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Springbrook To Host Special Olympics Basketball Team Tryouts

Special Olympics Basketball Team

Tryouts To Be Held at Springbrook

ONEONTA – The Springbrook Scorpions are looking for players to join their 2019 Special Olympics basketball team during tryouts Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 28-30

The Springbrook Special Olympics Program is open to individuals who are 8-years-old and older, have been identified by an agency or professional as having an intellectual disability, a cognitive delay as determined by standardized measures, or face significant learning or vocational challenges resulting from cognitive delays that require specially-designed instruction. Athletes do not need to receive services from Springbrook in order to participate.

Milford’s Wynn Williams MVP At Holiday Tourney

Milford’s Wynn Williams

Wins New Speranzi Award

Milford’s Wynn Williams poses with John “Bert” Speranzi, after being named the 2018 Oneonta Boys &  Girls Club Holiday Tournament MVP following the Wildcats 55-34 win over Roxbury in the championship game Friday evening. Prior to the presentation, the Boys & Girls Club renamed the MVP award after Speranzi, who joined the club in 1968 and was a stellar athlete in his youth. Speranzi is a long-time assistant coach at SUNY Oneonta for the women’s softball team.  (Cheryl Clough/

CCS Dominates Over Unatego


CCS Dominates

Over Unatego

CCS’ center, 6-foot-8 John Kennedy, towers over Unatego’s 6-foot Shea Barber in the final boys’ varsity game of the annual Dick White Christmas Tournament at Cooperstown’s Bursey gym. Unatego, which lost 77-33, was at a disadvantage as four players and the head coach were unable to make the tournament.  Inset, Hawkeye Coach John Lambert outlines strategy for his team.  In the last game of the tournament, which followed, the Unatego girls beat the Lady Hawkeyes, 48-44.  In 2007, the Cooperstown Booster Club renamed the Christmas Tournament, now in its 36th year, for Dick White, who succumbed to cancer earlier that year after more than two decades walking the sidelines. The Hawkeyes and Spartans fielded boys and girls varsity and JV teams in today’s action.  (Jim Kevlin/

Coop Tops Cobleskill In Dick White Opener

Coop Tops Cobleskill

In Dick White Opener

Cooperstown’s John Kennedy battles Cobleskill-Richmondvill’s Pat Nichols for a rebound in the Hawkeyes 52-44 win over the Bulldogs last evening. Cooperstown won, 52-44, in the opener of the annual Dick White Christmas Tournament, which continues today in CCS’ Bursey Gym.  JV boys at 2:30, JV girls at 4; Varsity boys at 6, and Varsity girls at 7:30.  (Cheryl Clough/
Steinbrenner Out, Smith, Baines In At Baseball Hall of Fame

Steinbrenner Out; Smith,

Baines In At Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN – Yankees owner and manager George Steinbrenner received fewer than five votes from the 16 member Today’s Game committee, denying him a chance to be enshrined at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Meanwhile, relief pitcher Lee Smith and White Sox designated hitter Harold Baines will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the Today’s Game ballot.



Famed Hartwick Coach Wins Top Soccer Honor

Famed Hartwick Coach

Wins Top Soccer Honor

Al Miller at his desk at Hartwick in the late 1960s.

ONEONTA – Al Miller, head coach of the Hartwick College men’s soccer in 1967-72 seasons who went on to coach at professional and Olympic levels, will receive the 2019 Walt Chyzowych Lifetime Achievement Award at the U.S. Coaches Convention in January in Chicago, the college announced today.

Miller’s record of 64-12-3 still stands as the highest all-time winning percentage (.829) for any Hartwick soccer coach. He guided the squad to a 1970 NCAA Final Four appearance thanks to a 14-1 record, and earned induction into the Hartwick College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.



Single Digits Chill Annual Hospice 5K

It was a frigid morning in Oneonta with blustery winds making it feel like 0º, but that didn’t keep 713 runners and walkers from turning out to run the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K for Hospice! Above, Mary Dirig, Oneonta, Johanna Jurrison, Kirkwood, and Angela Silvernail, Oneonta, race down Wilcox Ave. towards the finish line. At left, Michael Hamilton, Oneonta, finishes in first place with a time of 17:09. Amanda Lopiccolo took 1st place in the women’s with 18:10.(Ian Austin/

Mariano Rivera Joins HoF-Contender Ballot Mailed Out This Week

Mariano Rivera Joins

HoF-Contender Ballot

Mailed Out This Week

Mariano Rivera

COOPERSTOWN – The Baseball Hall of Fame’s ballot for next year’s Induction is being mailed this week to the 400 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. It includes pitcher Mariano Rivera among 20 new candidates.

Others include pitchers Roy Halladay and Andy Pettitte; infielders Todd Helton, Michael Young, Miguel Tejada and Plácido Polanco; and outfielder Juan Pierre will join 15 holdovers from the 2018 balloting

Candidates must be named on 75 percent of ballots cast by selected BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of MLB coverage to gain election.

First Flurries Fly At Tailgate 5k

First Flurries Fly

At Tailgate 5k

Runners of the annual Tailgate 5K had a wintery start this morning with wind and flurries filling the air of the 6th ward in Oneonta. Above:  Bryan Squires and 6th Ward Athletic Club President Bob Thomas release the tape as Tom Slicer, Oneonta, crosses the finish line after coming in 1st  with a time of 16:49. At right, Oneonta running partners Jacqueline Scanlon, left and Lydia Dillon, run through the snow on the race course near Riverside School. The two were the first two women to cross the finish line; Jacqueline took 1st with 21:39, followed closely by Lydia with a time of 21:41. (Ian Austin/


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