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Memory makers

Six-foot-four Monticello junior Sha-Shawn Drayton goes skyward to score two of his game-high 33 points in the Monties’ season-sweeping win over Sullivan West. This game was much closer than the 72-35 pasting the Panthers put on the Dawgs in Monticello’s home opener in December.

By Richard A Ross
January 22, 2014

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — We’ll forget so much more than we’ll remember in our lives, but the things that will be enshrined in our memory will be those experiences that were tinged with strong emotions. In athletics, when people marshal the combined force of their body and mind, emotions can run high, and the resulting memories are often indelibly inscribed for life. Seasons come and go, but milestone achievements have an enduring shelf life.

To wit, when Tri-Valley’s Katlynn Greffrath put up 43 points against Chapel Field on January 16, an avalanche that included nine three-pointers, she shattered her own record of seven treys as well as setting a new high water mark for a single game point tally. All of that was accomplished in three quarters as she sat out the rest of the 76-22 win. The Lady Bears improved to 9-0 in their juggernaut season to date. They currently own sole possession of first place in Division V. Following her prior record, setting deliverance of seven three-pointers on January 9, 2013 in a 53-35 win over league rival Tuxedo, this writer referred to Greffrath as KG7. Now that nickname has been amended to KG9. The 43-point output eclipsed the Tri-Valley single-game scoring school record held by Jakki Pugh set during the 2010-11 Lady Bears’ Section-Nine championship season. Having seen an earlier mismatch of Tri-Valley over Chapel Field and after watching Tri-Valley batter Sullivan West 59-16 earlier in the week, this writer was not on hand for this landmark performance. But needless to say, my catalog of hundreds of photos of Greffrath and an anthology of words recording her deeds past and present allows me to extol this achievement regardless. Tri-Valley tests its mettle this week with two road league games at S.S. Seward and at Section Nine Class C defending champion Tuxedo. Each of those rivals, as well as Chester, has one league loss to date. Successful teams win many games in a season, but invariably there is one win that qualifies as a signature victory.