MCS boys edge Wildcats

 By John Bernhardt
“Box scores lie,” former New Jersey Nets’ power forward Kenyan Martin growled at reporters when explaining the value of teammate Jason Kidd’s contribution to the Nets after Kidd recorded rather pedestrian statistics in a victory several years ago.  Martin’s claim could have described Margaretville guard Matt VanValkenburg when he was the only Blue Devils’ starter who failed to reach double figures as Margaretville upended Hunter-Tannersville, 66-60, last week. Box scores lie!

MCS girls split games

By John Bernhardt
It was an unusual kind of girls’ basketball game in Tannersville last week.  Hunter-Tannersville downed Margaretville, 41-35, in a contest that proved far more competitive than their first encounter three days previously in the finals of the MCS Booster Club Tourney. 

The Wildcats enjoyed a huge advantage at the foul line, taking 20 foul shots during the game and making nine.  Margaretville wasn’t awarded a single foul shot in the contest.

Blue Devils win tournament championship

By John Bernhardt
The first three minutes of the final quarter in Saturday’s MCS Booster Club Boys’ Varsity Basketball Tournament demonstrated the poise the host team showed in securing the title.  Trailing 39-25 late in the third quarter, Gilboa went on a 10-2 run to whittle the Margaretville advantage to six at 41-35.  The Wildcats’ surge included a  long range, three-point Zac Perry prayer that banked off the backboard and through the nets, just beating the third-quarter horn, and a no-look pass from Tyler Latta to Hunter Grace for a layup to start the final period.

Mayor takes blame for 'aqua berm' OK

By Geoff Samuels
Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton has gone on the record about the controversy that arose when Freshtown Marketplace owners Dan and Noah Katz erected an “aqua berm” around their building in the hope of averting another disaster like the one caused by last year’s Hurricane Irene.

In an interview with the News last Thursday, Stanton said unequivocally that it was his decision, on that fateful Saturday a day-and-a-half before Superstorm Sandy smashed into the New York-New Jersey Coastline, to permit the owners of Freshtown to erect the protective structure.

Home for adults vacated without notice

By Geoff Samuels
The community home for developmentally disabled people at 123 Church Street in Margaretville was vacated on Monday morning, November 19.
Diane Galusha, communications director at the Catskill Watershed Corporation who lives on that street, said that two large vans were parked in front of the three-story Victorian house early that morning with “a lot of activity going on,” and later that evening, the place was dark.

Cookie exchange at Fairview

A Cookie Exchange is planned at the Fairview Public Library in Margaretville on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

The library’s first annual Cookie Exchange is an event to help get community members into the holiday spirit, by visiting with friends, old and new. Visitors will share homemade cookies and sample baked

goods made by everyone else.
Participants should bring three dozen cookies to share; then they will take home with as many cookies as they bring.

Late heroics push SK past Blue Devils

By John Bernhardt
At crunch time for the New York Knicks, the ball finds the hands of Carmelo Anthony.  In Miami, with the game on the line, expect the ball in the hands of LeBron James.  The same can be said for Trevor Holdridge of the South Kortright Rams. 

Holdridge, a senior and the only returning starter from last year’s Section IV champions, came up huge with the game on the line in last Friday’s season opener in South Kortright. Holdridge scored 11 points in the final period, swishing six of six from the foul line, as the Rams bested Margaretville, 60-52.

Longyear Gallery hosts Holiday Show

Margaretville — Opening this past week at the Longyear Gallery is the annual gallery “Holiday Show” featuring the artwork of all Longyear members. An artists’ reception will take place Saturday, Nov. 24, from 3 to 6 p.m. Special holiday small works, framed and unframed, will also be available in the gallery where Longyear artists will be presenting their watercolors, prints, monotypes, photographs, drawings, ceramics, objects, and small oil paintings.

Returning players key to MCS girls hoop season

By John Bernhardt
If experience is a foundation to build upon, then Margaretville Coach Kyle Holden can begin building the Blue Devils’ basketball house.  Holden returns seven players, three who started, from last season’s 8-10 team.  Good size, bench depth and quality previous experience has Holden and his Blue Devils thinking big this year.

MCS boys look for rebound season

By John Bernhardt
“Little things make big things happen.”
Legendary UCLA college basketball coach John Wooden could have been talking about this winter’s Margaretville boys’ basketball team when he made this famous statement several decades ago. Margaretville moves into the upcoming hardwood season with a roster only eight strong. Even so, Coach Jeremey Marks is expecting big things from the Blue Devils.

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