Volleyball: Rhinebeck volleyball is 9-4 on the season after their most recent 3-set-to-0 win over John A. Coleman, and look primed to make a run in the playoffs for their fourth straight Section IX Class C title. Rhinebeck last won the MHAL title in 2012. Things look a mite gloomier for Class B Red Hook, who are carrying a 5-5 record after beating Highland in straight sets. History is on Big Red’s side in the postseason, though: the Lady Raiders have won every Section IX Class B title since 2005, and in 2004, they won the Class A title. Section IX quarterfinals start on Oct. 27.
Girls Soccer: In a season when football was expected to be the jewel of Red Hook’s athletic programs, it has been Red Hook girls soccer dispatching the competition with a vengeance. With their 1-0 win over Highland on Oct. 12, Red improves to a 10-0-2 record overall and 8-0-1 in the conference. The squad is state-ranked at #13 in Class A and has even collected a win over Spackenkill, ranked #8 in Class B. The Rhinebeck ladies are no slouch either, compiling a 7-6 record after falling to the same stout Spackenkill squad, 6-0, on Oct. 15. Girls Section IX tournament quarterfinals will commence on Oct. 27 at SUNY New Paltz; the tournament seed meeting is being held today.
Boys Soccer: After burning visiting Ellenville 2-0 on Oct. 11, Rhinebeck varsity is sitting on an 10-2 record, having stormed back from two losses to Ellenville and Onteora and beating Spackenkill, 5-1 on Oct. 16 to clinch the MHAL Division IV Title. Under Coach Justin Wiesenthal, the Hawks have a good chance to make the Section 9 Class C finals for the first time since they won the title in 2009. Red Hook is faring well this season, collecting an 8-5 record after roasting Spackenkill 3-0. Boys Section 9 Class B and C finals will be held on Nov. 1 and Oct. 30, respectively, at Middletown’s Faller Field.
Field Hockey: Red Hook shut out Ellenville on Oct. 17 2-0 and brought the Raider record to 6-5 overall on the season and 4-4 in MHAL. The MHAL field hockey tournament began on Oct. 22; the Section IX tournament will begin on Oct. 29 at the Hudson Valley Sports Dome. Red Hook and Rhinebeck won the Class B and C Section IX tournaments, respectively, in 2010. Red Hook’s last finals appearance was in 2011 when they lost to Rondout Valley, 1-0. Rhinebeck has dropped two in the final stretch of the season, one a 4-0 trouncing by Webutuck on Oct. 17, and the other a 2-1 loss to Pine Plains on Oct. 12.
Girls Tennis: Red Hook’s doubles team of Marisa Flannery and Sophie Jennis and singles player Ella Lindholm-Uzzi reached the quarterfinals in the MHAL tournament on Oct. 16 to qualify for the Section IX tournament, which started Oct. 23 at Goshen’s Tennis Center. Lindholm-Uzzi beat Roosevelt’s Jessica Schroedl in two sets in the quarterfinals, and Flannery and Jennis beat Katarina Harpolis and Adrianna Vacente in three sets.
Cross Country: The “fastest man in Red Hook,” Declan Dwyer-McNulty, came in second at the Oct. 12 Bobcat Run at Byram Hills (5000 m) with a time of 16:42. Olivia Popovitch was Red Hook’s leader in the ladies race, putting up a time of 22:20 and coming in 38th place. On Oct. 16, Rhinebeck girls beat Ellenville 15-50 and lost to Rondout Valley 23-32, Rhinebeck boys beat Rondout Valley 20-36, and Red Hook boys outran Highland 23-36. Section IX championships will be held at Bear Mountain State Park on Nov. 2, with the class C and D races taking place at 1pm and 2 pm, respectively.