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Smallwood - February 8

Feb 7, 2019

By Jonathan C. Hyman - community correspondent

A shout-out to Monticello High School junior and Smallwoodian Tre von Gray, who got his first start on the hardwood Monday night for the Panthers in a loss to Monroe-Woodbury.
Tre answered the call, registering five rebounds and three assists in a productive performance in place of senior Aiden Johnson who was out sick. Senior Dannez Moore spelled injured junior Josh Gattling, who was out with an injury by scoring eleven points, grabbing four rebounds, and registering two steals and a blocked shot.
This year's Panther hoop squad is fast, has quick feet and hands, and runs the floor really well in transition. What they lack in length and size, the lads make up for in hustle and sharing the ball. It's been a while since Monti ballers have looked this good, and it's a joy to watch them play so well as a team.

Of course it's all made easier when your best players, the creative and talented star Josh Gattling and Jordan Ruggerio, enjoy making a great pass to a teammate for a bucket as much as they like dropping a three-ball or making an acrobatic deuce around the basket. Sure, the team needs to defend cutters better, make foul shots, and stop missing easy layups and shots around the basket, but with nice contributions from Afton Florez, Alonzo Stergis, Antoine Reid, Damon Hall-Rucker, Tyrone Bridges and Dayshawn York the future is bright for the 9-6 squad
(3-1 conference, tied with Goshen). Travel to see them play at Port Jervis tonight at 6:00 pm and don't miss the home game showdown in “The Pit” against Goshen on February 13th at 6:30 p.m.
When Marina Lombardi, Bethel resident, Monticello High School and Manhattan School of Music graduate, and General Manager of the organization, Nesin Cultural Arts sent me the advance program for the Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra's January 26th concert featuring composers Grieg, Barber, Gorecki, and Bartok, I was ready to go right then. Now in its third season, led by Artistic Director and Principal Bass Andrew Trombley -- himself a Monti High School and Julliard School of Music grad -- the Orchestra is getting better with age.
As usual, the ensemble was tight and played with sensitivity and joy. While Trombley's bass provided backbone and pace, and the rich viola section featuring Monti High School music teacher and composer-in-residence Nancy Wergrzyn plucked and bowed with precision, the night belonged to Trombley's wife, violinist and Concertmaster Akiko Hosoi. A talented and competent technician, Hosoi's intonation and playing were terrific, and at various times during the program her violin soared with musicality and emotion. Make sure you see this wonderful group perform either at its Eugene Nesin Theater home in Monticello or at one of the other Sullivan County venues where they appear.
Smallwoodian and Monti High School graduate, Public Affairs Army Captain Chris Connolly is traveling the world again. Based at Joint Enabling Capabilities Command in Norfolk, Virginia, Captain Connolly will be taking part in February maneuvers in South Korea and Japan aboard the Flagship USS Blue Ridge, the same ship he served on after graduating from Navy Boot Camp in 1996. Chris has been deployed to South Korea and Japan several times during the past five years. A very good photographer who assembled a fine portfolio of images from his service in Afghanistan, Chris is the son of Michael and Denise Connolly, proud parents and long-time residents of Smallwood.
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