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December 06, 2016
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State of euphoria

Tri-Valley girls celebrate their Section 9 Class C title as they pose with other Class C state qualifiers. Pictured in the back row are Autumn Bender, Olivia Rehm, Brooke Gillette, Sabrena Smith, Danielle Graham, Alex Brooks and Devon Jones.

Tri-Valley eighth grader Autumn Bender (19:19.25) placed third and will return to the state meet. Bender was 52nd at states last year. She will be joined by senior Oliva Rehm who finished 10th, and sophomores Brooke Gillette, Sabrena Smith and Danielle Graham who finished 14th, 15th and 17th. Freshman Alex Brooks and sophomore Devon Jones will also compete by dint of the team victory, its first since 2007 and its 19th overall. Missing out from Sullivan West was junior Dani Myers (19:45.22) who finished just one place out in 7th. Myers won a medal at states last year for her 20th-place finish where she was joined by freshman Kelsey Dutton, who finished ninth at this year’s sectionals in 19:55.63. Eighth grader Courtney Meyerer (19:53.79) was eighth.

Other state qualifiers include Monticello eighth-grade twins Camryn and Sidney Johnson, who took third and eighth in the Class B Sectional with times of 19:14.14 and 19:53.59 respectively. Tri-Valley’s Omar Lopez returns to states with his seventh-place finish of 16:51.62. Lopez fell, which cost him several places. Making it to states for the first time is Sullivan West junior Reed Scott (16:56.50). They will join Bernstein in the Class C state race. Eldred senior Hunter Proscia (16:54.97) took second in the Class D sectional and returns to states with Campanella. Proscia was 42nd at states a year ago. Eldred eighth grader Sarah Malzahn (21.59.62) will join Donnelly in the Class D state race as the youngster parlays her eighth-place finish at sectionals into a chance to run at states. Last but not least is Livingston Manor/Roscoe senior Neil Mock (18:02.10), who took ninth in the Class D run in LMR’s first cross-country season.

In other final news of fall, Liberty’s boys soccer team lost 3-0 to James I. O’Neill in a Class B quarterfinal, while the Lady Indians lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to O’Neill. Sullivan West’s volleyball team put up a great fight but fell 3-0 to O’Neill in a quarterfinal match.