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Grandstand Theater Grand Re-Opening On Eve of Classic Game

Restored, Grandstand Theater

Re-Opening On Eve of Classic

The newly renovated Grandstand Theater will open on Friday, May 25, ahead of the Hall of Fame Classic game.
Jane Forbes Clark spoke to a packed house at the Grandstand Theater during a talk in January 2016. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – With new surround sound, a state-of-the-art projector and a brand-new film, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Grandstand Theater is set for re-opening this weekend as part of the museum’s annual Classic Weekend.

“Baseball fans come to the Hall of Fame looking for that ‘wow’ moment, and the new “Generations of the Game” introductory film, shown in the beautifully renovated and state-of-the-art Grandstand Theater, sets the stage and delivers an emotional foundation for a memorable Museum experience,” said Jeff Idelson,  Hall of Fame president.

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Primal Fitness Celebrates Grand Opening

Primal Fitness Celebrates

Their Grand Opening

Dan Wyant, Danny Lapin, Sara Joyner, Joe Vallette, Monika Vallette, Denny Allen, Treei Youngs, Amanda Brandas, Melissa Moore, Nicole Rothernberger, Jenni Critti-LeBeau, Lindsey Rumenapp, Patrice Doxtader, Dylan Wright and Phuong Nguyen prepare to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Primal Revolution Fitness this morning at 144 Roundhouse Road in Oneonta. “We have workouts that are scalable for every fitness level. We have triatheletes and beginners in their 60’s!” said Monika Vallette, who co-ownes the gym with Amanda Brandas and Nicole Rothenberger. “We want to help make everyone into happier, healthier versions of themselves through Crossfit.” said Brandas, “There is a real community aspect here. Everyone is supportive and pushes each other.” Rothenberger added “We start and finish the workout together. That way no one is left behind. That just started happening, it comes with the camaraderie.” At right, Jeff Joyner, President of Fox Hospital, gets into his routine climbing the rope. The gym, which opened in the beginning of March, already has plans to expand to accommodate a larger workout rig and more floor space for their growing membership. The gym is open 5am-9pm.

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Parade Opens CYB Season

BIG JOB, Little Players

The littlest team, Coach Matt Hazzard’s Price Chopper, got a big job this morning, carrying the lead banner in the Little League Parade into the CYB Field in Hartwick  hamlet.   It took a little while to get the hang of it, but the players then successful led their fellow athletes into the season.  From right are Lily Vilacky, brothers Connor and Landon Van Buren, Paxton Hazzard, Graham Schiellack, Joe Conti and Carter Coleman.  At the field, players sang the National Anthem and former coach Dave Pearlman, left, threw in the first pitch.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Oneonta’s Michael Roda Wins SADD Run

Oneonta’s Michael Roda

Wins The SADD Run

Runners take off up East Street in Oneonta this morning as the start annual SADD Run 5K. Mike Roda, Oneonta, in blue, finished in first place with a time of 16:33. Behind him are Alexander Kahl, Jon Hendley, Tom Slicer, Scott Hornung, Michael Hamilton, Paul Zimmer, Gavin Fetterman and Jeffrey Bullis. At right is Suzanne Swantak-Furman, first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 25:24. The race was proceeded by a information fair in the gymnasium of the Oneonta High School where many local organizations were tabling. Afterwards, runners enjoyed Chobani yogurt and bagels provided by Hannaford. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Springbrook Invitational Basketball Tourney Underway

Springbrook Invitational

Basketball Tourney Begins

Andrew Poole of the Springbrook Scorpions, left, makes a jump shot as teammates Christian Mann and Nate Benett keep away Travon Scott and Troy Kithcary of the Onondaga Cougars during their basketball game at Springbrook this morning. The teams were facing off as part of the 6th annual Springbrook Invitational Basketball Tournament that features 8 teams competing as well as skill competition drills and visits by former Syracuse Orangemen players Roosevelt Bouie, Dale Shackleford and more. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Stew & Brew Helps Fund Outlaws Away Games

Stew, Brew Helps Fund

Outlaws Away Games

Karen Lang and her sister-in-law Stacey Makley-Leesh prepare a plate of bangers mashed potatoes and gravy at first annual Brew & Irish Stew fundraiser at the Damaschke Field Clubhouse. All proceeds from the buffet go towards covering travel expenses for the Oneonta Outlaws baseball team. Visitors enjoyed games, music, raffles and of course, good homemade food! “We really want to open this space up for more types of events in the future.” said Lang, “We are also planning on having a Cinco de Mayo party here where we will serve tacos, fajitas and Mexican hot dish!” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Swimmer Mebust Goes Higher Than Any CCS Team Member

Swimmer Mebust Goes Higher

Than Any CCS Team Member

Ted Mebust

COOPERSTOWN – CCS senior swimmer Ted Mebust finished in third-place overall in the 50 freestyle at the state meet on Long Island over the weekend, the highest finish ever by a CCS swimmer at the state meet.

He followed this with an 8th place overall finish in the 100 backstroke.

The two top 10 accomplishments ends Ted’s CCS swim career.  He also won 14 Section 3 swimming titles.

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Hartwick College Drops Division I Sports Programs

Hartwick College Drops

Both Division I Sports 

Men’s Soccer to DIII, Women’s Water Polo Cut

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – In a letter addressed to all students, Hartwick College announced this afternoon that it would be withdrawing from NCAA Division I athletics, including from soccer, where it won a national championship in the 1970s.

According to the letter, signed by Hartwick College’s President Margaret Drugovich, Board of Trustees Chair Francis Landrey, and Student Affair Committee Chair David Long, Hartwick’s Board of Trustees voted on whether or not to continue with the school’s two Division I programs, and as a result of the vote, decided to discontinue the two programs at the Division I level.

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Not Quite So Frozen, Frostbite 5k Returns

Not Quite So Frozen,

Frostbite 5k Returns

Temperatures in the low 40’s provided much more agreeable conditions for the 176 runners who took the the streets this afternoon in the Oneonta YMCA’s annual Frostbite 5k,. The race, originally scheduled on Dec. 31st, was postponed until today due to harsh negative temperatures. Here, Alexander Herold, Jody Taylor, Catie Minogue, David Morell, Heather Ellis, Gary Tooms and John Ellis run along Market St at the start of the race. Mike Roda, Oneonta, took 1st place with a time of 16:16.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Cooperstown Bat Company Featured On ESPN Segment At Astros’ Camp

Cooperstown Bat Company

Featured On ESPN Segment

Jose Altuve
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By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – A Cooperstown Bat Company bat thrilled Houston Astro Jose Altuve early today, and by 9 a.m. the Cooperstown company’s products were being praised on ESPN Sports Center.

As Bat Company owner Tim Haney described it in a call from Florida a few minutes ago, he was at Astros’ batting practice and asked Altuve if he’d like to try one of the Cooperstown bats.

“He took it over to the batting cage,” said Tim.  “All of a sudden he went right to the batting machine, which was throwing pitches at 90 miles an hour.”

“It was a little nerve-racking,” said the local businessman, who is visiting spring-training camps to get MLB players to try his wares.

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