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2011 Sectional Championship Teams Hope for Repeat

September 10, 2012

In the fall of 2011, Haldane had four teams that won sectional championships, an amazing accomplishment for such a small school. As the fall 2012 season nears, who will repeat as Sectional Champions?

The Blue Devil Football team will have to overcome the loss of 15 seniors and will be facing a tougher schedule than last year. Coach Jeff Sniffen feels the talent is there,  but this year’s team will have to learn to deal with adversity and overcome that with pride and toughness. The offensive line, with 4 new faces, will be key. The Blue Devil spread offense works, when the line does its job. Bronxville, Dobbs Ferry and a talented team from Tuckahoe will all test this team. Quarterback Bailey Semple and running back Will Moss will look to put up points with the same regularity as the 2011 version of the spread offense did.

The Blue Devil Volleyball team eventually went all the way last year and won the New York State Championships! This years’ squad has stopped celebrating and is all business as it prepares to defend its’ crown. Coach Rosanno expects big things from several key players this year including Lauren Etta, Gabby Carnabucci, Becky Garrison and Kelly Vahos.

The Blue Devil Girls’ soccer team looks towards the 2012 campaign with anticipation. After losing  key players, Coach Gary VanAsselt is optimistic that the upcoming stars like Jess Harrison, Laura Kearns and Carolyn Schaefer can be critical to a successful campaign. Cali Schweikhart will be replacing longtime goalie standout Judi Barcavage and looks to put her stamp on that key role for the next two years.

The Haldane Cross Country Team is looking for big results this year as well. While the boys were crowned sectional champions last year, the girls team missed that honor by 1 point. Coach Locasci looks to win two sectional crowns this year and will be counting on Captains Rick Valentine and John Hughes to lead the way, along with Theo Henderson and Rachel Conklin, Samantha Ricketts and Emilie Procario.

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