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MONTICELLO HIGH SCHOOL 2011 BASEBALL TEAM .

1 Sage Geller

Jon Harned

OF/P • R/L • 5’8” • 140

C • R/R • 5’8” • 130

SR • Kiamesha Lake

FR • Smallwood

5 Shane Jackson

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Patrick Ripa

3B/2B • R/R • 5’8” • 160 P/1B • R/R • 6’2” • 210

SO • Monticello

SR • Rock Hill

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Bobby Wagner SS/P • R/R • 6’0” • 165

SR • Mongaup Valley

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Jacob McLachlan

Khalil Guadalupe

Shane Espinosa

Sean Reuss

Anthony Gray

OF/1B • L/R • 5’11” • 180

3B • R/R • 5’9” • 240

P • R/R • 5’11” • 162

OF/P • R/R • 6’3” • 220

CF • R/R • 5’10” • 165

SO • Monticello

FR • Wurtsboro

SR • Monticello

JR • Monticello

JR • Smallwood

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Kimi San Miguel

Connor Briggs

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Nicholas Fernandez

Chris Schnabel

Devon Chester

P • R/R • 5’10” • 152

C/1B • R/R • 6’1” • 230

INF • R/R • 5’4” • 124

SR • Monticello

SR • Wurtsboro

JR • Rock Hill

OF • R/R • 511” • 135 2B/SS/P • R/R • 6’3” • 165

SR • Mongaup Valley

JR • Rock Hill

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Chandler Williams

Mike Marra

Gil Suarez

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Media Information ···················································· 1 Letter from the Athletic Director ······························· 2 Letter from Coach Marra ·········································· 3 Meet Coach Marra ··············································· 4 - 5 Meet Coach Suarez ·············································· 6 - 7 Season Preview ···················································· 8 - 9 Meet the 2011 Captains ··································· 10 - 11 Meet the 2011 Panthers ···································· 12 - 21 Panthers in the Community ····································· 23 Spring Training in Myrtle Beach, SC ··············· 24 - 25 Strengthening with The Show ·································· 26 Team Building with Minute to Win It ······················ 27 Wagner Plays Empire States ···························· 28 - 29 2011 Junior Varsity Team ································ 30 - 31 2011 Junior High School Team ························ 32 - 33 John Spear Memorial Tournament ·························· 34 Meet the Diamond Dolls ········································· 35 Special Thanks & Sponsor Index ···························· 36

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MHS AT A GLANCE Address 39 Breakey Avenue Monticello, NY 12701 Phone (845) 794 - 8840 Principal Arleene Siegel Athletic Director Doug Murphy Founded 1894 Enrollment 873 Website www.monticelloschools.net Colors Blue and White Mascot Panther Home Field Monticello HS Field Dimensions L—327’, C—420’, R—322’ Division OCIAA Division III Baseball Coach Michael Marra Program Highlights DUSO Championship teams,1950 and 1964 MONTI BASEBALL 2011

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A Letter from the Athletic Director

Dear Monticello Baseball Fans; Welcome to another season of Monticello baseball in 2011. Coach Mike Marra has put together a solid group of student-athletes who together emphasize the importance of teamwork and play their hardest every time they step on the baseball diamond. Young men wearing the Monticello caps today are the latest in a long line of distinguished athletes who have represented Monticello High School sports teams. The high school remains committed to providing our student -athletes not only with a first class athletic experience, but also with a rigorous instructional program that will develop in them intellectual skills they can use long after their physical abilities wane. We are proud of both our academic and athletic traditions of excellence, and we want to see all our studentathletes share in both. Thank you for joining us today and for your continued support of Monticello High School students. Doug Murphy Director of PE, Health and Athletics Best wishes to Connor Briggs and the Monticello baseball team for a great season!

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A Letter from Coach Marra

Dear Monticello Baseball Fans, As I enter my third season at the helm of the Monticello High School baseball program, I am eager to get the ball rolling and take a step forward in defining what it means to play baseball the Monticello way. Physical athletes who compete hard will define Monticello baseball. Monticello baseball will earn a reputation for giving 100 percent each pitch. We will make plays, not excuses. Coaching baseball has been my passion for the past 18 years, and I am excited to lead a team that competes in one of New York State‟s most competitive high school baseball Regions in Class A. As we continue the next era of Monticello High School baseball, my staff and I are looking for players who are the right fit for our style of baseball. I want players who play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back. I want players who appreciate the opportunity to be a student-athlete and a role model. I‟m looking for players who “bring it” every day and compete with relentless toughness and tenacity. We expect a diligent work ethic and a passion for working hard whether it be on schoolwork, in the gym for “The Show,” or on the field. Talent doesn‟t equal success, preparation does. My staff and I can develop talent. The development comes easier to players who are fueled by passion and fearlessness. That fearlessness will be reflected in the schedule we play. After facing us once, opponents are going to respect Monticello‟s will to win. They‟ll remember the way Monticello competed from the first pitch to the final out. Wins and losses will take care of themselves, but I can GUARANTEE we will come to the field hungry and motivated every day. There‟s no question we‟ll work to make the Section IX playoffs a reality. Sincerely,

Michael J. Marra

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Meet Coach Marra

Coach Marra is entering his third season as head coach of the Panthers. A 1986 graduate of Watertown High School, he received his B. S. in Physical Education from SUNY Brockport in 1990. He began his graduate studies at San Diego State University in 1991 and later finished his Master‟s degree at SUNY Cortland in 1995. Marra taught physical education in the Kingston City School District for 15 years. He was the varsity baseball coach at Coleman Catholic HS from „93—‟95 where he helped guide the Statesmen to a Section IX and MHAL West Division Championship in 1995. He joined the KHS Coaching Staff as assistant coach in 1996 and took over the program in 2000. In 2001 and 2004, Marra led Kingston to Section IX Class A and AA crowns. He was named Kingston Daily Freeman and Middletown Record Coach of the Year in 1995, 2001, and 2004. In 2005, Marra was recruited by Sullivan County Community College to resurrect its baseball program that had not fielded a team since the mid1980s. Upon accepting the challenge, Marra outlined a three-year plan for success. In the program‟s second year, the 2007 Generals reached

the NJCAA Region XV Final Four, and right on schedule, the 2008 Generals won the NJCAA Region XV tournament. Marra also served as the Assistant Director of Athletics and as an adjunct instructor in the physical education department at Sullivan County Community College. Marra was recognized by his peers as the American Baseball Coaches Association Region I Coach of the Year in 2004 and the NJCAA Region XV Coach of the Year in 2008. He currently serves as the President of the New York State Baseball Coaches Association. Marra lives in Wurtsboro with his wife, Ann. Marra’s Coaching Highlights John A. Coleman HS 1993—Reached Section IX Class D semi-finals 1994—Reached Section IX Class C semi-finals 1995—Won MHAL West Division and Section IX Class D Kingston High School 2001—Won OCIAA Division I and Section IX Class A 2004—Won Section IX Class AA; tied a school season best with 22 wins Sullivan County Community College 2008—Won NJCAA Region XV D-II, first in school history

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Born: 1/1/68 Hometown: Watertown, NY AROUND THE HORN with Coach Marra On my TV: Seinfeld Flick: Bull Durham, Wall Street, Goodfellas Surfing the Net: MLB.com, FoxNews.com For dinner: Linguine & Red Clam Sauce City to visit: San Diego, CA MLB Team: St. Louis Cardinals MLB Player: Albert Pujols Dream date: Faith Hill On my iPod: Eddie Money, Keith Urban Book: “Decision Points” by George W. Bush I’d trade places for a day with: Tony LaRussa 3 People I’d like to have dinner with: Jesus Christ, George W. Bush, Tony LaRussa Motto: “Sacrifice is more than just a bunt.” Bucket list: visit Italy, sit in a dugout during a Major League Baseball game Interesting fact: I’m a twin.

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Montreal Expos Hire Gil Suarez Story from the Sullivan County Democrat; WWW.SC-DEMOCRAT.COM, By Nathan Mayberg MONTICELLO — July 23, 2004 – The Montreal Expos have called upon Gil Suarez, a 1999 graduate of Monticello High School, to play shortstop for their Class A minor league team in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Suarez won the spot through his successful per-

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formance at a tryout last month in Florida. He was one of only 20 players out of a pool of 80 hopefuls to be selected by the major league teams. Monticello Men‘s Modified Softball League President Mike Greco located the tryout through a search on the internet. The tryouts took place at Pompano Hitch Stadium, the spring training home of the Texas Rangers. Under terms of the deal, Suarez will play 27 games for the team starting this Sunday (July 25). At any point during his play, he could be signed to a deal for 2005 with the Expos. ―It was pretty stiff competition there,‖ Suarez said of the tryout session in Florida. He noted that athletes from as far away as Japan and the Dominican Republican worked out there. The local baseball star has been training for this spot since he was a freshman in high school. Suarez played three years as a shortstop and pitcher on the Monticello varsity baseball team. He then played for three years with the Sullivan Spartans in the Collegiate Baseball League (CBL), a wooden bat league for Hudson Valley area teams. Most recently, he has played in a recreational baseball league in Newburgh as well as the Monticello

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ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH 1ST Season SUNY Orange ‘03 Born: 11/4/81 Hometown: Monticello, NY

AROUND THE HORN with Coach Suarez On my TV: Jersey Shore Flick: Step Brothers, Rock IV For dinner: ribs MLB Team: NY Mets MLB Player: Cal Ripken, Jr. and Jose Reyes Superstition: I never step on the foul lines My motto: “If you feel it, you can fix it.” My biggest influence: Tim Havas In my down time I: golf, bowl or play softball Best baseball memory: being selected to play Single A ball in Minnesota City to visit: Miami, FL Place to eat: Chilli’s 3 People I’d like to have dinner with: Al Pachino, Kim Kardashian, Cal Ripken, Jr.

Men‘s Modified League. Suarez previously worked for a year at Pro Prospects, a baseball instructional school in Monticello. ―It was a good learning experience,‖ he said. ―It opened a lot of opportunities for me.‖ Suarez spent two years at Orange County Community College, before pursuing his criminal justice bachelor‘s degree through the University of Phoenix online program. Suarez, who has one year left in the online program, expects to continue his education while pursuing his baseball dreams. After this season ends, Suarez will return to his job as an investigator for Sullivan County Legal Aid. He could have stayed content with his current job, but instead, chose to pursue his dreams like his childhood hero Cal Ripken. ―He was the iron man,‖ Suarez said. ―His work ethics were incredible. He pushed me to excel.‖ As for current major leaguers, Suarez likes New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter – even though the Monticello alum is a New York Mets fan. ―I like the intensity that he brings to the game,‖ Suarez said of Jeter.

Suarez believes the Mets have a chance at the playoffs. They are currently in the thick of a stiff National League East division title race with the Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies. ―We‘re [Mets] playing decent ball right now,‖ he said. ―It helps that everybody else is playing mediocre.‖ The Expos prospect said he wouldn‘t be anywhere without Tim Havas, who was his Little League coach and is now an attorney with Sullivan County Legal Aid. Havas hits hundreds of ground balls to him, three days a week. ―Without him, I wouldn‘t be anything,‖ Suarez said of Havas. ―He pushes me and pushes me.‖ Suarez also tries to visit the batting cages two to three times a week. When he gets to Minnesota, Suarez plans to ―go all out.‖

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2011 Season Preview

INFIELDERS Monticello’s infield should be one of the team’s strongest assets heading into the 2011 season. Three of the four starters have 3+ seasons of varsity experience . Only freshman Khali Guadalupe wi

winner, returns for his 3rd season in the keystone part of the infield. Briggs will spell Wagner at SS when he’s not pitching. Junior Devon Chester will spell Briggs at 2nd. Co-Captain Patrick Ripa starts at 1st base for this 3rd season and 4th overall. When Ripa is pitching, Senior Chris Schnabel and sophomore Jacob McLachlan will see time at 1st base. Sophomore Shane Jackson will see time at 3rd base and 2nd base throughout the season. One of the team’s best athletes, Jackson provides depth in the infield and outfield positions.

team, there is no lack of talent. Senior Chris Schnabel headlines behind the dish, a three year varsity player, Schnabel had a .944 fielding percentage last season. He posted a disappointing .190 batting average and needs to become a bigger threat in the middle of the order for the Panthers to contend this season.

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Guadalupe will see action as a rookie this season. Bobby Wagner anchors the infield. The Co-Captain will begin his fourth varsity season as a starter. Wagner can make all the routine plays and sprinkles in a few web gems to solidify the “D”. Connor Briggs, last year’s Monticello Gold Glove

Monticello enters the 2011 season with two players on the roster that can see time behind the dish. Although the Panthers have just one returner from last year’s

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Freshman Jonathan Harned has made great strides from the modified team last year to his first varsity season this year. Harned is the future of the Monticello baseball team and will get his opportunities this spring with a chance to have an impact on our success. Solid defender and getting better at the fundamentals each day Harned has a bright future in the game.

OUTFIELDERS Four veterans will start in the Panther’s outfield this season. The outfield will be anchored by the “human eraser”, Anthony Gray in center field. Gray can take hits away from opposing hitters with this great athleticism. Junior Sean Reuss will start in right field and provides punch at the

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The success of the 2011 Monticello baseball season will ride on the arms of the pitching staff. The Panthers return four pitchers from a staff that had a 4.10 ERA a year ago, highlighted by senior Bobby Wagner and Junior Connor Briggs.

plate hitting in the 3-hole and Senior Chandler Williams and Sophomore Shane Jackson will platoon in left field. Providing depth in the outfield will be seniors Sage Geller, Kimi San Miguel and sophomore Jacob McLachlan.

Briggs made 6 appearances as a sophomore all in relief and led the team with 2 saves. Junior Sean Reuss made 9 appearances last season as a sophomore, 4 as a starter. Reuss is in competition for the #3 starting spot in the rotation with Briggs. In addition to Wagner, Briggs and Reuss, third year head coach Mike Marra will look towards senior CoCaptain, Patrick Ripa to anchor the staff, Ripa pitched in only one game last season coming off an injury.

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Wagner appeared in a team-high 9 games, starting 3 , last year. He finished last season with an 3-3 record, a team low 2.10 ERA, and a .198 opponent batting average. His 52 strikeouts and 24 walks allowed led the staff. Wagner threw a no-hitter in the Empire State Games last summer vs. NYC leading Ripa is a four-year starter for the Hudson Valley to the Bronze Monticello and will be called upon this season to pitch out of the #1 Medal game.

spot. Ripa finished last season with a 3.50 ERA. Rounding out the staff are seniors Nick Fernandez, Shane Espinosa and Sage Geller. All three can see spot starts and will be setup men for the middle innings. Geller is the only lefty on the staff. Junior Devon Chester and Sophomore Shane Jackson will also see time in relief.

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P/1B • R/R • 6’2” • 210 Senior • Rock Hill AROUND THE HORN with Pat For Dinner: Chicken Parmesan Dream Date: Lauren Conrad City to Visit: Denver, CO TV Show: Sports Center, Baseball Tonight, X Games Music: everything but rap Flick: Grown Ups Surfing the Net: Facebook.com, NewSchoolers.com Superstitions: I don’t believe in them MLB Team: NY Yankees Worst habit: doing homework 2 minutes before it’s due Biggest influence: my family My bucket list: own a condo in Colorado, develop a program for worldwide use, get on ESPN Motto: “Don’t be someone who always says what could have happened.” Next fall: attending Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY

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SS/P • R/R • 6’0” • 165 Senior • Mongaup Valley AROUND THE HORN with Bobby For Dinner: my mom’s mashed potatoes Dream Date: Taylor Swift City to Visit: New York, NY Music: 311 Flick: The Departed Surfing the Net: Facebook, MLB.com, ESPN.com Superstitions: too many to list MLB Team: NY Mets MLB Player: Jose Reyes, Tim Lincecum, Ken Griffey, Jr. My bucket list: visit every region of the world, be there to watch the Mets win a World Series, fly a plane 3 People I’d like to have dinner with: Ted Williams, Jack White, Ghandi Motto: “There’s always someone, somewhere out there who is better than you.” Next fall: attending Westfield State College, Westfield, MA

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C/1B • R/R • 6’1” • 230 Senior • Wurtsboro AROUND THE HORN with Chris City to Visit: Orlando, FL Dream Date: Jessica Alba TV Show: anything sports On my iPod: Eminem, Notorious BIG, TI Flick: The Hangover I’d trade places for a day with: Tom Brady MLB TEAM: NY Yankees MLB Player: Jose Bautista My bucket list:: cliff jump, beat up Jay Leno, make money 3 People I’d like to have dinner with: Cheryl Cole, Abbey Clancy, Jessica Alba Motto: “If practice makes perfect and no one is perfect, why practice?” Next fall: attending Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL

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OF • R/R • 6’1” • 190 Senior • Wurtsboro AROUND THE HORN with Chandler For dinner: Ming Moon City to Visit: New York, NY MLB Player: Jason Heyward Dream Date: Beyonce Movie: The Expendables On my IPod: Nas Surfing the Net: Facebook.com Worst habit: not listening Superstition: I eat pizza before every game 3 People I’d like to have dinner with: Barack Obama, Jason Heyword, Shaq My Bucket List: demolish a house, jump out of a pane while texting, visit every stadium in America Next fall: attending SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY

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RHP SR, R / R 5’11”, 162 Monticello AROUND THE HORN with Shane For Dinner: lobster Dream Date: Megan Fox City to Visit: Cooperstown, NY TV Show: Two and a Half Men Music: hip hop Flick: comedies Surfing the Net: Facebook.com 3 People I’d like to have dinner with: Derek Jeter, Michael Jackson, John Lennon Worst habit: biting my nails Biggest influence: my father My bucket list: become a billionaire, skydive, Play Major League Baseball Motto: “Work hard and you will succeed.” Next fall: attending Keystone College, La Plume, PA

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SR, R / R 5’10”, 152 Monticello AROUND THE HORN with Nick For Dinner: baked ziti Dream Date: Megan Good City to Visit: Las Vegas, NV TV Show: Family Guy On my iPod: Drake Flick: Shrek movies Surfing the Net: Facebook.com 2 People I’d like to have dinner with: Ronald Regan, Theodore Roosevelt MLB Player: Joe Mauer I’d like to trade places for a day with: Cliff Lee My bucket list: skydive, Motto: “Hard work supersedes talent.”

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OF–LHP–1b SR, R / L 5’8”, 140 Kiamesha Lake AROUND THE HORN with Sage Talent I’d most like to have: speed Dream Date: Jessica Alba MLB Team: NY Yankees MLB Player: Mark Texiera For dinner: steak Music: rap On my TV : ESPN Flick: The Blind Side Surfing the Net: Facebook.com 3 People I’d like to have dinner with: Mark Texiera, Ed Reed, Ray Rice My bucket list: make $1 million dollars, skydive, swim with sharks Motto: “Work hard and you will succeed.” Next fall: attending Hudson Valley CC, Troy, NY

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SR, R / R 5’11”, 135 Mongaup Valley AROUND THE HORN with Kimi Dream Date: Megan Fox MLB Team: NY Mets Worst habit: biting my nails and getting hurt at the worst possible times On my TV: Seinfeld, That 70s Show Music: rap On my TV : ESPN Flick: A Beautiful Life, The Fall Surfing the Net: threewordphrase.com My bucket list: skydive, visit every continent, have Jerry Seinfeld laugh at one of my jokes 3 People I’d like to have dinner with: Jerry Seinfeld, Elaine Benes, Cosmo Kramer Next fall: LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY

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2B–RHP–SS JR, R / R 6’3”, 165 Rock Hill

AROUND THE HORN with Connor On my TV: Two and a Half Men On my iPod: The Beatles I’d like to trade places for a day with: Tom Brady Flick: The Hangover For dinner: Pizza Hut salad bar 3 People I’d like to have dinner with: Michael Vick, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Jordan My bucket list: meet the 3 people named above, own a beach house in Florida

2B–3B JR, R / R 5’4”, 124 Rock Hill

AROUND THE HORN with Devon I’d like to trade places for a day with: Ted Nugent Surfing the Net: Google.com Talent I’d most like to have: golf Dream date: Brooklyn Decker Restaurant: Outback Steakhouse My Motto: “Play hard, Win big.” On my iPod: beats MLB Player: Hideki Matsui

CF JR, R / R 5’10”, 165 Smallwood

AROUND THE HORN with Anthony TV Show: Dexter On my iPod: Rap, hip hop Flick: Friday Surfing the Net: FootLocker.com Dream date: Beyonce MLB Player: Derek Jeter My Motto: “With great power comes great responsibility.” I’d like to trade places for a day with: Derek Jeter

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FR, R / R 5’9”, 240 Wurtsboro

AROUND THE HORN with Khalil On my TV: The Walking Dead MLB Team: NY Yankees MLB Player: Alex Rodriguez On my iPod: rap and R&B For dinner: Ming Moon City to Visit: New York, NY My bucket list: travel the world You should know: my name is Pronounced Ka-holly

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C FR, R / R 5’8”, 130 Smallwood

AROUND THE HORN with Jonathan On my TV: Sportscenter On my iPod: hip hop, R&B, rock For dinner: Chicken Parmesan Flick: The Blind Side City to visit: Los Angeles, CA I’d like to trade places for a day with: Tom Brady My motto: “Live life 90 feet at a time.” My biggest influence: My dad

GO DEEP!

Jonathan: You have an opportunity to leave your mark and have success at another level. You’re a true winner and rising star. We are very proud of you!

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SO, R / R 5’8”, 160 Monticello

AROUND THE HORN with Shane On my TV: Sportscenter On my iPod: Eminem Flick: Training Day Superstition: I pray before I play Talent I’d like to have: play the piano Dream date: Kim Karsashian My motto: “You have to beat the best to be the best.” My biggest influence: My dad

OF–1B SO, L / R 5’11”, 180 Monticello

AROUND THE HORN with Jacob MLB Player: Evan Longoria MLB Team: NY Yankees Flick: Scarface On my iPod: rap On my TV: ESPN For dinner: steak City to visit: New York , NY

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MONTICELLO HIGH SCHOOL HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE Beginning December 1, 2010, the Monticello High School community began raising money to provide a toy to be wrapped and delivered by Santa and his elves to 160 three and four year olds at Sullivan County Head Start. Many members of the Baseball team were honored to participate.

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FUTURE PANTHERS BASEBALL CAMP Area athletes ages 8 to 12 have the opportunity to work on their baseball skills in the middle of winter at the annual Future Panthers Baseball Camp. The camp runs over four consecutive Sundays in February. Coached by the Monticello Panthers‘ baseball staff and players, the campers learn and practice all aspects of the game of baseball.

COACH MARRA —THE HONORARY KING... You can also catch the coach cooking up a storm any ‗no-school‘ Friday morning from 7– 9AM as an Honorary King on the ―Kings in the Kitchen‖ radio program on Thunder 102.1. King Coach assists as the Kings in the Kitchen help all men within earshot improve their culinary skills with both shopping advice and helpful cooking tips all while preparing a ―5-Star Meal.‖

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Team Building with Minute to Win It

Can you perform under pressure? The NBC Game Show “Minute to Win It” features everyday Americans competing in 60-second challenges with household objects for a shot at a million bucks. The Monticello Baseball version has players competing in official “Minute to Win It” challenges for a shot at a DOGPILE! Using a shared pasta noodle, teammates must pick up soda cans and construct a 3-can pyramid. Teammates transfer 3 Christmas ornaments hanging from one string to another using only their lips.

Balance 6 dice on a popsicle stick held in your mouth.

Using only the face, move 3 cookies from the forehead to the mouth.

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Wagner Plays Empire States

Bobby Wagner enjoys playing baseball at ESG Story from the Sullivan County Democrat; WWW.SC-DEMOCRAT.COM, By Rob Potter SULLIVAN COUNTY — August 17, 2010 — A few weeks after he helped the Monticello Panthers baseball team qualify for the Section IX Tournament for the first time in 10 years back in May, Bobby Wagner attended one of the six tryouts which were held for the Hudson Valley baseball team that would play in the Empire State Games (ESG) in Buffalo from July 21-25. The tryout Wagner went to was held on June 27 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. ―There were about 20 kids at the tryout,‖ Wagner said. ―I was impressed with the level of talent. There are a lot of great baseball players in the area.‖ Wagner, a 16-year-old Mongaup Valley resident who will be a senior at Monticello High School this fall, was selected to be a member of the Hudson Valley team. In the process, he made history by becoming the first Monticello player to make the Hudson Valley ESG baseball team.

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―It was a good experience to play against those teams,‖ he said of competing in the ESG. ―But it showed me I have some things to work on.‖ The highlight for Wagner was throwing a no-hitter as Hudson Valley defeated New York City, 15-1, in a game that was halted after four innings due to the ESG‘s 10run mercy rule. The victory earned a spot in the bronze medal game for the Hudson Valley team. ―It was really cool,‖ Wagner said of throwing the nohitter. ―But I had four walks and could have done better.‖ In the bronze medal game, Hudson Valley was trailing Western 2-0 when the contest was suspended by rain. The game was to resume the following morning, Sunday, July 25, which was the last day of the ESG. But on July 25, ESG officials decided that the fields were unplayable and awarded the medals based on the teams‘ records in earlier pool play. Because of its 10-7 win over Hudson Valley in pool play, Western received the bronze medal. Wagner enjoyed his ESG trip. ―It was a lot of fun and a great experience,‖ he said. ―I made some friends on the [Hudson Valley] team.‖ Dozens of college coaches and scouts attended the ESG to watch the young baseball players from the six regional teams. Among them was former Sullivan County Community College Coach Scott Cassidy. He is now the Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach at Le Moyne College in Syracuse.

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―This spring, he was one of the leaders on a team that won 11 games and made the sectionals for the first time in 10 years. He was worked really hard. It‘s been a great year for him.‖ Wagner was a shortstop and pitcher for the Panthers this spring, but at the ESG tryout session he played second base, shortstop, outfield and pitcher. ―He is a very versatile athlete and he can do a lot of good things,‖ Marra said. ―We are expecting him to be one of our senior leaders for our Monticello baseball team next spring.‖

BEST OF LUCK FOR A GREAT 2011 SEASON TO ALL THE PANTHERS! TO BOBBY, CHANDLER, CHRIS, KIMI, NICK, SAGE, SHANE & PAT WE WISH YOU EVERY SUCCESS!

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Wagner Plays Empire States

―You definitely feel the pressure because you know they‘re watching,‖ Wagner said. ―There‘s even more pressure if you are a pitcher because the spotlight is on you.‖ Wagner wants to play baseball in college, but doesn‘t know which school he wants to attend or what his major will be. For the near future, he is concentrating on playing for Monticello‘s first varsity football team since the 1930s and improving for the 2011 baseball season. ―I will work on getting stronger and faster,‖ he said. ―Basically I want to improve everything.‖ One of the fans watching Wag-ner compete in Buffalo was Monticello Baseball Coach Mike Marra. He was thrilled that Wagner made the Hudson Valley team and got to pitch in the ESG. ―It was big for two reasons,‖ Marra said. ―First, it gave Bobby a chance to play in front of about 50 college coaches and scouts. Second, it helped put Monticello on the map. Some of those coaches and scouts don‘t know were Monticello is. But now when they are in Orange County or someplace else in the Hudson Valley looking at players, they will know about Monticello.‖ Marra noted that playing in the ESG will help Wagner in the long run. ―Bobby knows the level of baseball in Section IX, so this gives him a look at a higher level of competition,‖ Marra said. The veteran coach praised Wagner for his performance with the Monticello Panthers the last three seasons. ―Two years ago, Bobby was a freshman on a team which only won one game,‖ Marra commented.


2011 Junior Varsity Team

RYAN CUNNINGHAM Assistant JV Coach

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Jonathan: Your hard work and work ethic are paying off. Stay focused and you can accomplish anything. Your desire to succeed and your competitive nature are second to none. You are not only and inspiration to your brothers but to so many others as well. “If you train hard, you’ll be hard to beat! Love, WEEKDAYS TO 10 PM Dad, Jeannie,2Brandon & Tyler

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2011 Junior Varsity Team BACK ROW (L to R): Mason Solberg, Jack Drapkin, Kishan Patel, Benjamin Kapito, David Watkins, Chris Doherty, Andrew Krotje, Coach Ryan Cunningham FRONT ROW (L to R): Salvatore Berte, Dustin Thomas, Tyler Foxwell, David Ambra, Matthew Kerendian, Josh Mace MISSING: Coach Brian Caruso HEAD JUNIOR VARSITY COACH Brian Caruso is in his second year with the Monticello Panther baseball Staff. He is also a Physical Education teacher at the RJK BS - SUNY Cortland, „07 Middle school, part of the Monticello School HS - Liberty, „00 district. HOME - Parksville, NY Caruso grew up in the Sullivan County area BORN - 1/30/82 graduating from the Liberty High school in 2000, after which, attended Cortland State University. He earned his degree in Physical education at Cortland. During his time there he also served as assistant softball coach at Ellenville High School. Coach Caruso is married. His wife, Meridith, is also part of the Monticello School District. They have two children. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and home improvement. His philosophy on baseball: ―don't let one mistake hurt us twice‖

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AROUND THE HORN with Coach Caruso MLB Team: New York Yankees MLB Player: Cal Ripken, Jr. Movie: Braveheart TV Show: Hell’s Kitchen Food: steak Website: eBay.com Baseball Memory: My first MLB game at Shea Stadium, Mets vs. Reds Restaurant: Lazy Beagle Cereal: Captain Crunch

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EDWARD WAGNER Assistant JHS Coach

AROUND THE HORN with Coach Wagner

AROUND THE HORN with Coach Doto

Song: Sever by 311

MLB Team: Atlanta Braves

Cereal: Wheaties

Player: Chipper Jones

Movie: Three Amigos

Movie: The Hangover

TV Show: The Walking Dead

Food: Honey BBQ Boneless Wings

Restaurant: Gasho House Baseball Memory: 1st year of Juniors when my team rallied to win against the bigger, faster and older Mamakating team

LAWRENCE DOTO Assistant JHS Coach

Cereal: Fruity Pebbles Restaurant: Joeyâ€&#x;s Pizza Surfing the Net: ESPN.com Singer: John Mayer

Congratulations To The 2011 Monticello Junior High School Baseball Team

We Are Proud Of You Coaches Tim, Edward + Lawrence

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HEAD JUNIOR HIGH COACH

Tim Havas JD - Hofstra Law, „88 BS - Albany State, „85 HOME - Woodridge, NY BORN - 4/9/63

Tim is in his third year with the Monticello Panther baseball Staff. He is a lifelong resident of Sullivan County and graduated Monticello High School in 1981. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Hofstra Law School in 1988 and since has practiced law in Monticello. Tim has coached youth baseball since 1989 having participated with the Monticello Little League, Collegiate Baseball League, Hudson Valley Wooden Bat League, and Middletown Babe Ruth. Tim is single and lives in Woodridge, New York. He has one sister, June Lombardi, who lives in Sullivan County and teaches in the Eldred School District. Tim is the proud uncle of Marina and Anthony. His hobbies are baseball and running. Tim‟s baseball philosophy is “Set the highest standards and never underestimate yourself.”

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2011 Junior High Team

BACK ROW (L to R): Coach Lawrence Doto, Quinn Kolaitis, Ryan Katz, Trevor Loomis, Dante Smalls, Travis Kelly, Chris Sprague, Shaun Jackson, Cameron Depew, Miguel Cerda, Coach Edward Wagner, Coach Tim Havas FRONT ROW (L to R): Terrell Goodson, Isaiah Rivera, Michael Connavo, Jonathan Resnick, Jordan Dorn, Ryan Mendels, Kyle McCreery, Christian Serrone, Alec Wood MISSING: Matthew Doherty

AROUND THE HORN with Coach Havas MLB Team: New York Mets MLB Player: Keith Hernandez Movie: My Cousin Vinny TV Show: The Odd Couple Food: chicken Website: MLB.com Baseball Memory: 1986 World Series Restaurant: Ken‟s Seafood, Maine Song: Hotel California, Eagles Cereal: Apple Jacks Vacation Spot: Old Orchard Beach, ME

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John Spear Memorial Tournament

JOIN THE PANTHERS MAY 13-14 AS THEY SET OUT TO DEFEND THEIR 2010 JOHN SPEAR MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT VICTORY

Monti Panthers win 2010 John Spear Memorial Tourney Excerpted from the Sullivan County Democrat, WWW.SC-DEMOCRAT.COM, By Ashlea Prouty MONTICELLO — May 11, 2010 — The Monticello Panthers recorded a 7-6 victory over the Ellenville Blue Devils in the championship game of the third annual John Spears Memorial Baseball Tournament on Saturday at Monticello High School. With the win, the Panthers improved their season record to 10-5, which guarantees them a berth in the upcoming Section IX tournament. This is the first time since 2001 that the Panthers have qualified for sectional play. In addition, Monticello has won eight games in a row and nine of its last 10. With the loss, Ellenville‘s season record fell to 5-9. Senior Jesse Levine took the mound for Monticello and stuck out the first three batters that he faced. He wound up with 12 strikeouts for the day. In the bottom of the second inning, Levine got help offensively as two Ellenville errors led to Anthony Gray and Connor Briggs scoring runs to give Monticello a 2-0 lead. The Panthers extended their advantage to 6-0 in the bottom of the third as Serafin Rodriguez, Sean Reuss, Levine and Gray each scored a run. When Shane Jackson scored in the bottom of the fourth to give Monticello a 7-0 lead, it appeared that the team was on its way to a lopsided victory. But sophomore pitcher Logan Smith and rest of the Blue Devils were not ready to give up. Ellenville began to rally in the top of the fifth inning. Levine faced 10 batters in the frame and Ellenville‘s Edgar Vargas, Zach Kasloski, Ken Krygier, Zach Diehl and Steve Bar all crossed home plate to make it a 7-5 game. Kasloski scored again in the top of the sixth, bringing the Blue Devils to within one run. In the top of the seventh inning with the tying run on base for the Blue Devils, Briggs took over on the mound for Monticello and recorded the save. Chris Schnabel had a double and three RBIs to lead the Panthers‘ offense, while Briggs and Jackson each added an RBI single. ―We had a great comeback and our boys didn‘t quit,‖ Ellenville Coach Merrill Conner said. ―We had a rocky start, but that is inexperience. We fought back hard and I am proud.‖ Monticello Coach Mike Marra was very happy with the victory. ―It was great to honor John [Spear],‖ Marra said. ―This is the first time we‘ve won [the tournament]. But it is twice as sweet to win today and guarantee our spot in sectionals.‖

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Meet the Diamond Dolls

The Diamond Dolls are an official cheering squad for the Monticello Panthers Baseball team. Pictured are Meaghan Jefferson, Brittany Rosario and Tiffany Mangual who operated the new manual scoreboard for the first time at the Monti’s 2011 home opener. Additional Diamond Dolls can also be spotted assisting at the concession stand and creating a festive atmosphere around the park in their Panthers jerseys.

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Special Thanks & Sponsor Index

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2011 Monti Baseball Media Guide  

The Official Game Day Publication of the Monticello (NY) Baseball Team