It’s almost summertime in Raider Country. The Rec Park pool will open soon, summer basketball leagues will pick up, Red Hook will be a thousand shades of green, and school will out.
But not before Red hopefully nabs some championship hardware.
Most of Red Hook’s varsity squads are prepped for a big post-season. Not much is clear yet about seeding, save for Red Hook Lacrosse playing Millbrook on May 22 in the semifinals of the Section 9 Class C tournament.
But expect big things from Tom Gilbert’s varsity softball squad and Ron Coon’s varsity baseball squad, which are both teetering on a two-seed for the upcoming sectional playoffs and have compiled monster records against MHAL teams.
In addition, boys lacrosse, undefeated in their division, should make quick work of their opponents, and softball, led by Elisabeth Brisley, should fly through their tournament, which begins May 29. Baseball, too, where Nate Tomlinson and a deep bench have proven that they relish tournament play, having destroyed the competition in the Phil Amelio Jr. tournament on April 28.
The post-season, however, hasn’t been terribly kind to Red Hook’s spring tennis team. Red Hook had to fight to survive in the opening leg of the Mid-Hudson Athletic League tournament held at SUNY New Paltz. Jonas Lindholm-Uzzi was bounced out of the singles tournament in the first round. The doubles team of Brian Messmer and Andy Guerrino split their matches, losing one to Pine Plains and winning against Rondout Valley, and the doubles team of Joe Bryant and Templeton Kay lost to Rhinebeck in the quarterfinals and beat a John A. Coleman doubles squad, 10-0, in the first round. The doubles team of Ethan Longenecker and Sam Laing was beaten by Marlboro, 7-1.