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Sullivan West’s R.J. Rosa fires in one of his five three pointers on the night. He led all scorers with 24 points and had a triple double that included 12 rebounds and 11 assists. He is defended by Burke’s Vinny Yates.

Basketball

Lincoln Memorial

Senior Night fervor, Rosa’s triple double and Burke’s thrashing mark Lincoln’s 200th birthday

By RICHARD A. ROSS

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY—It wasn’t fourscore and seven years ago that Sullivan West last defeated John S. Burke Catholic in boys basketball, though it certainly feels that way.

It was 2005. The Bulldogs beat Burke once that year, and lost to them thrice.

But after it was ruled that Burke had used an ineligible player, Sullivan West was accorded all four wins, the Division IV and the Section Nine titles, more than a year after the fact.

But for the Sullivan West players, who took to the floor on Senior Night, February 12, a victory against their nemesis had never been a part of their personal hardwood history.

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Track

Jewels and gemstones

By RICHARD A. ROSS

WEST POINT, NY—Diamonds are forged by heat, pressure and time as simple carbon transforms into pric gems.

Indoor track’s multi-faceted stars evince speed, jumps and throws that project them into the glittering limelight.

But unseen by many, are the countless diamonds in the rough. Some emerge as crown jewels, but most remain smaller in magnitude. Regardless , each one is a gem in his or her own right. Sadly though, legions of young athletes who stride beyond measure are rarely mentioned.

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Basketball

Tribal survival

By RICHARD A. ROSS

LIBERTY, NY—The cavalry descended on the village, determined to lay waste to the noble beleaguered tribe that could not survive another defeat.

Revenge was on their minds as they looked to pay the Indians back for wounds suffered a year ago.

With fearsome quickness and lethal shooting, the attack began on February 10. And in the opening foray of what could have been the Indians’ last stand, it looked as if the troops in black and blue would sweep to a decisive victory over the red men, relegating them to history.

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