Kingston’s team in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL, a semi-pro league) — the Stockade FC — had its season cancelled this past week, an innocent victim of the coronavirus. It’s a disappointing turn for the players and fans and for second-year coach Jamal Lis-Simmons.
All local sports have been sidetracked by the brand-spanking-new COVID-19 (sounds like a phone number from the land-line era) — which all of us peasants know as the non-scientific and plebian corona (think Mexican beer) virus (think common cold, with a twist), as well as the vicarious world of sports viewing: no NBA, no NHL, no MLB, no NCAA, no NASCAR, no NFL, no XFL, no MLS, no WWF and even, unthinkable as it may become: no more BLT, no more FBI, no more CIA and even no more BB King.
It was quite the winter sports season on the local level.
This one seemed improbable. After losing their all-star backcourt of Axel Rodriguez and Casey Burke from their two-straight Section 9 Class A title basketball teams, the New Paltz boys weren’t given much of a chance to do what they did on Saturday, March 7…win their third straight. But that’s what they did, beating number two seed Monticello 69-67 in overtime on a Jackson Soper three-pointer from deep in the corner with just 0:29 left on the clock. With the win, the Huguenots are the first Class A team to ever win back-to-back-to-back titles.
And it took 20 years, but the Huguenots finally won their second MHAL title — this after being in their third straight Final Four and losing in the Final two years in a row — beating Millbrook 64-43 on February 28, with Patrick Murphy — seemingly fully recovered from ankle issues that held him to just eight games played this season — leading the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds, with Justin DeMaria with 15 and Jackson Soper 14.
Section 9 boys’ swimming, wrestling, gymnastics and round ball roundup.
New Paltz’s Ethan Palanca became the first Section 9 wrestler to win titles in both Division 2 and Division 1
It had been a long time since New Paltz won a Division title on the mat. And this one came down to Evan Jansen, the Huguenots 285-pound bruiser wrestling Wallkill’s Jackson Faider in the meet’s final match with New Paltz up a point at 39-38.
After placing six wrestlers in the Section 9 Division 1 (large schools) semifinals, New Paltz — the smallest school in Division 1 — long-time coach Ryan Pullman is looking for an even better showing this season.
What to do when you lose to graduation the number one scorer in MHAL history…and arguably the league’s best basketball player ever?