All-state softball teams released

All-state teams
Class AA: Fourth team – Alayna Savaglio (Minisink Valley, Jr., P); Fifth team – Shannon Bonewit (Kingston, Soph., SS); Seventh team – Jennifer Lawson (Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., CF); Jazmyn Martinez (Middletown, Sr., P); Eighth team – Brittney Garcia (Newburgh Free Academy, Sr., SS)
Class A: Third team – Jill Harrison (New Paltz, Jr., P); Fifth team – Alyssa Hernandez (Goshen, Sr., C); Sixth team – Madison Dembroski (Wallkill, Fr., CF); Seventh team – Gabby Kurtz (Cornwall, Sr., CF)
Class B: First team – Makaylah Mutz (Rondout Valley, Sr., C); Taylor Felicello (Marlboro, Sr., SS/P); Fourth team – Tori Decker (Rondout Valley, Jr., P); Kayla Palmer (Chester, Sr., P); Sixth team – Mel Papuli (Marlboro, Soph., P)
Class C: First team – Cat Simmons (Pine Plains, Jr., C); Haley Strang (Pine Plains, Soph., OF); Second team – Jo Schmidt (Pine Plains, Soph., SS)
Class D: Second team – Alaina Gaughan (Eldred, Jr., SS); Sarah Wierzbicki (S.S. Seward, Sr., C); Fifth team – Kiera Costello (Tuxedo, Jr., SS); Katie Innella (Eldred, 8th, 1B)

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Dickson qualifies for U.S. Junior Amateur

Washingtonville’s Matt Dickson punched his ticket to the U.S. Junior Amateur Friday, firing an even-par 71 in a qualifier at Mount Kisco Country Club.

Dickson, who just completed his junior year at Washingtonville, finished second in the field of 80 golfers vying for three qualifying spots. He shot 2-under (34) on the back nine with birdies on No. 14 and 17.

The round continues a strong year for Dickson. He qualified for his first high school state tournament last month. Dickson shot a 4-over 75 in the second round and tied for 21st in the state.

Now, Dickson is headed to his first USGA major. The Junior Amateur will be played on July 17-22 at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kan.


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Maggee Sheridan, Grace Gavis lacrosse all-Americans

Warwick senior midfielder Maggee Sheridan and Kingston junior attack Grace Gavis were recently named all-Americans by US Lacrosse.

Sheridan, who also took draws for Section 9 Class B champion Warwick, had 74 goals and 41 assists this season.

Gavis scored a team-high 58 goals and led the Section 9 Class A champions with 21 assists.

Millbrook’s Kaitlyn Daly was also received all-American recognition by US Lacrosse.

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845 alumni update: Valley Central grad, Cleveland Indians draft pick James Karinchak

When a baseball coach compares one of today’s pitchers to legendary Nolan Ryan, you take notes.

Bryant coach Steve Owens said James Karinchak’s post-game practice reminded him a lot of Hall of Famer.

After starts, Karinchak would lift and run that night. When Bryant’s bus would pull in at 2 a.m. from a long-road trip, Karinchak would head to the field house for more work.

“He’s extremely committed,” Owens said. “He never takes a day off…He’s a special kid. He’s a little quirky and a little hard to get to know at times. People that are not around him every day may not understand him but we really cherish what he brings to the table, how he acts, how he carries himself and most importantly how he competes every day.”

Karinchak’s next pitch will be thrown in the Cleveland Indians organization. Karinchak, a junior right-handed pitcher, became the first Valley Central graduate to be drafted since Jason Motte was picked by the Cardinals in 2003. Cleveland selected Karinchak in the ninth round with the 282nd overall pick Tuesday.

“Everyone projects him as a reliever at the next level,” Owens said. “I’m not sure about that. It doesn’t matter because the kid is going to go out there and compete his tail off no matter what role they put him in…He’s a tenacious competitor. He makes no excuses. He holds himself to high standard and he’s ready. He’s ready to move on and he’s very excited about the opportunity that’s in front of him.”

Karinchak entered Bryant as a 175-pound freshman with an 85-mile-per-hour fastball. He’s leaving Bryant at 230 pounds with a fastball, clocked as high as 95. Karinchak finished his three-year career with a 26-11 record and recorded nine games of 10 or more strikeouts. He missed three weeks in March with an elbow injury that may have hurt his stock in the draft.

“If he didn’t get banged up a little bit this year, he could have been taken way higher, maybe second or third round,” Owens said. “Who knows. But he’s got an opportunity to be a pro player right now and he’s going to run with it and I think he’s going to do a super job.”

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Track championships day one notebook: Samuels a strong second

It was a big day for gold medals for Section 9 athletes with six on the opening day of the New York State track and field championships, and yet there were a couple other top-three medals earned as well.
Wallkill senior Richard Samuels came into the meet with the state’s top time in the 800 meters. He lowered his best by 1.71 seconds but still got beat by Fairport junior Ben Bulkeley, who won in an astonishing 1:50.96.
It was the first state top-three medal for the Wallkill boys since Kilo Rivera won silver in the Class B 110 hurdles in 2002.
Big three – Warwick sophomore pole vaulter Kaeli Thompson cleared 11 feet, 9 inches, to place third in Division I and fifth in the Federation. Warwick senior Kesigh Deloatch improved 17 inches in the triple jump, to 46 feet flat, improving his pre-meet rank from No. 11 to placing third in Division I.
It’s been a while – The victory by the Newburgh Free Academy girls in the 400-meter relay was the first gold for the Goldback ladies since NFA’s 4-by-400 team won Division I and Federation gold in 2003. It is also the first time a Section 9 school has captured the girls 400 relay gold. It was NFA’s best 400 relay effort since winning silver in the Class A meet in 1997.
Junior Michael Mullally won the Division II 400-meter hurdles, the first win (and any medal) for the Sullivan West boys since Colin Seidl won the 2008 Div. II steeplechase.
Spartan defense – On Saturday, Spackenkill senior Kabongo Barry will try to defend his Division II title in the 200 meters, and will look to medal again in the 100 meter final (he took silver in 2016).
Big first-day efforts – A number of local athletes made significant improvements in the state meet. Ellenville’s Acinel Bruce improved 2 ½ inches in the long jump, to 16 feet, 7 ¼ inches, finishing sixth in Division II after being seeded 15th. On the track, Port Jervis senior Kaylah Quarshie trimmed 2.23 seconds in the 800 meters, Warwick’s Jennie Prial cut 2.26 seconds in the 3,000; Goshen’s Kate Laskoski cut 1.13 seconds in the 400; and, New Paltz’s Morgane Kuyl cut a half-second in the 400 hurdles. For the boys, New Paltz’s Tajay Pearce cut a quarter-second in the 400 dash, to 51.58, and teammate Blake Olsen cut 1.29 seconds in the 400 hurdles, to 56.03, placing fourth in Division II.
It’s best to share– The two relay medals won by the Newburgh girls marks the first time Section 9 has captured multiple medals in the same meet since 2010.
The last time for Section 9 – The Newburgh boys won the 1,600 relay, the first time since NFA did so in 2015. Greer Liguori’s win the girls 400 hurdles is the first since Washingtonville’s Debbie Boerke won in 2015. The boys 400 hurdles wins by Robert Walker of Newburgh and Mike Mullally of Sullivan West were the first since Middletown’s Manny Mosely in 2010. New Paltz senior Dagi Tadesse’s win in the pole vault for New Paltz was the first since Warwick’s Todd Uckermark in 2014.

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Notebook: Seward puts 5-game winning streak on line in state semifinal

S.S. Seward, which will play its first baseball game since May 26 Friday in the state Class D semifinal, nearly missed the Section 9 playoffs.

Bill Steele’s team was 8-9 after an 8-7 loss the Deposit-Hancock, the state’s top-ranked Class D team. The Spartans (13-9) won their last three regular-season games to secure a postseason berth.

“In the beginning of the season, we weren’t really playing as a team,” said junior second baseman Jack Gardiner. “During the end of the season, we really start to put our heads down and see where we had to go. We just started executing better and working as a team.”

Gardiner said the turning point of the season was a third loss to Eldred on May 11.

“We said just because we are wearing a Seward uniform doesn’t mean we are going to beat everybody so we really have to step our game up,” Gardiner said.

Seward will turn to sophomore pitcher Grant Gravelle against North Collins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Conlon Field. Here’s the preview story.

Sophomore Matt Stam said he hasn’t thrown much in Seward’s practice the last two weeks, saving his arm. Stam closes games for the Spartans and expects to be called upon be Steele in Friday’s semifinal. Steele said he will not extend Stam and that his closer will pitch a maximum of two innings.

VIDEO: Senior third baseman Nick Knecht on Seward’s break between the Section 9 championship and the state semifinal.

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Kingston offense on display in state quarterfinal win

Kingston was raking (is that still hip to say) in its 12-3 state Class AA quarterfinal win over Arlington Saturday.

The Tigers’ 1-6 hitters – Avery Short, Sam Tremper, Jon Kivlan, Tyler Kelder, Fritz Genther and Jake McNutt – were a combined 15-for-22 with 10 RBI.

The scoreboard read 17 hits for Kingston. Officially, I had 16 hits. But, who’s counting.

Kingston’s pitching has been dynamite this season, throwing 10 shutouts in 23 games. If Kingston’s bats can remain hot in state Final Four, starting Friday in Binghamton, the Tigers will be a tough out.

“All season, we have kind of struggled with the bats so getting it going today heading into the Final Four feels great,” said senior second baseman Tyler Kelder, who went 5-for-5. “We have so much confidence in our pitching and now that our hitting is going well, there’s nothing better than that.”

Short, the winning pitcher, had a hit in each of the last three innings (two singles and a double).

Tremper didn’t have an official at-bat in his first four plate appearance. He walked twice and laid down two sacrifice bunts. Tremper doubled in the seventh inning to drive in Short and was thrown out at third base trying to stretch the hit to a triple.

Kivlan added three singles and scored a team-high four runs. Kelder had three infield singles among his five hits. Genther drove in three runs. McNutt, a sophomore called up from jayvee before the postseason, also had three RBI.

Coach Mike Groppuso said the five days between the Section 9 championship and Kingston’s first state playoff game helped his hitters prepare. Kingston, ranked third among the state’s Class AA team, has five days between its win over Arlington and its state semifinal against Section 3 champion Liverpool at 3 p.m. Friday at Maine-Endwell High School. Liverpool (21-3), the state’s No. 2 Class AA team, defeated Section 2 champion Niskayuna, the state’s top-ranked team, 5-3 Saturday in a state quarterfinal Saturday night.

Kingston players didn’t rush the field when the final out was recorded (see video below) on a ground out to first baseman Jeff Hayner Saturday. The Tigers still have work left.

VIDEO: The final out of Kingston’s 12-3 state Class AA quarterfinal win over Arlington

VIDEO: Senior second baseman Tyler Kelder on advancing to state Final Four and Kingston’s offensive explosion

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2017 Section 9 girls lacrosse coaches all-stars

Section 9 released its girls lacrosse all-stars in four classes as picked by the coaches.

Warwick’s Denis O’Connor was named coach of the year in Section 9 after leading his team to its first section title in school history.

Class A
Attack: Grace Gavis, Kingston, Jr.
Midfield: Colleen Gaffney, Monroe-Woodbury, Sr.; Lara Keenan, Valley Central, Jr.; Kiarra Kennedy, Middletown, Fr.; Cameron Letus, Kingston, Sr.; Thelma Outlaw, Middletown, Sr.;  Kendal Parker, Kingston, Sr.; Emily Sass, Pine Bush, Sr.; Kelsey Trainor, Valley Central, Jr.; Gabrielle Varley, Monroe-Woodbury, Sr.
Defense: Olivia Prizzi, Kingston, Sr.
Goalie: Corinne Buttner, Monroe-Woodbury, Sr.

Class B
Attack: Taylor Amato, Washingtonville, Jr.; Gabriella Cosentino, Washingtonville, Sr.; Brogan Dineen, Warwick, Sr.
Midfield: Shannon Appelquist, Warwick, Sr.; Sam Incognoli, Cornwall, Sr.; Gianna LeDuc, Minisink Valley, Sr.; Madeline McGuire, Cornwall, Sr.; Mia Ridgway, Roosevelt, Sr.; Maggee Sheridan, Warwick, Sr.; Allie Vangas, Cornwall, Jr.
Defense: Taylor Small, Roosevelt, Sr.
Goalie: Jessica Gurrieri, Cornwall, Sr.; Danielle Kelly, Minisink Valley, Sr.

Class C
Attack: Kelly Fellenzer, Goshen; Sr.; Reilly Miller, Goshen, Sr.; Natalie Ryan, Red Hook, Sr.; Keilly Wickhan, Saugerties, Sr.
Midfield: Syr Esposito, Red Hook, Jr.; Eliz Fino, Highland/Marlboro, Fr.; Nicole Klein, Saugerties, Jr.; Mackenzie Kurek, Goshen, Sr.; Erin Metzger, New Paltz, Jr.; Mia Michaelides, Red Hook, Sr.; Hannah Welshoff, Goshen, Sr.
Defense: Arianna Ranalli, Highland/Marlboro, Jr.

Class D
Attack: Sarah Kelly, James I. O’Neill, Sr.; Erin Kerr, John S. Burke Catholic, Soph.
Midfield: Emma Alitz, James I. O’Neill, Sr.; Brooke Babbitt, Millbrook, Jr.; Kaitlyn Daly, Millbrook, Jr.;  Shannon Pullar, John S. Burke Catholic, Jr.; Sydney Smith, James I. O’Neill, Sr.
Defense: Kelly Waters, Millbrook, Sr.
Goalie: Claire Martell, Millbrook, Soph.

Honorable mention
Class A
Attack: Analiese Amato, Kingston, Jr.; Isabella Bruno, Pine Bush, Eighth-grader; Madison Fennell, Monroe-Woodbury, Jr.; Keely Hofving, Newburgh Free Academy, Soph.; Lena Pine, Valley Central, Sr.; Victoria Terracino, Monroe-Woodbury, Soph.
Midfield: Taylor Gabriel, Newburgh Free Academy, Sr.Juliana Sickler, Kingston, Soph.
Defense: Jasmine Bass, Middletown, Sr.; Helen Detetchin, Pine Bush, Fr.; Olivia Palczewski, Valley Central, Jr.; Daniela Rubio, Middletown, Sr.

Class B
Attack: Natalie Daigle, Warwick, Fr.; Sarah Smith, Minisink Valley, Sr.
Midfield: Kate Annesi, Washingtonville, Sr.’ Amelia Booth, Roosevelt, Eighth-grader; Erin Flannery, Warwick, Soph.; Olivia Kelsey, Cornwall, Sr.; Meagan Marshal, Roosevelt, Sr.
Defense: Jackie Boyer, Cornwall, Fr.; Kimberly Dolson, Minisink Valley, Sr.
Goalie: Mary Gannon, Washingtonville, Jr.

Class C
Attack: Bailey Jordan, Red Hook, Soph.; Abigail Munson, Highland/Marlboro, Sr.
Midfield: Libby Baldwin, Saugerties, Jr.; Deeva Kuriplach, Saugerties, Jr.; Hailey Osborne, New Paltz, Soph.; Brenna Politoski, Goshen, Jr.; Sarah Precour, Highland/Marlboro, Sr.
Defense: Rebecca Aurigemma, New Paltz, Soph.; Jillien Gerace, Goshen, Soph.; Angelina Maneri, Red Hook, Sr.

Class D
Attack: Finley Corrigan, James I. O’Neill, Soph.
Midfield: Michaela Reinertsen, James I. O’Neill, Soph.; Hannah Fisher, Millbrook, Sr.; Alexis Sigillo, Burke Catholic, Fr.
Defense: Emma Lango, Millbrook, Sr.; Kristen Mahon, Burke Catholic, Jr.

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Inside Rondout Valley baseball’s rally in state opener

Rondout Valley senior Andrew Huffman had a message for his teammates Ryan Sheehan and Kyle Altadonna before the top of the seventh inning started.

“We are not going down like this,” Huffman said. “Just take a breath and go after it up there.”

Huffman was dealing, throwing a n0-hitter through six innings but Rondout Valley trailed 2-0 to Albertus Magnus and pitcher Mike Dunne. Dunne had limited Rondout Valley to a single by Dallas Romaguera in the second inning and leadoff single by Jeremy Pugliese in the sixth inning.

Sheehan reached on an error by Albertus Magnus shortstop Frank Margiotta to start the seventh inning. Huffman hit a blast to right field for a double. Altadonna got Rondout Valley on the board with a sacrifice fly, scoring Sheehan and Romaguera delivered an RBI single to score Jared Countryman, running for Huffman. After Sam Culbach struck out, Jeremy Pugliese drew a four-pitch walk to bring sophomore Austin Wells to the plate for his first at-bat. Wells, who replaced injured Gavin Costello in the field in the bottom of the sixth, delivered the game-winning hit with a sharp single up the middle.

Huffman nearly threw one of the most improbable high school no-hitter. He walked seven, including five straight in the second inning. He started the seventh inning with 112 pitches and was one out away from a no-hitter when Joe Ottaviano took him to the fence and left-center field. Huffman credited center fielder A.J. Parete for getting to the ball quickly and preventing a tying inside-the-park home run. He got Shane Brosnan to bounce to Sheehan at first base on the next pitch to send Rondout Valley to the state quarterfinals.

“They never gave up from the second inning to the seventh inning,” Rondout Valley coach Paul Bogart said. “Even the innings where we went 1-2-3, we were hitting the ball. I just kept telling them, ‘we are going to put something together, keep swinging the bat and hit the fastball. Hit the fastball, don’t hit the junk.’ That’s what we did there, they finally put something together.”

Huffman said he looked up at the scoreboard in the fifth inning and realized he was throwing a no-hitter and losing.

‘I said, ‘What’s going on here?” said Huffman, who struck out seven. “I’m glad I settled in and we were able to hold them off from there on.”

Rondout Valley fans traveled well to Pace University in Pleasantville. The Ganders will play much closer to home Saturday at Cantine Field in Saugerties, where they won the Section 9 title last Saturday. Mattituck, the Section 11 champion and Rondout Valley’s next opponent, has a three-hour ride up to Saugerties.

VIDEO: Hitting hero Austin Wells

VIDEO: Rondout Valley ace Andrew Huffman

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2017 state boys tennis first-round draw

Section 9 champion Lucas Arora will face fourth-seeded Ryan Fishback in the opening round of the state singles championship at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Thursday morning.

Arora, a Cornwall junior, takes a 21-0 record into the match.

Newburgh Free Academy’s David Salazar and Troy Steiner, the Section 9 doubles champions, meet Olean’s Logan Cross and Ryan Brown in the first round.

First round (Round of  32): Dan Leach (Cornwall) vs. Conners O’Brien (Albany Academy); Lucas Arora (Cornwall) vs. Ryan Fishback (Geneva); Gavan O’Brien (Washingtonville) vs. Michael Zhao (Ithaca).

First round (Round of 32): David Salazar-Troy Steiner (Newburgh Free Academy) vs. Logan Cross-Ryan Brown (Olean); Pearse Algiere-Dean Redmond (Warwick) vs. Alan Tu-Jacob Glazer (Pittsford Sutherland); Zach Price-Colin Gordon (Monroe-Woodbury) vs. Aidan Campbell-Felix Shi (Ithaca)

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