SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — A savvy friend once referenced trying to raise more than one small child at a time by saying, “one is one and two is a hundred.” The multiplier effect also relates to the accomplishment of winning consecutive Section 9 titles. So if two is a hundred by such reckoning, just what is the exponential factor for twice that number, as in the case of the Eldred boys track team, which has now won four Class D titles in a row? Or how about the Eldred girls who just garnered their fifth straight sectional track title? And most resoundingly, the mathematical algorithm to describe the Tri-Valley girls who just captured their sixth straight Class C track title in a row may well be “infinity.” As Billy Crystal would say, “Simply mahvelous.”
Such repetitive success is anything but accidental. Both schools have built track programs of great pedigree. As stalwart seniors such as Tri-Valley’s Jimmy Bernstein, Dominique Darby and Olivia Rehm, or Eldred’s Christine Donnelly, Breanna Brucher and Hunter Proscia, just to name a few, stand on the verge of graduation, they can look over their younger teammates and see the wealth of talent that will remain in the fold. Both schools have star eighth graders, not to mention a plethora of high school underclassmen ready to extend the streak come next spring.
Great coaching is key. For Tri-Valley, having icons like Joe and Missy Iatauro for nearly four decades has spawned a dynasty. The “I’s” have it all right and they’ve got one more year to punctuate that fact before they retire in June 2013. With help from throwing guru Scott Grey and yeomen’s work from assistant coaches Charles Rehm, Tyler Eckhoff and Karen Andrews, the T-V program is sound beyond measure. The Yellow Jackets have been masterfully mentored by head coach Frank Schorling, ably abetted by Don Drewett, Tom Brucher and Bill Kroohs.
At the Class C meet held at Dietz Stadium on May 23, Tri-Valley’s girls outpointed second-place Liberty 208-102. Junior Mareena DiMilia was the biggest point gatherer of the day. She won the 100 hurdles (16.16), the long jump (16-1.5) and shot put (35-4.5). Olivia Rehm won the steeplechase (8:23.05). Ali Reynolds was victorious in the pentathlon (1,959 points). Liberty’s Kane Sauchuk won the 110 and 400 hurdles. Rebeccah Haman won the 400 hurdles. Fallsburg’s Michael Robinson took the shot put and the triple jump, while Candhace Forrest won the 100 and the 200. For full results, read the story “Six Shooters, Five Stars and Four Runners” on www.sportsinsightsny.com .
The next day in Middletown, the Eldred girls downed Coleman 243-159. Christine Donnelly won the 800 (2 minutes, 28.83 seconds), 1500 (5:12.62) and 3000 (11:25.38). Erika Bowring won the long jump (16 feet, 9 inches) and triple jump (33-9.5). Breanna Brucher marshaled a win in the pole vault (10-3) and 100 hurdles (17.31), while Savanna Finck won the 400 hurdles (74.76). Betu’l Albayrak won the discus (78-3). Melissa McMonagle won the pentathlon (1,539 points).
Eldred’s boys beat Coleman 219-202. Hunter Proscia won the 3000 steeplechase (10:23.69), 1600 (4:43.99) and 3200 (10:12.61). Adrian Krzysztofowicz dominated the 110 hurdles (16.40) and 400 hurdles (59.64). Craig Burns won the 100 (11.42). Returning from his stress fracture hiatus, Alex Campanella placed third in the 800 and second in the 1600 and 3200 and ran a leg in the victorious 3200 relay.
In baseball, Tri-Valley won two of three from Chester to clinch its first-ever Division V title. Tyler Lopez pitched all nine innings of the 3-2 final-game win and scored the winning run in the top of the ninth. The Bears will host Chester in the Class C semifinals on May 31. Sullivan West will host a softball semifinal the same day and play the winner of Liberty-O’Neill. Liberty’s baseball team travels to Burke on May 30 for a quarterfinal clash with the Eagles. In golf, Fallsburg’s Richie Elliott, Danielle Stratton and Brooke Rappaport qualified for states. Eldred eighth grader Dave Powers made it as the first Yellow Jacket to reach the state tourney.