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Fall’s finest

Tom Mootz


November 24, 2011

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY—Fall officially ends on December 21, but for the area sports teams, it’s already winter. To commemorate that rite of passage, both Sullivan West and Tri-Valley held their fall sports awards this past week as coaches lauded their teams’ efforts and presented awards to several outstanding athletes.

The Sullivan West girls soccer team and the football team earned the honor of being designated as NYSPHSAA Scholar Athletes for their team GPAs of 90 percent or better. It was the first time that a football team from Sullivan West or its former component districts of Delaware Valley or Jeffersonville-Youngsville had ever achieved that academic distinction. Other Sullivan West fall highlights included the girls cross-country Division IV championship. Dani Myers won her third consecutive individual divisional championship title as part of those harrier heroics. The volleyball team made sectionals for the fifth straight year. Reed Scott was the last fall participant as he competed at the NYSPHSAA Cross-Country Championship. Fall sport awards winners include: Kristina Sumfleth, Defensive Soccer Player; Kassie Thelman, Miss Soccer 2011; Richard Lander, Boys Soccer Offensive Most Valuable Player; Tyler Groh, Most Valuable Defensive Soccer Player; David Schultz, Most Improved Cross-Country Runner; Reed Scott, Most Valuable Runner; Courtney Meyerer, Most Improved Runner; Dani Myers, Most Valuable Runner; Andrew Parsons, Football’s Outstanding Lineman; Tom Mootz, Football’s Outstanding Back; Rebecca Corcillo, Most Outstanding Volleyball Player; and Karalii Rabii, Best Attacking Volleyball Player.

Sullivan West highlights: First time three cross-country girl runners finished in top 10 at sectionals (Myers, Meyerer and Kelsey Dutton), though not one runner qualified for states; smallest gap from first to fifth place (1:31). Section Nine runner up, team placed in four of five invitationals and won the seventh annual Ben Boice Invitational in Millbrook. Reed Scott’s meteoric rise continued with vast improvement in times and his first state qualification. Richard Lander led the boys soccer team with 17 goals and four assists, setting a new Sullivan West soccer scoring record. The football team made it back to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. Tom Mootz was the leading rusher with 126/827 yards. He averaged 6.56 yards per carry, scored 11 TDs and was the team’s leading tackler with 125 averaging 13.9 tackles per game. He had 3.5 sacks. E.J. Franskevicz was the second leading rusher on the team with 99 carries for 504 yards and two rushing TD’s. He completed 31/89 passes and threw for six TD’s.