Harvey Football Expecting Big Things
Harvey’s varsity football team has put the 2016 winless season out of mind and looks ready to turn the page on a new season filled with promise of better days ahead.
Fourth-year head coach Kyle Delaney and his assistants are counting on a number of skilled players, both new and returning, to get into the win column this year and give Harvey a shot at capturing the Hudson Valley Football League (HVFL) championship.
Returning as assistants are offensive coordinator Greg Phillips, special teams and strength and conditioning coach Michael Leone, and offensive and defensive lines coach Rob Griffin, who will be assisted by first-year coach Matthew Eccher. Named as team captains are seniors John Sullivan and Connor Phillips and juniors Amir Gidden and Wooster’s Tyler Wagnblas.
Coach Delaney calls Sullivan, who pulls double-duty as both running back and middle linebacker, “the backbone of the team on offense and defense.” Phillips, who will lead the offense as quarterback, will also play middle linebacker on defense. Coach Delaney is counting on Phillips for leadership. “Connor’s a natural leader on all sides of the ball and will be playing a crucial role on defense alongside Sullivan at MLB,” said the coach.
Wagnblas as the wide receiver is expected to be Phillips’ prime target. “Tyler brings strong route- running and excellent hands, and, defensively he brings three years of experience,” said coach Delaney. Wagnblas will play outside linebacker on the defense. Gidden and Treshawn Felder are returning juniors who are expected to play vital roles to the team’s success in the trenches this season as outside tackles on the offense line and defensive ends on the other side of the ball.
Coach Delaney said other returning players, seniors Sam Chumsky and Dante Crowe, will be playing big parts on the offensive and defensive line this upcoming season. Senior Coy Treat, returning after taking last season off, will be a go-to-target on offense as a tight end. As a defensive end, Treat is expected to bring lot of pressure with his strength and speed off the edge.
Several newcomers look to make significant contributions to this year’s squad. Sophomore wide receiver, free safety Christian Casinelli comes to Harvey with experience and instincts. “Christian has very fast and incredible hands,” said coach Delaney. Sophomore Brandon Marshall, a transfer from Iona, has a lot of experience in the trenches. The coach expects him to play a big role on the line this season. Junior Ollie Davies, new to varsity football, is expected to handle the fullback duties. He ran for 100+ yards and scored a TD in Harvey’s first preseason scrimmage against Hopkins. Senior Ian Macari, the team’s kicker and punter, is also new to the team. Coach Delaney calls Macari a “natural” after seeing him kick a 48-yard field goal in practice. ”We’ll be relying on Macari often this year for field goals and for punts when it comes to field position,” the coach said.
Coach Delaney says the team has its eyes on battling for a league title. “All the right pieces are in place for our boys to make a run in the HVFL this season,” said the coach. “Our goal is to be the tougher team week in and week out,” he added.
Harvey opens the season playing Dalton, the defending champs, away at their homecoming, Sept. 16.
Boys Soccer Looks for Another Winning Season
Harvey’s boys varsity soccer team is gearing up for what veteran head coach Alex Morse hopes will be another winning season. The Harvey boys finished in second place in the Housatonic Valley Athletic League (HVAL) last year with an overall record of 8-5-3.The 14-year coach expects the 2017 fall schedule to provide some interesting challenges from opponents in both the HVAL and the Western New England Prep School Soccer Association (WNEPSSA).
Coach Morse and his first-year assistant Luigi Loiola have named midfielder Kevin Dorf and forward Isaac Cullity Vieux as senior captains. Both players were HVAL All-League selections last year. Cullity Vieux, who led the 2016 squad with 19 points on 12 goals and seven assists, was also named a WNEPSSA All Star. The versatile Dorf, who notched 10 points last season while playing forward, midfield and in the back, was named to the WNEPSSA All-Select team.
Cullity Vieux and Dorf lead a core of quality returning players, including seasoned starters,senior Victor Mizzaro and sophomore Kaden Humphrey in the midfield, and juniors Taylor Wacksman and Alex Kaplan in the backfield.
Three newcomers are expected to make significant contributions. Freshman Aaron Shyer will handle the goalkeeping duties with help from sophomore Ryan Horowitz, who played well on the JV last year. Also moving up from the JV team is sophomore Josh Shapiro who will play forward on the varsity.
Coach Morse sees very few soft spots in the upcoming schedule as Storm King, St. Luke’s, King, Masters of NY, Master’s of Connecticut, Christian Heritage and Forman line up to be formidable foes this season.
“We should be a very strong team,” said coach Morse. “How fast we come together will dictate our success in the early portion of the season as the toughest portion of the schedule is at the back end,” he added.
The Cavaliers open their soccer season at home Monday, Sept. 11, against Poughkeepsie Day.
Title Hunt for Girls Soccer; New Coaches on the Sidelines
After 12 years coaching middle school soccer, Harvey athletic director Patrick Kennedy takes the reins to guide the girls varsity soccer team this fall. Coach Kennedy and his assistant Alexandra Matthews hope to see the Lady Cavaliers go deeper into the Housatonic Valley Athletic League (HVAL) playoffs than last year’s 6-9 team that was eliminated in the first round.
Coach Kennedy knows his team has a core of quality, experienced players after losing only two players to graduation last year. Two of last season’s team MVPs are returning, juniors Charlotte Levy and Morgan Chapman. Levy, a striker on offense, led the team in goals with 16 last year and earned HVAL All League honors while Chapman, a midfielder, scored 13 goals and received an all-league honorable mention.
Harvey expects junior midfielder Katie Ketner to make significant contributions on both offense and defense. Senior Kelly McMorrow returns in front of the net as the team’s battle-tested goalkeeper. McMorrow, Levy and senior Sydney Lunder will serve as co-captains on this year’s squad.
Coach Kennedy sees several newcomers playing key roles in helping Harvey play for a chance at a league title. Senior Danielle Oddo, a transfer from the Forman School, should help on defense. “Danielle’s an outstanding athlete who will provide great athleticism to our defense,” said coach Kennedy of Oddo. Coach Kennedy also likes what he sees from two freshman midfielders, Eliana Katzin and Olivia Carillo. “They both have showed promise during preseason practices,” said the coach.
In addition to having a strong offensive squad, Coach Kennedy thinks the Lady Cavs will be tough on defense with the two seniors, Lunder and Oddo teaming up with juniors Courtney Warren, Karina Saxton and Brooke Dodderidge. Coach Kennedy hopes to rely on his defense to create turnovers and then counter attack with speedy wing players, senior Sadie Alpert and junior Sophia Scarsella. “Speed and athleticism are the strengths of our team and we hope to use this to our advantage once the season gets underway,” said the coach.
Coach Kennedy sees Christian Heritage and Watkinson as Harvey’s two toughest HVAL opponents. He expects the four games scheduled against Fairchester Athletic Association opponents will also provide challenging matchups.
Harvey’s Lady Cavs open their 2017 season Wednesday, Sept. 13, at home against Montfort Academy.
X-Country Looking to Make Greater Strides
Harvey’s varsity cross-country team this fall is looking to build on its success from last year when the girls team captured the Housatonic Valley Athletic League (HVAL) championship.
First-year coach Christina Binns plans to use her expertise in physical fitness to help get Harvey runners in shape for the demands of long-distance running. Mislav Forrester returns for his second year as assistant cross-country coach. The new head coach said she is looking forward to working with Forrester. “He’s a great assistant, and a great motivator who shows up to practice ready to work as hard as our runners,” Coach Binns said.
The reigning HVAL champion girls team should be strong again this fall as last year’s all-league runners, senior Julia Mallon and junior Hannah Klein, will be returning to lead the pack. Mallon will again serve as the team’s co-captain. Coach Binns describes Mallon as a “strong, consistent leader.” The coach called Klein, last year’s coaches’ selection as the team’s Most Valuable Runner, “a strong runner who is a positive, active participant.” Coach Binns also likes what she has seen in preseason practices from freshman Keegan Glucksman. The coach described the team’s newcomer as “a great endurance runner who looks like she’ll be running with the top runners.”
While the boys last year did not win a league title, they enjoyed some individual successes and finished as the runner-up in the Wooster Invitational. Coach Binns expects the return of the boys team’s top runners, seniors Nathan Ward and Justin Tebbutt, will give Harvey a great shot at being in the hunt for a league championship. Coach Binns says Ward, selected by last year’s coaches as the team’s Most Valuable Runner, is a “fast, consistent runner who sets a good example for others.” The coach says Tebbutt, named as this year’s co-captain, is not only a fast runner but a “great motivator.” Other boys team members expected to make significant contributions are returning sophomore Charles Weiler and freshman newcomer Ryan Marder. Coach Binns predicts Weiler will have a strong season after showing “great improvement last year.” The coach sees Marder as a key addition to this year’s team, describing him as “a hard worker with a great attitude.”
Coach Binns says the preseason practices have shown her that the strength of this year’s squad will be team bonding and chemistry. “We have a great group of student athletes who are prepared to work hard in reaching their goals,” said the coach.
Harvey’s cross-country runners open their season Sept. 13 with a meet at the German International School in White Plains.
Volleyball Hopes for Winning Season
The varsity volleyball squad returns under the new leadership of head coach, Denis Arnautovic, who hopes to improve upon last year’s 4-11 record and turn the team’s fortunes around. Arnautovic and fifth-year assistant, Melissa Zeffer, took on a large varsity lineup of 14 players, with many returners showing up for preseason practices stronger than the year before. “Thanks to a number of our players attending summer clinics and camps, our skills and focus have improved noticeably,” said coach Arnautovic.
The coaches named Sasha Fox, Kylene Groff and Jordan Carnan-Raimey as senior captains. Fox, a middle blocker who was last year’s team MVP on defense, will be playing her fifth year on the varsity squad. Groff, an outside hitter, thinks this year’s team has a height advantage. “"This year we have much more height than we have had in the past, so hopefully it will give us an advantage in the front row," Groff said.
Two newcomers are expected to make contributions. “Freshman Dasha Batista and sophomore exchange student Clara Mascarell of Barcelona, Spain bring years of experience and positive new energy to the court,” said coach Zeffer.
Coach Arnautovic is encouraged by the team’s progress in preseason. "We are fine-tuning our game play, breaking down our movements and building our dynamics on the court," the coach said.
The volleyball team opens its season on the road against New York Military Academy, Wednesday, Sept. 13.