Sullivan West’s softball team, which had just clinched its second Division IV title in three years with a 7-1 league mark and was the number-one seed in Class B, suffered a 19-3 loss to O’Neill. Liberty’s girls lost to O’Neill 10-2 two days prior. O’Neill went on to lose the title game to Highland 4-2. Liberty’s boys lost to Burke 8-5 on a three-run walkoff homer from Eagle Tom Sullivan. Livingston Manor, the NYS defending Class D champions, lost 4-3 by surrendering a bases-loaded walk to John A. Coleman Catholic in the Section 9 title game. The Manor girls who are defending state champs in Class D softball move on to play Deposit. Tri-Valley baseball and Livingston Manor softball are the only teams left alive in Sullivan County as of this writing.
At the Section 9 track and field state qualifier, a number of county athletes qualified for the state meet at Cicero North High School in Syracuse on June 8 and 9. They include the following: Liberty’s Kane Sauchuck in the 110 hurdles (15.48) and the 400 hurdles (56.25); Eldred’s Hunter Proscia in the 3000 Steeplechase (9:53.64); Sullivan West’s Mitch Paciga in the high jump (5-10); Liberty’s Kenny Jaycox in the long jump (21.7.25); Fallsburg’s Michael Robinson in the triple jump (44-9); Liberty’s Mike Hinton in the discus (143-7); Liberty’s Peter Koval in the javelin, which is not a state event (144-5); Fallsburg’s Candhace Forrest in the 100 (13.03); Tri-Valley’s Mareena DiMilia in the 100 hurdles (16.03) and the shot put (34-10); Tri-Valley’s Katlynn Greffrath in the pentathlon (2230 points); Tri-Valley’s Dominique Darby in the shot put (36-1); Eldred’s Breanna Brucher in the pole vault (10-3). Tri-Valley’s Jimmy Bernstein missed the state meet by two hundredths of a second in the 1600 but recorded a PR of 4:26.24, which qualifies him for Eastern States. Eldred’s Hunter Proscia missed out in the 3200 by four hundredths of a second.
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