Sports

Roxbury soccer coach feeling optimistic in spite of many changes to team

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By John Bernhardt
Tom Faraci was pleased with what he saw from his Roxbury soccer team in their non-league home opener Friday afternoon. The Rockets hosted Milford, an annual Tri-Valley League contender with some highly regarded returning stars. A gritty, scrappy effort had Roxbury within striking distance for most of the game before dropping a hard fought, 3-1, decision to the Wildcats.


MCS girls soccer looks to mix and match

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By John Bernhardt
Margaretville girls’ soccer coach Toni Smith has more questions than answers as her team prepares for the upcoming season. The defending Delaware League co-champions (12-3-2, 7-1-1) were hard hit by with the graduation of five key seniors, a group that includes last year’s goalie, sweeper, stopper, center midfielder and leading scorer, all seasoned veterans and strong leaders. Smith has a lot of holes to fill as she prepares her Blue Devils for the coming season.


Margaretville soccer has plenty of manpower

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By John Bernhardt
A roster spilling over with 26 players, including 18 upperclassmen has increased the focus and intensity of boy’s preseason soccer practice at Margaretville this fall.

“We’ve had ultra competitive practices with everyone trying to win playing minutes, trying to win a position spot,” said coach Jeremy Marks. “There’s not a lot I have to do to motivate these guys.”


College soccer experience priceless for MCS grad

By John Bernhardt
For New Kingston native Erica Faulkner, there was no such thing as an athletic challenge she was afraid to meet. If it was manning the shortstop position on an otherwise all boys American Legion baseball team, battling for rebounds around the basket against much taller opponents or patrolling the middle of the soccer field, no challenge was too big for the three-sport Margaretville Central School sport’s star to tackle.


NYPA reopens Schoharie Creek access

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North Blenheim — Public fishing access along a section of the Schoharie Creek has reopened following restoration work to repair shoreline erosion along the creek, just north of the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Power Plant (B-G).
Located off the access road near the B-G plant’s North Gate, and below the lower reservoir dam, the public fishing area was closed to allow workers to rebuild the shoreline.


Lifelong cycling passion in high gear for Margaretvlle resident Jo Bernhardt

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By John Bernhardt
It only took an initial push with the bicycle wobbling beneath her for a young Jo Flax (Bernhardt) to fall in love with cycling. For almost as long as she can remember, Bernhardt has never strayed too far away from her bicycle.


Mariah Ruff to continue hoop dreams at St. Bonaventure

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By John Bernhardt
An old proverb advises that, “the early bird gets the worm.” That was certainly the case for St. Bonaventure University, winners of a basketball sweepstakes to secure the services of Mariah Ruff.
Ruff, a local basketball prodigy who started her high school varsity career by scoring over 500 points during her junior high school years at Andes Central, then moved on to become the starting point guard for three consecutive seasons at Oneonta High, has made a verbal commitment to become a Bonnie.


Many baseball stars got their start with the O Yanks

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By John Bernhardt
Grand Canyon University, Northeastern, Malloy College, Morehouse State, Monmouth University, Canisius College, Southern University, Mercer College, Brown University, the University of Georgia, St. John Fischer, the University of Mount Union, Ave Maria College, Louisiana College and, of course, SUNY campuses at Albany, Binghamton, Cortland, Oneonta, and Oswego.


Sage Beemer making mark on fledgling hoops team

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By John Bernhardt
He attacks his new role with the passion of a startup business entrepreneur. In some ways he is. This spring Sage Beemer completed his freshman year at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). Beemer also finished a freshman season of basketball for the Mighty Oaks in their first season as an official college varsity sport.

In many ways ESF men’s basketball coach Scott Blair hired the perfect employee when he brought


Spirits of horseshoe competition rings true for father-son players

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By John Bernhardt
It’s part of a family history, a tradition passed down from father to son and then again to his son. Like playing catch in the back yard, pitching horseshoes is a great American father/son activity. That’s the way it’s worked in the VanValkenburgh family for at least three generations.
“I started throwing horseshoes when I was a little kid,” said Jack VanValkenburgh when recalling how he got his start playing the sport. “My Dad loved throwing horseshoes.”


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