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Soccer success: It takes a village

By Pete Palen
The 2008 high school boys’ soccer season was a special one. It was marked by excellent play by all our area boys’ teams. The Andes Mountaineers fielded one of their strongest teams in years, had a winning season, and were a formidable opponent. The Roxbury Rockets were in the hunt for the Delaware Mountain Championship right up to the final week of the season. Margaretville and South Kortright were crowned Upper Delaware and Delaware Mountain Champs, respectively. The Blue Devils and Rams then played their way to the Section IV, Class D Championship game at The Soccer Hall of Fame complex in Oneonta, where Kortright was crowned champion in a hard-fought match. Likewise, The Delhi Bulldogs culminated a two- season run of 36-2 with their first Section IV, Class C Championship.


SK boys fall in state tourney

The South Kortright boys’ soccer season came to an end Saturday when the Rams dropped a tough 5-1 match to Hamilton Central School in the quarterfinal of the Class D state tournament. Despite a 1-1 score with just under 30 minutes left to play, two goals within 10 minutes robbed the Rams of the momentum.


Margaretville alumnus Max Mead named Coach of the Year in Mid-Hudson Athletic League

By Julia Green
Margaretville graduate and Ellenville boys’ head soccer coach Max Mead was named the Mid-Hudson Athletic League Coach of the Year at the close of the fall season. The Ellenville boys finished the season with a 7-11 record and advanced to the sectional semifinals after winning their first sectional game since 1990 and their first sectional game in Class B competition. They also won the Nelson Tournament, held in Fleischmanns, the past two years.


Blue Devils advance to sectional championship, fall to South Kortright

By Julia Green
In typical Margaretville Blue Devil fashion, the team showed up to play when the game was on the line. But in Saturday’s Section IV, Class D soccer championship match at the Hall of Fame complex in Oneonta, that time came with less than 20 minutes left, giving the second-seeded Blue Devils precious little time to find the net.
Margaretville faced cross-league rival South Kortright for the title in the third match-up of the season between the two teams, and the game was a battle from start to finish, with the top-seeded Rams edging the Blue Devils, 1-0.


Local grad inducted into college Hall of Fame

An alumna of Andes Central School received distinguished athletic attention last month with her induction into her college’s athletic Hall of Fame.
Jennifer Ruff Osborne, a 1990 graduate of ACS and the daughter of Mel and June Ruff of Andes, was inducted to the St. John Fisher College Hall of Fame on Oct. 2. Osborne, a 1994 graduate of the college, was a four-year basketball player at St. John Fisher, where she helped guide the Division-III Cardinals to the NCAA tournament in four consecutive seasons.


Margaretville boys advance to semifinals as Lady Devils fall

By John Bernhardt
The Margaretville boys’ soccer team was backed up against the wall. With the clock showing less then 10 minutes to play, Margaretville trailed Roxbury, 2-1, in Friday’s Section IV quarterfinal contest, and you could feel the Blue Devils’ season slipping away.
But conditions changed with lightning-like ferocity.


Rams hold off Devils to capture Crossover

By John Bernhardt
Lightning didn’t strike twice for the Margaretville boys’ soccer team.
After falling behind, 2-0, early in Saturday’s Delaware League title game at the Soccer Hall of Fame fields in Oneonta, the Blue Devils hoped to find the same magic that lifted them to a come-from-behind, regular season, victory over the Rams. Margaretville tried the same formula, rallying to knot the score during the close of the opening half.


2008 Delaware League Soccer All-Stars

Following are the names of the boys' and girls' soccer players from the Delaware League who have been selected for first-team, second-team, and honorable mention recognition as 2008 Delaware League Soccer All-Stars.


MCS boys win division; face South Kortright for league title

By John Bernhardt
The road to the Delaware League Boys’ Soccer Championship may have taken some unexpected twists and turns. Yet, when the teams crossed the finish line of the regular season last week, there were no surprises among the division winners.
Margaretville shutdown Stamford, 3-0, to finish at 9-1 in Delaware League play, the champions of the Upper Division. South Kortright crushed Roxbury, 7-0, to take the Mountain Division crown. Margaretville will challenge the two-time defending Delaware League champions, Saturday, at the National Hall of Fame complex in Oneonta.


Andes boys', girls' soccer teams struggle to find stride late in season

A four-game slide has turned the Andes boys’ soccer season upside down. The Mountaineers lost two games last week to run their loss streak to four and even their record at 6-6. The Andes’ offense has struggled during the turnaround.


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