V845 Notebook: Goshen’s Zack Foley, Tri-Valley’s all-state selections, and the ELS-Highland match

As basketball season nears its conclusion, several seniors from the area are eclipsing the 1,000-point mark for their high school careers. I am working to meet with each of them to tell their stories, not only documenting the moment they scored their 1,000th point, but also describing the years leading up to the accomplishment.

Standout performances

The first player I met who achieved such a feat is Goshen’s Zack Foley. Among those I spoke with about Zack is Pat Kennedy, a former Division I coach who won ACC Coach of the Year as head coach of Florida State in 1992. He’s also coached at Iona, Depaul, and a handful of others in his 32 years as a D-I head coach. Now, he works as a consultant for Hoop Group, where he first met Zack and his father, Scott. Here is some of what he had to say about the 17-year-old Goshen standout point guard.

“The thing I love about Zack is he just gets better and better,” Kennedy said. “He’s a terrific shooter. He’s a terrific scorer, but more importantly, for those people with a keen sense of the game, he has a great floor game. He sees all his teammates, he makes the right passes. He rarely turns it over, and the one thing that many college coaches recognize about him, he’s a very tough kid. He doesn’t take anything from anybody. He loves to stick his nose in there, so I’m very excited he’s having such a great senior year.”

You can read Foley’s full story here.

Looking back

The all-state selections were released this past week for Class B, Class C, and eight-man football teams. Tri-Valley had three players make the list in eight-man football, including sophomore quarterback Keegan Streimer’s selection as one of five sectional players of the year. Among all Section 9 all-state players announced Tuesday, Streimer was the lone underclassman to make the list.

“He had a flair for the dramatic,” Tri-Valley head coach Greg Botsford said of his precocious signal-caller.

Botsford brought up examples of the that flair, citing the Section 9 championship game, when Streimer led Tri-Valley on a comeback, giving his team the lead late in the game with a touchdown pass to win 16-12 over Stissing Mountain/Rhinebeck. Then there was the overtime loss at Pawling earlier in the season, when Streimer led Tri-Valley down the field on a two-minute drill to tie it at 22.

Tri-Valley’s season ultimately ended six days after the Section 9 championship, in a tight 38-36 loss to Notre Dame of Elmira, to cap off an 8-2 season. Part of the reason the Bears were able to hang in every game they played in, Botsford said, was because of Streimer’s poise and versatility.

“He had an outstanding season,” Botsford said. “He was just as effective with his legs as he was with his arm.”

While Streimer will be back in uniform for Tri-Valley next season, a pair of seniors who made the all-state team will not. Botsford said Alex Schultz, who earned an all-state selection as a linebacker, and Jake Allison, who cracked the list at right guard, will leave big cleats to fill next season.

“They’re both good kids, they both get good grades in school, hard workers, never miss practice,” Botsford said. “Alex was a two-way starter for us. Started at fullback, had a tremendous season there, at the Section 9 championship, he got offensive player of the game, and in the regional game, he got offensive player of the game as well. Defensively, my defensive coordinator John Allison pretty much built the defense around Alex at his middle linebacker spot. He went on to lead the team in tackles, and he just had an outstanding season. I don’t think coming into the season, he thought he was capable of having the type of season he had, but he put in the hard work and it really paid off for him.

“Jake Allison, our starting right guard, has been a four-year starter over there for us. Again, another tremendous kid. A smart kid. Hard worker, weight room junkie. Had a complete understanding of our offense. We would generally run to his side. I think we rushed for about 2,800 yards this year. Whenever you’re doing that, it starts up front, and he was definitely one of the leaders up front for us.”

Post-game interview

The main event of the Section 9 Duals, as it has been for most of the past decade, was the highly anticipated match between Minisink Valley and Monroe-Woodbury. However, the match that produced the most excitement in the Minisink gym on Wednesday was the Division 2 final between Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West and Highland.

I wrote about the match more in-depth here, but I was able to catch up with Highland coach John McFarland after an unbelievable finish and an emotional defeat.

On his opponent:
“ELS is a good team,” McFarland said. “It was a hard-fought match. You’ve got to give it to them.”

On 285-pound weight class wrestler Shamar Gittens, who won the final match for Highland:
“Shamar is a first year guy. He’s doing well for us. We’re looking for him to contend for a section title. He’s just learning every day, and getting better.”

On his team’s overall performance:
“I think the whole team just wrestled really well as a team, win or lose. We thought we had it at the end, but we lost by criteria. But you know what, they stick together and we’re hoping to make a run hopefully for a title soon.”

On what he said in the locker room after the match:
“I said you know, we’re still a good team. We’ve still got leagues next Wednesday, and we have to face Port Jervis. That’s another tough team.”

 

I will continue my wrestling coverage Saturday at the Eastern States Classic. You can follow along on Twitter @jfedichTHR and @Varsity845. And, as always, to get full sports and news coverage of all our stories, subscribe to the Times Herald-Record here.

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