Sports

ACS track team made great strides

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By John Bernhardt
As he evaluated the track season , Andes coach Jeff Rhone uses generic indicators to gauge his team’s progress, markers that say as much about who you are and how you perform off the track as on it.

“We’ve taken a big step forward this spring,” Rhone explained. “When it comes to work ethic and commitment, these kids are making giant strides.”


Andes' Coss high-jump champ in Tri-Valley League competiton

By John Bernhardt
It was an unexpected force, like letting the genie out of the bottle. Shianne Coss had never attempted a track and field high jump until just three weeks ago. Coss, who competes on the Andes Central School track team, had only one practice in an actual high jump pit, an afternoon spent at SUNY Delhi learning to actually launch herself over the bar. The Andes junior has tried her hand at her new pursuit in competition just two times. Yet, Thursday afternoon at the Tri-Valley League track and field championships, it was Coss wearing the championship gold.


Warner nets league tennis title

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By John Bernhardt
The Margaretville tennis team finished their season on a high note. After nailing down a Delaware League co-championship, on Tuesday the Blue Devils sent their ace, James Warner, to the court to battle Roxbury’s Josh Riley for the league’s individual title. Warner outdueled Riley 6-4, 6-4 to take the title.


Lady Rockets roll to softball win

By John Bernhardt
Kendal Sprague is peaking at the right time. Roxbury’s pitching ace fired a pair of shutouts last week as the Rockets blanked Hunter-Tannersville 17-0 and 19-0. The wins improved Roxbury’s record to 10-3.

Sprague flirted with no-hitters in both contests. The hard-throwing senior right-hander retired the first 14 Wildcat batters she face on Friday, losing a perfect game when Kaitlin Jaeger beat out an infield single toward third base. Jaeger would be Hunter’s only base runner.


MCS stops Gilboa in softball play

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Staff report
Place Margaretville pitcher Kyle Short in a big baseball venue and you can expect an equally big performance result. Last spring, Short took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a season- ending game at Cooperstown’s Double Day Field, eventually settling for a 1-0, one-hit shutout. Monday night Short fired a two-hitter at Oneonta’s Damaschke Field, helping the Blue Devils to a 5-2 “must win” victory over Gilboa. The win evened Margaretville’s record at 7-7, earning the Blue Devils a slot in the Section IV playoffs.


Bowl hosted tournament

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Margaretville Bowl hosted its 13th annual 700 Club Tournament on Sunday, April 28.
Thirteen entrants, each of whom had bowled at least one three-game 700 series at the lanes, competed for cash prizes.

Initially all 13 bowlers rolled three games and then those with the top eight series advanced to head-to-head competition until one bowler prevailed.
Craig Westerfeld, bowling in the tournament for the first time, won the top prize, besting second-place finisher Gary Atkin, 216 to 176. Rob Rosenblatt finished third and Drew Frano was fourth.


Warner helps pace MCS to top of tennis league

By John Bernhardt
Patience and persistence are a big part of James Warner’s tennis game. Fast and smart, Margaretville’s top ranked tennis player often bides his time, waiting for his opponent to serve up an unforced error.


Devils top Rockets in baseball slugfest; RCS blanks MCS in softball

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Staff report
Perhaps it was something in the air. Maybe it was the alignment of the planets. Whatever the reason, homeruns where flying out of major league ballparks all over America on the last day of April, nearly 50 in all. The long ball phenomenon wasn’t limited to the big leagues, stretching all the way to Roxbury were high school sluggers from Margaretville and Roxbury added three long balls of their own as the Blue Devils out slugged the Rockets, 17-6.


5th Tour de Pepacton bike, walk event on May 26

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The fifth annual bicycle ride for benefit of Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., known as The Tour de Pepacton, sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Cycling Club Inc, and the MARK Project will be held on Sunday, May 26 on Main Street, Margaretville.

The Tour de Pepacton, features two choices of distance, 25 around the reservoir, mostly flat terrain, and The Metric Century, 60 miles of challenging terrain.


Fielding miscues costly for Blue Devils

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Staff report
It was Willie Mays who said, “Defense is the key to playing baseball.” Old timers who got the chance to watch Mays patrol centerfield for the San Francisco Giants understand why Mays was so fond of defense. It was Ted Williams that claimed that with Mays in the outfield, centerfield was a place where triples went to die.

The Margaretville baseball team was served a lesson of the value of defense in Downsville last Thursday. Ten Blue Devils’ fielding miscues erased any chance of winning as Margaretville fell to the Eagles, 11-4.


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