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Eldred’s Nik Dilles jumps high into the air and uses both of his hands to control a rebound during an Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association Division V basketball game versus Tuxedo.

Winter recap: Eldred

By Anya Tikka
Boys’ Basketball
Record: 7-11
Season Highlight: “Our 54-53 victory over Livingston Manor, who played at Glens Falls in the State Final Four Basketball Championships,” Coach J.J. Gass said.
Coach’s Comment: “This season was a little disappointing because we did not reach our goal of making the Section IX Tournament,” Gass said. “We had some big wins and some tough losses throughout the season, but the one thing I can say is that our players put everything they had into every second of every game we played.”
Looking Ahead: Gass said it will be a very young team, with only one returning starting player. “We are moving back down to Class D next year, and our goal is to make the Sectional Tournament because once you’re in, anything can happen,” he commented.
Girls’ Basketball
Record: 5-12 overall, 2-8 in Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Division V
Season Highlight: “Participation in the ‘Coaches vs. Cancer’ game at Sullivan County Community College,” Coach Jolene Porter said. “That was a great experience for the team.”
Coach’s Comment: “I am very pleased with the dedication and progress made this season as all team members improved their skill level greatly,” Porter said.
Looking Ahead: With seven returning players and some great talent coming up from junior varsity, Porter believes the team will be very competitive next season.
Indoor Track and Field
Record: At the Section IX championships, the boys’ team finished fourth among the 10 teams that scored and the girls’ team placed third among the 10 scoring teams. In the OCIAA championship meet, the boys’ team was fifth out of 16 teams and the girls’ team was ninth out of 20 teams. At the Sullivan County Championships, both teams placed fifth. In the OCIAA Division V standings, both teams finished second.
Season Highlight: “Sent four athletes to the State Finals, seven to Eastern Seaboards and four to Nationals in New York City recentl.
• Hunter Proscia, Alex Campanella and Breanna Brucher qualified for all the events. Hunter and Alex chose not to go to the Eastern Seaboards, but instead trained for the States that was coming up in a few days. Christine didn’t qualify for the States that used one event as a qualifier. The other three athletes who qualified for the Eastern Seaboards were Craig Burns, Erica Bowring and Dennis McCullough.
• In the competition, Christine broke her own personal as well as the school’s record, running the 800-meter race in 2:21. Craig and Dennis both ran in the 55-meter dash and Erika competed in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. States from Maine to Maryland take part in the competition. 
Coach’s Comment: “In all big meets we did really well,” Schorling said. “The kids really take pride in beating the bigger schools, and basically we were the only Class D school in winter track, apart from a couple of athletes from Chester, but it’s a bigger school.”
Looking Ahead: “I’m optimistic about spring,” Schorling commented. “It’s going to be different number wise. The team has between 13 and 16 girls and 16 boys. Last year, it was 20-20. Each kid can do four events. So when you lose one kid, you lose four events. But we’re still lucky we have some really good athletes.”

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