By Kathie Scanlon
A new tradition is being established: Friday Night Homecoming Football Game, at 7 p.m., Sept. 26. Haldane will take on Pawling. Check back next week for more information.
In their third game in six days since their season began, the Blue Devils scored their second win. On Sept. 8, Haldane went into double overtime against Putnam Valley. In the final 50 seconds, senior forward Aidan Draper kicked in the winning goal. With 15 goals and 14 assists last year, Draper is one to watch.
On Sept. 4, Haldane lost to Panas 0-3. JV boys went 0-3 in the first week. Coach Mueller expressed optimism that the team will further develop and jell as the season advances.
Girls tennis grabbed a 5-0 win over Poughkeepsie on Friday (Sept. 5). In singles, Olivia Sterling 6-1, 6-0, Jayme Fox 6-0, 6-0 and Lian Petrie 6-2, 6-1, finished strong.
In doubles, Lucinda Stroll and Alii Sharpley 6-3, 6-3, followed by Hali Traina and Johanna Iniguez 6-2, 6-2 completed the win for Haldane.
On Tuesday (Sept. 9), Haldane lost to North Salem 0-5.
In singles, Sterling went 3-6, 5-7. Sterling was down 0-5 in the second set and fought back to tie it 5-5 before dropping the next two games. Carly Brief 0-6, 4-6, and Emma Suits 4-6, 2-6.
In doubles, Fox and Lian Petrie 1-6, 3-6; Stroll and Sharpley 4-6. The second set was called because of darkness.
Haldane’s JV and varsity volleyball teams took Putnam Valley down in three games on Tuesday (Sept. 9). Varsity girls won the first league game 25-11, 25-17, 25-16. Kelly Vahos had 12 kills, 1 assist, 1 ace and 4 digs. Nicole Etta had 7 kills, 7 assists, 2 aces, and 2 digs. Maisy Curto had 1 kill, 10 assists, 5 aces and 3 digs.
After their season opening loss to Ardsley, varsity came back strong on their home court, defeating Hendrick Hudson in a battle to the finish in the fifth set 25-22 on Sept. 3. Vahos led with 27 kills, and 27 digs backed by Etta with 26 assists and 8 service aces.
On Saturday (Sept. 6), varsity football opened their season against Rye Neck, falling 26-0 to the Panthers. Quarterback Tyler Giachinta was 7-for-12 for 74 yards, 61 of them to Ryan McCollum. Matt Balducci rushed for 54 yards on 16 carries. Matt Koval had 7 tackles and a sack and Stephen Junjulas made one interception.
Commenting on his inaugural game as head coach, Ryan McConville praised his team. “I am proud of how our team competed on Saturday,” McConville said. “Rye Neck is a very good football team and we fought all game long but ran out of gas towards the end.”
Pop Warner Football
The Philipstown Hawks kicked off their 2014 season on Sunday, Sept. 7. Seventy children, ages 5 to 12, comprise four tackle teams and one cheer squad.
The next home games are Sundays, Sept. 28 and Oct. 12, played at Haldane’s Brigati Field.