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December 06, 2016
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Farewell to winter

Sullivan West’s Rachel Deppa

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Spring has arrived and we bid goodbye to the winter sports season.

For the Livingston Manor boys and girls teams that farewell came in the state semifinals and not the hoped-for title games. The 16-6 boys fell to Section 10 Madrid-Waddington 67-55 in Glens Falls. Mike Mills hit seven threes as part of his 25-point foray in the losing effort. Now, the nexus of the team will pick up their baseball gloves and work to defend their state championship on the diamond. The 12-9 Manor girls saw their season end in a 53-26 loss to Section 2 Argyle in the semifinals in Troy. The ladies look to defend their back-to-back state softball titles. Manor’s games were the coda to the winter season.

Tri-Valley and Sullivan West farewells were celebrated with awards night presentations on March 15.

Tri-umphant Valley’s winter featured a Section 9 championship in girls indoor track that followed county and divisional titles. The 18-2 girls basketball team made it back to the Class C finals before losing to Coleman Catholic. The boys indoor track team won division and county titles and was the Section 9 runner up. Two skiers went to states and a trio of indoor track athletes competed at Nationals. The cheerleaders took third in the OCIAA Division II Championship. Coaches summed up their season highlights and extolled their teams while thanking the supportive school, parents and community. The following Bears were lauded as award winners. Wrestling: John Monforte, MVP; Kyle Rogers, MIP; Jared Ratner and Kevin Palko, Coaches Award. Cheerleading: Brittany Rennison, MVP; Dorothy Monforte, MIP; Amber Buley, Coaches Award. Boys Basketball: Gavin DuBois, MIP; James Pugh, Most Valuable Defensive Player; Greg Swarthout, Most Valuable Offensive Player. Girls Basketball: Erin Smith, MIP; Sabrena Smith, Outstanding Defensive Player; Katlynn Greffrath, Outstanding Offensive Player. Girls Indoor Track: Autumn Bender, MVP; Vicky Tingle, MIP; Dominique Darby, Coaches Award. Boys Indoor Track: Jim Bernstein, MVP; Brendan Tierney, MIP; and Eugene Morton, Coaches Award. Alpine Skiing: Sarah Coney and Ryan Erts, MVP; Liz Bracken and Devon Bagley, Coaches Awards.

At Sullivan West the celebration began with a welcome by principal Margie Tenbus and an introduction of the coaches by athletic director Dave Franskevicz. Winter’s most laudable achievements came as Rachel Deppa took 11th in states in the racewalk and placed 26th in the Nationals. The boys basketball team, which reveled in a great turnaround from previous struggles, was selected as a recipient of the NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete honors. Drew Billard and Kendall Menges competed at states in skiing. The following athletes received trophies and accolades for their fine performances.

Girls Basketball: Stephanie Hauschild, Coaches Award; Sydney Sipple, Miss Basketball 2012. Boys Basketball: Matt Cardona, Best Offensive Player; John Masten, MVP. Boys Winter Track: Reed Scott, Top Track Athlete; Todd Roeder, Top Field Athlete. Girls Winter Track: Rachel Deppa, Most Valuable Indoor Track Athlete; Hannah Feinman, Most Valuable Indoor Field Athlete. Alpine Skiing: Kendall Menges and Drew Billard, Most Valuable Skiers; Jimmy Finn, Most Improved Skier. Basketball Cheerleading: Xhesika Lushaj, Most Spirited Cheerleader; Jenna Keesler, Most Improved Cheerleader.

Both awards ceremonies concluded with musical slide shows, which chronicled the winter sports season presented by You can visit for photos of all of the award winners, archived stories from 2009 to the present and coverage of the spring season, which is about to get underway.