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.
SYRACUSE – Hot on the heels of the Hawkyes’ victory this afternoon, the CCS girls basketball team also defeated the Weedsport Warriors, 63-60 at Onondaga Community College, assuring that they too will advance to the Section III championships.
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/AllOTSEGO.com)
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/AllOTSEGO.com)
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/AllOTSEGO.com)
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, AllOTSEGO.com)
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/AllOTSEGO.com)
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/AllOTSEGO.com)
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.