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Justin Rodriguez

Justin Rodriguez has covered high school sports in the 845 for over a decade. He offers interesting insight, opinions and features on his blog.

MW’s Humphrey scores 100th career goal

Monroe-Woodbury girls lacrosse coach Liz Cassese considers Julie Humphrey one of the most selfless players on the team. She’s a hard-worker, a leader and a teacher. Cassese often sees Humphrey, a senior midfielder, working closely with other players. So it was nice for Cassese and the rest of the team to see Humphrey get some […]

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5 questions with Jakob Woods (master of taking an offensive charge)

Taking a charge on the basketball court is a selfless and often painful job. Few players are tough enough to do it. That’s what makes this statistic so impressive and it has to be mentioned – even if the season is over. Washingtonville forward Jakob Woods took 28 charges this season. According to MaxPreps, that […]

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Washingtonville coach Todd Rose winner of Taravella award

Washingtonville boys basketball coach Todd Rose was recently named the winner of the 2014-15 Jim Taravella award. The award is presented by the Orange County Basketball Officials Association (OCBOA) to the active Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) coach who best exemplifies the dedication and spirit of Taravella. Taravella, the former Monroe-Woodbury boys basketball coach, […]

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Marlboro battles Woodlands tough, before falling in Class B state tourney

PURCHASE – Marlboro gave favored Woodlands all it could handle in the opening-round of the Class B boys’ basketball state tournament on Wednesday, but finally went down 57-49 at SUNY Purchase. Woodlands was lethal from 3-point range, making 12 baskets from behind the arc. Ross Joseph led the way for Woodlands (20-3), scoring 24 points […]

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NFA star student-athletes participate in Read Across America

Students at Temple Hill Academy in New Windsor had to be star struck on Monday. As part of Read Across America, six high-profile Newburgh Free Academy scholar-athletes visited the elementary school and shared some of their favorite books with excited students. It was quite a lineup, which included NFA’s Birgitta Anderson (tennis), Aaron Forbes (football), […]

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History is made: Saugerties wins first-ever Section 9 title

Saugerties made history on Sunday, winning its first-ever Section 9 championship with a thrilling 54-53 win over Red Hook in the Class A final at SUNY New Paltz. Paton Gibbs scored the game-winner for Saugerties on a pass from Darnell Edge with 1:43 remaining. Red Hook had a chance to win the game in the […]

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Class B championship recap: Marlboro beats rival Highland

MIDDLETOWN – The intense rivalry that is Marlboro vs. Highland was revisited on Saturday on a big stage: The Section 9 Class B boys’ basketball championship game. As expected, it was intense, hard-fought and included some drama. Fourth-seeded Marlboro held off a late run by rival Highland and earned a 55-46 win in front of […]

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Championship recap: Middletown easily wins Class AA title

Middletown wrapped up a perfect Section 9 season with a convincing 75-50 win over Valley Central in the Class AA championship at SUNY Orange on Saturday in front of about 2,000 fans. Valley Central, seeking its first sectional title in 36 years, actually led 16-11 after the first quarter. From there, Middletown overwhelmed the second-seeded […]

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Chester-Haldane first round state tournament game capsule

Chester vs. Haldane What: An opening-round Class C state tournament boys’ basketball game When: 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday Where: Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh Team records:  Chester (14-6); Haldane (16-4)  How they got here:  As the fourth seed, Chester rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to defeat second-seeded Rhinebeck 62-47 in the Section 9 Class […]

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Livingston Manor will be down two key players for state tourney opener

Livingston Manor will be without two key players who will be on a school trip for its opening-round Class D state tournament boys’ basketball game next week. According to Livingston Manor coach Charlie Hicks, starting guard Dillon Taggart and forward Frank Kuttner, one of the Wildcats’ first players off the bench, leave on Sunday for […]

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