TRR photo by Richard A. Ross
The Family School Falcons erupt in jubilation following their dramatic 58-52 win over Chapel Field for the Section 9, Class D title. It was the first-ever basketball sectional title for The Family School.

Class D boys finals

We are Family

Gahan propels Falcons to Sullivan’s only Class D title

By RICHARD A. ROSS

NEW PALTZ, NY—Amid the whirl and the uproar of the 2006 Section 9 tournament, the story of The Family School’s dramatic late effort comes to define all that is magical and miraculous about high school basketball.

While Sullivan County’s attention prior to the tourney swirled around Monticello, Sullivan West and Tri-Valley, the little Hancock school, which is a home to kids whose problems range far beyond what other kids can fathom, was a footnote in the headlines. Nine county teams entered the tournament and eight of them lost in their opening round games. But not the Falcons.

These kids, with unbridled faith and unity, showed character and relentless passion in a stunning 58-52 come-from-behind win over Chapel Field in the Class D final on March 4.

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Class D girls’ semifinals

Lady Lions devour Eldred

By RICHARD A. ROSS

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY—For the fourth time this season, Eldred met up with the league champion Lady Lions of Chapel Field. Though Chapel Field prevailed in the previous trio of games, this would be the most important confrontation for Eldred.

A win here for Frank Kean and his Lady Yellowjackets would propel them into the Class D finals on March 4 at SUNY New Paltz.

Kean was hopeful that his girls would rise to the occasion and pointed towards previous games wherein Eldred had played within striking distance of Chapel Field for portions of the games.

But alas, it was not to be.

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Class B boys’ quarterfinals

Undying valor

By RICHARD A. ROSS

GOSHEN, NY—In the maelstroms known as sectional basketball tournaments, there are apt to be stories of glorious victories and shattering defeats.

It is part and parcel of the process that will eventually produce a championship team, a group that can survive the trials and tribulations that are a given when the best teams play for the right to advance.

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