Onteora High School football

Onteora’s varsity football team takes to the field prior to its Homecoming game against Spackenkill on September 25. (photos by Valerie Havas/Ulster BOCES Community Relations)

Onteora athletes Jakson Spiotta (left) and Kyra Smith were crowned this year’s “Homecoming Royalty.”

Onteora High School’s varsity eight-man football team split their last two Section 9 home games, carrying a 1-2 record into this Friday’s visit to Pine Plains/Rhinebeck.

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It began on Saturday, September 18 with a 23-7 win over visiting Fallsburgh. Sophomore Reese Rotella tossed a pair of touchdowns for the Eagles, and Shayne Bresler ran in a score as well.

Onteora athletes posing for a photo during their school’s Homecoming celebration, which took place on September 25. Pictured, from left to right, are Ilana Kessler, Achaia-Lotus Horwitz Gindele, Molly Whitehead, Isabella McHug and Ella Williams.

Griffin Alterio (10.5 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 0.5 sack), Bresler (9 tackles, forced and recovered fumble) and Joey Christofora (1.5 sacks, forced fumble) helped lead the Onteora defense.

One week later, Spackenkill came to town, with the Eagles on the losing end of a 42-6 result. Bresler returned an interception for a touchdown, the lone score for the home team. Bresler compiled 11 tackles, four assists, and two pass breakups in a losing effort. Altiero (9 tackles, 7 assists) and Christofora (5 tackles, 5 assists) also contributed to the Onteora defense.

Onteora’s Homecoming Celebration also took place prior to the homecoming football game on Saturday, September 25.

The Onteora varsity volleyball team marching in the Parade of Athletes during their school’s Homecoming celebration, which took place on September 25.

Prior to the crowning of Onteora’s “Homecoming Royalty,” the nominated athletes posed for a group photo. Pictured (from left to right) are Darrah Allison, Jackson Scanlon, Marquies (Mark) Treasure, Sophia Wentland, Adam Williams, Delilah Blue, Shayne Bresler, Achaia-Lotus Horwitz Gindele, Jakson Spiotta and Kyra Smith. The celebration took place on September 25.

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