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December 03, 2016
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Survival instinct

Sullivan West senior Sawyer Erlwein looks to drive against Tri-Valley senior Cody Exner in the 5th Annual Sullivan County Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic. The Bulldogs’ 68-53 win also served as the championship game for the Walton Tournament. Erlwein was named to the All-Tournament team with teammate Matt Cardona who was hailed as MVP. T-V’s Shatik Smith and Alex Brown were selected to the All-Tourney team as well.
Photos by Nick Piatek, sportsinsightsny.com

Originally scheduled for the prior weekend at SCCC but postponed by snow, the two-day high school docket was moved to fit a daylong cavalcade of boys and girls games staged in the famous Pit, Monticello’s hallowed gymnasium. More important than the games themselves, which, of course, featured many of Sullivan County’s best and most talented athletes, was the event’s mission. This year’s tourney was dedicated to the memory of two beloved local icons who lost their battles to cancer: former Sullivan County Democrat sports editor Rob Potter and Jack Semo, the father of former Liberty High School Athletic Director Jason Semo. Both will be greatly missed; both touched many lives and changed our world for the better in their tenure among us. Once again, upward of $3,000 was raised for the Catskill Regional Oncology Unit, which has been the benefactor of this event since its inception. A more detailed account of the exact final tally raised and the details of the games can be found at www.sportsinsightsny.com.

Here is the skinny on the results: Girls: Eldred (6-9) 40, Liberty (3-12) 28; Tri-Valley (11-5) 68, Sullivan West (3-15) 38; Boys: Fallsburg (11-5) 73, Roscoe (5-11) 59; Sullivan West (11-5) 68, Tri-Valley (11-6) 53; Monticello (8-10) 64, Liberty (3-15) 26.

The Montie jayvee team downed Liberty 74-21. In college play, the Lady Generals defeated Queensborough Community College 73-28, while the SCCC Generals downed Queensborough 99-65.

Basketball sectionals will begin on February 23. The seeding meeting to set up the brackets will be held on February 21. Next week’s column will focus on the Sullivan County Indoor Track Championships, slated for February 19, and a preview of the basketball sectionals replete with any early results.