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.

MCS girls post big win over Davenport

By John Bernhardt
It might not rank with the United States Hockey team’s Miracle on Ice or Villanova’s NCAA Championship basketball upset over Georgetown of long ago, but Friday night’s Margaretville girls’ basketball team’s, 60-55, upset over previously undefeated Davenport was pretty special.

Devils roll past Windham

Staff report
Never underestimate the value of a layup. The Margaretville Blue Devil boys’ basketball team learned how important basketball’s most basic shot can be when they fell, 58-35, to first place Davenport last week. The Wildcats outscored their hosts, 20-7, during a critical third period to nail down the victory.

Roxbury Native coaches Saint Rose to title


The College of Saint Rose Women’s Soccer team, coached by Roxbury native Laurie Darling Gutheil, won the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship game on December 3 in Pensacola, Florida.
The win was the first team national championship of any kind in the Saint Rose College’s history. The College of Saint Rose is located in Albany.

MCS earns first victory; Roxbury rolls past Jay Hawks

Staff report
Margaretville’s boys’ basketball team found an outside game to compliment Mitch Hull’s play around the basket and the Blue Devils won for the first time Saturday besting Roscoe, 60-41, in the consolation game of the Booster Club Boys’ Varsity Tournament.

Jon Fairbairn, Marshall Bouton and Matt VanValkenburg all registered double-digit scoring outputs to go with Hull’s game high 18-point effort.

Huge rally boosts MCS girls to tourney win

By John Bernhardt
The 2011 Margaretville Booster Club Girls’ Varsity Basketball Tournament had everything a basketball fan could want and more. The tournament was packed with excitement, each game decided in the final seconds of play.

Close and competitive with sudden momentum shifts, the basketball action was emotion-packed and the host team emerged as the champion with a thrilling comeback, 42-40 victory over Gilboa on Saturday.

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