Sports Recap (4/13)

This week we kicked off our Spring Sports Season here at NYMA as the Boys Tennis Team led by Head Coach Nate Dimmie started off the season strong on Wednesday. The Knights won an HVAL match over Faith Christian Academy by the final score of 9-0. NYMA swept the sets in 2 matches including Robin Zhou in fifth singles and Brandon Fooks and Simon Lin in second doubles.

The Knights had a great start in the match with 6 convincing wins in singles action. Matthew Montes posted a 10-1 win in the top spot, Brandon Fooks won in second singles 10-3, and Simon Lin won 10-5 in the third position. Freshman Gol Svartz gave NYMA its fourth victory posting another 10-1 set. In fifth position Robin Zhou provided the only 10-0 victory of the match. In the sixth spot eighth grader Adam Sun, NYMA Tennis’ “youngest man”, won 10-1.

The doubles matches kept the momentum going with Montes and Svartz winning 8-1 in the first spot, Fooks and Lin posting an 8-0 win in second, and Robin and Sun winning 8-1 in third doubles. To see pictures of the matches, please visit: Facebook album: Tennis vs Faith Christian

The NYMA Ultimate Frisbee team led by Head Coach Forrest Gordon was in action this week as well. They had their first game of the year this Wednesday against Oakwood Friends School. The Knights are full of newcomers to the sport this year but are led by veteran player and team captain, Nigel Petti-Fernandez. The Knights got off to a slow start before gaining some momentum in the middle of the game as Captain Petti-Fernandez and cutter Will Mayfield found an offensive rhythm. Cadet Kris Wu played tough defense that led to turnovers. Many newcomers gained valuable game experience throughout the afternoon. The Knights wound up losing the game 6-15 but played hard and showed good signs of the abilities that they will work to develop throughout the season! To see pictures of the match, please visit: Facebook album: Ultimate Frisbee vs Faith Christian

Today the Boys Tennis Team is back in action here on campus as they get set to take on Poughkeepsie Day School at 4:00 pm. On Saturday the Ultimate Frisbee Team plays host to the defending HVAL champions Marvelwood at 2:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

Les McMillen Memorial Baseball Field

Beyond being a coach and the Athletic Director at New York Military Academy for 30 years, Les McMillen was also a successful baseball player for almost four decades. Some of his records from his youth as a catcher still stand. In honor of his life, we are bringing back his old baseball field where he coached so many talented athletes. We are looking for donations for a memorial plaque and for help restoring the field. Please send all inquiries to our Alumni Relations Coordinator, Barbara O’Rourke, at Many thanks for your interest and help with this great project!

NEPSAC Class D Champions!

On Saturday, 3/3, the Varsity Basketball Team (22-3) traveled to the MacDuffie School who played host to the NEPSAC Semifinals. NYMA faced off against a tough Boston Trinity team. The Knights won by the score of 82-47 and were led by Zaahir Woody and Branden Evans who each scored 17 points. Will Mayfield had 14 points, Karif Isaacs had 13 points, Zamere McKenzie finished with 12, and Josh Antoine contributed 9 points.

On Sunday, 3/4, NYMA played Rocky Hill School from Rhode Island for the NEPSAC Class D Championship at Clark University. NYMA won the highly contested game by the score of 52-47. The Knights were led by Will Mayfield who scored 17 points and Zaahir Woody who finished with 14. Zamere McKenzie had 9 points while Branden Evans finished with 8. Zaahir Woody was named the NEPSAC Class D Tournament Most Valuable Player. This was the first NEPSAC Championship for NYMA in any sport and the team dedicated it to Coach McMillen!

Congratulations cadets and coaches on a fantastic season. You have made us all very proud!

Weekly Sports Recap (3/2/18)

Senior guard Branden Evans scored his 1,000th point against Hoosac on Senior Day. He joins teammate Zaahir Woody in reaching this milestone this year.

The NYMA JV Basketball Team finished up their season last weekend. The team lost to Marvelwood by the score of 42-51 on Saturday. Eighth-grader Andrew Weng led the team in scoring with 23 points while freshman Ethan Hassane finished the game with 14 points.

The young Knights played back to back with a Sunday game against the Woodstock School as well. It was a hard-fought game, but in the end the Knights lost by the score of 39-49. Once again, Andrew Weng led the team in scoring with 18 points and Ethan Hassane finished with 18. The boys had a great season with Coach Espinosa and finished with an overall record of 6-8. Most of their loses were within 10 points and they played a very tough schedule this season. We are very proud of all of you!

Bowling finished their season on Wednesday at Pat Tarsio Lanes. The team had its ups and downs in its first year, but Seniors Simon Lin and Mandy Wang led the younger cadets and helped them learn and grow. They finished the year with an overall record of 3-9 and tied for second in the league. The Knights finished strong beating Faith Christian Academy twice in their final matches. With the help from our talented coaches Tim Manelly and Nick Boyd, the Knights improved every week. As they continue to grow and mature they will surely be a force to reckon with in the coming years.

Remembering Les McMillen

Growth and learning through athletics has always been part of our essential beliefs at the New York Military Academy. For this reason, those members of our staff who have devoted their lives to helping cadets through our sports programs are especially dear to our hearts. The passing this week of Les McMillen occurred after a long illness, but during this illness Les was an inspiration to us all as he constantly insisted on coming to work every day he was able.

Perhaps some of the community might know Les through the number of championships his teams have won, the excellent athletes he has trained, the contributions he made to the operations of the Hudson Valley Athletic League, and the wonderful family he helped raise. But what really impressed us over the last few years was his love of the New York Military Academy, his determination to bring back the NYMA community, and his belief in the power of teaching to help students develop.

For 30 years Les coached and taught here and helped build and rebuild our athletic program. Many alumni of NYMA and residents of the Cornwall area were influenced by Les when they were young. He helped organize sports training here on campus for an entire region and for an entire generation. Les was an integral part of this academy during the school year and during the summer. He loved NYMA, we loved him, and we will all miss him.

Barbara O’Rourke, who knew Les for almost the entire time he was at NYMA, communicated the following funeral arrangements:

There will be a “Celebration of Les’s Life” held on Sunday, March 4th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Quigley Brothers Funeral Home, 337 Hudson Street, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520.

HVAL Champions!

On Saturday, 2/24, NYMA (21-3) hosted Marvelwood in the HVAL Championship game. NYMA won by the score of 62-43 and was led by Zaahir Woody who scored 30 points. The Knights also had solid performances from Karif Isaacs who finished with 14 points and Branden Evans who had 13 points. NYMA won the division by going 10-0. This is their first League Championship since 2014. For more photos from the big game, please visit: Facebook Album: Basketball HVAL Championship.

NYMA was awarded the #1 seed in the prestigious NEPSAC tournament. They will have a first round bye and advance to the semifinals where they will play Saturday against the winner of the Boston Trinity/Marvelwood game. Game time and location for this match-up will not be determined until Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

NEPSAC bracket


Weekly Sports Recap (2/24/18)

On Saturday, 2/17, the Varsity Basketball Team (19-3) hosted Hoosac on Senior Night. NYMA won by the score of 80-38 and was led by Will Mayfield who scored 17 points. The Knights also got solid contributions from Zaahir Woody and Zamere McKenzie who scored 16 points each. Branden Evans finished with 12 points while Nigel Petti-Fernandez had 7 and Josh Antoine had 6. For photos of the game, please visit: Facebook Album: Basketball vs Hoosac.

On Wednesday, 2/21, Varsity Basketball (20-3) hosted Poughkeepsie Day School in a HVAL Semifinal matchup. NYMA won by the score of 70-37 and was led by Zaahir Woody who had 31 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. The Knights also received strong performances from Karif Isaacs with 13 points, Branden Evans with 12, Nigel Petti-Fernandez with 12 (career high), and David Pinto-Ricardo who grabbed 12 rebounds.

The JV Basketball Team was also home on Wednesday. They hosted the Woodhall School. NYMA lost by the score of 34-51. Andrew Weng scored 17 points while Ethan Hassane had 11. The JV Team has home games this Saturday and Sunday against Marvelwood (1:30 pm) and Woodstock (2:30 pm). This will conclude the junior varsity basketball season.

On Wednesday the NYMA Wrestling Team traveled to Storm King for a scrimmage and won 5-2 overall. It was a great match for the guys and an incredible way to end their season. To watch a quick video from the meet, please visit: Facebook Video: NYMA Wrestling. The team will continue to train with Coach Roselli for the next couple of weeks until spring sports start. The future of NYMA Wrestling is bright as everyone on the team will be returning next year!

The Bowling Team had a tough outing on Wednesday as they dropped both matches to Storm King and Faith Christian Academy. Heidi Wash had a solid day and continues to improve each week for our young team. Senior Simon Lin also bowled well for the Knights. The team will conclude their season next Wednesday at Pat Tarsio Lanes where they hope to rally and move up to second place.


NYMA Senior Night

This past Saturday (2/17) was Senior Night at NYMA. The Varsity Basketball Team hosted Hoosac and won by the score of 80-38. Senior Adam Quinn announced all of the NYMA Seniors as well as the Hoosac Seniors!

NYMA Seniors included: team managers Phil Kim and Amanda Beller, cheerleader Sarah Elhouti, and basketball players Braden Evans, Charlie Qin, Brandon Fooks, Jalen Ricks, Zaahir Woody, Zamere Mckenzie, Will Mayfield, David Pinto-Ricardo, and last but not least, First Captain Nigel Petti-Fernandez.

Congratulations seniors and to the basketball team for the big win on the big night!


Weekly Sports Recap (2/16/18)

On Saturday, 2/10, The Varsity Basketball Team (15-3) played host to Marvelwood in an HVAL matchup. NYMA won by a score of 68-27. The Knights were led by Zamere McKenzie and Will Mayfield who each scored 21 points. Mayfield also added 10 rebounds. Zaahir Woody had 12 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds. Branden Evans scored 9.

The following day Varsity Basketball hosted Redemption Christian Academy and won 81-58. The Knights were again led by a strong performance by Will Mayfield who finished with 25 points, 3 blocks, and 18 rebounds. Zaahir Woody also had a great game; he had 22 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks, and 5 steals. Zamere McKenzie had 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Branden Evans and Karif Isaacs each had 7 points while Josh Antoine and Mickey Urso finished with 5 points each.

On Sunday the JV Team also took on Redemption Christian Academy. They lost by the score of 42-56. NYMA was led by Andrew Weng who scored 16 points and Ethan Hassane who finished with 13.

On Monday both the JV and Varsity Basketball Teams traveled to Poughkeepsie Day School. JV won by the score of 52-28. The young Knights team were again led by Andrew Weng with 18 points and Ethan Hassane with 14 points.

The Varsity Team beat Poughkeepsie Day School by the score of 91-47. NYMA was led by Mickey Urso who finished with a game-high 33 points. The Knights also got solid contributions from Zaahir Woody who had 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists and Will Mayfield who had 14 points and 14 rebounds. Branden Evans and Josh Antoine each added 7 points. David Pinto Ricardo had 8 rebounds.

Wednesday was a big day for NYMA Athletics as we had most of our teams in action. Wrestling was at Marvelwood, Bowling took on Faith Christian Academy, and JV and Varsity Basketball both took the five-mile trip down 9W to renew a friendly rivalry with Storm King.

NYMA Bowling was defeated by Faith Christian Academy in both matches. The first match the Knights lost 96-124, 111-116. Standout bowlers in this first match were Jason Zheng, Alex Huang, and Zhengkun Yang. In the second match NYMA was defeated 102-151, 93-111. Leading the way for NYMA in this second match were Mandy Wang, Alex Huang, and Adam Sun.

JV Basketball fell to Storm King 28-38. The Knights were led by Andrew Weng with 14 points and Bill He with 6 points. Varsity Basketball was able to pull off a win against Storm King in what was an intense atmosphere on the road. The gym was packed and our Color Guard made the trip to present the Colors. The cheerleaders also were at the game and did a great job stirring up the crowd and rooting for the Knights. We also had a special cheering section led by Mrs. Reeves, Mrs. Mango, and Dr. Webb. NYMA defeated Storm King by the score of 78-58. Zaahir Woody had 26 points while Will Mayfield and Zamere McKenzie both scored 17. Branden Evans finished with 11 points, Mickey Urso had 7 points, and Karif Isaacs scored 4.  The Varsity Team is now an impressive 18-3!