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Bryce Harper Signs 13-Year Deal With Phillies


Bryce Harper Signs

Record $330-Million

Contract With Phillies

Bryce Harper has plenty to smile about – he just signed a $330 million dollar contract with the Phillies.

Baseball star Bryce Harper, now 26, who played at Cooperstown Dreams Park in 2003-05, has just signed a 13-year, $330-million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, the largest contract in MLB and pro-sports history.


OHS Senior Tops 3-Point Record

OHS Senior Tops 3-Point Record

OHS Girls Basketball coach Matt Miller hugs senior Taylor Microni after she scores her last three-pointer to break Mariah Ruffs record of 205 career three pointers. But despite Microni’s prowess – 206 three-pointers in all – the Lady Yellowjackets fell to Norwich earlier this evening, 67-40, ending their playoff bid for the state championship. (Joe Harmer/
Hawkeyes Advance To Section Championships

CCS Hawkeyes Advance

To Section Championships

Hawkeyes captain Jack Lambert avoids both Weedsport Warriors as he aims another basket during today’s Section III Class C semi-finals, held this afternoon at Onondaga Community College. The Hawkeyes toppled the Warriors 59-34 and will play the Utica Academy of Science in the Section III championships next Sunday at the Carrier Dome. (Ian Austin/
Oneonta Boys, Girls Advance In Section IV, Class B Tourney

Oneonta Boys, Girls Advance

In Section IV, Class B Tourney

Oneonta Yellowjackets’ boys and girls teams both advance this weekend in Section VI Class B basketball tournaments.  Above, OHS junior Teddy McGraw shoots over Chenango Valley defenders Marcus Hanyon and Max Singer this afternoon as the Yellowjackets vanquished the visitor, 58-37, play  Number 3 seed Oneonta will take on the winner of Whitney Point and Seton Catholic, on Wednesday at 6. The higher seed will host the game.   Inset, Oneonta’s Anika Buzzy last evening shoots against Whitney Point defender Amy Stevens. Buzzy had 16 points and 13 rebounds in OHS’ 53-43 victory, which advances the Oneonta girls to the Section IV Class B finals at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Norwich. (Cheryl Clough/





Cooperstown’s Jack Lambert heads back up court after hitting a three as the CCS student section celebrates in the background during the Hawkeyes 72-41 win over Oriskany at Bursey Gymnasium this evening.  At right, Cooperstown senior Kate Trosset drives against Onondaga’s Avi Baker as the Lady Hawkeyes advanced to the next round of sectionals with a 77-32 win over the Tigers.   (Cheryl Clough/




Coop Boys, Girls Win First Round Of Sectional Play


Coop Boys, Girls

Win First Round

Of Sectional Play

The Hawkeyes boys (71-20) and girls (61-40) varsity basketball teams won the first round of the Sectionals this evening in home games at Bursey Gym.  In top photo, Cooperstown’s Jack Lambert dribbles past Thousand Island defender Kyle  Byers; Hawkeye teammate Calvin Sandler watches.  At right, Coopertown’s Emilie Perez takes the ball to the basket against Mount Markham defenders Alexandria Congeleri and McKenzie Johnson. Perez scored 15 points and teammate Kate Trosset 21 as the Lady Hawkeyes improved to 16-5 on the year. (Cheryl Clough/

Lee Smith Third Of Six To Get HoF Orientation

Lee Smith Third Of Six

To Get HoF Orientation

Lee Smith, considered one of the most dominant relief pitchers in baseball history, flashes a grin as he enters the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Hall of Plaques a few minutes ago. He is the third of six Class of 2019 members to undergo orientation at baseball’s mecca at 25 Main St.   He played with eight teams, starting with the Chicago Cubs in 1980 and ending with the Montreal Expos in 1997. With him is wife Cheryl and Erik Strohl, Hall vice president/collections & exhibitions. Induction will be Sunday, July 21, in the fields next to the Clark Sports Center. (Jim Kevlin/
Mariano Rivera Honors Rod Carew During Hall Of Fame Tour

Rivera Honors Rod Carew

During Hall Of Fame Tour

Standing in front of Minnesota Twins infielder Rod Carew’s plaque, Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera reflected on the legacy of the first Panamanian elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him,” he said.  “He made it possible for me to follow him.” Rivera, the first player elected to the Hall of Fame with 100 percent of the votes on the ballot, toured the Hall this morning as part of his pre-induction initiation, signing the spot where his plaque will be hung during the July 21 induction and posing with a fan, at right. “If you told me when I got on a plane to the United States at age 20 to play baseball, that after playing 19 years I would be sitting here, I wouldn’t have believed you,” he said. “It’s freezing outside, but being here warms my heart.” (Patrick Wager,


Harold Baines Undergoes Initiation, 1st In Class of ’19

Harold Baines Undergoes

Initiation, 1st In Class of ’19

Hitter and right-fielder Harold Baines, who excelled with the Chicago White Sox and other Midwest teams during a 21-year career, breaks into a smile a few minutes ago as he’s shown the spot in the Hall of Plaques where his plaque will hang after his July 21 induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sharing in his joy are, from left, Erik Strohl, vice president/Exhibitions & Collections; Jon Shestakofsky, vice president/ Communications & Education, and the Hall’s official photographer, Milo V. Stewart Jr.  Rear left is Bill Francis, a Hall researcher.  Inset, Baines signs the spot where his plaque will be hung.  Baines is one of six players in the Class of 2019, and the first to go through the traditional initiation.  (Jim Kevlin/

The Snow Must Go On!

The Snow Must Go On!

OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley, right, leads Bridgette Hulbert, daughter Vivian, Jack and William Mokay, and Andrew Rock, all of Delhi, and Erin and Kathryn Dailey, both of Oneonta, on a snowshoeing hike at the annual Winter Fest at Gilbert Lake State Park this afternoon. At right, Tami-Lee Volgari, Oneonta, sleds down a hill with her daughter Eama-Lee. Visitors also enjoyed skiing, information sessions on winter camping and survival, as well as a bonfire. The event was hosted by OCCA and Five Star Subaru. (Ian Austin/

No Plaque Logo For Halladay, Mussina, But Others Announced

No Plaque Logo For Halladay,

Mussina, But Others Announced

COOPERSTOWN – The National Baseball Hall of Fame has announced the cap selections that will appear on the plaques for each of the six members of the Hall of Fame class of 2019:

Harold Baines – Chicago White Sox logo; Roy Halladay – no logo; Edgar Martinez – Seattle Mariners logo; Mike Mussina – no logo; Mariano Rivera – New York Yankees logo, and Lee Smith – Chicago Cubs logo.

HoF Class Of 2019 Featured At Press Conference On Now

HoF Class Of 2019 Featured

At Press Conference On Now

The Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2019, announced last evening, are answering questions at a live press right now that may be viewed at  From right are Jane Forbes Clark, Hall board chairman; the inductees, and Hall President Jeff Idelson.   Emceeing is Jon Shestakovsky, vice president/communications.



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