Sports

New bear season began Sept. 6

By Jay Braman Jr.
Despite concerns about mixing hikers and hunters in the wood at the same time, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has created a new black bear hunting season that allows rifle hunters to harvest bears throughout much of this month.
The season opened Saturday, Sept. 6 and runs until Sunday, Sept. 21, the first day of fall. Hunters can use a bow, crossbow, muzzleloader, handgun, shotgun, or rifle,

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Hail and Well Mets

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BASEBALL TALK — Catskill Mountain News sport’s writer John Bernhardt chats with New York Mets’ General Manager Sandy Alderson Friday at Binghamton’s NYSEG Stadium before the B-Mets battled Richmond for the Eastern League Championship. Binghamton’s Steven Matz carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, and the B-Met’s Jayce Boyd hit a pinch hit ninth-inning double carrying the B-Mets to their first title in 20 years with a 2-1 victory. — Photo by Randy Vankeuren

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RCS boys start season on strong note

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By John Bernhardt
A win and a tie, that turned into a 6-5-shootout advance in Stamford’s Mayor’s Cup tournament, have launched Roxbury’s 2014 boys’ soccer season on an upward path.
Chris Clark of RCS dribbles toward the Gilboa goalkeeper in Stamford Mayor’s Cup play last Tuesday. Click on any image to visit a photo gallery with dozens of action shots from the game. Photos by Dick Sanford.Chris Clark of RCS dribbles toward the Gilboa goalkeeper in Stamford Mayor’s Cup play last Tuesday. Click on any image to visit a photo gallery with dozens of action shots from the game. Photos by Dick Sanford.


Coach has high hopes for RCS girls squad this season

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By John Bernhardt
With a roster small in numbers but tall in stature, Roxbury girls’ soccer coach Lisa Faraci is optimistic about the upcoming season. After suffering a tough 1-0 opening round loss to Davenport on September 2 in the Stamford Mayor’s Cup, Faraci’s team broke through in the second round Saturday, besting Stamford, 5-0.
Roxbury’s Kendall Walcutt (12) and Charlotte Valley’s Alyssa Hendrickson get tangled up as they fight for possession during play in the Stamford Mayor’s Cup on Tuesday. Click on any of the images to visit a full photo gallery of this game.— Photos by Dick SanfordRoxbury’s Kendall Walcutt (12) and Charlotte Valley’s Alyssa Hendrickson get tangled up as they fight for possession during play in the Stamford Mayor’s Cup on Tuesday. Click on any of the images to visit a full photo gallery of this game.— Photos by Dick Sanford


MCS boys win soccer opener; Lady Devils split pair in tourney

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By John Bernhardt
The Margaretville Blue Devil boys turned in a strong defensive effort while opening their 2014 season with a 2-0 victory over Schenevus Saturday in a game played on the Hall of Fame fields in Oneonta.
Matt VanValkenburg of Margaretville leaps into the air but can’t get the ball past Schenevus goalkeeper Kyle Darune in action last Saturday. VanValkenburg had better luck at other points in the contest, scoring both of his team’s goals in a 2-0 nonleague victory. Click any image to visit the photo gallery for this game.— Photos by Dick SanfordMatt VanValkenburg of Margaretville leaps into the air but can’t get the ball past Schenevus goalkeeper Kyle Darune in action last Saturday. VanValkenburg had better luck at other points in the contest, scoring both of his team’s goals in a 2-0 nonleague victory. Click any image to visit the photo gallery for this game.— Photos by Dick Sanford


MCS boys soccer warms up with South Kortright scrimmage

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The Margaretville boys’ soccer team played in a four-team scrimmage at South Kortright last week as the club tuned up for the regular season. Photos by Dick Sanford


Blue Devil Alex Serdiouk leaps high over a Walton defender.


MCS girls soccer team poised for a good year

By John Bernhardt
“Anything is possible in soccer.” That statement made by a Margaretville girls’ soccer play­er sums up the promise that comes each fall as local teams prepare for a new soccer campaign. And, that sense of optimism reflects the attitude around the Blue Devils’ preseason prep­arations in Margaretville.
“There’s good potential on this squad,” notes Margaretville coach Toni Smith. “We have all-around character athletes with positive leadership, a strong work ethic and good attitudes. That can go a long way on the soccer field.”


Golfers raise money for Health Foundation

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A beautiful day helped make the Margaretville Health Foundation’s Annual Golf Tournament a success and helped raise funds for Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.


DEC finalizes rule changes for crossbow hunting

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Albany — The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has adopted final regulation changes to ensure that the crossbow is a legal implement for the fall 2014 hunting seasons, Commission Joe Martens announced last week.  These regulations are adopted under new state law, which authorizes DEC to allow big game (deer and bear) and small game hunting with a crossbow under certain conditions.


MCS boys' soccer looks ahead to a new year following sectional title

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By John Bernhardt
It’s all about writing their own chapter of local soccer history for the 2014 Margaretville boys’ soccer team this year. The Blue Devils, coming off a magical Sectional Championship season in 2013, are looking forward, not back as they prepare for battle this fall. “We’re really making an effort not to talk about last year,” emphasized Blue Devils’ coach, Jeremey Marks. “That’s past history. These guys have their own story to tell this year.”


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