Sports

RCS coach hopes bigger is better for basketball team

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By John Bernhardt
Roxbury boys’ coach Tom Faraci will put one of the bigger squads in the Delaware League on the basketball court this winter. Faraci hopes added inches of height and wingspan around the basket provide his young squad with an offensive and defensive boost. And, Faraci knows that to compete in a tough Delaware League, his team will need to have competitive hearts as big as their frames to aggressively pursue every ball off the glass and play tough defense.

Rebounding & defense


Delaware League All-Stars named for fall sports

The Delaware League has announced its all-star teams for the 2013 fall sports season.

Golf stars
Earning first team all-star recognition in golf were Mychal Grant and Ben Standhard of Gilboa-Conesville, Dylan Legg of Hunter-Tannersville, Kyle Short and Eric Mathiesen of Margaretville, Tyler Lamport of South Kortright/Andes, and Dan Marino and Skyler Schoonmaker of Windham.


Many new players on RCS girls' basketball squad

By John Bernhardt
After losing the nucleus of last winter’s basketball team to graduation, Roxbury girls’ basketball coach Lisa Faraci is busy reloading her roster for the upcoming campaign. Only three Rocket players return, leaving Faraci busy teaching Rocket offensive and defensive systems to a squad filled with new faces.
For Faraci the preseason has been special.
“We’re working hard to improve each and every day,” noted the Roxbury coach. These kids are so eager and working so hard. They are just eating basketball up right now.”


Dream season ends for Blue Devils

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By John Bernhardt
The soccer gods have spoken, and the curse of the Blue Devils’ New York State Tournament qualifier lives on. Nine times Margaretville has earned Section IV, Class D, boys’ soccer championships, and try as they might, the Blue Devils have never been able to move past the state qualifier to the Final Four. Margaretville’s hopes of snapping the dreaded curse went by the wayside Saturday at Liverpool High School when the Blue Devils dropped a hard fought, 1-0, decision to Section III champion. Watertown Immaculate Heart Catholic High School.


Devils rally to win boy's sectional title

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By John Bernhardt
For the Margaretville boys’ basketball team to roll this winter, junior Matt VanValkenburg will need to become a presence around the basket. VanValkenburg demonstrated the positioning and jockeying of an inside hoops star, with all the banging and bumping that it entails, in front of the nets down the stretch in Saturday’s Section IV, Class D soccer championship game against Charlotte Valley/Davenport in Oneonta.


Unbeaten Blue Devils advance to tourney semi finals

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By John Bernhardt
It was only a matter of time.
For the last couple of games, Margaretville striker Kyle Short was making a difference with his strong arms, but not his feet. Short’s long sideline throw-ins racked up a pile of scoring assists and have been a consistent success factor throughout the Blue Devils’ undefeated fall soccer campaign.

But, recently, when opportunity knocked, presenting Short an opening to deliver with his feet, the senior striker’s shots have been off mark, a whisker too high or slightly to the outside of the goal.


Blue Devils capture Delaware League title

By John Bernhardt
Speed racer is James Warner, a senior defenseman on Margaretville’s undefeated soccer team. Warner had just settled a penetrating South Kortright volley, burst off the defensive line and was advancing the ball to begin a Blue Devil counter offensive. Warner’s teammates simply shook their heads in wonder, watching their speedy defensive leader weave the ball up the field.


Shannon Sprague wins Delaware golf title

By John Bernhardt
Shannon Sprague is a gamer. When the soccer ball is kicked off in the center of the field or the golfers approach the first tee, Sprague puts on her game face and amps up her play. The bigger the challenge, the greater the focus and the more likely Sprague will elevate her game. Shannon Sprague competes.

Last week at the Delhi College Golf Course, Sprague lifted her golf game to new levels winning medalist honors in the Delaware League Golf Championship by shooting a personal best 87.


Margaretville Boys finish season at 15-0

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By John Bernhardt
Put it in the books. The Margaretville boys’ soccer team completed season number one Friday, an undefeated walk through their regular fall campaign by toppling Downsville, 3-0, on the Eagles’ home field.
The victory ups the Blue Devils’ season mark to a perfect 15-0. The Blue Devils have one week to prepare for the second leg of their season, the Delaware League Crossover Championship game versus South Kortright to be held at Oneonta’s Hall of Fame Fields on Saturday.


RCS gearing up for sectional competition

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By John Bernhardt
Every game of the Section IV playoffs is an elimination game. One team climbs up the post-season ladder towards a possible championship and the other team goes home. An elimination game atmosphere fires up the passion, kicks up the focus and “sharpens the saw.”


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