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Thursday, April 9, 2020

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Ahliyah Hart

20/20 on 2020 Senior Athletes: Monticello's Ahliyah Hart

By Richard RossBy RICHARD A. ROSS

MONTICELLO- “Though she be but little, she is fierce.”
So wrote William Shakespeare of his character Hermia in “A Midsummer's Night Dream,” a paradox that also applies to Monticello senior Ahliyah Hart.
To underestimate this dynamic three-sport athlete based on her somewhat diminutive size, is to reap the whirlwind of her speed, skills, and passion to excel. Moreover, such shortsightedness fails to take into account her immense heart, fierce competitive nature and, unbeknownst to most, her desire to pay it forward in the future to kids just like herself, struggling to succeed in environments that pose challenges not faced by those more privileged.
Hart's journeys to other schools like Cornwall and Goshen have elicited her awe and respect for their stunning facilities and the allure of such which she knows gives kids there an advantage. That said, she knows the Pit, the home court of the Monticello Panthers has its own special, uniquely supportive atmosphere.
Gifted beyond measure in soccer, basketball and track, Hart has known from seventh grade forward how important sports are in her life. “I want sports to always be a part of my life,” more

In Other Sports News

BCANY selects Boys' Basketball All-Stars

SULLIVAN COUNTY -- The Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) recently announced their 2019-20 Boys Basketball All-Star selections.
“One of our main goals is to promote the good things that players and coaches are doing. I am proud to represent BCANY and applaud the work and ... read more

NYS buck harvest sees increase

SULLIVAN COUNTY -- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently released 2019 deer harvest statistics, revealing that an estimated 224,190 deer were taken.
According to the DEC, the 2019 estimated deer take includes 103,787 antlerless deer and 120,403 antlered ... read more

Indoor Track and Field All-Stars selected

SULLIVAN COUNTY -- Track and Field is a challenging sport, forcing athletes to be disciplined and push themselves to the limit. In addition to that, since crucial meets are held at West Point, these athletes compete late into the evening and don't get home until long past Midnight, balancing their ... read more

Girls Basketball All-Stars

SULLIVAN COUNTY -- After sorting through nominations and reviewing stats, we've selected our 2019-20 Sullivan County Democrat Girls Basketball All-Stars. They are as follows ...

Shauna Bellacicco, Falls.
Jordan Carmody, T-V.
Kassidy DeGroat, Lib.
Riley Ernst, SW.
Jissela LaBuda, ... read more

Honorary Player of the Year: Fallsburg's Amanda Zeno

FALLSBURG -- Section 9 was without one of their biggest stars during the 2019-20 season. Fallsburg's Amanda Zeno has been battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia since last summer. Zeno, with 1,279 career points scored, was soaring up the Comets' scoring list and had she been able to take the floor this ... read more

Player of the Year: Victoria Swett, Tri-Valley

GRAHAMSVILLE -- When you combine academic excellence along with athletic prowess that earned her the title of team captain who averaged 14.4 points per game through 17 games, the best three-point shooter on her team, the best rebounder and a true leader, one can clearly understand why the Sullivan ... read more

20/20 on 2020 senior athletes: Brooke and Brianna Roth


LIBERTY - One might call this glimpse into the joyous, intense and successful sports careers of Liberty seniors Brooke and Brianna Roth, “Twin Peeks.”
Truth be told, for many, including this writer/photographer, the identical twin track standouts can be hard to tell ... read more

Coach of the Year: Ryan Jasper, Monticello

MONTICELLO -- “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 ... read more

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

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Sportsman Outdoors

Trout Stockings!

With the NY trout season opening on April 1, the NY DEC has stated they will be stocking 45,000 trout in Sullivan County periodically throughout the month of April.
Due to the COVID-19 virus crisis, they (DEC) are asking the gracious volunteers which includes members of the Federation of 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 more

Golfing Highlights

Villa Roma is open this weekend!

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Kleiner noted that the more


Early Spring

It's still early spring, with air temperatures most mornings in the 30s. There have been the typical snowdrops, crocuses and early spring flowers blooming and just yesterday I noticed red buds on the maple tree, yellow buds on the forsythia and good-sized buds on the lilacs in the backyard. The 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 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 more

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