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Section 9 girls lacrosse playoff schedule

Class A Semifinal 3. Valley Central at 2. Kingston, 6 p.m. Monday Final Semifinal winner vs. 1. Monroe-Woodbury, 3 p.m. Wednesday at Dietz Stadium, Kingston Class B Semifinals 4. Warwick at 1. Goshen, 4:30 p.m. Monday 3. Cornwall at 2. Minisink Valley, 4:30 p.m. Monday Final Semifinal winners, 5 p.m. Wednesday at Dietz Stadium, Kingston [...]

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Section 9 girls lacrosse playoff outlook and stats

Section 9 will determine the sectional tournament schedule and seeds Thursday. Check back at Varsity845 on Thursday for a playoff schedule once it’s released. Sectional semifinals occur Monday at the higher-seeded school. Kingston’s Dietz Stadium hosts next Wednesday’s sectional finals. Section 9 Class A held a five-team playoff last season. Section 9 chairperson Wendy Crandall [...]

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Burke Catholic’s Nicolas receives Army, Navy offers

Garnett Nicolas never really considered attending a service academy before receiving college football offers. John S. Burke Catholic’s junior running back’s first two offers came from Navy, then Army. Nicolas attended Army’s Black-Gold spring football game Saturday, which was also Junior Day. “I’m definitely keeping my options open, so I’m not turning anything down or [...]

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Boys basketball Class AA, A all-state: Section 9′s selections

Middletown’s Daniel Grant can add another accomplishment to his senior season. Grant made the Class AA all-state third team. Grant previously led the Middies to their first state final and won Varsity845 Player of the Year. The point guard leads Section 9’s selections on the New York State Sportswriters Association’s all-state selections, released Friday for [...]

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Boys basketball Class B-D all-state: Section 9′s selections

Two players from each Section 9 boys basketball champion from Class B to D earned all-state recognition from the New York State Sportswriters Association. Marlboro’s Xavier Oliver headlines the group, making Class B all-state third team. The senior forward led the Dukes with 12.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists en route to Marlboro’s first [...]

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Stefanie Dolson defends UConn amid criticism

Minisink Valley alum and former Connecticut star Stefanie Dolson can’t always follow college basketball while playing professionally in Turkey. But recent discussion of whether UConn is bad for women’s basketball immediately appalled her. Debate on the issue snowballed after The Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy’s tweet Saturday: “UConn Women beat Miss St. 98-38 in NCAA [...]

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Four can’t-miss Section 9 football games next season

Is it too early to get hyped for high school football? Section 9 released the 2016 schedules of all its football teams, available at It’s a little premature to decide the four best matchups of next season. You never know which teams will exceed or fall short of expectations. But here’s a very early [...]

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Section 9 All-BCANY boys basketball awards and teams

The Section 9 chapter of the Basketball Coaches Association of New York released its Section 9 All-BCANY boys basketball teams Thursday. The association selected a player of the year, coach of the year and a team for the sportsmanship award in each Section 9 classification. The organization also added two awards this season: the 3-point [...]

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Section 9 boys basketball in the state rankings

Section 9 boys basketball hasn’t had the best day so far with Chester and Eldred losses in the state tournament’s opening round in Class C and Class D, respectively. But several teams can be proud of good standing in the state rankings. Here were Section 9′s represented teams. Class AA 17. Middletown (18-4) 26. Pine [...]

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Updated Section 9 boys basketball bracket

Class AA Final: No. 2 Middletown vs. No. 4 John S. Burke Catholic, 7 p.m. Saturday at SUNY Orange Class A Semifinal: No. 4 Poughkeepsie at No. 1 Goshen, 6 p.m. Friday Semifinal: No. 3 Saugerties at No. 2 Red Hook, 6 p.m. Friday Final: 3 p.m. Sunday at SUNY New Paltz Class B Quarterfinal: [...]

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