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December 08, 2016
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You’ve got to have heart

In girls basketball, Tri-Valley (13-1, 6-1 OCIAA) sustained its first loss of the year as the Lady Bears fell to Tuxedo 52-46. Tri-Valley beat Tuxedo 39-32 in January. The two teams are still vying for the number-two seed in Class C. Tri-Valley needs to defeat Eldred twice this week, as well as Fallsburg on the Lady Comets’ senior night on February 16, to secure home-court advantage prior to the finals. The Lady Bears handily defeated Sullivan West 64-17 in the Fourth Annual Coaches Versus Cancer Classic. The event, which also featured a 65-42 Monticello win over Liberty, a 48-22 Livingston Manor girls win over Eldred and wins by the SCCC mens and womens teams over Manhattan CC, raised over $3,000 dollars for the Catskill Regional Oncology Unit. The event was dedicated to the memory of Cierra Boone, who lost a valiant battle against cancer. She was a cousin of Dante Agnew who plays for the Generals.

In indoor track at the OCIAA championships, Eldred had its best ever performance in the storied event, winning three gold medals. The boys team finished fifth and the girls came in ninth in a field of 20 schools. Alex Campanella won the 1600 in 4:23.43 and the 3200 in 9:30.85. Breanna Brucher won the pole vault with a personal best leap of 10-0. Eldred’s Christine Donnelly took fourth in the 1000 in 3:02.22, while Hunter Proscia was fourth in the 1600 in 4:30.34 and fifth in the 3200 with a season-best time of 9:51.28. Monticello’s Shane Jackson took second in the 55 in 6.73 and fifth in the 300 in 38.19. Sullivan West’s Rachel Deppa was second in the 1500 racewalk in 7:44.34. Westie Todd Roeder was fourth in the weight throw with a heave of 44-07. Liberty’s Amanda Bertholf was second in the pole vault with a mark of 9-0. Tri-Valley’s Aric Boyes was second in the shot put with a mark of 43-09.25, while Liberty’s Michael Hinton took fourth with a throw of 42-08.25. At the storied Millrose Games held at the Armory, Tri-Valley’s Dominique Darby won the silver medal in the weight throw with a mark of 46-06. Teammate Heidi Furman took fourth in 39-06.50. In wrestling, Liberty’s Andy Martinez (182) won his second consecutive Section 9 Division II title via an 8-2 decision over Highland’s A.J. Buchanan.

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Photo by Tom Brucher

Eldred’s Breanna Brucher set a personal best mark of 10-0 as she beat all comers to capture this year’s pole vault title at the OCIAA Championships at West Point. She is the first girl in Eldred history to win a gold medal at the League Championships.