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Main Regatta Leaves Monday From Brookwood



Main Regatta

Leaves Monday

From Brookwood

The four-day 57th General Clinton Regatta – the related carnival and flea market begin today in Bainbridge – will build to a crescendo Monday with the 70-mile endurance races between Brookwood Point, north of Cooperstown, and the finish line 40 miles south in Bainbridge’s General Clinton Park.   The Memorial Day races start at 6 a.m., with the pro-class setting off at 6:30 a.m. This photo, from last year’s race, shows Oneontans Trevor LeFever, front, and Benedict Schlimmer on the Susquehanna River at Emmons, near Fortin Park.  ( photo)
Fingers, Gossage Manage Teams In 11th  HoF Classic

Fingers, Gossage Manage

Teams In 11th HoF Classic

Saturday Game Starts at 1:50 in Doubleday Field;
BASE Race Leaves Doubleday Parking Lot At 9
Goose Gossage high-fives Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark at the start of the 2018 Classic. Tomorrow, Gossage and Rollie Fingers are managing this year’s Classic teams. (Ian Austin/

COOPERSTOWN – The first pitch of the 11th Hall of Fame Classic Legends Game, bringing six Hall of Famers and other MLB stars to town,  will be thrown at 1:05 p.m. Saturday (tomorrow) in Doubleday Field.

Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers and Goose Gossage will manage their respective teams, while Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Trevor Hoffman, Tim Raines and Alan Trammell will lend a hand in the dugout and in the coach’s boxes.

Caten, Weldon Headed For Tennis Sectionals

Speaking Of Sports

Catan, Cooperstown Team

Looking Forward To States

Will Weldon shows his form at a recent match. (Connie Herzig/

ONEONTA – Oneonta’s Chris Catan and Cooperstown’s Will Weldon have a lot in common.

They are both outstanding young tennis players with lots of talent and enthusiasm for their sport. They both play first singles for very successful high school teams.   And both are looking forward to the State tournament.

They happen to live about 20 miles away from each other, but play in different sections, Catan in Section IV and Weldon in Section III.

Catan, a sophomore with Oneonta’s tennis team, is currently 19-0 on the season and qualified for the state tournament for the second straight year at the Binghamton Tennis Center over the weekend.  Catan dropped only one game on his way to repeating as Section IV’s representative to the State Tournament.

Morell Breaks OHS Discus Record At Yellowjacket Invitational


Morell Breaks OHS Record

At Yellowjacket Invitational

Morell smiles after a successful throw at the Yellowjacket Invitational.

ONEONTA – With an AP exam on Friday, May 10 and another one scheduled for Monday, May 13, Bradley Morell still had time to break a school discus record at the Yellowjacket Invitational on the Lloyd Baker Field.

With a toss of 163’ 8”, Morell eclipsed his season best set last week of 160’ 0”.  The previous record was held by Jim Hurtubise in 2003, and was 163’ 3”.  Morell was very happy with his throw, and is looking toward the Section IV record of 176’ 0”, set by Ithaca’s Sam Cherney in 2012.

Morell helped his team by also winning the shot put with a put of 47’ 4”, a season best by almost a foot and a half.

In all, the girls took second out of 16 teams competing in the invitational, scoring 68.5 points, and the boys placed third with 43.5. Powerhouse Norwich won both.

Oneonta, Cooperstown Shine At Don Howard Invitational


Oneonta, Cooperstown Shine

At Don Howard Invitational

The winning OHS Yellowjackets are, front row from left, Erin Stalder, Ting Poon (holding trophy) and Yuliah Johnson; back row, from left, Sabrina Scianimanico, Jocelyn Turley, Jillian LaHood, Samantha Ficano, Olivia Hanbridge, Miriam Fonjweng, Randy Odago, Autumn Nealis, Oliva O’Donnell, Danielle Basdekis, Morgan Jipson. (Connie Herzig/

Editor’s Note:  With this report, Connie Herzig becomes the weekly sports columnist for, Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal.   An Oneonta resident and retired 25-year elementary phys-ed teacher at Cooperstown Elementary, she is active in the life of both communities, and expert in both sports scenes.  Send Connie news, story tips and any other inputs at

OHS’ Brad Morell won both throwing events, pushing his team into first place.  (Photo courtesy David Morell)

The 29th Annual Don Howard Track & Field Invitational last Saturday, May 4, at Cooperstown High School had an unlikely star – the sun popped through for a while on a cloudy, windless and not-rainy day.  The spring season has been cold, wet and windy for much of the young season, but perfect conditions led to many season-best performances.  The great one himself, Don Howard, was there with his wife, Doris, to cheer on the teams.

The Oneonta girls’ team won the 13-team meet with 140.5 points, while Cooperstown’s girls were nipping at their heels in second with 119.5.

The two teams battled head to head in several key events, which were highlighted by the sprints, hurdle races and the jumping events.  In the 400m relay, the Oneonta team of Erin Stalder, Morgan Jipson, Yuliah Johnson and Reece Thorsland posted a time of 53.19, almost a second better than they had previously run this season.

The Cooperstown girls, Ashley Kiuber, Ireland Gable, Samantha Vezza and Nora Jensen, were second, improving their seed time by almost a second at 53.44.  Oneonta’s 1600m relay team also won, with Staldler, Thorsland, Danielle Basdekis and Randy Odago shaving five seconds off their time.

Cooperstown’s Nora Jensen won the 100m hurdles and was second to Oneonta’s Basdekis in the 400m hurdle race. (Cheryl Clough/

Cooperstown’s Jensen had a great day in the hurdle races, winning the 100m hurdles and coming in second to Oneonta’s Basdekis in the 400m hurdle race.  Basdekis also won the 200m with teammate Johnson getting third.  Between them was Cooperstown’s freshman sprinter Gable.  Johnson also won the 100m for Oneonta.  In the 400m, Oneonta’s Stalder won the race, taking 3 seconds off her season best.  Teammate Olivia O’Donnell was third and Cooperstown’s Abby Ford was fourth.

Don Howard Meet Attracts 16 Schools From As Far As Tully

Don Howard Meet

Attracts 16 Schools

From As Far As Tully

Cooperstown Hawkeye Isaiah Johnson clears the bar easily at the pole vault event just wrapping up now at the Linden Avenue campus. Teams from 12 schools, as far away at Tully and Cazenovia, were attracted to today’s Don Howard Invitational, a regional highlight of the track and field season. Inset, Oneonta’s Maddy Hanson elicited oohs and aahs with this long jump. (Jim Kevlin/

Cooperstown Youth Baseball Parades Into 2019 Season

Cooperstown Youth B-Ball

Parades Into 2019 Season

The Cooperstown Youth Baseball parade, delayed from Saturday (as was Oneonta’s Little League parade) by snow flurries,  marched from Cooper Park down Main Street Monday afternoon into the 2019 season, which is played at the CYB field in Hartwick.  Carrying the banner is a girls softball team, coached by Bud Lippitt and George Crippen,  From left are Jensen Merwin, Mia Kaltenbach, Charlotte Campbell, Emmy Lippitt, Alexis Wolfe, Isabella Reich, Hailey Michaely and Brenna Seamon. (Jim Kevlin/
Angels Executive Succeeds Idelson As HoF President

Angels Executive

Succeeds Idelson

As HoF President

Tim Mead, 61, Hall’s Seventh Leader

Tim Mead

COOPERSTOWN – Tim Mead, 61, 22-year vice president/communications for the Los Angeles Angels, has been named president of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Hall board Chairman Jane Forbes Clark announced a few minutes ago.

“The Board of Directors is very pleased that Tim has accepted the position of President of the Hall of Fame,” said Clark. “Tim is deeply respected throughout the baseball industry, among players, executives and media alike. He has a great affection for the game and its history, and we are looking forward to having him leading the efforts of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.”

In his most recent position, Mead, who has spent 40 years with the Angels,  oversaw the team’s media relations, publicity and broadcasting operations. He was assistant general manager in 1994-97.  He had started in the public relations department  in 1980, became director of media relations in 1985 and assistant vice president/media relations, in 1991.

5 Division III-Bound Seniors To Be Celebrated At Signings

5 Division III-Bound Seniors

To Be Celebrated At Signings

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown High School is planning an NCAA Celebratory Signing Day Friday, May 3, including a 3:15 p.m. event in the library for students heading off to college sports careers.

They included Upstate Sportswriters’ “Player of the Year” Jack Lambert, co-captain of the school’s first-ever Class C state championship basketball team, who will attended the Division III University of Scranton.

Other honorees, all headed to Division III teams, are Baileigh Behan, SUNY Cobleskill soccer; Delilah Griger, SUNY New Paltz swimming; Delaney Holohan, Clarkson University soccer; Taylor Keane, Elmira College soccer, and Kyle Santello, Gallaudet University soccer.

What An Arm!

What An Arm!

Oneonta High School pitcher Kelly Weeks threw a two-hitter yesterday as the Yellowjackets defeated Norwich, 12-2. Week, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, notched seven strikeouts in the win. (Cheryl Clough/
Babe Ruth’s Granddaughter To Keynote At Herkimer Fete

Babe Ruth’s Granddaughter

To Keynote At Herkimer Fete

Babe Ruth and his granddaughter

HERKIMER – Babe Ruth’s granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti, will be speaking on her legendary grandfather at a Dinner to benefit the Herkimer County Historical Society at Saturday, May 4, at Francesca’s Banquet Hall, Ilion.  Doors open at 5 p.m. for a Meet and Greet, followed by dinner at 6.

WKTV News Anchor Jason Powles will emcee, and Hall of Fame spokesman Craig Muder will say a few words on The Babe.

Before the dinner, the Village of Ilion will be presenting a proclamation to her in honor of “Babe Ruth Day” at the Village Hall.



Concrete Piles High As 3rd-Base Bleachers Go

Concrete Piles High As

3rd-Base Bleachers Go

A team from Upstate Companies, Mount Upton, is completing its first week demolishing the concrete third-base bleachers at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field, the first step in a $5.8 million renovation. The contract specifies 60 days, but Jim Brust, Delaware Engineering’s inspector at the scene, expects the job may be done before that. In all, 10,000 yards of concrete are being removed. He said the pile of cement probably reached its peak this afternoon, as the demolition waste will be trucked away to make way for modern bleachers and a two-story building that will include restrooms, locker rooms, an office for Doublefield Field Manager Quinton Hasak, topped by a picnic pavilion. The grandstand will also be repaired, repainted and renovated, but with the idea of maintain its historic character. (Jim Kevlin/
Sportswriters: Jack Lambert ‘Player Of Year’


Jack Lambert

‘Player Of Year’

Co-Captain, Guard Led Team

To CCS’ 1st Class C State Title

Jack Lambert of Cooperstown, who led the CCS Hawkeyes Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team to its first championship on Sunday, March 17, today was named Class C “Player of the Year” by the  New York State Sportswriters Association.  (Ian Austin/

COOPERSTOWN – The New York State Sportswriters Association today gave its Class C “Player of the Year” designation to Jack Lambert, the co-captain and star guard of the 2018-19  CCS Hawkeyes Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team.

A seventh-team selection last year, Lambert led Cooperstown to the school’s first Class C boys basketball championship.

The senior scored 24 points per game and set a new state tournament record by scoring 53 points in the Hawkeyes’ semifinal win over Greenport, recounted in a recap of the season.

Lambert was one of 39 players from Section III schools who received honors in Class B, C or D.

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