Record: 4-10 overall, 2-8 in OCIAA Division V division
Season Highlight: Sophomore Arturo Perez has made a nice recovery since being injured in a collision with a Tri-Valley player during a game. “He is doing well and has been practicing and playing,” Coach Herb Foertsch said of Perez.
Goalie Dustin Foertsch scored his first career goal with a successful penalty kick. “ Foertsch smashed his single-game saves record with 31 stops in our the season opener against Tuxedo.
Jose Rubio was the team’s top scorer this year with five goals and four assists,”
Coach’s Comment: “We had a very, very, young team with many ninth and 10th graders,” Foertsch said. “We had only three seniors Sam Didinsky, Dustin Foertsch and Daniel Justiniano.”
“It was a big jump for the younger players as there is no JV team. The kids went from modified to varsity and they weren’t prepared for this,” Foertsch added. “Other teams in our division are big and talented.”
Looking Ahead: “Next year we will still be in the learning stages,” Foertsch said. “We will be doing a lot of training and getting in shape early. We will be looking and scouting for a goalie for next year since we are losing a third generation goalie.”
Season Highlight: Senior Shanice Mack averaged three kills per game, with a total of 45 kills and 30 blocks for the season. Melissa Melko, a junior, had 82 service points with 32 aces this season. Jewelisa Trujillo, a junior, recorded 91 service points with 35 aces and made 127 digs. Jeweliana Trujillo, a junior, made 100 digs and 22 kills.
Coach’s Comment: “This was a tough season,” Coach Carlye Hyde said. “We play in a very large division with some great teams. Every game was a challenge, but the girls worked hard during each match. They improved their record from last season and kept smiles on their faces. As a new coach to this sport, I couldn’t have asked for more.”
Looking Ahead: The Lady Comets will lose five seniors to graduation Marie Countryman, Nicolle Freeman, Shanice Mack, Alexis McCarthy and Isabel Mejia.
“These seniors cannot be replaced,” Hyde explained. “However, I have five girls returning from this year’s team and am looking forward to a few girls moving up from the JV team. We have another challenging season next year, but I expect improvement.”
Season Highlight: Won and tied against Eldred, beat Family School twice and beat Chapel Field.
Coach’s Comment: “We scored 18 goals this season,” Michael Geller said.
Looking Ahead: “Key returners for next year’s team will include Sam Wiles, our top goal scorer, our starting goalie, Brooke Rappaport, and starting center defender Paige Seletsky,” Geller commented. “We are graduating three seniors this year that we will dearly miss and we will have to find new leadership next year to fill that void. We will be leaning heavily on our ninth-graders next year to take this year of experience and bring their games to the next level.”
Season Highlight: Senior captain and first singles player Heidi Furman qualified for the OCIAA singles championships. She has played in this tournament for four years. Newcomers Shannon Smith (junior) and Jennifer Sheeley (eighth grade) teamed up after playing singles during the season to represent the team in doubles at the OCIAA doubles championships. Another senior newcomer doubles duo, Dominique Darby and Heather Schoenleber, completed their season with a win at Liberty.
Coach’s Comment: “On the combined Fallsburg/Tri-Valley tennis team, it was an even split this year with five girls from Fallsburg and five girls from Tri-Valley,” Coach Janet Carey said. “We had a rebuilding year, after graduating 70 percent of our team members last season. I was glad to see that we could replace all those girls that graduated from last year. I am very proud of them and what they have accomplished. I am glad the schools are supportive of us.”
Looking Ahead: Losing Heidi Furman to graduation in first singles will be a difficult position to fill as she was the team’s most successful player this season.
Graduating only three players coupled with valuable experience gained by the remaining players should enable us “to be more competitive next year as a team.”