By Frank Rizzo
MIDDLETOWN May 9, 2000 -- Karen Gabriel of Cochecton, a 1998
graduate of Jeff-Youngsville Central School, has been
chosen Region XV Player of the Year after leading the
Orange County CC Colts to the top seed in the upcoming
Region XV softball tournament.
OCCC, the defending Region XV champs, start tournament
play with a first-round game against Suffolk West today
at 4 p.m. in Middletown.
After playing backup to hurler Heather Canfield
who led the Colts to third place at last years
national tourney Gabriel got her chance to start
this season and has dominated Region XV batters.
Until last Fridays loss to host Suffolk County CC,
Gabriel had won 17 straight games in the region (and OCCC
had its 40-game regional winning streak broken).
She finished the regular season 191 in Region XV
play, 207 overall.
I knew it was tough for her last year and I told
her to hang in, said OCCC coach Stacy Morris, who
was tabbed Region XV Coach of the Year. She earned
the [starting] spot and did a phenomenal job. Shes
an athlete, a hard worker, and gets better every