TRR photo by Richard A. Ross
Tri-Valley’s electrifying John Merchant elevates over The Family School’s Chris Boehmer for two points.

Air Bears

Tri-Valley’s flying circus runs rings around rebuilding Falcons


GRAHAMSVILLE, NY - The electricity was already measuring off the scale on the excitement meter in the Tri-Valley gym on December 19. It had been amped up by the Bears’ first-half, high-voltage performance against The Family School.

But then the juiced home crowd was jolted beyond jubilation as John Merchant broke loose midway in the third quarter on his way to what the crowd anticipated as his long-awaited dunk.

But emblematic of a team that exudes unselfishness, Merchant looked out of the corner of his eye to see Fred Moore trailing the play. Merchant pitched the ball skyward toward the glass and Moore slammed it down as the place went haywire.

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Family trees and Fairweather friends

The Family School’s Jessica Fairweather dominates the early play against Tri-Valley


GRAHAMSVILLE, NY - Tri-Valley coach Karen Andrews would love to have this one back.

After watching her team catch fire in the fourth quarter with aggressive defense, steals and a flurry of scoring, the coach knew her team had lost a really winnable game against The Family School on December 19, despite the stellar play of Lady Family Falcon Jessica Fairweather, who looked unstoppable early on.

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Chemistry class

Liberty players struggle to blend together while Port Jervis brews a better formula


PORT JERVIS, NY - When you look at a team’s individual players and try to assess their talent, you have to take into account how well they work together.

Those teams that are successful manifest good chemistry and find a way to work together effectively on offense and defense.

For Port Jervis and Liberty, the issue of chemistry was very much in evidence as they met on December 18 in search of their first win. From early on, it was apparent that Port Jervis had concocted a better formula at this juncture than their Sullivan County visitors.

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