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Jubilation junction

Carrying on a winning tradition: Tri-Valley’s girls pose after winning their third consecutive Section IX Class C cross-country championship. It was the school’s 21st girls Section IX cross-country title. Pictured are Autumn Bender, left, Alex Brooks, Brittany Pennell, Sabrena Smith, Brooke Gillette, Danielle Graham and Ali Reynolds.
Photos by Richard A. Ross, sportsinsightsny.com

By Richard Ross
November 6, 2013

MIDDLETOWN, BEAR MOUNTAIN and KINGSTON, NY — In what could only be described as a Yellow Jackets’ joy fest, Eldred celebrated a pair of priceless Section IX soccer championships and then had four runners qualify for states at the Section IX cross-country championships. The Eldred gym wall, already rife with banners from its storied history, will now have some welcome new additions.

It all began with the girls 3-2 Class D soccer final win over defending champion and arch rival Livingston Manor. Last year Manor beat Eldred 2-0 for the title. This season the two schools split their regular season encounters and shared the Division V crown. Trailing 2-1, Eldred got goals from Rebecca Morgan and Lynzee Kelty within a span of 1:23 in the final 10 minutes of the second half to author the 3-2 win. It was Kelty’s second goal of the game. Manor’s goal came from Farrah Mills and Ami Calo. Eldred keeper Jenna Burns had eight saves while Manor’s Ashlynne Ratner recorded five. Manor ended its season at 9-9. It was Eldred’s first girls sectional soccer title since 1986. The Lady Yellow Jackets improved to 10-7-1. Eldred will play the Section Two champion in a state quarterfinal on November 9 in Middletown.