Field House: Past and Future


1952 Fld House Rendering


New Addition

Coach Rienzo dug into the archives and found this architectural rendition of the “new”  field house.  The Nation took a couple pictures of the architectural plans for the new addition: basement, main, and outside.  (This PDF is also in the Boys Basketball Archives)




New Main Floor






New Basement

Tennis Trivia – Girls Tennis Dominant in the ’70’s

Coach “Rie” dug up this neat tennis article  from the 1972 season.  Our Girls Tenns Team is now 10-1, and looking to challenge for a Section 9 Championship.  But, did you know the KHS girls tennis teams were dominant in the 70’s:

  • Won 49 consecutive matches
  • Had 4 straight undefeated seasons: 1974-1977

For any of you true KHS Trivia fanatics…

Who was coach Kitty Fowler?

2015 Fall Sports (with a little style)

2015 Fall Sports

Girls Cross Country

Girls Cross Country

2015 Girls Soccer

Girls Soccer

Volleyball 2015








Field Hockey 2015

Field Hockey

Fall 2015 - Varsity Football



Boys Soccer

2015 Girls Cheer


Boys Cross Country

Boys Cross Country

Girls Tennis

Girls Tennis

National Letter of Intent Week

The TigerNation had a pretty exciting NLI (National Letter of Intent) week.  A week designated by the NCAA for high school athletes to make formal commitments to play sports at DI and DII colleges.  In fact, four of our girls signed letters of intent this week.  If you didn’t see it on our twitter @KHSTigerNation, here is the list.

Caroline Crump signed to Niagara University for DI Lacrosse, Olivia Lattin signed with Virginia Tech for DI Softball, Jill Staley signed to Bryant College for DI Softball, and Sianna Vandyke signed with the University of New Haven for DII Basketball.


Volleyball Shocks Section IX

Yessss! Volleyball

Yessss! Volleyball

The girls volleyball team put Section IX on notice this last week.  Kingston Volleyball defeated defending Section IX champions Monroe Woodbury on Wednesday, then took out the undefeated Pine Bush on Thursday.  These are huge program wins,  Both Pine Bush and Monroe are legitimate powerhouse programs, both of whom had narrowly beaten the Tigers earlier this season.  Now, when you defeat teams who previously beat you in the same season, that means good things are happening.  Whether it’s confidence, team chemistry, improved skills, strategy, or a combination of all four, it is fun to see it come together like it did last week.  One thing is for sure, nobody will be looking past the Tigers when playoff season begins.

If you are a sports fan, the pictures below, courtesy of the Daily Freeman, will give you goosebumps.  The intensity, the focus, the camaraderie…its all there.  Here is a link to the rest of the picture from the Pine Bush game, taken by Tania Barricklo

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Drone over Homecoming

DCIM100MEDIAThe Kingston High School Yearbook did one of the coolest things ever done at a homecoming:  Drone coverage!  About 1 week after homecoming, drones were officially made illegal in NYS.  2014-2015 Yearbook may have the last legal drone coverage in NYS.

On the Featured Video is a sneak peak/yearbook teaser.  In the 2014-2015 yearbook, on certain pages, a QR code can be read with your smart phone, which will in turn open up a video for that section.  Come on, you have to admit, that is “pretty stinkin’ cool!”

Yearbooks On Sale Now

Yearbook $75
Enter ID Code: 11812715 (or)
Link: Search for School’s Yearbook ID
Enter State & City (New York – Kingston)
Select: Kingston High School


Not In My House…


Nadia Miller, Abbie Brocco, Rachel Volpe, Maggie Stauble, Jessica Staley, Cameron Letus


Kingston Field Hockey has always been known for their prolific offensive players: Carly Vanavan, Jordyn Beesmer, and Colleen Keegan-Twombly are just a few who are playing at the college level.  But, perhaps the biggest surprise of the season has been the defense.  Presently, the Tigers have yet to give up any goals.  In their game against Rondout (who, admittedly, is a well coached team), there were 11 corners taken by the Ganders, and not one goal scored.

Obviously, not giving up goals is a priority, but what a lot of people don’t realize is the opportunities a good defense gives to it’s scorers. It’s all about transition.  After the stop, the best defenders know where to go for the all important outlet pass.  From there, opportunities are created.  Speaking with Jordyn Beesmer, presently at BU,  the coaches at the USA FH National Futures Team always told us “to get the ball off of our stick” when in transition. That is where fast teams can take advantage of their speed: fast breaks, mismatches, and scoring opportunities are created by good defense and fast passes to open space.

As the season progresses from regular season to the championship season, and eventually, the play-offs, these defenders will be asked to do “what they do” faster,  more frequently and with more precision.  Good luck girls

Can Girls Train Like the Guys?

10 years ago, before the creation of the den, girl athletes had very little opportunity to train like their male counterparts. Coach Loughlin and Coach Badalato received permission from then athletic director, Tony Badalato, to knock some walls out, order some new equipment, and create the “new” speed and strength room in the boys locker room.  The problem, of course, was that girl athletes still had no place to train.  Back then, however, very few coaches knew about speed and strength for girls; and only a very few girls were brave enough to try.

JBeePull-up (224x300)Athletes like Shorna Brown, Bernadette Gaffney, Lil Mesidor, Eve Vega and Jen Dietz were among the few to wake up at 6:00AM and workout in the boys locker room before school started, or workout out in the less than equipped MJM gym after school (it had a single squat rack and no rubber plates or platform).  Talk to them now, and they would all say the same thing: “if we had the Den when we were in school, we would’ve killed it.”  They did anyway:  every one of these girls set records for the track team and were successful in other sports. They were amazing lifters for the limited time and facilities they had.  These were the pioneers of girls speed and strength training at Kingston High School; and their early success led to the push for a space where both boys and girls could train.

Eight years later,  the Den was created.  Girl athletes now have every opportunities to train like the “big dawgs”.  The Den is the state of the art speed and strength facility created specifically for TigerNation athletes located at the YMCA.  More importantly, girls get specific training programs modeled after college programs.  Speed and strength programs have been used at the upper levels for decades, but it always takes time for these things to filter down, and/or be accepted at the high school level.  Over the last 5 years, the girls speed-strength program has steadily grown in numbers and consistency.  The question is, can high school girls really train using the same types of exercises as college athletes and or their male counterparts?

den2The short answer is yes!  Our girls athletes can do almost every lift out there: hang cleans, hang snatch, clean and jerk, push press, a variety of squats, bench, incline, plyometrics, agile ladder, just to name a few.  Perhaps the greatest measure of success is the variety of athletes using the Den: athletes from soccer, field hockey, basketball, track, volleyball, softball, skiing and crew all use the Den.  Besides the measurable gains in strength, power, speed, vertical and horizontal jumps, more impressive is the list of girls who moved on to play at the college level:  DI scholarships; DII and DIII participants.  Add to this, the number of All-Section; All-League, All-Freeman, and state ranked athletes and teams coming from the Den is quite impressive.  Take a look at the Athlete (and Scholar Athlete)of the Year awards in the last 5  years: all Den fanatics. Equally as important, the Kingston athletes, who play at the college level, all report having a big head start on other athletes in the weight room.  And for those of you who were wondering, they all lift in college!

The major question coaches get from parents is about possible injuries.  The research is very clear about girls being more prone to knee and ankle injuries than their guy counterparts. The reason, unfortunately, is simply because of nature and genetics: as girls start to mature, their hips naturally expand (sorry girls,don’t blame me), creating “tough” inward angles on their knees and naturally smaller ankles. These angles make  it rough on the legs, especially when they are playing an intense sport requiring lateral movement.  This makes speed-strength trainging even more important.  Besides becoming a better athlete, this training is actually going to decrease the risk of injuries, and/or the severity of injuries by strengthening the muscles around those joints.  Two sport athlete Nicole Augustine suffered a major knee injury at the end of  her senior year in lacrosse.  Besides being fearless, relentless (and an all around studette), the speed at which she rehabbed and returned to the field at Mercy College (where she plays both soccer and lax) was due, in large part, to the strength she had acquired in her Den workouts.

Ready to Clean

Ready to Clean

Over the last couple of years we have had 5 girls break the 135 pound  hang clean mark (Jordan Beesmer, Meg Nielson, Sara Flores, Valerie Hinds,  and Dacia Brodhead). Most of the girls deep squat well over 135, and box squat over 205 (we’ve all seen the video of Brit Roser squatting 315 for reps; recently Endi Nardi, Valerie Hinds and Juji Wyncoop crushed 225).  The Agility ladder is no stranger to the girls: Dee Diecovo, Ali Badalato, Jordan Beesmer, Meg Nielson, Colleen Keegan-Twombly (to name a few) had “sick” feet, and would make most guys envious.  Most of our athletes start on 12 inch plyometric boxes, and end up easily doing a 30″ box jump by the end of their high school career.  And for those of you wondering about  bench, Sara Flores was first to break the 135 mark, with Dacia Broadhead, and Val Hinds crushing that weight for their workouts this year.

For the vast majority of the girl athletes working out in the Den, the increase in leg strength, upper body strength, explosive power and agility is well documented.  6 to 8 week cycles typically show gains anywhere from 15 to 40 pounds, 6-12 inch height increase on box jumps, visibly faster feet, and a core you can’t buy.  Ask them: they will tell you exactly how strong they have gotten. Just as importantly, these girls know how to lift.  Their technique is a big part of what makes them so successful.  Annie Coonie, MK Siegel, and Zoe Saridakis could give a  hang snatch clinic to most high school coaches..  In fact, these athletes take a lot of pride in their technique and could, in fact, make a”how to” video on most  lifts: including squats and  the olympic lifts.  This is a large part of why many of our athletes are successful at the next level.

Can girls lift like guys…come on down and watch!