Millbrook’s Girls lacrosse took on last years sectional champs, Red Hook, in a home game Friday, April 17. Red Hook took an early 5-point lead. The home team caught up with scores by Brooke Babbitt, Kaitlyn Daly, Kiri DiCintio, Cat Halpin, Liz Halpin, Samantha Szalewicz and Kelly Waters who all scored one point. The score was a 7-7. In the last 10 minutes Red Hook scored three points ending the game, 10-7. Millbrook’s Goalie Shelby Wilcox played a strong game in the net for Millbrook making 16 saves.
The next day was a home match against Goshen High School, undefeated this season. As the game started Millbrook struggled to keep up. Goshen maintained a narrow lead for most of the game but Millbrook caught on and the day went to Millbrook 7-5. Millbrook’s Babbitt scored 1, DiCintio 1, Halpin 1, Isa Rosensweig 1, Kelly Waters 1 and Samantha Szalewicz scored 2. Freshman Claire Martell had a strong game as goalie-making 13 saves.
After a loss to Williston Northampton, the Millbrook Boys lacrosse team was ecstatic to be back on track with a win against Newburgh 14-8 Saturday, April 11. Junior Marcus Garnot was the top scorer with five goals and two assists. Senior Ian Olson, junior Tim Outwater and Sophomore Alex Censi each scored two goals. Senior and goalie Conor O’Donnell had nine saves throughout the game. Tuesday, April 14 the Blazers take on Hyde Park’s Roosevelt. Check back here for the results.
On a foggy Friday the Millbrook Girls Blazers had their first game and win of the season, beating Newburgh 18-0. The match was held on Millbrook’s own turf, which gave them the confidence matched with skill to dominate. Goalie and 8th grader Claire Martell played an outstanding game. It was her first start on the varsity team and her first career shut out.
Millbrook’s Blazers basketball team played a rigorous game against the Coleman Catholic Statesmen on Friday, February 13, resulting in a loss, 54–28. It has been a tough season for the Blazers. They came into the game after two losses, against Onteora and Spackenkill, earlier in the month. On Friday the team played with determination but still came up short.
“We had a good first half but didn’t play well in the second half,” said Phil, head coach. “That’s been the story of our season, trying to put together two good halves in a game.”
Last week Millbrook Varsity Girls faced Pine Plains twice, winning both games: 51–40 and then 61–38. In the first game Millbrook held Pine Plains the whole match and kept a steady lead throughout the first half. Seniors Olivia Malles and Mackenzie Harkenrider were high scorers, with junior Aimee Jacques contributing 8 points. After crushing Pine Plains, the Lady Blazers went on to dominate them again on Friday. All the girls had great controlled play, but by far the player of the game was eighth grader Sam McKenna. Scoring 22 points out of the total 61, McKenna was a beast on the court. Sam has shown impressive skill throughout her first varsity season but definitely stepped up this game. Although it was stellar play for McKenna, this certainly wasn't her peak. She will continue to rise and grow throughout the season and her high school career.
Millbrook Central School District sports were rescheduled for the following week due to snow storms. Both the Girls Varsity Basketball and the VJV boys basketball had games scheduled for Friday, Jan. 30 against Coleman. Both games were rescheduled to Wednesday, Feb. 4th away at Coleman. The lady Blazers play at 4:15 p.m and VJV Boys Basketball play at 4:15 and 5:45 p.m.
MCSD track team meet will remain on Saturday, Jan. 31 1 p.m. at West Point.
After crushing Dover the Millbrook girls basketball team demolished Rhinebeck 48-23 on Friday at Rhinebeck High School. The game started out with back and forth scoring from Rhinebeck but Millbrook quickly gained momentum and had a steady roll of points. Once again Sam McKenna, Mackenzie Harkenrider and Olivia Malles proved high scorers. Harkenrider sinking multiple three-pointers. The Lady Blazers will verse Pine Plains this week.
This week the Millbrook girls varsity basketball team beat the Dover Dragons 58-11. The game took place on Tuesday, a little over a week after the Lady Blazers beat the Dragons 54-10, the first time. The girls lead the scoreboard the entire game and did not lack consistency in play. They pushed through the entire game with star players Olivia Malles, Mackenzi Harkenrider, and Sam McKenna, who is currently an eight grader playing up on varsity.
Dutchess Day School’s coed basketball team played a home game against Rumsey Hall School Wednesday, Feb. 14. Rumsey beat Dutchess Day 36 to 9. The Rumsey players were all boys; they were tall and played hard. Dutchess Day Coach Tyler Albrecht said he knew Rumsey would be a good team and noted that Dutchess Day hadn’t had time to practice after a couple of snow days. Although it was a loss for Dutchess Day, the team’s achievements should be recognized.
8th grader Sean Coleman, 7th grader Dexter and 7th grader Jacob Domber all scored two points. 7th grader William Leggatt made his first basket of the season in the 4th quarter and it was a three pointer. Leggart’s face lit up when he realized the ball went into the hoop. He proceeded to throw his hands in the air in victory. That moment was reason enough to watch the game.
Dutchess Day’s current record is 0/3. Their next games are Wednesday, Jan. 21 against Trinity Pawling at home and Thursday, Jan. 22 away at Faith Christian Academy.
Millbrook School’s Edward Opoku has been selected to play in the High School All-American Soccer Game. Opoku is a senior who has chalked up a stunning record on the soccer field, scoring 80 goals, 30 assists and 110 total points, a school record. He was a Western New England Prep School all-select player in each of his four years at Millbrook.
On Saturday, December 13, Opoku will play with the nation’s best boy soccer players in the All-American Soccer Game in Raleigh, North Carolina. All players are seniors. Head Soccer Coach Rick McWilliams said of Opoku, “He is the most prolific offensive player we’ve ever had and probably will ever have.”
Opoku is from Ghana, where he attended the Right to Dream Academy, which prepared him for prep school and honed his soccer skills. He was written up in a story in this paper on October 17, 2012 (Volume 4, No. 41).
Millbrook Blazers was the underdog going into the semi-finals of the Class C championships on November 22 at Kingston. Defending champs, Hoosick went into the match with a 36 game winning streak. Hoosick teamed up against Millbook’s star running back Mike DoCarmo (who had scored all seven TDs in the quarterfinals) and defeating the Blazers 29-0.
Despite the crushing defeat, Blazer fans were proud that their team made it to the semi-finals for the first time in Millbrook High School's history. Senior Colin Wohlford received the Sportsmanship award, Senior Chris Carolei received Most Valuable Defense Award and DoCarmo was named Most Valuable Offense Award. The season ends for the Blazers with an 8-3 record and a state final four class C status under their belt.
The Hoosick Panthers went on to lose the championship game to the number one ranked Chenango Forks last Saturday.