Sports Roundup (Week of 2/10/19)

Sunday, February 10

Wrestling

The ELS wrestling team traveled to Ulster County Community College on Sunday, February 10 to participate in the Section IX Division II wrestling tournament. The team is composed of wrestlers from Eldred, Liberty and Sullivan West and their motto is “There schools, one team.”  The team recently captured the Section IX Division II team championship which earned them a trip to Syracuse.

In the tournament on Sunday, ELS placed third behind powerhouse Port Jervis and nemesis Highland. Four wrestlers earned section titles and a right to represent Section IX at the state tournament. Nick Curreri (Eldred) was the first ELS wrestler to punch his ticket to states by pinning his opponent in the 145 weight class.  At 170 pounds Cesar Santiago (Liberty) dominated his opponent to secure a trip to Albany. Drew Bendy (Liberty) took the title at 182 blanking the opposing grappler.  Finally, James DeAveiro (Sullivan West) put his opponent to his back and ended the bout by a pin in 42 seconds.

Other wrestlers who placed in the top four included Henry Peters (SW) placing second at 160, Quintin Herzog (Liberty) who was fourth at 99 pounds, Joey Curreri (Eldred) third in the 120-pound weight class, and Marshall Thomas (Liberty) fourth at 182.

The NYSPHSAA 2019 Individual Wrestling Championships will be held at the Times Union Center in Albany. The preliminary and quarterfinal round will be held on Friday, February 22 with the semifinals and finals on Saturday, February 23.

Indoor Track

The Varsity Indoor Track team traveled to West Point on Sunday for the OCIAA Championships. This meet pits small schools like Liberty against powerhouse schools such as Newburgh, Warwick, and Monroe-Woodbury.
Several athletes recorded personal bests in this very competitive setting.

Nicole Blais had personal bests in the 300 and 600. Sydneigh Fleischman had a personal best in the triple jump. Both Sydneigh and Alexandra Riley turned in exceptional performances in the 1500 racewalk, besting their previous marks by 30 seconds each!

On the boys side, Steven Cardenas and Gabe Desrochers had personal bests in the 300. Jose Luna cut 6 seconds off his season’s best in the 600. Kevin Raymond increased his long jump mark by a foot and a half! Dustyn Kratz increased his mark in shot out by a foot!

The team is eager to compete in the Class B meet on Saturday, February 16 at West Point against other similarly sized schools.

Monday, February 11

Boys Basketball

Liberty 73 Eldred 39

Teams.. …..Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty
Eldred

Contributors

Ashton Barrett – 16 points
Kymanni Dennis – 11 points
Jerlyn Hernandez – 10 points
Bobby McCleod – 10 points

Game Highlights

None

Record

Liberty 8 – 10

Wednesday, February 13

The win over Fallsburg, a league opponent, qualified the Indians for postseason sectional play!

Boys Basketball

Liberty  71 Fallsburg 35

Teams.. …..Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty…….11 – 19 – 18 – 23
Fallsburg…2 – 11 – 13 – 9

Contributors

Jerlyn Hernandez – Game high 17 points, 10 rebounds
Kymanni Dennis – 16 points, 10 rebounds
Ashton Barrett – 15 points
Bobby McCleod – 11 points

Game Highlights

Indians started out slowly but gradually picked up the intensity as the game continued by getting to the rim and controlling the boards. With this win the Indians clinch their 6th straight playoff birth. 

Record

Liberty 9 – 10

Friday, February 15

Girls Basketball

Liberty 46 Livingston Manor 31

Teams.. …..Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty……
Manor……

Contributors

Ally Roth – 18 pts, 4 steals, 3 assists
Kelsey Morgans – 6 pts, 2 steals, 3 assists
Kassidy Degroat – 8 rebounds
Gabby Magie –  5 rebounds

Game Highlights

None

Record

Liberty

Saturday, February 16

Girls Basketball

Liberty 21 Burke Catholic 51

Teams.. …..Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty……
Burke……

Contributors

Kelsey Morgans – 7 pt
Kassidy Degroat – 7 pts

Game Highlights

None supplied

Record

Liberty – not supplied

Indoor Track

The Varsity Indoor Track team traveled to West Point on Saturday for the Section IX Class B Championship. This meet included all the “smaller” schools in Section 9 from Port Jervis to Chapel Field.

Although the Liberty girls had only seven competitors each athlete stepped up to try to score for the team. The girls were able to hold on to third place until the end of the meet when they dropped to fourth scoring an incredible 45 points!

Brianna Roth was section champion in the pole vault and leapt to second in the high jump. Brooke Roth was second in the long jump, fourth in triple jump and sixth in the 55 hurdles. Alexandra Riley and Sydneigh Fleischman placed second and third in the 1500 meter walk.

Unfortunately, the boys did not fair as well with most athletes recording subpar performances. The team scored only three points and finished next to last in the standings. Miguel Campos was  the only boy able to score points. Miguel placed fifth in the 600 and fifth in the 1000.

Several athletes have met the standard to compete in the Section IX state qualifying meet on Friday, February 22 at West Point. These athletes must wait for the seed meeting on Wednesday to find out if they can attend the meet.