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Night fever

Sullivan West’s Ryan Feeney scores a goal against Tri-Valley.
Photos by Nick Piatek,

By Richard Ross
October 18, 2012

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Chilly nights and excitement under the lights defined Spirit Week action for Sullivan West fans as the docket featured Senior Nights for the girls’ and boys’ soccer teams on October 3 and 4 and a Homecoming Football extravaganza on October 5 versus Pine Plains. Flowers, smiles, hugs and victories provided the warmth to offset plummeting temperatures.

The girls got things going with a 6-0 non-league win over Chapel Field that began by the honoring of elder stateswomen Hannah Feinman, Kaitlyn Taylor and Cassidy Sauer. Sophomore Carly Grishaber scored first. Feinman followed suit, as did freshman Megan Brockner, junior Marianne Durkin and Sauer, who had two goals on the night. The Lady Bulldogs only need one more win in their next four games to qualify for sectionals.

The boys soccer team defeated Tri-Valley, 4-0, the next night, as seniors Jonah Bauer, Ryan Feeney, Richard Lander, Adam Murphy, Andrew Siegel, Gregory Stevenson and Eli Vaknin were honored. Feeney’s early goal set the tone against the winless Bears. Miguel Ramos scored and Lander added a penalty kick with a streaking shot into the lower left corner of the net. Siegel scored last. He had served in goal for most of the game before Noah Bauer took over the cage in the game’s final 12 minutes. The 5-5 Bulldogs need three more wins, out of their remaining six games, to qualify for sectionals.

Football Homecoming began with the crowning of King Sawyer Erlwein and Queen Dani Myers. Football seniors Blain Reddish, Joe Schroeder, Brad Hemmer, Sawyer Erlwein, Tyler Bernitt, Scott Herbert and Scott Erdman presented flowers to their parents before the Bulldogs, 6-1 (3-0 Class C Division II), evinced a one-sided 43-7 win over the winless Pine Plains. The scoring began with a safety, as a punt attempt by the Bombers resulted in a high snap and the ball sailed into the end zone. The Dawgs added a six-yard TD run by Andrew Stabbert shortly thereafter. Michael Sedlack’s PAT made it 9-0. A 71-yard ramble by Erlwein made it 15-0 as the first-half fireworks continued. Jared Meola ran it in from the two, just before the half, but the Dawgs weren’t done. A 23-yard fourth down run by Erlwein and a two-point conversion pass to Meola made it 29-0 at the break.