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ITHACA, NY -- There have been many seasons during which the Ithaca High boys’ soccer team would be less than upbeat when looking at a 6-4 record. However, in the words of head coach Gilbert Antoine, “Things are very different.”

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ITHACA, NY -- The week did not unfold as Ithaca High football coach Clarence Welch III would have scripted it. His Little Red team was about to play its first game on its brand new field — with its shiny new press box and sparkling new turf — and, in the coach's words, “Let's just say that w…

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ITHACA, NY -- I remember the interview I did with Rich Bernstein of Ithaca when he was chosen to be part of the U.S. delegation to Israel to participate in the Maccabiah Games in 2017 (the Maccabiah Games are often referred to as the Jewish Olympics).  Rich was still working for the Ithaca C…

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ITHACA, NY -- For the past two decades on Sept. 11, Richie Moran — the coach who led Cornell to three national championships over the course of his 29-year Hall of Fame career — has made a pilgrimage to the campus to hang a wreath at the plaque honoring Eamon McEneaney. 

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If an old pair of shoes could talk, I am guessing that the shoes in Ray Wall's attic would tell you that they never expected to once again see the light of day...

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I hope Jonathan Donville — the Cornell lacrosse player who just went #1 in the 2021 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Entry Draft — will not object to sharing column space with a guy who plays Division III lacrosse (at St. John Fisher) and was drafted in the fourth round, but the fact that Nick…

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ITHACA, NY -- Customarily, I talk to a coach when I write a season preview. This preview will offer a slight departure, as I spoke with a young man who has been connected to Cornell football since he was old enough to walk. In fact, when head coach Dave Archer stepped onto Schoellkopf Field …

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ITHACA, NY -- One of my most memorable interviews of 2020 was with Dan Swanstrom, the head football coach at Ithaca College. We talked about the fact that while some of the players he had recruited as a rookie coach would be able to adjust their lives and schedules and come back to play in 2…

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ITHACA, NY -- Knowing that I am a “community newspaper” kind of guy, Stephanie Valletta — the coordinator of student wellness and athletics the for the Ithaca City School District — recently reached out to me and conveyed that the ICSD was really proud that several of their own alumni have r…

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ITHACA, NY -- I recall interviewing Jim Butterfield — the legendary Ithaca College football coach — when he announced his retirement. Butterfield and I walked out into the football stadium, looked at the sign that read “Jim Butterfield Stadium,” and the beloved mentor told me, "When I saw th…

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ITHACA, NY -- When Taylor Knibb (Cornell class of 2020) made the Olymic team back in May, I asked the Big Red's head coach Mike Henderson if he was surprised.  Henderson offered, “Everyone who knows Taylor is aware of her motivation, her drive and her competitive spirit, so no, we are not su…

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ITHACA, NY -- Having watched numerous dragon boat races, and having seen the power and grace and synchronicity of the paddlers, and felt the thumping beat of the drums, it was quite a contrast.  A lone man sat in an empty boat, using a repurposed laundry detergent bottle to bail out a few in…

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ITHACA, NY -- After sharing photos on social media after her eight-day, 363-mile Buffalo-to- Albany bicycle trip wrapped up last week, Beth Orenstein was a bit puzzled when people kept calling her “amazing.”  

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ITHACA, NY -- There have been many seasons during which the Ithaca High boys’ soccer team would be less than upbeat when looking at a 6-4 record. However, in the words of head coach Gilbert Antoine, “Things are very different.”

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ITHACA, NY -- The week did not unfold as Ithaca High football coach Clarence Welch III would have scripted it. His Little Red team was about to play its first game on its brand new field — with its shiny new press box and sparkling new turf — and, in the coach's words, “Let's just say that w…

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ITHACA, NY -- I remember the interview I did with Rich Bernstein of Ithaca when he was chosen to be part of the U.S. delegation to Israel to participate in the Maccabiah Games in 2017 (the Maccabiah Games are often referred to as the Jewish Olympics).  Rich was still working for the Ithaca C…

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ITHACA, NY -- For the past two decades on Sept. 11, Richie Moran — the coach who led Cornell to three national championships over the course of his 29-year Hall of Fame career — has made a pilgrimage to the campus to hang a wreath at the plaque honoring Eamon McEneaney. 

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If an old pair of shoes could talk, I am guessing that the shoes in Ray Wall's attic would tell you that they never expected to once again see the light of day...

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I hope Jonathan Donville — the Cornell lacrosse player who just went #1 in the 2021 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Entry Draft — will not object to sharing column space with a guy who plays Division III lacrosse (at St. John Fisher) and was drafted in the fourth round, but the fact that Nick…

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ITHACA, NY -- Customarily, I talk to a coach when I write a season preview. This preview will offer a slight departure, as I spoke with a young man who has been connected to Cornell football since he was old enough to walk. In fact, when head coach Dave Archer stepped onto Schoellkopf Field …

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ITHACA, NY -- One of my most memorable interviews of 2020 was with Dan Swanstrom, the head football coach at Ithaca College. We talked about the fact that while some of the players he had recruited as a rookie coach would be able to adjust their lives and schedules and come back to play in 2…

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ITHACA, NY -- Knowing that I am a “community newspaper” kind of guy, Stephanie Valletta — the coordinator of student wellness and athletics the for the Ithaca City School District — recently reached out to me and conveyed that the ICSD was really proud that several of their own alumni have r…

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ITHACA, NY -- I recall interviewing Jim Butterfield — the legendary Ithaca College football coach — when he announced his retirement. Butterfield and I walked out into the football stadium, looked at the sign that read “Jim Butterfield Stadium,” and the beloved mentor told me, "When I saw th…

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ITHACA, NY -- When Taylor Knibb (Cornell class of 2020) made the Olymic team back in May, I asked the Big Red's head coach Mike Henderson if he was surprised.  Henderson offered, “Everyone who knows Taylor is aware of her motivation, her drive and her competitive spirit, so no, we are not su…

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ITHACA, NY -- Having watched numerous dragon boat races, and having seen the power and grace and synchronicity of the paddlers, and felt the thumping beat of the drums, it was quite a contrast.  A lone man sat in an empty boat, using a repurposed laundry detergent bottle to bail out a few in…

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ITHACA, NY -- After sharing photos on social media after her eight-day, 363-mile Buffalo-to- Albany bicycle trip wrapped up last week, Beth Orenstein was a bit puzzled when people kept calling her “amazing.”  

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ITHACA, NY -- As I watched 53 kids learning how to throw, catch and hit at the Total Baseball Summer Camp, I wondered if they would ever know how much baseball knowledge surrounded them. Tony Prudence (Ithaca High alum and former Ithaca College player) is the top dog at Total Baseball, and h…

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ITHACA, NY -- This is one of those summer smorgasbord columns that will provide some updates on some athletes recently featured, but first, I want to write about a young man whose passing last week hurt my heart more than anything has in a long time.  His parents are former colleagues and lo…

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ITHACA, NY -- When Slotteo's Shoe Repair won the Ithaca City Men's Softball League championship led by 50-year-old pitcher Mike Richmond, I hoped someone would write about Richmond's remarkable durability and perseverance when he finally retired from the game.  

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ITHACA, NY -- Some people hear the word “summer,” and they envision a well-deserved slow-down.  Floating in a pool, pulling a cold beverage out of a cooler and settling into a chaise lounge... 

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ITHACA, NY -- Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, famously told scouts to “try to leave this world a little better than you found it.”  

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ITHACA, NY -- Damn, I will miss him… When Sean Norman told me in 2017, regarding his umpiring, “I’ll do it as long as I can,” I had no idea that he would be gone four years later. 

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ITHACA, NY -- While most college students have put the 2020-21 collegiate year behind them, nine members of the Ithaca College Track and Field team are heading to North Carolina A&T University this week for the NCAA Championships.  Seven women and two men will put forth their best effort…