Last Thursday, January 26, 2012, the Minisink Valley community lost a dear friend. Bob Perino, the long-time owner of Perino’s Market in Slate Hill, passed away surrounded by his loving family and friends.
If you’ve ever attended an event at Minisink Valley, chances are you’ve been to Perino’s which is located a few hundred yards down the street from the school on Rt. 6. Whether it was for a cup of coffee, a sandwich, or to grab a quick snack for before or after the match, Perino’s Market has become synonymous with Minisink Valley athletics. Perino’s Market is only a store though. Bob Perino, the man, however, was the epitome of what “community” is all about.
Always there to greet you with a smile and a friendly “hello”, Bob’s legacy extends far beyond the four walls of any store. His generosity to Minisink Valley extra curricular activities was unparalleled. Nearly every team (youth through varsity), club, or program at Minisink Valley has approached Bob over the past 30 years for a donation, contribution, or sponsorship….and without exception, Bob would help out. Why? Because Bob Perino believed in sports. He believed in the life lessons learned through competition: preparation, perseverance, team work, winning with humility, and accepting defeat with character.
In an almost “chilling” coincidence, Bob passed away exactly six years to the day of another Minisink Valley icon, long-time wrestling and football coach John Bell. Mr. Perino and Coach Bell were good friends. Bob always made sure that Coach Bell was “treated” to his cup of coffee on game/match day. Perino was Coach Bell’s oldest son Chris’s first little league coach. Bell was the JV baseball coach for Bob’s two sons Robby and Jeffrey.
The Minisink Valley community will never be the same. Rest in peace Mr. Perino.
With a relatively quiet week of wrestling, the Section 9 Wrestling rankings did not change much….definitely not the case this week!!! Below is a printer friendy version of the entire slate of action in Section 9 this week. One of the marquee matches occurs on Wednesday when Warwick travels to Monroe Woodbury to take on the Crusaders. Monroe would like to avenge its early season one-point loss to Warwick when the two teams met in the finals of the Section 9 Duals. The other highly anticipated match is Friday’s showdown between Minisink Valley and Warwick. Year after year, this dual meet proves to be one of the most intense and hotly-contested matches of the season. This year should prove to be no different. Monroe Woodbury, Warwick, and Minisink Valley are all ranked in the top 20 in New York State. This Week’s Section 9 Wrestling Schedule
After a relatively quiet week of wrestling, we are happy to announce that there are some outstanding tournaments coming up this weekend involving quite a few local teams. Most notably, NFA is hosting the Newburgh Duals on Saturday. This all-day, two-gymnasium tournament will showcase local teams NFA, Kingston, Port Jervis, and Warwick Valley. Also participating are Arlington, Chaminade, Hauppauge, Port Chester, Cold Spring Harbor, and Shoreham Wading River. Click below for a complete tourament schedule. 2012 Newburgh Duals
The very competitive Big Ten Tournament also takes place this weekend up in Albany. Section 9 will be well repesented by both Middletown and Pine Bush. Best of luck to all Section 9 teams this weekend. Section 9 Championships are just a few weeks away!!!
Last year, as a 7th grader, Warsaw’s Aaron Paddock compiled a 50-5 record and placed 6th at the NYS Championships. This year, Aaron has not stepped onto the mat. Back in August, he and some family members were cutting down trees on their property when a 14lb. branch fell 50 feet and struck Aaron in the head. Click on the link below for a wonderful story about how perseverence, a loving family, and the wrestling mentality have contributed to this young man’s amazing recovery.
Sixteen years ago, the United States lost one its greatest wrestling heroes – Dave Schultz. On January 26, 1996 Schultz was shot and killed by DuPont heir John E. duPont at the Foxcatcher Wrestling training facility in Newtown Square, PA. duPont, later convicted and found to be mentally ill, was the sponsor of Foxcatcher Wrestling. He died in prison on December 9, 2010.
Perhaps the most decorated wrestler in US history, Schultz, like many other great wrestlers, did not even take up the sport until junior high school. Schultz’s senior year in high school (1977, Palo Alto, CA) is generally considered the greatest individual season by a high school wrestler in US history. During that season he won the US Nationals in Greco Roman (open division…against grown men), he pinned a former 2X NCAA champion at an “open” college tournament, and he capped off the season by winning the California HS state title. Schultz was a 10X World Champion, an Olympic Gold Medalist, and NCAA Champion.