Democrat Photo by Rob Potter
ACTION: Dorthel Seibles of Livingston
Manor, left, puts up a shot against Becky Evans
of Roscoe during the Section IX Class D
championship game at West Points Christl
Arena earlier this month. Roscoes Alexis
Eggleton is between the two players while Mary
Kate Johnston looks on at right.
Seibles Share MVP Title
By Rob Potter
SULLIVAN COUNTY March 31, 2000 -- One player was her teams
leading scorer and helped that squad capture the Western
Sullivan League and Section IX Class D titles.
The other player reached the 1,000-point plateau and
contributed greatly to her team, which finished the
season as the Section IX Class D runner-up.
No question about it, Becky Evans of Roscoe and Dorthel
Seibles of Livingston Manor were extremely valuable to
the Lady Blue Devils and Lady Wildcats, respectively,
over the course of the 1999-2000 basketball season.
For that reason, the two outstanding senior centers were
chosen as co-Most Valuable Players of the Western
Sullivan League during a meeting of league coaches last
I was pleased that both were selected, said
Roscoe coach Becky Ahart. Its very fitting
that the two of them were honored by being chosen most
Evans, who finished her varsity career with 884 points,
averaged 18.4 points, 13.4 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 2.4
assists per game in the 1999-2000 campaign.
Becky was a total team player, Ahart
explained. She scored her points and grabbed a lot
of rebounds, but she was always concerned about her
teammates and how the team did. She and her teammates set
goals at the beginning of the season and they went out
and accomplished them.
Those goals of course were capturing the last-ever WSL
crown and claiming the Class D title as well.
While Evans said she was very happy to learn
of her MVP status, it was not a specific goal she had set
It feels good to be co-MVP, but I never went out
for a game thinking that I had to score this many points
or grab this many rebounds, she said. I was
thinking about what I could do to help our team
Evans, who was a WSL first-team selection a year ago,
gave a lot of credit for her co-MVP accolade to her
coaches and fellow Lady Blue Devils.
Ms. Ahart was there to help whenever I needed
it, Evans commented. And Mr. [assistant
varsity coach Christopher] Russo gave me some pointers.
It was nice having a woman coach and a man coach; the two
points of view helped a lot.
Like Evans, Seibles was a first-team all star last
season. The 1999-2000 season, however, was the first one
where Seibles was a full-time starter for the Lady
Wildcats. As a sophomore, she came off the bench and last
year she shared starting assignments with Leyna Madison.
Seibles made the most of her increased playing time as
she averaged 21.1 points and 13.9 rebounds a contest,
leading the team in both categories. And she finished her
stellar career with 1,001 points.
Manor coach Gail Whaley was not too surprised that
Seibles was recognized by the league coaches.
When you think about MVP, you think about who
helped their team the most and that criteria certainly
applies to Dorthel, said Whaley. She was a
team leader and a very hard worker.
Seibles said she thought there was a chance she would win
the award, but wasnt totally sure.
I was excited when I found out about it, she
said. I thought Becky (Evans) was going to get the
award. We are both deserving of the award and Im
glad the (league) coaches didnt have to choose
Like Evans, Seibles was quick to point out that her
teammates and coaches helped me out quite a
The co-MVPs faced each other in three games this season.
And they spent a great deal of time in those contests
trying to stop each other from scoring an easy bucket or
snaring a key rebound.
So they each appreciate how the other plays the game.
Shes a really confident player, Seibles
said of Evans. Shes a solid player under the
basket and is a good outside shooter.
Shes a very aggressive player, Evans
said of Seibles. Its very hard to stop her