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Rob Potter | Democrat

Liberty's Gene Doyle skis towards the finish line during an OCIAA meet at Holiday Mountain this winter.

Winter sports recap: Liberty

By Rob Potter

Boys’ Basketball
Record: 7-13 overall, 2-4 in Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Division IV.
Season Highlight: “Our best moment came when we beat [James I.] O’Neill on the road in the quarterfinals of sectionals,” Coach Mike Salvia said.
Coach’s Comment: “We had a very dynamic season with a lot of ups and downs,” Salvia said. “It took a lot of focus and desire from a determined group of kids to make our season as successful as it was.”
Looking Ahead: “We have one returning starter in Ryan Henry, who is going to be a very good player for us,” Salvia commented. “We will complement him with a group of hard working underclassmen who have been coming through our program for a couple years.”

Girls’ Basketball
Record: 8-11 overall, 3-3 in OCIAA Division IV.
Season Highlight: “Reaching the postseason for the first time in 10 years,” Coach Beth Quatrale said. “This was the team’s goal from the start of the season and I am extremely proud of the girls for reaching this goal as a team.”
Coach’s Comment: “This season was filled with excitement,” Quatrale said. “At the start of the season the girls made the choice to show true commitment to each other and they continued to do that throughout the entire season. Molding as a team and even more so as a ‘family’ is what gave us the extra push we needed to win a few close games this season. I am extremely proud of how far the girls have come as individuals and as a team.
Looking Ahead: “While the play and leadership of our seniors will be missed, we have a lot to look forward to for next season,” Quatrale commented. “We would like to continue to build a reputation of being a competitive basketball team. The girls have already shown interest in improving for next year and are putting in work in the offseason. I am looking forward to seeing who is going to step up next season!”

Alpine Skiing
Record: The boys’ team placed third in OCIAA Division II and fifth in Sectionals.
Season Highlight: “We had six out of 10 racers qualify for sectionals,” Coach Cindy Ellmauer said. “For the boys, it was Gene Doyle, Patrick Doyle, Ryan Zweck, Matt McPhillips and Josh DeCarlo. We had one girl, an eighth-grader, Kamry Conboy, who also qualified for sectionals.
Looking Ahead: “We have all but two seniors coming back so we are looking forward to next year because we’ll be adding two eighth-graders who have been training with our varsity for the past couple of years.”

Girls’ Indoor Track
Record: No division record as in wins/losses. The team was the runner-up in OCIAA Division IV to Marlboro. In addition, the Lady Indians finished second at the Sullivan County Championship Meet.
Season Highlight: “Rebeccah Harman was the Section IX Class B triple jump champion,” Coach Debbie Simpson said. “Amanda Bertholf qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) indoor track and field championships in the pole vault with a personal best vault of 9 feet, 3 inches – which also ties the school record. She performed well in the state meet, besting her seeding.
The team was a NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete team with a 93.583 team GPA.
Coach’s Comment: “This was a successful season for the girls,” Simpson said. “They were exciting to watch compete and had great energy and determination. Each girl was constantly improving on times and distance as the season progressed. Many girls moved into scoring roles, including several underclassmen which contributed to the overall success of the team. Six girls, including two freshmen, met the standard for State Qualifiers in 10 events.”
Looking Ahead: “I am looking forward to these freshmen and sophomores taking an even greater role in the success of the program next year, with our juniors moving into leadership roles,” Simpson commented. “A large majority of girls are also participating in spring track and will be continuing to hone their skills.
“With a strong modified program in spring track, we should be able to add a group of girls next year to the varsity level that have some experience coming in,” Simpson added.

Season Highlights: “We had four wrestlers place at the Section IX Tournament,” Coach John Lennon said. “We had one sectional champion, a second place finisher and two fourth place finishers. The sectional champion was junior Andy Martinez at 189 pounds. This is the second straight year he has been a sectional champion. He went on to states and placed sixth there. He became Liberty’s first state tournament place finisher since 1963.
Our second place sectional finisher was senior Vinny Webbe at 138 pounds. The two fourth place finishers for us at sectionals were senior Dylan Blackwell at 108 pounds and eighth-grader Luis Rivera at 115 pounds.”
Coach’s Comment: “It was a good season,” Lennon said. “We had good group of wrestlers who worked hard and improved. The only bad thing was that we didn’t have enough wrestlers for a full squad.”
Looking Ahead: “We have some good modified wrestlers who will be moving up to varsity next year,” Lennon commented. “And we have many of the guys from this season coming back. We should have a good season next winter. Hopefully, we will have enough wrestlers to have a full squad.”

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