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Eagles nip Blue Devils in girls' hoops

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Staff report
The first quarter has been a nightmare for the Margaretville girls’ basketball team all season long. More often than not, the Blue Devils sleepwalk through the first eight minutes of a game, begin a long, slow climb back into contention in the second quarter, even the score sometime during the second half, and then treat their supporters to a nail-biting finish.

That was the scenario again in Margaretville on Monday when the Blue Devils dropped a 38-35 decision to Downsville.


Roxbury girls win; MCS boys' upset bid fails

Staff report
Roxbury girls win twice
The scores were almost mirror images when the Roxbury girls’ basketball team took to the hardwoods last week. The Lady Rockets downed Jefferson and Stamford by near identical scores in Delaware League play.

Roxbury bested Jefferson, 39-24, on Wednesday then toppled the Indians, 39-25, on Friday night. The two wins are part of a late-season Rockets’ scramble to qualify for postseason play, improving Roxbury’s record to 5-6.


MCS hosts Coaches vs Cancer event

Margaretville Central School will take part in the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer awareness program at several upcoming basketball games.

MCS will participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer Program on Friday, Jan. 27 during the boys’ JV and varsity games against South Kortright at 5:30 and 7 p.m., respectively, and on Monday, Jan. 30 during girls’ modified game vs. South Kortright at 3:30 p.m. and the girls’ JV and varsity contests against Downsville at 4:30 and 6 p.m., respectively.


Skiers off to fast start at MCS and RCS

By Claire Cella
Despite a noticeably late start to winter, ski teams from Margaretville and Roxbury central schools have competed in three Section Four races and are looking forward to a tough and competitive season.

Most recently, the section, which consists of varsity teams from Margaretville, Roxbury, Stamford, Windham, Oneonta and Hunter, competed in a giant slalom race at Plattekill Mountain on January 20.


Andes girls win two in Delaware League

By John Bernhardt
It was two tallies in the win column for Andes last week as the Mountaineers rolled over Downsville and Jefferson in Delaware League play.

Andes came from behind to bring down Downsville, 27-24, on the Eagles’ home court, then took an early lead over Jefferson that they never relinquished Thursday in Andes


RCS tops MCS; Stamford edges Andes

By John Bernhardt
It was a basketball chess match. The moves and counter moves evolved slowly over time, sometimes percolating almost painfully before exploding in bits and spurts of offensive maneuvering.

It was point, counterpoint, with tactics and initiatives employed by both sides. And, little space separated the combatants, the match demanding an added period before a winner emerged. Checkmate arrived when the final horn sounded and the visiting RCS Rockets prevailed, edging the Lady Blue Devils of Margaretville last Friday, 28-27, in overtime.


RCS boys down rival Blue Devils

Staff report
In Kyle Ciaravino the Roxbury boys’ basketball team has an anchor, a rock solid senior leader who has been a part of the varsity program for four years. Ciaravino proved the value of strong senior leadership Thursday night in Roxbury, scoring 22 points to lead his Rockets past Margaretville, 53-44.


Stamford nips RCS in girls' tourney

The Roxbury girls’ basketball team got out to a fast start building an early 10-point lead over the host school in last week’s Stamford Booster Tournament. The Rockets led 10-3 after the opening eight minutes of play, and took an 18-12 lead into the lockers at the half. The game slipped away from the
Rockets in the second half when Stamford came from behind to squeeze out a 30-27 decision.


Turnovers doom MCS at holiday tournament

Staff report
Securing the basketball has been an issue for the Margaretville boys’ varsity basketball team all season long. A Blue Devils’ turnover epidemic in the opening round of the Downsville Tournament cost Margaretville a chance at a championship over the holiday break. Margaretville committed 37 miscues in the contest, falling, 47-40, in overtime to Gilbertsville-Mount Upton.


Defense the difference for Margaretville boys

Staff report
“Can the Blue Devils play man-to-man defense as well as the Patriots?” was the question Margaretville coach John Bernhardt wrote in his notes as he scouted Downsville and Cherry Valley in the consolation game of Delhi’s Thanksgiving Tournament.


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