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CCS Baseball Wins Section Championship

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CCS Baseball Wins

Section Championship

The Cooperstown boys Baseball team took a section III championship home last night after taking down Oriskany 2-1 after 10 innings. From here, the team heads to the state tournament, the first time since 2017. From left, Coach Frank Miosek, Alex Hage, Treston Emerick, Braydon Hascup, Spencer Lewis, Liam Ford, Ethan Kukenberger, Ryan Palmatier, Benjamin Tafuro, Kyle Meyer, Erik Deysenroth, Jesse Furnari, Alex Hascup, Sam Bonderoff, Sam Rhodes, Ian Quinn, Matt Hazzard. Front row from left: Jackson Martz, Kendall Haney, Ryan Lansing, Chris Ubner.

COOPERSTOWN – The Hawkeyes avenged an early season loss to Oriskany last night in an extra-inning 2-1 battle that saw both teams bring their best pitching and defense to the game.  The Hawkeyes emerged the winner after Kendall Haney got a one-out single in the eighth inning that scored Jackson Martz.

Chris Ubner pitched a one-hitter into the seventh inning and controlled the high-powered Oriskany offense for much of the game.  He was relieved in the seventh by Haney who finished the game for the Hawkeyes and who made a great fielding play from the pitchers position to secure the third out in the bottom of the eighth inning and the win.

Baseball Camps Open Tomorrow


Baseball Camps

Open Tomorrow

At noontime today, Maskot’s, across Route 28 from Dream Park’s entrance in Hartwick Seminary, had a full parking lot, and servers, from left, Josie Furnari, Cooperstown, and Ally Baker and Leeza Shultz, both of Oneonta, were greeting customers.  That’s because Dreams Park and Cooperstown All-Star Village players and their families are arriving today, in anticipation of Saturday’s 7:30 a.m. opening ceremonies.  By summer’s end, some 200,000 will be attracted by the youth baseball parks alone.  Inset left, Wood Bat Factory manager Chrissie Bridger adds orange highlights to the store’s sign, among businesspeople on Otsego County’s “baseball strip” adding highlights at the season begins.  License plates were spotted from Florida, Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania.  (Thomas Rhodes & Jim Kevlin/



OHS Tennis Star Catan Qualifies for States

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OHS Tennis Star Catan

Heads To State Tourney

ONEONTA – Tennis is far from over for sophomore Chris Catan, Oneonta’s ace player.  He qualified for the State Tournament, which begins Thursday, May 30 at USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens.  He is the STAC and Section IV champion.

Golf also has a qualifier for the State Tournament in Oneonta’s Evan Sitts.  The senior, who is heading to York College (PA) to play golf this fall, is a 2-time STAC champion and will play in the state competition on June 2 & 3 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University.  Cooperstown’s team won its third consecutive Section III small school title on May 21.

They will play in the CSC Tournament on May 30 after winning another CSC regular season crown.

Balloon New Entry In Clinton Regatta

Balloon New Entry

In Clinton Regatta

To the delight of spectators watching from Council Rock, a new entry in this year’s 57th annual General Clinton Regatta, rose from Brookwood Point shortly after the races began and rode the winds sedately to Cooperstown, stopping to say hi to the flagpole at Main and Pioneer before settling down off Lakefront Park to enjoyed the event.   Events are planned throughout the day at the Bainbridge terminus, with a Memorial Day Parade at 10 a.m. and an awards ceremony at 5 (approximately) in General Clinton Park.  Meanwhile, watch for the canoes along the route.  (Jim Kevlin/

…AND THEY’RE OFF! Fourth Day Of 57th Clinton Regatta Means 70-Mile Endurance Contest


Fourth Day Of 57th Clinton Regatta

Means 70-Mile Endurance Contest

Only little Oliver Rickard maintains his equanimity as, inset photo, dad Andy Rickard, Hartwick,  and Joe Allison, Morris, speed from Otsego Lake into the Susquehanna River at Council Rock a few minutes ago in the first of the 70-mile Cooperstown-to-Bainbridge endurance races that got underway this morning from Brookwood.  It’s the fourth day of activities and competition surrounding the 57th annual General Clinton Regatta.  Cheering are Andy’s wife Liz and son Case, 7, as well as his mom, Mary Bergen.  (Jim Kevlin/


Stars Abound At HOF Classic At Doubleday Field


MLB Stars Abound 

At Doubleday Field

Jeff Idelson, Baseball Hall of Fame president, left, and Hall board Chairman Jane Forbes Clark, right, stand with members of 30 Major League Baseball teams who made up the roster for the 2019 Hall Of Fame Classic game at Doubleday Field this afternoon in Cooperstown. Despite some sprinkles, professional ballplayers gave their fans a great game as well as T-shirt give-aways, children’s competitions, as well as signing autographs and memorabilia. At right, Maria Noto, Cooperstown, backed by the Cooperstown Sign Language club, sings the National Anthem at the beginning of the afternoon’s game. (Ian Austin/

They’re Off!  BASE Race Starts Day Of HoF Fun


They’re Off!  BASE Race

Starts Day Of HoF Fun

From the starting line in front of Doubleday Field a few minutes ago, Cooperstown’s Frankie Panzarella, top photo, center, and his pal Justin Wolfe, left, led the 8th annual BASE Race 5K “Fun Run” now underway through the streets of the village, the first activity in a day of Hall of Fame offerings.  At 10 a.m., ribbon-cutting on the new exhibit on baseball cards, “Shoebox Treasures,” will happen at 25 Main.  The 11th annual Hall of Fame Classic, featuring six Hall of Famers and many MLB standouts, begins at 1:05 p.m. at Doubleday; tickets are still on sale at the Hall.  Between Frankie and Justin is Bradley Weldon of Cooperstown, who is running with Ashlyn Wolfe, an assistant Otsego County Dairy Princess.  Inset, the Hall’s Shirley Tyler, who is emceeing, chats with the two celebrity starters, Grant Balfour, who played with four teams, from the Twins to the A’s, and, with back to camera, Ryan Rowland-Smith, who played with the Mariners and Diamondbacks.  Both are rare Australian players who made it into the Majors.  (Jim Kevlin/

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

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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.

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