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800 ‘Girls On The Run’ In 15th Celebratory Race

800 ‘Girls On The Run’

In 15th Celebratory Race

The two Lee sisters from Delaware Academy in Delhi, Eleanor, 10, and Jillian, 16, crossed the finish line, first and second respectively, a few minutes ago at the 15th annual “Girls on the Run” 5K that began and ended at Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center.   The girls led some 800 others from 30 schools (45 teams in all; some schools have more than one) in five counties, Otsego, Delaware, Montgomery, Chenango and Schoharie.  A delighted mom, Rose Lee, was at the finish line handing out medals to the winners.  No, she said, she doesn’t have any training secrets to share, only perhaps that 28 girls from Delhi trained and participated together, promoting companionship and competition.   At right, sons Jake, 5, and Mac, 1, participate in comfort – mom Erin O’Leary of Oneonta provides the woman-power.  The organizer, Jill Feury of Cooperstown, whose daughter Charlotte, 10, competed, said the number or runners is on a par with other leading years, reflecting a need for the event, and the self-esteem building in the training, which begins each fall, leading up to the event.  “Where there are cuts in other programs,” Feury said, “they depend more on our programs.”  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Dreams Park Opens For Season

PLAY BALL!

Cooperstown Dreams Park Opens For Season

The flags were flying and parents and fans cheering at opening ceremonies as Cooperstown Dreams Park’s 2017 season got underway this afternoon under a cloudless sky. Over the next 13 weeks, what’s become the prime engine of Cooperstown’s summer economy will bring 60,000 players and their families here. (Tara Barnwell/AlOTSEGO.com)
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HAWKEYES GAIN FINAL-FOUR SPOT

CCS TOPPLES FOE, 5-2

HAWKEYES GAIN

FINAL-FOUR SPOT

ENDWELL – En route to the state tournament, the CCS Hawkeyes baseball team defeated Elmira’s Thomas Edison High School, 5-2, at Maine-Endwell this afternoon.  The Section III, Class C champs now head to the final four.

A two-run homer in the sixth on a hit by Reilly Hall tied the game.  Ben Tafuro’s single in the seventh brought Brandon Hage home, bringing the score to 3-2.   Two bases-loaded walks ended the game, according to the Elmira Star Gazette.

The Hawkeyes will play next at 3 p.m. Friday at NYSEG Arena in Binghamton.  The winner of that game will play at 10 a.m. Saturday at Binghamton University for the state title.  (These dates are correct; disregard earlier dates)

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Collier Family Adding To 75 Regatta Finishes

55TH CLINTON RACE UNDERWAY

Collier Family Adding

To 75 Regatta Finishes

The Cooperstown Colliers today are looking to add to the family’s tally of 75 finishes since 1979 in the annual General Clinton Canoe Regatta, underway today for the 55th year from Brookwood Point on Otsego Lake down the Susquehanna River to Bainbridge.  And not just dad Steve Collier with daughter Jessica, seen above passing Council Rock at the river’s source.  At Council Rock Park in Cooperstown, mom Evelyn, in red, white and blue top in left photo (chatting with retiring CCS art teacher Kristin Karasek and Kim Johannsen), said son John and daughter Erica in one canoe, and son Todd with Luke Banner in a second, are also participating in today’s race.  Some 1,500 canoeists from across the country are paddling in the event, which for the first time in race history did not depart from Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park; the village’s downtown, usually packed, was empty this morning.  The top class can complete the 40-mile course in a little over six hours.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Cooperstown Warrior’s Baby Sleeps Through Dad’s Hits

Cooperstown Warrior’s Baby Girl

Sleeps Through Dad’s Hits, Runs

Cooperstown’s Wounded Warrior Nick Clark, in right photo, hits what would lead to the first run in this afternoon’s softball game against Cooperstown firefighters at Doubleday Field.  But daughter Stella, top photo, in her mom’s arms, slept through all the excitement.  Mom Kirsten chats with Kaitlyn DiPippo by the entryway to the historic field.  If you hurry, you can catch the second game, between the Warriors and a combined NYCM/Five Star Subaru team.   Mayor Jeff Katz welcomed the team and Dr. Paul Russo, the optometrist and Air National Guard officer, sang the National Anthem.   The Warriors played against a combined Oneonta police and firefighter team Saturday afternoon in Damaschke Field.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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WHAT’S MORE PATRIOTIC THAN NATIONAL PASTIME?

HALL OF FAME CLASSIC 2017

Whats’ More Patriotic

Than National Pastime?

It seemed like the whole world was standing at attention – more realistically, just all of downtown Cooperstown – as Fly Creek’s Joelle Lachance‘s astonishing voice performing the National Anthem filled Doubleday Field and much beyond at 1 p.m. today. The 10th annual Hall of Fame Cooperstown Classic, featuring Hall of Famers and Major Leaguers, began soon after.  Opera singer Joelle, a CCS grad who went on to study voice at Nazareth and Boston University, returned to her hometown last Christmas to sing solo soprano in Handel’s “Messiah” at Christ Church here.   Woodside Hall has invited her to perform a recital there this summer; details forthcoming.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Wounded Warriors Best OPD, OFD 32-1

Wounded Warriors Outshine

Oneonta Police, Firemen, 32-1

Wounded Warrior Nick Clark, who moved his family to Cooperstown permanently over the winter, slides into third base a moment ahead of the tag by Oneonta firefighter Eric Johnson at Oneonta’s Damaschke Field this afternoon. At right, as the Wounded Warriors began to run away with the game, Oneonta Police officer Ryan Pondolfino carried a Outlaws 40-pound “practice bat” onto the field in hopes of improving his teams odds.  Sunday, the Wounded Warrior will play at 1 p.m. at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Homer Simpson Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame

HALL OF FAME CLASSIC 2017

Homer Simpson

In Baseball Hall

With Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the board, Jon Shestakofsky, VP/communications, and Jeff Idelson, president, right, Homer Jay Simpson of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at the end of a 25th anniversary round-table discussion of The Simpsons TV show’s “Homer At The Bat” episode.  Behind Idelson are fellow Hall of Famers and Power Plant teammates Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith. “If the Cubs can win the World Series and a cartoon can enter the Hall of Fame, there are no rules,” Homer said in his acceptance speech. At right, Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz and Homer pose following the opening of the “Homer at the Bat” exhibit in the Hall of Fame, featuring figures, animation cells and signed memorabilia. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Jackie Robinson’s Widow Wins 4th O’Neil Award For Character

Jackie Robinson’s Widow Wins

4th O’Neil Award For Character

Rachel Robinson

COOPERSTOWN – The Baseball Hall of Fame board of directors today announced it has selected Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s widow, as the 2017 recipient of the John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.

She becomes the fourth winner of the Buck O’Neil Award, established in 2007 to honor an individual whose efforts broadened the game’s appeal and whose character, integrity and dignity is comparable to the late O’Neil, who passed away in 2006 after eight decades of contributions to the game.

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Cooperstown Tennis Team Claims Section III Crown

Cooperstown Tennis Team

Claims Section III Crown

Coach Dave Bertram, left, poses with his Cooperstown Central Tennis Team after the boys won the NYSPHSAA Section III title yesterday at SUNY Cortland.  Tyler Bertram and Pierce Snyder won the first doubles.  Will Weldon took first singles.  John Kelley who won at second singles. Delaney Holohan and Reed Porter took second doubles and Noah Lifgren took second in third singles.  From left are D. Tyler, Kelley, Holohan, T. Bertram, Snyder, Lifgren, Weldon and Porter.   The team heads to state qualifiers on Tuesday at SUNY Cortland.    (Jeanette Weldon photo)
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