Winter sports update


Winter sports update

February 9, 2024

Although we’re only in the first full week of February, some of Warwick’s winter sports teams have already started their postseason competitions and produced a county champion.

Sophomore swimmer Connor Holland won the 100-yard backstroke at the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association Division II championship meet on Feb. 2. Holland won the race in 53.15 seconds, which broke his own school record. He also placed second in the 200 individual medley with a personal best time of 1:59.34.

Holland, Kaden Nagel, Logan Armistead and Michael Kelly placed third in the 400 freestyle relay. Additionally, seventh grader Drew Voloshin finished fourth in diving with an 11-dive score of 470.10, leading five Warwick divers in the top 10 of the event including Lucas Wensley (6th), Danyal Hafeez (7th), Macklin Tomlinson (8th), and Rory Wright (10th). The team had 46 personal or season best performances (90% of the swims) at the OCIAA meet. 

Four Warwick swimmers pose for a photo by the pool

Warwick’s third-place 400-yard freestyle relay team (Left to right: Connor Holland, Kaden Nagel, Logan Armistead, and Michael Kelly).

Holland and Voloshin have already qualified for the New York State Championships in Ithaca, N.Y., on March 1-2.  The Wildcats are looking forward to the rest of their championship season.

The swimming and diving team ended its dual meet season with a record of 6-5. The Wildcats won their last three meets and the future is very bright with many underclassmen and middle school students making significant contributions. 

The boys Indoor Track & Field team has been off to a blazing start this winter showing much improvement in team depth compared to the past two seasons.  The team has been led by sophomore team captain Luke Beattie, who is making a name for himself in the New York State and national record books.

With a leap of 16 feet, Beattie is currently ranked No. 2 in New York State and nationally stands at No. 13 overall and the No. 2-ranked sophomore.  Teammate Klaus Lindenau has been training hard with Beattie in the pole vault and is ranked No. 3 in Section 9 at 13’0″ and holds the state standard in the event.

In other exciting news for the Wildcats, the 4×400 meter relay team of Beattie, Conrad Wendell, Thomas Ronan, and Roman Anderson qualified for the prestigious Penn Relays this April with a time of 3:38.98.

Other key contributors for the team include eight grader Leo Shostal, who ran 4:58.63 to qualify for the Eighth-Grade Division at the Indoor National Championships, senior Nicco Carrillo in the high jump and weight throw, senior Dan Svoboda in the weight throw, and senior Elijah Fiol in the long jump.

The girls varsity track and field team turned in some record-breaking performances at the Hispanic Games at the Armory last month.

Lily Beattie set a new meet record and personal best in the pole vault with a jump of 13’2”. The 4×200 meter relay team of Hannah Cann, Reagan Smith, Erin Smith, and Beattie ran a time of 1:47.36, which ranks among one of the best in WVHS history. The same four runners placed fifth in the sprint medley relay with a time of 4:25.42.

Alyssa Dovico set a personal record (PR) in the 3,000m run with a time of 10:50.96, shaving over 6 seconds off her previous season best and taking 5th place in the event at the Purple Champions Invitational on Feb.3. Emily Gulick ran a time of 7.93 in the 55m dash at the Purple Champions Invitational. This personal record places her among the fastest middle school athletes in New York State. 

Rachel Venter, Madison Olszewski, Julia Schlesinger, Trixie Wendell, Lillybeth Kurosz, Carly Freet, Athena Lazina, and Abigail Foust also punctuated a season of strong performances and PRs! 

The boys and girls track and field teams will be competing in the Section 9 Class A championship meet on Feb. 10 at West Point.

The Warwick girls varsity basketball team defeated Goshen 55-5 in a varsity girls basketball game on Feb. 9, 2024. The team celebrated its seniors with a ceremony before the game. The team also gathered together at midcourt with a microphone to sing the national anthem.

View a slideshow from the game below: 

Last week, the boys varsity basketball team defeated Monticello 52-47. Wils Siebert led the way with 18 points to help the Wildcats improve their record to 11-5.

View a slideshow from the game below:

On Jan. 31, Warwick Valley defeated Valley Central 60-17 in a varsity wrestling match. The match was also Youth Night and Senior Night.

Griffin Petzold (138 pounds),  Michael Accardo (152), Mackery Paulsen (160), Tyler Desotle (170), Johnny Accardo (190), Michael Hennessy (285), Garrett Judd (108) and Brady Judd all won by pins for the Wildcats. Warwick wrestlers will be competing in the Section 9 tournament this afternoon and tomorrow at Monroe-Woodbury High School in Central Valley.

View a slideshow from the match below:








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