Above, Chris Ubner, pitches for the Cooperstown Hawkeyes against a member of the Ticonderoga Sentinels this afternoon during the NYSPHSAA Baseball State Championships held at at Binghamton University earlier this evening. Ryan Lansing managed to make it home in the first inning, but the team didn’t score another run until the sixth inning, when Lansing brought in his second home run and Spencer Lewis grabbed a third. Although the points seemed to bolster the packed Cooperstown cheering section, it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit which led to the Hawkeyes losing 7-3. But they were still honored as hometown heroes, and at right, crowds cheer and applaud as they welcome the Hawkeyes back to Cooperstown atop the fire department’s ladder truck. (Ian Austin, Thom Rhodes/AllOTSEGO.com)
By JENNIFER HILL• Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Following up on last night’s PTA meeting, CCS Superintendent Bill Crankshaw plans to put together a document with information on the school district’s current programs and policies and future ones “to combat harassment, bullying and discrimination.”
“Because of conversations with students, clergy, and parents on areas that they would like to see addressed,” he said. “I can assure you that moving forward, the timeline for reflecting on and doing the work is immediately.”
Tim Chapin and Gabrielle Bailey hand out cotton candy – an Crayon Carnival favorite – to Chloe Arnold, Cooperstown, during the annual event this afternoon at Cooperstown High Schoo’s Bursey Gym. “This is out fourth year doing it and we love it!” said Chapin. “We had a cotton candy machine and we figured we might as well share!” Visitors could also play games, win prizes, enjoy face painting and balloon animals, as well as potting plants and learning how to test for water purification in local streams. At right, Stefania Aguzzi and son Gregory look over the confectionary delights at the food table.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Run To State Finals
By LIBBY CUDMORE
COOPERSTOWN – It took some time to get there, but there was no denying that basketball was in John Kennedy’s blood.
“My brother Owen, who graduated last year, played basketball for CCS,” said the sophomore center after the CCS Hawkeyes, beat the Unadilla Valley Storm 61-46 Sunday, March 10, to reach the state semi finals.
“My mom played in high school and college and my dad wrestled for Cooperstown,” said Cooperstown’s 6-foot-8 big man at center.
John had tried out for the JV basketball team when he was in eighth grade, but didn’t pass the state physical, and switched to wrestling instead.
“I loved wrestling so much,” he said. “I wanted to wrestle for all of high school. But this year, I found out I was too heavy to wrestle. So I went back to basketball.”
Kennedy, son of Owen and Mary (and nephew of county Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Mount Vision), joined the summer league, and then the Hawkeyes that winter.
SUNDAY. BINGHAMTON. BE THERE!
By LIBBY CUDMORE
COOPERSTOWN – With their victory over Utica Academy of Science Atoms on Sunday, March 3, Hawkeyes’ basketball team Captain Jack Lambert has his dad beat.
“My team won sectional championship in 1985 and ’86,” the elder Lambert said. “But now Jack has one more on me!”
The boys will play Section IV champions Unadilla Valley in the state Class C quarterfinals on Sunday, March 10, at the Broome County Memorial Arena. “We beat them in December 48-45,” he said. “It was a low-scoring, close game, so we think this will be another tough contest.”
In Sunday’s nail-biter, the Hawkeyes beat the Atoms 61-57, taking the lead in the fourth quarter after dogging at the Atoms’ heels.
“Those first two baskets threw us off,” said Coach Lambert. “I gathered the team around and said, ‘This is going to be a grind.’”
At halftime, the Utica Academy of Science was up 34-27 in Utica’s favor. By the end of the third quarter, it was 46-40. With four minutes left, Jack Lambert tied the score.
Then it rose to 50 points. 52. 57 for Cooperstown with 30 seconds remaining. With eight seconds on the clock, Utica brought the score to 57.
Then Jesse Furnari sank the final two baskets to bring the Cooperstown boys to 61 points and win their 11th Section III championship, their third in four years.
“I’ve got goosebumps,” said Jack. “My voice is weak from screaming like crazy.”
The younger Lambert credited the long drills his dad made him run with their endurance out on the court. “We knew we had it,” he said. “We knew we could come back with that energy.”
“And when you had a kid like Ryan Lansing, his energy is limitless,” said John.
Following the game, Ryan was named to the all-tournament team, while Jack was named Most Valuable Player.
And dad John, in his first-year as head coach, was named Coach of the Year. “I didn’t know they would announce it there,” he said. “When I heard my name, I couldn’t believe it. I was so flattered.”
But they weren’t the only ones returning to Cooperstown with a championship.
By LIBBY CUDMORE
Growing up, John Lambert always had a ball in his hand.
“My dad, Paul Lambert, coached Cooperstown basketball, 1958-64,” he said. “And I want to do the same thing for my son.”
The CCS Redskins are now the Hawkeyes, but some things stay the same.
Like his father, John Lambert is coaching the CCS team.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
PARADE – 5 p.m. Showcase your Halloween best with Cooperstown Central School band leading the way. Followed by cider and treats at Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, then trick-or-treating at around Cooperstown. Start at Cooper Park, Cooperstown. 607-547-9983 or visit cooperstownchamber.org/halloween-2/
PARADE – 7 p.m. Celebrate Halloween. Costumes encouraged, includes Oneonta High School Bands. Line-up at 6:15. Main St., Oneonta.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
ART & MUSIC – 5 – 7 p.m. Cooperstown students showcase their visual arts and musical accomplishments. Includes food, drink, and a performance by the students. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
DEMONSTRATION – 1 – 3 p.m. See how to use the 3D printer. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/calendar/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 26
FASHION SHOW – 7 p.m. 11th annual show by Cooperstown Students followed by desert reception. Admission, $5. Auditorium, Cooperstown High School. Call Nicole Idelson @ 607-437-3059 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org
PUBLIC FORUM – 6:30 – 9 p.m. Discussion on “Editing Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome” with featured speaker Dr. Jill Fielhaber, SUNY Oneonta Department of Biology. A.J. Read Science Discovery Center, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-2011 or visit www.facebook.com/AJReadSDC/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOV. 16
PIE NIGHT – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Make mini pies with either apple, blueberry, or pumpkin filling. Make your own or to donate. Participants are also encouraged to bring other items to donate. Please RSVP by 11/14. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0001 or visit www.facebook.com/Family-Resource-Network-Teen-Scene-116757338406071/
VISITING WRITERS – 7 p.m. Professor Bradley J. Fest, The Shape of Things, and Poet Chelsea Jacobson kick off the colleges Visiting Writers Series. Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4911 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/poet-bradley-fest-open-hartwick-visiting-writers-series/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 12
K-12 ART & MUSIC NIGHT – 5-7 p.m. An exhibit of the art by Cooperstown students. The library will also be open with a craft program for children and a preview of the Library’s Summer Program. Cooperstown Art Association. Info, www.cooperstownart.com
EXHIBIT RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Opening the Lake Exhibit by the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Free and open to the public. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown. Info, hydehall.org/events-2/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MAY 8
BUDGET HEARING – 6:30 p.m. Learn about the proposed school Budget. Jr./Sr. High School Library, Cooperstown Central School. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org
HIP-HOP OPERA – 7 p.m. See the world premier of “Stomping Grounds,” a show that blends hip-hop and opera to tell a story about survivors of gentrification, the disruption of sacred land, and the fracturing of tradition and history by contemporary realities. SUNY Oneonta Center for Multicultural Experience. Info, glimmerglass.org/festival/second-stages-2017/stomping-grounds/