Peaks and valleys
Liberty (1-4) continued its struggles with a 51-47 home opening loss to Chapel Field, followed by an 89-32 Division IV thrashing at the hands of James I. O’Neill. Sullivan West (2-0) hosts O’Neill on December 19 and then travels to Liberty on December 21 for its two first league games of the season. Meanwhile, the Tri-Valley boys downed Chester in a league clash, coming from behind in the fourth quarter to grab the reins for a 70-61 victory. With other wins against Walton, Chapel Field and now Livingston Manor, the Bears are 4-0. Tri-Valley defeated Manor (1-2) 67-46 on December 17. The Wildcats’ sole win came versus Chapel Field, with losses to Sullivan West and T-V.
In the rigorous climb toward a successful season, each game represents only one step along the way; the route is rarely a level path. By season’s end, nearly every team will have inhaled some of the airy ethers of victory as well as the noxious vapors of defeat with, hopefully, a much larger dose of the former rather than the latter.
In indoor track at the developmental meet at West Point on December 8, several local athletes showed their ascension with fine performances. They included first-place finishes in the shot put by Tri-Valley’s Aric Boyes (45-11.5) and Mareena DiMilia (37-3), and a first-place finish in the high jump by Sullivan West’s Mitch Paciga (6-1). Second-place finishes were registered in the boys 55H by Paciga (8.6) and DiMilia (8.9), the boys 800 relay by Monticello (1:41.4), in the 1500 racewalk by Tri-Valley’s Mary Alongi (8:50.9) and in the weight throw by DiMilia (41-0.5).