While the boys games between these two schools are interesting (SW won the match last year, too), the girls games are apt to be far more intense. Two years ago, Sullivan West beat Monticello at home under the lights 4-3 in a game they led 3-0 until a furious comeback by the Lady Monties. That fray was quite physical and the Montie seniors remembered it well as they took to their home pitch on September 27. SW’s Hannah Feinman is the only veteran left from that epic 2009 clash. This year, it was the Lady Panthers (2-4), who prevailed by the score of 3-0. The Lady Westies (3-5) have been plagued by injuries and are fielding a team heavily comprised of young and inexperienced players. Monticello got goals from Annie Purcell, Kerissa Bennett and Heather Miller. The rivalry resumes under the lights in Lake Huntington on the Lady Bulldogs’ senior night on October 11.
Meanwhile on the harrier circuit, the rivalry is more multi-dimensional, as cross-country runners from host Tri-Valley and visiting Eldred, Sullivan West, Monticello and Liberty will dial it up on the T-V course, which has been idle for a couple of years due to construction. Eldred and T-V will vie for the Division V title at Eldred on 10/18, while Liberty and SW will take on the likes of Burke and O’Neill in the Division IV clash at Liberty the same day. T-V will visit Sullivan West for the Westies’ lone home meet on 10/11.
Later this month, runners from all schools will head to Bear Mountain for the OCIAA league race on October 28. Sectionals are slated for Bear Mountain on November 4. Eldred will vie in Class D. Alex Campanella is ranked sixth in NYS overall and first in Class D. Hunter Proscia is ninth in Class D. T-V, SW and Liberty will go at it in the Class C sectionals. T-V’s Autumn Bender is ranked 35th in Class C in NYS. SW’s Dani Myers is listed as 69th. T-V’s Omar Lopez is currently ranked 25th, while Jimmy Bernstein is 31st. Rankings invariably change from week to week.
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