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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.”


Blue Devils up mark to 8-0

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By John Bernhardt
A roster filled with skilled players is one thing. A roster filled with skilled played who play, as a team is something different. And, a roster filled with skilled players who play as a team that adds yet more firepower is something yet again. That aptly describes the Margaretville boys’ soccer team, since newcomer Roberto Sarabi joined the fold.


Lady Blue Devils win; Rockets split

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By John Bernhardt
Coming together is a beginning and keeping together is making progress. That’s been the story of the Margaretville girls’ soccer team this fall. The Blue Devils have settled into the pattern of more competitive play that they used to upend Stamford to earn their first Delaware League win, 1-0, over Stamford on Tuesday. The victory improves Margaretville’s overall record to 2-4-1.


RCS tops Gilboa; RCS, MCS girls teams fall

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By John Bernhardt
It’s a traditional rivalry that guarantees passionate play from both sides of the field. No matter the sport, whenever the Roxbury Rockets square off against neighboring Gilboa you can expect a hard tussle among friends. That was the case Monday afternoon when the Rockets scored four second half goals to topple Gilboa, 5-2.
Roxbury’s tandem of Chris Clark and Charlie Dietrich had their game in high gear against the Wildcats. Clark scored a pair of goals with Dietrich finding the nets once but dishing out two assists for the home team.


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