Keator gem lifts Lady Rockets past Devils


By John Bernhardt
Satchel Paige claimed his pitching philosophy was simple: keep the ball away from the bat. Last Thursday Roxbury softball pitcher Brittany Keator would have made the baseball pitching legend proud as she kept the ball far away from Margaretville’s bats while tossing a one-hit pitching gem to guide the Rockets past Margaretville, 8-0, in a key Delaware League match-up. Keator struck out 13 and walked one in her pitching masterpiece.

MCS softball team aims for title; young baseball squad rebuilding

Staff report
Championship softball has become part of the Margaretville Blue Devil brand. The Blue Devils’ title run in the Delaware League’s Upper Division has reached four, and Margaretville has captured the overall crown two years in a row.

Margaretville Coach Bill Lonecke feels his 2012 team is positioned to keep the magic going.
“We’re looking to run the table. Our goal is five and up. We’ve got the talent. We’ve got the speed. We’ve got kids that are hungry and want to win,” emphasized the Margaretville coach.

RCS coaches have high hopes for baseball, softball teams

By John Bernhardt
For three seasons Roxbury baseball coach Greg Funck has watched his squad evolve. Hard work, a focus on fundamentals, and a healthy dose of patience are all a part of a baseball transformation that Funck believes should result in a Delaware League championship for his team this year.

“We’re setting the bar high this season,” Funck explained when previewing his team. “We want the league. We have a team that can compete with anyone on the baseball field this spring.”

Baseball, softball clubs get season off to chilly start

Staff report
Roxbury softball coach Jane Ware marveled at the fact that by April 2 her team had already played three softball games. The Rockets have started their season by winning three straight.

“When you beat the team that nudged you out of a division title the previous season, upend the league’s defending champion, and go to Hunter and bring home a win, you have to be feeling pretty good,” laughed Ware.

Ware’s charges toppled Gilboa, 11-7, last Thursday, toppled Margaretville, 9-5, on Friday, and battered Hunter, 30-2, Monday night.

Players named to hoop all-star team


The Delaware League has announced its All-Star teams for the 2011-12 basketball season.

Among those local students earning recognition on the girls’ teams were: First Team, Kennedy Faraci of Roxbury; Second Team, Desirae Coss of Andes and Amy Filupeit of Margaretville and Honorable Mention, Kelsey Little and Ashley Terry of Andes, Erin Filupeit of Margaretville and Brittany Keator and Kendal Sprague of Roxbury.

St. Platty's a huge hit at Plattekill

By Jennifer Kabat
St. Patty’s Day got rechristened St. Platty’s Day at Plattekill Mountain on Saturday. More than 20 kegs of green beer were served on the deck, and green t-shirts celebrated the new holiday. Kids painted shamrocks on their cheeks, others wore green braids and shamrocks dangled from helmets. The temperature hit the 60s and skiers peeled down to shorts. Some men even skied shirtless. The party though was bittersweet for many as they mourned the end of the ski season, cut short this year by a warm winter with little snow.

Elba shatters SK hoop dreams at state tourney


By John Bernhardt
For the third time in five seasons, semi-final play cut short the South Kortright Lady Rams dream of winning a second New York State Class D basketball championship.

The Rams fell behind early and couldn’t make up the difference as they lost, 57-44, to Section Five’s Elba Saturday morning at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Elba capped an undefeated 2011-12 campaign defeating Argyle, 48-34, to win the state title on Sunday.

Sackets Harbor sinks Rams in state tourney


Timing means everything in state basketball competition, and the New York State Regional championship game is not the place for a basketball team to go stone cold.

That was the fate of South Kortright’s Rams as SK’s season ended Saturday at LeMoyne College in Syracuse. The cold-shooting Rams fell 52-36 to New York State’s top ranked Class D team, Section III’s undefeated Patriots of Sackett’s Harbor.

SK girls advance in state tourney


By John Bernhardt
The template remained the same Saturday at Herkimer College as the South Kortright Rams girls’ basketball team outlasted Section III champion Oriskany, 47-38, to reach the New York State semifinals for the second season in a row.

A combination of balanced scoring, clutch foul shooting, strong rebounding, and stingy defense lifted the Rams to another regional championship. South Kortright, New York State’s top ranked Class D girl’s team, improved their record to 22-0.

SK girls' hoops win second straight title


By John Bernhardt
The brighter the lights and the bigger the venue, the more dominant is the game of South Kortright senior center Robyn Ward. Like she did a year ago, Ward found the Binghamton Arena the perfect basketball setting, scoring a game-high 22 points and leading SK to their second consecutive Section IV, Class D girls’ basketball title, a 44-38 victory over Worcester on Saturday.

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