TRR photo by Richard Ross
Airborne Sean Semenetz scores over a much taller Ronnie Hess of James I. O’Neill. Semenetz led all scorers with 15 points, including a pair of treys.

Boys’ basketball

Bulldogs tossed from Eagles’ nest

Burke takes round one in fight for Division IV title

By RICHARD A. ROSS

GOSHEN, NY—Basketball is a learning process and at times a school of hard knocks. Part and parcel of that hardwood education is the occasional punishing defeat teams will suffer along the arduous road to championships.

After suffering a one-sided thrashing on the road to division rival John S. Burke Catholic on January 10, the Bulldogs (9-2, 2-1 OCIAA) must now regroup, re-learn and re-dedicate themselves to the things that can make them special. Doing that will enable them to defend their Division IV title and perhaps offer them a chance to raise a sectional championship banner adjacent to the colors won by the football team this past fall.

With Burke throwing down the gauntlet and rival Highland scouting the game, the Bulldogs now know such glory won’t come easily.

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Gymnastics

Monticello Gymnastics Club comes up big in debut

By RICHARD A. ROSS

SYRACUSE, NY – Making their debut for the 2005 competitive season, the Monticello Gymnastics Club boys’ team made a strong statement at the West Side Gymnastics Club on December 9 against teams from the Syracuse and Binghamton areas.

The more advanced team members including Jonathan Ross and Kienan Garn competed for the first time in Level 8. Taylor Thomas moved up to Level 6. The United States Gymnastics Association changed the level order for boys for this year with beginning gymnasts rated at Level 1 and elite gymnasts competing at Level 10.

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Indoor track

Ex-runner’s ramble: indoor season breaks a sweat

By RICHARD A. ROSS

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY—The starting guns go off like clockwork as heat after heat of hurdlers, sprinters, middle- and long-distance runners burst from the starting line on a pair of afternoons each week at Sullivan County Community College. In the space of a mere hour and a half, all of the running events from the lightning-quick 55 meter dash and hurdles to the grueling two-mile are run around the perimeter of the field house, featuring high school competitors from Sullivan West, Liberty, Tri-Valley, Eldred, Monticello and Ellenville.

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