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Sal Interdonato

Award-winning writer Sal Interdonato has been on the Army football beat since 2007. He'll take you inside the huddle and into the lives of the Black Knights.

Boys Hoops State Rankings: NFA jumps into Top 5

Newburgh Free Academy vaulted into the top 5 in the state Class AA rankings under the strength of its 58-49 win over Kingston, previously No. 6, last week. The Goldbacks (9-1) are the highest-ranked, non-private and non-city school in the poll at No. 5 up from No. 8 last week. Kingston (11-1), which defeated Troy […]

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ALL-STATE FOOTBALL: Woods Class A player of the year

Cornwall running back Amin Woods is the state Class A player of the year for the second straight season. Woods, who was named Class A’s top player by the New York High School Football Coaches Association earlier this week, shared the New York State Sportswriters Association award with Plainedge quarterback Dan Villari. The senior rushed […]

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Boys Basketball: State-ranked, Kingston-NFA clash

Kingston, the state’s No. 6 team, travels to No. 8 Newburgh Free Academy for a Class AA showdown tonight at 6 p.m. Kingston has started the season 10-0 and returns one starter – junior guard Shy’quan Royal from last season’s state Class AA semifinal team. Junior guard Clayton Pattillo leads Kingston in scoring at 17.6 […]

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Stephens named Goshen football coach

Goshen will begin a new decade of football with a new head coach and familiar name. John Stephens, a 2010 Goshen graduate and former running back and linebacker, will take over for Ed Killenberger, who stepped down after eight seasons and five straight Section 9 Class A playoff appearances. Stephens, 28, was Goshen’s junior varsity […]

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2020 Eastern States Classic Day Two Results: Askey into finals

Pine Bush senior Tommy Askey is Section 9’s last chance for an Eastern States Classic championship. Askey remained undefeated with a 3-1 win over Cold Spring Harbor’s Christian Hansen in sudden victory in the 152-pound semifinals. He scored the winning takedown 25 seconds Eastern States Classic Finals99 pounds: PJ Duke (Carmel) pin Vince Bouzakis (Wyoming […]

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2020 Eastern States Classic seeds: Pine Bush’s Tommy Askey No. 1 at 152 pounds

Pine Bush senior Tommy Askey is lone Section 9 wrestler to earn a top seed for the 18th Eastern States Classic Friday and Saturday at SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake. Askey, who will compete at 152 pounds, enters the tournament with a 22-0 record, including first-place finishes at the Mid-Hudson and Shoreline Classic. Only four […]

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All-State Football: Port Jervis WR Rob Filancia, Chester’s Joe Battiato, Kevin Stein earn first-team honors

Rob Filancia and Port Jervis authored one of best turnarounds in recent Section 9 football history this fall. Port Jervis improved from two wins in 2018 to nine wins and only play away from the state Class B final in 2019. And, Filancia played an important role in the team’s success. Filancia was honored Wednesday […]

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Section 9 Duals schedule

The 2019-20 Section 9 Duals kick off tonight at Middletown, Newburgh Free Academy and Port Jervis. Minisink Valley, the top seed in Division I, begins its quest for a third straight championship, in the quarterfinals against the winner of Pine Bush and Washingtonville at Newburgh. Middletown, Monroe-Woodbury and Newburgh Free Academy round out the top […]

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The Clash (Day One): Minisink Valley goes 3-0, advances to Final Four

Minisink Valley’s first venture into wrestling’s national scene was a smashing success. The Warriors went undefeated on day one of The Clash, winning its pool with victories over North Scott (Iowa) 47-21, Huntley (Illinois) 36-25 and Apple Valley (Minn.) 54-18 to advance to the Final Four in Rochester, Minn. Nick Picariello (120), Zack Ryder (126), […]

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Minisink Valley looks to make splash at The Clash

How’s this for ringing in the New Year? Minisink Valley wrestlers reported to the high school no later than 3:45 a.m. for 4 a.m. team bus departure to Newark Airport and a flight to Minneapolis, Minn. for The Clash, one of the biggest tournaments in the program’s history, Friday and Saturday in Rochester, Minn. The […]

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