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Home is where the heart is

Monticello senior Sean Reuss made Homecoming/Senior Day that much more memorable with this 23-yard TD catch from quarterback Shane Jackson in the Panthers’ 34-0 win over Port Jervis.

October 20, 2011

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — As young men and women grow older, they venture forth to find their place in the world. And though some leave home to do so, home never leaves them. For it is there that resides family, familiarity and community, the milieu in which they grew up and went to school.

This was Homecoming Week and nowhere was that timeless allegiance stronger than at Sullivan West where former grid stars, dating back to 1951, were extolled at halftime, many of them wearing their jerseys and jackets from the halcyon days at Delaware Valley and Jeff-Youngsville, as well as the 2002 Sullivan West Bulldogs as the occasion celebrated grid alums from years ending in one and two. Homecoming is also a tribute to the current seniors, as the occasion is often on the team’s last home game of the season.

Sullivan West senior quarterback E.J. Franskevicz and soccer standout Emma Seidl were crowned as this year’s Homecoming King and Queen prior to the Bulldogs’ 18-0 non-league win over Class B Rondout Valley. The Dawgs got TDs from Tom Mootz, Franskevicz and Jared Meola. This week, they play Burke in a regular season tune up for their playoff encounter with the Eagles on October 28 in Middletown. Monticello had its Homecoming this week too, as it shut out Port Jervis 34-0 to clinch the three-seed in the upcoming Class A playoffs if they beat Goshen this week and/or if Port Jervis loses to Cornwall. Shane Jackson threw for a pair of TDs and ran for two more. Fifteen Monticello senior gridders and two cheerleaders were extolled prior to the game. Sean Reuss had a TD catch, as did Anthony Gray, for the 4-2 (3-2 OCIAA) Monties. Last year, Monticello lost its playoff opener to Cornwall. This year, they seek to avenge a resounding 52-7 early season loss to the Green Dragons.

Eldred’s Homecoming/Senior Day celebration was played belatedly on October 17. After honoring seniors Tyler Knapp, Jordan Tice, Brian Grimm, Adam Schoch, Dillon Thiele, Zak Dilles, Alec Martell, Anthony Moriggia and Vinny Riina, the Yellow Jackets sustained a painful 28-22 loss to Onteora, affording the visiting Indians only their second win in four years. They beat winless Fallsburg in 2011. Tri-Valley will host Millbrook this week for its Homecoming/Senior Night under the lights on October 21, as they vie for the final playoff berth. The winner will face James I. O’Neill at Dietz Stadium on October 28 in the Class C semifinals.

As part of the Homecoming Week senior tribute, Sullivan West hosted a pair of soccer games under the lights. The girls lost to Monticello 4-1, while the boys prevailed 2-1 over the visiting Monties.