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March 11, 2014

This winter proved that sometimes life isn't all fun and games


Finally, I got to see Oneonta High’s Mariah Ruff and Franklin’s Jordan Beers toward the tail end of their high school basketball tenures. Both played varsity ball for six years and if you’ve read these pages even sparingly over that time, their names should be familiar to you.

It seems fitting that their final high school basketball games started, and probably ended, at the same time Saturday, since they came in together.

If there was a Mount Rushmore for girls basketball players in this area, it’s my opinion that both girls would occupy space on it.

They combined for more than 4,000 points and a boatload of memories for area fans.

I talked to Ruff briefly Sunday. I missed her after Saturday’s game because she was with Miller’s mom.

“It was a tough day,” said Ruff, who scored 22 points and helped the Yellowjackets rally from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit before falling, 50-44. “And not just because of the game but for other reasons.”

OHS coach Matt Miller said Sunday Madison’s mom had been released from the hospital Saturday night. That’s good news.

I’m also happy to report my daughter has shown marked improvement over the last couple of weeks. She’s returning to her spunky self – not 100 percent but definitely getting better.

I haven’t heard much about Mackey recently and certainly don’t want to bother him now, but it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if he was back on the sidelines at some point in the near future.

My biggest wish as the spring season nears is that I can get back to focusing on games.

Like I said, I’m not a big fan of real life.

Rob Centorani covers high school basketball for The Daily Star. Email him at

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