Kingston football; New Paltz volleyball; Saugerties girls’ tennis; Onteora girls’ soccer; and more.
By the time you read these words the games will already be underway. On Tuesday, March 9, the “Fall II” season of high school sports began, with most student athletes competing for the first time in a year.
Players and parents connected to New Paltz’s football teams are still trying to get the idea of playing into the end zone, but it appears that school board members consider this a dead ball.
After a number of public comments calling for the return of “high-risk” sports, the Kingston Board of Education voted 7-2 to allow a number of teams to play shortened seasons.
Four swimmers — two from New Paltz and two from Kingston — emerged with podium finishes in last weekend’s Section 9 competition, as they swam in the Covid-19 vortex, against themselves or some imaginary rival.
Christie Collins is a three-sport phenom at Saugerties High School, at least during a normal school year. With the COVID-19 pandemic canceling some of her junior year and reshuffling much of her senior campaign, the Class of 2021 standout hasn’t been able to compete since early last March.
Though the Covid-19 pandemic put the kibosh on the 2020 soccer season for Kingston Stockade FC, it didn’t stop the enthusiasm of its celebrated supporters group, the Dutch Guard. The most celebrated Stockade backers of all have continued showing their support for the club, most recently taking part in the 23rd annual Fishkill Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics New York.
If the idea of high-risk winter sports like basketball, wrestling and cheerleading with little prep time during the Covid-19 pandemic seemed like a tall order to you, you’re not alone.
Following months of delays due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, local school officials were surprised late last month by the sudden approval of high-risk sports by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, the State Department of Health and the county executives of the seven counties of the Hudson Valley, including Ulster.
Highland High School senior Ethan Thompson recently signed with Marist College to play baseball in 2021.