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2012 Poughkeepsie Journal boys crew all-stars

1:00 AM, Jul. 15, 2012 EDT

BOAT OF THE YEAR -- KYLE MABRY, JOHN JAY VARSITY SINGLE

Grade: 11 Vital stats: Rowing in a single boat, Mabry capped off his season by finishing third at the Scholastic Nationals. The junior also took second place at the Saratoga Invitational, won Triangulars, finished fourth at states and finished third in the semifinals of the prestigious Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Mabry ended the season by heading across the border to Canada for an international race, where he finished 13th out of 41 in the under-19 senior division at the Canadian Championships. Quotable: "An absolutely great kid. He trains harder than most kids around here," said Wappingers coach Kevin Piotti of Mabry, who trains with Poughkeepsie.

FIRST TEAM

ED CRAVEN Grade: 12 School: Franklin D. Roosevelt Vital stats: Craven sat third in the senior four boat that won Triangulars and took home first place at the Dutchess Cup. A senior leader for the Presidents, he also rowed in the double seat for the senior eight boat. Quotable: "A great team leader. He and the other seniors made the team good enough to go to nationals," said Roosevelt coach Harry Harrington. TOM DENNY Grade: 12 School: Rhinebeck Vital stats: Denny rowed in the three seat for the boys varsity four boat at Rhinebeck. His boat finished fourth at the Eastern New York State Championships, second in a race at West Point and showed significant improvement throughout the year by shaving 20 seconds off their time against Roosevelt from the beginning to the end of the season. Quotable: "His improvement and the way his body has changed due to the work he put in this year is amazing. He really learned how to channel his inner beast and bring power to the team," said Rhinebeck coach Ralph Bosco. ANTHONY FISHWICK Grade: 12 School: Arlington Vital stats: Fishwick was the stroke of the boys varsity eight that made it to the New York State semifinals. Quotable: "Anthony is always a good example with his attitude and sportsmanship. He's just a great rower," said Arlington coach Paul Stasaitis. BRANDON FORMICOLA Grade: 12 Team: Wappingers Vital stats: Captain of the boys varsity team, Formicola, a John Jay student, rowed in the varsity eight and won the Hudson Valley Rowing League title. The boat went undefeated on the Hudson River in local races and helped Wappingers win the overall points trophy and grand championship in the Hudson Valley Rowing League. Quotable: "Brandon is one of my top seniors. He put in four years of the sport for us," said Wappingers coach Kevin Piotti. JOEY KARP Grade: 12 School: Spackenkill Vital stats: A five-year rower for the Spartans, Karp has been the stroke in the lightweight four for the past two years. This season, they were division B champions in league play and finished sixth in the New York State Championship time trials. In 2011, Karp's boat went undefeated in league play during the season and finished seventh in the time trials at the state championships. Quotable: "Joey's leadership and rowing ability was a driving factor in the success of this boat," said Spackenkill coach Matt Rignanese. "The boat would not have had the success it did for the past two years with out Joey as stroke." JACOB KERNER Grade: 12 School: Arlington Vital stats: Kerner helped lead the Admirals boys varsity eight to the state semifinals, sitting in the two seat. Quotable: "A quiet rower, he sets a good example for the rest of the team and has a good stroke rate," said Stasaitis. JAMES MATUK Grade: 12 School: Franklin D. Roosevelt Vital stats: Matuk captained the team at Roosevelt and was the stroke of the senior four boat that won Triangulars and finished first at the Dutchess Cup. The senior also stroked the varsity eight boat for the Presidents. Quotable: "James is just an all-around good rower," said Harrington. DAVID PAFUMI Grade: 10 School: Our Lady of Lourdes Vital stats: Pafumi led the Lourdes junior four boat to an excellent year, highlighted by the boat's sixth-place finish at the New York State Championships. Quotable: "David is a younger guy who really stepped up as a team leader for us this year," Lourdes coach Justin Feldman said. MATTHEW STUFANO Grade: 12 Team: Wappingers Vital stats: A team captain this year, Stufano rowed for six years at Wappingers starting in seventh grade. The senior rowed in both the varsity four boat and the second varsity eight boat this year, winning multiple local races with each. He will be rowing at SUNY Oswego next year. Quotable: "There are going to be some big shoes to fill next year," Piotti said about Stufano's value to the team. JOHN WEAVER Grade: 11 School: Poughkeepsie Vital stats: Weaver sat bow in the junior four boat for the Pioneers and was a major factor in the boat's success all year long. The junior rower's boat finished fifth at the Saratoga Invitational race and fared well in multiple other local races. Quotable: "The driving force for the boat. He was out there every afternoon getting better and was the motivator and leader of the boat," said Poughkeepsie coach Mike Smith.

HONORABLE MENTION

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Tim Carroll, Miguel Silva Poughkeepsie: Ethan Milone Rhinebeck: Liam Glynn, Evan Russell, Matt Syczyk, Nolan Graziano Spackenkill: Courtney Schneeberger, Trevor Vasquez, Paul Lawson Wappingers: Blake Smith

 

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