Sports

Young baseball squad taking the field for Roxbury

By John Bernhardt
With eight seniors lost to graduation, the Roxbury baseball team is turning a new page in 2014.
“We have a lot of newbies on our team this year with a friendly, healthy competition among kids trying to earn a spot for several open positions on the field,” said Roxbury coach Greg Funck. “It’s almost like we’re starting fresh with a whole new group. The first three weeks of the season have been really enjoyable. Everyone is working hard and working together well, attending to baseball basics.”

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All Stars named for basketball and skiing

The Delaware League has announced boys’ and girls’ all-star teams in basketball and skiing for the 2013-14 sports season.
Those boys earning first-team recognition in basketball are Matt Finne of Davenport, Zach Perry, and Christian Cooper of Gilboa-Conesville, Kyle Short of Margaretville, Griff Metzko of South Kortright and Gregg Mattice of Stamford.
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Andes' Mariah Ruff named top female hoop player in the state

By John Bernhardt
From the moment she picked up a basketball as an elementary student on the hardwoods of the tiny court at Andes Central School, the people who watched her play understood they were seeing something special. Even so, few could have predicted the incredible heights to which Mariah Ruff’s basketball game would one day climb. Last weekend, the Basketball Coaches’ Association of New York announced Mariah Ruff as the 2014 “Miss Basketball,” the top high school girls’ basketball player in any class, at any level in New York State.
High Flying: Mariah Ruff, an Andes native, here in action for her Oneonta High School team.High Flying: Mariah Ruff, an Andes native, here in action for her Oneonta High School team.


Bowling Scores: March 19, 2014

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Better Half Mixed League 3/16/14

Heat’s Off 73.5 34.5
Pin Heads 63 45
Diamonds 62 46
Clueless 59.5 48.5
Slackers 58 50
Heat’s On 53.5 54.5
Ollies 46.5 61.5
BYE 16 92

Men’s High Game
Craig Westerfeld 258, Kyle Short 257, Tom Miller 207
Men’s High Series
Craig Westerfeld 649, Kyle Short 634, Tom Miller 585
Women’s High Game
Lela Davis 232, Sharon Gavette 181, Maria McAdams 177
Women’s High Series
Lela Davis 479, Debbie Westerfeld 478, Kayla Gavette 470


Pitching and defense will be key for MCS softball team

By John Bernhardt
With a blanket of snow covering the ground and temperatures that rarely move above the freezing level, it takes forward vision to play and coach high school softball or baseball in the Catskills.
Unlike soccer in the fall or basketball in the winter, spring sport athletes prepare to play their sport of choice in a secondary venue. Sometimes the first time a local high school baseball or softball team will step on their outdoor diamond is Opening Day, the first time they compete in a game that season.


MCS baseball team will need players to step up

According to Margaretville baseball coach John Bernhardt, how well his kids pitch and play defense will determine how competitive the Blue Devils will be on the baseball field this spring.
“Almost every team in the league brings a solid pitching ace, and we’re no exception,” Bernhardt explained. “In some respects the quality of the number two and three arms on every team is going to determine which clubs compete at the top of the league.”
Senior Kyle Short returns for his fourth varsity season, his third as the ace of the Margaretville pitching staff.


New York Mills stops Charlotte Valley's title hopes

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By John Bernhardt
Basketball fans all over Delaware County are hoping Saturday’s New York State Boys’ basketball regionals in Syracuse won’t be the last time they see Davenport Coach Lee Fisher on the sidelines. The affable Fischer and his Wildcats faced a basketball mountain in New York Mills that even the crafty Fischer couldn’t climb as the Section IV champions fell 55-38 in the state quarterfinals.
In basketball terms, this was a mismatch. With a front line that stood 6-foot-3, 6-foot-4, and 6-foot-5, New York Mills was simply too tall, too long, too fast, and got too many easy baskets for a much smaller Wildcat squad to compete.
One-Hander: Kyle Moorby of Charlotte Valley puts up a shot over a New York Mills defender during State Class D Tournament Quarterfinal action on Saturday. A loss ended the Wildcats’ strong season. — Photos  by Brian HoreyOne-Hander: Kyle Moorby of Charlotte Valley puts up a shot over a New York Mills defender during State Class D Tournament Quarterfinal action on Saturday. A loss ended the Wildcats’ strong season. — Photos by Brian Horey


Many DEC license fees lowered

Sportsmen recently received good news when the price of many licenses issued by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation dropped as of February 1.
A breakdown of the pricing for the most popular types of licenses shows the following changes.

Annual Fishing License:
Resident $25, (previously $29). Nonresident $50, (previously $70).

7-Day Fishing License:
Resident $13, (previously $15). Nonresident $31, (previously $35).

1-Day Fishing License:
Resident $5, (previously $5, unchanged). Nonresident $10, (previously $15).


Charlotte Valley defeats South Kortright Rams in sectional play

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By John Bernhardt
For parts of six different decades, he has patrolled the sidelines at Davenport boys’ basketball games. The Wildcats’ Lee Fisher is a local coaching legend. This week, Davenport added to their coach’s impressive championship ledger by downing South Kortright, 46-37, in a Section IV, Class D semifinal Thursday night, then giving Fischer his ninth Section IV Crown with a 39-30 win over Southern Cayuga on Saturday.
Bound for the Nets: Ty Faulk of SK prepares to shot from short range as Charlotte Valley defenders Kyle Moorby (23), Nate Backus (32) and Kyle Wamsley (53) converge during Thursday’s semifinal contest in the Class D, Section 4 Tournament. Charlotte Valley advanced with a nine-point win and won the title on Saturday. — Photos by Dick SanfordBound for the Nets: Ty Faulk of SK prepares to shot from short range as Charlotte Valley defenders Kyle Moorby (23), Nate Backus (32) and Kyle Wamsley (53) converge during Thursday’s semifinal contest in the Class D, Section 4 Tournament. Charlotte Valley advanced with a nine-point win and won the title on Saturday. — Photos by Dick Sanford


Franklin ends South Kortright girls' sectional dreams

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By John Bernhardt
Jordan Beers makes Franklin girls’ basketball coach Mike Dutcher’s job on the sidelines look easy. The senior all-purpose high school hoops star is a one-person basketball demolition squad. In the most anticipated high school basketball game of the season, Beers had her complete battery of talents on display before a capacity crowd at SUNY Oneonta’s Dewar Arena, as undefeated Franklin leveled previously undefeated South Kortright, 39-30, in last Wednesday’s Section IV, Class D, semifinal.
Eyes on the Prize: Kayla Warycha of South Kortright launches a shot as Franklin’s Marissa Cawley tries to block her during the Purple Devils’ 39-30 victory last Wednesday in the sectional semifinals. — Photos by Dick SanfordEyes on the Prize: Kayla Warycha of South Kortright launches a shot as Franklin’s Marissa Cawley tries to block her during the Purple Devils’ 39-30 victory last Wednesday in the sectional semifinals. — Photos by Dick Sanford


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