Time Out by John Bernhardt

Time Out: June 6, 2012

It was a “where were you when it happened” kind of night. Years from now New York Met fans will remember vividly where they were and what they were doing on the first day of June in 2012, when Johan Santana ended the longest team run without a no-hitter in major league baseball history.

Time Out: April 18, 2012

My wish for every youngster would be that they discover the wonders of the backyard. It might simply be the joy of being outside breathing in the fresh air and enjoying their natural environment. It might be the miniature zoo of unique and fascinating insects and ‘bugs’ that captures their fancy. Perhaps it’s the flora found there that sparks their interest and lets the imagination run wild. Better yet, the backyard might become a shape changer; a jungle, a pirate ship, the frontier, a racetrack, the sandlot, as many enchanting venues as the imagination can create.

Time Out: March 28, 2012

Baseball is the perfect sport to enjoy in perfect weather. There is nothing quite like lacing up your spikes and tossing around a baseball when the sun is shining, the sky is blue and the thermometer pushes past 70 degrees. Especially in March!

Time Out: January 4, 2012

December has come and gone and we’ve started a new year. Before you know it, the days will be getting longer and it will be time for spring training and baseball. Just thinking about an upcoming baseball season makes the winter ahead of us seem manageable. That is, if you’re not a Mets’ fan.

Time Out: Nov. 9, 2011

“Kick it to the corner.”

Margaretville alumni and his former girls’ soccer players from around the country, found themselves fondly looking back to their high school years as they learned that legendary Blue Devil soccer coach Dan Cohen had passed away last Wednesday. The former Blue Devil soccer gals were flooded with the quips, the jokes, the stories, and the memories that so typified their warm and fuzzy former coach.

Time Out: September 21, 2011

Breathe. Exhale. Breathe. Exhale. Breathe. Exhale. Everybody step back and relax. It’s not the end of the world.

The atmosphere was getting a wee-bit prickly on the sidelines in Delhi at Saturday’s boys’ soccer contest between the host Bulldogs and Margaretville. As Delhi pulled away in the second half, some of the Margaretville faithful began to show the frustration of a winless first week.

Time Out: August 10, 2011

Mariah Ruff or Eric Reed would have been in three-point heaven. Every time a shot behind the arc swished through the nets, water splashed from the twines in a several foot, circular, aerial display. It was basketball like it’s never been played before.

Time Out: July 27, 2011

“The great players show how much they want to play during the off-season, when it’s hot, when it’s tough, and when no one is watching.” — Tony Alfonso, author of The Mentally Tough Shooting Workout.

It was hot. It was tough, and there certainly weren’t too many people watching. Last week eight future Margaretville varsity basketball players enjoyed a basketball feast in three days of hardwood madness that saw them play nine games over that time. The basketball bonanza was a team camp held at Houghton College, a gorgeous campus located in western New York.

Time Out: Aug. 18, 2010

The local sporting world lost a true friend in early August with the passing of Steven Fabrykiewicz. Steve, the father of Andes soccer star Peter Fabrykiewicz, had become a regular feature at many soccer contests throughout Delaware County. An avid photographer, he could be found, camera slung over his shoulders, joyfully bounding up and down the sidelines at soccer games.

Time Out: July 28, 2010

The difference between average and superior performance is much narrower than the average person thinks. Often superior teams have an aura of invincibility, a swagger that builds an impression that they simply cannot be beaten. On the surface, average performing teams don’t seem to match up. Actually, the gap between the two performance levels is not nearly as large as most people believe.

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