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Noble cause

Monticello’s Dante Smalls scores two of his game-high 20 points as the Panthers notch a 56-38 win over Liberty in the BCANY Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Monticello has won seven games in a row and sits atop Division III with an unblemished 5-0 league mark.
Photos by Richard A. Ross,

By Richard A Ross
February 11, 2015

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Every sports team has its share of adversaries. Battles are waged, games and titles are won or lost and in the immediacy of the moment, those quests seem so cathartic. But in truth those engagements pale by comparison to the struggle against a much more daunting adversary, indeed a common one, namely cancer, wherein lives, not seasons, literally hang in the balance. No other disease brings more dread than this seemingly omnipresent scourge, which strikes young and old, and people from all walks of life. Given its universal impact, the urgency to find new ways to combat this disease or better yet, to prevent it are preeminent.

And it is to that end that for the seventh consecutive year the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY), presided over by Monticello boys basketball coach Christopher Russo, staged its Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Basketball Tournament at Sullivan County Community College on February 7-8. This year’s event was dedicated to a pair of stalwart warriors battling cancer. They are Chris Krummack of Woodbourne, NY and Glen McGinnis, who has been involved in coaching at Cornwall for 50 years. To learn more about them and the tournament, read “Survivors’ Manifesto VII” on A record-high sum of over $4,000 dollars was accrued for the Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Oncology Unit.