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Mecca beckons

Photo by Nick Piatek, Livingston Manor’s Troy Correa rises up for two of his 40 points in the epic quarterfinal win.

For the girls team, which never made it out of the first round of state play during its three-year run from 1996-1999, a first-round bye propelled them to a quarterfinal clash with Section 11 Shelter Island at Farmingdale State University on March 10. The 13-5 Lady Wildcats downed Shelter Island 58-31 to advance to the state semifinals to take on Section 2 Argyle (21-3) on March 17 at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy at 10:45 a.m. Maggi Calo’s four first-half three pointers provided the initial spark for Manor, along with Monay Allen’s 12 steals in the game and Samantha Scott’s 16 points. A Calo three tied the game at 10 at the end of the first quarter before the Lady Wildcats went on a 20-5 tear in the second stanza.

For Manor, which just last spring brought home state championships in softball and baseball, this basketball season has added enormous pride and joy to the little school on the banks of the Willowemoc. Stay tuned as the story continues.

National treasures

At the New Balance Indoor Track Nationals held at the Armory this past weekend, Eldred’s Alex Campanella (4:21.26) was seventh in the mile in the emerging elite category. Teammate Hunter Proscia (9:46.50) finished 31st in the two mile, while Tri-Valley’s Jimmy Bernstein (9:52.63) was 40th.. Sullivan West’s Todd Roeder (49-0.75) was 21st in the weight throw, while Rachel Deppa (8:27.31) was 27th in the one-mile racewalk. Tri-Valley’s Dominique Darby (47-3) was 16th in the weight throw. Former Tri-Valley grad Ryan Loughney, a senior at Ashland University, won his second consecutive Division II National title in the weight throw with a mighty heave of 72-10 on his last attempt. Loughney moves on to compete in the hammer, with an eye on the Olympic trials this June.

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