Story by Jon Dinan
LAKE HUNTINGTON March 22, 2013
Coach: Bruce Nober
Record: 12-6, 3-3 league
Season Highlights: Won Walton Tournament; defeated Class A Monticello and Port Jervis; beat Tri-Valley in BCANY Cancer Classic at Monticello High School.
Coach’s Comment: “We played great through strecthes, especially in the middle of the season. It’s a shame we had to end the season on a sour note, but my guys played very hard this season and I’m proud of them.”
Looking Ahead: “We had a relatively young team this year. We only had two seniors so most of the roster will be returning. We had three sophomores who played well, and there are some talented sophomores on the JV team that will be moving up to varsity next season.”
Coach: Pat Donovan
Record: 3-15, 0-6 league
Season Highlights: Defeating Section IX Class D champion Livingston Manor at home, and earning two victories over the Family School.
Coach’s Comment: “We had a great season this year. Even though our record wasn’t very impressive, we worked hard six days a week and never quit. I’m proud of the fact that we showed opponents that we can be physical and we played a lot bigger than we really are.”
Looking Ahead: “As always we hope to make sectionals next season. Our whole roster will be returning, and we’re looking forward to getting back to work over the summer and making another run at it next year.”
Girls’ Indoor Track
Coach: Joe Seidl
Season Highlights: Hannah Feinman , Kelsey Dutton and Rosa Martinez made it to state qualifiers in West Point; Kelsey Dutton won a silver medal in the 1000m run at the Sullivan County Championships, only missing the gold by a second and a half, and Feinman won a bronze in the 55m hurdles.
Coach’s Comment: “I think overall this season was pretty successful. I was very pleased with the progress we made. I would like to thank all the girls for their effort this season and I look forward to spring track.
Looking Ahead: “This season we only had three seniors and one junior on the team, but we have a core group of ninth graders that are very talented, and in rebuilding any program you want to start wtih younger kids.
“I really think the future bodes well for the Sullivan West girls’ track Program. I look forward to coaching this team over the next couple of years, and I think within two years we’ll be able to unseat Tri-Valley and take back our place as Section 9 champions.
Boys’ Indoor Track
Coach: Ron Bauer
Season Highlights: MitchPaciga reached the state finals in high jump and finished 10th with a jump measuring 6’3”.
Paciga won the high jump at the county championship while Reed Scott and Kevin Hart finished second respectively in the 3200m and 300m.
In the OCIAA meet, Anthony Rydell and Paciga both earned medals.
At the Class B level, Paciga was the number one seed in the high junp and hurdles; Scott was the second seed in the 3200 meters as was Hart in the 300 meters; Rydell was the fourth seed in the weight throw.
Coach’s Comment: “I want to thank the athletes for all their hard work. They showed great effort and great imoprovemtnt. I would also like to thank all the parents for the fine support and the administration for helping with scheduling during a very hectic year in terms of weather.”
Looking Ahead: “We have many young athletes on the team who showed great improvement. Hopefully next year we can challenge Tri Valley for the top spot in Section 9.”
Coach: Lionel Billard
Season Highlights: Senior Drew Billard won the Section IX championship and finished 14th at state. “All this was possible because of his hard work and dedication.”
“29 losses might seem like a losing season, but this year we beat teams like Monticello, Warwick, Kingston, Monroe-Woodbury and O’Neill.
Coach’s Comment: “This year our team went out and performed in rain, snow, and very cold conditions, and our hard work paid off. This was one of the best records in school history.
“I want to thank my seniors for demonstrating leadership and sportsmanship. They are the main reason we had such a great year.”
Looking Ahead: “I’m always looking for more girls to join the team, and hopefully we will get the modified program up and running next year to help support Sullivan West skiing and supply skiiers for the varisty team for years to come.”