Time Out by John Bernhardt

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.

Time Out: April 17, 2013

Almost 40 years of coaching high school sports have seen the most unlikely scenarios. None matched the late inning decision-making at Wednesday’s baseball game between Margaretville and Roxbury.

It was the top of the sixth inning with Roxbury at bat when Margaretville physical education teacher Tracy Reither approached the bench with a sense of urgency in her step. Tracy reported that the spring music concert was about to begin and the band director needed two of the guys on my baseball team.

Time Out: March 13, 2013

Keith Danzy knows how Jackie and Jack Harbaugh felt while watching their coaching sons battle it out in this year’s Super Bowl. Danzy could hardly sit still in the stands, glued to the action during Saturday’s New York State Class B Girls Basketball Regional Championship at the brand new Onondaga Community College Event Center in Syracuse.

Time Out: March 6, 2013

Some believe basketball is a big man’s game. Those folks have never watched SUNY Delhi guard Stefan Bock play the game.

Stefan Bock is a coach’s dream. Bock attends to all the ‘little things,’ those minute basketball details that often mean the difference in the outcome of a game that coaches love to extol.
I paid careful attention to Bock, scripting everything he did during the first three minutes of Delhi’s semifinal match-up with HVCC Saturday afternoon. The kid is amazing.

Time Out: February 27, 2013

For all but one successful team in each girls’ or boys’ basketball classification, the season will end with a loss. One team in each of New York State’s girls’ and boys’ class will actualize a journey that ends with a state championship. Along the way, many impressive basketball squads will end their season on the short side of a wave of disappointment.

Time Out: January 30, 2013

Living in the Catskill Mountains it’s sometimes easy to allow yourself to believe you reside in a locale far removed from ‘big time’ events. That’s generally not the case. If you know where to look, there are all kinds of things taking place in the Catskills.

A Catskill event calendar can include big-time college basketball. This past weekend I enjoyed two highly entertaining men’s college basketball games, Friday night at SUNY Delhi and Sunday afternoon at Marist.

Time Out: January 9, 2013

Personal experience adds clarity and insight to our lives. That was the case when my wife and I shared a basketball adventure traveling to Pearl River to watch Mariah Ruff and her Oneonta Yellowjackets battle the Pearl River Pirates.

We had a blast watching a marvelous high school basketball game involving talented gals from both school districts. The girls on both sides of the court played with passion, played with intensity, and played with skill. Anyone who believes basketball is not a contact sport could not have watched these ladies do battle.

Time Out: November 28, 2012

Basketball coaches have long believed the remedy for a good shooter suffering from a shooting slump is to shoot his/her way out of the slump. A week ago Tuesday night, Jack Taylor of Grinnell College, an NCAA Division III school, took that maxim to a new level. The five-foot, ten-inch inch shooting guard dropped a mind-blowing 138 points through the nets, shattering college basketball’s single-game scoring record in Grinnell’s 179-104 rout of tiny Faith Baptist College.

Time Out: November 14, 2012

What does it take to be an NBA champion? That’s the central question in the basketball education of New York Knick’s forward Carmelo Anthony. ‘Melo,’ as he’s known in basketball circles, has emerged at the onset of a new NBA season with a new outlook, a basketball perspective that has long-suffering New York Knick’s fans dreaming championship.

Time Out: August 22, 2012

Denis Hamill’s column in Sunday’s New York Daily News took me back in time. Hamill’s column took root as part of an extended response to Mayor Bloomburg’s call to ban soft drinks in the war to slow exploding rates of childhood obesity. Rather than focus on limiting soft drinks, Hamill suggested the mayor take his obesity battle to the streets by getting kids to play stickball again.

Three particular paragraphs early in Hamill’s column tickled my funny bone and took me back to a childhood that in modern times seems almost otherworldly.

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