best 400 relay effort since winning silver in the Class A meet in 1997.
Junior Michael Mullally won the Division II 400-meter hurdles, the first win (and any medal) for the Sullivan West boys since Colin Seidl won the 2008 Div. II steeplechase.
Spartan defense – On Saturday, Spackenkill senior Kabongo Barry will try to defend his Division II title in the 200 meters, and will look to medal again in the 100 meter final (he took silver in 2016).
Big first-day efforts – A number of local athletes made significant improvements in the state meet. Ellenville’s Acinel Bruce improved 2 ½ inches in the long jump, to 16 feet, 7 ¼ inches, finishing sixth in Division II after being seeded 15th. On the track, Port Jervis senior Kaylah Quarshie trimmed 2.23 seconds in the 800 meters, Warwick’s Jennie Prial cut 2.26 seconds in the 3,000; Goshen’s Kate Laskoski cut 1.13 seconds in the 400; and, New Paltz’s Morgane Kuyl cut a half-second in the 400 hurdles. For the boys, New Paltz’s Tajay Pearce cut a quarter-second in the 400 dash, to 51.58, and teammate Blake Olsen cut 1.29 seconds in the 400 hurdles, to 56.03, placing fourth in Division II.
It’s best to share– The two relay medals won by the Newburgh girls marks the first time Section 9 has captured multiple medals in the same meet since 2010.
The last time for Section 9 – The Newburgh boys won the 1,600 relay, the first time since NFA did so in 2015. Greer Liguori’s win the girls 400 hurdles is the first since Washingtonville’s Debbie Boerke won in 2015. The boys 400 hurdles wins by Robert Walker of Newburgh and Mike Mullally of Sullivan West were the first since Middletown’s Manny Mosely in 2010. New Paltz senior Dagi Tadesse’s win in the pole vault for New Paltz was the first since Warwick’s Todd Uckermark in 2014.

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Notebook: Seward puts 5-game winning streak on line in state semifinal

S.S. Seward, which will play its first baseball game since May 26 Friday in the state Class D semifinal, nearly missed the Section 9 playoffs.

Bill Steele’s team was 8-9 after an 8-7 loss the Deposit-Hancock, the state’s top-ranked Class D team. The Spartans (13-9) won their last three regular-season games to secure a postseason berth.

“In the beginning of the season, we weren’t really playing as a team,” said junior second baseman Jack Gardiner. “During the end of the season, we really start to put our heads down and see where we had to go. We just started executing better and working as a team.”

Gardiner said the turning point of the season was a third loss to Eldred on May 11.

“We said just because we are wearing a Seward uniform doesn’t mean we are going to beat everybody so we really have to step our game up,” Gardiner said.

Seward will turn to sophomore pitcher Grant Gravelle against North Collins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Conlon Field. Here’s the preview story.

Sophomore Matt Stam said he hasn’t thrown much in Seward’s practice the last two weeks, saving his arm. Stam closes games for the Spartans and expects to be called upon be Steele in Friday’s semifinal. Steele said he will not extend Stam and that his closer will pitch a maximum of two innings.

VIDEO: Senior third baseman Nick Knecht on Seward’s break between the Section 9 championship and the state semifinal.

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