Blue Devil boys roll to 7th win

By John Bernhardt
Stifling defensive play, solid play in the midfield, and varied yet explosive offense add up to a season opening seven consecutive victories for the Margaretville boys’ soccer team. The Blue Devil’s capped off a four-win week by racing past Stamford, 5-1 on Pete Palen Field Monday night.

MCS, RCS girls post win against Gilboa

By John Bernhardt
This time they had an insurance goal. The Margaretville girls’ soccer team carried a two-goal lead into the final 10 minutes of Thursday’s home opener at Pete Palen Field. The added score proved to be a valuable insurance policy down the stretch as Gilboa rallied to tally a goal with less than five minutes in the game. The Blue Devils kept the Wildcats at bay down the stretch securing their first Delaware League victory of the season.

Downsville edges MCS in girls' soccer

Short in numbers but big in heart, Margaretville girls’ soccer coach Toni Smith is pleased with her team’s early season start. Saturday, the Blue Devils played without substitutes, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision in the championship game of the Downsville tournament. The loss was Margaretville’s first against two victories in the young season.

MCS Boys bounce Jefferson and H&T

By John Bernhardt
On the soccer field, it’s almost as if Kyle Short and Matt VanValkenburg can read each other’s minds. The Margaretville strikers work in unison perfectly executing give-and-go touch passing sequences and choreographing well timed lead passes to vacated spots on the field.
The end result: the dynamic Blue Devil duo has teamed to net 10 goals in Margaretville’s first three contests.

Rogue hop helps Stamford past Roxbury

By John Bernhardt
Sometimes one bounce of the ball can have a profound impact on a soccer game. That was the case Saturday in the second round of the Mayor’s Cup when host Stamford upended Roxbury, 3-0.
With the clock melting toward the midway point of the second half, two stories were unfolding at Archibald Field. The first plot was hard and factual and told by the scoreboard: Stamford 1 – Roxbury 0. The action on the field followed a different story line.

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MCS boys, Roxbury clubs gear up for soccer


By John Bernhardt
Last August at this time, the Margaretville boys’ soccer team was in freefall. Hurricane Irene had destroyed the Blue Devils’ home field. When the high school players assisted the flood cleanup, the soccer team went nearly two weeks without practice. After a soccer restart, practices and games were all played on the road. The end result; Margaretville dropped the first four games they played and a once promising season was nearly washed away.

High school soccer gets underway


By John Bernhardt
After a summer of hot, sweltering, humid, nearly rain-free days, Mother Nature ordered a reprieve just in time for the start of the 2012 fall high school soccer season. On Augusst 13, girls and guys playing soccer throughout Delaware County took to the field to start their fall campaigns and were greeted by cooler temperatures and gentle breezes.

MCS girls prep for soccer season


by John Bernhardt
Nobody appreciates the value of the preseason more than Margaretville girls’ varsity soccer coach Toni Smith. “We have three weeks to prepare,” Smith acknowledged. “Then the action is going to come fast and furious. We need to be ready.”

Smith’s Blue Devils open their season on September 4 in Jefferson. From the opener through September 22, Margaretville plays games almost every other day, 10 contests in all.

MCS schedules first practice for fall sports

Practice for fall sports programs at Margaretville Central School are scheduled to begin next week.
The schedule for the first practices follows:
• Boys’ Varsity Soccer on Monday, Aug. 13 at 7 a.m.
• Girls’ Varsity Soccer on Monday, Aug.13 at 6 p.m.
• Golf on Tuesday, August 14 at 11 a.m. at the Meadows Golf Center.
MCS Athletic Director Jeremey Marks reminded athletes that an updated sports physical is required to participate.

Little League program gives baseball a boost

By John Bernhardt
Times have changed but kids remain the same. Given the opportunity to explore and play the game, many youngsters still fall in love with the game of baseball.

With the proper guiding hand, today’s youngsters still discover the simple joys of the game; the twack of a fastball slamming into a catcher’s mitt, the electricity of a solid hit running through the bat and into the fingers, fielders focused and ready balanced on the balls of their feet anticipating the ball moving their way, big league dreams in the imaginations of Little Leaguers.

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