Brady Brothers win baseball title for Ireland

Contributed photo Kevin Brady walks off the mound at the conclusion of an inning in Switzerland. Kevin and his brother Kyle helped the Irish team win the title.

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Kevin Brady walks off the mound at the conclusion of an inning in Switzerland. Kevin and his brother Kyle helped the Irish team win the title.

How’s this for pressure! There are two outs in the last inning of the championship game of an international tournament. The pitcher is throwing a “no hitter,” and the last guy up smacks a ball to you at shortstop. Now add to the equation that the person on the mound happens to be your twin brother.

Kyle Brady fielded the ball on two hops and threw to first to get the final out of the game. Yes, he was nervous. In keeping with baseball tradition, no one mentioned the “no hitter” in the dugout. But the coach had told his fielders to dive for any ball that was close to them.

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Football will be different this fall

File photo (Lupo) Kieran Kreider gains yardage against Wallkill in last year’s section semifinals. He was injured later in the game, and missed the balance of the season.

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Kieran Kreider gains yardage against Wallkill in last year’s section semifinals. He was injured later in the game, and missed the balance of the season.

Football fans can expect a lot of changes in September. Poughkeepsie has moved out of Cornwall’s league, and FDR has taken its place.

The regular season is shorter. Cornwall will play seven games and face just one non-league opponent.

Home vs. Goshen, Sept. 1
At Saugerties, Sept. 9
Home vs. Wallkill, Sept. 15
Home vs. NFA, Sept. 23
Home vs. FDR, Sept. 28
At Monticello, Oct. 7
At Port Jervis, Oct. 13

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Early start doesn’t deter young rowers

Casey Miller and Carlie Wohlfahrt were on the Hudson soon after dawn on July 3. The girls are members of the Orange County Rowers Club.

Casey Miller and Carlie Wohlfahrt were on the Hudson soon after dawn on July 3. The girls are members of the Orange County Rowers Club.

Who says that teenagers like to sleep late? There are two dozen of them at Cornwall Landing at six o’clock on Monday morning. They’re unloading a trailer and carrying racing sculls and oars down to the Hudson River.

The teens  are members of the Orange County Rowing Club. Most of them live in Cornwall, but some have to travel to get to the early morning practice. Casey Miller, for example, comes over the mountain from Highland Falls. She graduated from O’Neill High School last month and will be rowing for Bucknell in the future. A few of her clubmates commute from Arlington. They have to leave home before 5:30 to get to practice on time.

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Dragon teams all win something

Samantha Fitzgerald (2) tries to steal the ball from an FDR player during the first half of an April 20 game. The Lady Dragons won 17-5.

Samantha Fitzgerald (2) tries to steal the ball from an FDR player during the first half of an April 20 game. The Lady Dragons won 17-5.

Girls win first five lacrosse matches

Playing almost every day last week, the Lady Dragons showed that their opening day win was an omen of good things to come.

Cornwall defeated NFA 14-2, FDR 17-5, O’Neill 13-5 and Washingtonville 14-5. The Lady Dragons have mounted a balanced attack, with four different players contributing 10 or more goals.

In the closing seconds of the FDR match, an opposing player broke free and fired a close-range shot at the net, which goalkeeper Jess Gurrieri fielded cleanly to end the game.

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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.

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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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