Hudson Valley Sports Report

MILLBROOK BOYS, GIRLS ADD TO ATHLETIC LEGACY

Basketball Teams Sweep Sectional Titles In Phenomenal Year

NEWBURGH – A precedent was set back in the fall for the Millbrook High School athletic program, and primary tenants of the winter season weren’t about to mess it up.

“It means a lot to our community to be blessed enough to have these championships,” Shane Sinon said after he helped the boys basketball team to its second consecutive Section 9, Class C championship after the Blazers handed top-seeded S.S. Seward its first loss of the year with a 62-41 decision. “One thing I’ve noticed in my two years at Millbrook is how supportive everyone is of each other. When one of our teams wins, our whole community wins as well. It’s a great place and it’s awesome to be able to share these victories together. That’s what high school sports is all about.”

It was a double celebration on Sunday at Mount St. Mary College. Thirty minutes before the boys tipped off, the Millbrook girls put the finishing touches on a 69-43 victory, also over Seward, for the title.

It’s adding to a heck of a 2017-18 legacy for the school, which watched its football, volleyball, cross country and girls soccer programs all win sectional titles and advance into the state playoffs in the fall.

Both basketball teams will play again on the same day when the state tournament begins on Tuesday at neutral Beacon High School with regional semifinals. The girls will play Haldane, tentatively at 3:30 p.m., while the boys meet Hamilton at 7 p.m.

Erin Fox put on a show for the Blazer girls, scoring 30 points.

“The game today was one of the best we’ve ever played,” Fox said. “We worked as a team and tried to find the open man every possession. To give Seward credit, they were a great team and we worked really hard in practice to shut down their shooters and contain their drivers. It feels great to win the section because we worked so hard over these past few years and fell a little short every time.”

Kaitlyn Daly had 17 points for Millbrook and Sam McKenna added 12.

“The game was really exciting we’ve been waiting for this moment together since, like, sixth grade when we played AAU together,” McKenna said. “Everyone always said this was the year and were so happy to experience this together.”

As for the boys game, the Blazers rolled to a 41-21 halftime lead and weathered a Seward comeback in the second half.

“We knew going in that John (Guerra) was their best player and the real deal and that we were going to have to contain him and let some of the other guys try to beat us,” Millbrook coach Bill Kyle said. “This (second straight title) means a lot. It’s a lot of the same group as last year. It’s all these guys have talked about since we walked out of the gym (after losing in states) last year.”

Jake Daly led the Blazers with 22 points, Humberto Cabrera added 16 and Patrick Kyle had 15.

Guerra finished with 22 points in his final game.

“We played a great, undefeated Seward team today who we knew was going to be tough to beat. Overall, we played well as a team today, both offensively and defensively, to beat them,” Patrick Kyle said.

Patrick Kyle added that the amount of sectional titles Millbrook has accumulated this year is a reflection of the hard work put in by the coaches and players.

“We may be a small school,” he said, “but we are definitely on the map as far as athletics go.”

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