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The last hurrah

June 21, 2012

JEFFERSONVILLE and GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Sullivan West and Tri-Valley closed out their 2011-12 sports years with athletic awards nights on June 14 and 15 respectively with laudatory speeches, trophy and plaque presentations, a bevy of smiles and tears and this photographer’s final musical slide show. Sullivan West Athletic Director Dave Franskevicz took a moment to honor the memory of Rob Potter, a devoted and affable sports writer for the Sullivan County Democrat, who passed away on May 31. Franskevicz also praised retiring Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Hilton for his unflagging support of Bulldog athletics during his tenure. He lauded scholar athletes Kristina Sumfleth and E.J. Franskevicz, as well as the NYSPHSAA Scholar athlete teams that included boys golf, softball and boys track. Sullivan West’s boys golf team won the Division IV title for the ninth year in a row, while the softball team won its division for the second time in the past three years.

The night’s biggest award winner was Kristina Sumfleth, who was named this year’s recipient of the coveted Billy Moran Scholarship. In addition to receiving the $2,500 award from the Moran family, Sumfleth was also named the Most Valuable Senior Female Athlete and the Most Valuable Field Athlete. E.J. Franskevicz was touted as the Most Valuable Senior Male Athlete and the Baseball MVP. Kassie Thelman and John Masten won the Milt Gaebel Awards. Masten was also the recipient of the David Curreri Memorial Scholarship, and received a $1,500 award from the Curreri family. Amanda Rosenberger and Andrew Parsons were the Coaches Award winners. Rosenberger was also the Most Valuable Female Track Athlete.

Other award winners on the night were as follows: Reed Scott, Most Valuable Track Athlete; Mitchel Paciga, Most Valuable Field Athlete; Kitt Borowski, Most Improved Baseball Player; Katie Taylor, Most Improved Softball Player; Hannah Schwatz, Highest Batting Average in Softball; Drew Billard, Most Valuable Male Golfer; Devon Muzuruk, Most Improved Male Golfer; Daphne Muzuruk, Most Valuable Female Golfer; and Erin Finn, Most Valuable Female Golfer.