Ichabod Crane softball loses in semifinals

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KINDERHOOK – Ichabod Crane’s reign as Class B state softball champion ended with a bang-bang play at third base on Saturday afternoon, June 15.

An accurate throw from Ardsley left fielder Sami Blackman just caught senior Gabbie Cox at third for the final out as the Riders fell 6-5 in a Class B state semifinal at Moreau Recreational Park.

Afterward, Riders head coach Tracy Nytransky and Cox shared a long hug in front of the dugout. Read more…

TU names ICC Bella Milazzo Female Athlete of the Month

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KINDERHOOOK – Bella Milazzo feels fortunate to be wearing the jersey number of the player she grew up idolizing. The Ichabod Crane sophomore pitcher has now gone about producing many of the same exploits 2018 graduate Calista Phippen achieved inside the circle.

In her first varsity start April 4, Milazzo tossed a perfect game against Holy Names. The right-hander, who wears the same No. 4 Phippen made famous in leading Ichabod Crane to Class B state titles in 2015 and 2018, has been practically untouchable.

“We definitely wanted to maintain the things Calista did,” Milazzo said of herself and junior pitcher Marissa Wheeler. “She did so much for the program and we want to keep that success going.” Read more…

Season-opening win is 300th career victory for coach

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KINDERHOOK – A new season began for the Ichabod Crane softball team April 4 afternoon and it resembled many of the Riders’ dominating campaigns of recent vintage as No. 4 controlled things inside the circle. The difference this time is No. 4 no longer is star pitcher Calista Phippen, who wore that number for four years and led Ichabod Crane to a pair of Class B state titles.

Isabella Milazzo, a sophomore making her varsity debut, is now wearing No. 4 and she fired a perfect game and struck out 12 in a game shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule. The performance was reminiscent of those turned in by Phippen, who has been one of the nation’s premier freshman pitchers starring at Marist College

“That was great,” Milazzo said. “On JV, it was pretty easy to get past everybody. I felt coming up to varsity, it would be a lot harder to throw the ball by people and get my ball to spin in a way where they can’t hit it.” Read more…

Carlucci tapped as athlete of the year for Ichabod Crane

Schalmont’s Hamza Noor, #4, battles for the ball with Ichabod Cranes’ Anthony Carlucci, #8, during the Class B boys’ soccer final on October 29, in Troy. Photo by Lori Van Buren, Albany Times Union

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KINDERHOOK – Times Union Athlete of the Year is Anthony Carlucci, from Ichabod Crane High School.

An appearance in the Class B state final as a junior brought Carlucci and the rest of his returning teammates high hopes for another trip to the state playoffs in 2018.

Through 60 minutes of the Section II final, the Riders appeared poised for another trip to the state playoffs. It was not to be as Schalmont generated a furious comeback to force overtime and eventually beat Ichabod Crane 4-3 in the final. Read more…