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Saturday, December 5, 2020

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The start date for Alpine Skiing has been postponed until January 19 by the OCIAA. That late start date means an abbreviated season, and there are other logistical issues to work out as well. Pictured is Monticello's Kyle Foss.

Downhill detour: Jan 19 Alpine ski start fraught with questions

By Richard A. RossSULLIVAN COUNTY -- “If the plan doesn't work, change the plan, not the goal,” suggests an oft-quoted piece of anonymous advice. For Section 9 Alpine Skiing Chairperson Janet Carey, the goal is to give our local ski teams that special opportunity to race down the slopes this winter.
But it seems that changing plans for the upcoming season is apt to become as frequent as changing one's socks. The one winter sport many figured to be least problematic in the bizarre altered universe of COVID-19 is turning out to be far more problematic than it first seemed.
The latest snafu is the postponement by the OCIAA of winter sports to a projected start date of January 19. At a meeting held on November 25 the initial start date for low and moderate risk sports of November 30 was pushed back eight weeks. Since basketball, cheerleading and wrestling are high risk sports as yet to be authorized by the Governor's decree and the State Department of Health, the focus was on skiing and indoor track.
The late start date for skiing does not preclude pre-season conditioning but even that is not that easy to arrange. Pre-season conditioning usually includes work on dry land, time in the weight ...read more





In Other Sports News

Salerno bags first buck

As many famous sayings have taught us, good things come to those who wait. And persistency and patience pay off. This is true for 25-year-old Joseph Salerno, who after setting out on his first hunting attempt 10 years ago, bagged his first buck on Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. in Lake Huntington. The ... read more


Collateral damage: Loss of school sports has an immense impact

SULLIVAN COUNTY -- In the triage of relative losses wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, clearly there are far more weighty consequences than the loss of high school sports. But when we incur a loss of any kind, it is something we personally feel and whether it is seen as greater or lesser than any ... read more


Darder takes bow contest

NEVERSINK -- With the results of the Sullivan County Democrat Bow Hunters Big Buck Contest tallied, Neversink's Forest Darder takes the top prize of a mount from Shewolf Taxidermy in Roscoe and a $100 gift card to Travis Archery. He bagged a beauty on opening day in his hometown that had 10 points, ... read more


Buck take

Melanie Karkkainen Hornbeck got this buck on Rocky Hill in Grahamsville on Opening Day, while hunting with her husband.



A look back at sports: DV Soccer Booters get ‘Foreign Aid'

Published December 1, 1998

CALLICOON - During the 1998 girls' varsity soccer season, the Delaware Valley booters got some overseas help. Financial aid, food or clothing? Not a penny, crumb or stitch.
But lots of tips on how to play the game “Caribbean” and “South American” style, ... read more


Judge Bart strikes again

Retired Fallsburg Town Justice Bart Rasnick of South Fallsburg can often be found in the woods during hunting season with his impressive deer takes, like the one pictured which has a split brow, nine points and was taken on Opening Day. He used a grunt tube to bring the buck into shooting ... read more


DEC releases deer management plan

NEW YORK STATE -- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the release of a draft Deer Management Plan for New York State for public review and comment. The plan builds upon the progress made by DEC's first deer management plan, ... read more


Sullivan County Long Beards Annual Turkey Hunters Care Program

LIVINGSTON MANOR - The Sullivan County Long Beards (SCLB) annual Thanksgiving turkey give away took place on Friday, November 20 at 11 a.m. at Peck's Market in Livingston Manor.
The SCLBs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation provided 130 frozen turkeys for distribution across the ... read more


Bow take

Fourteen-year-old Gabriella Goldsmith took this eight- pointer on November 8 in Woodridge that measured 56”. It was her first buck with a crossbow. Bow contest entries are still being reviewed and winners will be announced soon. Stay tuned to the Democrat sports section!


Big Buck contest update

SULLIVAN COUNTY -- At 5:30 a.m., Tri-Valley Varsity Boys Basketball Coach and Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Working Supervisor Kevin Delaney was waiting in his lucky spot on the New York City Department of Environmental Protection's property in Neversink, about a mile into the ... read more


Deer season 2020 opens

SULLIVAN COUNTY - Tomorrow, November 21, marks opening day for the Deer Hunting season in the Southern Zone of New York.
And with it comes the 47th Annual Sullivan County Democrat Big Buck Contests to crown the largest buck harvested in either Sullivan County, NY or Wayne County, PA.
And now ... read more


He keeps ‘em trotting

Published November 24, 1977

“It takes a lot of hard work to maintain the racetrack, especially during the winter racing season, so we've been working extremely hard to maintain the track in the best possible condition for the winter meeting,” said Herb Cauthers, Monticello Raceway Track ... read more


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In Sports Columns

Sportsman Outdoors

Fewer DEC officers afield!

The opening day of the firearms big game (deer and bear) season in the southern zone of New York State is the busiest hunting day of the year. But this year's opening weekend throughout most of the southern zone had about half of the Environmental Conservation Officers and related staff, who would ...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

Luongo bowls a strike over leukemia

Changes in Mike Luongo's professional career took a different turn in June of 2017 when he was diagnosed with Leukemia.
“Mickey was doing great with Storm and I was fortunate that Storm kept me on board as it was tough to do much of anything for two years,” Mike noted.
Mike described his ...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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