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Far from the end…

They’re back! Sullivan West’s famous Dawg Pound, one of Section 9’s premiere cheering sections, does the wave to the ministrations of new maestro Cody Franskevicz.
Photos by Richard A. Ross,

By Richard Ross
December 26, 2012

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Well, we’re still here despite Mayan predictions to the contrary; another apocalypse come and gone. So still breathing and reading this at the end of the 2012 calendar year in high school sports, one might be apt to reflect on the iconic athletic milestones of the past 12 months. But we’ll save those “Auld Lang Syne” pictorial reminiscences for the next issue, starting the New Year by casting a final glance back at the old one. But right now, we are enmeshed in the throes of the winter sports season, which began in early December and ends in mid March.

As such, everything is quite literally up in the air, metaphorically depicted by high jumpers, pole vaulters, basketball leapers and wrestlers tossed aloft by skillful mat mavens. Flying cheerleaders go skyward in heart-defying stunts, skiers hit snowy jumps and go streaking through the wintry sky and, of course, the zany fans of winter sports are always hovering in frenzied anticipation of the next stunning moment, hoping never to come down from their winter euphoria.