Athletes busy before exam week

Photo contributed by Caitlin Dempsey Jessica Barbier (32) moves the ball downcourt in a Jan. 17 home game against Goshen.

Photo contributed by Caitlin Dempsey
Jessica Barbier (32) moves the ball downcourt in a Jan. 17 home game against Goshen.

Santos and Bell lead Dragon skiers

Olivia Santos and Mitchell Bell have been the most successful Cornwall skiers this season. Olivia has finished fourth or fifth in every race. Mitchell has posted the fastest times for the boys team. The Dragons had two meets last week.

Jan. 17 Slalom, Mt. Peter
Girls: Olivia Santos (4) 44.3. Boys: Mitchell Bell (11) 43.95, Louis Tagliaferro (14) 50.71, Akhelish Kootala (19) 59.96, Matthew Almstrom (22) 62.88.
Jan. 19 Slalom, Holiday Mtn.
Girls: Santos (5) 43.14, Dana Bell (17) 55.77.

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Newcomer helps set relay record

On Dec. 29, Jack Byrne, Blaine Doyle, Caleb Johnson and Jeremy Small Hawks (left to right) combined to set a relay record for freshmen and sophomores in the Marine Corps Holiday Classic in New York City.

On Dec. 29, Jack Byrne, Blaine Doyle, Caleb Johnson and Jeremy Small-Hawks (left to right) combined to set a relay record for freshmen and sophomores in the Marine Corps Holiday Classic in New York City.

Few athletes have had an experience like Caleb Johnson. The Cornwall sophomore joined the indoor track team to get in shape for lacrosse. He appeared in his first race on Dec. 29 at The Armory in New York City.

Caleb wasn’t alone. He was part of a distance medley relay team for freshmen and sophomores. Running with him were Jack Byrne, Jeremy Small-Hawks and Blaine Doyle.

“They carried me,” the newcomer admitted with a smile. That’s partially true. But Caleb didn’t let them down. He helped the Dragons finish a lap ahead of everyone else, and set a meet record for the frosh/soph event — beating the old mark by six seconds.

In the event, each member of the team runs a different distance. Jack Byrne led off and carried the baton for 1200 meters (six laps around the track). By the time he passed the stick to Caleb, the Dragons had a 50-yard lead. They were still out in front after Caleb ran a quarter of a mile in less than a minute.

At this point, Jeremy Small-Hawks (2:09 for 800 meters) and Blaine Doyle (4:37 for 1600 meters) ran away from the rest of the field. When Doyle crossed the finish line, the clock read 11:10.67. The Dragon foursome had clipped six seconds off the record for the Marine Corps Holiday Classic, a huge meet that’s been around since the turn of the century. What a way for Johnson to begin his indoor track career!

Cornwall’s best individual event was the girls weight throw, where Jillian Dorego was third (39-3.25) and Tamera Dorcinville fourth (37-8.5) in a field of 36. The teammates have been close to one another all season, always finishing one notch apart in the final standings.

Other highlights included the varsity girls (Sydney Decker, Gabby Fanning, Abby Munterich and Hannah Mellino) placing fourth in the distance medley relay, and the frosh/soph girls (Molly Cameron, Ashley Hickman, Sophia Perez and Meredith Hickman) taking third in the same event.

Boys get first basketball victory

Photo by Mary Jane Pitt Zack Swaby outraces the O’Neill defense on the way to the basket. The Dragons won the game 47-37.

Photo by Mary Jane Pitt
Zack Swaby outraces the O’Neill defense on the way to the basket.
The Dragons won the game 47-37.

The Dragons broke a fourth-quarter tie to win their first game of the season.

Playing at Christl Arena at West Point on Dec. 22, Cornwall and O’Neill were tied 37-37 with three minutes left in the final period.

The Dragons seized the lead when Zack Swaby jarred a ball loose and fed Will Fredericks, who was racing to the basket. A minute later Joe Lynch scored from behind the arc to give his teammates a five-point advantage.

It was a big basket. The Dragons have not scored on many long-range shots this year — and the big arena can play tricks with players’ depth perception. Many shots that appear to be on target come down in front of the hoop.

Cornwall added five points down the stretch for a 47-37 win. Dragon Coach Tom Howe was impressed with his team’s defensive effort. Earlier in the month, O’Neill had scored 75 points in an overtime loss to Goshen. This time, the Highland Falls school was limited to half that total.

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Wrestlers third in their tournament

Tom Keller (top) has the upper hand in a match with a Pearl River opponent at the Dragon Duals in Cornwall Central High School on Dec. 10.

Tom Keller (top) has the upper hand in a match with a Pearl River opponent at the Dragon Duals in Cornwall Central High School on Dec. 10.

A pair of state-ranked wrestling teams claimed the top two places in the Dragon Duals on Dec. 10. Cornwall was third after defeating two of its four guests. The final standings were:
1. Columbia, Sect. 2
2. Pearl River, Sec, 1
3. Cornwall, Sec. 9
4. Horace Greeley, Sec. 1
5. Rondout Valley, Sec. 9

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Spring sign-ups; fall reminiscence

Photo by Ken Cashman Dom Marzigliano (left) congratulates teammate Kyan Patten after a touchdown against Saugerties on Oct. 21. Dom scored in a recent All Star game

Photo by Ken Cashman
Dom Marzigliano (left) congratulates teammate Kyan Patten after a touchdown against Saugerties on Oct. 21. Dom scored in a recent All Star game

Marzigliano scores in football All Star Game

Dom Marzigliano concluded his high school football career with a fourth-quarter touchdown in the Exceptional Senior All Star Game at Newburgh Free Academy on Nov. 22. His four-yard run helped Team National defeat Team American 21-10.

Cornwall had eight players selected for the game, more than any other school in Section IX.

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Gridders keeps cheerleaders busy

Dom Marzigliano (22) gains nine yards on Cornwall’s opening drive in Goshen on Oct. 8.

Dom Marzigliano (22) gains nine yards on Cornwall’s opening drive in Goshen on Oct. 8.

The cheerleaders might want to recruit Jack Storer. He probably can’t do a back flip. But when he was in school, he set a Cornwall record for push-ups. The girls have been doing plenty recently — especially during Saturday’s 56-7 victory in Goshen.

“Can’t hear you” someone would shout from the stands as the girls counted push-ups to match the Dragons’ point total. By the time Luciano Budd scored in the fourth quarter, the push-up ritual was time-consuming. It continued as the Gladiators returned the kick and came out of the huddle for first down.

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Vector Mouthguards live up to expectations

The Vector Mouthguard that Middletown High School football players use.

The Vector Mouthguard that Middletown High School football players use.

At first it sounded like science fiction — football players using a mouthguard that could detect changes in brain function and send wireless signals to computers on the sidelines.

Middletown High School tested the Vector Mouthguards when they were in the experimental stage, and later purchased 47 of them at a price of $199 a unit. The idea was to limit the chance of overlooking a concussion.

Last September we reported on the innovation. Then we waited a year to see if it was really working. On Oct. 4, I asked Trainer Craig Olejniczak for an update.

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Headbands to curtail concussions

Students participating in contact sports will be required to wear headbands designed to decrease the chance of a concussion.

Students participating in contact sports will be required to wear headbands designed to decrease the chance of a concussion.

They look like ordinary navy blue headbands, but their function exceeds just sopping up forehead sweat. As Storm King School athletes take to the field and court this year, a majority of them will be wearing these headbands.

No, it’s not about team unity, but rather reducing the risk of suffering a concussion during competition.

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Bethje in rare group of Dressage horses

Photos contributed Bethje and her trainer, Susan Stegmeyer during competition. Over the past six years they have earned 78 ribbons.

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Bethje and her trainer, Susan Stegmeyer during competition. Over the past six years they have earned 78 ribbons.

When there’s big news the desire is to share it with everyone. That’s what Marybeth and Arthur Walker, of Cornwall, did in announcing the achievement of their horse, Bethje (pronounced Beth ee).

Bethje recently qualified for and was awarded the prestigious Sports Predicate in Dressage by the Friesian Horse Association of North America. She’s only the 38th Friesian Mare in North America to earn this designation. In recognition of this title, the horse gains a new title – Bethje Star Sport.

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9-10s vying for title on the road

Photo by Ken Cashman First baseman Luciano Fiorello steps on first ahead of a base runner, as the 9-10 boys defeated Montgomery 9-7 on Saturday morning, July 9.

Photo by Ken Cashman
First baseman Luciano Fiorello steps on the bag ahead of a base runner, as the 9-10 boys defeated Montgomery 9-7 on Saturday morning, July 9.

Youngest baseball team needs one more win

After losing their opening game, the Dragons reeled off eight straight victories. They needed one more win to claim the district flag. They were due to play Minisink-Otisville on July 13, shortly after the Local went to press.

-Cornwall started the second week of the tournament by blanking Monroe-Woodbury American 10-0, the team responsible for the Dragons’ only loss.

-Next came an 11-1 victory over the Town of Wallkill. Dylan Hayes was the winning pitcher, and Tommie Shaw sparked the offense with three hits.

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