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Sports > Awards/Milestones

Jasper shares some knowledge with his team during a timeout. Despite missing the postseason, the Monticello Girls Basketball Program showed tremendous improvement going from zero to eight wins.

2019-2020 Girls Basketball Honors --

Coach of the Year: Ryan Jasper, Monticello

By Joseph AbrahamMONTICELLO -- “If it were easy everyone would do it,” said Monticello Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Ryan Jasper, when asked about his philosophy.
“There's a reason there's one champion each year. The difference between second and last is minimal. The team that works the hardest will be the only one standing at the end.”
While an 8-12 overall record may seem like nothing special to some programs, at Monticello, where there has been little success with girls basketball in recent years, this was a big deal. It represented an eight-win jump, from zero in Jasper's first year coaching the Lady Panthers.
Therefore, in recognition of Jasper's progress in establishing a strong foundation for a consistently competitive girls basketball program at Monticello, he's been selected as the 2019-20 Sullivan County Democrat Girls' Basketball Coach of the Year.
As a casualty of budget cuts at the Eldred Central School District, Jasper was forced to leave his alma mater, where he was a star basketball player, and where he started his coaching career. Beginning at the modified girls level, Jasper eventually became the Lady Yellowjackets' varsity coach, leading them to five Section 9 more

In Other Sports News

20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Nick Dworetsky, SW

LAKE HUNTINGTON- Oh Captain, My Captain!
Rather than ascribe these words to Walt Whitman's iconic poem about the assassination of President Lincoln, this writer sees them as words of praise and affirmation offered by the players and Coach of the Sullivan West boys soccer team for their stalwart ... read more

2019-20 Boys' Basketball All-Stars

After reviewing coaches' nominations and past game coverage, our sports staff selected the 2019-2020 Sullivan County Democrat Boys Basketball All-Stars.
They are as follows ...

Chris Bayer, Lib.

Gabe Campanelli, SW.

Andrew Cox, T-V.

Austin Delaney, ... read more

Player of the Year: Josh Gattling, Monticello

story and photos

MONTICELLO -- “Once in a blue moon, there comes somebody like you.”
So sang Edie Brickell with words that could well have been written to describe Monticello senior Josh Gattling, the Sullivan County Democrat Boys Basketball Player of the Year. ... read more

Adam Larson, Livingston Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR -- In the four short years since Adam Larson has taken over as the Varsity coach for the Livingston Manor Wildcats, the teams have found nothing but success under his tutelage. High school sports are a revolving door of new and developing players, but Larson has built his teams ... read more

20/20 on 2020 Senior Athletes: Lindsey Parks, Livingston Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR - Poetry in rapid motion. That phrase aptly describes the whirlwind that is Livingston Manor's Lindsey Parks, one of the many outstanding Sullivan County senior athletes having to reckon with the postponement, and perhaps the cancellation of their final sports season, the coda to ... read more

20/20 on 2020 Senior Athletes

Beginning this Friday, March 27, Sullivan County Democrat Sports Reporter/Photographer Richard A. Ross will feature a column that will highlight Sullivan County senior athletes currently on hiatus during the last season of their careers.
The twice-weekly profiles will enable our readers to ... read more

2019-20 Boys Basketball Coach of the Year: Monticello's Chris Russo

MONTICELLO -- By far the most compelling team story of the 2019-20 basketball campaign was the meteoric rise of the Monticello Panthers boys basketball team under the savvy, watchful mentorship of Coach Christopher Russo. For the second consecutive year, Coach Russo has been named the Sullivan ... read more

Villa Roma Golf Course opens today!

CALLICOON -- The Villa Roma Golf Course is opening today, according to Director of Golf Matt Kleiner. The cost is $25 for 18 holes, $15 for nine, and cart is included.
Kleiner said they are taking measures to make for “social distancing.”

Local athletes using time at home to further their success

SULLIVAN COUNTY -- Athletics and thoughts of a spring season seem unimportant with the current health situation taking place across the globe. Schools are currently closed until April, and earlier this week, the Section 9 Athletics Council passed a motion for a return to play games and scrimmages ... read more

NJCAA cancels basketball championships and spring season

LOCH SHELDRAKE -- The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced earlier this week that they were cancelling all upcoming basketball championships as well as spring competition, effective immediately.
“In light of the progressive evolvement of the COVID-19 situation, the ... read more

Seniors celebrated

Here's a look back at some recent senior night memories in Sullivan County ...

Monticello's Shane Bittinger reflects on stellar ski career

MONTICELLO -- When sorting through ski results for the past few years, one consistent name you'd see among the top athletes in Section 9 is Monticello's Shane Bittinger. The senior skier has won three Section 9 titles, and earned three state medals during his high school career which just came to ... read more

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