Sports

MCS girls look to improve goal-scoring for soccer success

By John Bernhardt
Like a master woodworker, Margaretville girls’ soccer coach Toni Smith is searching for the finishing touches her team needs to produce a polished product.

Last fall, Smith’s Blue Devils finished 5-9 but eight of Margaretville’s nine losses were by a single goal. With several key players returning, Smith is confident her team can compete with anybody. The key to the Blue Devils’ season will be their ability to finish promising offensive chances with scores.


MCS Golfers top Gilboa

With Tiger Woods all but disappearing from the leader boards of the major professional golf tournaments, America is looking for its next golf star. Perhaps America’s next King of the Links will be Keegan Bradley, the St. John University graduate, a rookie on the tour, who recently became one of only three professional golfers to win in their major debut. Bradley was the 2011 PGA Champion.
Or perhaps the next American champion is learning their game on the links somewhere in the land in high school golf competition.


Fleischmanns' Ethel Lehmann stars in 70+ softball league

By John Bernhardt
All summer long the baseball story around the metropolitan New York area has been the tale of two shortstops. New York baseball fans, and to some degree baseball fans around America, have been caught up in a firestorm of day-to-day drama and excitement generated by Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter and Met shortstop Jose Reyes. Jeter had the baseball world counting hits as he worked to put an exclamation point on a legendary major league career.


Rain-delayed Catskill Cup back in Fleischmann on Saturday

By John Bernhardt
It was singing in the rain on the tennis courts in Fleischmanns last weekend. Nearly 50 tennis players danced between the raindrops as they worked through the brackets in five divisions of the 2011 Catskill Cup.

Rain forced intermittent play but spirits were high and most divisions advanced to the final rounds. The local tennis showcase will run its course this coming weekend with championship matches scheduled both Saturday and Sunday.


MCS starts practice, camp

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Fall sport seasons at Margaretville Central School will start Monday, Aug. 15.
Boys’ varsity soccer practice begins at 7 a.m. and girls’ varsity soccer starts at 8 a.m. Golf practice starts at noon at the Meadows Golf Course.

Participants must have an updated sports physical to practice. If players do not have a physical, they will not be able to practice until they do.


Catskill Cup tennis tourney this weekend

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By John Bernhardt
To Fleischmanns resident Mark Birman, tennis is more than a sport. For Mark tennis is part of his family heritage, a social network that brings together people from all walks of life, and a perfect teaching tool encouraging fitness, strategic thinking, poise under pressure and sports etiquette.
This weekend’s Catskill Cup in Fleischmanns brings Mark full circle, back to his tennis roots. Birman started playing tennis on the public courts in Fleischmanns as a child with his dad, Henry, and some of Henry’s closest friends.


Golfers rack up aces at Meadows

Margaretville — They say lightening doesn’t strike in the same place twice but you couldn’t prove it by the sixth hole at The Meadows Golf Center (MGC) between Margaretville and Arkville over the past two weeks.

During night men’s league play on Tuesday, July 19, Jeremiah Stone of Denver scored a


Local racer earns spot at Motorcross National Campionship

By John Bernhardt
As the temperatures pushed past 90 degrees last week, many among us did a bit of grumbling as we slowed things down, scrambled to find some shade, or scouted out spots on the shore of some local body of water. Not Ryan Sluiter from Bovina.


Delhi Legion team tops M'ville squad

By John Bernhardt
For the first six innings Saturday it was one step forward and two steps backwards for Margaretville’s Post 216 Junior Legion baseball squad. Post 216 battled Delhi, pushing forward then sliding back before falling far behind, then staging a furious last inning rally that left the tying run stranded 90 feet from home plate.
When the dust settled, Delhi had edged Margaretville, 12-11, to claim third place in the season-ending American Legion Tournament in Stamford.

Margaretville scoring


Bainbridge team tops locals in Legion ball

By John Bernhardt
The magic of summer Legion baseball is a catching a glimpse of what kind of a baseball player you someday might be. In small doses, Legion players use a taste of success that gives them a mind’s eye view of future triumphs.


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