Kingston girls’ soccer
The Kingston High School girls’ varsity soccer team is 1-0-1 after opening its 2021 “Fall II” season with a pair of close matches. The Tigers opened its season in the friendly confines of Dietz Stadium on Tuesday, March 9, battling Minisink Valley to a 1-1 tie. Delisianna Naccarato scored Kingston’s goal in the draw.
The Tigers earned its first win two days later at Warwick in Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association. Ari Burns scored a hat trick to help propel Kingston to the 4-3 win; Sydney Flood rounded out the scoring for the Tigers.
Kingston stays on the road for its next two games, visiting Rondout Valley on Tuesday, March 16, followed six days later by a trip to Washingtonville. The Tigers head back to their home turf at Dietz on Wednesday, March 24 when they host longtime rival Newburgh Free Academy.
The Kingston High School volleyball team split its first two games of the season last week, opening the 2021 “Fall II” campaign with a three-set loss at Warwick on Wednesday, March 10. The young Tigers’ squad fell 25-20, 25-19, 25-18 in a hotly contested battle.
Ryleigh Purvis was tops for the Tigers with nine assists, four digs and three kills; Cady Sickler (7 digs), Jamie Khuen (4 kills, dig), Christina Chinea (3 digs, 2 kills) and Alannah Rolph (2 kills) also contributed for Kingston.
Kingston beat Washingtonville 3-1 on Friday, March 12 in Mount Academy’s Camp Grace gym. No details were available as of press time. The Tigers head back to Camp Grace on Wednesday, March 17 to take on Middletown.
Kingston field hockey
The Kingston High School varsity field hockey team gave new head coach David Beams a 2-1 win in his first ever game for the school, holding off Mid-Hudson Athletic League opponent Rondout Valley at Dietz Stadium on Tuesday, March 9.
Hannah Timbrouck scored both goals for Kingston off assists from Norah Prizzi. Timbrouck first hit the back of the net late in the first quarter to give the Tigers a lead that held until there were just six minutes remaining in the game; that’s when Sophia Schoonmaker tied it up for Rondout with an assist from Bebe Cosgrove. Timbrouck sealed it for Kingston with just two minutes remaining.
The Tigers returned to MHAL action on Monday, March 15 when they hosted Ellenville (too late for this edition of Hudson Valley One). They’ll notch a pair of road games against Onteora and Pine Plains before returning to Dietz to welcome MHAL opponent Taconic Hills on Thursday, April 8.
With a 500-day gap between games, it’s understandable for the Kingston High School varsity football team to be a little rusty. The Tigers had a rough go of it in a 27-0 loss at Warwick on Saturday, March 13. It was the first of a short six-game slate for Kingston.
The Tigers were down 16-0 after the first quarter before tightening up the defense over the rest of the game. But other than a solid running game, Kingston couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end. The Tigers averaged 3.6 yards per carry in the loss, with freshman Isaiah Thomas (45 yards) and juniors Myles Gordon (30 yards) and Owen Niles (22 yards) all contributing.
But a combination of a sputtering offense, turnovers and penalties ultimately doomed Kingston’s chances. The Tigers never got closer than the Wildcats’ 28-yard line, a possession upended when quarterback Dylan Noble was intercepted by Warwick’s Logan Hurd in the end zone.
Warwick was led by quarterback Nick Bailey, who threw for 124 yards and a touchdown; and halfback James Bailey, who picked up 117 yards on the ground and scored a pair of touchdowns.
The Class AA Tigers have a chance at rebounding on Friday, March 19 when they head to Class C James I. O’Neill, a team that went 3-6 in Class B last season.
Saugerties boys’ and girls’ soccer
The beautiful game returned to Saugerties High School (SHS) last week, though for both the boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer teams, the season isn’t off to a beautiful start.
The Sawyer boys traveled to Wallkill for a Mid-Hudson Athletic League battle on Thursday, March 11, falling 6-0 in a rough outing. Six different Panthers scored in the loss, with Mitch Albrectsen, Erick Vargas and Trevor Jones each assisting as well. Also scoring were Tyler Tucker, Manny Martinez and Julian Gries, with Brandon Ortiz picking up an assist. Saugerties troubled Wallkill goalkeeper Chad Castle only once on a shot he saved to earn the clean sheet.
The Saugerties boys’ team returns to action on Wednesday, March 17 when they host FDR.
On the girls’ side, SHS lost its first two games of the season by a combined score of 5-1. In the first game, the Sawyers traveled to Wallkill on Wednesday, March 10, falling 2-1 in a hotly contested match. Mackenzie Below scored the Sawyers’ lone goal. Saugerties was upended by Lainey Flanagan, who scored both goals for the Panthers. Ali DeGroodt and Amy Crowley each assisted on a goal for the home side.
The Sawyer girls were back in action two days later when they hosted MHAL opponent Red Hook, falling 4-0. The bulk of the damage was done over an eight-minute stretch in the first half, with Casey Schein, Kelcie Horst and Grace Hennig all hitting the back of the net for the Raiders. Kat Diener slammed the door shut for the visitors in the second half. Makenzi Grant saved the Sawyers’ lone shot in the second half to preserve the clean sheet for Red Hook. Gabriela DeSantis and Helen Kerr split the game in goal for the Sawyers, combining to make seven saves.
Like the boys’ side, the girls’ are looking to turn the young season around starting with its next game, a visit from FDR on Thursday, March 18.
Saugerties girls’ tennis
The Saugerties High School girls’ tennis team picked up a decisive 4-1 season-opening home win against Mid-Hudson Athletic League opponent Wallkill on Friday, March 14, let by Mehal Mitra in first singles.
Mitra dropped Lizzie Pushman 6-1, 6-2 to start things off for the Sawyers. Amy Hoyt held off a valiant fight from Carson Villani in second singles, winning for Saugerties 6-4, 7-6 (7-1). Alayna VanNosdall kept the singles sweep going for the Sawyers, beating Wallkill’s Emma Nelson 6-1, 6-0.
In first doubles, SHS’s Hannah Hoyt and Marlo Rothe teamed up to beat Alice West and Lilie Jaffee 6-2, 6-2. The sole defeat for the Sawyers came in a 6-4, 6-2 loss by Chloe Turner and Hannah Mills, who fell 6-4, 6-2 to Wallkill’s Sydney Scannell and Patrice Delices in a match called due to darkness.
The Sawyers looked to stay undefeated with a visit to Kingston High on Monday, March 15 (too late for this edition of Hudson Valley One).
Onteora girls’ soccer
The Onteora High School varsity girls’ soccer team had a stellar start to the season last week, coming away from a visit to Mid-Hudson Athletic League opponent Spackenkill with a 4-2 overtime win on Friday, March 12.
The Eagles went ahead in extra time with an Amalie Ingalsbe penalty kick. Charlotte Barry (two goals) and Darrah Allison (goal, assist) also added to the hit parade. Ava Lamb was kept busy in goal for Onteora, picking up 12 saves in the wild win. Maddy Updike and Blythe McQuade each scored for the Spartans, with Clare Sottile making six saves in goal.
Onteora is back in action on Tuesday, March 16 when they host MHAL opponent Ellenville (too late for this edition of Hudson Valley One).
New Paltz girls’ soccer
The New Paltz High School varsity girls’ soccer team opened its 2021 “Fall II” season with a close loss on Friday, March 12, with a 1-0 result at Mid-Hudson Athletic League opponent FDR. The Huguenots’ goalkeeper turned away three shots in the tough loss.
The Huguenots hit the road against MHAL opponent Wallkill on Tuesday, March 16.
New Paltz volleyball
The New Paltz High School varsity volleyball team opened its “Fall II” season with a 3-2 victory at Mid-Hudson Athletic League opponent FDR on Thursday, March 11. The Huguenots opened with a 25-20 first set win before falling 28-26 and 25-23. They turned the tables from then on, winning handily 25-11 and 25-12 to close it out.
Esve Mullins led the Huguenots with 24 assists, while Alex Frenza (11 service points, 8 kills, 3 blocks, 2 aces) and Lauryn Ronk (10 digs) also contributed.
New Paltz doesn’t return to action until March 24 and 25 when they host MHAL opponents Wallkill and FDR respectively.
Kingston High School junior Tyler Longto is only the second student-athlete at Kingston High School to be given permission by Athletic Director Rich Silverstein to compete in two sports simultaneously; the first was Tyler’s older brother, Justin. Tyler Longto can be seen playing for the Tigers’ boys’ soccer and football teams during the current “Fall II” sports season.
Longto, who also plays lacrosse in the spring sports season, said the dispensation to play both sports comes with a strict set of rules, both academic and athletic, and will sometimes require some fancy footwork off the field as well, as the soccer midfielder and football kicker will occasionally pull double duty on the same day.
“My second football game (on Friday, March 19) overlaps with soccer,” said Longto. “My soccer game starts at 4:30 and then I’ve got to make it to (James I.) O’Neill (High School) for a 6:30p.m. kickoff from Washingtonville (High School).”
The journey is roughly 16 miles long, perhaps the same distance a soccer midfielder will run over the course of an entire season.
Even before his brother Justin carved out a similar two-sport/one-season path, the brothers’ love of soccer and football was something of a family business.
“My dad played football when he was my age, and my brother played and they both played soccer too,” Longto said. “”So I just wanted to do the same.”
As of press time, only the KHS football team has played and Longto didn’t see much action in the team’s 27-0 loss, but that will change in the weeks to come. The varsity boys’ soccer team opened its season at Goshen on Monday, March 15 (too late for this edition of Hudson Valley One).
Soccer was Longto’s first love.
“Well, soccer I’ve been playing since I was a young kid,” he said. “My dad kind of got me into it because he was a pretty good soccer player. He played at college at a pretty good level and then kind of passed it down to me. And football — training from soccer just helped me — and I picked it up easy. And I trained with my brother a lot. Soccer is good for conditioning and shape and then playing it just takes a lot of team effort; I like playing with a team.”
Longto hasn’t played football before this season, but he wasn’t unfamiliar with it, especially after watching his brother play a few years ago.
“He told me a couple of tips that he knew,” Longto said.
Though he won’t have to make a decision between which games to play this season, there are overlaps in practices. Longto said he’ll give precedence to the sport that takes up most of his on-field focus.
“I think soccer’s my priority and then I’ll make as many football practices as I can or practice by myself after,” he said. “I can do some conditioning and then maybe go to Dietz (Stadium) after and kick.”
Longto said he hopes he can make playing soccer and football work well enough this year that he’ll be able to compete in both as a senior as well.
“And then maybe in college if it comes to that,” Longto said, adding that his athletic focus may shift away from soccer and football altogether after high school. “I’ve been looking at colleges; I play lacrosse and I’m looking more into colleges for that.”
While he’d like to play lacrosse in college, he’s less sure of what he’ll study in the classroom.
“I’ve discussed it with my father, but haven’t figured it out yet.”
Longto said that he was grateful for the chance to play both soccer and football during the same season for Kingston High, adding that he was going to make the most of it.
“I think it’s a pretty cool thing, an opportunity that most kids don’t get,” Longto said. “I’d like to thank my athletic director (Silverstein) for helping me do this, setting it up and everything.”