M.C. Smith Elementary welcomes new associate principal

HUDSON – The Hudson City School District welcomes Amanda Klopott as the newest associate principal at Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School. She joins the leadership team with Associate Principal Ian MacCormack and Principal Mark Brenneman.

Ms. Klopott comes to Hudson from North Colonie CSD where she helped create a mentoring program to support English as a New Language (ENL) students. She also provided professional development on differentiation and worked with staff to create a culturally inclusive school environment.

“I was first drawn to Hudson because of the diverse student population,” said Ms. Klopott in a press release. “It was important to me that I joined a school that was a good fit where I could use my unique skill set.” Read more…

Times Union names high school all-stars

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KINDERHOOK – Ichabod Crane athletes were named to the Times Union high school all-star teams.

First team for small school boys’ soccer:


Logan Groat, Sr., Ichabod Crane: Paced the Riders with a team-high 24 goals, the last of which came in a 2-1 loss to Schuylerville in the Section II Class B final. Groat landed a spot on the Colonial Council’s first team and also contributed seven assists.


Edgar Gomez, Jr., Ichabod Crane: The Colonial Council’s Most Valuable Player produced a standout campaign that included scoring 17 goals and adding nine assists for the Riders.

Girls’ tennis:

Second team


Elise Brennan, So., Ichabod Crane

Small school football:

Tight end

Haydon Broockmann, Sr., Ichabod Crane: Class B Reinfurt first-team selection for the third consecutive year, this time at defensive end, Broockmann is a four-year starter and three-year captain for the Riders. Played several positions this season for Ichabod Crane. Started at tight end for the Southat the 2019 Exceptional Seniors game.

Schuylerville tops Ichabod Crane for Class B boys’ soccer title

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KINDERHOOK – As the halftime whistle sounded, a contrast of body language was obvious as the Schuylerville Black Horses sprinted to the sideline, with a few jubilant jumps in the mix, and the Ichabod Crane Riders walked off the pitch until head coach Mike Young encouraged his squad to jog off.

The reason for No. 6-seeded Schuylerville’s excitement was obvious, a two-goal lead over the top-seeded Riders in a half in which the Black Horses were in the right place at the right times and a step ahead of Ichabod Crane as the teams went to intermission.

Ichabod Crane, appearing in its ninth Section II final in 10 years, picked up its game in the second half but the rally fell short, and with it, came Schuylerville’s first Section II title with its 2-1 win in the Class B final at Colonie High. Read more…

Colleges scout Riders’ tight end

Ichabod Crane High School standout Haydon Broockmann. Photo by James France

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KINDERHOOK – During his formative years as a football player, Haydon Broockmann wanted things to be difficult. A 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior tight end/defensive end at Ichabod Crane, Broockmann utilized a unique way to hone his skills as a pass-catcher involving his father and some bad quarterback play.

“We would call it ‘crappy quarterback day’ and my dad would throw me the worst passes possible and I would have to catch them,” Broockmann said. “I have been doing that for years.”

Practicing difficult situations has helped make him a formidable force on offense and college coaches have taken notice. Read more…

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…