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Haldane runners

Haldane runners dominated the Section I, Class D race. (Photos by Photos by Derek Kisslinger)


The Haldane High School boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams each won a Section I, Class D championship last weekend at Wappingers Falls.

The Blue Devils boys, who claimed their 13th consecutive sectional title, finished ahead of Laffell, Alexander Hamilton and Tuckahoe.

Luke Parrella won in 19:04, followed by John Kisslinger in 19:43.

The other boys’ finishers were Oliver Petkus (6) in 20:26, Conrad White (7) in 20:49, Roy Smith (10) in 22:13, Jackson Twoguns (18) in 23:53 and Brandon Shanahan (23) in 26:22.

Haldane Boys

Section I champs: Jackson Twoguns, Roy Smith, John Kisslinger, Conrad White, Luke Parrella, Oliver Petkus, Brendan Shanahan and Coach Ryan Courtien (Photo by Derek Kisslinger)

“These athletes have worked very hard this year, and I’m really looking forward to their performances at the state championships,” said Coach Ryan Courtien.

The five members of the girls’ team filled all five top spots: Eloise Pearsall won in 25:29, followed by Celia Drury (26:18), Helen Nicholls (26:54), Keira Shanahan (27:38) and Andreia Vasconcelos (27:44).

“Perfection,” said Courtien. “I’m so proud of them, their work ethic and the results. I look forward to everyone hopefully running personal records at states, returning next year and growing our team for 2022.”


Section I champs Helen Nicholls, Celia Drury, Eloise Pearsall, Andreia Vasconcelos, Keira Shanahan and Coach Ryan Courtien (Photo by Derek Kisslinger)

Both teams advance to the Class D state championships on Saturday (Nov. 13) at Chenango Valley.

On Oct. 4, the Beacon High School boys’ team finished fourth at the Section IX championships at Bear Mountain State Park.

Evan LaBelle

Beacon’s Evan LaBelle

Evan LaBelle finished fourth in 16:42, qualifying for the state tournament on Saturday at Chenango Valley.

Other finishers for Beacon were Henry Reinke (11) in 17:20; Joey Baffuto (16) in 17:53; Jack Cleary (22) in 18:11; Rubio Castagna (42) in 19:22; and August Wright (46) in 19:41.

Beacon also had two girls — Rachel Thorne and Ella Cason — qualify for the state tournament. Thorne was fourth with a personal record of 20:57, and Cason was fifth in 21:12. 

“I was extremely pleased to get three athletes into the state championships,” Coach Jim Henry said. “They all ran smart and gutsy races.” He noted that Thorne and Cason are the first Beacon girls to advance since Renee Blair in 2006, and that Cason ran nearly the entire race on a sore ankle.


Haldane travels to Arlington High School today (Nov. 12) to face Tuckahoe in the Section I, Class D title game. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. and the game will be broadcast at

Tuckahoe (7-1) was ranked No. 8 this week among Class D teams in the state by the New York State Sportswriters Association, while Haldane (6-2) received an honorable mention. As the only two Class D teams in the section, the Blue Devils and Tigers compete each year for the title.


The Haldane Athletic Hall of Fame, which recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of the high school’s athletes and coaches, is accepting nominations for the Class of 2022. To review the bylaws and download a nomination form, see

Hall of Fame

Members of the Class of 2021 of the Haldane Athletic Hall of Fame

Because of the pandemic shutdown, the Beacon High School Hall of Fame committee has delayed the induction of its 2020 nominees until this winter.

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