Time Out: September 11, 2013

Andes’ Peter Fabrykiewicz and South Kortright’s Trevor Holdridge were teammates on the last South Kortright Section IV championship soccer team, the first SK sports team that included athletes from Andes. The former Rams have joined forces once again, this time taking their game to SUNY Delhi.
I made a jaunt to Delhi to watch the guys play on Sunday. The Broncos squad has a strong local flavor. The head coach of the team is Doug McKee who graduated from Andes several years ago. Three former Bulldogs from Delhi Academy, including Carson King, also are on the squad.

A big step
Making a college athletic team is a real stretch for athletes who graduated from small rural schools. In high school there was no real competition to gain a position spot on the field. Each of the local guys excelled on their local team. Not so once you arrive on campus. Generally, everyone who wants to play a college sport were skilled players on their high school teams. Competition is fierce simply to make the team. Someone told me at the game that 50 guys tried out for the Bronco squad with just over 20 making the cut.

The teams on the field were decked in green and gold. I spent the entire first half trying to pick out which guys in green might be Pete and Trevor. No luck. It wasn’t until the second half when the gold team was driving with the ball toward the net and one of the players shouted, “Pete” that I discovered Delhi was wearing gold. Peter logged a good deal of playing time before getting roughed up near the midfield and forced to leave the game.

Trevor entered the contest shortly after Peter’s injury taking the exact spot on the field Peter vacated. I was surprised but pleased to learn Trevor had recuperated from an ACL tear that occurred during the Delaware League Senior Basketball Game in early March last winter. Trevor wears a brace on the knee but seemed to be running well.

It was a rugged brand of college soccer on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. Delhi battled hard but dropped a 3-1 decision. Yet, for me, the final score was secondary. The magic came from watching two former teammates, local kids, on the field together once again playing a game they love.

Successful venture
A footnote: This fall the Andes/SK sports merger enters its fourth year and continues to thrive. Six Andes athletes play on the Rams boys’ soccer roster. Senior Danny Fronckowiak mans the critical center midfield slot for the Rams. Zach Valkavich bolsters the offensive attack on a forward wing with Torin Bacon making a mark in the defensive line. Gareth Sulger and Korey Bush provide the Rams with athletic depth. And, freshman Noah Dougherty has been tending the nets during the early season for the Rams.

Two Andes girls, Shianne Coss and Sierra Laurie are playing with the Lady Rams. Coss scored the first SK goal of the new campaign.