Local schedule for Wednesday, March 27

High school
Saugerties at Cornwall, 4:30 p.m.
Red Hook at Valley Central, 6 p.m.
Saugerties at Roosevelt, 5 p.m.
Bethlehem vs. Kingston, at Dietz Stadium, 5:30 p.m. (new time)

Army at Siena, 3 p.m.
Marist at Massachusetts-Lowell, 3 p.m.
Union vs. SUNY Ulster, at Tony Williams Park, Highland, 3:30 p.m.
SUNY New Paltz at New York University, 4 p.m.
Raritan Valley at SUNY Orange, 4 p.m.
SUNY Sullivan vs. Mount Saint Vincent JV, site TBD, 4 p.m.
Mount Saint Mary at Arcadia, 7 p.m.
SUNY New Paltz at Stevens Tech, 7 p.m.
Army at Siena (DH), 2 p.m.
Ramapo at SUNY New Paltz (DH), 3 p.m.
Army in NCAA Division I Championships at Austin, Texas
SUNY Fredonia at SUNY New Paltz, 1 p.m.
Holy Cross at Army, 3 p.m.

Monticello, 12:50 p.m.

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Local schedule for Tuesday, March 26

High school
Minisink Valley at Columbia, ppd.
Delaware Valley (Pa.) vs. Highland, at Marlboro, ppd.
Monticello at Kingston, ppd.
Port Jervis at Middletown, 4 p.m. (new site)
Goshen at Cornwall, ppd.
Pine Bush vs. O’Neill, at West Point, 4 p.m.
Valley Central at Liberty, 4 p.m.
Burke Catholic at Washingtonville, ppd.
Minisink Valley at Monroe-Woodbury, 4 p.m.
New Paltz vs. Newburgh, at Cronomer Hill Park, 4 p.m.
Pine Bush at Arlington, 4:30 p.m.
Minisink Valley at Delaware Valley (Pa.), 5 p.m.

Lackawanna at SUNY Orange (DH), 3 p.m.

Monticello, 12:50 p.m.
Yonkers, 6:50 p.m.

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Local schedule for Monday, March 25

High school
Pine Bush at Wallkill, 4:30 p.m.
Haldane at Newburgh, 4:30 p.m.

Mount Saint Vincent vs. SUNY Ulster, at Tony Williams Park, Highland, 3:30 p.m.
Mount Saint Mary vs. Yeshiva, at Edgewater, N.J., 8 p.m.

Monticello, 12:50 p.m.
Yonkers, 6:50 p.m.

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Army pro day stats and statements

Kenneth Brinson, outside linebacker

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 238 lbs.

Hands: 9’3/4“

Arms: 33’1/8”

Wingspan: 72’1/4”

Bench press (225 lbs.): 15 reps

Vertical jump: 30’ 1/2”

Broad jump: 9’ 4”

40-yard dash: DNP, hamstring tightness

20-yard shuttle: 4.57 seconds

60-yard shuttle: 12.53 seconds

3-cone drill: 7.73 seconds


On being back on the football field:
“This is the first time I’ve been in cleats since we played Houston. It’s really just nice being back being in cleats.”

On taking in the experience:
“It’s an amazing opportunity that I’m really excited for, but at the same time it puts where you can enjoy yourself, have fun, and just do what you can do, and past this experience, move on to what you’re going to do.”

On waiting to find out what scouts think:
“Whether it hurts your feelings or not, sometimes I wish they’d just give you an assessment right after. Like this is what we think, shoot you straight.”

James Nachtigal, inside linebacker

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 226 lbs.

Hands: 8’ 1/2”

Arms: 31’

Wingspan: 73’1/4”

Bench press (225 lbs.): 22 reps

Vertical jump: 30’ 1/2”

Broad jump: 9’5”

40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.54 seconds

60-yard shuttle: 11.86 seconds

3-cone drill: 7.03 seconds


On difference between an military academy pro day and other pro days:
“Right now it’s just get your foot in the door, and if it arises in the next five years, take advantage of it.”

Darnell Woolfolk, fullback

Height: 5’8”

Weight: 222 lbs.

Hands: 9’3/4”

Arms: 30’1/2”

Wingspan: 73’1/4”

Bench press (225 lbs.): 19 reps

Vertical jump: 35’

Broad jump: 9’2”

40-yard dash: 4.88 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.48 seconds

60-yard shuttle: 11.89 seconds

3-cone drill: 7.23 seconds


On feeling pressure during the pro day:
“I think, first and foremost, is the Army commitment, and then next is the Academy giving us the opportunity to do this. Nothing is guaranteed, so working hard for everything. Even when you’re working hard, the pressure almost isn’t there anymore. You’re doing something that you love and probably have dreamed about since you were a little kid, so the pressure may be in the background a little bit, but when you’re doing it, it’s kind of just having fun.”

On catching the ball during drills:
“I did show them I’m somewhat of an athlete at least.”

On being back on the field and the possibility of playing in the NFL:
“I’m truly blessed to be in the position that I am, with all the opportunities that have been presented to me, I’ve tried to take advantage of every single one. You never know what’s going to happen, so there’s no reason why I’m not trying, but I feel like if it’s meant to be, it’ll happen. I did all I could to be in the position that I am in, and trying to further that, but I’m excited to see what the future holds, whether it’s in my Army career or something else.”

Nick Schrage, punter

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 181 lbs.

Hands: 9’1/8”

Arms: 32’1/2”

Wingspan: 75’3/8”

Bench press (225 lbs.): 14 reps

Vertical jump: 30’1/2”

Broad jump: 9’6”

40-yard dash: 4.80 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.49 seconds

60-yard shuttle: 12.58 seconds

3-cone drill: DNP


On the opportunity to participate in pro day:
“I finished kicking as a senior and I just looked at this like, I’m just ready to have fun. How many people can say they went to a Pro Day. I think it went pretty well. I didn’t come in with any expectations because I just said, I want to see how I do. It’s a benchmark. I did bench pretty well.”

On how he felt the New York Giants scouts thought he performed:
“They’re NFL coaches. They’re pretty quiet about it. They gave me some nods on some good kicks. They were impressed by a few, but I’m not going to speak for the Giants.

On the significance of Thursday:
“To have this, means the world to me.”

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2019 Section 9 BCANY Boys Basketball All-Stars

Kingston senior guard Brian Moore (Class AA), New Paltz senior guard Axel Rodriguez (Class A), Ellenville senior guard Sivon Diconcilio (Class B) and S.S. Seward senior forward Matt Stam (Class C/D) were named the Section 9 players of the year by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York.

Washingtonville’s Todd Rose (Class AA), New Paltz’s Stu Robinson (Class A), Ellenville’s Bryan Bonitz (Class B) and Roscoe’s Fred Ahart were named coaches of the year.

Class AA

Player of the Year: Brian Moore, Kingston, Sr. G
Coach of the Year: Todd Rose, Washingtonville
Sportsmanship Award: Valley Central
3-point Champion: Brian Moore, Kingston (47.9%)
Free-Throw Champion: Kareem Lubin, Washingtonville (88.3%)
All-Stars: Romeo Aquino, Washingtonville, Jr., F: Zechariah Barnes, Newburgh Free Academy, Sr., G; Connor Coffey, Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., G; Connor Fitzgibbons, Valley Central, Jr. G; Keon Gill, Middletown, Sr., G; Marquis Gill, Middletown, Sr., G; Zac Goldstein, Warwick, Sr., F; Ryan Graham, Washingtonville, Jr., G; Josiah Joseph, Warwick, Sr., G; Tim Linton, Pine Bush, Soph., F; Kareem Lubin, Washingtonville, Sr., F; Nick Memoli, Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., G; Jimmy Moot, Kingston, Sr., F; Pat O’Boyle, Burke Catholic, G; Shy’quan Royal, Kingston, Soph., G;  Caleb Simmons, Newburgh Free Academy, Sr., F.

Class A
Player of the Year: Axel Rodriguez, New Paltz, Sr., G
Coach of the Year: Stu Robinson, New Paltz
Sportsmanship Award: Monticello
3-point Champion: Matt Giordano, Goshen (46.1%)
Free-throw Champion: Mat Shea, Wallkill (82.4%)
All-Stars: Casey Burke, New Paltz, Sr., G; Brandon Cahill, Red Hook, Sr., G; Dylan Craft, Roosevelt, Jr., F; Zack Foley, Goshen, Sr., G; Will Fredericks, Cornwall, Sr., F; Josh Gattling, Monticello, Jr., G; Matt Giordano, Goshen, Jr., G; Alex Krupinski, Minisink Valley, Soph., G; John Mack, Minisink Valley, Jr., F; Patrick Murphy, New Paltz, Jr., F; Nico Rodriguez, Port Jervis, Soph., G; Justin Ruggiero, Monticello, Soph., G; Liam Schoonmaker, Saugerties, Sr., F; Mat Shea, Wallkill, Fr., G; Kyle Skivington, Cornwall, Sr., F; Chris Yearwood, Red Hook, Sr., G.

Class B
Player of the Year: Sivon Diconcilio, Ellenville, Sr., G
Coach of the Year: Bryan Bonitz, Ellenville
Sportsmanship Award: Liberty
3-point Champion: Kevin Stein, Chester (36%)
Free-throw Champion: John Scalo, Highland (81.7%)
All-Stars: Juan Ayala, Fallsburg, Sr, G; Ashton Barrett, Liberty, Sr., G; Darius Boben, James I. O’Neill, Jr., G; Jeremiah Figueroa, Ellenville, Sr., G; Zack Garrant, Spackenkill, Soph, F; Justin Guiliano, Ellenville, Jr., F; Sam Mongelli, Marlboro, Sr., G; A.J. Musacchio, Marlboro, Sr., F; Cameron Ness, Highland, Sr., F; Tony Njoga, James I. O’Neill, Sr., G; John Scalo, Highland, Sr., G; Kevin Stein, Chester, Jr., G; Jake Stern, Onteora, Jr., F.

Class C/D
Player of the Year: Matt Stam, S.S. Seward, Sr., F
Coach of the Year: Fred Ahart, Roscoe
Sportsmanship Award: S.S. Seward
3-point Champion: Tyler Funk, Pine Plains (49.3%)
All-Stars: Nik Breihof, Roscoe, Sr., G; Juniper Brown, Livingston Manor, Sr., G; Gabe Campanelli, Sullivan West; Jacob Daly, Millbrook, Jr., G; Grant Gravelle, S.S. Seward, Sr., F; Erick Hill, Roscoe, Sr., G; Patrick Kyle, Millbrook, Sr., G; Evan Proper, Pine Plains, Sr., G; Kyle Reimer, Sullivan West; Brandon Serrano, S.S. Seward, Soph., G; Daryll Walker, S.S. Seward, Jr., C.

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Local schedule for Wednesday, March 20

High school
Washingtonville at Wallkill, 4:30 p.m.

SUNY Sullivan vs. Montgomery County CC, at Myrtle Beach, S.C., 10 a.m.
SUNY New Paltz vs. Framingham State (DH), at Orlando, Fla., 11 a.m.
SUNY Sullivan vs. Ocean County, at Myrtle Beach, S.C., 12:45 p.m.
Hofstra at Army, 3 p.m.
Marist at New Jersey Tech, 3 p.m.
CC of Morris at SUNY Orange, 3 p.m.
Queensborough CC vs. SUNY Ulster, at Tony Williams Park, Highland, 3:30 p.m.
Manhattanville at Mount Saint Mary, 6 p.m.
Mount Saint Mary vs. Bethany, at Clermont, Fla., 9:30 a.m.
Mount Saint Mary vs. Stevenson, at Clermont, Fla., 11:45 a.m.
SUNY Orange at Monroe (DH), 1 p.m.
Marist at Saint Mary’s, Calif. (DH), 5 p.m. ET
Benedictine vs. SUNY New Paltz, at Osceola County, Fla., TBD
D’Youville vs. SUNY New Paltz, at Osceola County, Fla., TBD
Mount Saint Mary at Vassar, 1 p.m.
SUNY New Paltz vs. Goucher, at Orlando, Fla., 10 a.m.

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Local schedule for Tuesday, March 19

SUNY New Paltz vs. St. Joseph’s Brooklyn (DH), ppd. RAIN
Marist at St. John’s, 3 p.m.
SUNY Sullivan vs. Southern Maryland, at Myrtle Beach, S.C., 6 p.m.
Army at Air Force, 3 p.m. ET
Wisconsin Superior 9, Mount Saint Mary 2
Mount Saint Mary vs. Springfield, at Kissimmee, Fla., 2 p.m.
Marist at Nevada (DH), 4 p.m. ET
Western New England vs. SUNY New Paltz, at Clermont, Fla., 1:30 p.m.
Calvin vs. SUNY New Paltz, at Clermont, Fla., 3:45 p.m.
SUNY New Paltz at Eastern Connecticut State, 6:30 p.m.
SUNY New Paltz vs. Springfield, at Orlando, Fla., 10:30 a.m.

Monticello, 12:50 p.m.
Yonkers, 6:50 p.m.

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‘Like it’s gameday’: How Kingston prepared for the Class AA Final Four

KINGSTON — The Kingston Tigers broke the huddle at the end of practice on Tuesday the same way they have been all season. Well, almost the same way.

A few weeks ago, in a game against Washingtonville, or maybe it was Monroe-Woodbury, depending on who you ask, team captain Brian Moore led Kingston in the “1-2-3, KINGSTON! 4-5-6 FAMILY!” chant. Except, instead of family, he said “DOMINATE!” Whatever game Kingston was playing at the time, the Tigers went on to dominate, and the modification has stuck ever since.

“Coach said he likes it a lot, so it just stuck,” Moore said. “I like it too.”

It’s caught on with Kingston even in practice, where the pace is game-like and the players act like their teammates are their opponents. As Kingston prepared for a Final Four matchup in the Class AA semifinals against Brentwood, the emotions were running high. If it was the first week of practice, the players calling each other out might be perceived as dysfunction.

But on the week of the most important game of the season, it’s simply indicative of a team that really, really wants to win.

“Today, yeah, we had a lot of emotions going today,” Moore said, “but you know it’s normal for the week before Final Four. We all have competitive egos, so you bring your head to the game. It actually helps us for the game and gets us mentally and physically helps us.”

“I just think that’s how we are every practice,” said senior Chris Bamba. “We’re all competitive. We all just try to get each other better and try to get ourselves better in the process.”

On the back of each practice jersey is the words “Get Better Today.” Those words have been there since the days of Tay Fisher and Keith Simmons, but head coach Ron Kelder said this year’s players don’t just wear it on their backs. They embody that phrase.

“This team has exemplified it better than any team we’ve ever had,” Kelder said. “I think they’ve grown day in and day out better than most.”

Practice begins with players dispersing to the six hoops around the gym, practicing free throws, jump shots, free throws, 3-pointers and more free throws. “Free throws, free throws, free throws,” Kelder will later say to his players during practice, seemingly determined to make sure that’s the last thing he’ll let beat the Tigers this weekend.

The two sides break into Maroon and White, and compete against each other at game speed. Kelder initially tells his assistant coaches not to call timeout and allow the players to fix their own mistakes, but after Daivel Jackson muscles in for an easy layup, Kelder breaks his own rule.

He reminds his athletes that they’re going to be more physical near the net than they have been in the past. “When we get a rebound,” Kelder said, “they will dig at you.”

“He wants us to make it like it’s gameday,” Shy’quan Royal said.

“We try to make it as much like a game as possible and make it competitive,” Kelder said. “They’ve got to get after each other. It’s definitely something that has to be present. We can’t be doing a walkthrough every day and yesterday was a day that we needed to get very physical and game-situation like.”

“Coach stresses that there’s going to be a lot more contact in the playoffs,” Daivel Jackson said, “so we’re trying to get a lot more contact in, and everybody got a lot better throughout the season, so we’re competing against the best in my opinion.”

At 4:50 p.m., with 10 minutes remaining in practice, a loud thud echoed through the field house when Jackson fell to the floor after dunking the ball. He laid there for a bit, then hopped around halfcourt and shot a couple free throws. He then walked off the court and laid face down on the 1 square on a makeshift sideline four-square court.

He eventually got the OK from the team’s athletic trainer Rachel Meyers, who looked at his right knee and told him, “It’s going to be a bruise. It’ll hurt a little bit, but it’ll be fine.”

“He’s got a bruised knee,” Kelder said. “He’s fine. He’s playing.”

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MHAL boys hoops selections for DCBCA’s Exceptional Senior Game

New Paltz’s backcourt of Casey Burke and Axel Rodriguez were selected to participate in the Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association Exceptional Senior Game at 7 p.m. Monday at Spackenkill High School in Poughkeepsie.

Rodriguez averaged a team-high 16.4 points per game and Burke added 14 points per game for the Section 9 Class A champions.

Marlboro’s Sam Mongelli, A.J. Musacchio and Danny Rusk and Highland’s Sean Benkert and Cameron Ness will also represent Section 9 against the Section 1 team comprised of players from Arlington, Beacon, John Jay-East Fishkill, Our Lady of Lourdes, Poughkeepsie and Roy C. Ketcham.

Here’s a look at the rosters:

Section 9: Casey Burke (New Paltz); Sam Mongelli (Marlboro); A.J. Musacchio (Marlboro); Axel Rodriguez (New Paltz), Danny Rusk (Marlboro); Patrick Kyle (Millbrook); Colby Whalen (Millbrook); Evan Proper (Pine Plains), Jason Davis (Red Hook); Chris Yearwood (Red Hook), Matt Hansen (Rhinebeck) and Ron Vespe (Roosevelt).

Section 1: Niyal Goins (Poughkeepsie); Jaquan Pearson (Poughkeepsie); Tremell Reeves (Poughkeepsie); DaVontrey Thomas (Poughkeepsie); Chris O’Brien (Arlington); Jake Weinstein (Arlington); Aaron Davis (Beacon); Kai Jacketti (Beacon); Michael Scarpelli (John Jay-East Fishkill); Tommy DiRusso (John Jay-East Fishkill); George Siegrist (Our Lady of Lourdes); Tanner Broughton (Our Lady of Lourdes) and Jyaire Stevens (Roy C. Ketcham).


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BCANY all section selections

The Basketball Coaches Association of America (BCANY) all Section girls selections were released this week. The choices are voted on by the Section 9 coaches. Below are the coaches and players who were selected.

Players of the year

Class AA: Victoria Pecovic, Washingtonville

Class A: Maggie Malone, Cornwall

Class B: Brianna Rozzi, Highland

Class C/D: Erin Fox, Millbrook

Coaches of the year

Class AA: Jim O’Brien, Warwick

Class A: Chris Miller, Cornwall

Class B: Don Niese, Spackenkill

Class C/D: Adam Peek, Millbrook

Class AA

Monroe-Woodbury: Jamie Waldron, Toni Neely, Melissa Alifano

Washingtonville: Victoria Pecovic, Gina Cancelleri

Valley Central: Katie Crofoot, Shaina Cooney

Warwick: Kristen Desrats, Caitie Unger, Isabella Astorino

Middletown: Kiki Kennedy

Pine Bush: Taylor Pannell, Toni Adipietro

Newburgh: Gabby Palladino

Kingston: Jessica Alonso

Class A

Cornwall: Maggie Malone, Eli Bulusan

New Paltz: Hailey Osborne

Saugerties: Grace VanRoy, Anna VanRoy

FDR: Kelsea Demelis, Deliah Smith

Goshen: Erin Smith, Madison Clark

Wallkill: Molly O’Hare

Minisink Valley: Saige Colon

Red Hook: Morgan Tompkins, Chrissy Gildersleeve

Class B

Highland: Brianna Rozzi

Fallsburg: Amanda Zeno

Burke Catholic: Caileigh Costello

Marlboro: Erin Lofaro, Elizabeth Lofaro, Joyce Ryder

Spackenkill: Issy Herrera, Maya-K Johnson, Olivia Zykoff

Rondout Valley: Darrian Slater

Onteora: Juliette Patterson, Ashley Hillard

Chester: Allison Bono

O’Neill: Janne Rowan

Class C/D

Seward: Alexa Roach

Millbrook: Erin Fox, Sam Mckenna

Livingston Manor: Lindsey Rau

Roscoe: Madison Ackerly

Sullivan West: Sabrina Martinez, Josephine Martinez

Pine Plains: Haley Strang

Eldred: Hailee Kolvenbach

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