It took 16 innings of high-pressure softball — a regulation seven to dispose of FDR 2-1 and another extra inning-nine to beat Ellenville 3-0 — but New Paltz softball, with a brand new coach and a starting lineup with five freshmen, rode the brilliant performances of junior righthander Jill Harrison to win its first-ever MHAL championship.
Last season the New Paltz boys tennis team finished at 14-0 and were MHAL champions; this season looks to be more of the same.
I’m not sure if New Paltz softball can top last year’s first-ever Section 9 (Class A) title, especially after losing eight starters to graduation, but brand-new coach Brooke Frey — up from JV’s, like lots of her players — certainly will give it a try.
Both New Paltz and Highland baseball had solid seasons in 2016, but both ended with losses in the Section 9 quarterfinals — New Paltz to Wallkill in Class A; Highland to Spackenkill in Class B — and with both suffering major losses to graduation.
It was a winter sports season of many surprises for New Paltz and Highland varsity teams.
In the end it was the team that won it all. It’s become a tradition at little Highland.
It wasn’t enough that New Paltz wrestling opened the season with a 45-28 win over Eldred-Liberty-Sullivan West (ELSW), or that
See who made the cut.
A great run by the Huguenots came to an end last Friday at Dietz Stadium.
It has been awhile. Six years to be exact since New Paltz football last won the Section 9 Class B football title with a win over Marlboro. That 13-0 win was followed by five straight years of dominance by the Dukes — a pretty remarkable streak – that came to an end Friday night at Dietz Stadium as the Huguenots used a bunch of big plays on offense and a stingy defense to down Marlboro 33-17.