The Hudson Valley open women's basketball team successfully defended its Empire State Games title, using a team with just two returnees.

The Hudson Valley open women's basketball team successfully defended its Empire State Games title, using a team with just two returnees.

Hudson Valley held on for a 61-59 win over Adirondack in the gold-medal game yesterday at Westchester Community College in Valhalla.

"Winning always feels good,'' said Monroe's Jaimie McFarlin, "and we have a great group of girls, so I really appreciate this.''

McFarlin scored two points. Marist College's Julianne Viani, a returnee, scored eight points. Kristi Dini scored 17, Emma Markley had 13 and Angela Pace added 11 for Hudson Valley.

"It's great to win another gold "¦ it's awesome," Viani said. "Everyone was out of steam after four games, so it was a tough game for both teams. We pulled it together. It was a good game."

SUNY New Paltz women's coach Jamie Seward was the head coach for Adirondack.


The three other Hudson Valley teams won silver medals. The open men (3-1) dropped a 78-64 decision to Western in the final. Jason Boone of Sugar Loaf scored 20 points. Marist players Ryan Stilphen and Ryan Schneider scored 10 and eight points, respectively.

The scholastic men (3-1) could not hold on to a nine-point halftime lead and lost to New York 76-75 in the final. Warwick's Isai Reyes scored 12.

The scholastic women (2-2) dropped an 80-76 decision to Western. Emily Stallings of Newburgh scored five points.

Field hockey

The Hudson Valley won its third consecutive and 10th overall gold medal with a 1-0 victory over Western in the gold-medal match. Caitlin Collins scored in the 19th minute. Brittany Carroll of Kingston and Erin Koonz of High Falls — two players from Rondout Valley High School — earned medals.


The open men lost 2-0 to Adirondack in the gold-medal match — two days earlier, Hudson Valley beat Adirondack 5-2.

"It's unacceptable," Westtown's Liam Welsh said of the silver medal. "I think it's the toughest thing to do in a tournament is beat a team twice. ... I think we were kind of complacent. I think we felt they weren't going to beat us, really. We kind of took them lightly."

Highland's Jamal Lis-Simmons said it was almost better to win last year's final game for bronze than lose this year's finale for silver.

"We did go out on a high note last year," he said. "It's tough when you prepare and you have one thing in mind for the last two months. We put ourselves in this situation, and to come up short is tough."

The scholastic women dropped a 5-1 decision to Adirondack in the gold-medal match. Shannon Clancy of Walden set up a goal in the 66th minute. The open women lost to Adirondack 1-0 in the bronze-medal match. Maria Dematteo scored in the eighth minute.

Ice hockey

The scholastic men (3-2) dropped a 5-2 decision to eight-time defending champion Western and took home a bronze medal for the second year in a row.

Andrew Himelson of Monroe had one assist. In scholastic women's action, New York posted its first-ever win in Games action, a 3-1 decision over Hudson Valley.


Jesse Bicknell of Westtown won scholastic bronze on the 1-meter board, missing gold by about 13 points. Bicknell won silver on the 3-meter board on Saturday. Brian Bolstad of Highland, headed for Marist College, won open bronze on the 1-meter board.


In masters competition, James Bacon (45-49) of New Paltz won the 100-meter freestyle and took third in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Bob Long (55-59) of Otisville won the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Daniel Winfield (60-64) of Highland won the 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyles and took third in the 100 backstroke. Joan Griffin (65-69) of Sparrowbush took second in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyles. Dorothy Durkin (45-49) of Middletown took silver in the 100 butterfly.

Track and field

In the masters 10,000-meter runs, Brian Baker (45-49) of Walden, Suzanne LaBurt (40-44) of Greenwood Lake, Jim Clancy (50-54) of Walden and Warren Davis (55-59) of Modena all won. Tom Twomey (50-54) of New Windsor and Rebecca Withers (55-59) of Wallkill took second. Eugene Sostre (45-49) of Washingtonville took third.


In Saturday's action, Kingston's Chris Mauceri brought home three scholastic medals: gold in floor exercise (9.500) and bronze on still rings (8.200) and pommel horse (8.350).


Patty Falkena of Walden placed seventh in the open women's all-around.

Masters volleyball

In men's 35 action, Hudson Valley won a gold and another squad lost a bronze match.

Masters canoeing

On Saturday in New Paltz, Kevin and Theresa Keegan-Twombly (50-59) of Kingston took silver in the marathon event.

Medal count

The Hudson Valley claimed a Games-high 97 gold medals, one more than Western. Hudson Valley also had 71 silvers and 69 bronzes for a second-place total of 237.

Western won the overall medal count for the eighth consecutive year and 27th time in 30 Games with 242 (96-72-74).

In team competition, Long Island (eight) and Hudson Valley (six) won the most golds, and Western and Hudson Valley tied for the overall team medals with 18.