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Section 9 girls basketball division titles all but decided

As the Section 9 girls basketball tournament approaches, here is a look at which Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association teams have clinched their division so far: Division 1: Monroe-Woodbury cruised to a 5-1 division record and 12-5 overall on Wednesday, after beating Middletown (0-6 in Division 1) 55-31. The Crusaders’ trio of Taylor Neely, Toni [...]

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State rankings: Kingston, New Paltz, Ellenville remain in polls

Three Section 9 teams are ranked in the latest state boys basketball rankings. Kingston (13-2) holds down the No. 17 spot in Class AA. New Paltz (10-3) remains at No. 23 in  Class A. Ellenville (11-1) moved up one spot to No. 19 in Ckass B. (as of January 27) Class AA 1-Long Island Lutheran [...]

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State rankings: New Paltz makes debut in Top 25

New Paltz moved from honorable mention to No. 23 in the state Class A poll following its 50-48 win over state-ranked Ellenville last week. The Huguenots (10-2) will play Beacon in the Officials vs. Cancer tournament at 5:45 p.m. Sunday at SUNY New Paltz. Kingston (12-2), the state’s No. 17 Class AA team, will play [...]

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State rankings: Kingston, Washingtonville, Ellenville remain ranked

Kingston stayed in the state boys basketball Class AA rankings for the sixth straight week. The Tigers (12-2) fell from No. 15 to 20 after a 64-60 loss to Poughkeepsie, the state’s 17th-ranked Class A team. Washingtonville (12-1) dropped from No. 16 to No. 23 in the Class AA rankings. The Wizards suffered their first [...]

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Noriel Brown’s buzzer beater lifts Middletown over Kingston

Noriel Brown has hit some game-winning shots for Middletown in his career. But, Wednesday’s buzzer beater perhaps topped them all. Brown caught Jalen Hammonds’ missed shot out of the air and banked it off the glass as the time expired to lift Middletown to a 75-73 win over Kingston in an OCIAA Division I battle [...]

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Girls basketball: Mid-Hudson drops first two

The Mid-Hudson all-stars from Section 9 dropped their first two games Friday at the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Hoop Fest in Johnson City. Mid-Hudson dropped a 68-40 decision to Southern Tier. Kiarra Kennedy scored 17 points, Tony Neely seven and Erin Smith six. Mid-Hudson then bowed to Central, 64-22. Neely scored nine with [...]

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Newburgh Free Academy, Middletown to play in Slam Dunk tourney

The Newburgh Free and Middletown boys basketball teams will compete in the four-day Slam Dunk tournament in December at Westchester County Center in White Plains. Newburgh Free Academy opens with White Plains on Dec. 19 at 6:15 p.m. in a four-team bracket with Iona Prep and Byram Hills. The Goldbacks return leading scorers Zach Barnes [...]

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College bound: Where Class of 2018 will be competing at next level

Here’s a list of the Varsity 845 2018 graduates and where they will be attending college this fall. If we are missing anyone, please send us a direct message on Twitter @Varsity845 Football FCS (Division I-AA) Max Heinrich (Goshen) Marist Pete Matthews (Newburgh Free Academy) Robert Morris Nick Wiley (Goshen, Don Bosco Prep) Colgate, walk-on [...]

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BCANY Summer Hoops Festival tryouts approaching fast

The Basketball Coaches Association of New York Summer Hoops Festival is set for August in Johnson City. The tryouts for the Section 9/Mid-Hudson Valley teams take place over the next two weeks. BCANY Summer Hoops Festival tryouts: Section 9 boys, Monday, June 4; Tuesday, June 5; and, Thursday, June 7, 6-8:30 p.m., Monroe-Woodbury H.S., 155 [...]

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Pine Bush hoops star Brandon Powell gives verbal commitment to Division I FDU

Brandon Powell, Pine Bush’s all-time leading scorer, committed to Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University Friday. Powell, a two-time Varsity 845 first-team guard, impressed FDU coach Greg Herenda and his staff at a workout earlier this week and was offered a full scholarship to the Northeast Conference school shortly after. The 6-foot-2 Pine Bush senior finished [...]

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