Time Out by John Bernhardt

Time Out is a column written by John Bernhardt that addresses topics and themes associated with the world of sports.

Time Out: July 23, 2014

“They were just regular guys. The nice thing was that they were as interested in us as we were interested in them.” That was Cooper Reither’s assessment after meeting two Binghamton Met baseball players at a post-game picnic Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton.

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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

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Time Out: July 16, 2014

It is the great equalizer, a rare innovation that levels the playing field and neutralizes the power the big kids bring to a backyard baseball game. Since the early 1950s, Americans of every size, shape, sex, and age have at one time or another played Wiffle® Ball. That’s right, the abbreviated backyard baseball game using those long skinny, yellow, hard plastic bats and that plastic baseball featuring eight holes in the ball.

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Time Out: July 9, 2014

By John Bernhardt
In some ways it’s a test of persistence. Of course, having an eye for detail comes in handy, too. Sports’ memorabilia collectors generally start out by collecting cards as kids. But, that’s not the way the passion began for Margaretville resident Missy Hull.

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Time Out: July 2, 2014

By John Bernhardt
In Dana Lamsal, Arkville’s new Catskill Recreation Center may have found the perfect fit. Lamsal, the chief executive officer of the non-profit organization charged with operating the state-of-the-art indoor swimming and recreation facility, has the pedigree and life experiences to hit the ground running at the new facility.