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December 10, 2016
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Hope and glory

Sullivan West senior keeper Gavin Owen goes up for one of his 16 saves in a loss to Fallsburg. Owen is regarded as one of the toughest keepers to get a ball by. His quick reflexes, diving ability and as shown here, his vertical leap make him tough to score on.

The Blazers edged O’Neill 28-21 in a battle of the unbeaten a week ago. In other local football action, Monticello got its first win of the year, defeating Saugerties 28-7. The Monties are 1-5, (1-3 Class A). Roscoe/Livingston Manor/Downsville downed Onteora 38-7 to improve to 3-3, while Eldred was pummeled 66-0 by mighty Chester, which will be a walkover to win Section Nine Class D. Sullivan West (1-4) fell to Class B Highland 27-13. The Westies will have their homecoming game vs. O’Neill this coming Saturday. Winless Tri-Valley lost to Section One’s Albertus Magnus 44-8. T-V will travel to Liberty’s homecoming on October 18.

In boys soccer, Liberty lost its Division IV lead with a 2-1 loss to O’Neill. The Indians are now 7-4 (3-2 OCIAA). Fallsburg defeated winless Sullivan West 6-0 and then beat Burke 3-0 to improve to 7-4 (3-2 OCIAA). Both Liberty and Fallsburg are on target for sectional contention. Though the Westies haven’t won a game, they’ve gotten great effort from some of their players. The team is playing with virtually no subs, and it’s been trying, to say the least. A 1-0 loss to Liberty was the Bulldogs’ most valiant effort of the season. Tri-Valley got four goals from Zack Nielsen to defeat Family School 4-1. Later, the Bears (5-8-1) lost a 1-0 league match to Tuxedo. In girls soccer, Sullivan West defeated Fallsburg 2-0 with goals from Erin Sumfleth and Jasmina Mujanovic. Fallsburg won the first match between the two struggling teams but has lost seven straight since then. Neither team will be in sectionals. Livingston Manor 7-5 (3-0 OCIAA) took over the lead in Division V with a 2-1 win over Eldred 6-5-1 (2-1 OCIAA). In volleyball Monticello lost to Minisink Valley and Goshen but has qualified for sectionals. The Monties are 10-7 overall but just 1-6 in league play. In cross-country, Sullivan West’s boys and girls prevailed at a home meet featuring Eldred, Monticello and Livingston Manor. Monties Joe Klein (17:52) and Sydney Johnson (20:51) were the individual race winners. The division championships were held on October 15. Next week is the OCIAA meet at Bear Mountain. More on the harriers next week. For albums of photos visit