Why they play: boys state soccer finals video

MIDDLETOWN – With five championship games being played right in our backyard on Sunday, I thought I would shoot video of all five celebrations.

The elation.

The heartbreak.

This is why they play the game.

There is a bit of both of those emotions in the video above. I also caught a bunch of shirtless Livonia fans rallying the troops, as well as the strange postgame emotions after Ichabod Crane and Livonia played to a 0-0 draw and were declared co-champions in the Class B title game.

If you’re looking for results from the 2012 New York State boys’ soccer tournament, check out the blogs from Saturday and Sunday.┬áHere is the roundup on Varsity845.com

I also wrote a story for Sunday’s paper on how the new rule regarding academy players played a role for the teams that made it to the final four. Click here to read that.

With the season over – now is a good time to say “thanks for reading” – it’s time to move on to selecting the Varsity845 all-star team. Your nominations for players and for our coach of the year? Please let me know on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.

(Monday update): The final state rankings of the season were released today by the New York State Sportswriters Association. I’ve included the top five teams and any Section 9 teams to make the top 20.

Class AA

1. Arlington

2. Brentwood

3. Webster Schroeder

4. Utica-Proctor

5. Clarence

8. Washingtonville

18. Monroe-Woodbury


Class A

1. Jericho

2. Port Chester

3. Williamsville East

4. Syracuse-Fowler

5. Pittsford-Mendon

14. New Paltz

19. Goshen


Class B

1. Livonia and Ichabod Crane – tie

3. Susquehanna Valley

4. Mattituck

5. East Aurora

10. Spackenkill


Class C

1. Port Jefferson

2. Lansing

3. Williamson

4. Hoosick Falls

5. Friends Academy

6. Rhinebeck

13. S.S. Seward


Class D

1. Chazy

2. Fort Ann

3. Poland

4. Jasper-Troupsburg

5. Marathon

15. Webutuck

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