Time Out by John Bernhardt

Time Out: November 20, 2013

“The Zone” is a term used to describe people working at peak performance levels at whatever they do. Zone-like states in sports involve total like concentration and engagement, control, and a unity of mind and body during performance. Oneonta’s star athlete, Mariah Ruff, a local sports phenomenon who cut her athletic teeth several years ago in Andes, spent last week almost locked in that zone.


Time Out: October 16, 2013

I often joke that if I had a dollar for every high school sports game I’ve seen, I’d be a wealthy man. Year after year, season after season I watch high school games. As one year turns into another, the games and the scores and the excitement often seem like more of the same.


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


Time Out: August 20, 2013

We interrupt this ballgame .... That was the headline of Friday’s New York Times sport’s section as they covered Major League Baseball’s announcement of plans to dramatically expand the use of instant video replay to challenge the field decisions of umpires. Say it ain’t so, Joe!
That’s former Yankee manager Joe Torre who worked on a three-man team that made the recommendation to baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. Here’s how the proposed change would work.


Time Out: August 7, 2013

At first it appeared like a trip to Yankee Land. Driving into the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta was like an assault to the senses of a diehard Met fan. SUVs with glaring NY spare tire covers, Yankee license plates, and all kinds of Bronx Bomber window decals were proof positive a Yankee crowd had assembled to see Bernie Williams and his All-Star Band. Then again, one shouldn’t forget that for three decades Oneonta was a New York Yankee town and Bernie Williams himself began his professional sports career playing baseball at Damaschke Field.


Time Out: July 31, 2013

I was reminded last week of the powerful connection that often takes hold between high school players and coaches, a bond that sometimes endures for decades. Forged around common dreams, achievable, shared goals, and the day-to-day struggles meant to attain them, coaches and players form relationships unique to schooling.


Time Out: June 26, 2013

A Binghamton Met baseball game is a happening this summer. The B-Mets have a first class professional baseball team, the class of the Eastern League, 18 games above .500 and eight games in first place. Great pitching, a homerun powered offense, and some pretty decent handling of the leather on defense make attending a Binghamton game an event for the baseball purist.


Time Out: June 12, 2013

“Ninety percent of baseball is mental. The other half is physical,” said Yogi Berra.
Baseball’s great philosopher, Yogi Berra was on to something with his famous quote addressing this critical components of baseball. Thinking forward, anticipating, and considering multiple options are all some of the intangibles making baseball the “grand old game.”


Time Out: June 4, 2013

Julie Nash returned to Margaretville Central School as an honored guest at Friday night’s athletic banquet. Nash, a physical education teacher at MCS for over 30 years, was the original champion for girls’ athletics at MCS.


Time Out: May 29, 2013

Maybe the Margaretville baseball team should start a four-man band. Music and baseball intercepted for a second time this spring during Margaretville’s opening round of the Section IV baseball championship. By chance, the baseball game fell on the same night as the MCS vocal concert, and two of the Blue Devils, Colby Russo and Danny Conroy, were slated to sing solos.


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