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Titans collect Section IX honors

November 6, 2019 12:00 pm Updated: November 6, 2019 02:50 pm

CRARYVILLE — The honors are rolling in for the Section IX Class C field hockey champion Taconic Hills Titans.

Senior Delana Bonci was named Section IX Most Valuable Player, a first-team All-Star and earned a spot on the All-State team, while Angela Webster was named the Section IX Coach of the Year for guiding the Titans to their second straight Section IX championship.

The All-Stars and Coach of the Year are selected by the league coaches.

“I am very honored to be recognized by such a knowledgeable, experienced group of field hockey coaches,” Webster said. “I believe that receiving this award, honors the collaborative efforts of our athletes and coaching staff. Way to go TH.”

Bonci, a four-year varsity player and team captain, has tallied 15 goals this year and assisted on 14 others. For her career, she has scored 45 goals and collected 45 assists.  

“She has good knowledge of the game and good decision making skills under pressure,” Webster said of Bonci. “She makes smart and timely passes in order to set other players up to score.”

Senior Amelia Canetto was also named a first-team Section IX All-Star and earned a spot on on the All-State team. A three-year varsity player and team captain, Canetto has scored 23 goals and collected two assists this season. She has 56 goals and five assists in her varsity career.

“She carried the ball down the field with speed and took many hard shots on goal,” Webster said. “Her speed and ability to react quickly made her a challenge to defend.”

Kirsten Shumsky and Sydney Kiernan were named Section IX second-team All-Stars.

Shumsky, a senior captain, has 10 goals and 13 assists to her credit this season and 18 goals and 18 assists for her varsity career, which spans two years.

“A very aggressive player with quick stick work and strong drives,” Webster said of Shumsky. “She did a great job supporting offensive line.”

Kiernan, a two-year varsity player, is the Titans goaltender, collecting 92 saves and allowing just 11 goals while posting eight shutouts this season.

“She has made so many amazing saves due to her quick reaction and decision making,” Webster said. “A very scrappy player that saved us in many games.”

Sophomore Madison Rowe, a two-year varsity player, was named to the Section IX third-team for defense.

“An excellent defender with good blocks and tackles,” Webster said. “Recovers quickly on defense and reads the play well.”

First-year varsity player Ava Skabowski, a freshman, earned honorable mention status for defense.

“She has shown tremendous improvement in her play the last few games,” Webster said. “Plays very low and aggressive.”

The Titans play Section I champion Bronxville on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Lakeland High School in a state regional match.

2019 Section IX Field Hockey All-Stars

FIRST TEAM

*Delana Bonci (MVP), Taconic Hills; *Julie Ruzzi, Rondout; *Danielle Walsh, Red Hook; *Tori Quick, Kingston; *Lola Mainieri, Onteora; *Amelia Canetto, Taconic Hills; Sophia Schoonmaker, Rondout; Kara Hogan, Rondout; Penelope Paldino, Pine Plains/Rhinebeck; Jackie Povall, Pine Plains/Rhinebeck; Bridgie Loughlin, Kingston; Ireland Travis, Ellenville.
*-All-State selection

SECOND TEAM

Melissa Torchio, Pine Bush; Sydney Ottman,Red Hook; Rieley Fitzgerald, Kingston; Corey Chun, Onteora; Maddie Anderson, Red Hook; Isabella Torre, PP/Rhinebeck; Norah Prizzi, Kingston; Kirsten Shumsky, Taconic Hills; Sydney Kiernan, Taconic Hills; Lauren Moccio, Pine Bush; Ava Hubert, Coxsackie-Athens.

THIRD TEAM

Emma Markle, Rondout Valley; Hannah Timbrouck, Kingston; Anastasia Keener, Ellenville; Sabiha Hossain, Spackenkill; Raven Ryan, Onteora; Olivia Trevena, PP/Rhinebeck; Karlie Klingner, Webutuck; Kylee Knuschke, Red Hook; Megan McGovern, Rondout Valley; Madison Rowe, Taconic Hills; Lauren Dunn, Rondout Valley.

HONORABLE MENTION

Kaitlyn Weise, PP/Rhinebeck; Kailey Cook, Kingston; Azure Jones, Rondout; Emily Simmons, Webutuck; Rachel Banister, Red Hook; Jude Foster, Onteora; Ava Skabowski, Taconic Hills;  Jennifer Sorrentino, Pine Bush; Rachel Cataldi, Ellenville; Arianna Colon, Coxsackie-Athens; Billie Barefoot, Spackenkill.