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.
donation of $2,500 from the proceeds of the Millbrook Horse Trials was presented to the Pine Plains Community Food Locker (PPCFL) by Louise Meryman, president of the MHT. The money will provide more than a month’s worth of supplies to support families in need of food or other help.
PPCFL volunteers visit as many as 40 local families every month to provide assistance. While PPCFL is now preparing Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, there are many people who need help throughout the year. The organization spends about $15,000 each year for food.
In presenting the donation to Patricia Nannetti, head of PPCFL, Louise Meryman said “Although the Millbrook Horse Trials is now a nationally recognized event of the highest caliber, our roots have always been local. We strongly believe in supporting our community, and I hope in the future we will be able to increase our donation to the Pine Plains Community Food Locker. Food and shelter are the most basic of human necessities, and we want to do everything we can to make sure no one in our community is hungry or going without heat in the winter months.”
On Sunday the Millbrook varsity girl’s volleyball team lost to their rival, Spackenkill, 25-16, 25-19, 28-26 in the Class C section finals. The game took place at SUNY New Paltz, where the two teams faced off in an intense match.
Leading up to the game Millbrook had won against Burke Catholic, Dover, and Wallkill each by 3-0, proving an impressive season going into the match. Previous "Players of the Match" being Brianna Wrightsman, Meghan Fergus, and Lauren Raylor, all strong assets to the team, shown on Sunday. Fergus demonstrated impressive tips, as did Wrightsman serving, and Raylor in overall great play.
The Town of Washington Park parking lot in Mabbetsville bustled with bundled up parents and uniformed children whose cleats clattered on the pavement.
It’s a chilly first day of the month but the last day of Washington’s recreation soccer program. Since the beginning of September over 200 kids from the town and village and surrounding areas gathered on the town’s soccer field on Route 44. They practiced once a week and played every Saturday. Last Saturday the season ended with a traditional tournament.
The players are divided into age groups with several teams in each division. The players range from kindergarten through sixth grade. At any one time between 10 and 2, three games might be under way. Despite the chill, the players were intent, focused on winning. The older kids play a fast paced game. They run faster and pass. They know a few plays.
The annual Millbrook Pony Club Hunter Pace, dedicated to the memory of longtime Millbrook equestrian Barbara Meyer, drew 65 teams for a Sunday ride over the rolling hills of Woody and Saida Baxt’s Beckenrah Farm in Ancramdale.
Each team had two or three riders, many from the Millbrook Hunt. The youngsters were mostly in the Hilltopper Division that went over the same course but with a somewhat slower ideal time. The First Flight division had to cover the terrain in 42.42 minutes, a time that only one team came close to equaling.
Most of the riders, seasoned members of the field as many were, chose a more leisurely pace. The aggressive pace was set by two recent Millbrook Pony Club graduates, Raimie Utterback and Caitlin Heller Snowden.
The Past weeks have been busy for Field Hockey with two games against Mizzentop and two against Rumsey. DDS has kept their undefeated season with the following scores in those games.
Mizzentop 1-1 (Tie) - Friday October 10th
Rumsey 4-2 (Win) - Thursday October 16th
Rumsey 1-0 (Win in Overtime) - Wednesday October 22nd
Mizzentop 5-2 (Win) - Friday October 24th
Throughout all four games Dutchess Day defense proved to be phenomenal. Led by Goalie Lucy Blake, whose skill and communication keeps the opponents from having good looks at the goal. Sofia Quon as sweeper has also grown tremendously throughout this season, which is her first time playing the sport. She is a reliable and strong player, who the girls depend on in the backfield. She plays with intensity and smart decision making. Cora Davidson plays center halfback and is another tough defender for Dutchess, not only stopping the play from getting down into the defensive circle but providing support for the offense, enabling them to keep momentum up in our offensive 25.
There is something magical in the bond between little girls and their ponies. Seldom, however, is the bond quite as magical as the one four-year-old Kaitlin Linck, known to her family as KK, has established with her pony, Sweet Potato Pie. This summer the pair has been winning most of the classes they have entered in major horse shows along the East Coast.
Kaitlin won the leadline class at the Devon, Pennsylvania, national horse show against 50 other young riders. She won the Pennsylvania National horse show in Harrisburg and placed third in Upperville, Virginia, against 56 other riders. In the 25 shows she has entered this year, she has won 22 first places, one second and one third.
photo by Lindey Farkas
Obviously, as her mother says in something of an understatement, Kaitlin “is quite an accomplished rider.” Less obvious, perhaps, is her desire to win and her willingness to do the work that is necessary to accomplish her goal. These qualities are quite remarkable in any child, especially one her age.
This past week Milbrook High School had a rousing series of Homecoming events that ended with a victory for the varsity football team against Tri-Valley 54-16. Kicking off the week, MHS students participated in “Hawaiian shirt day” where students and staff dressed up like beach goers and roamed the halls to music of the Beach Boys. This “Spirit Week” at MHS provided an overwhelming amount of school pride with each day of the week having a different theme. Days included, Jersey Day, Color Wars, America Day, and wrapping up the week with school colors, Blue and Grey day on Friday. The festivities didn’t end the last day of Spirit Week though, school spirit continued to the pep rally and Varsity football game. The pep rally featured numerous games competed between grades and even had a surprise staff and teacher flash mob. Later Friday night the Varsity Football team won against Tri-Valley with overall impressive play. There was excellent offensive play Delvin Wood and Michael DoCarmo as well as significant defensive play from Chris Caroli and Connor O’Donnell.