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Sunday, May 31, 2020

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Ryan Kocher impedes Tri-Valley's Drew Hartman early in the Homecoming Game of his junior year. He subsequently reinjured his knee and had surgery which ended his noble SW football career.

20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Sullivan West's Ryan Kocher

By Richard RossLAKE HUNTINGTON- “For the love of the game,” is a phrase that best encapsulates the passionate, joyous and sometimes heart-rending relationship that Sullivan West senior Ryan Kocher has had with football.
In many respects sports is the theatre of life, teeming with experiences that are universal and resonant beyond the limited parameters of the field and stadium. Amidst the unfolding drama of Sullivan West football, Kocher would come to play an uplifting, memorable role in the sport that first caught his rapt attention watching the Carolina Panthers play the New England Patriots seven years ago.
Kocher watched Sullivan West gridiron warriors practice as he ran cross-country in seventh grade dreaming of one day putting on the Bulldogs' uniform and becoming one of those fearsome gladiators, those older boys he saw running and tackling in Jeffersonville. Football had captured his imagination.
Over the four years of high school football became the epicenter of his life. Kocher's football story is one of unbridled dedication, of relentless work and preparation, of camaraderie and enduring memories, but sadly too of injuries that kept him sidelined in frustration and ...read more





In Other Sports News

20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Tri-Valley's Rebecca Coombe

GRAHAMSVILLE- “We can achieve anything we desire if we give ourselves the time and the right resources to learn, but these are worthless without the focus and the determination to be successful.” Those words written by author, therapist and self-help life coach Rosemary Peck form the paradigm from ... read more


Lindsley's turkey takes!

Carl Lindsley has had a good turkey hunting season so far. Here he is pictured with his best girl, Daisy, of White Sulphur Springs, showing off the Gobbler he got in Bethel on May 14. It weighed 19 pounds, six ounces and had a 10.25-inch beard and sharp one-inch and 1.25-inch spurs. Then, the ... read more


20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Tri-Valley's Victoria Swett

GRAHAMSVILLE -- “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra,” noted Jimmy Johnson who coached the Dallas Cowboys to a pair of consecutive Super Bowl championships.
What separates those who go that extra mile, far beyond what is expected and commonplace, is vision, ... read more


20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Eldred's Jordan Reed

ELDRED— “If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
Michael Jordan had it right: ... read more


20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Sullivan West's Maggie Russell

By RICHARD A. ROSS

LAKE HUNTINGTON -- “Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” That trilogy of maxims uttered by former football All-American and legendary coach Lou Holtz sums up the requisite components that augur ... read more


River Run goes virtual for 2020

CALLICOON — The doors of the Delaware Youth Center may be shut, but the Callicoon institution is still running ... literally.
With Sullivan County still on PAUSE, the non-profit has turned its annual July 5K/10K River Run fundraiser into a virtual run and walk — opening the event up to anyone, ... read more


Decker signs with Shenandoah

Andrea Decker is a senior at the Tri-Valley CSD graduating this year in the top ten of her class. She will be attending Shenandoah University in the fall to throw for their track and field team. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Decker signed her letter of intent remotely. During the indoor season, ... read more


Eggleton to succeed retiring Franskevicz as athletic director

LAKE HUNTINGTON -- On July 1, for the first time in the merged history of Sullivan West, there will be a different athletic director taking the helm. Dave Eggleton will be assuming responsibilities from retiring Athletic Director Dave Franskevicz.
The two have worked closely together at Sullivan ... read more


20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Sullivan West's Gabe Campanelli

LAKE HUNTINGTON -- “Give yourself permission to live a big life. Step into who you were meant to be. Stop playing small. You were meant for greater things.”
The essence of those oft-quoted anonymous pieces of advice has been delivered to Sullivan West senior quarterback and basketball low post ... read more


20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Monticello's Drew Taylor

MONTICELLO- “I want to keep pushing the limits to see what's possible,” averred Lindsey Vonn, four-time World Cup overall ski champion and 2010 Downhill Olympian gold medalist. Vonn added, “That's the nice thing about ski racing -- no one is stopping you from going faster. If you go around being ... read more


20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Tri-Valley's Jordan Carmody

GRAHAMSVILLE -- “Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter,” observed Brad Henry, the former governor of Oklahoma.
For Tri-Valley senior Jordan Carmody, a superb three-sport athlete, the role of her ... read more


20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Eldred's Courtney Rumsey

ELDRED -- “You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Rather, your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages,” noted Michelle Obama. Challenges and adversity are a part of life and they visit each of us in different ways. It's how we respond ... read more


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Sportsman Outdoors

Shad contest canceled!

One of the largest fishing contests that were impacted by the COVID-19 virus was the BI-State Shad Fishing Contest. The contest was scheduled to take place on April 23-26 out of Easton, Pennsylvania on the Delaware River.
This would have been the 10th year that this contest has been held and it ...read more


Further Review

It's time for a final rhyme

Please don't think I'm pulling a sudden escape like the Baltimore Colts did 35 years ago when they fled to Indianapolis in the middle of the night. But this will be my last Further Review column. After 10 years, more than 500 columns and 350,000 words, I'm turning out the lights. I always said to ...read more


Golfing Highlights

Interesting Scottish inspired course

While taking a nice long ride on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, I decided to drive up to the Mohonk Mountain House near New Paltz to view and talk to management about their 121-year-old Scottish inspired 9-hole golf course.
They were very hospitable and talked to me over half an hour and even ...read more


Streamside

Fly-Fishing Camp is great for youngsters!

In a recent telephone conference call with Lee Hartman and Pete Grimbalis, both avid fly-fishermen and Board members of the Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) I learned of an exciting opportunity for local youngsters - a summer fly-fishing camp for children. The FUDR/Bill Canfield Fly ...read more


Bowling Highlights

So far, Fox Bowling Center's Tournament is not cancelled

Bill Gleim, owner and operator of the Fox Bowling Center in Hancock in a Facebook statement dated March 17 issued a positive statement noting that, “The bowling center is closed for now” and that their 68th annual men's women's and mixed handicap tournament “is not cancelled and we will reassess ...read more


Raceway Wrap

Walt Henry, Ed Dachenhausen have big nights in Bethel

WHITE LAKE -- It was ‘Music Night', sponsored by Frank Stevens Roofing, at Bethel Speedway last Saturday. The night was highlighted by the ‘Detroit Iron 35' which was a special race for the fan popular street stock division. Track Championship races also continued to gain attention as there are ...read more



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Friday, February 28

High School

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Eldred, Fallsburg, Liberty, Monti, Sull West, Tri-Valley @ OCIAA West Point, 6 pm


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