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Posted 09/06/2018 02:09PM

Varsity Football Wants Another Bowl Bid  

The Cavaliers varsity football team, coming off a (3-4) campaign in 2017 that ended on a high note with their first postseason bowl game victory in seven years, enters the 2018 season with high hopes and enthusiasm for even better success.

Winners of the 2017 Hudson Valley Football League’s Consolation Bowl Game, an impressive 21-0 victory over Newark Academy, this year’s Harvey squad is stacked with veteran talent at key positions, according to fifth-year head coach Kyle Delaney.

“We’re loaded with skilled players and have a solid offensive line,” said the coach. “Defensively we return seven starters and will be a tough team to score on with a strong pass rush and an aggressive linebacker core to go along with a young but fast secondary,” he added. The coach, who runs the defense, also likes the intangibles in the makeup of the squad. “Our team’s biggest strength is our leadership and team chemistry,” coach Delaney said. Joining the head coach on the sidelines are offensive coordinator Greg Phillips, linemen coach Rob Griffin, Matt Eccher as special teams coordinator, and Joe Lombardi, the "skilled players" coach.

Five seniors who play on both sides of the ball have been named as team captains. They are the offensive lineman and nose tackle Amir Gidden, running back and linebacker Colin Glascott, running back and linebacker Tyler Wagnblas, offensive lineman and defensive end Treshawn Felder and running back Oliver Davies.

The coaches are counting on several returning players to make significant contributions this season. Gidden and junior Brandon Marshall are both experienced and very balanced linemen. “We’ll be relying on them to be our anchors on both sides of the ball in the trenches,” coach Delaney said. The team’s two defensive ends, Felder and fellow senior Daniel Pope are both coming off impressive junior campaigns on the defensive side of the ball. The duo combined for 14 sacks last season. Coach Delaney expects Felder and Pope to create havoc for the opposing quarterback. “Our defense will rely on their strong pass rush this season to help our secondary,” the coach said. Wagnblas and Glascott both bring grit and elusiveness to both sides of the ball. “They’ll be counted on this season to put the ball in the end zone from the running back position,” coach Delaney said. Oliver Davies, who had the most carries on the offense last season in his first year on varsity, should expect to be very busy again this season. Coach Delaney described Davies as “a brilliant runner with the football who will be vital to our offense’s success this season.”

Others expected to play key roles include junior tight end and linebacker Grant Doherty who is expected to be called upon in a number of ways. “Grant, our Swiss army knife player who thrives wherever he is playing on the field, will be wearing many hats this season and will be a vital part of the team’s success,” coach Delaney said. Sophomore Tate Falta, who was impressive as a freshman last year, will see some action running the ball on offense, but play a significant role as a strong safety on defense. “Tate’s arguably the best coverage man on our team,’ said coach Delaney. Another important player for Harvey on defense will be senior tackle Jeffrey Koonce. Coach Delaney calls Koonce “a natural at the defensive line position, both a bruiser and a finesse player who will be crucial leading our defensive line this season.”

The decision on who will start at quarterback may come down to the wire. Seniors Greg Small and Joshua Pickel both backed up HVFL All-Star Connor Phillips at the QB position last season. With Phillips lost to graduation, Small and Pickel are in the midst of a QB battle for the starting spot. Coach Delaney says each player has qualities the coaches like. “Greg has a cannon for an arm with nice touch while Joshua uses his speed to make plays downfield,” explained coach Delaney.

Several newcomers should help Harvey find success this football season. Senior Chris Nelson will slot in at left tackle and is expected to play a big role in opening up holes this football season. Junior Jacob Ross will be the anchor of the defense as a linebacker and will be relied on heavily in the run game offensively. Junior Sean Breen, who can play multiple positions on the defensive side of the ball, should play a big role on the offensive line as a guard. Coach Delaney describes Breen as “an old-school mauler lineman.” Two freshmen will also make contributions. Mason McComb at wide receiver and cornerback is athletic and features sure hands. Jayden Kass will be playing significant minutes on the offensive line as the team’s center.

Looking at the schedule this fall coach Delaney sees no easy matchups, but the head coach says the team hopes to play for a league title. “We have all the talent, experience, and right pieces to make a run at the HVFL championship this season,” said coach Delaney. He added, “If we keep up the hard work and continue to evolve as a team this season I have no doubt that it’ll be a successful season.”

The Cavaliers open their fall season at home in a nonleague game Sept. 8 against Hopkins. Harvey will play its first league opponent at home Sept. 29 against Newark Academy. 

Varsity Volleyball Hoping for Special Season 

Harvey’s varsity volleyball has high hopes of winning an HVAL championship this fall after making it to the league championship match last year as the No. 2 seed before losing the title to Wooster. Harvey finished 9-10 overall in 2017 but enjoyed a 6-4 record against HVAL rivals.          

Second-year head coach Denis Arnautovic and his assistant Melissa Zeffer lost some key players on last year’s squad to graduation, but they are counting on several returning players to provide leadership, experience, and solid play. Named as captains are two seniors, Tillie Glucksman and Cameron Thomas, and sophomore Dasha Batista, a 2017 HVAL All-League selection.

The team welcomes newcomer Carli Levethan who will play libero, a position the senior transfer specializes in. Coach Arnautovic believes Levethan will complement the experience the returning players bring to the team and make the squad competitive once again.

Coach Arnautovic sees Wooster as the team to beat but he expects his Harvey squad to make another title run. “We have the chance to do something special with this group,” coach Arnautovic said.  “Our girls are hungry and ready to go,” he added.

Harvey opens the season at home Tuesday, Sept. 11, against King School.

 

Varsity Coed X-Country Ready to Run

The fortunes of Harvey’s varsity coed cross-country team this year will rely on the strength of a large roster of runners led by some key veterans.

Coach Mislav Forrester, returning for his third year, will be joined on the sidelines this season by first-year co-coach Ashley Dineen. The two coaches have tabbed seniors Ethan Frey and Hannah Klein as team captains. Sophomore Keegan Glucksman, who finished first last year in the HVAL championship race to help her team claim second place as the league runner-up to Wooster, will serve as the assistant captain this season.

With 2017 HVAL All-League runners Klein and Glucksman leading the way, the girls squad looks to field another strong lineup. “We have high hopes for our girls team, which is big enough that everyone can work on their independent improvement without so much pressure regarding placement in meets,’ coach Forrester said. Newcomer Aronah Swartz is expected to be a solid addition to the girls' lineup. Coach Forrester describes the freshman as a “very hard worker with motivation to continue improving throughout the season.”

This year’s team is looking for the boys to improve upon their sixth-place finish last year in the championship ranking. “The boys team has a lot of returning runners and looks to be even stronger than last year,” coach Forrester said. The coach looks for solid performances and leadership from Frey. “Ethan, our captain, is a great runner and motivator,” said the coach. Also being counted on to help lead the boys to success are juniors Charles Weiller and Michael DiVestea. “They are both solid returning runners who will help provide leadership for the boys,” said coach Forrester.

In addition to featuring some talented runners and fielding a large roster to give Harvey runners a good chance of placing well in meets, the team should benefit from an intangible asset, according to coach Forrester. “We have good camaraderie, which will help motivate our runners throughout the season,’ the coach said, adding, “We have a team that’s motivated and ready to run.”

This year’s varsity coed team will be off and running for the first time this season when the Cavaliers compete against Chase Collegiate, Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Boys Soccer Looks to Have Repeat Success

This year’s Harvey’s boys varsity soccer team, coming off a winning record (9-8-2 overall; 4-2-1, HVAL) in the 2017 campaign, hopes the fall of 2018 will feature another successful season.

Head coach Alex Morse, returning for his 15th season at the helm, will once again have assistants Luigi Loiola and Jeff Seymour working with him to help the Cavaliers navigate what looks to be a highly competitive season. The Harvey boys, third-place finishers in the Housatonic Valley Athletic League (HVAL) last year, face a stacked schedule this year, one that pits the Cavaliers not only against strong league rivals but also against power-house schools in the Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA). Coach Morse believes the Cavs will have their hands full this season. “Each game will be highly contested with very few breaks in the schedule,” said coach Morse.

The coaches have handed over the responsibilities of team leadership to three senior captains. They are fullback/midfielder Alex Kaplan, back/midfielder Hunter Nascimento and back Taylor Waxman, three of the six starting player returning from last year. The coach wants to take advantage of Kaplan’s athleticism. “Alex will have to contribute to the distribution of the ball this season,” coach Morse said.

Coach Morse sees the team’s strengths to be the on-field contributions from the three captains and others, including sophomore Aaron Shyer as a goalkeeper and forward. Coach Morse likes Shyer’s versatility. “Aaron is a highly skilled player who will play multiple roles for us,” said coach Morse. Two other key players, juniors Kaden Humphrey and Josh Shapiro, will be called on to put pressure on the opposition’s goal along with Nascimento. The coach also expects sophomore fullback Patrick Murphy to make a difference. Another returning player, junior midfielder Michael Wolff, will be counted on to put pressure on the opposing goalkeeper.

Two newcomers, juniors Colin Hogan and Toby Brook, should see significant playing time as well. Coach Morse described Hogan as “a very skilled soccer player who should contribute either in the midfield or as a forward.” The coach sized Brook up as “a strong athlete who should see time at multiple positions.”

Looking to keep pace and contend for a league title, Harvey opens the season on the road Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Poughkeepsie Day School.

High Expectations for Harvey Girls Soccer

The Harvey girls varsity soccer team returns several starters from last year’s squad that finished with an overall record of 9-6-2. Led by an experienced group of seniors, the Cavaliers look to improve on last season’s third-place finish in the HVAL.

Seniors Morgan Chapman and tri-captain, Charlotte Levy will once again be relied on for their scoring ability. Chapman and Levy were 2017 Western New England Prep School Soccer Association All-Stars and were also HVAL All-League selections.

Freshman Phoebe Rosenthal has been impressive in preseason and should add to the potent Harvey attack. Senior tri-captain, Courtney Warren, in addition to seniors Zoe Lewis and Brooke Dodderidge, will anchor the Cavalier defense with the help of junior newcomer, Alessandra Walsh. Senior Sophia Scarsella has stepped up and offered to play the difficult position of goalkeeper. She looks to build off the success she had in net last year. Senior tri-captain Katie Ketner returns to her role in central midfield and will be supported by seniors Chloe Pinto and Daisy Grossman, a newcomer to the team. Sophomore Olivia Carillo will also be a valuable asset in the midfield as she brings valuable experience to the position. Eighth-grader Juliet Jaques leads a deep and talented group of reserves and will provide an offensive spark off the bench for the Cavaliers.

Head coach Patrick Kennedy says he likes what he’s seen from the team in practice. “I’ve been proud with how hard the girls have worked this preseason in preparation for the upcoming season,” said coach Kennedy. “With such an experienced group, we’ve set high expectation for our team,” the coach said.

The Harvey girls get the HVAL season underway Friday, Sept. 14, when they travel to Waterbury, Connecticut, to take on Chase Collegiate.

 

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