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December 09, 2016
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Top ‘Cats and other nobility

Photo by Nick Piatek, sportsinsightsny.com The Lady Wildcats and coach Kevin Clifford smile as they celebrate the school’s first girls basketball title since 1999.

For other local hoops teams, there were uplifting moments in the tourney, but sadly no final plaques. The 18-2 Tri-Valley Lady Bears reveled in a come-from-behind 38-32 Class C semifinal win over rival Tuxedo, as sophomore Katlynn Greffrath scored nine of her 14 points in the fourth quarter. In that final stanza, the Lady Bears outscored Tuxedo 15-4 to erase the remains of an 11-point deficit that had stood with 4:31 remaining in the third quarter. Unfortunately, they were unable to defend their Class C championship as they fell to undefeated John A. Coleman Catholic 56-28 in the title game. The Lady Bears are 36-4 under the watch of coach John Tenbus, who has authored a pair of 18-2 seasons and two trips to the finals where his team is now 1-1. The Liberty boys fell to defending state champion John S. Burke Catholic 81-28 in the Class B semifinals. Burke went on to defeat Ellenville in the finals. The Monticello boys evinced a valiant 77-60 quarterfinal road win over Saugerties but fell to eventual champion Marlboro 73-49 in the semifinals and ending their season at 8-12. The Monticello girls bested Goshen 48-42 in a quarterfinal triumph before losing to Cornwall 69-16. Fallsburg’s boys ended their noble 14-6 season with a 79-60 loss to eventual champion Pine Plains.

At the indoor track state championships, held at Cornell University on March 3, Sullivan West’s Rachel Deppa finished 11th in the 1500 racewalk in her third and final trip to states. Her time of 7:41.45 bested her 10th-place time of 7:45.21 a year ago. Tri-Valley’s Jimmy Bernstein finished 13th in the state in the 1600 with a time of 4:29.38. It was his first trip to states in indoor track. Eldred’s Breanna Brucher was 15th in the pole vault with a leap of 9-6. She recently cleared 10-6 at Easterns. Liberty’s Amanda Bertholf was 19th in the event at 9-3. Tri-Valley’s Dominique Darby was 16th in the shot put with a heave of 34-6.25, two feet shy of her state qualifying mark.Eldred’s Alex Campanella was 15th in the 1600 with a time of 4:29.47, while teammate Hunter Proscia finished 26th in the 3200 with a time of 10:02.68.

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