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.
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.