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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


Moyse county golf champ with two stroke victory

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Results from the 49th annual Delaware County Amateur Golf Championship played at the Delhi College Golf Course on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 11, 12, and 13.
CENTER OF ATTENTION — Delhi resident Matt Moyse, right, was the center of attention as he claimed his second Delaware County Amateur Golf Championship at the Delhi College Golf Course on Sunday. Moyse shot a 54-hole total of 221 to best runner up Mike Wagner Jr., at left, by two strokes and 11-time champion Brad Anderson who finished fifth. Moyse won his first title in 2002 as a 19-year-old.
— Photo by Dick SanfordCENTER OF ATTENTION — Delhi resident Matt Moyse, right, was the center of attention as he claimed his second Delaware County Amateur Golf Championship at the Delhi College Golf Course on Sunday. Moyse shot a 54-hole total of 221 to best runner up Mike Wagner Jr., at left, by two strokes and 11-time champion Brad Anderson who finished fifth. Moyse won his first title in 2002 as a 19-year-old.
— Photo by Dick Sanford


Blish recognized for decades of bowling prowess

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BOWLED OVER — Anna Blish of Margaretville was recently recognized for her 25th consecutive year of competing in the USBC Women’s Championships held in Reno. An accomplished multi-sport athlete, Anna has previously been inducted into the Delaware-Greene Bowling Hall of Fame and the Kingston Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame. — Contributed photo.


Hook, Line & Sinker: July 9, 2014

This first week of July was a memorable one depending on where in the Catskills you happened to be. Some areas were deluged by thunderstorms, wind, hail and mud while others just got a healthy dose of rain to water their gardens, and keep area rivers and streams in good shape.
In reporting about the many opportunities that summer in the Catskills offer – we’ve had a number of fishing derbies in our area to report on: Pepacton Bait & Tackle in Arkville reported on the winner of their June Trout Derby. Sponsored by Tom and Cheryl Phillips, the prize-winning fish was caught by Bill Milman, a local resident, who brought in a beautiful 10-pound, one-ounce brown trout.
NICE CATCH — Dusty Howe recently hauled in this nice seven-pound brown trout while trolling on the Pepacton Reservoir. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Shop, DownsvilleNICE CATCH — Dusty Howe recently hauled in this nice seven-pound brown trout while trolling on the Pepacton Reservoir. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Shop, Downsville


AFD Golf Tourney results and a Father's Day hole-in-one

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Fifty-two golfers played in the Arkville Fire Department benefit two-man scramble on June 14 at the Meadows Golf Course on Route 28, Margaretville.
The overall winners (and winner of three skins with birdies on holes 1,4, and 5) were Joe Lumbrasile and Nick Smith of Arkville. They combined for three-under-par 26.
The Firefighter Flight winners were Bill and Anna Blish of Margaretville who scored a three-over-par 32.


Draw with Portugal slows US World Cup team

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By Julia Green
It’s said that while winning is the objective, there’s much to be learned from a loss. That can also be said of a draw, such as the one the United States men’s national team posted against Portugal in its second game of the 2014 World Cup on Sunday night.
Riding high off a hard-won victory over Ghana, a win Sunday would have put the Americans at the top of group G and ensured their advancement to the knockout stage of play. And, with five minutes of stoppage time to play, it looked like such a result was all but in the bag.


Hook, Line & Sinker: June 25, 2014

These days of the mid-to-end of June have been very productive, with rivers and streams at good levels and cool evenings keeping water temperatures favorable for trout. Isonychias have been making their appearance in the afternoons, resulting in rising trout and successful fishing. In addition, good hatches of caddis flies and Blue-Winged Olives are about in the mornings and during the day. In the evenings the slate-colored Isonychias and lighter colored Sulphurs have kept fly-fishers on the stream until dark.
Rich Sliziewicz of New Jersey with an eight-pound, three-ounce brown trout that he caught over the weekend in the Pepacton Reservoir. The fish was 25-inches long. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Shop, Downsville.Rich Sliziewicz of New Jersey with an eight-pound, three-ounce brown trout that he caught over the weekend in the Pepacton Reservoir. The fish was 25-inches long. — Photo courtesy of Al’s Sport Shop, Downsville.


MCS modified softball team was undefeated

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The Margaretville Central School girls’ modified softball team was undefeated during the 2014 season.  Coached by Bill Fiedler, the team consisted of only nine players who came to call themselves the “small, brave, and mighty.” Members of the team were Kristena Westerfeld, pitcher; Katlynn Shamro, catcher; Sylvia Kowatch, 1st base, Bianca Molnar, 2nd base, Emily Baker, shortstop; Sage Finkle, 3rd base, and outfielders Kayla Fairbairn, Adrianna Orrego, and Kaitlin Garcia.
— Contributed photo


Late goal lifts US over Ghana in World Cup opener

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By Julia Green
There is an unofficial supporters’ group for the United States men’s national soccer team that calls itself the American Outlaws, and it was in this spirit that the American squad came out firing in its first game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. When the 13th-ranked United States squad stepped onto the Estadio das Dunas pitch in Natal, Brazil on Monday evening, it was seeking to avenge prior losses to 37th-ranked Ghana, which eliminated the United States from the previous two World Cup tournaments.


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