Lifelong cycling passion in high gear for Margaretvlle resident Jo Bernhardt


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


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


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


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


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.”

Family enjoys a 'Goodell' day of fishing


Dan Goodell Sr. of Margaretville took two of his boys, Danny Jr. and Brandon, on a charter fishing trip on the Hudson River on May 19 with Captain Nick Kulick of Tie One On Charters. 

They left the dock at Charles Rider Park in Kingston at 7 a.m. and headed toward the Town of Esopus where Danny Jr., 18, hooked the first fish at 10 a.m., a 22-inch striped bass weighing 10 pounds. Danny’s fish was caught using chunk herring bait.

Gordon Krick starts 4th decade of umpiring


“Mother, may I slug the umpire,
Slug him right between the eyes?
If you let me do it, Mother
You shall have the champion prize.

Let me clasp his throat, dear Mother,
In a dear delightful grip
With one hand and with the other
Bat him several in the lip

Let me climb his frame, dear Mother
While the happy people shout;
I’ll not kill him, dearest mother;
I will only knock him out.”

By John Bernhardt

Blish team rallies to win AFD golf tourney


Arkville — The Meadows Golf Center hosted the third annual Arkville Fire Department fundraiser two-man scramble on Saturday morning June 8.

After nine holes of play, three teams tied for the lead at two under par 27. On the third hole of sudden death, Bill and Anna Blish scored a birdie two on the 174-yard, par three third hole to win first place outright

During his regulation round, JR Lawrence of Margaretville shot a hole-in-one on the seventh hole, set up for the tournament at 131 yards, with an eight iron. 

Local team battled hard in tourney


Round Top — The soccer team from Margaretville known as Delaware was in action on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9 at the 32nd Annual Round Top Invitational Old Timers Soccer Tournament at Riedlbauer’s Resort. Forty teams from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut participated in the two-day event.

Delaware started off with tough 1-0 loss to USA Col SC. Delaware fought back from a 2-0 deficit to tie NY Albanians, 2-2, and then lost, 3-1, to the always tough Germania (Poughkeepsie).

All Stars named for spring sports


The Delaware League has announced its all-star teams in baseball, softball, and tennis for the spring season of the 2012-13 school year.

Earning first-team honors in recognition in baseball were; Josh Davi of Davenport, Brad Dreher of Downsville, Hunter Grace of Gilboa Conesville, John Quagliano and Jimmy Reeves of Jefferson, Kyle Short of Margaretville, Dylan Cole of South Kortright, Matt Anderson, Gregg Mattice and Erik Ehrhart of Stamford and Anthony Savasta of Windham.

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