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Facility Offered To Bassett




By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – Citing the “best interest” of community, employees and traveling players and families, Cooperstown Dreams Park has announced it will be closed for the 2020 season.

“Cooperstown Dreams Park was hoping to avoid this outcome,” says a letter on its website. “But it is the only responsible course of action.”

All teams will receive a 100 percent refund or the option of future participation, and employees will remain at work “to the extent permitted by the mandates of Governor Cuomo.”

Cooperstown Boys Fall To Weedsport

Cooperstown Boys Fall

To Weedsport In Sectionals

Despite a strong early showing by Hawkeyes newcomer Kaishaun Jefferson, center, the Hawkeyes were cut down 61-52 by the Weedsport Warriors this afternoon at OCC in the Section III championships. Weedsport got an early lead on the 2019 state champs, who quickly caught up, and by halftime, dominated the court 29-19.  The third quarter saw Weedsport pull up and match the Hawkeyes basket for basket, tightening their lead through the start of the fourth quarter, where a series of fouls gave Weedsport an opportunity to collect free-throws. At right, Dillon Burns and Ryan Lansing lament on the bench at the end of the game. But there was something to celebrate; Lansing and Jefferson were both named Section III MVPs. (Ian Austin/


CCS Tops Weedsport, 58-37



Class C Title Comes To Coop

The CCS Lady Hawkeyes hoist the Section III banner after winning the Class C title a few minutes ago at Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, defeating the Weedsport Warriors 58-37. The Lady Hawkeyes scored early and never let up; though the Warriors tightened the score in the third quarter, they were hindered by a series of fouls, allowing Hawkeyes like Piper Seamon, left, to add points from the free throw line, and by the fourth quarter the Hawkeyes had a comfortable lead. Seamon, along with teammate Kate Donnelly, were named as Section III MVPs. The girls, who also took the Class C championship in 2016, go on to the state tournament next weekend in Binghamton and could pick up their second state title. (Ian Austin/

Avery Leonard, Team Cheered On Returning From NY Championship


Avery Leonard, Team

Cheered On Returning

From NY Championship

Standout grappler Avery Leonard of Milford, along with members of the Cooperstown-Milford Team that wrestled in the NYSHSAA State Wrestling Championships over the weekend at the Times Union Center in Albany, wave to a crowd along Main Street, Cooperstown, from atop the village’s ladder truck on their return at noon today.  From right are Tyler Wilfeard, Lowell Wilsey, Logan Doucas, Logan Kantor, Leonard and TJ O’Connor. Wrestling in the 120-pound category, Leonard pinned his first three opponents, bowing in the finals to Honeoye Falls-Lima’s Anthony Noto, who also won that category last year.  Inset, cheering fans included, from left, CCS Swim Teach Coach Cheryl Rock, CCS school board member Marcy Birch and her husband Bob, the local lawyer, and CCS Athletic Director Dave Bertram. (Jim Kevlin/

THE BOYS ARE BACK! Parade of Firetrucks Escort 2 Injured Firefighters Home


Parade of Firetrucks Escorts

2 Injured Firefighters Home

Injured Cooperstown firefighters (in top photo) Jon Roach, left, and Scott Monington are welcomed back to the village at 2:15 this afternoon by fellow volunteers Chuck Hascup of Hartwick, John Phillips of Fly Creek and Mike Donnelly of Cooperstown. Cooperstown EMS leaders Eric Pierce and Joel Bostwick, who had shaved their heads in solidarity with their injured colleagues, picked up Roach and Monington this morning in a Cooperstown ambulance from the burn unit at Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse.  Meanwhile, county Assistant Emergency Service Deputy Director Victor Jones and Cooperstown Fire Department Vice President Glen Falk planned a parade, inviting the other departments that fought the fire to gather at the Clark Sports Center at 1:30.  Middlefield, Fly Creek, Hartwick, Springfield, Cherry Valley and other departments supplied engines, which proceeded over Murphy Hill, up Route 166 and past the site of the fire in the hamlet of Middlefield, where they were greeted by cheers from wellwishers there.  In bottom left photo, Cooperstown Fire Chief Jim Tallman, who was himself injured and treated at Bassett Hospital, discusses last Wednesday’s events with Middlefield firefighters.  Lower right, Otego Firefighter Rebecca Chambers, who knew Roach from her work with the AMR ambulance service, drove up with kids Monica and Jasper to cheer him on.  Helping Monica hold the sign is Lizzy Mott of Middlefield.  (Jim Kevlin /
Boys, Girls Head For Class C Finals


Boys, Girls Head

For Class C Finals

Kennedy, Piper Seamon Shine In Hard-Fought Games

The CCS Hawkeyes boys and girls varsity basketball teams head back to Onondaga Community College next Saturday for the Class C championship games after beating, respectively, West Canada Valley, 78-70, and Onondaga Central, 51-48, in action-packed sectional semi-finals at OCC this afternoon.  In top photo, CCS center John Kennedy shows his offensive prowess (16 points), but also locked up the key on defense. #11 Keishaun Jefferson chalked up 15 points, hammering home foul shot after foul shot. Spencer Lewis (18) and Ryan Lansing (12) also made double-digit contributions.  Most impressive was how the team pulled together in the second half to turn a 32-29 half-time deficit into the 78-70 victory.  Inset right, Lady Hawkeye Piper Seamon goes head-to-head with Onondaga’s Avi Baker, as both guards drove their teams through a game that seesawed back and forth to Coop’s 3-point victory.  Despite Kate Donnelly’s 13 points, Dani Seamon’s 10 and Gabby Woeppel’s 9, the Nedrow Tigers pulled within two points with seconds left.  (Jim Kevlin/

Impromptu Pep Rally Cheers Teams To Semis


Impromptu Pep Rally

Cheers Teams To Semis

Wendy Kiuber, right, (mom of Lady Hawkeye Ashley) and Colleen Donnelly, center, (mom of Kate) cheer their daughters’ team bus (inset) as it passes by the Trosset Law Offices shortly after 10 a.m. today en route to the Section III, Class C semifinals at Onondaga Community College.  Attorney Mike Trosset, left, whose CCS team made it to the state semifinals in the 1990s, organized the impromptu pep rally (along with coffee and Schneider’s doughnuts) in front of his Oaksville office.  The girls’ game starts at 1:45 in OCC’s Allyn Gym.  The boys’ game starts at 2:45 in the SRC Arena at OCC.  Winners go on next Saturday to the Class C finals, which are also the quarter finals of the state tournament.  (Jim Kevlin/

Record-Holding Catcher Ted Simmons Tours Hall

Record-Holding Catcher

Ted Simmons Tours Hall

Cardinals, Braves and Brewers catcher Ted Simmons, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame July 26, appeared awestruck as he reviewed the plaques of colleagues during his orientation tour of 25 Main St. this morning.  On retiring, Simmons led all catchers in career hits and doubles and ranked second in RBIs behind Yogi Berra and second in total bases behind Carlton Fisk.   His was the second orientation tour of Class of 2020 members, following Larry Walker on Tuesday.  Eric Strohl, the Hall’s vice president, Exhibitions & Collections, led the tour, stopping first at fellow Cardinal Bob Gibson’s, a pitcher.  “He showed me what a Major League pitcher could do,” said Simmons, who at the time of a 20-year-old rookie.  With Derek Jeter in the class, this year’s Induction crowd might break Cal Ripken Jr.’s record of 84,000. (Jim Kevlin/
Doubleday Cafe Cheers CCS Runs To Sectionals

Boys, Girls Hawkeyes Advancing

Doubleday Cafe Cheers

CCS Runs To Sectionals

Hawkeye Fever was evident today at the Doubleday Cafe in downtown Cooperstown, which hoisted a banner – “Good Luck, Cooperstown” – across the front of the establishment after the CCS’ boys and girls basketball teams last night won berths in this Saturday’s Section III, Class C semifinals at Onondaga Community College. Cheering the team are, from left, Doubleday staffers Ashley Giordano, Sarah Brigham and Makenzy Ellis. (Jim Kevlin/
CCS Boys, Girls Win, Move To Semis At OCC


CCS Boys, Girls Win,

Move To Semis At OCC

By THOM RHODES • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – Led by Ryan Lansing’s 22 points, the Cooperstown Hawkeye Varsity boys basketball team held on to win a tense 63-56 battle against Herkimer in a packed Bursey Gym this evening in the first round of the Section III, Class C playoffs.

John Kennedy had 15 points and 19 rebounds. Kaishaun Jefferson has 18 points. Joseph Senchyshyn had a career high 14 rebounds.

The Cooperstown girls’ varsity team used stellar defense to fight off a scrappy Little Falls team, 55-52.

Larry Walker Stops By Fergie Jenkins At Hall


Larry Walker Stops By

Fergie Jenkins At Hall

Larry Walker, only the second Canadian to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, pauses a few minutes ago at Ferguson Jenkins‘ plaque. Fergie, until now the first Canadian in the U.S. Hall, was inducted in 1991, after joining the Canadian Hall in 1987. Walker will be on the stage next to the Clark Sports Center this July 26 during Induction Weekend, when he will be inducted along with Derek Jeter. He was the first member of this year’s class to go through the standard Hall orientation. (Jim Kevlin/
CCS Boys, Girls Win As Sectionals Begin


CCS Boys, Girls Win

As Sectionals Begin

Cooperstown’s John Kennedy, above, tries to pull in a rebound among teammates Joe Senchyshyn, Ryan Lansing and Kendall Haney in the Hawkeyes’ 71-62 win over Waterville at Bursey gymnasium last evening. Kennedy had 33 points to lead the Hawkeyes in the opening round sectional win. Cooperstown moves on to play Herkimer in the quarter finals at home on Tuesday.  Cooperstown senior Kate Donnelly, right, shoots a foul shot in the Hawkeyes 66-39 win over Westmoreland in the opening round win of sectionals over Westmoreland.  Donnelly scored 13 points in the win. Cooperstown will host Little Falls on Tuesday in the quarter finals.  (Cheryl Clough/





CCS Board President Tim Hayes, standing at left, tells 200 people who filled the high school auditorium that the half-hour allotted to public comment was over.  Flanking him, from left, are school board members Tony Scalici and Matt Schuermann, Superintendent Bill Crankshaw, and school board members Marielle Ainsworth, the vice president, and Wendy Kiuber and Marcy Birch. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

The football program has bad years, then rebounds, parent Matt Phillips, CCS ’02, told the crowd.

COOPERSTOWN – Some 200 people filled the high school cafeteria for a half-hour this evening, expressing fears to the Cooperstown Central school board that the development of the 2020-21 budget would bring an end to varsity football and curtail other extra-curricular activities.

Tim Ives: Don’t “cut the head off the snake.”

Despite the size of the crowd, school board President Tim Hayes cut off discussion after the 30 minutes scheduled for public input.  “There is no plan right now,” he said, although the school board is considering all options in its budget deliberations.  Decisions will have to be made by May, when the school budget goes to a public vote.

Parent Tom Ives, Mount Vision, described ending football as “cutting the head off the snake,” suggesting that all the striving, discipline and community spirit engendered by the sports – the body of the snake – will die, too.

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