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Above is the Contender Esports Hudson Valley gaming center in Wappingers Falls, where Dutchess County students practice twice per week and have weekly tournaments with other schools in non-traditional eSports. Photo submitted

Esports, for non- traditional athletes

DUTCHESS COUNTY — School sports have be on the decline since the COVID-19 pandemic and due to a shrinking student enrollment, according to local athletic directors. It’s caused some schools in Dutchess County to merge various athletic teams in an effort to let student athletes keep playing the sports they love.

Millbrook Athletic Director Alfred Hammell said he is extremely proud of the Millbrook Blazers Girls Basketball Team for beating the Carle Place Frogs and making it all the way to the semi-finals in the state championships, which will be played against  East Rochester on Saturday, March 19, at 9 a.m. at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Photo by Alred Hammell

Millbrook Blazers leap over the Carle Place Frogs on their way to the state semi-finals

MILLBROOK — Following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Millbrook Blazers Varsity Girls Basketball Team sprang back into action with a winning season. The girls competed in an important match on Saturday, March 12, as they chased the state championship title.

Photo by Daryl Byrne

Cheering on Conn. curler

Connecticut native Steve Emt is vice skip on the U.S. paralympic curling team, which is in the middle of the 2022 Paralympic Games in China this week. Emt calls the Norfolk Curling Club his home ice; members of the club turned out at the club on Sunday night, March 6, to watch the U.S. team compete against Canada.

Bombers squash Rhinebeck in semifinals, lose by three to Chester in championship finals

PINE PLAINS — Closing its 2021-22 season with two hard-fought games on the court, the Stissing Mountain varsity boys basketball team defeated Rhinebeck in the Section IX semifinal game on Monday, Feb. 28.

Days later, the team was defeated by Chester in the Section IX finals on Wednesday, March 2.

Mark DeGarmo Dance Founder and Executive Director Mark DeGarmo, top left, invited viewers to discuss the 12th annual Virtual Performance Series for Social Change on Jan. 6 with dancers, clockwise from top left, Aviva Geismar, Barbara Mahler, Makayla Peterson and Paramita Bhattacharyya, after the performance. Photo submitted

Dancing into the New Year

NEW YORK CITY — Mark DeGarmo Dance (MDD) helped dance enthusiasts ring in 2022 with an array of original dance performances through MDD’s 12th annual Virtual Performance Series for Social Change on Thursday, Jan. 6.

The king of cool

Remember what it was to be cool? Do you remember telling someone, “Be cool, man!” Actually, it was more like one word, “Becoolman!” One word, but drawled out – because that was really cool. “BeeeCooolMan!”

Dover, Millbrook scholar-athletes honored for feats in fall of 2021

NEW YORK STATE — In recognition of their hard work in balancing their athletics with their academics, some hard-working athletes enrolled at Dover High School and Millbrook High School were among the students and teams featured on the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s (NYSPHSAA) list of Fall 2021 Scholar-Athletes noted for

Dressed in their coziest pajamas, children from the Pine Plains Wrestling Team and the local community celebrated the holiday season together at the team’s Movie Night screening of “The Polar Express” on Saturday, Dec. 4. Photo submitted

All aboard for Wrestling Team’s Movie Night

PINE PLAINS — While the Pine Plains Wrestling Team is usually found refining their techniques in the library’s basement, they moved upstairs to the Community Room above the Pine Plains Free Library to host a Holiday Movie Night for the community on Saturday, Dec. 4.


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