Cyclists Can “Ride with the Camels” on Orange County’s Country Roads

Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan and the Orange County Bicycle Club are presenting “The Orange County Country Roads 2017 Bike Tour, “The Ride with the Camels,” on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Rides of 10, 25, 45 and 65 miles will be available for cyclists to tour the roads of Orange County.

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Golf Outing Raises Over $50,000

Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan raised over $50,000 at its 11th annual golf outing held at West Hills Country Club in Middletown.

The money will support the emergency food and shelter assistance programs in the two counties.

The winning men’s foursome featured Harry Kolbe, Joe Michulski, Bob Sherman and Mike Granger. Mary Bonura, Denise Freeman, Carol Smith and Jeanie Tomita was the winning women’s foursome. James O’Donnell was the closest to the pin winner, and Scott Batulis and Janie Tomita claimed prizes for the longest drive contest.

All winners received gift certificates to the West Hills Pro Shop.


Padilla Continues to Roll

Cardinal Spellman High School graduate Nicholas Padilla threw five more shutout innings, scattering two hits, in leading the Hudson Valley Renegades to a New York-Penn League victory over the Staten Island Yankees on July 20.

Padilla, a 13th round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, has allowed one earned run over his last 25 innings and sports a 2-1 record with a 0.69 earned run average.

The Renegades are a Class A short-season affiliate of the Rays.


Newest Ranger Engaged

It’s been quite a month for New Rochelle’s Kevin Shattenkirk.

He grew up a Rangers fan and started the month by signing a four-year, $26.6 million deal to play with the Rangers.

Last week, Shattenkirk and his fiancee Deanna Abbey announced their engagement on social media with photos and a video. ¬†Shattenkirk got down on a knee to propose to Deanna Abbey at Barcelona Cathedral. The two were in Europe to attend Alexander Steen’s wedding in Sweden. Shattenkirk and Steen were teammates with the St. Louis Blues.

And Tuesday, Shattenkirk met the New York media and was given a No. 22 Rangers jersey. Shattenkirk’s favorite Ranger was Brian Leetch, who had his No. 2 retired by the organization.

Shattenkirk, whose mom Barbara is a teacher at an archdiocese school, is one of three NHL players from the Hudson Valley — joining John F. Kennedy Catholic grad Steve Santini of the New Jersey Devils and Irvington High School graduate Brett Pesce of the Carolina Hurricanes. At 28, Shattenkirk is the oldest of the three NHL defenders.



Strong Start for Cosgrove

Msgr. Farrell High School graduate Tom Cosgrove has 13 strikeouts and a 2.16 earned run average in 8.1 innings pitched since his promotion on July 2 to the Tri-City Dust Devils, the Northwest League’s Class A short-season affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Cosgrove, a 12th round pick of the Padres in 2017, earned the promotion by striking out five in 3.1 innings with the Arizona League Padres.

Cosgrove pitched three seasons at Manhattan College before being drafted. He tied a single-season school record with 105 strikeouts in 2017.


Cardinal Spellman Graduate Leading Hudson Valley Renegades

Cardinal Spellman High School graduate Nicholas Padilla has allowed only one earned run over his last 20 innings and holds a 0.86 earned run average for the season with the Hudson Valley Renegades, the New York-Penn League Class A short-season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Padilla, 20, has scattered 18 hits and struck out 18 in 21 innings this season. Last season with the Gulf Coast League Rays, he was 0-2 with a 2.01 ERA.

The 2014 graduate of Cardinal Spellman pitched four games at Grayson College, a community college in Texas, before needing Tommy John surgery in 2015. The Rays selected him in the 13th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.