In wrestling, Liberty hosted the Section 9 Division II championships that saw Tri-Valley senior Kevin Palko (152) capture the school’s first-ever title. Liberty senior Andy Martinez (182) and Eldred’s Jesse Corcoran (220) were victorious as well. Nick Piatek’s glorious album of photos offers a visual anthem to this indoor manifestation of winter marvels. Speaking of marvelous winter showings, in girls basketball, Tri-Valley (10-5, 4-3 OCIAA) rebounded from back-to-back Division V losses to Chester and Tuxedo with an inspiring 74-46 win over Fallsburg that completed a season sweep of the talented Lady Comets and continued the Lady Bears’ year-to-year dominance of their neighboring rival. Fallsburg has yet to beat Tri-Valley during the reign of Comets’ coach Daniel Redmond. This game was far closer than the final score appeared and actually had Fallsburg within one point of their adversaries midway in the third quarter before the Lady Bears would use a 27-8 fourth quarter outburst to run away from the visitors, who had hoped to finally top the team they’d love most to beat. Junior Katlynn Greffrath led T-V with 24 points that include a quintet of treys. Junior Sabrena Smith posted her best game of the year at both ends of the floor. She and senior Nicole Bradley each contributed 14 points to the cause. Fallsburg 9-6 (1-6 OCIAA) was led by senior standout Nyasia Blakney, who poured in a game-high 26 points.
The latest winter storm caused the postponement of the Sullivan County BCANY Coaches vs. Cancer tournament, which will now be held on February 16 in a day-long cavalcade of boys and girls high school basketball. The college games will be held on February 17. For ongoing winter stories as well as archives of seasons past, visit www.sportsinsightsny.com. Photos can be found at www.sportsinsights.smugmug.com.