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Sports

230 Take To The Water In Polar Bear Jump ’17

Mercury In Mid ’50s

For 230 ‘Polar Bears’

For the first time in a long time, the water was colder than the air at the 21st annual Polar Bear Jump at Goodyear Lake this afternoon. Under the watchful eyes of the state police Troop C Dive Team, over 230 jumpers braved icy water to help raise money to help ten local recipients . Above, event organizer Brenda Waters, Milford, and Jay Murphy, Oneonta, call the jumpers out onto the ice to line up before taking the plunge.  Left, Christopher Vun swims as fast as he can towards the ladder out of the lake. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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SEWARD: MAKE BASEBALL NEW YORK STATE’S SPORT
CCS FOURTH GRADERS INSPIRE SENATOR

SEWARD: MAKE BASEBALL

NEW YORK STATE’S SPORT

Senator Seward has introduced a bill to make baseball the state sports. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

COOPERSTOWN – This idea is a home run.

Inspired by a suggestion from Anne Reis’ fourth-grade class at Cooperstown Central School, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, has introduced legislation – Senate bill 4288 – to designate baseball as New York’s official state sport.

“Baseball is known as our national pastime but the game has deep roots and a rich history here in New York State,” said Senator Seward.

“From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in storied Cooperstown, to the Mets and Yankees – the pinnacles of Major League Baseball – to our recently crowned Little League World Series champions from Maine-Endwell, New York State is clearly the epicenter of baseball greatness,” said Seward.

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Milford Lady Wildcats Claim 3rd Title In Row

Milford Lady Wildcats

Claim 3rd Title In Row

The Milford Lady Wildcats hoist the victory banner after claiming their third straight Tri-Valley League basketball title with 42-35 victory over Schenevus this afternoon at Hartwick College. Savannah Eckberg scores 16 points for the Wildcats.  (Cheryl Clough/AllOTSEGO.com)
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BERTRAM SNAPS 23-YEAR RECORD

BERTRAM SNAPS

23-YEAR RECORD

CCS Hawkeyes Win League Title

Tyler Bertram runs through drills recently with his father, CCS Coach Dave Bertram. (Emily Murphy/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – CCS Junior Tyler Bertram broke his team’s  23-year-old career-scoring record during last night’s game against Frankfort-Schuyler.

Hawkeye Bertram topped Redskin Seth Schaeffer’s 1994 record of 1,714 points, reaching 1,728 in the game. “It’s a nice thing to get out of the way before sectionals,” said his father, Basketball Coach Dave Bertram.

And it wasn’t the only triumph of the night. The Cooperstown Hawkeyes took the League Championship title.

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Atlanta Braves President Gets Orientation At Hall
Schuerholz In ’17 Induction Class

Atlanta Braves President

Gets Orientation At Hall

2017 Inductee John Schuerholz, left, chats with Erik Strohl, vice president/exhibitions & collections, during the former Atlanta Braves president’s orientation visit this morning at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Behind him are plaques of “buddies” he worked with during his MLB career.  The inductee worked for the Baltimore Orioles in 1966-69 before becoming the GM for the Kansas City Royals in 1981-90, then GM with the Braves in 1990-07, when he was promoted to president. “The epitome of my career was when Jane (Clark) called me at 5:13 p.m. when I was in my hotel room in Maryland and told me, ‘John, you’ve been elected into the Hall of Fame’.” During his visit, Schuerholz signed his name on a marker showing where his plaque will be, an innovation this year.  Induction is July 30. (Emily Murphy/AllOTSEGO.com)

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CCS Volleyball Players Win Berth In Sectionals

CCS Volleyball Players

Win Berth In Sectionals

Sectional bound are, front left to right, Sophia Lesko, Matilda Francis, Ali Davine, Megan Kern, Amanda Snyder, Amber Genova. Back left to right, Coach Rich Jantzi, Kaitlin Curtis, Natalie Johnson, Ginger Miller, Amanda Lionetti, Sierra Stalzer, Katie Boyle, Clara Marra, Danielle Perrino. (Emily Murphy/AllOTSEGO.com)

By EMILY MURPHY • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – For seniors Ginger Miller, Ali Davine, Amber Genova, Amanda Lionetti, Clara Marra and Danielle Perrino, going to sectionals with the rest of the team is a great way to end their Cooperstown volleyball careers.

“It’s definitely kind of bittersweet, but it kind of proves that we can do anything” says co-captain Ginger Miller.

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BAGWELL, RAINES, ‘PUDGE’ IN HALL OF FAME THIS YEAR

BAGWELL, RAINES, ‘PUDGE’

IN HALL OF FAME THIS YEAR

Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson announces on the MLB Network that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez will be inducted in July into the Hall of Plaques in Cooperstown.  (Screenshot from MLB Network)

COOPERSTOWN – Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson announced a few moments ago on the MLB Network that three retired Major Leaguers will be inducted into the Hall of Plaques this July in Cooperstown:

  • Jeff Bagwell, produced more than 100 RBIs in eight of 15 seasons with Astros. Finished career with 449 homeruns, more than any other Astros player.
  • Tim Raines, scored 808 runs in a 20-year career, fifth highest in MLB history, and was one of the most productive lead-off hitters in the game.
  • Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is considered one of the best defensive catchers of all time.

WATCH CONTINUING COVERAGE ON MLB NETWORK

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No Doubt About It!

No Doubt About It!

Cooperstown’s Julie Ford is fouled by West Canada Valley’s Jenna Yager as she tries to get a shot off. The Hawkeyes won the game 53-31 in CCS’ Bursey Gym  as Ford scored a team high 11 points.  (Cheryl Clough/AllOTSEGO.com)

Coop Dominates In Home Game Vs. West Canada

By EMILY MURPHY • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Lady Hawkeyes’ battled out a basketball game with the West Canada Indians last night at Bursey Gymnasium. With a final score of 53-31, Coop dominated the game. After many tie-ups and plenty of baskets, the Indians went home with a loss.

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Bertram’s 41 Points Lead Hawkeyes Over Mounties

Bertram’s 41 Points Lead

Hawkeyes Over Mounties

Cooperstown guard Tyler Bertram dribbles the ball around a Little Falls opponent last night at Bursey Gym in hopes of making a basket, en route to a 78-66 victory over the Mounties. (Emily Murphy/AllOTSEGO.com)
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