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Valley Central reaches first Section 9 final in 28 years (with video)

MONTGOMERY – Valley Central has reached a Section 9 championship game for the first time since 1987, which is cause for celebration from Maybrook, to Walden, to Montgomery. But now the Vikings want to take it back to 1979. That’s the last time Valley Central has won a sectional title. The Vikings are within one […]

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Middletown sends message in win over Newburgh

MIDDLETOWN – Top-seeded Middletown wanted to send a message against rival Newburgh in the quarterfinals of the Section 9 Class AA championship on Monday. Consider that done. Middletown put away Newburgh 73-48 in front of a packed house – led by 22 points by Aaron Ray in an efficient effort. Daniel Grant added 14 points […]

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Section 9 boys’ basketball tournament seedings and schedule

Class AA First round Monday No. 8 Newburgh at No. 1 Middletown, 6 p.m. No. 5 Roosevelt at No. 4 John S. Burke Cathoic, 6 p.m. No. 7 Monroe-Woodbury at No. 2 Valley Central, 6 p.m. No. 6 Washingtonville at No. 3 Pine Bush, 6 p.m. Semifinals Thursday Newburgh-Middletown winner vs. Burke Catholic-Roosevelt winner at […]

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Schedule for Section 9 boys and girls basketball championship games

The seeds for the Section 9 boys and girls basketball championships are expected to be released Thursday night. Until then, we wait with anticipation. However, we do have the tentative times and dates for all of the championship games. Games will be played at SUNY Sullivan, SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Orange. Check out the […]

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MHAL boys’ basketball all-stars released

The Mid-Hudson Athletic League (MHAL) has announced its boys’ basketball all-stars. Saugerties point guard Darnell Edge (Division I and II) and lights out Spackenkill shooting guard Justin Etts (Division III and IV) who were named MVPs. Congrats to both players as the gear up for Monday night’s MHAL semifinal playoffs at SUNY Ulster. Spackenkill takes […]

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Despite rumors flying, Kevin Ross not interested in open M-W football job

There was a blazing hot rumor making the rounds in Section 9 football circles this week.Word was that Burke Catholic football coach Kevin Rosswas, at the very least, interested in the open Monroe-Woodbury football job – if he hadn’t already applied for it.Well, it’s time to put the rumor to bed. Ross is staying put […]

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Latest top 10 boys’ basketball rankings: Feb. 15

Middletown (13-2): Can clinch the OCIAA Division I title with a win at Pine Bush on Wednesday. Valley Central (12-3): Playing its best ball in, perhaps, a decade with “The Big Three” —Kenny Gray, Savion Boissard and Isaiah Boissard — leading the way. Red Hook (14-1): There are plenty of teams playing well in Section […]

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Burke Catholic to hold bone marrow registry drive on Friday

Burke Catholic’s boys’ basketball team will host a bone marrow registry drive on Friday during the jayvee and varsity games against Middletown, starting at 5:30 p.m. John Kelly, a Burke Catholic assistant varsity coach and his wife, Maureen, helped put together the event with Be the Hero, For the Hero. It is a non-profit organization […]

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Top 10 boys’ basketball rankings: Feb. 9 edition

Middletown (11-2): Middletown plays at Burke Catholic on Friday. Looking forward to a warm embrace from Valley Central (9-3): The Vikings have won eight of nine, losing only to Middletown since mid-December. Pine Bush (10-5): Playing, perhaps, its best ball since 2000. Remember what happened that year? Pine Bush won the Section 9 Class AA […]

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Top 10 boys’ basketball rankings: Feb. 2 edition

Middletown (10-2): You know who deserves a pop? Middletown senior guard Shabon Burton, bordering on an unsung hero. Can make plays, solid defender and very consistent. Valley Central (7-3): The No. 2 ranking comes with a warning. The second-ranked team in the poll has lost in the last two weeks (See Pine Bush and Burke […]

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