2018 footballers

Anthony Finochio named new Washingtonville coach

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Former James I. O’Neill head coach Anthony Finochio, who led the Raiders to two Section 9 championships, is the new head man at Washingtonville. Finochio, 36, had served as a Washingtonville varsity assistant for the last two years. He previously worked on the Wizards’ staff from 2007-09. Washingtonville …
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Minisink Valley’s Juncaj lands full ride to D-II Southern Connecticut State

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Southern Connecticut State thinks so highly of Minisink Valley defensive lineman Anton Juncaj that the Division II school offered him a full athletic scholarship, which he has accepted. And Southern Connecticut State has potential big plans for Juncaj. According to Minisink Valley coach Kevin Gallagher, Southern Connecticut might …
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Pine Bush DL Robert Jackson commits to play at Albany

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Pine Bush defensive lineman Robert Jackson took an official visit to Albany on Saturday and in within 48 hours he was a Great Dane. Jackson committed to Albany, a Football Championship Subdivision school, on Tuesday. “I visited Albany on Saturday, talked to my family and it was just …
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Warwick’s Hansen named Class A Scholar-Athlete of the Year by State Coaches Association

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider Like most other Section 9 players, Warwick linebacker Matt Hansen has his influences. He admires, among others, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and a variety of classical artists. Hansen plays the violin, piano and guitar and has played in rock and classical bands. He is also a Straight-A student …
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Warwick LB Nick Garcia reflects on big season and the “Pick of the Year”

By Justin Rodriguez Section 9 Football Insider If you made a highlight reel that included Section 9’s Top 2018 Plays, Warwick linebacker Nick Garcia’s one-handed interception during a regular-season win at Minisink Valley would have to be part of the tape. That play was a testament to Garcia’s grit and toughness. He made plays such …
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