Time Out by John Bernhardt

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: July 13, 2011

Sports are a great metaphor for life. The longer we spend around the world of sports the greater the chance we will experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows with a ton of everyday moments spaced in between. That fact was highlighted by events that headlined the sports world last week.

Time Out: July 6, 2011

Knock on wood, but it looks like you can be proud to be a Met fan again. It’s all right to wear your Met hat, wear a Met shirt, or wear your Met sneakers around town. With a roster that sometimes more resembles a Triple-A Buffalo Bison’s lineup card than that fitting of the major leagues, the beleaguered and perennially injury challenged Mets are showing healthy doses of grit and resiliency that have earned the respect of those who really follow baseball.

Time Out: June 22, 2011

Sometimes athletic breakthroughs emerge from adversity. That might be the case for Margaretville’s Post 216 pitcher Mitch Hull.

Hull, a pitching novice, is gaining valuable experience on the mound this spring. Monday night in Delhi, Hull proved he might have the stuff to develop into a decent high school pitcher.

Time Out: April 27, 2011

“A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it.” - Arnold Gingrich

Anglers from all over the world have long experienced the delight that comes with approaching a trout stream in Roscoe, and making their initial cast. Roscoe, often called ‘Trout Town USA,’ is a haven for serious anglers, a notch in the rugged mountains of the Catskills blessed with the pristine water sources that make perfect conditions for fishing trout.

Time Out: March 23, 2011

It’s called the LeBron James effect, the ability of private schools to pack their rosters, elevating their level of play far beyond that of even the most skilled and gifted public school competitors. The South Kortright girls’ basketball team ran face-first into the LeBron James effect when they battled Coleman Catholic Saturday in the semi-finals of the New York State, Class D, Girls Basketball Championships in Troy.

Time Out: March 16, 2011

It was a perfect Sunday morning breakfast.

South Kortright boys’ varsity basketball coach and Athletic Director Bob VanValkenburgh invited me to an awards breakfast last Sunday sponsored by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York State to see Eric Reed honored as the Section IV, Class D, Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year.

Time Out: Dec. 29, 2010

As sure as you can count on getting beaten, you can also always count on laughter when you face Lee Fisher on the basketball court. The veteran Davenport basketball coach has a quick wit, an active mind, and a huge smile that keeps you laughing before and after the game. Somehow that makes the almost certain defeat you face easier to take.

Time Out: Nov. 17, 2010

The loudest cheers on November 6 from a huge South Kortright cheering section at the Wright National Soccer Campus went to the four Andes Rams. The large SK throng showered their adopted sons with appreciation at they moved forward to receive their Section IV, Class D, soccer championship medals.

Time Out: October 20, 2010

Over a long teaching career I was continually tinkering with my behavior management system, always looking for ways to help my students learn to monitor their own behavior. Teaching in small rural school settings with solid soccer programs, I found the carding system used in soccer was a useful behavior management tool.

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