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Winning ways

Liberty’s Andy Hazelnis completes the anchor leg of the Indians’ victorious varsity 400 relay (46.0) at the Tri-Valley Relays.

May 8, 2012

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Much has been written about winning, a goal that for some borders on obsession. But, contrary to the oft-quoted words of the late Vince Lombardi, winning is far from the only thing. That said, it certainly does feel good to win, especially when you’ve worked long and had struggles along the way.

For the Sullivan West Bulldogs baseball team, putting together a string of three consecutive victories to offset a winless season start was uplifting. Victories over Chester and Chapel Field were nice, but a come-from-behind 8-7 win over Monticello was sweeter than sweet. Patrick Pierce hit a bases-clearing triple and then scored on an errant throw to third as the Bulldogs pulled ahead in the fourth inning after trailing 5-1. Junior hurlers Sawyer Erlwein and Karl Knecht combined for the win.

Monticello’s boys and girls track teams bested Port Jervis to remain unbeaten in their league. The Montie boys can lock up a third consecutive Division III title with a win over Liberty on May 9. Should the Lady Monties win there too, it will bring the first girls division title in more than 20 years.

At the Tri-Valley Relays held at the Iatauro Sports Complex on May 5, the Tri-Valley girls track team continued their barnstorm spring avalanche of success with a second-place finish overall and first among the small schools present. The Lady Bears were gold medalists in the following: F/S Sprint Medley Relay (4:36.7); 6400 relay (24:34.6) featuring Brooke Gillette, Olivia Rehm, Danielle Graham and Sabrena Smith; F/S Discus relay (162-3); hammer relay (237-8) with Dominque Darby and Heidi Furman; varsity shot put relay (68-5 ½) with Darby and Mareena DiMilia; 2000 steeplechase (7:58.9) won by Autumn Bender; 300 shuttle hurdles (51.8) with DiMilia, Vicky Tingley and Ali Reynolds; distance medley relay (14:14.6) run by Bender, Alex Brooks, Sabrena Smith and Rehm; javelin relay (185-9); and the 1200 intermediate hurdle relay (3:42.5) behind the combined effort of Katlynn Greffath, Sabrina Smith and Reynolds.