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Newburgh’s Jack Mummery swims the 200-yard freestyle during Saturday’s Section 9 boys’ swimming and diving championships at Valley Central High School in Montgomery.

Goldbacks take second at Section 9 meet

The Newburgh Free Academy Goldbacks and the Pine Bush Bushmen were jockeying for the top spot for the entire meet. In the end, the Goldbacks tasted disappointment, even though they won the final …

Cooper Merli’s name will be forever etched in the Newburgh Free Academy wrestling record book when, last year, he became the Goldbacks’ first state champion in over a half-century. …
Many of Newburgh Free Academy’s divers bowed out of the sport when life circumstances cost them their previous diving coach, and he wasn’t available. Not Akhiir McNeil. The …
Gage Szymanowicz had the highest series and Jordan Dewitt had the highest single game as the Newburgh Goldbacks finished second at the Section 9 Division I boys’ bowling championships on …
The University of New Haven had everything Fabian Rhoden was looking for. Rhoden, a senior at Newburgh Free Academy official signed and accepted a scholarship to study criminal justice and play …
The last time they competed at the Section 9 Division I wrestling tournament, Cooper Merli and William Soto could not both win the championship, as both wrestled at 101 pounds, and squared off in the …
Gage Szymanowicz posted three games over 200 and finished with a 675 series, leading the Newburgh Free Academy Goldbacks to a 5-0 win over the Kingston Tigers on Thursday in a non-league boys’ …
It may have been one of the best games they played all season. The Newburgh Free Academy Goldbacks held a lead over the Monroe-Woodbury Crusaders deep into the third quarter, but a basket by …
The Newburgh Free Academy Goldbacks came into last week off two difficult non-league losses, but got back on the winning track against a pair of divisional opponents. The Goldbacks dispatched …
Angelo Reade became the first member of the Newburgh Free Academy Goldbacks to qualify for the New York State boys’ swimming championships. Reade finished in second place in the 50-yard …
The Newburgh Free Academy Goldbacks continued to struggle in non-league play last week, as they gave up 27 third-quarter points in a 75-58 loss to the Mekeel Christian Lions in boys’ basketball …
It was the second closest game the Newburgh Free Academy Goldbacks have played this season. The closest was a one-point win over James I. O’Neill on Dec. 14, 2023. This time, however, the …
The Newburgh Free Academy Goldbacks were going through their first rough patch of the season. Entering the game having lost three straight, the Goldbacks got back in the win column with an 81-56 …
Matt Mercado and Christopher Leggett each won their 100th varsity matches on Saturday, leading the Newburgh Free Academy Goldbacks to five wins on Saturday to win the Jeff Cuilty Duals wrestling …
The Newburgh Free Academy Goldbacks kept their lead in Division 1 when they posted a 5-0 win over the Middletown Middies in a girl’s bowling match on Thursday at Pat Tarsio Lanes in Newburgh. …
The last several seasons have been difficult for the Newburgh Free Academy girls’ basketball team. Despite picking up some non-league victories, this season, the Goldbacks’ struggles …
Carter Babbage rolled a 235 high-game and finished with a three-game series of 636 as the Newburgh Free Academy Goldbacks picked up a 5-0 win over James I. O’Neill on Thursday at Pat Tarsio …