Sports

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.


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


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.


Post 216 Legion edges Delhi in baseball play

By John Bernhardt
Mitch Hull pitched a complete game as Margaretville’s Post 216 American Legion squad won its second game of the summer, nipping Delhi, 6-5, in a game played in Margaretville on Friday.
Post 216 scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning to jump ahead early then used two outfield assists to preserve their advantage during the late innings.
Margaretville got a huge assist when the Delhi starting pitcher had trouble finding the plate in the second inning. Base-on-balls resulted in three of the Margaretville runs as Post 216 surged ahead, 5-1.


Mariah Ruff is Gym Rat All Star

By John Bernhardt
A record field of over 2,200 girls playing on 200 basketball teams from 14 states and Canada gathered in Albany last weekend to take part in the Gym Rat Challenge.
Former Andes player Mariah Ruff was named as one of 39 Gym Rat All-Stars in the tournament. Ruff, a former junior high girls’ varsity standout at Andes Central School transferred this past year to Oneonta where she was an all-star freshman point guard for the Section IV Class B champions. Ruff’s Catskill Mountain AAU team advanced to the championship round of the tournament.


Margaretville/Roxbury Legion team holds off Stamford for first victory

By John Bernhardt
The Roxbury contingent of the Margaretville Post 216 Legion baseball team was glad to be home. With Sam Nash leading the way, the Roxbury gang unleashed a wicked hitting attack in the early going of last week’s American Legion contest, spearheading a seven-run second inning that gave Post 216 a 9-0 lead. Margaretville then withstood a furious Stamford last inning rally winning 9-8 to bring home their first win of the year.


Delhi scores win over Margaretville in Legion ball

By John Bernhardt
An early game defensive meltdown denied Margaretville’s American Legion Post 216’s team a chance to earn their first win of the season Monday night in Delhi. Margaretville’s defense allowed seven errors and eight unearned runs over the first two innings of a 14-7 loss.
After Margaretville went down in order in the top of the first, Brady Sackett led off with a long double to left-center field for Delhi. Sackett used two wild pitches to score the game’s first run.

Settling down


Legion baseball program builds players

By John Bernhardt
It’s not all about winning in American Legion baseball. The beauty of legion ball is the baseball. Kids who play legion ball gain valuable experience that a cold, rain soaked Delaware League shortened season can’t provide. Thirty or more at bats, several innings on the mound, and experiencing live situational baseball are the assets that come with playing legion ball.


Margaretville title effort overruled

By John Bernhardt
It’s been said baseball is a game of inches. One play, one hit, one call can be a difference maker. That was the case last Tuesday when the Margaretville Blue Devils dropped a heartbreaking, 5-4, decision to Hancock in the Section IV, Class D, semifinals.

Margaretville (12-3) gave the defending champion Wildcats (16-4) all they could handle. In fact, heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, Margaretville led, 4-2 and only nine outs separated the Blue Devils from a trip to the finals.


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