The Millbrook Blazers girls’ volleyball team gave their coach, Sean Stoliker, the best of birthday presents - a sweep of Dobbs Ferry in the New York State Class C quarterfinals.
The scores were 25-18, 25-21 and 25-19.
Screams and loud cheering followed the winning shot as the Blazers celebrated their victory with hugs and high fives all around.
Meredith Dignan, returning after a broken tibula, was as brilliant as she had been before her she got hurt. After the game she said “I’m just so happy. We worked so hard this season to get back to where we were last year. I felt obligated to come back after my injury. Everyone was so supportive of me.” She said she and her team mates knew nothing about Dobbs Ferry “except that they were undefeated so we just had to come out and play our game.”
The Millbrook Blazers’s 22–16 loss to the James I. O’Neill team in the first round of the playoffs on Friday, although disappointing, should in no way detract from what has otherwise been a triumphant season. That the Blazers were undefeated going into the game, is remarkable in that for their last several games, the majority of the team’s seniors were on the injured list and unable to play. Fortunately senior stars Henry Cardinal and Joe Daley stayed healthy, and each rushed for more than 200 yards in the final game of the regular season, against Red Hook.
Much of the credit for the team’s brilliant season should go to Sean Keenan, who has coached the varsity team for the past seven years. Keenan, who played football in both high school and college, teaches sixth-grade math in the Wappingers Middle School. He also owns Coach’s Restaurant in Millbrook.
Poughkeepsie Day School 1 Dutchess Day School 1 Game played on Friday November 1st, 2013
Although the score appears to tell a different story, this game was really a one way affair with the PDS goal under siege for much of the game. Dutchess Day got off to an early start with a well taken Will Kantaros goal. From there it looked as though the flood gates would open, but as chance after chance went wide of the goal or into the PDS goalkeeper's clutches, a rare corner given away at the other end of the field, produced a fine headed goal by a PDS forward. The DDS tigers roared back into offense, but nothing seemed to go right with PDS gaining confidence from the tiger's missed chances. Into the second half, and once again it was one way traffic. Will Stack, playing solidly in the DDS goal, made some good saves, but for much of the game he was a concerned bystander. Soon frustration set in, and Dutchess Day had to accept a well fought tie with their steadfast opponents.
Dutchess Day 5 Washington Montessori 0 Game played on Wednesday October 30th,2013
Spike, set, ace, mine—this is the volleyball jargon one hears on a visit to the Millbrook High School gymnasium on a weekday afternoon. The Blazers’ girls' varsity volleyball team is getting in shape for sectionals after a season of ups and downs.
Last year the volleyballers made their way to the state championships, where they lost to Voorheesville. The lady Blazers continued their winning streak until their seventh game of this season, counting 30 straight wins.
Nevertheless, it was the first game of this season, coach Sean Stoliker said, that proved to be the most costly of his coaching career. The team’s star setter, Meredith Dignan, broke her leg in the game against New Paltz. Although the Blazers won the match, the game cost them a significant player.
Dutchess Day 5 Steiner 5 Game played on Wednesday October 23rd, 2013
With Dutchess Day comfortably ahead 4 - 1 at half-time with goals from Jack Ellis (3) and Connor Finemore, it seemed very unlikely that steiner would get back into this match. But get back into it they did. A second half DDS defensive collapse in a desperate 15 minute spell, saw the home side not only lose their advantage but go a goal behind due to a well taken Steiner penalty kick. With 5 minutes left in the game, Will Kantaros struck for DDS to even the score at 5 - 5. Then in search for a winning goal, Jack Ellis narrowly fired wide of the Steiner post, but a tie was the final result leaving DDS with their unbeaten record intact, but the nerves a little on edge!
Result: Dutchess Day 6 Trinity Pawling 1 Game Played on Friday October 25th, 2013
On Friday night Millbrook High School’s football team closed out the regular season with a 62–36 blowout win over Red Hook, to remain undefeated. Before the game the seven seniors on the football team were honored for Senior Night. Although most of the seniors have suffered season-ending injuries, they all showed up for the game. Before the game began, the entire team huddled up and chanted “Family,” as they have been doing throughout the season.
The seniors who weren’t injured, including Joe Daley and Henry Cardinal, continued their phenomenal seasons. Henry Cardinal set a school record for rushing yards with 289 yards and four touchdowns, while Joe Daley also finished with four touchdowns for the game and 215 yards. The crowd was extremely loud in showing their loyalty to the team.
We had a spectacular autumn day for the Millbrook Hunt Hunter Pace. There were 34 teams adding up to 74 horses competing. Thanks go to Lisa Schwartz for coordinating the event; to Rodney Paterson, Christy Parsons and Dick Verrilli for setting the courses; and to Nancy Hathaway and Sandy O'Donnell for setting the Pace. Thanks as well to Paul Schwartz and the Center for Veterinary Care for lunch, prizes and more. Thanks also to Jeremy Frederick for the Vet check at the rest stop. Everyone commented on the extraordinary expanse of open, undeveloped land that they enjoyed riding over.
The winning teams are as follows. For further information visit www.themillbrookhunt.comCat KennanFamily Teams
1 Fink - Von Maltzahn
3 Fanelli - Ursini
1 Parsons - Mc Carthy
2 Bodgett - Cook
3 Henault - Eaves
Maddie & Anna Duggan
John & Kell Klopp
Few natural environments are as beautiful as that of the Hudson Valley. People travel from far and wide to see our glorious autumn foliage. Like many things in life, because it is common for those of us who live here, we take it for granted. However, outdoor opportunities abound. We need only direction.
Following is a list of places I have guided many clients to over the years. They are divided into three groups, based upon difficulty. Nature is accessible for us all, at any ability, and our lives and health are enhanced by our participation in it. The sections are chosen by 3 venues: elevated or mountainous views (harder), forested rambles (average difficulty) or open expansive views (easier). Everything listed is within approximately 30 minutes of Millbrook.
1) Institute for Ecological Studies (IES) Millbrook, NY.: Many trails throughout the property. Loops off Fowler Road that are open, flat, accessible and amazingly quiet.
Fall Social Cross Country Race v Faith Christian Union School. - Friday October 18, 2013
For the DDS cross country team, this was a true test of their ability as this entertaining race turned out to be a very fast one. The course was in great condition, and the weather, sunny with no wind, was extremely favorable to all the runners. All the DDS runners ran very well. The race belonged to David Ben-Ezra, who from the start took control of the race, but soon found himself in a tight duel at the half way point with the lead Faith Christian runner. For all those gathered to cheer both teams, it was exciting to see a sprint finish by both runners. Dave won decisively by 1 second in 9:38.
Third place runner, William Leggatt from DDS, finished only 11 seconds behind in a personal best time of 9:49.
The Millbrook Blazers were on fire Friday night, playing almost flawless football to defeat the visiting Dover Dragons before a large crowd that included members of the class of 1973, here to celebrate their fortieth reunion. After Shelby Whalen finished singing the National Anthem, the Blazers, wearing pink armbands in honor of breast cancer awareness, raised their helmets in salute. Throughout the game, when prompted by announcer Brian Fried, the crowd showed their enthusiasm by cheering loudly and stamping their feet until the stands shook. They had much to cheer about.
The Dragons won the toss and elected to receive. Millbrook kicked an onside kick, which they caught. Within minutes Henry Cardinal ran the ball to the Dragon six-yard line. Freshman Delvin Wood carried it into the end zone for a touchdown. Cardinal scored the two-point conversion.