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August 24, 2016
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Survival instinct

Roscoe’s Rob Taurino scores two of his career-high 45 points as Fallsburg’s Aaron Burrell defends. Fallsburg defeated Roscoe 73-59.

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.