Eli Ruiz | Democrat
Sabrena Smith (10) hoists a shot up over Sullivan West defenders during the BCANY Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Smith was Tri-Valley's floor general during a successful 14-6 season.
fared this winter
Story by Jon Dinan
GRAHAMSVILLE April 5, 2013
Coach: Brian Tingley
Record: 13-7 overall
Season Highlights: “Alex Brown’s buzzer-beater putback that allowed us to beat Fallsburg. We scored five points in the last 10 seconds to get a very hard-fought home win.
Shatik Smith also sealed a victory for us when he went coast to coast for a lay-up in the final seconds of our game against Livingston Manor.”
Coach’s Comment: “Our team this season was a well-rounded group. They could do a little bit of everything, and every night we would have someone different step up for us. We had a deep bench and players with many different styles. We need to improve our shooting in the off season, but we are already really looking forward to next year.”
Looking Ahead: “We are losing James Pugh, Cody Exner, Rodney Jester, Shatik Smith and Gavin DuBois so we will be rebuilding a little bit next year. But we have some talented JV players like Jared James, Justin Swarthout, Zach Neilsen, and Deon Lynch who will be moving up. It will be a dog fight, but we expect to be competitive.”
Coach: John Tenbus
Record: 14-6 overall
Season Highlights: Beating Burke at home on Senior Night, making it to sectionals and getting a home sectional game. Also being victorious over Rhinebeck in the opening Sectional game. Another highlight was the night Katlynn Greffrath broke the school record by hitting three-pointers in a single game.
Coach’s Comment: “I would like to thank my seniors for their hard work and dedication over the past four years. I will miss them all. Also to my returning players and new players moving up, be prepared to give it your all, and I am excited for next season.”
Looking Ahead: “Next year will be tough. The teams in our division will be very good and we are looking to compete at our highest level each and every game.”
Coaches: Joe and Missy Iatauro
Season Highlights: Won the divisional. Two individuals made the state meet (Mareena DiMilia for long jump and shot put and Aric Boyes for shot put.) “It was unfortunate that we didn’t have the sectional meet because on paper it looked like we would’ve won, but this was the season of the snow.”
Coach’s Comment: “We’re very thankful for our team. We have the best parents and best athletes. They do what they’re supposed to do, and it shows in their performance, so we’re very thankful. There’s no other school we would’ve rather spent our careers.”
Looking Ahead: “Both Joe and I wil be retiring after this season, but I hope next year’s team goes on to carry on the Tri Valley tradition. We had an awesome senior class. The list of good senior athletes is endless, but we have a lot of talent in lower grades so next year’s team should be competitive.”
Coach: Michael March
Season Highlights: Kevin Palko winning the Section 9 championship, becoming the first wrestler in Tri-Valley's short, three-year history to make it to the state tournament.
Also practicing with the other Section 9 schools in preparation for the tournament was a “tremendous experience and I feel that it really built camaraderie within the Section between both the wrestlers and the coaches,” said March.
Coach’s Comment: “Tri-Valley is a relatively new program that has come a long way in three years. In order to keep progressing and to be competitive, we need to get students involved with wrestling at a younger age. At this time, we only have a varsity program. My hopes are to build a strong modified program and eventually have a youth program throughout the elementary level. All in due time, I'm sure.”
Looking Ahead: “Next season I have some returning wrestlers and am hoping for a decent crop of freshmen. Steven Graham will be returning as a senior and I am expecting great things from him. Joshua Borozny and Jesse Harris are also returning to the program as seniors. Both have improved a great deal and are expected to be team leaders next year. Logan McKeon will be returning as a sophomore and also has a promising future.”