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Friday, August 14, 2020

Sports > Awards/Milestones

Richard Ross logs one of his 1000 miles logged since open heart surgery in March 2015.

The Grand Splash

Democrat's Richard Ross surpasses 1000-mile swim milestone

By Richard RossCOCHECTON CENTER- I believe in the power of intention: that summoning of self through discipline, perseverance and unshakeable will that can achieve something once perceived as seemingly out of reach. To be clear, there is all the world of difference between dreaming and wishing for something and the marshaling of one's full agency needed to make it happen. It is this very quality which I have struggled hard to master that enabled me to surpass 1000 miles of swimming on July 30, a quest dating back to my five-bypass open heart surgery in March of 2015.
There are times when life happens to us and other times when we happen to life. Life happened to me registering my shock and imminent sense of mortality, when a cardiology exam revealed the severity of my condition. After experiencing shortness of breath for more than a month, which I had tried my best to ignore, the catheter exploring my arterial labyrinth revealed the undeniable truth: genetics had caught up with me evincing multiple blockages that would require open heart surgery.
I was at the time, as I am now, in very good shape. I had logged countless miles since I had resumed my lifelong love of swimming in 2000. ...read more





In Other Sports News

Jeff Softball Roundup

Published August 11, 1977

Yankees down Reds
Gary Erlwein struck out 12 Reds and allowed only 5 hits, all in the fourth inning, as he led the 2nd place Yankees past the Reds (5-2) on August 3, to tighten up the Jeff Recreation league. The loss is only the second for the first place Reds, ... read more


Looking back at sports: Heinle's Capture Third Straight Pete's Pub Championship

Published August 11, 1981

COCHECTON CENTER - If the very first game gave spectators any indication of how the rest of the Tournament was going to go, they would have known that Heinle's Generals were going to take the first place trophy - the third time in as many years - in the Annual ... read more


Democrat Golf champs in 1998

DEMOCRAT FILE PHOTOS
August 11, 1998 -- Pat Murtaugh, third from right with hat, and Paul Stock Jr. , next to him, hold their trophies after winning the championship flight of the 1998 Sullivan County Democrat Two-Man Better Ball Golf Tournament at the Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club in ... read more


Bragging rights from Victory Lane

BETHEL -- Last weekend, more great racing took place at Bethel Motor Speedway.
Winners were as follows ...

Bandolero: Monika Deckelman

Bandits East: Kaden Rogers

Legends: Alex McCollum

602 Sportsman: Jamie Yannone

Street Stock: Kyle Welsch

Prostock: ... read more


Ahart remembered by friends and family

ROSCOE -- Family, friends and the Roscoe community gathered on a somber Thursday morning at the athletic field that “Coach” Fred Ahart paced the sidelines of for 51 years to celebrate the life of a man who had made the town his own.
The field was so crowded that there could have been a football ... read more


Semenetz-Winski take 39th Democrat

CALLICOON -- Usually when referring to ‘comeback kids' in sports, you're talking about the underdogs. But that isn't always the case.
The team of Sean Semenetz and Joe Winski are no underdogs.
However, when trailing in both of their matches on championship Sunday, the duo dug deep to get the ... read more


Tournament Directors had big role in ‘Democrat's' success

CALLICOON - Villa Roma Director of Golf Matthew Kleiner and retired Jeff-Y Athletic Director Paul Zintel have made the Sullivan County Democrat Two-Man Better Ball Golf Tourney what it is today.
These two gentlemen are the only Tournament Directors that the 39-year-old tourney has ever known and ... read more


39th Democrat tees off

CALLICOON - Things are really starting to heat up at the Villa Roma Country Club in Callicoon in preparation for this weekend's Sullivan County Democrat Two-Man Better Ball Golf Tournament.
On Wednesday night, two players who are playing this weekend - Brian Starr and Peter Selthafner - both ... read more


Democrat golf predictions

Here are my predictions:

3 to 1 -- Semenetz /Winski: Perennial favorites and should be. Last year got beat down in semi finals. Motivation will not be a factor.

4 to 1 -- Hommel/ Kleeschulte: Defending champ Hommel picks up new partner Scott Kleeschulte. Very good team and will ... read more


United Way of Pike County cancels 14th annual golf tournament

PIKE COUNTY, PA - After careful consideration and discussion, due to COVID-19 and current dining guidelines, the Board of Directors of the United Way of Pike County have canceled the 14th Annual Golf Classic Tournament at the Woodloch Springs Country Club in Hawley, PA originally scheduled for ... read more


WMH Golf Tournament - golf without dinner

HONESDALE, PA - The 14th annual Harry Kiesendahl Memorial Golf Tournament will take place as planned on Monday, August 10, but with changes.
Due to Governor Wolf's rollback of occupancy rates for indoor dining from 50% to 25%, Woodloch Resorts has regretfully told Wayne Memorial that it will ... read more


Legendary coach Fred Ahart passes away at 73

ROSCOE -- The term coach is thrown around a lot in sports. Athletes often have many of them. But for the students he taught and coached for over 50 years at the Roscoe Central School District, there was only one “Coach,” and his name was Fred Ahart.
The legendary coach passed away late last ... read more


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In Sports Columns

Sportsman Outdoors

Night vision optics now legal in PA!

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently signed into law, legislation that eliminated the ban on the use of infrared, thermal and night vision optics for hunting.
Sheri Baity, who is an avid coyote hunter said, “There are thousands of predator hunters wanting to see this happen. This will be an ...read more


Further Review

It's time for a final rhyme

Please don't think I'm pulling a sudden escape like the Baltimore Colts did 35 years ago when they fled to Indianapolis in the middle of the night. But this will be my last Further Review column. After 10 years, more than 500 columns and 350,000 words, I'm turning out the lights. I always said to ...read more


Golfing Highlights

Golfers loved leagues at the Big G

So many Sullivan County golfers have told me how much they miss playing their leagues at the famous Grossinger's Golf Course .... but there appears little hope that league play will take place anytime soon.
As we have previously announced the famous Big G (Grossinger's) golf course is still ...read more


Streamside

Fishing Etiquette and Angler Management

Last week's heavy deluges brought our rivers and streams up to and above flood level, and succeeded in lowering water temperatures; however, by mid-day Sunday the Beaverkill at Cooks Falls was flowing at a fishable 576 cubic feet per second, compared to the average flow on August 9 of 127 cfs over ...read more


Bowling Highlights

So far, Fox Bowling Center's Tournament is not cancelled

Bill Gleim, owner and operator of the Fox Bowling Center in Hancock in a Facebook statement dated March 17 issued a positive statement noting that, “The bowling center is closed for now” and that their 68th annual men's women's and mixed handicap tournament “is not cancelled and we will reassess ...read more


Raceway Wrap

Walt Henry, Ed Dachenhausen have big nights in Bethel

WHITE LAKE -- It was ‘Music Night', sponsored by Frank Stevens Roofing, at Bethel Speedway last Saturday. The night was highlighted by the ‘Detroit Iron 35' which was a special race for the fan popular street stock division. Track Championship races also continued to gain attention as there are ...read more



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