The four $5,000 donations will be put toward of the installation of lights on Thornton Field, one of two fields at the Cantine Veterans Memorial Complex that lack lights.
There is no surer sign of the arrival of spring than the crack of the bat and the sound of a ball smacking into a mitt. Saugerties High School varsity baseball is here, and the Sawyers are looking to build on last year’s successes one game at a time.
For two and a half decades, Gregg Jones has been closely associated with Rondout Valley school athletics. But it was because of his accomplishments in Saugerties that Jones is being inducted into the Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame Club Class of 2019 next month.
The Kingston High School boys’ varsity basketball team is two wins away from the state championship. Last week the team took care of business, winning their first Section IX, Class AA title in six years, and then punched their ticket to the final four with a commanding win over a perennial powerhouse.
George Beisel, a lifelong Saugerties resident, a longtime village employee most recently in the Water Department, is now a member of the Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame Club’s Class of 2019.
A lot of very good football players have come and gone at New Paltz High School in the past 20 years. Some of the very best truly stand out. One thinks of Travis O’Dell, James Mach, Brandon Egan-Thorpe, Gordie Pine, Kevin Murphy, Joe Judge, Alex Dumas, Khariff Laboy, Guy Soumah, Joey DiMarco, Jon Diaz, Jimmy Verney, and this year Kenny Verney, Tanner Johnson and Mike Pisciotta. Though players come and go in high-school ball, one important feature of New Paltz football has stayed constant. Head coach Tom Tegeler, who has been running the show since the 2000 season, is arguably the best coach in the Section
New Paltz swimmer Leo Kuyl had himself quite the season.
The five wrestling Ross brothers have tried other sports, but nothing else has satisfied or bonded them as wrestling has. Competing for Onteora High School at the February 23-24 New York State Wrestling Championships in Albany, Nathan, a junior, took sixth place in his weight class of 152 pounds, and Nicholas, a sophomore, placed third in the 138-pound weight class.
After reverting to some bad habits in their 15-point loss to Ellenville in the MHAL basketball final last week, the New Paltz boys got it together quickly and routed Red Hook 71-55 in the Class A semifinal, before routing Minisink Valley (Friday, March 1 at Mount St. Mary’s) 58-44 in the final to defend their Section 9 title. It was a first for the Huguenots and the first team to repeat in Class A since Red Hook in 2010-2011.
Highland’s three-time Section 9 Division 2 champion Matt Malheiro had himself quite the State wrestling meet this past weekend. The senior, wrestling at 132 pounds after winning titles two years running at 138, advanced to the semifinal round on Saturday with victories on Friday over Malachi Porter of Eagle Academy (8-1) in the Round of 16 and 1-0 over Mike O’Brien of Mount Sinai in the quarterfinals.