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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.

Baseball Fans Will Be Offered  9 Artifacts From Home Teams



Baseball Fans Will Be Offered 

9 Artifacts From Home Teams

Tim Mead

COOPERSTOWN – The Baseball Hall of Fame is introducing “Starting Nine: The Must-See Artifacts from Your Team” for visitors in 2020, highlighting nine pieces for each team among the collection of tens of thousands of artifacts preserved in Cooperstown.

“’Starting Nine’ personalizes the museum experience to each visitor’s own memories, keying in on unique pieces from the Hall of Fame’s immense collection of the game’s history,” said Tim Mead, Hall of Fame president. “We want fans of every team to say, ‘Wow! You have that?’”

Milford’s Leonard Wins Regional Wrestling Title

Milford’s Leonard Wins

Regional Wrestling Title

CCS’s LoRusso 2nd In 113-Pound Class

Milford’s Avery Leonard Staying on top of Canastota’s Kyle Musachio, Milford’s Avery Leonard wins the regional title the 120-pound class at the Center State Regional Wrestling Championship, hosted at Cooperstown Central School.   Inset at right, CCS Hawkeye Lucas LoRusso works to break the hold of Adirondack’s Bryar Croniser in the 113-pound final; Croniser took the regional title, with LoRusso winning the second spot.  (Cheryl Clough/

Jeter, Walker Named To Baseball Hall Of Fame

Jeter, Walker Headed

To Baseball Hall Of Fame

As expected, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was announced as one of the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees.

COOPERSTOWN – In their first and last years of eligibility, respectively, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Expos outfielder Larry Walker were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this evening.

Jeter received 99.7 percent of the vote, falling one vote shy of unanimous. Walker, only the second Canadian to enter the Hall of Fame, received 76.6 percent of the vote. The Baseball Hall of Fame Induction will be held Sunday, July 26 at the Clark Sports Center.

Milford Wrestler Leonard Downs 100th Opponent

Milford Wrestler Leonard

Chalks Up His 100th Win

Milford-Cooperstown varsity wrestler Avery Leonard, left, reached a milestone Friday evening, as he wins his 100th varsity wrestling match – against Dylan Thomas, Carthage – at the Oneonta Rotary Tournament at OHS.  Leonard, a junior who attends Milford Central School, defeated Kai Kogurt of Saugerties in his first match of the tournament, then took down Thomas.  Leonard, who went to the State Tournament last season, took only 2.5 seasons to reach win 100.  Today, he was wrestling in the semi-finals in Day 2 of the annual Rotary tourney.  (Cheryl Clough/
Modern Era Committee Picks Honorees On Dec. 8


Modern Era Committee

Picks Honorees On Dec. 8

COOPERSTOWN — Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons and Lou Whitaker will be voted on for the Hall of Fame Class of 2020 when the 16-member Modern Baseball Era Committee meets next Sunday, Dec. 8.

The vote will occur Dec. 8 during the Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego, and will be announced live on MLB Network at 8 p.m. that evening.

Those elected by 75 percent of the votes be inducted in Cooperstown on July 26, along with players chosen by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, who will be announced Jan. 21, again on the MLB Network.

Run, You Turkeys!

Runners Work Up Appetite

At Annual Turkey Trot 5K

A brisk run on a cold morning is a good way to get ready for Thanksgiving dinner! 477 runners took to the streets for the annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot for Helios Care. Above, Carson Pashley, Austin Hitt, Christopher Mosconi, Noah Artis, Ron Reed, Emma Peeters, Kacie Hymers, Michael Hamilton, Andrew Stanton, Tristan Ethier Matthew Rubin, and Alanmichael Rubin take off from the finish line at the start of the race. At right, Daniel Butterman runs with his daughter Layla to the finish line for a time of 29:30. (Ian Austin/

Born To Run

Born To Run

Dryland Sled Dog Challenge

Arrives In Richfield Springs

Water-logged trails and a lot of mud didn’t seem to slow down 82 teams of dog racers in Richfield Springs this morning during the Dryland Sled Dog Challenge, part of the International Sled Dog Racing Association. Landowner Steven Davis, seen above driving a team during the six-dog event, is an 11-year veteran of dog racing and hosted the event on his land on Millstone Road. Teams came from Michigan, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, as well at the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. While racers waited for their turn, they could stop by the concession stand and grab a burger made by Danny Garbera, Richfield Springs, and Dennis Dorn, Springfield Center, (inset photo), who were representing the Canadarago Snow Toppers. Also helping out with dog handling were members of the Richfield Springs Youth Sports group. The races continue tomorrow starting at 8am. (Ian Austin/

Girls Of Summer In Cooperstown For Hall of Fame Tour

All-American Girls League Gathers

‘Girls Of Summer’

Here This Weekend

For Reunion At Hall

The Mighty Casey himself (former Baseball Hall of Fame researcher Tim Wiles, now Guilderland Public Library director) came out to visit with Joyce Westerman, Jeneane Lesko, Gloria Rogers McCloskey, Dolly Ozburn and Mary Moore, all members of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, as their annual got underway today at the Baseball Hall of Fame. At right, Sue Zipay, right, who played for the Rockford Peaches, peruses the scrapbooks of clippings, photos and journals donated by Sarah Ferguson and other AAGPBL players.  Several players will give a talk ahead of the Hall’s screening of “A League of Their Own,” the opening film in the annual Baseball Film Festival, tonight at 6:30 p.m. (Ian Austin/

Golf Tourney Raises $50K For Pathfinder Scholarships


Golf Tourney Raises $50K

For Pathfinder Scholarships

The team of Wait, Hayford, Schlather and Mirabito poses with new Hall of Fame Member Lee Smith on the 18th green during the Pathfinder Village-Baseball Hall of Fame Golf Invitational at The Otesaga’s Leatherstocking Golf Course on Tuesday, Sept. 4. (Photo by Milo Stewart Jr./ National Baseball Hall of Fame)

COOPERSTOWN – The team of Bob Schlather, Jeff Wait, Denny Mirabito and Earle Hayford combined for a first-place win at the Pathfinder Village-Baseball Hall of Fame Golf Invitational Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Leatherstocking Golf Course.

The charity event raised an estimated $50,000 in support of scholarships at Pathfinder, the Edmeston community for people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Another $12,000 will go toward the Hall of Fame ongoing educational programs.

50 Runners Mark 20th Of Route 20 Challenge

50 Runners Mark 20th

Of Route 20 Challenge

Lafayette-To-Duanesburg Relay Unites

Participants In Smaller Runs On Stretch

Participants line up at Clancy’s Banquet Hall in West Winfield Saturday morning for the the Route 20 Road Challenge 20th anniversary run, a relay from Lafayette to the west and Duanesburg from the east.
“The Rockin’ Chicks,” who ran 20 relay laps, are cheered on reaching their destination.

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – The Route 20 Road Challenge marked its 20th anniversary Saturday, and 50 runners in small communities along the route took part in a relay covering the entire distance of the Route 20 Scenic Byway between Duanesburg to Lafayette..

“We first heard of this at a planning meeting for the (Road Challenge) banquet, said Kevin Hoehn from Rome, the Road Challenge’s unofficial ambassador.  Bill Kosina of Richfield Springs, co-chairman, “comes up with some great ideas and really carries them through. It’s amazing.”

Angry Birds Obstacle Felled Ninja Warrior Eardley


Out Of ‘Ninja Warrior’

For Now, He May Try Again

It was the Angry Birds that bested all of the contestants on this evening’s episode of Ninja Warrior, including Oneonta’s own Anthony Eardley. The obstacle, seen above, is the second to last on the course, and is styled  to promote the upcoming movie Angry Birds 2. Leaping to a platform that rotated while also unable to see the handholds on it proved too challenging for Eardley and all of his fellow contestants despite a strong and confident run on the course. Eardley finished in 16th place, just missing out of the top 13 who advance to the next round in Las Vegas. But,  Oneonta’s ninja is far from out. He has his sights on competing in the Florida Ninja League on August 24 and Ultimate Backyard Warrior on Labor Day Weekend. Following the show at Foothills, Eardley took time to talk with fans and pose for pictures, like this one with Camden Hill, 5, Cooperstown, who is already training to be a ninja himself.  To watch the episode click here (Ian Austin/

Baseball Hall Of Fame Welcomes Class of ’19


Baseball Hall Of Fame

Welcomes Class Of ’19

55,000 Fans Attended, 2nd Largest

The 2019 inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame – from left, Harold Baines, Lee Smith, Edgar Martinez, Michael Mussina, Mariano Rivera, and Brandy Halladay, accepting the plaque posthumously on behalf of her husband Roy Halladay – pose for a group photo on the stage following their Induction ceremony earlier today in the field next to the Clark Sports Center.  If your eyes were good, you may have even spotted Laurentino Cortizo, right, the President of Panama, who was in the crowd with fellow Panamanians to witness and celebrate their countryman Rivera’s induction.  The Hall announced this evening that 55,000 fans attended the ceremony, making it the second-largest, after the Cal Ripken Jr./Tony Gwynn weekend in 2007. (Ian Austin/

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