Story by Jon Dinan
BOYS’/GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Coach: Ralph Bressler
Season Highlights: “Traveling to Saratoga Springs for the Burnt Hills Invitational and to Marathon for their invitational. They ran at Bear Mountain three times and all the boys improved their times.”
Top Performers: Luis Campos placed 8th in the Section IX Class C meet and was the second Sullivan County runner across the line. Branden Law improved his times by as much as five minutes on several courses. Tom Dapp, Jackson Krebs, Jon Nilsen all improved their times over the previous year and throughout the season.
Coach’s Comment: “Despite the girls being incomplete for the season, it was a pleasure to work with such a nice group of athletes. The boys practiced hard every day and saw the results as their times came down. Some days it was a little hard to get to practice, but every day the kids on the team could put a smile on my face.”
Coach: Debbie Simpson
Record:12-4; 3-3 (league)
Season Highlights: “Winning the inaugural Monticello tournament started our season on a high note. Beating Burke at Burke. Making it to sectional play for the fourth straight year. (Both of the above were team goals that we set in August.)”
Top Performers: Pedro Garcia 23 assists, 15 goals. Gustavo Romero- 17 goals, 4 assists. Brendan Siegel, Luis Campos, Jorge Palma Reyes, and Jose Cruz- strong midfield and defensive play. Chris Symanski- strong defensive play. Julian Spina- strong in the goal again
Coach’s Comment: “This team worked well together from the very first game. They had a great chemistry on and off the field. Seventeen of 20 team members either scored or assisted on a goal this season.
“Achieving our team goals was a priority. In the classroom, the team earned NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete team status with a 92.167 average. I was very proud of the team and their successes this season. We are looking forward to next year as some talented underclassmen will be moving up to the varsity level.”
Coach: John Wilhelm
Record: 7-3; 6-2 (league)
Season Highlights: League wins vs. Burke and Dover as the underdog to get into sectionals. Then our sectional win against Millbrook, also as the underdog.
Top Performers: Ryan Henry and Quinn Jackson on offense, plus Kenny Jaycox before his injury and Tony Saravia, Ryan Henry and Atwoun Ackerley on defense.
Coach’s Comment: “This proved to be a very fulfilling season for Liberty Football. We are very proud of the accomplishments our football players made this season. With the loss of one of our best players (Kenny Jaycox) in week five to a season-ending knee injury, are playoff hopes were diminished. Somehow our kids banded together and managed to make it into the sectional final. It was a complete team effort.”
Coach: Anne Ramos
Record: 6-7; 1-5 (league)
Season Highlights: In their last game of the season, Liberty defeated Burke at home.
Top Performers: Maria Lordice Romero, Cindy Fuentes, Lara Heslock, Zaira Pabon, and Maria Angelen Romero
Coach’s Comment: “It was a difficult season because we had 2 ties, and a couple of games in which we lost by one goal. Our record definitely does not reflect our amount of talent and competitiveness.”
Coach: Julie Buck
Record: 2-14; 2-13 (league)
Season Highlights: “Midway though the season, we began to gel as a team and started working together nicely. Afterwards, our blocking got much better and we steadily improved our amount of kills per game.”
Top Performers: Cortney Sawyer, Tea Williams, Breanna O ‘Malley, and Ali Budd.
Coach’s Comment: “The girls worked very hard this season going back to the basics, and that learning will help for next season as most of our girls will be returning. I believe they will come back with a much better understanding of the sport.”