REGION XV CHAMPS
Sullivan Men and Women Capture Conference and Regional Crowns
by Win Hadley
LOCH SHELDRAKE, March 2022 — Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at SUNY Sullivan captured Mid-Hudson Conference and Region XV championships last month to advance on to the District East A/B tournaments.
The teams also each garnered a number of individual awards as their respective regular seasons ended.
The Sullivan men’s team was ranked number three in the nation heading into the District tournament, to be held on March 5 and 6. The Generals stand at 24-3 on the season, including a 7-1 record in the Mid-Hudson Conference. They have won 13 games in a row.
The men won the Region XV crown with an 83-66 win over SUNY Orange at Westchester Community College on February 27. It was a sweet win for the Generals, who had dropped an 87-79 game to the Colts in Middletown in November.
Kareem Welch keyed the Generals championship win by pouring in 31 points, while Jay Alvarez added 23.
The Generals success was reflected in individual honors, as well, as they dominated the Region XV awards announced on February 21.
Six Generals received All-Region XV honors, led by Player of the Year Kareem Welch, a 6’ sophomore guard from Brooklyn, who is averaging 21.5 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game, and 5.2 assists per game. Welch, Jalen Reneau and Jarell White were all named to the All-Region first team.
Reneau, a 5’10” sophomore guard from St. Raymond High School in Harlem, is averaging 13.9 points and 6.3 assists per game. White, a 6’5” freshman swingman from Bellport, NY, is averaging 15.7 points and 9 rebounds per game, while shooting an impressive 61.7 per cent from the field.
Jay Alvarez was named to the second All-Region team, while Sam DeSouza was selected to the All-Sportsmanship team.
Sullivan men’s coach Brent Wilson won his third consecutive Region XV Coach of the Year award, although this year he shared the honor with SUNY Orange head coach Tom Rickard.
Meanwhile, the Lady Generals, who had a 38-game winning streak snapped in January, have a 20-3 record on the year, including a perfect 3-0 conference slate.
The women captured the Region XV championship by virtue of an 88-70 win over Westchester Community College on February 27. Deivejon Harris led Sullivan in the game with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Barbara Bruno added 15 points for the Lady Generals.
Four Lady General student-athletes received All-Region honors for the season, as Deivejon Harris, Anisa Perry, Gabrielle Jeridore, and Keyani Sidberry were recognized.
Deivejon Harris was named the Region’s Player of the Year, and was named to the All-Region first team. She is averaging a double-double with 16.6 points per game and 13.3 rebounds per game on the year. Harris is currently fourth in the country in rebounds per game, and has shot 56.8% from the field, which is 13th best in the country.
Anisa Perry and Gabrielle Jeridore were also both named to the All-Region first team. Perry is averaging 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, while Jeridore is averaging 6.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
Keyani Sidberry was selected to the All-Region Sportsmanship Team.
The women’s District East A/B tournament is also scheduled for march 5 and 6 at a site that was yet to be determined as of press time.