Sports

DEC opens nearly 12,000 more acres to hunting

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced that it will expand a deer management program in the Catskills to include additional areas around Ashokan, Cannonsville and Neversink reservoirs.
By expanding hunting privileges on 11,948 acres of water supply land, DEP is seeking to promote forest regeneration and protect water quality by controlling the size of deer populations in the immediate vicinity of these reservoirs.


Host MCS soccer teams win tourneys

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FANCY FOOTWORK — Matt VanValkenburg of MCS (2) tries to dribble past Roxbury’s Tyler Phillips in Delaware League action last Tuesday. The Blue Devils were 3-0 winners.  — Photos by Dick SanfordFANCY FOOTWORK — Matt VanValkenburg of MCS (2) tries to dribble past Roxbury’s Tyler Phillips in Delaware League action last Tuesday. The Blue Devils were 3-0 winners. — Photos by Dick Sanford
By John Bernhardt
The chant “She’s our goalie” erupts from the Margaretville bench every time Alany Gomez makes a challenging save.


Bow hunting season starts October 1

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The 2014 Whitetail Deer Hunt­ing Season in the Southern Zone gets underway on Wednesday, Oct. 1 when the Early Bowhunting season opens and continues through November 14.
The regular hunting season for deer will run from Saturday, November 15 through Sunday, Dec. 7. The Late Bowhunting Season and the Muzzleloading Season in the Southern Zone take place from December 8-16.


Local Scoreboard: Soccer Scores Sept 2 - Oct. 9, 2014

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Here are the latest scores from local high school soccer games. There are dozens of pictures from many of these games in our image galleries, just look in "High School Sports"

MSC (boys) v. South Kortright, October 18, SK won 3-2.

MCS (girls) v. Roxbury, October 9, MCS won 3-1.
MCS (boys) v. Gilboa, October 7, Gilboa won 2-1.

RCS (boys) v. Windham, October 6, Windham won 1-0.
RCS (girls) v. Windham, October 6, RCS won 2-0.
MCS (girls) v. Gilboa, October 6, MCS won 7-0.
MCS (girls) v. CVCS, October 2, Charlotte Valley won 3-0.


Busy week in soccer action for local teams

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By John Bernhardt
It was inevitable, simply a matter of strategic soccer planning. With Matt VanValkenburg doing almost all of the scoring for Margaretville during their first two games of the season, it was only a matter of time before the Blue Devils faced defensive alignments tipped in the direction of their senior scoring ace. That was exactly what VanValkenburg faced, a logjam of Windham defenders Thursday in a game that ended in a scoreless tie.
Margaretville’s Ian Todd, #9, rifles a shot past Downsville defender Lucas Elmore, #10 in Margaretville’s 5-2 win over the visiting Eagles last week Tuesday. Click any image to see a photo gallery of that game. — Photos by Dick SanfordMargaretville’s Ian Todd, #9, rifles a shot past Downsville defender Lucas Elmore, #10 in Margaretville’s 5-2 win over the visiting Eagles last week Tuesday. Click any image to see a photo gallery of that game. — Photos by Dick Sanford


New bear season began Sept. 6

By Jay Braman Jr.
Despite concerns about mixing hikers and hunters in the wood at the same time, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has created a new black bear hunting season that allows rifle hunters to harvest bears throughout much of this month.
The season opened Saturday, Sept. 6 and runs until Sunday, Sept. 21, the first day of fall. Hunters can use a bow, crossbow, muzzleloader, handgun, shotgun, or rifle,


Hail and Well Mets

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BASEBALL TALK — Catskill Mountain News sport’s writer John Bernhardt chats with New York Mets’ General Manager Sandy Alderson Friday at Binghamton’s NYSEG Stadium before the B-Mets battled Richmond for the Eastern League Championship. Binghamton’s Steven Matz carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, and the B-Met’s Jayce Boyd hit a pinch hit ninth-inning double carrying the B-Mets to their first title in 20 years with a 2-1 victory. — Photo by Randy Vankeuren


RCS boys start season on strong note

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By John Bernhardt
A win and a tie, that turned into a 6-5-shootout advance in Stamford’s Mayor’s Cup tournament, have launched Roxbury’s 2014 boys’ soccer season on an upward path.
Chris Clark of RCS dribbles toward the Gilboa goalkeeper in Stamford Mayor’s Cup play last Tuesday. Click on any image to visit a photo gallery with dozens of action shots from the game. Photos by Dick Sanford.Chris Clark of RCS dribbles toward the Gilboa goalkeeper in Stamford Mayor’s Cup play last Tuesday. Click on any image to visit a photo gallery with dozens of action shots from the game. Photos by Dick Sanford.


Coach has high hopes for RCS girls squad this season

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By John Bernhardt
With a roster small in numbers but tall in stature, Roxbury girls’ soccer coach Lisa Faraci is optimistic about the upcoming season. After suffering a tough 1-0 opening round loss to Davenport on September 2 in the Stamford Mayor’s Cup, Faraci’s team broke through in the second round Saturday, besting Stamford, 5-0.
Roxbury’s Kendall Walcutt (12) and Charlotte Valley’s Alyssa Hendrickson get tangled up as they fight for possession during play in the Stamford Mayor’s Cup on Tuesday. Click on any of the images to visit a full photo gallery of this game.— Photos by Dick SanfordRoxbury’s Kendall Walcutt (12) and Charlotte Valley’s Alyssa Hendrickson get tangled up as they fight for possession during play in the Stamford Mayor’s Cup on Tuesday. Click on any of the images to visit a full photo gallery of this game.— Photos by Dick Sanford


MCS boys win soccer opener; Lady Devils split pair in tourney

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By John Bernhardt
The Margaretville Blue Devil boys turned in a strong defensive effort while opening their 2014 season with a 2-0 victory over Schenevus Saturday in a game played on the Hall of Fame fields in Oneonta.
Matt VanValkenburg of Margaretville leaps into the air but can’t get the ball past Schenevus goalkeeper Kyle Darune in action last Saturday. VanValkenburg had better luck at other points in the contest, scoring both of his team’s goals in a 2-0 nonleague victory. Click any image to visit the photo gallery for this game.— Photos by Dick SanfordMatt VanValkenburg of Margaretville leaps into the air but can’t get the ball past Schenevus goalkeeper Kyle Darune in action last Saturday. VanValkenburg had better luck at other points in the contest, scoring both of his team’s goals in a 2-0 nonleague victory. Click any image to visit the photo gallery for this game.— Photos by Dick Sanford


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