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Headliners and highlights: 12 from‘12

Sullivan West’s Patrick Pierce throws down a thunderous dunk versus Eldred in January 2012.
Photos by Richard A. Ross,

By Richard Ross
January 2, 2013

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Every year brings its share of milestone sports moments, replete with championships, record-setting performances and accomplishments beyond the pale. Each season begins with team and individual hopes and aspirations and ends with its share of indelible memories of joy as well as some hard-to-fathom disappointments.

Sports is indeed the theatre of life and this year was certainly no exception. Portrayed here are just a dozen memories drawn from a wellspring of literally thousands. For the best recap of all, visit and click on each and every month from 2012 to see the stunning depth reflected in the sports rearview mirror. Each week’s biggest stories were recounted in The River Reporter.

Congratulations to the legions of athletes from the Sullivan County schools who gave their all over this sensational 12-month span. Kudos as well to the fine coaches who mentored them and the parents and communities who supported and affirmed their efforts.

Now as 2013 gets started, the process begins anew. In weeks to come, the hallmarks of 2013 will soon appear on these pages, the most salient of which will form next December’s year-end retrospective.