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Webutuck basketball getting ready for upcoming season

WEBUTUCK ­— With nearly a month of practicing already under their belts, it looks like Warrior varsity basketball players will be more than ready for seasonal play, which begins next week.

Webutuck recently hosted a four-way scrimmage with Roundout, Pawling and Chapel Field, which took place Saturday, Nov. 22, starting at 11 a.m. in the high school gymnasium.

The Warriors ended up topping Chapel Field, 78-42.

“For our first scrimmage, I think we played well,” said Coach Mike Riddle, who is also Webutuck’s athletic director. “We got to see the strengths and weaknesses of our team, and I think it will help direct our practices leading up to our first game.”

Webutuck scoring was lead on Saturday by junior Martel Williams, with 22 (as well as 11 rebounds and 4 steals). Seniors Pat McCaffrey and Mark Pomeisl added 18 and 12 (with two 3-pointers), respectively.

“Defensively, I think we’re more athletic this year,” Riddle added.

The transition this year has not been easy for varsity basketball. Webutuck graduated nine seniors last year, including two of three All-County players: Chris Matteo and Alex Kravchuck. Matt Kravchuck is returning for a final year. And this year, out of the 12 players on the varsity roster, nine are seniors.

“From last year, every player has his own role and understands it by now,” Riddle explained. “I think we’re going to be hard to defend.”

Webutuck will travel to Dover on Dec. 3 for a final scrimmage before opening its season against John Jay Cross River on Dec. 5. They will then travel to a weekend tournament to face a Class AA school. But the Warriors aren’t worried about the competition.

“I like to play big schools at the beginning of the year to get some exposure,” Riddle said. “The first two weeks we’re playing all A and B schools. Once January hits we start playing in our division.”

Riddle added that he was pleased with the turnout to Saturday’s scrimmages and thanked the Booster Club members, who provided lunch between games for all the teams and referees.

“It’s a nice thing,” he said. “You don’t go to many scrimmages where you get hospitality like that.”

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