Sports

Local teams suffer losses in early soccer matchups

By John Bernhardt
Monday’s 2-1 loss to Davenport was a gut check of sorts for the Andes boys’ soccer team. After dropping a hotly contested come-from-behind decision to the Wildcats, the Mountaineers need to take a hard look in the mirror and decide the team they would like to be.
For the first 25 minutes Monday, Andes looked like one of the Delaware League’s top tier teams. From the left wing, sophomore Eric Reed left his footprint on the first 15 minutes of the game. Reed’s left foot initiated four serious goal attempts.


Andes boys advance in Stamford Mayor's Cup Tournament

Soccer teams for several local schools took part in Stamford’s annual Mayor’s Cup tournament. Weekend games included second-round action including the semi-final round.


Roxbury boys win championship in annual Mine Kill soccer tourney

The Roxbury Rockets unleashed some early season firepower finding the nets 10 times in the two-day Minekill Tournaments. The Rockets blanked Gilboa, 4-0, in opening round action Friday then blasted Schenevus, 6-3 in championship action Saturday. Ryan Skipper had a big weekend. The explosive striker drilled two goals in the opener and three more in the title game. Rudy Staab and Kyle Ciaravino added single goals against Gilboa. Staab also recorded an assist.


Area girls' soccer teams look ahead to big season

By John Bernhardt
When Andes girls’ soccer coach Sandra Baldauf put away the balls at the end of the 2007 season she had reason to be optimistic about the fall of 2008. Baldauf would be losing only two girls to graduation. If she could pick up a handful of younger players, Baldauf anticipated a deep roster this fall. Sometimes funny things can happen on the way to the forum.


Magic season ends perfectly in soccer play

The Margaretville Magic ended their summer soccer campaign winning the championship game over Roxbury in the New York Power Authority Mine Kill State Park Men’s Soccer League with a victory over Roxbury last week.
The match was off to a quick start when Roxbury began attacking at the first whistle. The Magic held off early attacks and eventually broke through the Roxbury line to score the first goal of the match. Good defense created a scoring opportunity in which Avery Meehan coolly slid his shot into the net.


Roxbury 9 to play for Keator Cup over holiday weekend

See the early history of baseball come to life all Labor Day weekend in Roxbury’s magnificent Kirkside Park, as the Roxbury Nine vintage team hosts the Harry M. Keator Vintage Base Ball Tournament. A full weekend of action and emotion is guaranteed as eight of the northeast’s most competitive vintage ball clubs converge on Roxbury in the western Catskills. The action begins on Friday evening, August 29, and continues full throttle all Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, with the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. — a match the Roxbury Nine has never lost.


Rain dampens Fleischmanns Tennis Tournament play

By Sindy Becker
The rain-postponed finals matches of the 34th Annual Fleischmanns Tennis Tournament got underway at 10 a.m. Sunday. It was the first time in its three plus-decade history that the tournament could not be concluded as scheduled. The six remaining finalists, out of the original field of 46 registrants, prepared to take their turns at center court, to resolve the men’s doubles match that had been halted in the crucial third set, and to vie for the coveted men’s and women’s singles titles.


Laura Steiglehner rides for cancer victims

Laura Steiglehner, daughter of Ernie and Janet Steiglehner of Arkville, and granddaughter of the late Francis and Laura Beland, completed her second 192-mile, two-day bike ride across the state of Massachusetts on August 3 to raise money for cancer research. The Pan Mass or PMC is so respected in cycling and fund-raising circles that each year people travel from all over the world to participate.


Georgia Gould aims for Olympic mountain biking prize

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By Julia Green
When the 2008 Olympic Games open in Beijing, China on Friday, area sports fans will have a competitor to cheer for with local connections. Georgia Gould, a granddaughter of Kingdon and Mary Gould of Dry Brook, Arkville is a member of the United States mountain biking team.
But if someone had told Georgia when she was a teenager that one day she would be an Olympic athlete, she wouldn’t have bought it.


Rain puts damper on Fleischmanns Tennis Tournament

The 34th annual Fleisch-manns Tennis Tournament, which took place last weekend, could not be concluded on Sunday as scheduled, when an unexpected thunderstorm at noon inundated the courts with more than an inch of water.


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