Yellowjackets, Wildcats and ELS

By TED WADDELL
Posted 5/20/20

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — In this time of the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, sports of all sorts are in limbo: the Summer Olympics have been postponed until 2021, professional sports are on …

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Yellowjackets, Wildcats and ELS

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — In this time of the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, sports of all sorts are in limbo: the Summer Olympics have been postponed until 2021, professional sports are on indefinite hold and scholar-athletes are cooling their heels until they get the signal that the threat of the coronavirus has passed.

In an effort to keep the spirit of local high school sports alive, the River Reporter is presenting a series of retrospective flashbacks from recent events, including the girls’ varsity game of hoops between the home team Lady Yellowjackets of Eldred and the Livingston Manor Lady Wildcats on February 19, and three wrestling meets showcasing the grappling talents of the combined squad of Eldred-Liberty-Sullivan West (ELS) against various determined opponents.

Coverage of the basketball game appeared in a story titled “Two teams: two rebuilding years” published on February 27.

On December 11, 2019, ELS took on Onteora at SUNY Sullivan in a story titled “The game of forfeits” which was published on December 19.

The ELS wrestlers battled Port Jervis at the “Home of the Indians” on January 11 in a story titled “In the grip of grapplers” which was published on January 23.

On February 5, the stage turned to Lake Huntington, where ELS clashed with Monticello in “ELS pins Monticello 42-30” which was published on February 13. This match was proceeded by Burke Catholic taking on the Monticello matmen and several exhibition bouts.

This series of ‘reviews’ focuses on previously unposted/unpublished photos from the events, so in a sense, in the words of Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again”.

And in the words of Jim McKay, long-time host of ABC’s Wide World of Sports, a chance to relive “…the constant variety of sports…the thrill of victory…the agony of defeat…the human drama of athletic competition.”

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