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December 09, 2016
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Last rites

Eldred girls varsity basketball coach Ryan Jasper schools his players during a time-out in a game versus Tri-Valley a few weeks back. Eldred got a bye to the state final four where they fell to eventual champion Romulus 63-31. The experience was a valuable one for the young Lady Yellow Jackets who will return six players to the fold next season.
Photos by Richard A. Ross, sportsinsightsny.com

Senior Jessica Schips led the team with 10 points, while sophomore Kelsey Collins and freshman Jordan Lepes each posted six against a team that had a distinct height advantage. Eldred turned the ball over 27 times and was out-rebounded 44-36. This past fall, the Eldred girls soccer team made it to the Final Four in the state tourney. Clearly, the future looks bright for Eldred. In boys hoops Class D, John A. Coleman Catholic fell to Section III’s NY Mills 57-50 in overtime. This was Coleman’s third trip to Glens Falls, thus far without a title. NY Mills ousted the Statesmen last year as well. In Class A, Red Hook lost in the semifinals to Section V’s East High School 57-45. In an interesting example of how bigger fish consume big fish, the Tri-Valley girls, who were ousted by Haldane in the regional semifinals, must have been intrigued to see the Lady Blue Devils succumb to Section VI’s Chautaugua Lake 61-39. Chautauqua Lake went on to defeat Hoosic Valley 47-36 in the finals. The oft-repeated lesson was evinced in the state basketball tournament. There are very good teams that fall to those who are even better, who in turn succumb to the best of all. As John Wooden noted, “Success comes from knowing you did your best to become all you are capable of becoming.” Tri-Valley held its winter awards night one day late due to yet another of winter’s last gasps. Winners were as follows: Varsity Wrestling: Joshua Borizny, Most Valuable Wrestler; Michael Glinski, Most Improved Wrestler. Cheerleading: Schulyer Kraus MVP; Dorothy Monforte, Coach’s Award. Boys Varsity Basketball: Sam Tingley, Offensive MVP; Alex Brown, Defensive MVP; Stephen Carleton, Most Improved Player. Girls Varsity Basketball: Katlynn Geffrath, Offensive Player of the Year; Sabrena Smith, Defensive Player of the Year; Caroline Martin and Sara Dertinger, “Beast Awards.” Girls Varsity Indoor Track: Alex Brooks and Claire Tierney, MVPs; Mary Conway, Most Improved Player; Brooke Gillette, Coach’s Award. Boys Varsity Indoor Track: Ian Kurzrock and Mohib Khan, MVP’s; Nick Rios, Most Improved Player; and Hauk Boyes, Coach’s Award. Alpine Skiing: Taylor Pavese and Sam Goldstein, Most Improved Players; Megan Porter, Coach’s Award. See next week’s issue of the Sullivan West Winter Awards winners. For details on the Tri-Valley sports award visit www.sportsinsightsny.com. For albums of photos visit www.sportsinsights.smugmug.com.