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MCS boys clinch a sectional seat in an up-and-down week

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By John Bernhardt
It was the kind of turbulent, up-and-down, fluctuating basket­ball play that drives coaches wild. Last week the Margaret­ville boys’ basketball team took a roller coaster like basketball ride that saw them win on the road in Gilboa, collapse in the fourth quarter in Hunter-Tannersville then fly past Windham on their home court. In doing so, the Blue Devils clinch­ed a berth in the soon-to-come Section IV, Class D, basketball tournament.

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Andes Senior Night honors three senior athletes

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ANDES SENIOR NIGHT — Three Andes Central School senior girls heard their names announced for the last time at a home game Thursday night and their contributions were honored in a Senior Night ceremony. Players recognized were, in front from left, Rebecca Kole, Adriel Grapes, and Cassandra Storey. Also pictured are their parents, in rear from left, Christine Kole, Richard Grapes, and Robert and Tammy Storey and coach Karli Tait. — Photo by Dick Sanford

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RCS girls back on track, besting Andes and Jefferson

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By John Bernhardt
After navigating riling basketball waters for a week after center Stacey Spraque was lost with a sprained ankle, the Roxbury girls calmed the turbulent waves, downing Jefferson and Andes last week.
FINAL HOME GAME  — The Andes Central School Mountaineers played their final home game of the 2014-’15 hoop season Thursday night, hosting the Roxbury Rockets, who went home with a 65-35 win. —Photos by Dick SanfordFINAL HOME GAME — The Andes Central School Mountaineers played their final home game of the 2014-’15 hoop season Thursday night, hosting the Roxbury Rockets, who went home with a 65-35 win. —Photos by Dick Sanford

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RCS Rendler scores a career high to help team past Hunter-Tannersville

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By John Bernhardt
Tall, strong, and athletic, senior forward Will Rendler is a difference maker for the Roxbury boys’ basketball team. Rendler can rip a rebound off the boards and put it back strong for a basket, drive hard along the left baseline for a score, hit a midrange jump shot or utilize inside post moves to take the ball to the rim. All those skills were on display Friday night when Rendler scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Rockets past Hunter-Tannersville, 50-47.
ROCKETS VS. J-HAWKS  — The Roxbury Rockets traveled to Jefferson last week Wednesday where they dropped a 55-48 decision to the J-Hawks. Above, Will Rendler goes to the hoop with the J-Hawks Michael Adlum, #11, and Michael Greiner, #12, defending.  — Photos by Dick SanfordROCKETS VS. J-HAWKS — The Roxbury Rockets traveled to Jefferson last week Wednesday where they dropped a 55-48 decision to the J-Hawks. Above, Will Rendler goes to the hoop with the J-Hawks Michael Adlum, #11, and Michael Greiner, #12, defending. — Photos by Dick Sanford

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MCS girls drop a game in non-league play with Middleburgh

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By John Bernhardt
It was a homecoming of sorts for Greg Johns Thursday night in Margaretville. Johns, a former physical education teacher and coach at MCS, was on the sidelines guiding the Middleburgh girls’ basketball to a 51-34 victory over his earlier school.
MARGARETVILE GIRLS IN ACTION — The Margaretville girls’ varsity basketball team lost a close, 44-41, game to the visiting Hunter Wildcats last week Thursday. Cora Bruno led the Devils with nine points.  — Photos by Dick SanfordMARGARETVILE GIRLS IN ACTION — The Margaretville girls’ varsity basketball team lost a close, 44-41, game to the visiting Hunter Wildcats last week Thursday. Cora Bruno led the Devils with nine points. — Photos by Dick Sanford

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Jefferson ekes past Blue Devils with three-pointers

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By John Bernhardt
It would be hard to argue that the three-point shot has not had a profound effect on the game of basketball. That fact was on full display in Margaretville last week when Jefferson used 10 three-point field goals to squeak past Margaretville, 62-60, in Delaware League play.
NOT SO FAST — Margaretville’s Matt VanValkenburgh has his drive to the basket impeded by Stamford defender Dominick Parker in play last Saturday at MCS. Stamford posted a 52-35 win. — Photos by Dick SanfordNOT SO FAST — Margaretville’s Matt VanValkenburgh has his drive to the basket impeded by Stamford defender Dominick Parker in play last Saturday at MCS. Stamford posted a 52-35 win. — Photos by Dick Sanford


RCS girls trounced by Davenport after loss of center Sprague

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SIDELINED – It's not hard to read the outcome of last week's matchup between RCS and Davenport in Devin Fox's face. What was touted as a fierce contest between two of the league's top scoring girl's teams turned into a rout when Roxbury lost its center, Stacey Sprague, to a sprained ankle. — Photos by Dick Sanford.SIDELINED – It's not hard to read the outcome of last week's matchup between RCS and Davenport in Devin Fox's face. What was touted as a fierce contest between two of the league's top scoring girl's teams turned into a rout when Roxbury lost its center, Stacey Sprague, to a sprained ankle. — Photos by Dick Sanford.
by John Bernhardt
A rolled ankle last week proved just how tenuous a basketball team’s fortunes can be. Misfortune struck the Roxbury girls basketball team when junior center and leading scorer Stacey Sprague rolled her ankle early in the contest at Davenport and was forced to leave the game. Without their inside force and with no practice time to take the hit, regroup, and soldier on, the Rockets were shell shocked and fell 65-29 to the Upper Division leading Wildcats.


South Kortright boys out-score Cooperstown and Roxbury

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by John Bernhardt
Twenty-seven is becoming a favorite number for South Kortright sophomore point guard Ty Lamport. The tall SK court leader had a pair of 27-point scoring efforts to lead SK past Cooperstown on Tuesday and Roxbury on Wednesday last week.
ARMS RACE — Matt Faraci of Roxbury is hounded by South Kortright defenders as he attempts to gain control of the ball in play last week at RCS. The visitors took home a 58-36 victory. — Photos by Dick SanfordARMS RACE — Matt Faraci of Roxbury is hounded by South Kortright defenders as he attempts to gain control of the ball in play last week at RCS. The visitors took home a 58-36 victory. — Photos by Dick Sanford


Gilboa girls down Andes in hoop play

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by John Bernhardt
Three Wildcats reached double figures as Gilboa downed Andes, 58-23, in Delaware League play. Gilboa’s center, Kendall Thorington, used her height to maneuver around the lane taking game-scoring honors with 18 points. Skylie Roberts chipped in with 12 points and Hope Cooper 10 for the Wildcats.
Gilboa raced to a 16-4 first period lead, stretched that margin to 32-13 by the half and coasted the rest of the way.
Taylor Day led Andes with eight points. Adriel Grapes had six for the Mountaineers.


MCS boys lose heartbreaker to Stamford in final seconds

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By John Bernhardt
For the Margaretville boys’ basketball team, success is a daily task. Based on recent results, the Blue Devils are getting better. Progress was evident, even in defeat Friday night, when Margaretville dropped a heartbreaking one-point decision, 55-54, in Stamford.
GOING UNDER — Cooper Reither of MCS slides past Stamford’s Glen Cioccari in play Friday night at SCS. Reither scored 16 points, but the home team used a hoop with less than three seconds remaining to post a 55-54 win. — Photos by Dick Sanford Click on the image to see a photo gallery of this game.GOING UNDER — Cooper Reither of MCS slides past Stamford’s Glen Cioccari in play Friday night at SCS. Reither scored 16 points, but the home team used a hoop with less than three seconds remaining to post a 55-54 win. — Photos by Dick Sanford Click on the image to see a photo gallery of this game.


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