Kristine Sumfleth | Democrat
One of the highlights of Tri-Valley's spring sports season was Mareena DiMilia qualifying for the state meet in the shot put.
Spring Sports Recap: Tri-Valley
GRAHAMSVILLE June 21, 2013
Coach: John Rusin
Record: 13-9 overall, 7-5 division, 2-1 in the playoffs.
Season Highlights: “Started off with a 2-6 record and made it to a third consecutive Section IX Championship game.”
Coach’s Comments: “It was a great season and we had a lot of fun. This team never quit and I was extremely proud of them. We had great senior leaders and they will be missed.”
Looking Ahead: “Much like this season, we will return a solid core of players next year. Much of our pitching returns if everyone can stay healthy, I expect us to be competitive next season as well.”
Coach: Jason Closs
Record: 9-3 overall and division.
Season Highlights: Dion Lynch qualifying for sectionals.
Most Valuable Player - Dion Lynch; Most Improved Player - Kyle Rogers; Coaches Award - Mark Garigliano
Coach's Comments: “This season we were a very young team. Six of the twelve golfers on the team were new to the program including Sam Tingley, Kainan Justiniano, Dean MacGhee, Lane Mitchell, Bryan Lowe and Logan McKeon. Returning to the program were: Mark Garigliano, Dion Lynch, Ryan Sanok, Garrett Castle, Brady Rogers and our lone senior Kyle Rogers.
This year was a rebuilding year for the program with so many new golfers, but because of consistent play by our young players, we had a solid year. We ended our season 9-3 and lost two of our matches by 3 strokes or less. Each match we had golfers step up with solid rounds to help us win. This team did not only win on the golf course, but they also did very well in the classroom. We qualified for the NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Team Award with a team GPA average of over a 91.”
Looking Ahead: “Next year, we return eleven golfers and six of our top seven scorers. With some work in the off-season, we should be very competitive within our division next season. Of course, Sullivan West and Eldred are returning a lot of their golfers as well. Improving our standing within the division will be challenging, as it should be.”
BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD
Coach: Joe Iatauro
Record: 4-0 in dual meets.
Season Highlights: OCIAA, Div. IV champions; third, Section IX Class C
State Meet Qualifier: senior Aric Boyes, 2nd in shot put, Div. II. Aric qualified for nationals in shot put and hammer, but will not be attending.
Coach’s Comments: “Great group of motivated young men who were a pleasure to coach in my final season after 39 years.”
Looking Ahead: “Terrific group of underclassmen with great coaches.”
GIRLS’ TRACK & FIELD
Coach: Missy Iatauro
Record: 4-0 in dual meets
Season Highlights: OCIAA Division IV champions; Section IX Class C champions (seventh consecutive year);
State Meet Qualifiers: Mareena DiMilia, 7th in shot put 7th, Div II; Kate Greffrath, 8th in high jump, Div. 11.
National Qualifiers in Greensboro, North Carolina: Mareena DiMilia, javelin and hammer; Brooke Gillette, walk; Autumn Bender, two-mile walk.
Coach’s Comments: “An outstanding final season with a top five team in 34 years.”
Looking Ahead: “Terrific future with a great team coming back with great coaches.”
Coach: Mary Fuesner
Record: 3-14 overall; 1-7 division.
Season Highlights: 1. Winners of the inaugural Monticello HS Softball Tournament; 2. Emily DiToro, junior pitcher, tossed a no-hitter vs. Liberty on tournament day, 4/27; 3. Winners of an extra inning game vs. Fallsburg; 4. MVP Defense - Emily DiToro, MVP Offense - Ashley Exner, MIP - Kayla Yager, and Coaches' Award winner - MiKayla Clearwater.
Coach's Comments: “This season we all persevered! We persevered despite the weather, a small roster, players who moved out of the district mid-season, players who sustained injuries and finally changes in schedules due to FFA and FBLA state conventions.”
Looking Ahead: “I am looking forward to a successful season with the veteran players who will be returning (and staying healthy, I hope!).
“I am looking forward to very talented junior varsity players "stepping it up" when they play varsity next season. Finally, I am looking forward to the same coaching staff working together for more success next season.”