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MIDDLETOWN, NY — Sometimes a great defense isn’t the best offense.

In the first half, the Fallsburg Comets (16-1-1) adopted a defensive strategy against the Section 1 Hastings Yellow Jackets of Hastings High in a state tournament showdown.

But the plan backfired, as Section 1 Hastings dominated the field of play, playing a strong offense until their previously unvanquished opponents literally ran out of gas.

“Our legs were starting to get a little heavy by that time,” lamented Fallsburg’s coach Michael Geller.

Lady Bulldogs booters gave it their best

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY — The Sullivan West girls’ varsity soccer squad ran into some heavy weather.

The Lady Bulldogs booters (8-7-1) made it to the first-round of state Class C of the competition, only to fall 6-1 to the Lady Blue Devils of Haldane High School from Cold Spring, NY.

“They showed us the level that we need to get to next year, [and] I truly believe that we can,” said Mike Ellmauer, veteran coach of the Lady Bulldogs of Sullivan West.

“Our eyes were opened last night.”  Read more

Burke rolls over Bulldogs in Class C semi-finals

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Somebody forgot to let the “Dawgs” out.

In Saturday’s Section 9, Class C semi-final matchup between the top-seeded Eagles of Burke Catholic and the #4 Sullivan West Bulldogs, Burke jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first frame. The varsity-level game was played October 29 at Middletown High’s Faller Field.

The Eagles soared on a 40-yard sprint by U.S. Army-bound senior running back Garnett Nicolas (5:31) and a 21-yard pass completion by Brian McHugh to Mark Przybocki (3:47), which was followed in short order by a 38-yard aerial hookup to Austin Londo at 1:20.  Read more

Fallsburg vs. Spackenkill boys varsity soccer; Comets soar in sectional showdown

MIDDLETOWN, NY — It was worth the wait.

On Friday it was “High Noon” on Middletown High School’s Faller Field as the Comets of Fallsburg (16-0-1) squared off against the Spackenkill Spartans (15-3) in the Section 9, Class B showdown.  Read more

Curtain call for two teams

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women in it merely players… they all have their exits…” (Excerpted with apologies to William Shakespeare from “As You Like It,” Act II, Scene VII.)  Read more

Bears edge Bulldogs in sudden death overtime

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “Dawg” gone it!

The home team Sullivan West Bulldogs boys varsity booters (1-11) lost 3-2 to the visiting Bears of Tri-Valley (4-8) in Friday night’s OCIAA Section 9 Class C matchup under the lights, with a shimmering silvery moon casting shadows over the soccer field.

Tri-Valley drew initial blood at 13:01 in the opening frame on an unassisted shot by Thomas VanSaders charging up the sidelines—his first of three goals, making him the only player of the match to rack up a hat trick.  Read more

A new generation of leaders at Eldred high school

The student council at the Eldred Junior-Senior High School has become extremely involved in the day-to-day workings of the school, changing the way the school functions. From its founding in 2013, it has provided leadership by organizing meetings and engaging in student and community issues and volunteer work, as well as by the members simply being good citizens and role models.  Read more

ATVers raise funds for kids

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County ATV Association held its annual charity ride benefiting Sullivan County families of children with special needs on Sunday, February 21. This year’s 30-mile self-guided ride had more than 400 participants, according to Tony Poli, left, pictured here with fundraisers Matt Miller, Kevin Walden and Andre Miller. The organization has raised more than $196,000 since its inception in 1999, all of which stays right here in Sullivan County. For more information visit www.scatvny.com or call 845/721-6071.

A championship season for Sullivan West track; Junior Gann sets his sights on breaking every record

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — On Saturday, February 20, the Sullivan West Bulldogs became Division 5 champions after defeating second-ranked Tri-Valley Bears, topping off a highly successful season. The boys team defeated its rivals by a close four points. One of the most highly anticipated races of the day—the boys 1600 meter relay—featured star runners Ayden Gann, junior; Hunter Flynn, senior; Michael Mullally, sophomore; and former sprinter, Aidan Sensiba, junior. The relay team beat its competition by a wide margin to secure victory for the boys.  Read more

Sullivan West ski team off to a late start

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Sullivan West ski team is off to perhaps its most unusual start to a ski season ever. With some of the warmest weather this area has experienced in recent years, slopes have been slow to open for competition and recreation alike. As team members finish off their first six weeks of the season, they enter week three of practicing outdoors. Local ski areas have gradually opened more trails as colder temperatures set in and natural snow accumulates.  Read more

A very special game in Eldred; Five-year-old with ALD is honorary assistant coach

ELDRED, NY — The entire district is invited to attend a very special basketball game in Eldred’s gymnasium on February 3 in honor of Carter Brischler. Carter is a five-year-old preschooler at Eldred’s George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School. He and his older brother, Peyton, who is a third-grader, spend a lot of time together playing and watching their favorite sports teams with their family. Carter’s teacher, Kelly Robertson, said that Carter is very academically bright and shows it through his love for reading and coloring.  Read more

Team to Watch: Sullivan West Lady Bulldogs

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Sullivan West varsity girls’ basketball team celebrated its sixth victory on the evening of Thursday, January 7, in a close game against Roscoe, with a score of 42-36. The win put the Lady Bulldogs’ record this season at 6-4 as of January 8.  Read more

It’s Sullivan West T-ball season

CALLICOON, NY — The Sullivan West T-Ball teams kicked off the season with a game at the Delaware Youth Center on May 15. Here, members of the the Sullivan West Division 2 and Sullivan West Division 4 teams are seen high-fiving each other at the end of a good game.

Sports on hiatus

Sports columnist Richard Ross is recovering from surgery. We are pleased to report that he is doing well. However, our sports coverage is on hiatus. If any of our readers would be interested in providing sports coverage for one or more issues, email us at copyeditor@riverreporter.com.

Adieu to winter

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.  Read more

Epilogue as prologue

NEWBURGH, NY — The gym at Mount St. Mary College was strangely quiet and nearly empty. Still on hand were the loving parents and friends of the remarkable Eldred Lady Yellowjackets, as the team remained in the locker room listening to the comforting and affirming words of their coach Ryan Jasper. Their season and hoped-for return to the state Final Four had been obviated by a stinging 54-45 loss to Section Four’s undefeated Lady Rams of South Kortright.  Read more

Unbridled grace

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — And then there were two. In a week that saw the noble title quests of a bevy of Sullivan County teams end, both the Eldred Lady Yellow Jackets (16-3) and the Livingston Boys Manor Wildcats (12-5) advanced into state-round play with their Section IX championship victories. The defending champion Lady Yellow Jackets easily dispatched Livingston Manor 50-21, and now move on to face Section IV’s South Kortright (22-0), the top-ranked girls Class D team in the state, at Mount St. Mary College on March 13.  Read more

Forward March!

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY—For its sheer emotion, there is nothing akin to high school playoff basketball, wherein it’s win or go home and a season’s life hinges on a team’s ability, character and resilience. For the No.6-seeded Sullivan West Bulldogs, their historic and cathartic 70-64 quarterfinal road win against Section IX Class C defending Champion S.S. Seward was one of the most storied victories in the school’s history.  Read more

Senior moments

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There was a large wooden placard in the dining hall of Camp Kokosing, an idyllic place in Vermont where I spent my summers from age eight to 18, and indeed a place in which I literally came to be. Inscribed on that aging oak board were the words, “Now is life’s most precious time.” For those seniors who take to the floor for their final home games of their high school careers, that Senior Night moment of recognition, the flowers imparted to parents and the photos taken comprise a powerful memory that will long endure.  Read more

Simply majestic

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — With assiduous practice, the strongest of will and the ability to overcome adversity may come the rewards of sweet victory. At the Sullivan County Indoor Track Championships, the Sullivan West Lady Bulldogs and the Tri-Valley Bears added to this season’s division title glory with impressive county wins.  Read more

Noble cause

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.  Read more