Sports

Andes track squad off and running for a new season

By John Bernhardt
Only five students signed on that first year, seven springs ago, when Andes Central School started a track and field program. A long run of baseball had come to a close when Andes could no longer find enough boys to field a team. This spring, the Andes track team is off and running with track and field participant levels reaching five times the total of that first year.

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Plattekill named top "Secret Skiing" spot

By Jay Braman Jr.
Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury has been listed as one of the “Top Eight Secret Ski Spots in North America” according to a March 10 article in TheActiveTimes.com by Diana Gerstacker.
Claiming that nothing ruins a perfect day of skiing quicker than a crowd, the online magazine set out to find places where the skier/slope ratio provides more space for enjoyment.
They found eight.


Bowling Scores: March 26, 2014

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Better Half Mixed League, 3/23/14
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Heat’s Off 77.5 34.5
Diamonds 65 47
Pin Heads 64 48
Clueless 63.5 48.5
Slackers 62 50
Heat’s On 53.5 58.5
Ollies 46.5 65.5
BYE 16 96

Men’s High Game
Alan Gavette 241, Tom Miller 224, Greg Montminy 210
Men’s High Series
Alan Gavette 651, Tom Miller 621, Kyle Short 597
Women’s High Game
Vicki Fairbairn 172, Lela Davis 171, Maria McAdams 166
Women’s High Series
Lela Davis 473, Tina Greene 442, Maria McAdams 441


Young baseball squad taking the field for Roxbury

By John Bernhardt
With eight seniors lost to graduation, the Roxbury baseball team is turning a new page in 2014.
“We have a lot of newbies on our team this year with a friendly, healthy competition among kids trying to earn a spot for several open positions on the field,” said Roxbury coach Greg Funck. “It’s almost like we’re starting fresh with a whole new group. The first three weeks of the season have been really enjoyable. Everyone is working hard and working together well, attending to baseball basics.”


All Stars named for basketball and skiing

The Delaware League has announced boys’ and girls’ all-star teams in basketball and skiing for the 2013-14 sports season.
Those boys earning first-team recognition in basketball are Matt Finne of Davenport, Zach Perry, and Christian Cooper of Gilboa-Conesville, Kyle Short of Margaretville, Griff Metzko of South Kortright and Gregg Mattice of Stamford.
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Andes' Mariah Ruff named top female hoop player in the state

By John Bernhardt
From the moment she picked up a basketball as an elementary student on the hardwoods of the tiny court at Andes Central School, the people who watched her play understood they were seeing something special. Even so, few could have predicted the incredible heights to which Mariah Ruff’s basketball game would one day climb. Last weekend, the Basketball Coaches’ Association of New York announced Mariah Ruff as the 2014 “Miss Basketball,” the top high school girls’ basketball player in any class, at any level in New York State.
High Flying: Mariah Ruff, an Andes native, here in action for her Oneonta High School team.High Flying: Mariah Ruff, an Andes native, here in action for her Oneonta High School team.


Bowling Scores: March 19, 2014

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Better Half Mixed League 3/16/14

Heat’s Off 73.5 34.5
Pin Heads 63 45
Diamonds 62 46
Clueless 59.5 48.5
Slackers 58 50
Heat’s On 53.5 54.5
Ollies 46.5 61.5
BYE 16 92

Men’s High Game
Craig Westerfeld 258, Kyle Short 257, Tom Miller 207
Men’s High Series
Craig Westerfeld 649, Kyle Short 634, Tom Miller 585
Women’s High Game
Lela Davis 232, Sharon Gavette 181, Maria McAdams 177
Women’s High Series
Lela Davis 479, Debbie Westerfeld 478, Kayla Gavette 470


Pitching and defense will be key for MCS softball team

By John Bernhardt
With a blanket of snow covering the ground and temperatures that rarely move above the freezing level, it takes forward vision to play and coach high school softball or baseball in the Catskills.
Unlike soccer in the fall or basketball in the winter, spring sport athletes prepare to play their sport of choice in a secondary venue. Sometimes the first time a local high school baseball or softball team will step on their outdoor diamond is Opening Day, the first time they compete in a game that season.


MCS baseball team will need players to step up

According to Margaretville baseball coach John Bernhardt, how well his kids pitch and play defense will determine how competitive the Blue Devils will be on the baseball field this spring.
“Almost every team in the league brings a solid pitching ace, and we’re no exception,” Bernhardt explained. “In some respects the quality of the number two and three arms on every team is going to determine which clubs compete at the top of the league.”
Senior Kyle Short returns for his fourth varsity season, his third as the ace of the Margaretville pitching staff.


New York Mills stops Charlotte Valley's title hopes

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By John Bernhardt
Basketball fans all over Delaware County are hoping Saturday’s New York State Boys’ basketball regionals in Syracuse won’t be the last time they see Davenport Coach Lee Fisher on the sidelines. The affable Fischer and his Wildcats faced a basketball mountain in New York Mills that even the crafty Fischer couldn’t climb as the Section IV champions fell 55-38 in the state quarterfinals.
In basketball terms, this was a mismatch. With a front line that stood 6-foot-3, 6-foot-4, and 6-foot-5, New York Mills was simply too tall, too long, too fast, and got too many easy baskets for a much smaller Wildcat squad to compete.
One-Hander: Kyle Moorby of Charlotte Valley puts up a shot over a New York Mills defender during State Class D Tournament Quarterfinal action on Saturday. A loss ended the Wildcats’ strong season. — Photos  by Brian HoreyOne-Hander: Kyle Moorby of Charlotte Valley puts up a shot over a New York Mills defender during State Class D Tournament Quarterfinal action on Saturday. A loss ended the Wildcats’ strong season. — Photos by Brian Horey


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