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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.

PODCAST: Section 9 Wrestling

Looking to fill your sports fix, wrestling beat writer Sal Interdonato and photographer Josh Conklin talk Section 9 wrestling including the Varsity 845 first-team all-stars, college commitments, college recruiting and more.

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2020 Friends of Section 9 Wrestling Awards

Pine Bush’s Tommy Askey was honored by Friends of Section 9 Wrestling as its Troy Bouzakis Senior Wrestler of the Year. Askey captured Pine Bush’s first state title since Bouzakis in 1990. He finished the season with a 41-0 record. Marlboro senior John Antonelli earned the Officials Sportstmanship Award. Minisink Valley seniors Sean Savacool and […]

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2020 Section 9 BCANY Boys Basketball All-Stars

Pine Bush senior forward Chris Cain, Monticello senior guard Josh Gattling and Chester senior forward Kevin Stein were named players of the year in their respective classes by the Section 9 Basketball Coaches Association of New York. Cain averaged 23.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and blocked nearly six shots per game for Class AA finalist Pine […]

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Section 9 Boys Hoops Championship Breakout Previews

Breaking down the championship matchups in Class AA, A and B where a case can be made for all finalists to hold the Section 9 plaque. Class AANo. 1 Newburgh Free Academy (19-2) vs. No. 3 Pine Bush (15-6)When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Mount Saint Mary, NewburghState rankings: Newburgh No. 9; Pine Bush honorable mentionNewburgh Free […]

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State wrestling thoughts: Askey, Ryder champions on and off mat

The buzz around the state wrestling finals was as much about changing Section 9’s history as it was about making it Saturday night. Respecting the past. Embracing the present. With Section 9 fans cheering loud and proud, Minisink Valley eighth-grader Zack Ryder and Pine Bush senior Tommy Askey were crowned the area’s 47th and 48th […]

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Port Jervis all-state WR Filancia headed to Alfred University

Port Jervis senior and Varsity 845 first-team receiver Rob Filancia will continue his career at Division III Alfred University. Filancia earned Class B first-team all-state honors after setting school records with 64 catches and 1,096 receiving yards. Playing in college wasn’t a certainty for Filancia in the preseason. But, his record-setting year opened up opportunities. […]

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2020 State Consolation Final Results

Minisink Valley junior 285-pounder Adam Fenner and Port Jervis senior 220-pounder James Oosterom moved up the medals stand, placing in the state for the second straight season. Fenner, who went 5-1 in the tournament, took third in Division I at 285 pounds after a fifth-place finish. Oosterom is the first Port Jervis wrestler to win […]

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2020 State Wrestling Semifinal Results: Fab Four

Minisink Valley eighth-grader Zack Ryder is headed to the state finals for the second straight year. Ryder knocked off top-seeded Ivan Garcia of Port Chester 10-7, scoring five points on a throw and three points with a cradle. Pine Bush senior Tommy Askey became the school’s first state finalist since three-time champion Troy Bouzakis in […]

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2020 State Wrestling Day One Results

Section 9 is sending seven wrestling to the Division I finals after the first day of state championship weekend at Times Union Center in Albany. Middletown senior Joseph Velazquez knocked out second-seeded James Araneo of Ward Melville in the 170-pound quarterfinal with a pin after trailing 15-4 in the match. Teammate Justin Morales, a senior, […]

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2020 Section 9 Girls Basketball Brackets

Monroe-Woodbury (Class AA), Cornwall (Class A) and Onteora (Class B) earned No. 1 seeds in the Section 9 tournament. SECTION 9 TOURNAMENTCLASS AASemifinalsWednesday, March 4No. 3 Pine Bush at No. 2 Valley Central, 6 p.m.ChampionshipSaturday, March 7Valley Central-Pine Bush winner vs. No. 1 Monroe-Woodbury at Mount Saint Mary, Newburgh, noon CLASS AQuarterfinalsMonday, March 2No. 7 […]

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