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Pine Plains rings in opening day under rainy forecast

kaitlinl@millertonnews.com

PINE PLAINS — Even as the rain kept the players off the ballfield, Pine Plains found a way to usher in the start of the 2019 baseball season on Sunday, April 28.
Young athletes and their families assembled for an opening day ceremony under the Pine Plains Lions Club Pavilion at 3 p.m. After welcoming everyone to Opening Day, Catherine Prentice, former rec director and longtime member of the Pine Plains Recreation Department, talked about the different baseball programs scheduled to take place this spring. 

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Players step up to the plate at spring training clinic

PINE PLAINS — With the 2019 season afoot, the Pine Plains varsity baseball and softball teams decided to lend their expertise to training the district’s future players at a spring training clinic for students ages 5 to 13 on Wednesday, April 24. 
The clinic welcomed roughly 30 young players who received coaching from 14 varsity players with assistance from two junior varsity players. Dividing into six stations, students focused on the fundamentals of the game, such as batting, bunting, fielding, throwing, base running and defense. 

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Kentucky Derby Day

Over the years, I have come to know some people from Louisville, Ky., and have learned that, to them, Derby Day, in the rota of holidays, resides rather north of The Fourth of July and only slightly south of Christmas itself.

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Millbrook girls lacrosse holds onto winning streak

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MILLBROOK — Once again, Jillian Barnes, girls lacrosse coach for Millbrook, has every reason to be proud of her team. In a game that was touch and go for a while, the Blazers came through once more with another victory.
Playing Goshen in a non league game on Wednesday, April 24, the Blazers took the game, 8-7.
Carrie Halpin scored 4 goals, Cat Halpin had 2 and Arianna Radovic and Stephanie Williams both earned 1. Mackenzie Harkenrider and Gabby Migliore helped with one assist each.

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Community braves the cold for Millerton’s opening day

MILLERTON — After a night of April showers, the skies cleared just in time for the Millerton Youth League Baseball teams to take to the field for Opening Day on Saturday, April 27.
Festivities started at 10:15 a.m. with teams, coaches and family members gathering at the North East firehouse for a parade. Whether in a flatbed or  on hay bales, players made their way to Eddie Collins Memorial Field. 

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The jalapeño of life

If variety is the spice of life, then competition should be its jalapeño pepper; and there is no better competition than an historic, geographic and downright dirty rivalry.
A rivalry is built on both respect and hate. Respect is necessary in that one cannot get really worked up about an enemy that can’t fire back, and there are few things sadder than a once blooming competition that has been lost because one side is now incompetent.

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Time to play ball!: Millerton Baseball League swings into action

MILLERTON — Millerton’s latest crop of big league hopefuls — and others just looking to have fun in the sun while playing America’s game — will be heading to Eddie Collins Field on Saturday, April 27, for the Youth Baseball league’s opening day ceremonies. 

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Lady Bombers take first place at spring track invitational

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains varsity spring track team returned home with a victory following its performance in the Tri-Valley invitational meet on Saturday, April 13.
Pine Plains was one of 11 schools that competed in the invitational meet held at the Tri-Valley Iatauro Sports Complex at Tri-Valley Secondary School in Grahamsville, N.Y. By meet’s end, the Lady Bombers earned first place in the small schools division while the Pine Plains boys track team finished in fifth place for the same division.

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Sports Schedules

Millbrook
Tuesday, April 23, at 4:15 p.m., Baseball, Junior Varsity, Millbrook at Red Hook, Non-League, Red Hook Recreation Park.
Tuesday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m., Boys Lacrosse, Varsity, Goshen at Millbrook, Non-League, Millbrook High School (MHS).
Tuesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m., Girls Lacrosse, Varsity, Burke Catholic at Millbrook, League, MHS.
Wednesday, April 24, at 4:15 p.m., Softball, Varsity, Millbrook at Rhinebeck, League, Rhinebeck High School.

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Sin and Redemption in sports

Sports fans and sports columnists love to see sports as a morality play. “May the better player win” is an idea that takes sports out of the realm of play and drops it squarely into the arena of metaphysics. Better does not mean “more skilled” or “more able”; it means “more pure of heart” or more “noble of intent.” 

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