40 teams compete in MCS Booster Club's indoor soccer tourney
By Julia Green
The Margaretville Central School Booster Club held its fifth Annual Indoor Soccer Tournament on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 at MCS. Forty teams in four different age groups competed in the tournament, which raised funds for the booster club.
The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade division of the tournament was played on Friday night and featured teams from Delhi, Schenevus, South Kortright, Walton, and two teams each from Ellenville and Margaretville. The Margaretville Revolution, coached by Missy Hull, peaked early, defeating the South Kortright Rams 2-1 in divisional play. The Rams had defeated the Revolution in the previous week‚Äôs championship game at the Delhi Indoor Tournament. The two teams met again over the course of the tournament, however, following South Kortright‚Äôs 2-1 semifinal victory over the Ellenville Young Guns and Margaretville‚Äôs 3-1 playoff win over Schenevus. In the championship match Friday night, the South Kortright Rams defeated the Margaretville Revolution 4-0. The Ellenville Young Guns and the Schenevus team finished third and fourth, respectively.
Saturday action kicked off at 8:30 a.m. with the boys‚Äô varsity tournament, which featured teams from Delhi, Ellenville, Gilboa, Schenevus, South Kortright, Walton, and two host teams from Margaretville. Following intense divisional play, the two Margaretville teams, coached by Randy Moore and Njego Pesa, faced off the semifinal round of the tournament. Pesa‚Äôs team took an early lead off a goal by Josh Bonofacic. Moore‚Äôs team, the Margaretville Mambas, retaliated, finding the back of the net twice; however, both goals were called back after the referee whistled that the ball was dead on out-of-bounds plays before both shots and the game ended in a 1-0 victory for Pesa‚Äôs team.
That team advanced to the championship match of the tournament, where they faced the N3S of Delhi, who had defeated the Delhi Knobers/Bobbers 3-1 in semifinal play. The N3S defeated Margaretville 4-1. Tournament MVP honors in the varsity boys‚Äô bracket went to Delhi‚Äôs Eddie Reed and Margaretville‚Äôs Lucas Labumbard.
In the varsity girls‚Äô bracket, it was one of the three Schenevus teams in the competition that lifted the championship trophy. Following a 7-0 victory over the Gilboa Constrictors, Schenevus was paired up with one of the two Ellenville teams, which had defeated the Delhi Bulldogs 3-0 in playoff competition. The Schenevus team defeated Ellenville United 3-2 to claim the championship title. Girls‚Äô MVP honors went to twin sisters Jessica and Jayme Bentley of Schenevus and Stephanie Polson of Ellenville United.
The last bracket of the night was the ‚ÄúOld Timers‚Äù category of competition. After divisional competition, it was the Delaware, Margaretville Magic, The Crew, and El Nino teams that were left standing. In semifinal competition, Delaware eliminated El Nino and the Magic knocked out The Crew, both games ending 2-1. In the championship match, Delaware took an early 1-0 lead over the Magic, but was unable to maintain the lead, as the Magic scored two unanswered goals and held on for a 2-1 victory.
Tournament co-director Don Bramley expressed gratitude to all of the tournament sponsors and the Margaretville Central School staff, and called the event a ‚Äúvery successful‚Äù one for the Margaretville Booster Club. Tournament sponsors included the Arkville Fire Department, Diamond Auto Sales/Nail Salon, The Flour Patch, Fruitful Furnishings, Jenkins Lawn Service, Mathieson Builders, the Margaretville Fire Department, MTC Telcom, PJ‚Äôs Pizza & Pasta, Sluiter Agency, Inc., Tanzer Accounting, and Vly Mountain Spring Water. Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties was the tournament‚Äôs corporate sponsor.