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.”
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.
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.
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.
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: http://bit.ly/1G2jT0a
VIDEO: The Varsity 845 all-stars shared their favorite moment of the season.
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
Will Montgomery covers boys' soccer, girls' basketball, boys' and girls' swimming and diving, boys' lacrosse and baseball (including the Hudson Valley Renegades) for Varsity845.com and the Times Herald-Record. Prior to joining the TH-R in November ... Read Full