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Adieu to winter

Carly Grishaber

By Richard A Ross
March 25, 2015

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY —The calendar says it’s spring, though the ground is still bedecked with snow and the temperatures thus far have mostly precluded the spring athletes from addressing their skills anywhere but in the gym. But winter’s final farewell at Sullivan West came via its Sports Awards Presentation on March 17.
It was a stellar winter for the girls indoor track team, which captured the Division V title for the second straight year. They also claimed the Sullivan County championship as well. The boys basketball team (12-8) not only made it to sectionals, they vanquished mighty S.S. Seward before falling to Rhinebeck, and Anthony Rydell heaved a lifetime best of 52-7 to claim 14th in New York State at the Federation Meet at Cornell University. Each of the coaches from winter sports took turns calling their teams to the stage to laud their achievements and to give out trophies to a pair of deserving stars. At the conclusion of the awards listed below, this writer presented a musical slide show commemorating this remarkable winter. The award winners were as follows: Girls Basketball: Carly Grishaber, Most Valuable Player and Isabella Kent, Coaches Award; Boys Basketball: Ronj Padu, Most Valuable Player and Noah Bauer, Coaches Award; Boys Indoor Track: Ethan Seidl, Most Valuable Winter Indoor Track Athlete and Anthony Rydell, Most Valuable Winter Indoor Field Athlete; Girls Indoor Track: Kelsey Dutton, Most Valuable Indoor Track Athlete and Stephanie Schwab, Most Valuable Indoor Field Athlete; Alpine Skiing: Derrick Keller, Most Valuable Male Skier; Ryan Rydell, Most Improved Male Skier; Bristol Woods, Most Valuable Female Skier; and Jordan Kubenik, Most Improved Female Skier; Cheerleading: Elizabeth Marshall, Coaches Award and Arlinda Mustafaj, Most Spirited Cheerleader. For more details on the exploits of the winter teams at Sullivan West read, “Winter Sunset,” on www.sportsinsightsny.com and for an album of photos from the awards night as well as other sports events this past season and years prior, visit www.sportsiny.com.