As the new school year begins, student athletes from Pawling have already begun to strive for success on the playing field. Though the school year is only several weeks old, JV and Varsity sports seasons are in full swing. At the September 18 Board of Education meeting at Pawling High School, Athletic Director John Bellucci presented a report on the progress of the district’s athletic teams this season.
Varsity Boys Cross Country
Led by Seniors Jon Pina and Dan DeGloria, the boys team opened the season with a 4th place finish among Division 3 schools in the Somers Big Red Invitational. Sophomore Alex Petruso finished in 8th place for the 500M race. Overall the team still boasts a strong veteran presence. Senior Night will be held on October 10th at the league meet.
Varsity Girls Cross Country
The girls squad is led by Senior Filomena Gentile and Sophomores Juliet Governale and Abbie Lewick. Seventh grader Julianne Hickey placed 3rd in the girls freshman 2400M race at the Big Red Invitational.
Varsity and JV Field Hockey
The teams have 28 players on their combined rosters. The Varsity squad currently has two wins and two ties, one of which came against Somers in tournament play. The Tigers often compete against larger schools due to the continuing strength of the program. Field Hockey will have Senior Night and Pink Day on October 11th.
Coming on the heels of last year’s successful 6 – 1 season, the 2017 Tigers opened strong with a 6 – 0 victory over neighboring rival Dover Dragons. The team includes a roster of 31 players and recently debuted a new Tiger scoreboard at Pawling Elementary School. The Tigers will next play away at Ellenville on Saturday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. Homecoming and Senior Night will be held simultaneously on Saturday, October 21.
Varsity Girls Soccer
The team is currently carrying a 22-player roster with several additional student managers. Competing against tough Section 1 competition, the team has forced two games into overtime this season, resulting in a 0 – 0 tie, and a 1 – 0 loss in the final seconds of play. On September 13, the girls had their strongest showing of the season in a 2 – 0 loss against a skilled Putnam Valley team. Senior Night will be either October 16 or 19 vs. Webutuck or Dover.
Varsity and JV Boys Soccer
With a total of 29 players on the roster, both squads have been playing outstanding defense this season. Head Coach Travis Light is pleased with the defensive play against some of the best teams in New York State. Coaches are confident that the offense will soon find its footing and begin to rack up wins. Boys Varsity Soccer will have their Senior Night at PHS on September 22 vs. Webutuck.
Varsity Girls Tennis
The second year under coach James Agostinelli looks promising as the team hopes to once again compete for the conference championship. On September 16, Martha Topolnitski rallied from being down 5 – 3 in the second set to win a super tiebreaker in the third set against Haldane. Seventh grader Grace Wolken is also playing well against older competition, taking an opponent from Croton Harmon to a set tiebreaker.
Varsity Girls Volleyball
The current defending Section 1 champions have seen many members of last years team lost to graduation. New Head Coach Ashley Owens will lead a squad of 17 in an attempt to repeat. Owens is a PHS graduate and last year’s assistant coach. The team is off
On Saturday, Sept. 9, the Tigers prevailed with a lone touchdown mid-way through the 4th quarter – a 54-yard sweep by Senior Quarterback Josten Gomez. (Above, Gomez scrambles for a First Down.)
PHOTO AND REPORTING BY GREGG SHERIDAN
In a close non-conference competition against a co-op team (comprising Roscoe, Downsville, Livingston Manor, and Sullivan West High Schools) last week, the Tigers drove hard to finish behind, 41 – 28. Above, Quarterback Josten Gomez hands of to Fullback James Bellucci. Gomez scored three touchdowns and Junior Zach Smith added another. The Tigers play at Ellenville High School, tomorrow, Sept. 23. Kickoff: 7:00 p.m.