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Winning ways

Sullivan West’s Ronj Padu goes up strong to score two of his game-high 21 points in a commanding 71-39 non-league win over Eldred. The Dawgs improved to 2-1. Last year it was Eldred that prevailed in the fray for local bragging rights.
Photos by Richard A. Ross,

By Richard A Ross
December 17, 2014

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY—Though the season’s most dramatic encounters will be staged after New Year’s, these waning days of 2014 will also figure strongly into the final hierarchy. Wins now, albeit in the early part of the season, could make a difference when it comes to determining whether or not teams make it to sectionals.
The Eldred Lady Yellowjackets improved to 3-0 (1-0 OCIAA) with a dominating 49-7 win over Roscoe on December 15. Led by Destiny Arnold’s 10 points and Kelsey Collins’ nine points, 14 rebounds and five blocks, the defending Section IX Class D champions have begun their season in fine form. Last year they made it to the state Final Four before being ousted by eventual state champion Romulus of Section V. Last week Eldred demolished Class C Sullivan West (1-3) by the score of 48-16. Junior Sheila Burns had a game-high 17 points. Eldred will face a challenging non-league test on December 20 as the Lady Jackets travel to Bard College to take on Section IX Class C runner-up Pine Plains. The Sullivan West Boys (2-1) reversed last year’s loss to Eldred with a 71-39 non-league thrashing of their non-league neighbors. Sullivan West senior Ronj Padu led all scorers with 21 points. Eldred (1-3) (1-0 OCIAA) was paced by senior David Powers who really turned on the jets in the Yellowjacket’s 80-55 league win over Chapel Field on December 15. Powers posted 33 points. He was abetted by 12 points from Sebastian Schadt and 11 from Butch Halloran. The Tri-Valley boys nailed down their first win of the season with a 65-57 non-league victory over Ellenville. Shane Rennison was the Bears’ leading scorer. Tri-Valley (1-2) hosted Liberty on December 16. At the season’s first indoor track meet at West Point held on December 12, Sullivan West’s Anthony Rydell took first in the weight throw (43-11). Sullivan West’s Lexi Feinman (25-9) was second in the girls weight throw. Stephanie Schwab (4-8) took third in the high jump. For albums of photos visit