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Clark Sports Center Signs 5,000 Members

Clark Sports Center

Signs 5,000 Members

With Director Val Paige front and center (behind the M), staff lines up to announce yesterday that the Clark Sports Center has achieved a five-year goal: to sign up 5,000 members.  The goal was set in January 2013 “as an incentive to reach out to improve the health and well-being of local populations and beyond,” the gym management announced.  The drive was paralleled with a multi-expansion and improvement of the facility, which reopened in June, featuring a new pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a 35-foot climbing wall in the lobby.
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Ironically, Frostbite 5K Postponed Due Cold

Ironically, Frostbite 5K

Postponed Due To Cold

With burning lungs and ice-encrusted eyebrows, John Ellis, Oneonta, Aaron Stary, Laurens, Kye Breier, Davenport, and Mike Hamlton, Oneonta, finish their run along Ford Ave early this afternoon after completing run in temperatures below 0°. The friends had turned out for the YMCA’s annual Frostbite 5K race, only to discover it had been postponed until a later date due to the weather. Not to be deterred, the group decided to run the course anyway in a race they aptly named the “Frost Spite 5K”. A new race date will be announced soon.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Costas Wins Frick Award For Broadcast Excellence

Costas Wins Frick Award

For Broadcast Excellence

Bob Costas

COOPERSTOWN – Bob Costas, a star of NBC Sports since the early 1960s and a presence at Hall of Fame Inductions for decades, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Hall’s Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting.

 Costas will be recognized during the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation on Saturday, July 28, as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2018. Costas becomes the 42nd winner of the Frick Award, as he earned the highest point total in a vote conducted by the Hall of Fame’s 15-member Frick Award Committee.

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Akron Beacon-Journal Writer Ocker To Receive Spink Award At Induction

Akron Beacon-Journal Writer Ocker

To Receive Spink Award At Induction

COOPERSTOWN – Sheldon Ocker, who covered the Cleveland Indians for 33 seasons, was elected the 2018 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing”  in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, it was announced today.

He will receive the award during the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend July 27-30, 2018, in Cooperstown.

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Building An Appetite At The Turkey Trot

Building An Appetite

At The Turkey Trot

Above: Dylan Shaughnessy, Oneonta, brother Tyler, Mary Kilmer, Walton, and Makayla Lambrecht, Walton, take off from the starting line of the annual Turkey Trot 5K near Riverside school this morning. 867 runners participated in the event which raises money for the local area Hospice. At right, some runners like Vasiliki Draponiotis, Gilbertsville, with Katie Lishansky, Oneonta, on left, got in the spirit of the race by wearing turkey-themed headgear. Sean O’connor, Stamford, came in 1st place with a time of 15:23. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Chipper Jones, Jim Thome New On Hall 2018 Ballot

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome

New On Hall’s 2018 Ballot

Next, Baseball Writers Will Vote On Choice

COOPERSTOWN – The 2018 Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot was released this morning and includes three possible first-ballot electees:

Braves prolific switch-hitting third baseman Chipper Jones, slugger Jim Thome, eighth all-time with 612 home runs, plus Omar Vizquel, the shortstop who played 24 seasons and won 11 Gold Gloves for six teams.

Other leading candidates include Trevor Hoffman, the reliever who holds the National League record with 601 saves, and Vladimir Guerrero, the outfielder who is one of the top Latin-American position players in Major League Baseball history.

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CCS Forward Airlifted From Crash, Recovering

CCS Forward Airlifted

From Crash, Recovering

Julie Ford

COOPERSTOWN – CCS basketball star Julie Ford is recovering at home after she was airlifted to Albany from an accident scene last Friday.

According to Nate Reigel, State Police public information officer, Ford was driving the car southbound on Wiley Town Road around noon when she hit a patch of black ice and slid 100 feet before striking a tree on the northbound shoulder.

Ford was “in and out of consciousness” at the scene, and her sister, Abby, a passenger, called 911, according to a Facebook post made by their mother, Amy Hurtubise Ford.

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OHS Soccer Goes Farthest In Years, But It Ends Today

OHS Soccer Goes Farthest

In Years, But It Ends Today

Oneonta’s Tanner Beang scored the Yellowjackets’ first goal of the day this morning against West Hill in the state quarter-finals in Syracuse. In the end, though, West Hill scored a third goal with two minutes to go and toppled OHS’ best soccer team in a decade, 3-2. It was quite a game, though, with the two teams at 1-1 through most of the first half, and 2-2 for much of the second. Matt Silk scored Oneonta’s second goal. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Bregman Glove, Verlander Jersey Due At Hall of Fame
SERIES ARTIFACTS DONATED

Bregman Glove, Verlander

Jersey Due At Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN – Artifacts from the Houston Astros’ World Series victory are on their way to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Donated after Game 7 Wednesday night in Los Angeles, they include:

  • Glove used by Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who made multiple highlight-reel defensive plays throughout the Series
  • Jersey worn by Astros pitcher Justin Verlander in Game 6
  • Cap worn by Astros pitcher Charlie Morton in Game 7, when he picked up the victory with four innings of relief work to end the game

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Runners Support Young Athletes In Tailgate 5K

Running For Young Athletes

In Sixth Ward Tailgate 5K

From left: Steve Ickler, Franklin, Mark Andrews, Middlefield, Simon Mortimer, Australia, and Julie and Nate Gunlock, Mount Upton, take off with 120 other runners at the second annual Tailgate 5K run this morning at the Sixth Ward Athletic Club. Runners were encouraged to wear a jersey of their favorite football team.  Thomas Slicer, Oneonta, came in first place with a time of 19:06, followed by Simon Mortimer, Australia, and Frank Willsey, Cooperstown. All proceeds from the race go towards funding youth sports and athletics through the Sixth Ward Athletic Club. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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