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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Sports > High School

Monticello's Josh Gattling averaged 18 points per game this season. He's scored 591 points in his high school career, and as a junior, returns to lead the Panthers in 2019-2020.

2018-19 Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Monticello's Josh Gattling

By Richard A. RossMONTICELLO -- He's a coach's dream and opposing teams' greatest nemesis; a consummate team leader with an inordinate degree of talent. And on top of all that: a ferocious defender blessed with a vertical leap that defies gravity. Rare indeed it is to find all of that in one player who also embodies superb character, humility and the relentless desire to constantly improve his game. So it is only natural that Monticello junior Josh Gattling has been selected as the unanimous choice as the 2018-19 Sullivan County Democrat Boys' Basketball Player of the Year.
In this, the third year of his varsity sojourn, his best to date, Gattling showed time and time again his intensity at both ends of the floor and his remarkable poise that was never sullied no matter what the situation.
That clutch play was no better demonstrated than with his game-winning free throws in the cathartic 57-55 win against Goshen in the Section IX Class A quarterfinals wherein he swished two from the stripe amidst the din and cacophony created by the Gladiators' fans who were desperately trying to unhinge him. With nearly flawless mechanics honed by hundreds of free throws over countless practices, ...read more





In Other Sports News

Boys Basketball All-Stars

SULLIVAN COUNTY -- Basketball is an amazing sport. Teamwork is key to success, but unlike sports with much larger rosters, having only five players on the floor at a time requires special individual talent as well. There's a bevy of basketball talent in our county, and after discussing and taking ... read more


Reeves' magical run comes to an end

CLIFTON PARK -- Sullivan West hoopster Elizabeth Reeves' magical basketball season recently came to an end at the state competition in Clifton Park. She finished fourth, at the girl she lost to missed only one of 25 shots.
She did the following to earn a spot at states:
(1) Won at her high ... read more


Runner's brave the snow to ‘Celebrate Life'

ROCK HILL — Despite the winter weather that landed on Rock Hill, runners braved the snow, sleet and freezing rain to compete and show support for The Celebrate Life Half Marathon and Lucia Rein Two People Relay.
This annual event helps further secure bonds with cancer survivors and families who ... read more


2019 Alpine Skiing All-Stars

SULLIVAN COUNTY -- It was a nice winter on the slopes for county alpine skiers -- nine of which qualified for the state meet.
After much consideration among our sports staff, we're excited to announce our 2019 Sullivan County Democrat Alpine Skiing All-Stars.

Shane Bittinger ... read more


Gartland going to Keystone College

Roscoe senior Connor Gartland recently announced that he will attend and play football at Division III Keystone College.“It's been a hope and dream of mine,” Gartland said of playing college football. A dream he faced challenges reaching. He tore his meniscus his junior year, and at the beginning ... read more


Simon competes at the Armory

Tri-Valley senior Devin Simon, shown here competing during the 2018 outdoor track and field season, finished 29th in the weight throw among the Emerging Elite throwers at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at the Armory on March 9 with a throw of 15.98 meters which equals 52-05.25 feet.


A night of champions

Not so long after Bethel Motor Speedway announced that the track is becoming a National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) sanctioned home track, the speedway held their annual Champions Awards Banquet at the Sullivan Event Center in Rock Hill. The night honored those who beat the odds ... read more


PGA Tour players needs instant replay

I know the powers that be have always been way behind in bringing golf into the 21st century. But there has been steady progress of late and some arcane rules originally adopted when the game was played differently are finally being changed or eliminated.
Just this year, a slew of new rules went ... read more


2019 Wrestling All-Stars

SULLIVAN COUNTY -- “More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill -- none have wrestled without pride.” These are the words of American former folkstyle and freestyle wrestler and coach Dan Gable, who is also a two-time NCAA ... read more


Three Bears set to play college football

GRAHAMSVILLE -- Two of the three Tri-Valley Central School football players participating in a signing ceremony Tuesday night will play their college careers in a sport called Sprint Football.
Tri-Valley hosted a signing ceremony last Tuesday night in the high school library to recognize three ... read more


Strike three and you're out

LOCH SHELDAKE -- A favorite saying that two efforts at something that has already failed might find the lucky charm on the third attempt didn't pan out for the SUNY Sullivan women's basketball team as they met defeat again to Lackawanna College Saturday afternoon, 77-55.
Sullivan tasted ... read more


Innocent makes history

LOCH SHELDRAKE -- SUNY Sullivan sophomore Jhavon Innocent, aN East Ramapo High School grad, recently made history in Iowa at Nationals. He is the first wrestler in SUNY Sullivan's history to reach All-American status and the way he did so was epic.
Innocent, who wrestled at 174-lbs, tore his ... read more


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Sportsman Outdoors

NRA Convention set for April 25-28!

The 2019 National Rifle Association (NRA) Meetings and Exhibits will be held April 25-28 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. There will be 15 acres of guns and gear, exclusive seminars and luncheons, appearances from top national political leaders and musical superstars, and ...read more


Further Review

The grand illusion: NFL free agency

There's certainly no collusion among NFL owners when it comes to signing free agents this year -- just illusion. As we have seen in the past, most NFL teams just don't get it when it comes to assembling rosters that will maintain consistent excellence. Signing players to huge multi-year contracts ...read more


Golfing Highlights

Bowers Jr. is new Superintendent at Traditions

Thirty-eight year-old James Bowers Jr. of Roscoe is the new golf course superintendent at the Traditions At The Glenn 4-star 18-hole championship golf course in Johnson City near Binghamton.
Named to that position this year Bowers has previously worked as the general manager, golf course ...read more


Bowling Highlights

The 2019 USBC Open Championships

The atmosphere recently at the South Point Bowling Plaza was a combination of United States Bowling Congress Open Championships tradition and Las Vegas flair, mixed with the warmth and familiarity of a homecoming parade.
The first of more than 10,200 five-player teams, their friends and family, ...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

Tuesday, February 19

High School
Boys Basketball

O'Neill @ Fallsburg, 6:30 pm

Chester @ Liberty, 6:30 pm

Liv Manor @ S.S. Seward, 6:30 pm

Tri-Valley @ Roscoe, 6:30 pm

Monti @ Cornwall, 7 pm


Girls Basketball

Monti @ Sull West, 5:30 ...read more


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