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Frosty Footwork At Frostbite 5K

Frosty Footwork

At Frostbite 5K

Abigail Losie, Adia Thompkins, Kirt Mykyntyn and the rest of the runners take off up Market Street New Year’s Eve afternoon during the annual Frostbite 5K. The race, the final of the O’Town Triple Crown, featured 348 runners braving the freezing temperatures. First place winner Jack Hillenbrand, Oneonta, came in with a time of 15:57, followed by Nicholas Arnecke, 16:19, and Michael Roda, 16:23. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Hawkeye Boys, Girls Win At Dick White Tournament
HOLIDAY TRADITION STRONG

Hawkeye Boys, Girls Win

At Dick White Tournament

Tyler Bertram goes up to score, backed up by teammates Christian Alexander and Owen Kennedy Jr. (Emily Murphy/AllOTSEGO.com)

By EMILY MURPHY • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Julietta Ford goes up for a basket with Piper Seamon as backup.

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown Hawkeye boys’ and girls’ teams emerged victorious last evening as the Dick White Tournament, an annual Christmas vacation highlight reached its conclusion.

The boys beat the Cobleskill Richmondville Bulldogs 74-62 in the tournament finals; the Lady Hawkeyes beat the Sidney Lady Warriors 62-32.    The Hawkeyes’ high scorers were Megan Perrino with 16, and Jack Lambert with 23.

The boys started the night weak but as the game progressed, they definitely made up for it. The boys had done well so far in the annual Dick White Holiday Tournament and finished well also.

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Claire Smith Named 1st Female Spink Award Winner

Claire Smith Named First

Female Spink Award Winner

Claire Smith
Claire Smith

COOPERSTOWN – Claire Smith, the first female to cover a Major League Baseball beat extensively and as an influential voice among African-American writers, was elected the 2017 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, it was announced today.

She will be honored with the award presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during the Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend July 28-31.

Smith received 272 votes from the 449 ballots, including three blanks, cast by BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years’ service in becoming the 68th – and first female – winner of the award since its inception in 1962.

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Bud Selig To Enter Cooperstown Mecca

Bud Selig To Enter

Cooperstown Mecca

Bud Selig
Bud Selig

hall-of-fame-logoCOOPERSTOWN – Bud Selig, “the folksy former commissioner of Major League Baseball who presided over an unprecedented period of expansion, innovation and turmoil in the sport,” was elected to the Hall of Fame on Sunday by the hall’s restructured veterans committee, the New York Times is reporting this morning.

So was John Schuerholz, the World Series-winning general manager with the Atlanta Braves and the Kansas City Royals.

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Sweaters REALLY UGLY At This Year’s Holiday Race

Sweaters REALLY UGLY

At This Year’s Holiday Run

Brian Wrubleski and a team from Mel's won a top prize in today's third annual “Rockin Around Cooperstown Ugly Sweater Run and Walk”Ugly Sweater 2K and 4K race this afternoon from Pioneer Park through the village to Lakefront Park, sponsored by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and the Clark Sports Center. Front row, from left, are Natalie Wrubleski, Santa (Steven Zabroski), Jamie Brinkman and Alex Coffey. Back row, from left, are Emma Ryanmiller, Natha n Tweedie, Brian Wrubleski, Hannah Bergene and Shirley Tyler. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Brian Wrubleski and a team from his Mel’s at 22 Restaurant won a top prize in this afternoon”s third annual Rockin’ Around Cooperstown Ugly Sweater Run & Walk from Pioneer Park through the village to Lakefront Park, sponsored by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and the Clark Sports Center. Front row, from left, are Natalie Wrubleski, Santa (Steven Zabroski), Jamie Brinkman and Alex Coffey. Back row, from left, are Emma Ryanmiller, Nathan Tweedie, Brian Wrubleski, Hannah Bergene and Shirley Tyler. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Hartwick Honors Dick Miller With New Locker Rooms

Hartwick Names Facility

In Memory Of Dick Miller

Hartwick College has named their newly renovated locker room in honor of the late Dick Miller. A dedication was held outside Binder Gymnasium this evening where friends and family gathered for the ceremony. Here, Hartwick President Margaret Drugovich shakes the have of Rick Eastman, who made the renovations, and was close friend of Miller. "Dick Miller was the reason that we became involved in Hartwick. He lived and breathed it." recounted Eastman in his speech. Tours were givenof the new locker rooms which included a mural, wooden lockers, new shower rooms and more. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Hartwick College this evening named the newly renovated locker room in the Binder Athletic Center in honor of the late Oneonta mayor and college president Dick Miller. A dedication was held at the Binder this evening where friends and family gathered for the ceremony. Here, Hartwick President Margaret Drugovich shakes the hand of Rick Eastman, whose Eastman Associates did the renovations, and who was close friend of Miller.  “Dick Miller was the reason that we became involved in Hartwick. He lived and breathed it.” recounted Eastman in his speech.  Tours were given of the new locker rooms which included a mural, wooden lockers, new shower rooms and more. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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4 Newcomers On HoF Ballot, But 2 Labelled ‘Steroid Stars’

4 Newcomers On HoF Ballot,

But 2 Labelled ‘Steroid Stars’

Manny Ramirez, left, and Ivan Rodriguez
Manny Ramirez, left, and Ivan Rodriguez

COOPERSTOWN – The Red Sox’ Manny Ramirez is among four new contenders among 19 candidates on the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot that is being mailed this week to more than 400 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Outfielder Ramirez is joined by catcher Iván Rodríguez, outfielder Vladimir Guerrero and shortstop Edgar Rentería on the newcomers’ list, joining 15 holdovers from the 2016 balloting in which center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. and catcher Mike Piazza were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

How successful they are remains to be seen, with the Chicago Tribune immediately labeling Ramirez and Rodriguez “steroids-tainted stars.”  The BWWAA has so far been reluctant to vote in anyone touched by PED scandals.

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Hartwick Naming Complex For President, Mayor Miller
DEDICATION MONDAY AT BINDER

Hartwick Naming Complex

For President, Mayor Miller

Dick Miller was Hartwick College president and Oneonta mayor. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Dick Miller was Hartwick College president and Oneonta mayor. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Hartwick College will dedicate the new men’s locker room complex at the Binder Phys-Ed Center at 6 p.m. Monday in honor of Richard P. Miller, former Oneonta mayor and college president.

A 5:30 reception will precede the dedication; tours of the Dick Miller Locker Room Complex will follow.

The refurbished complex on the Binder’s third floor includes brand new lockers, showers and shower partitions, lights and light fixtures, paint, wall tile, and a 10-by-25-foot wall mural highlighting Hartwick men’s athletics.

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CCS’ Reilly Hall Signs With Coker, Division II School In South Carolina

CCS’ Reilly Hall Signs With Coker,

Division II School In South Carolina

This afternoon in the Hall of Fame's Bullpen Theater,  Reilly Hall is surrounded by his teammates after signing a letter of intention to play baseball at a Division II school, Coker College in Hartsville, S.C.  Hall, who was CCS homecoming king this year, has played varsity football and basketball as well as baseball.  He plans to major in criminal justice.   His parents are Bob Hall and Anne Smullens.  (Larissa Ryan/AllOTSEGO.com)
This afternoon in the Hall of Fame’s Bullpen Theater, Reilly Hall, center, second row, is surrounded by his teammates after signing a letter of intent to play baseball at a Division II school, Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. Hall, who was CCS homecoming king this year, has played varsity football and basketball, as well as baseball. He plans to major in criminal justice. His parents are Bob Hall and Anne Smullens. (Larissa Ryan/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Netting Installed At Doubleday To End Pigeon-Dropping Woes

Netting Installed At Doubleday

To End Pigeon-Dropping Woes

doubleday-droppingsA team from Erlich Pest Control, Buffalo, is installing netting under the rafters at the Doubleday Field grandstand today, a $20,000 project that has been under discussion for years to prevent pigeon droppings from falling on fans in the seats below.   The Erlich team – Tim Hartnett, Jason Franklin and Alfonso Strickland – just completed a grandstand at Colgate University last week, and Franklin said there’s considerable demand for this service.   Mayor Jeff Katz said he has often received complaints from fans, but that in season the stands can be cleared in the morning and be messy again by noon.  “Taking care of that bird problem adds to the joy of being there,” he said.  Doubleday Field Manager Quinton Hasak said cleaning the droppings was a particularly messy job, requiring ice scrapers to remove the detritus.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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