This Week in Local Sports (01/26/22)


Kingston High School/Onteora High School Women’s Basketball

The Kingston High School women’s basketball team started their week in freezing cold before catching fire.

It started with a visit to Central Valley on Tuesday January 18 and a 54-28 loss to Monroe-Woodbury. The Tigers were trying to shake off the rust accumulated during nearly two weeks of inaction due to quarantines and COVID contact tracing injuries, and they never quite got there. The Crusaders took a 14-4 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

Asia LeBon scored half of Kingston’s 14 points to lead all scorers in the loss. Monroe was led by Madison Fileen (12 points, all from downtown) and Lauren Morgante (6 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, block).

The Tigers turned the tide two days later, nearly doubling their visit to Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association opponents Middletown in a 49-26 result. After opening with a 10-0 run, Kingston overcame sluggishness in the middle of the game to allow the Middies to fire inside 19-15. But the Tigers exploded for a 21-5 run to put the game away.

LeBon led Kingston with 22 points and 10 disruptive steals, while Diamond Banks (13 points), Kalia Hylton-Jackson (7 points) and Tashjeonna Chavis (7 rebounds) also contributed.

On Friday, January 12, the Tigers hosted non-league opponent Onteora at Kate Walton Field House, winning 48-21. The next day they sent to visit Troy 51-29.

Hylton-Jackson scored 16 against Onteora and Middletown, while Ava Scaturro (13 points) and LeBon (11 points) were instrumental in the first victory; LeBon and Banks each scored 14 points against the Middies.

Prior to their loss in Kingston, Onteora was coming off a solid 53-48 home victory over Mid-Hudson Athletic Association hosts Ellenville a day earlier. The Eagles’ Darrah Allison torched Ellenville with 31 points in that game.

The Tigers improved to 8-4 on the season ahead of a Tuesday January 25 visit to non-league Guilderland. Onteora’s next match sees them host non-league foe Webutuck on the same day.

Kingston High School Men’s Basketball

The Kingston High School men’s basketball team improved to 10-2 last week after winning three straight games in four days.

It started with a trip to Central Valley on Wednesday, Jan. 19, where the Tigers dispatched host Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association host Monroe-Woodbury 76-65. Kingston overcame a 22-19 first-quarter deficit to win.

Ryan McCardle led Kingston with 21 points, all but six of which came from behind the 3-point arc. The Tigers’ well-rounded offense also saw Kevin Andrade (15 points), Demario Smith (15 points), Elijah Abrams (10 points) and Ke’montae Thawe (8 points) contributing.

On Friday, Jan. 21, the Tigers traveled to OCIAA opponent Middletown where they maintained their composure throughout the streak to win 64-61.

Thawe (15 points) froze the late game for Kingston, hitting a pair of free throws after being fouled on an inbounds pass with 5.2 seconds left in regulation time. Andrade (13 points), McCardle (13 points), Abrams (12 points) and Smith (9 points) participated in the now expected balanced attack.

A day later, the Tigers hosted non-championship opponent Troy in a 75-47 victory. All 11 Tigers scored in the lopsided victory, led by Thawe’s 17 points.

Smith (10 points), Andrade (9 points, 6 assists), Steven Edwards (9 points), McCardle (7 points, 6 rebounds) and Cam Potter (6 points) were among the Tigers who scored in the game.

The Tigers led 22-11 at the end of the first period, increasing their lead to 41-18 at halftime.

Kingston will look to continue their hot streak with a visit to non-league Arlington on Tuesday, January 25.

Kingston High School Gymnastics

The Kingston High School gymnastics team fell 160.55 to 135.4 at the Valley Central Section 9 foe on Friday, January 21. The Tigers were largely defeated by Valley Central’s Reilly Benson, who placed first in every event, amassing 35.2 points.

Alvia Gambino was top for the Tigers, placing second on vault (8.6), third on floor (8.6) and fourth on balance beam (7.8) to amass 32.0 points.

Kingston hosts Valley Central and New Paltz in a triangle meet at the Excel Gymnastics Center in Saugerties on Friday, January 28.

Saugerties High School Women’s Basketball

Saugerties High School women’s varsity basketball star Sage Fanelli scored an electrifying 32 points in a 60-48 win at Marlboro on Friday, January 21. Molly Boek (15 points) and Natalie Tucker (8 points) also contributed to Sawyer’s victory.

The Dukes were led by Gabby Murphy (19 points, 5 rebounds) and Hannah Palumbo (10 points, 8 rebounds) in the loss.

Saugerties hosts FDR on Tuesday January 24th.

New Paltz High School Women’s Basketball

The New Paltz High School girls’ basketball team was coy in a 51-47 loss on the road at Rondout Valley on Friday, January 21.

Kate Suchowiecki led all scorers with 17 points for New Paltz, while Lily Sturgis (12 points) and Jena Russo (10 points) also contributed.

Rondout was led by a pair of 16-point performances, with Maddie Malak (10 rebounds) and Magnolia Flamhaft hitting the mark.

The Huguenots are looking to get back into the win column when they host Highland on Tuesday, January 25.

Saugerties High School Boys Basketball

The Saugerties High School boys’ varsity basketball team was eliminated on their home court on Friday, January 21, losing 76-46 to league juggernaut Marlboro.

Ethan Conrad (16 points) and Niko Bocchimuzzo (14 points) accounted for most of Sawyer’s scoring in the loss.

Four Marlboro players scored in double figures, led by Chin Okasi’s 18-point effort.

The Sawyers are looking to get back on track with a visit to Rondout Valley on Tuesday, January 25.

Saugerties High School Wrestling

The Saugerties High School varsity wrestling team survived a visit to Goshen Central on Wednesday, January 19 with a score of 36.0-34.0.

Savannah Tittelbeck (102 pounds, forfeit), Anthony Denier (126 pounds, 5-2 decision), Vance Dyke (138 pounds, 4-1 decision), Christian Hockx (152 pounds, fall, 4:44), James Burns (160 pounds, drop, 1:45), Sean Sasso (172 pounds, drop, 1:24) and James Bucci (215 pounds, drop, 1:23) have all had wins for the Sawyers.

Saugerties host non-league opponents Cornwall on Wednesday January 26.

Nordic Skiing at New Paltz High School

The New Paltz High School Nordic Ski Team swept two Section 9 meets in Minnewaska last week.

On Wednesday January 19, the Huguenot boys (31) edged out Wallkill (24) and Monticello (20), while the girls (19) dominated Rondout Valley (5) and Wallkill (3).

In the 5k skate race, Beckett Evans was third in 18:37 to lead the New Paltz boys, with Gage Gullickson (5th, 19:05), Matei Jirka (6th, 19:14), Oliver Casey (7th, 20:33) and Henry Wheeler (11th, 24:05) also contributed.

Samantha Wong-Pan won the same distance for the girls, finishing in 20:26. Lily Zaborowski (2nd, 21:15), Natalee Watts (4th, 21:46), Eva Goldschein 6th, 25:30), Nina Scrubbi (7th, 29:53), Vivian Kay (8th, 29:58), Noor Eljamal (9th, 32:11) and Charlee Domitrovits (10th, 36:56) also performed well.

The Huguenots returned to Minnewaska two days later for a 7.5 kilometer race. The boys team (32) outlasted Wallkill (23) and Monticello (20), while the girls (23) passed Rondout Valley (9) and Wallkill (3).

On the boys side, Evans (3rd, 25:05), Jirka (4th, 25:31), Casey (6th, 27:48), Gullickson (7th, 29:24) and Wheeler (12th, 36:35) all taken into account in the score.

Wong-Pan again won the girls race for New Paltz with a time of 29:23. Zaborowski (2nd, 29:34), Watts (3rd, 31:16), Goldschein (7th, 39:15), Charlotte Hjeltnes (8th, 44:54), Roxy DeNey-Bhagat (47:38) and Rory Gerber ( 10, 47:46) also excelled for the Huguenots.

New Paltz returns to Minnewaska on Friday, Jan. 28 for another multi-school meet.

Onteora High School Boys Basketball

The Onteora High School boys’ varsity basketball team lost two Mid-Hudson Athletic League home games last week, losing 98-66 to Rondout Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 18, and 86-56 against Ellenville two days later.

Irwin Walden (12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), Emerson Ingalsbe (12 points, 5 assists) and Andrew Zygmunt (11 points) led Onteora to a loss to Rondout. Terrence Strange (23 points), Aaron Coston (22 points) and Jarden Marshall (18 points) led the Ganders.

The Eagles succumbed to another trio totaling 63 points against them in the Ellenville loss, as Rad Mareno (24 points), Jason Kinsey (22 points) and DJ McCombs (17 points) collectively dominated.

Onteora was led by strong efforts from Walden (20 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, 3 steals), Shayne Bresler (14 points, 4 rebounds), Ingalsbe (9 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, blocked) and Logan Holmquist (6 points, 7 rebounds, 6 blocks, 3 steals).

The Eagles hit the road against Ellenville on Wednesday, January 26.


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