Time Out by John Bernhardt

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.

Time Out: October 13, 2010

I’m often suspect when firm-fixed rules replace common sense to govern decision-making. That’s the case with the .500 rule some area local schools use to determine whether local high school teams qualify for post-season play.

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.

Time Out: July 21, 2010

The King’s crown is showing tarnish. America’s love affair with professional basketball icon, LeBron James hit its first big time snag last week as James orchestrated a free agency free-for-all involving at least six cities that dominated the sports world for a week and sure wasn’t basketball’s or the young star’s one shining moment.

Time Out: June 9, 2010

The death of basketball’s legendary coach John Wooden this weekend caused me to pause and take stock of time. Wooden was 99 years old when he passed. His legacy on and off the basketball court may never be matched and is sure to withstand the test of time. Wooden’s passing transported me back to a time many years ago when the magnetic allure of the UCLA coaching great would almost be transforming to me.

Time Out: June 2, 2010

He is a cat with nine lives, and the New York Met manager will have used up at least three or four of them by the end of May. Manuel, who guides New York’s “other” baseball team, has been the subject of almost daily media speculation as the baseball season unfolds.

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