“I think we can surprise a lot of people and turn the program around,” said brand-new head coach Matt Suits. “I don’t think the girls want to be at the bottom of the league anymore. And even with all the problems in the last couple of years, overall the team atmosphere is way better than I had come to expect. We can do well. The talent is there, we just have to stay motivated.”
The talent is there, anchored by returnees -- The Killer B’s (Part 2) -- senior Charlotte Bloom, junior Jordan Berger, eighth-grader Quinn Berger and junior Julia Beveridge; seniors Katelyn Welch and Lucy Keehn, sophomore Dana Carubbia and freshman Nikki Prestia.
“From that group I think some of them will get to States. At least that is their goal this season. That and win a few meets,” added Suits.
New Paltz opens the season this Tuesday, September 7 at Washingtonville at 4 p.m. (too late for this edition of the New Paltz Times).
-- Rich O’Corozine
Highland football trounced by Monticello
I don’t think it was expected. Monticello hasn’t had a football team since 1935 and for the past two years has had just a JV program, while Highland has had more success on the gridiron than any program in Section 9 other than Monroe-Woodbury. So on the surface of it it would look like a cake-walk for the Huskies. But someone forgot to tell Monticello, who made up for all those football-less years with a surprising 41-6 blowout of the boys from Pancake Hollow.
And it wasn’t even that close, as Monticello built a 34-0 halftime lead, with sophomore quarterback Shane Jackson -- he of the Olympian speed (a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash) -- passing 11-for-15 for 280 yards and three touchdowns, returning a punt 60 yards for a TD (plus two more returns of 42 and 30 yards) and running for a TD from seven yards out. It was a tour-de-force performance.
Friday, Sept. 10: NEW PALTZ at HIGHLAND FOOTBALL at 6:30 p.m.; NEW PALTZ BOYS SOCCER at Rhinebeck at 5:30 p.m.; NEW PALTZ TENNIS at Rhinebeck at 4 p.m.; NEW PALTZ VOLLEYBALL at Saugerties at 5 p.m.; Marlboro at HIGHLAND TENNIS at 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 11: O’Neill at HIGHLAND BOYS SOCCER at 11 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 13: Spackenkill at NEW PALTZ TENNIS at 4 p.m.; O’Neill at HIGHLAND GIRLS SOCCER at 4 p.m.; HIGHLAND TENNIS at Red Hook at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 14: NEW PALTZ VOLLEYBALL at Rondout at 4 p.m.; NEW PALTZ GIRLS SOCCER at FDR at 4 p.m.; NEW PALTZ SWIM at Monroe-Woodbury at 4 p.m.; Pine Plains at HIGHLAND GIRLS SOCCER at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 15: NEW PALTZ BOYS SOCCER at FDR at 4 p.m.; NEW PALTZ TENNIS at Ellenville at 4 p.m.; Pine Plains at HIGHLAND BOYS SOCCER at 4 p.m.; Onteora at HIGHLAND TENNIS at 4 p.m.