Burrito bowl with rice, chicken, guacamole, black beans and salsa: check!
Mint chocolate chip ice cream: check!
A trip to the state girls tennis tournament: Uh-huh.
Arlington High School’s Maranda Sears celebrated with Mexican food and ice cream on Thursday after giving herself reason to. The junior earned her first trip to the state tournament after winning the consolation match of the Section 1 tennis tournament at Harrison High School.
Sears defeated Suffern’s Courtney Ollis, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, to capture third place.
“In the first set, I was nervous because I knew if I lost I wouldn’t get to states,” Sears said of faltering in the first set. “After I lost, I calmed myself down and started playing better.”
Sears had lost to Suffern’s Sydney Kaplan in a semifinal Tuesday and Kaplan went on to win the tournament. But with third place comes a bid to the state tournament on Oct. 31 at the Tri City Tennis Center in Latham, Albany County.
“It’s a huge accomplishment for me,” Sears said. “I looked like one of the pros after winning the U.S. Open, fist-pumping and screaming. I was so excited.”
Chris Reed scored off a pass from Lenny Ordonez in the 20th minute as host Webutuck edged Marlboro, 1-0, on Thursday in Amenia.
Ordonez chipped a volley from the right side to Reed on the left flank, and Reed fired into the left corner from 8 yards out. Hunter Coulthard made seven saves for Webutuck (6-7-1).
Webutuck is the fourth seed in the Section 9 Class C tournament and visits top-seeded S.S. Seward in Florida at 1 p.m. Monday in a Section 9 Class C semifinal.
“We’re very excited about this,” Webutuck coach Kevin Doyle said. “We’ve put a nice couple of games together. Our injuries are healing and we’re clicking physically and coming together as a team. It’s coming together at the right time.”
Eliza Ericsen and Analiese Compagnon each scored a goal for visiting and 17th-seeded Beacon, though it came in a 4-2 loss to 16th-seeded Sleepy Hollow in a Section 1 Class A girls soccer outbracket game.
Beacon trailed 4-1 at halftime when Breanna Cader was shifted from forward to the midfield, “and she played very well and helped tremendously on defense,” Beacon coach Hugo Alzate said. “Gabby Lucas also distributed the ball very well and she’s been a rock.”
Meagan Meeuwisse made six saves for the Bulldogs (6-10-1).
Sleepy Hollow is 6-10-1.
“As a first-year coach, we’ve tried to establish a lot of new trends and habits with the team and they’ve started to buy in,” Alzate said. “We won one more game than we did last season, and against a tougher schedule, so hopefully we can build on that. I wanted the team to get better and have fun, and I think we were successful in that sense.”
Vote on sixth football classification postponed
A decision on the possible addition of a sixth high school football classification in New York has been postponed, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced on Thursday after its meeting in Troy.
The proposal would add a “Class AAA” consisting of teams representing schools with a minimum of 1,100 students. The adjustment would have a trickle-down effect with the cut-off enrollment numbers decreasing for the smaller classes. Locally, Section 9 Class B teams Red Hook and Marlboro would shift to Class A.
NYSPHSAA’s executive committee voted to reconvene the Championship Philosophy Committee, which will review the proposal. Robert Zayas, NYSPHAA’s executive director, said on Wednesday that a decision will have to be made by the committee’s January 29 meeting.