Draw with Portugal slows US World Cup team


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


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


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.

Town Tinker Tubing celebrates 35 years of fun on the Esopus

by Jay Braman Jr.
Thirty-five years ago, Chichester resident Harry Jameson had an idea. He was ready to launch his appliance repair business, which he called “The Town Tinker,” but with start-up funds scarce, Jameson thought there might be a more profitable use of his time and the old barn on Phoenicia’s Bridge Street that housed his repair service.
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MCS honors top athletes; Chris Francis of St. Rose is speaker

By John Bernhardt
Chris Francis understands that if life is a bowl of cherries, those cherries all come with pits.
The College of St. Rose baseball coach, the guest speaker at the MCS Athletic Banquet Friday evening, told a gymnasium packed with Margaretville student-athletes that the extra demands placed on them by playing a sport: the added preparation time, the additional rules and regulations they are asked to follow, and the increased commitments they shoulder, all prepare them to tackle the obstacles they will confront in life.

Delaware League names softball and baseball All Stars


By John Bernhardt
Several local athletes have been recognized by the Delaware League for the outstanding performance on the baseball field of softball diamond this spring.
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Margaretville senior Kyle Short was named a first-team Delaware League All-Star. Short was the mainstay of the Margaretville pitching staff, winning five times against two losses and striking out 77 batters in just under 40 innings on the mound.

Tadpoles snare trout


CATCH OF THE DAY — Olivia and Julian Greico of Sullivan county are proud of their first reservoir trout. You can read detailed accounts of fishing conditions, tips and news of other great catches in Judy Van Put's very "fishy" column, "Hook, Line & Sinker," published every week of fishing season, in our Columns section.

Andes Central School honors its athletes

NUMBER ONE — Andes Central School held its annual Athletic Banquet on May 28 in the auditorium. Winners of the Bruce Butler Outstanding Athlete Awards were Shianne Coss and Torin Bacon. — Contributed photos

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