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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Richard A. Ross swimming his 500th mile since bypass surgery.

Pool Warrior by day, journalist by night

Democrat's Ross swims 500th mile since bypass surgery

By Joseph AbrahamSULLIVAN COUNTY - You know him best from the stories that appear in our twice- weekly sports sections, but when he's not flying across the county to provide our readers with exceptional sports coverage, Richard A. Ross defies the odds.
Every day he wakes up at six in the morning, drinks his favorite coffee and either heads off to the Woodloch Springs Sports Complex or in the warmer months, goes right outside in his pool.
Ross has always been extremely active, with running and swimming being two lifelong hobbies. He has been in love with swimming since his parents put him in the water at age three. He started going to summer camp in Vermont at age eight, and by age 12 was the first camper since its inception to swim a mile.
“Swimming is so much more than exercise to me,” Ross explains. “Yes, I love the water and the rigors of the workouts, but it is also a centering experience for my body, mind and spirit. I am able to dispel any and all stress. I have a waterproof Ipod, an Apple Aquaflood that plays my favorite music during the 88 pool length workouts that comprise a mile. Swimming has transformed my body, increased my stamina and my self-esteem. There is no doubt it ...read more





In Other Sports News

Liberty wins with second half surge

LIBERTY - While fear of flooding and impending freezing rain led to several cancellations on Friday night, the Liberty Indians (5-3, 1-1 OCIAA) earned a big division win, defeating Chester 68-61.
The Hambletonians dominated early, jumping out to a 22-9 lead. Liberty's leading scorer Roy ... read more


ELSW wrestling goes 2-3 at Highland duals

SULLIVAN COUNTY - The merged Eldred-Liberty-Sullivan West (ELSW) wrestling team took part in several duals at Highland High School this past weekend. Overall the team went 2-3, earning wins over Ossining and Ellenville, and falling to New Paltz, Washingtonville and Ketcham.
While several ELSW ... read more


Manor gets by Eldred in low scoring affair

LIVINGSTON MANOR - In what was not either team's best shooting performance, the Livingston Manor Wildcats (5-3, 3-1 OCIAA) defeated the Eldred Yellowjackets (1-5, 1-1 OCIAA), 40-30, in a Section 9 Class D league contest on Wednesday night.
“It wasn't pretty,” Livingston Manor Coach Adam Larson ... read more


ELSW defeats Highland, loses to Port Jervis in Section IX Duals

PORT JERVIS- Having lost a close match to the Highland Huskies earlier this season, E/L/SW hoped to take advantage of a nearly full lineup of its wrestlers to hold sway in the Section IX Duals quarterfinals. Those hopes panned out well with a 48-33 victory propelled by a number of pins and a couple ... read more


Eight straight: Roscoe thwarts SW comeback attempt, extends streak

ROSCOE- “Hard work.” That's what Roscoe Coach Fred Ahart attributed to his team's ongoing success after the 8-3 Blue Devils notched their eighth consecutive win of the season with a dramatic 59-53 win over 4-6 Sullivan West.
Sparked by four players who scored in double figures including Alex ... read more


All Sullivan County schools except Monticello and Liberty going to eight-man football

SULLIVAN COUNTY - Life is about change and adaptation. Invariably change is rarely easy, nor is it readily accepted even when it is clearly warranted. And so when it came to modifying the long standing traditions of 11-man high school varsity football into a more practical eight-man array due to ... read more


Elite high school wrestlers set to compete at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE - The best of the best from high schools across the multiple states will converge at the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse at SUNY Sullivan this weekend. The 16th chapter of the Eastern States Classic begins Friday.
“We are looking at over 900 competing wrestlers from 166 High Schools and 7 ... read more


What's ahead this week?

SULLIVAN COUNTY - Brutally cold temperatures wreaked havoc on the local sports schedule this past weekend.
Here's a look ahead at what's going on this week!

NOTE: Please make sure to check the OCIAA website before attending a game as winter weather might cause cancellations and/or teams ... read more


Sullivan Sports Review

NEW YORK ­- Several members of the Sullivan West Girls and Boys varisty indoor track teams traveled to the Marine Corps Classic Indoor Track Meet at the Armory in New York City last weekend.
Mike Mullally took first in the 55 hurdles with a new PR of 7.58. He is ranked first in NYS and sixth in ... read more


Diamond Jubilee

FALLSBURG - Though the oft-spoken adage avers that “records are made to be broken,” some like the all-time Fallsburg scoring zenith set by Sam Copeland in 1975 lingered on an on. That is until the emergence of a precious jewel, namely senior Diamond Weeks eclipsed that mark with a 30-point ... read more


Bears dominate Manor, 56-26

GRAHAMSVILLE - A tight 14-10 first quarter of play turned quickly into a nightmare Wednesday night for the Livingston Manor Wildcats (4-2, 2-1 OCIAA) as Tri-Valley's defense took charge of the game limiting Livingston Manor to a total of 16 points in three quarters of play, and a 56-26 Bears ... read more


Local basketball teams compete in tournaments

SULLIVAN COUNTY - A common phrase, ‘No days off,' has been used more and more recently as athletes and workers in multiple professions have used it as a motivational tool. While many of us are resting up on our couches during the winter break, several local high school basketball teams traveled ... read more


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In Sports Columns

Sportsman Outdoors

2017 in review

Here are some of the highlights of columns we reported on in 2017:
JANUARY - We stressed that this is an excellent time of the winter to start feeding deer and other wildlife to help prevent starvation. We also suggested that once you start a feeding program, you should continue throughout ...read more


Further Review

CBS makes great call with Romo

The holidays, snowy and cold weather and a new television added up to a lot of sports viewing the last two weeks. Here's what I came away with:
* Tony Romo is an absolute star as a football color commentator, probably the MVP of the NFL this year. He might have been a little shaky when he first ...read more


Golfing Highlights

Four called to “Hammer” Tee Box

At a recent golf outing, “Ting” the Hammer decreed that the following “Past Friends of the Links” be called to the tee box: Ms. Jackie Harris, Mr. Michael "Mickey" Mullen, Mr. Bill Stoddard and Ms. Scharma Yaun.
This journey along with much tradition continues Saturday, September 23 when the ...read more


Bowling Highlights

18 Bowling Lanes at Middletown Galleria

Who would have ever thought that malls would be an attraction for a bowling center.
Well...if you've been shopping in the Middletown Galleria recently you can's miss the Round 1 multi-entertainment center which houses arcade games, pool tables, ping pong tables and 18 bowling lanes.
Plus if ...read more


Raceway Wrap

Lohmeyer winning the race against time

When Eddie Lohmeyer was a youngster, he always knew he wanted a career in harness racing. At age 12, he worked with his uncle, Al Manzi (Catello's father) who at that time trained horses at the fabled Good Time Park in Goshen. Every chance he had, Lohmeyer would go to a training or racing facility ...read more



In Sports Calendar

Sports Calendar

Friday, October 13
High School
Girls Tennis
OCIAA @ NFA, Matchpoint Ctr.,
Fallsburg, Liberty, Monticello, Tri Valley, 9 am
Boys Soccer
Monticello @ Goshen, 4 pm
Sull West @ Fallsburg, 4:15 pm
Girls Soccer
O'Neill @ Liberty, 4:30 pm
Sull West @ S.S. Seward, 4:30 ...read more


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