Sports

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

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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

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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


Delaware County names tennis all-stars

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Delaware League officials have announed All-Star selections for varsity tennis competition.
Earning recognition in varsity tennis were:
First Team — Davenport, Lindsay Zeisler; Margaretville, Dylan Shaffer, and James Wa­r­ner; Roxbury, Josh Riley; Win­d­ham-Ashland-Jewitt, Eddie Mor­an, Joe Pelham, Luke Rasmussen, David Saunders, and Malcolm Seamans.


Deposit Lumberjacks topple Margaretville in sectional play

Pitching a baseball is not for the weak of heart. Mental toughness is as much a part of the pitching equation as the ‘stuff’ a pitcher brings to the mound. Just ask Chicago Cub starting pitcher Jeff Samardziga. In 10 2014 starts, Samardziga leads the major leagues with a 1.46 earned run average but at 0-4 has yet to win a game. Keeping your cool with a statistical aberration like that is a challenge.
Margaretville’s Kyle Short takes a healthy cut at a pitch and raps out a single during last Tuesday’s sectional contest at Deposit. The host team was an 8-3 winner and ended the Blue Devils’ season. — Photos by Dick SanfordMargaretville’s Kyle Short takes a healthy cut at a pitch and raps out a single during last Tuesday’s sectional contest at Deposit. The host team was an 8-3 winner and ended the Blue Devils’ season. — Photos by Dick Sanford


DEC planning to expand bear hunting in Catskills

Albany — The hunting season for black bears in the Catskill Region over the next 10 years will be significantly expanded under a new management plan announced last week by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).  The plan outlines the principles and methods used to monitor and manage black bear populations in New York and provides strategic guidance for the DEC’s activities.  The plan includes several proposed hunting rule changes.


Roxbury ends baseball season with a win; MCS falls to Jefferson

Roxbury baseball coach Greg Funck sees good things on the horizon for Rocket baseball. At the younger levels of the school, enthusiasm for baseball is running high, a good omen for future diamond success for the Rockets.
The positive swing of baseball success may have gotten an early start when Funck’s current varsity squad finished its campaign with an impressive come-from-behind win, 7-6, over Davenport last week Tuesday. The win helped Roxbury finish their 2014 campaign on a high note. Roxbury rallied to topple Hunter-Tannersville last week, giving the Rockets two pressure-packed victories in a row.
Here's the Pitch: Sam Nash of RCS fires a pitch during a win over Davenport last Tuesday on the Rockets’ field. Nash tossed a seven-hitter in gaining the 7-6 victory.  — Photos by Dick SanfordHere's the Pitch: Sam Nash of RCS fires a pitch during a win over Davenport last Tuesday on the Rockets’ field. Nash tossed a seven-hitter in gaining the 7-6 victory. — Photos by Dick Sanford


Jane Ware notches 400th softball victory

By John Bernhardt
“I have good kids here, kids who love to play softball,” Jane Ware says when asked to explain her incredible run of success winning softball games coaching for Roxbury. Ware’s Rockets downed Davenport, 16-11, last week Tuesday giving the veteran coach her 400th win in a 31- year coaching career.


One for the Record Books

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UNUSUAL GOBBLER — Michael Stafford of Roxbury harvested an unusual double-bearded tom turkey this past weekend while hunting in Roxbury. The 23-pound gobbler, which sported one and-three-eighth inch long spurs, had two beards; one 10-inches long and one seven-inches long. The gobbler will qualify for the New York State non-typical turkey record book. — Contributed photo


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