Sports

Time Out: August 6, 2014

Unless you’re a high school athlete attending a sports camp, team sports activity slows to a crawl in the summer in the Catskills. In days of old, summer baseball was huge in almost every small community in our county. At its peak, American Legion baseball was everywhere and almost every Delaware County town or hamlet fielded a youth baseball team. Sixteen teams represented Delaware County communities during its zenith. For the most part, Legion baseball in rural New York State is a thing of the past.

Baseball was king


DEC adopts bear hunting season changes

Albany — Black bear hunting opportunities have expand­ed this year as a result of reg­- ulation changes adopted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Commissioner Joe Mar­tens announced this week.
“Under Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative, New York is working to increase hunting opportunities for sportsmen and sportswomen,” Commissioner Martens said. “With these changes, DEC is implementing strategies of the recently adopt­ed Black Bear Management Plan.”


Hooked on Fishing

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Jackie, (left) and Danielle of Walton landed these trophy trout weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces and 5 pounds, 10 ounces while fishing on the Pepacton Reservoir last week using sawbellies. — Photos courtesy of Al’s Sport Store, Downsville.


Jackson of New Jersey shows off his catch from the Pepacton Reservoir.


Time Out: July 30, 2014

He was a man without a country, a baseball fan decked out in the traditional orange and blue of the New York Mets enveloped in a sea of Atlanta Brave gray and red hearing “y’all” everywhere he turned. Styrofoam tomahawks bounced off his head and shoulders as thousands of Brave fans broke out in a chorus of their all to familiar tomahawk chop.
IDOL CHATTER — Randy VanKeuren (in uniform), chats with one of his idols, former Mets’ star Darryl Strawberry in Cooperstown on Sunday. — Contributed photoIDOL CHATTER — Randy VanKeuren (in uniform), chats with one of his idols, former Mets’ star Darryl Strawberry in Cooperstown on Sunday. — Contributed photo


Tunament dedicated to Bob Ackershoek this year

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TUNAMENT WINNERS — The 14th Annual Tunament, this year a four-man team, best-ball format golf tournament to honor the memory of the late Bill “Tuna” Sanford, was held Friday at Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club in Margaretville. The winning team shot a score of 60 and consisted of, pictured above from left, Tom Sanford (brother of the late Bill Sanford) of Saugerties, John Hornbeck of Rosendale, tournament organizer Pete Sluiter of Perch Lake, Andes, and Mark Hess of St Davids, PA.


Time Out: Matt VanValkenburg Daily Star's top soccer player

Matt VanValkenburg gets it. On Saturday, the Margaretville soon-to-be-senior was named the Oneonta Daily Star 2013 Boys’ High School Soccer Player of the Year. The opening of sportswriter Rob Centorani’s story announcing the Player of the Year selection says a lot about the soccer player and the person who is Matt VanValkenburg. Here’s how Centorani started.
TOP HONORS — Margaretville’s Matt VanValkenburg heads the ball into the nets as he ties the score with the second of his three goals leading the Blue Devils to a 3-2 overtime victory against Charlotte Valley in the November 2, 2013 sectional finals contest. — Photo by Dick SanfordTOP HONORS — Margaretville’s Matt VanValkenburg heads the ball into the nets as he ties the score with the second of his three goals leading the Blue Devils to a 3-2 overtime victory against Charlotte Valley in the November 2, 2013 sectional finals contest. — Photo by Dick Sanford


Moyse county golf champ with two stroke victory

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Results from the 49th annual Delaware County Amateur Golf Championship played at the Delhi College Golf Course on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 11, 12, and 13.
CENTER OF ATTENTION — Delhi resident Matt Moyse, right, was the center of attention as he claimed his second Delaware County Amateur Golf Championship at the Delhi College Golf Course on Sunday. Moyse shot a 54-hole total of 221 to best runner up Mike Wagner Jr., at left, by two strokes and 11-time champion Brad Anderson who finished fifth. Moyse won his first title in 2002 as a 19-year-old.
— Photo by Dick SanfordCENTER OF ATTENTION — Delhi resident Matt Moyse, right, was the center of attention as he claimed his second Delaware County Amateur Golf Championship at the Delhi College Golf Course on Sunday. Moyse shot a 54-hole total of 221 to best runner up Mike Wagner Jr., at left, by two strokes and 11-time champion Brad Anderson who finished fifth. Moyse won his first title in 2002 as a 19-year-old.
— Photo by Dick Sanford


Blish recognized for decades of bowling prowess

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BOWLED OVER — Anna Blish of Margaretville was recently recognized for her 25th consecutive year of competing in the USBC Women’s Championships held in Reno. An accomplished multi-sport athlete, Anna has previously been inducted into the Delaware-Greene Bowling Hall of Fame and the Kingston Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame. — Contributed photo.


Hook, Line & Sinker: July 9, 2014

This first week of July was a memorable one depending on where in the Catskills you happened to be. Some areas were deluged by thunderstorms, wind, hail and mud while others just got a healthy dose of rain to water their gardens, and keep area rivers and streams in good shape.
In reporting about the many opportunities that summer in the Catskills offer – we’ve had a number of fishing derbies in our area to report on: Pepacton Bait & Tackle in Arkville reported on the winner of their June Trout Derby. Sponsored by Tom and Cheryl Phillips, the prize-winning fish was caught by Bill Milman, a local resident, who brought in a beautiful 10-pound, one-ounce brown trout.
NICE CATCH — Dusty Howe recently hauled in this nice seven-pound brown trout while trolling on the Pepacton Reservoir. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Shop, DownsvilleNICE CATCH — Dusty Howe recently hauled in this nice seven-pound brown trout while trolling on the Pepacton Reservoir. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Shop, Downsville


AFD Golf Tourney results and a Father's Day hole-in-one

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Fifty-two golfers played in the Arkville Fire Department benefit two-man scramble on June 14 at the Meadows Golf Course on Route 28, Margaretville.
The overall winners (and winner of three skins with birdies on holes 1,4, and 5) were Joe Lumbrasile and Nick Smith of Arkville. They combined for three-under-par 26.
The Firefighter Flight winners were Bill and Anna Blish of Margaretville who scored a three-over-par 32.


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