By Rob Potter
MONTICELLO Monticello High School double-threat quarterback quarterback Shane Jackson is known for his ability to see the entire field and light up the scoreboard. Sunday he implored the 100 plus participants in the The Sullivan County Organized Recreation and Sports (SCORS) football program not to take their eye off the scoreboard that really counts.
“Don’t be a jock,” Jackson said at the season-ending awards dinner. “Don’t focus just on athletics. Concentrate and work hard in the classroom.
“Give it your all in everything you do,” he added. “If you keep working hard, you can accomplish whatever you put your mind to.”
The awards dinner held Sunday at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center in Monticello celebrated a successful season for SCORS in which more than 150 kids (from everywhere in Sullivan County) began the season and 105 finished, including football players and cheerleaders. Those who drop out often have scheduling conflicts or difficulty getting transportation to the practices.
“We had a great group of girls this season,” Cheerleading Director Jen McCoy said. “The ones who were dedicated and cheered for the entire season will be getting trophies today.”
SCORS fielded two Jaguars football teams and two Jaguars cheerleading squads this autumn. The Division I football team included boys from ages 5 to 9. The D-II football team consisted of 10- and 11-year-old boys. The D-I cheerleading team featured girls ages 7 to 10, while the D-II cheerleading team included 11-, 12- and 13-year-old girls.
The football teams played in the Sullivan County Youth Football League. The Jaguars played two games each against Liberty, Rockland and Tri-Valley.
One of the season’s highlights was the D-II Jaguars participation in the Turkey Bowl against Port Jervis on Nov. 12. SCORS defeated Port Jervis, 26-13.
Because of that victory, the D-II football players and cheerleaders received special awards at Sunday’s ceremony in addition to their participation trophies.
SCORS Commissioner Randy Richards explained that SCORS is more than just football.
“SCORS has other programs, including basketball, volleyball, arts and a steps dance program,” he said.
SCORS has an active fundraising program to make the equipment and uniforms more affordable for all of the football players and cheerleaders. AnnMarie Taylor-Hardy of the SCORS Fundraising Committee said that the organization has several fundraising endeavors.
“We did the Little Caesars Pizza fundraiser during the season,” Taylor-Hardy said. “For the holidays, we are going to be at the Sullivan County Government Center with a gift basket raffle.”
She noted that SCORS will also hold a bake sale at the Government Center.
As the awards dinner continued, a number of people were honored for their work with SCORS. They included Clyde Green, who is one of the Founders of the organization, Abel Corces (videographer), Jenny Hinton (photographer) and Jannette Torres, who is the Head of the Parent Committee.
Also recognized was Torres’ daughter, Nyasia Skinner-Blakney, who is a junior at Monticello High School. Torres’ noted that Skinner-Blakney helped out at SCORS practices and games to fulfill a community service requirement for her government class.
On behalf of SCORS, Richards thanked the community.
“We thank Mayor [Gordon] Jenkins and the Village of Monticello board for all of their support,” he said. “And we thank Athletic Director Doug Murphy and everyone in the Monticello schools for supporting us.”
Several members of the Monticello school and community were on hand to congratulate the SCORS players, cheerleaders and coaches.
Jenkins praised everyone involved with SCORS.
“SCORS is great for our community,” Jenkins said. “We need positive programs like this to keep our kids off of the streets. I feel honored to be here today.”
Village of Monticello Trustees T.C. Hutchins and Carmen Rue also congratulated all those who are associated with SCORS.
Murphy praised the program as well.
“We know how hard the players, cheerleaders and coaches worked this season,” he said. “Keep working hard. This a great program for the community.”
The members of the SCORS football and cheerleading teams as of the end of the season:
Division I Football
(Coaches Michael Ballard, David Caruso and Orlando Maldonado): Nasaj Bolden, David Caruso Jr., Shameeck Clemons, Christian Corces, Erik Dennis, Krishna Foster, Dylan Hardy, Collin Jackson, Jamar Jackson, Jalil Jones, Sorai LaFontant, Kareem Lane, Javon Lane, Orlando Maldonado, Tyler Martin, Isiah McNeil, Amari Nix, Ameir Nix, Xavaier Outlaw, Jivonte Stubbs, Alixander Toro and Sadrian Trotman.
Division II Football
(Coaches Michael Carpinone, Jason Grossman, Randy Richards and Eric Williams): Brandon Blakney, Nobel Bolden, Raul Braddock-Toala, Michael Bull, Michael Carpinone, Semaj Carter, Dylan DeGrote, Tremper Dymond, Darien Evans, Joshua Gattling, Khaseem Gattling, Tyler Green, Anthony Jackson, Duvon Lewis, Caleb McCallion, Dannez Moore, Nicholas Moreno, Noah Moreno, Randy Murran, Dameion Nedd, Khadeem Richards, Jonathan Rivera, Damorn Rucker, DaQuann Staten and DayShawn York.
Division I Cheerleading
(Coaches Lorraine Davis and Cicely McCoy): Amaya Burgess, Iyana Campbell, Adannya Carter, Kayla Colon, Aysa Edwards, Jailyn Jones, Keionna Martin, Nykayla Moorer, Angelina Rivera, Kya Torres and Courtney Travis.
Division II Cheerleading
(Coaches Jen McCoy and Avila Outlaw): Kailey DeGrote, Jordyn Gonzalez, Aryana McCoy, Niyree Outlaw, Savanna Peart, Jahdeja Richards, Kemaia Rucker and Aliyna Toro.