By Rob Potter
LIBERTY The familiar sound of a basketball being dribbled on a hardwood court can be heard on a few evenings this summer in the Liberty High School and Middle School gymnasiums.
Once again, Liberty Central School is hosting the Sullivan County Summer Basketball League. Games are played on Monday and Wednesday nights in the two gyms.
League Director Jason Semo said that entry in the league was open to the first six boys’ and girls’ high school teams that signed up.
The six teams in the boys’ division of the league are: Fallsburg, Liberty, Liberty 2, Livingston Manor, Roscoe and Sullivan West. The Liberty 2 team actually has players from Fallsburg, Monticello and Liberty High Schools on its roster.
The six teams in the girls’ division of the league are: Fallsburg, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Roscoe, Sullivan West and Tri-Valley.
The league began on Wednesday, July 8 and will conclude on Wednesday, Aug. 5. During those four weeks of competition, each team will play nine games. Every team will have two games against four of the other teams in its division and one versus the fifth team in the division.
After watching some of the action last Wednesday night, Semo said the league was doing very well. He also noted that many people have joined together to make the league a success.
“I have to thank the Liberty Central School District for allowing us to use the middle school and high school gyms,” Semo said. “And members of the Liberty Indians Booster Club have helped with all of the paperwork for the league.
“Of course, we need to thank the referees,” he added. “Our Sullivan County officials have been very gracious with their time. They come out each night to officiate our games. We couldn’t have the league without them.”
Semo also thanked the coaches and, of course, the players for their efforts every Monday and Wednesday evening.
“It’s great to see the kids out here playing basketball,” he said. “It’s good for the Sullivan County high schools. These games are fun for the boys and girls and give them a chance to improve their basketball skills.”