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December 10, 2016
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Wheel of fortune

Tri-Valley sophomore Caroline Martin goes aloft over defenders in the Lady Bears’ losing effort against Division IV rival Chester. The Lady Hambletonians wrested the division title from the three-time defending Lady Bears with a regular season sweep.

While the comparative impact of the aforementioned theories is subject to debate, the notion of change is not. “To everything there is a season,” Ecclesiastes reminds us.

Sullivan West’s boys teams struggled mightily after the success of the good years like 2005 and 2006, but beginning last year and now into this one, the wheel has turned. Dynamic wins last week against once-powerful, now vastly diminished Liberty, to the tune of 81-39, and then a 67-49 victory against a very talented and quick Tri-Valley team that has also turned its success northward of late, evinced the inevitability of change. It is not random. It is forged by a collusion of talent (sometimes that does involve luck of having people in the right place and the right time) and hard word—the will, perseverance and the right kind of mentoring.

The stats: Sullivan West (7-3) downed Tri-Valley 67-49 led by Matt Cardona’s 27 points. The Bears (8-3) will have a rematch with the Westies at this week’s Fifth Annual Sullivan County BCANY versus Cancer Classic Tournament, slated for Sullivan County Community College on February 8-9.

Other games on the docket feature Friday Night clashes between Roscoe and Fallsburg boys and Eldred and Livingston Manor girls. Saturday offers T-V vs SW boys rematch and T-V vs. SW girls. Monticello and Liberty jayvee and varsity will face off. Last year’s tourney raised upwards of $3,000 for the Catskill Regional Oncology Unit. This year’s added games will hopefully add to that total.

Correction: Mitch Paciga’s high jump was 6-3, not 6-4 as reported. It was a personal best but one inch shy of the Section 9 lead.

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