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CV-S boys, girls win Tri-Valley track opener 

CV-S boys, girls win Tri-Valley track opener

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The Tri-Valley League held its first tract meet of the season Thursday, May 6, at Cherry Valley-Sprinfield Central School and it was a good day for the host teams.

The Patriots won over four-team fields on both the girls and the boys sides Thursday.

The CV-S boys edged South Kortright/Charlotte Valley/Andes, 86 to 73, with Morris finishing third with 33 points and Edmeston fourth with 13.

The CV-S girls also topped SK/CV/A, 106 to 60, with Edmeston third with 22 points  and Morris fourth with 21 points.

Oneonta sweeps CV in tennis

Oneonta sweeps CV in tennis

Chris Caton swept at first singles and Oneonta won every match against visiting Chenango Valley at Wilber Park in Oneonta on Thursday, May 6. CV lost the five contested matches and forfeited the bottom two singles matches.

Cooperstown tops Oneonta in softball, 12-5

Cooperstown tops Oneonta in softball, 12-5

Marley Lippitt pitches against Oneonta on Thursday, May 6. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com)

By Greg Klein • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Junior Marley Lippett and Sophomore Dani Seamon combined for 16 strike outs as the Hawkeyes improved to 3-0 with a 12-5 softball win over visiting Oneonta on Thursday, May 6, at Cooperstown Central School.

Lippett went four innings in her debut game of the year, after missing a doubleheader at Canastota on Saturday, May 2, because of COVID protocol. She gave up four hits and five runs. She struck out eight batters, including pitching out of a first inning jam.

Cooperstown softball teams hold autism awareness walk

Cooperstown softball teams hold autism awareness walk

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN– Cooperstown’s softball players organized a 2.5 mile walk around the village Wednesday, April 28, to raise money and awareness for autism.

About 30 softball players, including modified, junior varsity and varsity players, walked from Cooperstown’s middle/high school to Main Street and back. They were joined by teachers, coaches, parents and one of their classmates who is on the autism spectrum, junior Kai Boulet, who led the walk.

From left, senior softball players Ellie Hotaling, Abby Miller and Carly Erway lead a group of teammates and younger players on a walk for autism awareness Wednesday, April 28, in Cooperstown.

The event was sponsored by the school’s Leadership Training for Athletes program, with support from LTA sponsor Monica Wolfe, who coaches the modified softball team, and special education teacher Stephanie Nelen and Boulet’s aide, Dawn Chase.

The teams raised $1,400 for the Kelberman Center, with seventh graders Arya Patel and Kayleigh Butler raising the most money individually, $665 and $415, respectively.

Coop/Dragon star, Ford, starts new coaching season as a Judge

Coop/Dragon star, Ford, starts
new coaching season as a Judge

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

A graphic put together by Brandeis University in November welcomes Lucy Ford to the team’s track and cross country programs.

Cooperstown and SUNY Oneonta track champion Lucy Ford took a step up the coaching ladder this school year.

Ford, a former state champion in high school in the high jump and a former SUNYAC champion in the high jump and heptathlon, accepted a coaching position at Brandeis University, a Division III school in Waltham, Massachusetts in November.

Although the job began in the fall, the season didn’t, as the University Athletic Association canceled winter sports for 2020-2021, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the spring season began last month and Ford told Iron String Press that she is happy with her new position.

“It is going pretty well,” she said. “I am having fun.”

Ford graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 2014 and SUNY Oneonta, where she transferred after beginning college at SUNY Brockport, in 2018. She was an assistant track coach at SUNY Delhi from 2018 to 2020, but the college eliminated most paid sports assistant positions during the pandemic.

Hughes Field opens: Coop tops Jackets on rally in seventh

Hughes Field opens: Coop
tops Jackets on rally in seventh

Oneonta gets two STAC wins; Hawkeyes top Norwich at Doubleday Field

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The ball gets away from Oneonta shortstop Aidan Breakey as Cooperstown’s Brady Hascup slides into second during the Hawkeyes’ 11-9 win Saturday, May 1, at Joe Hughes Field at Oneonta High School. The Yellowjackets led Cooperstown, 8-4, going into the final inning. Oneonta opened the season and the field, which was named in honor of the team’s longtime coach, with a win over Norwich on Saturday.

Cooperstown scored seven runs in the seventh inning to stage a comeback against the host Yellowjackets at Joe Hughes Field, 11-9, on Saturday, May 1.

The rally marked the best action for the two teams opening weekend as the two powerhouse programs in the region both beat Norwich, and Oneonta also topped rival Seton Catholic, 9-3, to start the season 2-0 and 2-1, respectively.

The opening of Joe Hughes Field was scheduled for 2019, but with three games in three days this weekend, it was a nice weekend for Oneonta’s baseball coach of more than three decades, he said.

“It was good to get out there and play, finally,” Hughes said following the Jackets’ second game Saturday.

Still, the Class B Jackets losing to the Class C Hawkeyes stung, he said.

“We had an 8-3 lead in the late innings,” Hughes said “They had a good comeback, but when you score nine runs, you are supposed to win.”

Coop track teams open season with wins

Coop boys, girls
open track season
with big wins

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Cooperstown opened the track season with two strong victories over Oriskany at Cooperstown Central School on Tuesday, May 4.

 

The Cooperstown boys swept first place finishes in all 13 events contested, winning 92-10.

The Cooperstown girls won 11 of 14 events, for a team win, 87-23.

Alomar resigns from Hall of Fame Board of Directors

Alomar resigns from
Hall of Fame Board of Directors

COOPERSTOWN — Jane Forbes Clark, chair of the Board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, announced that the Board of Directors met Monday, May 3, and have accepted Roberto Alomar’s resignation as a member of the Board.

Alomar, who submitted a letter of resignation to the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors on Saturday, May 1, had been elected to the Board in July 2019.

Alomar, a 2011 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, was put on Major League Baseball’s ineligible list based on the results of a sexual misconduct investigation stemming from a 2014 incident, the league announced Friday, April 30.

According to the media release from the Hall on Monday, “Alomar’s plaque will remain on display in the Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments in the game, as his enshrinement reflects his eligibility and the perspective of the BBWAA voters at that time. When he was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in the Class of 2011, he was an eligible candidate in good standing.”

 

Coop 7th inning rally tops Oneonta, 11-9
Opening day

Coop 7th inning rally tops Oneonta, 11-9

Yellowjackets win earlier game vs rival Norwich

Oneonta’s Tanner Russin slides safely into second with a double as Cooperstown second baseman Chris Ubner tries to field an errant throw from the outfield. (Cheryl Clough).

By Greg Klein • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Cooperstown scored seven runs in the seventh inning to stage a comeback against the host Yellowjackets at Joe Hughes Field, 11-9, on Saturday, May 1.

The Hawkeyes trailed Oneonta, 8-4, going into the seventh, but Oneonta’s pitching staff was weakened in its 14th inning of the day and Cooperstown took advantage. Alex Poulson scored the go-ahead run on Alex Hascup’s single through the hole at short, off of senior reliever Tanner Russin.

HOF Roberto Alomar placed on MLB ineligible list over sexual misconduct allegation

HOF Roberto Alomar
placed on MLB ineligible list
over sexual misconduct allegation

Hall of Fame: Alomar’s status is unchanged

Roberto Alomar poses with a fan inside the Tunnicliff in 2014.

Roberto Alomar, a 2011 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, was put on Major League Baseball’s ineligible list based on the results of a sexual misconduct investigation stemming from a 2014 incident, the league announced Friday, April 30.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement Friday: “Having reviewed all of the available evidence from the now completed investigation, I have concluded that Mr. Alomar violated MLB’s policies, and that termination of his consultant contract and placement on MLB’s Ineligible List are warranted. We are grateful for the courage of the individual who came forward. MLB will continue to strive to create environments in which people feel comfortable speaking up without fear of recrimination, retaliation, or exclusion.”

Alomar put out a statement on Twitter saying he was, “disappointed, surprised and upset with today’s news. With the current social climate, I understand why Major League Baseball has taken the position they have. My hope is that this allegation can be heard in a venue that will allow me to address the accusation directly. I will continue to help kids pursue their baseball dreams.”

Football Dreams Coming True AT UGA For Coop’s Russell

Football dreams coming true
at UGA for Coop’s Russell

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Cooperstown’s Jacob Russell is pictured on the sidelines for University of Georgia in 2020.

Cooperstown Central School graduate Jacob Russell said he spent the spring of 2019 on campus at Harvard University pondering his future and realizing he did not want a traditional path.

What he really wanted to do, he admited to himself, was coach football.

“I was probably the last person in the world someone from Cooperstown thought would end up a football coach,” he said Monday, April 26.

For one thing, Russell hadn’t played football since elementary school.In high school, Russell ran cross country, wrestled and played tennis. He did crew in college and has run the Boston Marathon twice. Still, despite his athleticism, he knew he did not have a good chance to play football. He topped out in the 120 pound weight class as a wrestler during his senior year at CCS in 2015.

“Evcr since second grade, I was a football fanatic,” he said. “I guess I realized I was too small to ever be a football player. It was kind of a pie-in-the-sky thing to be a coach, but if I wanted to work in football it seemed much more realistic for me to be a football coach than a football player at my size.”

Russell said he was considering his options during spring break in 2019. He was staying on campus for break and decided he should go for it if he wanted to pursue a career in football.

“I was trying to decide if I wanted to go to law school or if I wanted to get a job in finance on Wall Street, you know, sort of the more typical Harvard paths,” he said. “I decided I didn’t really want to do either of those things. What I really wanted to do was coach football.

Unatego Prepares Project, But Won’t Rush Consolidation

Unatego Prepares Project,
But Won’t Rush Consolidation

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The proposed baseball field at Unatego Central School in Otego is seen in this artist’s rendition.

Unatego Central School’s proposed $27.6 million capital improvement plan comes at the perfect time to keep the needed school upgrades from raising taxes on district voters, according to Superintendent Dave Richards.

“We have an opportunity with our debt where we have some debt falling off, so we can replace it with new debt without any increase of the tax levy,” Richards said.

State building aid funding will pay for 87.5% of the project, Richards said.

“If we don’t do a project, then we lose that revenue, too,” Richards said.

Leftover EXCEL funds and about $1.3 million in capital reserves will pay for the remainder of the project, Richards said.

The project would be the first is about a decade for UCS, and the first since the district embarked on a long-term plan to turn three campuses into one.

However, the project will not complete the consolidation and will instead focus on needed improvements at the district’s two remaining campuses, the elementary school at 265 Main St. in the town of Unadilla, and the middle/high school at 2641 state Route 7, in the town of Otego.

Eventually, the elementary school will be closed and all students will attend school at the Otego campus, Richards said.

Hawkeye Boys Motivated By Chance At Title

Hawkeye Boys Motivated

By Chance At Title

By CHAD G. WELCH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Cooperstown’s baseball players pose during their trip to Cal Ripken’s baseball complex in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina two weeks ago.

The last time the Cooperstown boys baseball team took the field was in June 2019, in the school’s first-ever appearance in the championship game of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Class C baseball tournament.

Cooperstown fell, 7-3, to Ticonderoga that day and CCS coach Frank Miosek said they have been looking forward to playing ball ever since.

“It will be two years ago in June when we were in the state final,” Miosek said. “We were looking forward to an excellent spring last year and we’re looking forward to an excellent spring this year.”

The Hawkeyes started practice last week and were back to battling a familiar foe: unpredictable spring weather.

“We’ve had four days (of practice), of which we’ve been outside once, because the weather hasn’t been that cooperative,” Miosek said on Thursday, April 22. “We’re used to that, but it’s usually March when it’s not that cooperative.”

Despite the poor weather, Miosek said it is great to be back coaching and the players are already having fun.

“We’re very, very happy to be playing and to be practicing and we’re looking forward to a season,” he said. “We’ve been inside for two to two- and half-hour practices and there’s never a dull moment.

“The kids are smiling, they’re sweating and they’re not complaining, so that’s always a good sign,” Miosek said.

Miosek said plans for the season have changed several times, but as of now they include a 15-game regular season, which would begin May 3 at home against Norwich, followed by sectionals for qualifying teams.

“We’re going to start playing games on May 3,” he said. “The sectional meeting is June 6. We’ve got a schedule of 15 games in approximately one months’ time.

“Then there is going to be a sectional tournament for section three and that will be the end of the playoffs,” he said.

While there won’t be any regional or state championship tournaments played this year, Miosek said the latest plans to allow sectional postseason games is a big improvement.

“It’s the best thing going right now, so we’re excited about it,” Miosek said. “We’re hoping that everybody maintains good health and we can get through this and get into sectionals.”

Miosek said the Hawkeyes expect to have eight upperclassman as full-time varsity players and several of the 17 junior varsity players will be “swingmen” going back and forth between the squads to gain experience.

“Six seniors will form the nucleus,” he said. “Kendall Haney and Chris Ubner were players of the year in the region two years ago. We also have Alex Hage, Alex Hascup, Derek Moore and new senior Alex Poulson who will be doing his senior year here.”

They will be joined by juniors Treston Emerick, Liam Ford and potentially by new student Brendyn Maerz, Miosek said.

Sophomores Henry Loeffler, Bryson Whitaker, Brayden Hascup, Ethan Kukenberger, P.J. Kiuber and freshman Emerson Toulson will be “swingmen” who get playing time at both levels, he said.

With the compact schedule, Miosek said the Hawkeyes will feature a lot of different lineups defensively with almost all players playing multiple positions over the course of the season.

“Nobody is locked into one or two positions,” Miosek said. “Everybody has practiced in and are capable of filling in wherever we need to balance the lineup.

“We’ve got a lot of choices, our kids are multi-talented in different positions,” he said. “Whoever is pitching will dictate who the other position players are.”

Miosek said several players will have to pitch innings including all six seniors. Miosek said he and assistant coach Matt Hazzard will have to make sure everyone gets adequate rest by rotating players around.

“I’ve got a lot of different things going on,” he said. “If someone catches and pitches, I am certainly not going to put them in the outfield. They’re going to have to DH and somebody else is going to take their spot.

“Hazzard and I are going to be watching closely so we don’t end up at the end of the season with tired arms or damaged arms,” he said.

Miosek said junior varsity coach Glen Noto and his assistant Dave Bliss will also play important roles in developing players and keeping them prepared to contribute to both teams.

In addition to their defensive versatility, Miosek said the Hawkeyes will have a balanced batting order led by the seniors especially Haney, Ubner and Hascup who had strong seasons at the plate two years ago.

“All of the seniors are qualified, capable hitters,” he said. “We have several other players who easily could, you know, take the stiches out of the ball, so we’re looking for good at bats from everyone.”

Miosek said they are waiting for the village to establish COVID protocols for Doubleday Field, and until those decisions are made, they aren’t sure if they’ll be playing home games there or at the school.

There is realignment in the Center State Conference with Mount Markham and Little Falls moving out of the division and playing in Class B, he said. They’ll be traveling to Canastota and Adirondack too, he said.

Still, Miosek said he and Hazzard and the team are just happy to be playing games, and he believes the Hawkeyes will be a competitive team that gets better as they season goes on. Much of the team made a spring break trip to The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach for pre-season games, which was originally scheduled for 2020.

“So we feel good about our hitting, we feel good about our pitching and we feel good about our fielding,” Miosek said.

Featured Pictures: April 29, 2021
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‘He Was A Skater Boy’

Oneonta skater Matthew Maloney, 23, rides his Blackout skateboard at the Oneonta Skate Park on Sunday, April 25. Maloney said he has been skating in the park since he was 16-years old.

Milford Joins The Club

Milford Central School senior Avery Leonard was honored recently when Cooperstown Central School listed him on the team’s 100 Wins Club banner. Leonard, who placed third in the state at 120 pounds in Division II wrestling in 2020, was the first Milford student to letter in wrestling at Cooperstown, in addition to being the first to place at the state tournament and to get 100 wins. He was a contender for a state championship this year, until the coronavirus pandemic canceled the season in New York.
SUNY Oneonta athletic director announces retirement

SUNY Oneonta
athletic director
announces June retirement

Tracey Ranieri

Ranieri has been at
college since 1991, A.D. since 2007

 

SUNY Oneonta Athletics Director Tracey Ranieri announced that she is retiring in June, according to a media release by the school Tuesday, April 27.

“Ranieri’s 30-year tenure of excellence in collegiate athletics will be one that leaves an indelible mark on the college and the impact she has had on the lives of thousands of student athletes is immeasurable.  Her passion for student athletes is inspirational,” the release said.

A Schenevus native, Ranieri worked in coaching and administration while also serving nationally in decision-making positions to affect positive change within the field of athletics.

Ranieri, 56, began her tenure at the college in 1991 as the women’s soccer coach and senior woman administrator. She took on additional duties as the assistant athletic director in 1995.

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