The May 11 benefit for Soccer Unites was a great success, The organization, in partnership with DreamFields, uses the game of soccer to create “a world of empowered and educated children who will unite beyond borders, to become global citizens who will help solve the issues that they will face as adults.” The event raised over $36,000 to help sponsor soccer programs in many schools around South Africa.
The freestyle soccer Group, Swirl, performs for the guests. photo by Mason Garnot
Following a no sport week with the whole upper school on five day trips to Washington or Cape Cod, the Dutchess Day sports teams were back in full swing this week with boys lacrosse games against Trinity Pawling and Mizzentop, girls lacrosse games against Mizzentop and Indian Mountain, and tennis matches against Washington Montessori and Kildonan.
The Amenia Monarchs opened their season on a low note after being defeated by the Thomaston Threshers 7 to 1 during a constant downpour that dampened any sparks in offense.
The Monarchs had their chances to score. They put runners on base often throughout the nine innings of play, but weren’t able to get any clutch hits from their players. Amenia put runners on by drawing walks or hitting singles in their first eight innings but couldn’t push more than one run across. That run came off the bat of third baseman Caleb Huff who drove in a run with a groundout in the bottom of the fifth inning. Center fielder Steve Hutchinson scored the run after doubling earlier in the inning and advancing to third on a ground out by Dylan Satori.
Opening Day for the Amenia Monarchs is next Sunday, May 19, when Amenia plays a home game against Thomaston at 1 p.m. at Doc Bartlett Field.
Last year the Monarchs made it to the semifinal round of the playoffs. Manager Tom Downey said it was the team’s best record since 2005. The team finished 13 and 8. In the regular season, they were third in their division, behind the Bethlehem Plowboys and the Litchfield Cowboys, who won the league championship.
Mary-Kate Bida, Millbrook’s standout runner in track and cross-country, chose SUNY Oneonta as her college after receiving letters of interest from about 40 schools.
Bida said she narrowed her choices down to Oneonta and the University of Rhode Island because both offer majors in fashion. Besides running track and cross country, Bida wants to get into fashion merchandising and design after college.
The University of Rhode Island, a Division I school, was in the running until she realized what a financial burden it would be when there was no scholarship money. On an overnight trip to Oneonta, she fell in love with the campus. Oneonta is a Division III school, but Bida said the competition is strong and runners from different divisions compete against each other.
Millbrook’s record is at 9 and 5 after winning two games and losing one last week. On Monday, May 6, the girls lost to Red Hook 11 to 4. On Tuesday, May 7, Millbrook defeated Middletown 12 to 11. Coach Jillian Cafarchio said Millbrook came from behind in the last few minutes to take the lead and hold it in a close game. Julia Galantich had four goals and one assist. Liz Halpin scored three goals. Monica Koralus had four goals and one assist. Samantha Szalewicz also scored a goal. Stacey Widera helped out with one assist. The girls also defeated O’Neill on Monday, May 13 when Galantich scored her 100th career goal.
Amanda Riebe, a senior at Millbrook High School, is looking forward to continuing varsity play at the college of her choice after a season of heavy recruitment.
An outside hitter for Millbrook’s Varsity team since her freshman year, Riebe holds the school record for kills. Riebe wasn’t sure of the exact number but said it was close to 900.
Her coach, Shawn Stoliker, said Riebe was the player opposing teams singled out for defense tactics. Stoliker added that Riebe holds the school record for aces as well as the record for kills. He added that she was key on defense as well as offense.
Millbrook’s record is 6 and 3 after two tough losses last week. Last Wednesday, Millbrook lost to Saugerties 10 to 6. Liz Halpin led the offense with two goals. Julia Galantich, Monica Koralus, Julia Berti and Stacey Widera each scored a goal. Koralus had two assists and Samantha Szalewicz had one assist. Goalie Taylor Goodwill had 17 saves. Last Thursday, Burke Catholic defeated Millbrook 11 to 9. Galantich scored two goals and had two assists. Halpin had two goals. Koralus had a goal and an assist. Widera also scored a goal. Amanda Critelli, Kelly Waters and Szalewicz each had an assist. Goodwill had 12 saves in the goal.
It was a warm, sunny day Saturday afternoon at the Town Park, but the town of Washington’s little girls weren’t seen on the playground, but rather in the Camp Building getting their hair, nails and make-up done to feel like a princess at the American Girl Tea Party.
Along with Recreation Director, Warren MacMillan, Assistant Rec. Director, Kelly Cassinelli, organized Saturday’s event. In its third year, the event has been a hit with the town’s youngest girls. Cassinelli said the idea was originally hers. She said American Girl dolls are popular but they tend to be expensive in the city. Along with getting their hair and make-up done, all of the girls entered themselves into a raffle with prizes including two American Girl dolls, a stroller and a crib to go with the doll. The raffle money goes into the community and event fund for next year’s tea party.
Millbrook’s record climbs to 6 and 1 with an 18 to 1 win over Saugerties last Friday. Coach Jillan Cafarchio said Liz Halpin was unstoppable getting the draws which helped Millbrook maintain possession of the ball after each goal. Julia Galantich led the offense with eight goals. Amanda Critelli scored three goals. Monica Koralus had three goals and four assists. Julia Berti, Leah Mazzella, Samantha Szalewicz and Stacey Widera each scored a goal. Goalie Taylor Goodwill had four saves.