MCS fans a loyal crew


By Joe Moskowitz
If you were looking for someone from the Margaretville area on Saturday, you might have had to go out of town to find them. There was a good chance they were in the Syracuse suburb of Liverpool. They took the long and winding road north to cheer for their favorite soccer team, the Margaretville Central School Blue Devils as the boys tried to advance to the semi-final round of the New York State Class D soccer tournament.
Some came by spectator bus, which the MCS Booster Club and the PTA paid for. Driver Sally Dwyer said she had about 35 passengers. Many more drove themselves or carpooled.

Cheering for sons
Elaine Conroy rode with Steve and Beth Tanzer. Her husband Chris Conroy was in no shape to drive that distance. He had just gotten off the overnight shift at work and hadn’t slept for 36 hours, but there was no way they were going to miss the game. Their sons, Michael and Danny, are on the team. Michael is a senior and they were hoping it wouldn’t be his last game.

He said he thought this would be a special day. Martin Morales drove three hours from Fleischmanns, his son is goalie Marvin Morales.

James Warner is a senior. His parents, Jeff and Doris are understandably proud. Jeff says he didn’t have a choice; he had to make the trip. He was of course just kidding. He said he wouldn’t have missed the game for the world.

There were easily 150 people who traveled from the central Catskills to the central part of the state.
The boys wore their visiting team blue uniforms. The game was played on a synthetic field with stripes and numbers and football goal posts over the soccer goals. Their opponent was Immaculate Heart, a private school from Watertown, about 70 miles away, but there was the feeling of it being an MCS home game.

There was Joe Van Valkenburgh, father of sectional championship hero Matt Van Valkenburgh, standing on the top step of the stadium. He might have been heard yelling, “You’ve got to get to the ball first.”  Perhaps one could hear MCS sports fixture Bobby Burroughs standing along the fence at the bottom of the stadium yelling encouragement to the Blue Devils.

Loyal family
There was Willis Marks, and his son Gary Marks, in the stands. Gary’s son Jeremey coaches the Blue Devils, while Willis’ great-grandsons, Brandon and Ethan Bush, are on the team.

MCS Principal Linda Taylor spent much of the game cheering and standing and stomping her feet on the metal bleachers. Superintendent Tony Albanese was also rooting loudly for the Devils and had lavish praise for the tremendous support the team was getting from the community.
There were people there who had played on other great MCS soccer teams. Jeff Bruno was one of them. He said he was hoping this would be the team that would advance to the next round but it was not meant to be as the Devils lost a close contest, 1-0.

Some of the players sobbed. Everyone was disappointed, but thankful for what the team did for the school and for the entire community.