Taking a look at the girls’ basketball division races

Marlboro's Melissa Sadler (2) crashes with a Red Hook player for control of a loose ball in a game on Thurs., Feb. 12, 2015. Marlboro clinched the MHAL Division II regular season title with the win. (Will Montgomery photo/Times Herald-Record)

With the regular season winding down, let’s take a quick look at the division races in Section 9 girls’ basketball. Records are according to results reported to the TH-R, so if you have a correction, please let me know.

OCIAA
Division, Overall

Division I

Monroe-Woodbury 5-1, 12-3

Newburgh 5-2, 12-4

Kingston 4-3, 10-5

Middletown 1-5, 8-8

Pine Bush 1-5, 5-9

Division I: Monroe-Woodbury hosts Middletown on Tuesday and travels to Pine Bush on Thursday. The Crusaders have the ball in their court, so to speak, as they can clinch at least a share of a fifth straight division title with one win or one Newburgh loss. NFA closes out its division schedule at Pine Bush on Tuesday.

Division II

*Warwick 5-0, 14-3

Valley Central 3-2, 9-7

Minisink Valley 1-4, 5-11

Washingtonville 1-4, 6-11

Division II: Warwick has clinched a third straight division title and its sixth such title in the past seven seasons.
Division III

*Cornwall 5-0, 12-3

Goshen 3-3, 4-10

Port Jervis 2-3, 9-7

Monticello 0-4, 3-12

Division III: It’s an even dozen for the Green Dragons, who have won the division title for a 12th consecutive season. The only local streak that’s longer – that I can think of off the top of my head – is the Goshen boys’ soccer team, which has won 14 straight Div. III titles.
Division IV

*Fallsburg 5-0, 13-3

Burke Catholic 2-3, 3-12

James I. O’Neill 1-2, 7-8

Liberty 0-3, 5-10

Division IV: Fallsburg clinched the division title with its win over Burke Catholic on Friday night. The last time the Comets won a regular season title, during the 1982-83 season, they played in the MHAL’s defunct West Division.
Division V

Chester 5-0, 10-5

Tri-Valley 4-1, 7-6

S.S. Seward 3-3, 8-6

Tuxedo 1-3, 9-5

Sullivan West 0-6, 4-9

Division V: This division is still wide open, especially with the games that remain. Chester is in the driver’s seat, as the Hambletonians look to lock up the division for the first time since 2013. Tri-Valley, however, plays Chester twice in a seven-day span to close out the regular season. Don’t count out the Bears just yet.
Division VI

*Eldred 5-0, 12-3

Livingston Manor 3-2, 4-11

Chapel Field 2-2, 2-9

Roscoe 0-6, 0-15

Division VI: Eldred has clinched its fourth division title in six seasons. Eldred had won 12 straight Western Sullivan League titles – and 15 in 16 seasons – between 1980 and 1995.

MHAL

Division I

*Wallkill 5-1, 12-3

Roosevelt 5-1, 11-4

Saugerties 2-4, 6-8

Poughkeepsie 0-6, 2-12

Division I: Wallkill and FDR split their season series. Wallkill won at home, 67-53 on Dec. 19. FDR won the rematch in Hyde Park on Thursday, 75-60. But according to the OCIAA scheduling site, FDR has already scheduled crossover games for Feb. 24 and 25, so I think Wallkill won the division on some sort of tiebreaker. It would be the eighth division title in nine seasons for the Panthers.

Division II

*Marlboro 7-0, 9-3

Highland 6-2, 9-6

Red Hook 4-4, 6-8

New Paltz 1-5, 3-8

Rondout Valley 0-6, 2-13

Division II: Marlboro locked this up with its win over Red Hook on Thursday. It’s Marlboro’s second title in three seasons. The Dukes had a run of six titles in seven years between the Ulster County Athletic League and the MHAL from 1980 to 1986.

Division III

*Spackenkill 5-0, 12-1

Ellenville 3-2, 5-4

Onteora 2-4, 5-9

Dover 0-4, 0-16

Division III: Spackenkill will advance to the MHAL tournament for the first time since 2010.

Division IV

*Millbrook 6-0, 11-2

Pine Plains 4-2, 9-6

Rhinebeck 1-5, 4-8

Coleman Catholic 1-5, 3-9

Division IV: Millbrook heads to the MHAL tourney for the first time since 2007. That was the end of a run in which Millbrook won eight straight division titles.

Monday’s girls’ basketball page features Marlboro’s sixth man, Melissa Sadler. Check it out here.

I’ll be at the MHAL playoffs next week and we’ll get you the Section 9 pairings as soon as they’re released on Feb. 26. I’ll also post nightly score updates on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.

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