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Friday, July 3, 2020

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50 Sullivan County senior athletes were featured in the 20/20 on 2020 Senior Athletes. The profiles highlighted their athletic careers, milestones, people who influenced them, their goals for this canceled spring season, their plans for their ongoing education or work and their aspirations for the future.

Farewell to 2020 seniors and bon voyage

By Richard RossCALLICOON- For the past three months this writer has been interviewing and profiling Sullivan County senior athletes, telling their stories and celebrating their unique contributions to their teams, schools and communities.
The profiles also noted the people who have been inspirational along the way. Their stories were unique, each one defining something special about each one.
We learned of their achievements, their setbacks, and their future aspirations. It was an up close and personal view, one we'd be apt to miss while we enjoyed their feats on the track, ball diamond or golf links.
It felt imperative to highlight them in the light of the sudden
cancellation of their final season. There were many more whose efforts and sports careers warranted that spotlight but unfortunately time ran out as the summer is now here. For me summer is a time to turn my attention homeward, to my family and, of course, to my swimming journey.
Like many of the young men and women I interviewed, I have developed a keener sense of perseverance and self-discipline. It has helped me to create a strong intention to accomplish what I set out to do.
Like so many of them, I have had to more

In Other Sports News

20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: SW's Hunter Mall

LAKE HUNTINGTON- “Having the chance to play sports growing up teaches you all kinds of life lessons. It gives young people confidence and instills in them motivation and drive to be the best one can be. It is absolutely invaluable.”
So noted April Ross, World Champion beach volleyball player ... read more

20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Tri-Valley's Andrea Decker

GRAHAMSVILLE- “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom,” posited Aristotle. Even though it's been nearly 2,400 years since the iconic Greek Philosopher graced this planet, that maxim attributed to him is every bit as cogent as the day it was uttered.
For those who are serious about ... read more

Sullivan 180's Coach to 5K

SULLIVAN COUNTY - We are excited to announce Sullivan 180's Coach to 5K, a virtual walk/run race and 8-week training program, open to all Sullivan County residents. Our Coach to 5K program provides all participants with their very own coach and an 8-week 5K training plan for both runners and ... read more

Two Siena Saints march on to their next chapters

MONTICELLO -- For the past four years, Monticello graduates and twins Sydney and Camryn Johnson have excelled in athletics and academics at Siena College, and now have their sights on obtaining Masters degrees.
Sydney graduates Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with minors ... read more

20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Monticello's Josh Gattling

MONTICELLO -- “You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles.
There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits,” averred swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ... read more

20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Tri-Valley's Samantha Houghtaling

GRAHAMSVILLE -- To play with unrelenting passion and a love of the game; to marshal her will, speed and heart to stop the other team from scoring. That is the mindset of Tri-Valley senior soccer defender Samantha Houghtaling as she takes to her sweeper position on the pitch, the place where she ... read more

Fly fishers award seniors

SULLIVAN COUNTY - Annually, the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers conservation organization presents the Joan and Arthur Stoliar Science Awards to two graduating seniors from Roscoe and Livingston Manor High Schools. Recently, the TGF board of directors has voted to increase the award to $1,000. This ... read more

2020 Monticello Baseball Panthers Tri-Captains

MONTICELLO - While there was no high school spring sports season this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Monticello High School named three varsity baseball captains -- Dhruv Patel, Eric Sanchez and Antonio Gonzalez.
Coaches Jenks, Cordisco and Herm were looking forward to an outstanding season ... read more

20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Fallsburg's Amanda Zeno

FALLSBURG -- This is a story of loss, Profound loss, but far from a final defeat.
The loss described herein suffered by Fallsburg basketball superstar Amanda Zeno stands out with stunning singularity, far weightier than that of not being able to play in the last season of her high school ... read more

20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Eldred's Elijah McGrail

ELDRED -- “Remember to keep your dreams alive. Understand that to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”
That inspirational quote from Gail Devers, two-time Olympic ... read more


Wally Mall had a hole-in-one on Friday, June 5 at the Swan Lake Golf and Country Club. He is a member of the golf course and also plays in their Tuesday Night Men's League. He used a 6-iron, and it was on the sixth hole. He was playing with these gentlemen. From left, Bob Ernst, Wally Mall and ... read more

20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Fallsburg's David Parsons

FALLSBURG -- “Through adversity, not only are we given an opportunity to discover our inner strength, we are also given the gift of foresight so we can shine a light for others who go through the experience after us,” wrote Rachael Bermingham, noted Australian author, entrepreneur and speaker. ... read more

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