A look at the final few weeks of the regular season

The regular season is starting to wind down, so let’s take a look at the division races and how the playoff seedings are shaping up in Section 9.

School; league; overall; PF; PA
Class AA
Division I
Monroe; 3-0; 5-0; 109; 50
Newburgh; 2-0; 3-2; 140; 103
Pine Bush; 2-2; 3-2; 132; 81
Kingston; 0-2; 0-5; 20; 108
Middletown; 0-3; 2-3; 133; 132

Key game: Monroe-Woodbury at Newburgh, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
Consider this the division title game. Either team clinches the division with a win.
Monroe-Woodbury closes its regular season with a non-league game against Washingtonville on Oct 14, so a win at NFA would leave the Crusaders as the only undefeated team in Division I play.
Newburgh plays Kingston on Oct. 14. A win over Monroe-Woodbury and a loss to Kingston would still give the Goldbacks the division title on the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The loser of Friday’s game will be the division’s No. 2 seed and will play the No. 3 seed from Division II in the Class AA quarterfinals – more on that in a minute.
Pine Bush is locked into the No. 3 seed as it would hold a head-to-head tiebreaker over Kingston even if Kingston won both of its remaining division games.

Division II
Washingtonville; 3-0; 5-0; 121; 28
Minisink Valley; 2-1; 4-1; 95; 61
Roosevelt; 1-2; 3-2; 85; 92
Warwick; 1-2; 1-4; 75; 98
Valley Central; 0-2; 0-5; 59; 143

Key game: Warwick at Roosevelt, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
Washingtonville can close out an undefeated division schedule with a win at Valley Central on Friday night. With its head-to-head win over Minisink Valley, the Wizards are locked into the No. 1 seed, even if both teams finish 3-1 in the division.
Friday’s game between Warwick and Roosevelt likely determines the division’s final playoff team. The winner will have two division wins and a hold on the No. 3 seed.
Minisink Valley plays at Valley Central on Oct. 14 and will look to win its third division game. The Warriors are locked into the No. 2 seed on tiebreakers following Friday’s loss at Washingtonville.

Class A
Saugerties; 4-0; 5-0; 162; 95
Cornwall; 3-0; 3-2; 160; 80
Goshen; 2-2; 2-3; 95; 101
Poughkeepsie; 2-2; 2-3; 80; 121
Wallkill; 1-2; 2-3; 62; 87
Port Jervis; 1-3; 1-4; 50; 146
Monticello; 0-4; 0-5; 71; 160

Key game: Saugerties at Cornwall, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
The top four teams in this division will qualify for the postseason. The top seed plays the No. 4 seed in one semifinal and the No. 2/No. 3 seeds meet in the other.
Each team plays six division games.
The season finale between Saugerties and Cornwall could well determine the top seed in this bracket.

Class B
Division I
Marlboro; 2-0; 4-1; 206; 125
New Paltz; 2-0; 4-1; 170; 46
Red Hook; 2-1; 4-1; 183; 128
Highland; 0-2; 2-3; 59; 113
Rondout Valley; 0-3; 2-3; 111; 219

Key game: New Paltz at Marlboro, Friday, 7 p.m.
Class B has the same playoff structure as Class AA, with the top three teams in each division qualifying for the playoffs.
Marlboro can clinch the division title and a quarterfinal round bye with a win over New Paltz on Friday night.
New Paltz plays at Red Hook in the season finale on Oct. 15, which will also be important in determining the seeding order in this division.

Division II
Liberty; 3-0; 5-0; 236; 34
Spackenkill; 3-0; 4-1; 209; 122
O’Neill; 2-1; 4-1; 272; 146
Dover; 1-3; 2-3; 148; 181
Pine Plains; 1-3; 1-4; 67; 184
Ellenville; 0-3; 0-5; 65; 184

Key game: Spackenkill at Liberty, Oct. 15, 1:30 p.m.
This division is going to come down to the wire. Liberty plays at O’Neill on Friday night and then hosts Spackenkill the week after that.
Should all three teams finish with a 4-1 mark in the division, point differential in the head-to-head games is the first tiebreaker, so margin of victory is important.

Class C
Chester; 3-0; 3-2; 112; 74
Burke Catholic; 2-0; 3-2; 149; 98
Millbrook; 2-0; 2-3; 86; 165
Tri-Valley; 1-2; 1-4; 50; 171
Sullivan West; 0-3; 1-4; 89; 188
Fallsburg*; 0-3; 0-5; 0; 108

Key game: Tri-Valley at Sullivan West, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
The top four teams in this class will qualify for the playoffs and with Fallsburg having forfeited the remainder of the season, that leaves five teams in Class C.
Chester, Burke Catholic and Millbrook will sort out the top three spots as they play each other in the coming weeks. The winner of the Tri-Valley/Sullivan West game will probably earn the fourth and final playoff spot.

Class D
Roscoe-D-LM; 0-0; 2-3; 117; 112

Roscoe-Downsville-Livingston Manor is the only Class D team in Section 9 this season and will advance to the state tournament at Dietz Stadium on November 12.

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