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Sunday, January 17, 2021

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Coach Ahart at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse for the NYS football championship game featuring Jason Semo's son Aidan at quarterback. Cornwall won back-to-back state titles. Coach is flanked by Jason's wife Bryndis and his long-time friend and protégé Jason Semo.

In praise of coaches/life-changing mentors

The Fred Ahart Coaching Tree Part II

Jason Semo attests to Ahart's influence

By Richard Ross
ROSCOE- “The value in life exists in not how long we live, but in how much we contribute to others in society.” So averred Buddha in a statement of timeless truth.
By that standard, the value of the life of Fred Ahart was priceless. Among his many attributes, the desire to help others, while being humble and self-effacing about his own deeds, stands out most prominently. It would literally take volumes to annotate the story of his life and its resonant impact on so many others. While that is not possible here, in the ongoing narrative of this coaching tree series comprised of tributes by people that Fred inspired to coach young men and women, we will include some more “Fred facts,” to further delineate some of his accomplishments.
In the prior issue we listed many of the hallmarks of his legendary career. It was an impressive list. From here on out we'll delve more deeply into his bio, a word short for biography. Indeed were one to write Fred Ahart's biography, it would be a fascinating and lengthy volume. Consider this rather a thumbnail sketch which in and of itself is beyond impressive.
Here's the first segment:

Fred Ahart bio: Part I
Coach” Fred ...read more





In Other Sports News

Buck winners

Following the completion of the Grahamsville Rod and Gun Club 2020 Big Buck Contest, three men were atop the leaderboard. They are, from left, Gary TerBush, Eric Akerley and Mike Scagnelli. Scagnelli took first place in the gun division with the 10- pointer and TerBush took first place in the bow ... read more


The Fred Ahart coaching tree

ROSCOE -- One of the rituals of looking back over a year now gone by is to remember those who have passed on during its tenure. Aside from the annual recitation of famous people who departed this earth in 2020 that included such notables as Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Kobe Bryant, John Lewis, ... read more


Look Back At Sports: Monticello, L.J-Y pin down Wrestling Goals

Published January 12, 1988

MONTICELLO - The hosts finished a disappointing fifth, while the only other local team placed seventh among the nine competing squads. But the respective wrestling coaches for both Monticello and L.J-Y (a combination of members from Liberty and Jeff-Youngsville) ... read more


SW resumes workouts as preamble to limited winter season

LAKE HUNTINGTON—Ever since last spring, high school sports have been a series of fits and starts. The spring season had barely begun before the pandemic hit causing its abrupt cancellation. Then came the fall and that season's sports went by the wayside too, ostensibly postponed until March. ... read more


Talented softball player, coach and horse trainer remembered

MONTICELLO -- In the lore of community softball, the individuals that make up a team are more than just teammates. They are a family.
And that family recently lost a beloved member.
Michael Weiner passed away on December 26 at the age of 55.
Weiner used to play for the former Fitness ... read more


Stumpy: The bear with three legs

JEFFERSONVILLE -- Steve Cappello had been watching a bear cross through his Jeffersonville property throughout 2020, seeing him every couple of days.
Once bear season came around, Cappello decided to hunt a bear for the first time with his bow. On November 11, he harvested the bear, which he ... read more


Look Back At Sports: Honesdale takes 22nd Annual Holiday Tourney

Published January 5, 1982

HONESDALE, PA - Using a scrappy defense and fine outside shooting the Honesdale Hornets basketball team won the 22nd annual Honesdale JayCees Holiday Basketball Tournament Wednesday night by beating arch rival Wallenpaupack, 59-48.
Led by senior Dan Tuman, who ... read more


Year in Review: Sports in 2020

SULLIVAN COUNTY -- It is tradition at the Sullivan County Democrat that we use the first paper of the new year as a way to reflect on some of the biggest stories of the former.
If we had to pick one word to describe sports in 2020, we'd choose incomplete.
The winter season was the only one ... read more


Look Back at Sports: Third Quarter surge paces DVCS over Warwick, 68-57

Published December 1982

CALLICOON - The Delaware Valley basketball team used a third quarter 23-13 scoring advantage over a visiting Warwick team on their way to a 68-57 victory Wednesday night. With the win, DVCS raised its mark in pre-league play to 6-0.
Chris LeGrow and Joe Green gave ... read more


Monties lack experience, but could continue success

Published December 1999

MONTICELLO - As he begins his 20th season as a varsity boys' basketball coach, Monticello's Dick O'Neill contemplates a squad which, in his words, “Has improved quicker than just about any other I've had.”
“We're a lot better than we were three weeks ago,” said ... read more


In praise of coaches: Tributes to life-changing mentors

Part II: Delmonico's grandchildren continue running legacy

NARROWSBURG -- “The most treasured heirlooms are the sweet memories of our families that we pass on to our children,” informs a source of anonymous wisdom.
As the first part of this story of the remarkable coaching legacy of ... read more


SCCC Invite BOYS - A

Published December 21, 1993

LOCH SHELDRAKE - Every basketball coach will tell you that defense is the one thing you can control, a variable that, unlike shooting, isn't subject to luck or cold or hot streaks.
Nothing better illustrated this than Eldred's 53-33 loss to Chester in the SCCC ... read more


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In Sports Columns

Sportsman Outdoors

PA's reaction to deer opener

Several changes greeted Pennsylvania hunters this hunting season, which for the second year in a row the deer firearms season opened on a Saturday, but this year remained open on the following Sunday for the first time ever.
In addition concurrent buck and doe hunting was opened in more ...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

Single plane swing wins The Open

Bryson DeChambeau is now the U.S. Open Champion.
He has riveted spectators with his unique golf swing and style. He has introduced the golf world to the Single Plane address position that was promoted by the great Moe Norman and now the Graves Golf Academy.
Interesting, all those skeptics of ...read more


Streamside

Why Fly-fish?

Some fishing is said to be better than others, but from this trout fisher's view, there is no such thing as “bad” fishing! From time to time when meeting and getting to know someone, the question of favorite pastimes arises, and the subject of fishing comes up. If the person hasn't, or doesn't ...read more


Bowling Highlights

A new column feature

We have listened to our local bowlers who have requested that we highlight big scoring efforts they are making on the lanes each week.
In this feature we will list bowlers who have recorded a 700 series or higher.
So here we go.
Leading the big scoring column this week is Pedro Agapito III ...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



In Sports Calendar

Sports Calendar

Friday, February 28

High School

Indoor Track

Eldred, Fallsburg, Liberty, Monti, Sull West, Tri-Valley @ OCIAA West Point, 6 pm


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