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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Main Street Mile makes history

Photo by Ken Cashman Caitlin and Maeve Sherry (also known as “Wonder Woman”) finished the Main Street Mile together. Both were smiling.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Caitlin and Maeve Sherry (also known as “Wonder Woman”) finished the Main Street Mile together. Both were smiling.

This year’s Main Street Mile produced the oldest and youngest winners in the race’s history.

Suzanne Laburt, age 52, won the women’s race, finishing a few steps ahead of Faith Briggs — who was a sprinter when she ran for Cornwall  more than 10 years ago.

Seth Bywater finished strong on the men’s side to pass Kris Krisamis, who was pushing a little girl in a three-wheel stroller. Seth, who gained the lead in the straightaway by Ring’s Pond, is a member of the high school track team. He just completed his freshman year.

It’s been a long time since Erika Abraham was a freshman. The 78-year-old runner was Cornwall’s busiest athlete of the day. In the morning, she ran the Firecracker 5K in Highland Falls and in the afternoon she did the Main Street Mile. In both events, she finished first in her age group.

Cornwall’s Tim Crill was third in a large field in Highland Falls. He returned to his home town for the Fourth of July festivities, but opted to enjoy the race as a spectator.

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Mets capture Little League crown

Photo by Ken Cashman Umpire Jim Schilling is about to give the safe sign as Marco Olavarria slides home ahead of the throw to Cardinal pitcher Patrick Murphy. The run gave the Mets a 3-0 lead on their way to a 7-1 victory.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Umpire Jim Schilling is about to give the safe sign as Marco Olavarria slides home ahead of the throw to Cardinal pitcher Patrick Murphy. The run gave the Mets a 3-0 lead on their way to a 7-1 victory.

The Mets defeated the Cardinals two games to one to win the Cornwall Little League playoffs. The series finale was played on Friday evening.

The new champs didn’t have to wait long to see that the ball was bouncing their way in the deciding game. Cardinal hurler Patrick Murphy threw just three pitches in facing the first three batters.

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Fanning, Goitia advance in track

Photo by Ken Cashman Kayla Quarshie of Port Jervis, Gabby Fanning of Cornwall, and Sarah Rudge of Onteora lead the field with about 50 meters to go in the 800-meter run. The race was one of the first events of the state qualifying meet.

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Kayla Quarshie of Port Jervis, Gabby Fanning of Cornwall, and Sarah Rudge of Onteora lead the field with about 50 meters to go in the 800-meter run. The race was one of the first events of the state qualifying meet.

For Gabby Fanning and Seth Goitia, finishing second was as good as winning. They were runners up in the state qualifying meet last weekend. But their times were fast enough to get them into the state championships in North Syracuse on June 10-11.

Gabby was in first for most of the 800-meter run at Monroe-Woodbury on Thursday afternoon, June 2. But she picked up company as she came down the final straightaway. Sarah Rudge of Onteora moved up on her left and Kayla Quarshie of Port Jervis advanced on her right.

The three girls ran by side, with Gabby dropping back a step or two at the finish line. To the uninformed viewer, she was third. But Sarah was part of a different division. She was running for a berth in Division 2, which includes schools with lower enrollments.

Gabby was second in Division I. And since she had met the state standard earlier in the season, she earned a trip to North Syracuse.

Seth Goitia qualified on the following day when the meet continued in Middletown. He finished less than a tenth of a second behind the winner. Seth’s time, 49.22, was the third fastest in Cornwall history.

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Girls lacrosse earns first shut-out

Photo by Jason Kaplan Ashley Garcia slides safely into third on an errant throw by the left fielders. Cornwall beat O’Neill 10-2.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Ashley Garcia slides safely into third on an errant throw by the left fielders. Cornwall beat O’Neill 10-2.

Girls lacrosse

Thursday, May 12
In a battle for first place, the Lady Dragons failed to capitalize and lost a close match, 9-8, to division rival Goshen. The Gladiators remain undefeated within the division.

Emily Gaillard scored three times and Madeline McGuire had two goals. Dana Garguilo, Samantha Incognoli, and Olivia Kelsey added a goal apiece. Abigail Dunning, Kelsey, and Incognoli each had an assist. Jessica Gurrieri recorded 15 saves.

Despite the loss, the girls clinched a playoff berth for the second time.

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Local rider places first in national competition

Contributed photo Lindsay Clark, lead trainer Susan Clark, Tomiko, and Jess Anselmo after Tomiko won a national championship.

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Lindsay Clark, lead trainer Susan Clark, Tomiko, and Jess Anselmo after Tomiko won a national championship.

Add Tomiko McGovern to the brief list of national champions from Cornwall! The 10th-grader finished first in a two-day competition in Lexington, Ky. last month, and won a $1,000 saddle, a silver trophy and other valuable gifts from the Interscholastic Equestrian Association.

It’s not a sport for the faint-hearted. “The judges watch your every move,” Miko said a short while after her victory. “They watch how much control you have over the horse.”

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