Make it four straight for the Monroe-Woodbury girls’ swim team.
The Crusaders clinched a fourth straight OCIAA meet title on Saturday with a mix of first-place talent and team-wide depth. For more on the Crusaders’ win, check out Sunday’s Times Herald-Record and Varsity845.com.
In the video above, you’ll find some highlights from the meet and interviews with Monroe-Woodbury’s Taylor Stalnaker, Caroline Cole and Jenn Paul.
I also caught up with Minisink Valley’s Jessica Crumm and Kingston’s Courtney McCardle, who had a wire-to-wire battle in the 100 breaststroke.
I covered the OCIAA diving finals on Friday night. Minisink Valley freshman Erin Clifford won a title in her first year in the sport. Check out her story here.
For video from the diving finals, click here.
The Section 9 championships at Valley Central will be here before you know it. If you have any predictions or thoughts over the next two weeks, let me know on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.
In soccer news, the Section 9 boys’ tournament kicked off this weekend with a few games in Classes B, C and D.
So here is where we stand heading into next week.
In Class D, it’ll be No. 1 Eldred against No. 2 Family School in the championship game at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Middletown’s Faller Field. The Yellow Jackets are looking for the first Section 9 boys’ soccer title in school history.
In Class C, No. 1 S.S. Seward, a Class C finalist in 2012, takes on No. 2 Webutuck, the 2012 Section 9 Class D champion. Seward, the No. 1-ranked team in the state, will be heavily favored in this one. The C championship will be played at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Faller Field.
In Class B, we’re set for an exciting semifinal round on Tuesday. No. 1 Spackenkill will host No. 5 Liberty, which upset No. 4 Highland in Saturday’s quarterfinals, 4-0. On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 James I. O’Neill will host No. 3 Rhinebeck. The Hawks are coming off a 5-0 quarterfinal win over Fallsburg and a strong showing in Thursday’s MHAL championship game against Wallkill. I’d probably have to give Rhinebeck the edge on paper, but O’Neill certainly gets a boost by playing this game at home.
Your thoughts? Let me know. I’ll also be tweeting scores and updates throughout the tournament. Follow me here: @THR_Montgomery.