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Former Narrowsburg business teacher Rob Olear. (Click for larger image)

Former NCS teacher winning big

LOCKPORT — Former Narrowsburg Business Teacher who took a new teaching job at Starpoint Central High School, has his old high school back on the tennis map. Rob Olear, who taught at Narrowsburg from 1989 until October 1997, has been coaching the Starpoint Boys Varsity Tennis Team and just completed his third season as head coach. Olear’s coaching record now stands as 38-4 in the Niagara Orleans League, just outside of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Olear said that he does miss Narrowsburg and the community and the kids, but felt it was time to move for personal reasons and a shot to coach high school tennis. Olear had a part in the titles the Honesdale Girls Tennis Team had several years ago, as he gave many of the players lessons during the summers, and in particular Honesdale’s top player Marta Fritz. Some may remember Olear coaching Boys Modified Basketball and Girls Varsity Basketball before departing. His philosophy still stands strong “Hard work and dedication pay off.”

Since Olear took over the Starpoint Boy’s Varsity Tennis Team in 2000, the team has won two championships, 2000 and this season, has sent a singles player out of section VI to the NY State Championships held in Flushing Meadow for the first time ever, upset the number four team in Buffalo two years ago, knocked off the top Buffalo Catholic School this season and has assembled a group of young talent that is recognized as one of the Top 10 Teams in the Buffalo NY area.

Ironically, Olear was on the last championship team the school produced 20 years prior, when he just finished his four year reign as the League’s Best Player, as Starpoint won three straight titles during his high school career. They hadn’t won since Olear left in graduation in 1980.

Winner of the Italian American pace

MONTICELLO — Monticello Raceway security director, Hector Vasquez presented the trophy to driver to Kyle DiBenedetto after DiBenedetto reined Margarita’s Girl to a 2:06:1 victory in the Christopher Columbus Pace, a race strictly for drivers of Italian American decent, on May 20. The horse’s trainer Dave Biccum and track public relations man John Manzi also helped pass on the prize.

The event was the first in the four-week series of races for drivers of different ethnic backgrounds.


The Highland Triathalon will be an out and back race on Yulan Eldred Road. The route was incorrectly identified in last week’s sports section.

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