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March 1, 2013 Issue
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A young Sullivan West boys’ baseball team has its eye on next season after making significant progress this spring, including winning four games in a row in one week.

Spring sports recap: Sullivan West

Story by Jon Dinan
Coach: Jim O’Connor
Record: 6-11
Season Highlight: Four-game winning streak beating Chester, Monticello, Port Jervis, and Chapel Field all in the same week.
Coach’s Comment: “We had a great set of kids on our team this season, and we had a lot of fun.”
Looking Ahead: “We have a very young team, and we hope to be very competitive next year.”

Boy’s Golf
Coach: Robert Fife
Record: 13-5, 11-0 in Division.
Season Highlight: Won 9th straight OCIAA Division IV title...Drew Billard placed 5th in the OCIAA Tournament and 10th in the Section 9 tournament.
Coach’s Comment: “SW’s golf program began in 2002. In 11 seasons our overall record is 145-52. Our league record is 100-12. Next season we look to have a hundred more wins than losses.”
Looking Ahead: “We have our top four golfers: Drew Billard, Devon Muzuruk, Eric Dnistrian and Cody Kubenik all returning for the 2013 season.”

Boys’ Track & Field
Coach: Ron Bauer
Record: 7-2
Season Highlight: Finishing second in the OCIAA Division IV...Mitch Paciga made it to state finals in High Jump... Won 23 medals at the Tri-Valley Relays...The boys’ and girls’ teams won a total of 43 medals at the Deppa Meet of Champions.
Coach’s Comment: “Some additional outstanding performances included: Mitch Paciga in the 110 hurdles; Matt Cardona in the high jump and long Jump; Anthony Rydell and Tyler Bernitt in the discus; Reed Scott in the 1600m and 3200m; Eric Haberli and Chris Scott in distance races; and Andrew Seigel in sprints and hurdles.”
Looking Ahead: “The team is very young, and should keep improving.”

Girls’ Golf
Coach: Patrick Donovan
Record: 6-7; 2-2 division
Season Highlight: Daphne Mizuruk qualified for sectionals at Apple Greens...Erin Finn missed qualifying for sectionals by two strokes and this was her first year on the team.
Coach’s Comment: “The season was exciting and challenging. Villa Roma’s Matt Kleiner and Kevin Ross were very helpful with the girls. It was a fun and relaxing season.”
Looking Ahead: “We are returning Erin Finn, Daphne Muzuruk and Liza Koradis next year. We hope to improve our record and contend for the division.”

Girls’ Track & Field
Coach: Kelly Schadt-Kelly
Record: 3-2-0
Season Highlight: Dani Myers and Corrine Van Wagner competed in Division 2 at State Qualifiers in the 2000 Steeplechase, placing 6th (8:28.88) and 8th (8:53.47), respectively.
Hannah Feinman placed 2nd in Sectionals for Class C in triple jump with a leap of 32’0” and tied for 5th place in Division 2 at State Qualifiers Triple Jump.
Kristina Sumfleth placed 2nd at the Class C Sectional Meet and 3rd in Division 2 at State Qualifiers in the 400 hurdles. She also tied for 2nd at Sectionals in high jump and 5th in pole vault.
In Amanda Rosenberger’s first season running track, she continually set personal records in the 100 (12.9) and 200 (27.24) meter dash. She also finished 6th at the Class C Sectional Meet in the 100 meter dash. Amanda is a recipient of the OCIAA Sportsmanship Award.
Rosa Martinez placed 6th in the 400 dash and Hannah Feinman place 6th in the 100 hurdles at the Class C Sectional Meet.
Olivia Grady placed 6th at Sectionals in the 800 meter run, setting her personal record at 2:37.53.
Rachel Deppa placed 7th at Sectionals in the 1500 meter run.
The 4 x 400 relay team, comprising of Olivia Grady, Kristina Sumfleth, Amanda Rosenberger and Rosa Martinez, finished 2nd at the Sectional Meet in Class C.
Coach’s Comment: “We continuing to develop a wide range of young and valued student athletes. In addition to the basic physical requirements of running, jumping and throwing, track and field demands a variety of athletic abilities including speed, upper body strength, endurance, coordination and determination. On many levels, the individual and team competitions are full of drama, personal defeats and triumph. However, competition is simple: individual vs. individual, one on one, man vs. man. One thing I have learned about this team is that each girl is a fighter.
“To achieve you must first attempt.”
Looking Ahead: “This season’s team members have learned several life lessons that transcend the sport, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, setting personal goals and creating a plan to achieve them, working as a team to help other teammates reach their goals, and how to overcome personal and team setbacks. These lessons learned and the experiences that they have had are tools to be used in their future endeavors.”

Coach: Mike Ellmauer
Record: 8-9 overall
Season Highlight: Winning OCIAA Division IV...Very competitive in our tough non-league schedule...Played in an extra-inning game using international tie-breaking rules.
Coach’s Comment: “We are already looking forward to next season only nine months away.”
Looking Ahead: “Our future looks bright. The upcoming kids are enthusiastic, they know the game, they know how to work, and they get along very well.”

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