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Tri-Valley's Elizabeth Bracken skies down the course during an orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association meet this winter at Holiday Mountain in Bridgeville.

Winter Sports Recap: Tri-Valley

By Lori Brown
Boys’ Basketball
Record: 12-7 overall
Season Highlight: “Winning in Chester, which is typically a place that gives us nightmares,” Coach Brian Tingley said.
Coach’s Comment: “In compiling our 12-6 regular season record, we were able to play 10 to 12 players in each game, so even our younger players got a chance to play at the varsity level,” Tingley said. “This should prepare them well for what is coming next year.”
Looking Ahead: “We will be returning eight players, many of whom have seen a lot of playing time this year,” Tingley commented. “Some of our players are already working on improving themselves. We will have some great competition at practices next year as kids compete for playing time. We are planning on making a deep Sectional run next year, but that run has to begin in the offseason.”

Girls’ Basketball
Record: 18-2 overall, 9-1 in Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Division V. Shared the Div. V title with Tuxedo.
Season Highlight: “Winning the division for the third year in a row, and making it to the championship game for Section IX Class C,” Coach John Tenbus said.
Coach’s Comment: “As far as the season goes, my girls worked hard each day and continued to get better,” Tenbus said. “We played in some close games and had to work together to win those. I am very proud of my girls this year.
Looking Ahead: “Next season we look to continue to improve both individually and as a team,” Tenbus commented. “We hope to play some bigger schools next year to push us even further. We would love to make a run at sectionals again.”

Alpine Skiing (Combined team with Fallsburg)
Record: The girls’ team was 31-17 and placed third in OCIAA Division I. The boys’ team was 13-35 and finished fifth in OCIAA Division I.
Season Highlight: “With eight returning team members 12 new skiers joined the team, more than doubling our numbers,” said Coach Janet Carey, who guided the team with Coach Tamara Coney. “Our girls team came in third in the division – and at some races, came in second.
“Tri-Valley senior Ryan Erts skied well this season with third and fourth place finishes in both slalom and giant slalom,” Carey continued. “He was tied as fourth seed to sectionals, where he came in fifth in slalom and ninth overall. He earned a spot on the Section IX team to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Championships at Lake Placid.
“Tri-Valley junior Sarah Coney consistently posted a top 10 score at division races and finished seventh in the division. At sectionals, Sarah placed 10th in slalom and 12th overall.
“Tri-Valley senior Elizabeth Bracken finished in the top 15 at all races and finished 13th in the division. At sectionals, she finished 28th in giant slalom and 28th overall.
“Our best young newcomer finishes were by Zak Steingart, a Fallsburg eighth-grader, who finished 16th in a slalom and 27th in the division,” Carey continued. “Taylor Pavese, a Tri-Valley seventh-grader, finished 19th at a giant slalom and 21st in the division. Megan Porter, a Tri-Valley eighth-grader, finished 22nd in slalom and 25th overall.”
Coach’s Comment: “This season will long be remembered as the warm one without snow, but the ski areas worked hard to run all the races as scheduled,” Carey said. “We were excited to have new team members and proud of everyone’s efforts to improve throughout the winter. Our seniors, Ryan Erts and Liz Bracken, as well as Greg Bedik of Fallsburg, Hunter Kennedy of Tri-Valley and Brina Bobik of Tri-Valley will be missed by the entire team.”
Looking Ahead: “Next season we will be looking forward to returnees Cody Vegliante of Fallsburg, Dan Short of Tri-Valley, Devon Bagley of Tri-Valley, Sam Goldstein of Tri-Valley, Gabriel Paxton of Fallsburg, Liz Loarca of Fallsburg, Brooke Rappaport of Fallsburg, Bryanna Rivas of Tri-Valley, Ashlyn Mathews of Tri-Valley, Aria Paxton of Fallsburg and Brittany Leventoff of Fallsburg and the younger racers already mentioned for making some new records for themselves.”

Record: 3-17
Season Highlight: “John Monforte and Kevin Palko took third in Section IX and Jesse Harris took fourth in Section IX,” Coach Michael March said. “This year we held the first home wrestling match in school history.”
Coach’s Comment: “This was only the second year for Tri-Valley’s wrestling program and the team made great improvements overall,” March said. “We had three place winners in the Section IX Tournament.”
Looking Ahead: “I am looking forward to working with several young returning veterans as well as a number of new athletes who will join the team,” March commented.

Indoor Track and Field
Record: The girls’ and boys’ teams won the OCIAA Division V title.
The girls’ and boys’ teams won the Sullivan County Team Championship
The girls’ team won the Section IX Class B Title and placed 11th at the OCIAA Championship Meet.
The boys’ team placed second to Ellenville at the Section IX Class B Championship Meet and finished 14th at the OCIAA Championship Meet.
Season Highlight: Coaches Joe Iatauro and Missy Iatauro noted that three T-V athletes qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) and/or the National Meet.
The State Meet qualifiers were Dominique Darby in the Shot Put and Jim Bernstein 1600-meter run.
The National Meet qualifiers were Darby in the Weight Throw, Bernstein in the 2-mile run and Brooke Gillette in the Mile Walk.

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