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In September, I wrote a column acknowledging the 30-year anniversary of my taking over this sport column.  This is my 30th Year in Stories column, and it warms – and breaks – my heart to say that the story that moved me the most this year is also at the top of the list of the two-thousand-pl…

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So many people complain when changes come to the sport they have known, they see only the negatives, but not Eric Parker.  Parker has been the head wrestling coach at Ithaca High since 2008, he became an assistant in 2004, and before that he wrestled at many different levels.  He loves the s…

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A press release from the Tompkins Girls Hockey Association reminded me that “The year 1972 was significant as Title IX was adopted nationally, Cornell women’s hockey was founded, and the Ithaca Youth Bureau made gender equity a priority at its new rink at Cass Park; 2022 is a milestone forTG…

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For several years, Julie and Carl Johnson have been hosting gatherings at their home on East Hill, bringing in all manner of experts on all manner of topics  Sunday the presentation – entitled “Only the Ball Was White” - took an in-depth look at the Negro Leagues and their impact on the game…

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On Saturday, about three dozen members of that 1971 Ivy League co-championship team (and many wives and partners) gathered at Cornell, and I was tailgating with them before the Cornell vs. Penn game.  They didn't seem so big anymore, but there was still an impressive collective air about the…

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When Stephanie Val-letta (the Coordinator of Student Wellness and Athletics) at Ithaca High said the Little Red Cross Country team was returning to prominence under a dynamic coach, I envisioned some recent college grad, long on idealism and short on experience. I wondered if a young coach w…

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Local college football fans can find plenty of positives so far this season. Cornell (2-2) and Ithaca College (5-0) are a combined 7-2, and while it's frustrating that the 2-2 Big Red have fallen short in their Ivy League contests, the team is playing some really good football. I was among t…

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I am often asked why I don't write more often about the Yankees, the Giants, or the Bills. I reply that I will do so if there is a local angle I can bring to the story—like the fact that Ithaca College grad Tim Locastro is playing for the Yankees—but if there is no such connection, it's not …

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When the pandemic was ramping up in 2020, I—like virtually every sports fan—was frustrated to see so many lost opportunities. High school and college athletes had worked so hard, for so long, knowing they had a fleeting window of opportunity to compete, and to see a season—or two—be stripped…

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I was talking to a friend about a sports rivalry that is really gaining some traction, and he said, “Yankees/Red Sox?”  I replied, “No, the Sox suck.  That rivalry's going backward.”  He scratched his head... “Cortaca Jug?  That's not until November.”  

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I thought the algorithm goblins were at work. Last week's column pointed out that I am 30 years into my tenure as the Ithaca Times sports guy, and when I was looking for a story idea for this week, who should pop up, but Bob Congdon, about whom I started writing...you guessed it...30 years ago.  

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In this piece of my life's mosaic—the sports guy at the Ithaca Times—September is always a sentimental month for me. I think back to a day in September of 1993, when I settled into my seat in the press box at Schoellkopf Field to watch a Cornell football game. I greeted the fellow next to me…

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When it came across our Ithaca Times radar that GIAC would be reviving the Friday Night Fights program, and that the upcoming event (September 16, at 7 pm) would be recognizing the 50-year anniversary of the founding of the Chet Cashman Boxing Program, I knew who to call.

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In September, I wrote a column acknowledging the 30-year anniversary of my taking over this sport column.  This is my 30th Year in Stories column, and it warms – and breaks – my heart to say that the story that moved me the most this year is also at the top of the list of the two-thousand-pl…

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So many people complain when changes come to the sport they have known, they see only the negatives, but not Eric Parker.  Parker has been the head wrestling coach at Ithaca High since 2008, he became an assistant in 2004, and before that he wrestled at many different levels.  He loves the s…

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A press release from the Tompkins Girls Hockey Association reminded me that “The year 1972 was significant as Title IX was adopted nationally, Cornell women’s hockey was founded, and the Ithaca Youth Bureau made gender equity a priority at its new rink at Cass Park; 2022 is a milestone forTG…

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On Saturday, about three dozen members of that 1971 Ivy League co-championship team (and many wives and partners) gathered at Cornell, and I was tailgating with them before the Cornell vs. Penn game.  They didn't seem so big anymore, but there was still an impressive collective air about the…

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For several years, Julie and Carl Johnson have been hosting gatherings at their home on East Hill, bringing in all manner of experts on all manner of topics  Sunday the presentation – entitled “Only the Ball Was White” - took an in-depth look at the Negro Leagues and their impact on the game…

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When Stephanie Val-letta (the Coordinator of Student Wellness and Athletics) at Ithaca High said the Little Red Cross Country team was returning to prominence under a dynamic coach, I envisioned some recent college grad, long on idealism and short on experience. I wondered if a young coach w…

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Local college football fans can find plenty of positives so far this season. Cornell (2-2) and Ithaca College (5-0) are a combined 7-2, and while it's frustrating that the 2-2 Big Red have fallen short in their Ivy League contests, the team is playing some really good football. I was among t…

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I am often asked why I don't write more often about the Yankees, the Giants, or the Bills. I reply that I will do so if there is a local angle I can bring to the story—like the fact that Ithaca College grad Tim Locastro is playing for the Yankees—but if there is no such connection, it's not …

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When the pandemic was ramping up in 2020, I—like virtually every sports fan—was frustrated to see so many lost opportunities. High school and college athletes had worked so hard, for so long, knowing they had a fleeting window of opportunity to compete, and to see a season—or two—be stripped…

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I was talking to a friend about a sports rivalry that is really gaining some traction, and he said, “Yankees/Red Sox?”  I replied, “No, the Sox suck.  That rivalry's going backward.”  He scratched his head... “Cortaca Jug?  That's not until November.”  

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I thought the algorithm goblins were at work. Last week's column pointed out that I am 30 years into my tenure as the Ithaca Times sports guy, and when I was looking for a story idea for this week, who should pop up, but Bob Congdon, about whom I started writing...you guessed it...30 years ago.  

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In this piece of my life's mosaic—the sports guy at the Ithaca Times—September is always a sentimental month for me. I think back to a day in September of 1993, when I settled into my seat in the press box at Schoellkopf Field to watch a Cornell football game. I greeted the fellow next to me…

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When it came across our Ithaca Times radar that GIAC would be reviving the Friday Night Fights program, and that the upcoming event (September 16, at 7 pm) would be recognizing the 50-year anniversary of the founding of the Chet Cashman Boxing Program, I knew who to call.

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I’ve had the pleasure to watch Jeff Foote evolve from an awkward and marginal high school basketball player at Spencer-Van Etten to a dominant Division 1 center that led Cornell to the Sweet 16 and go on to play professionally in Europe (in addition to a couple of 10-day NBA stints). I’ve of…

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Two Cornell student athletes stepped onto much larger stages last week, and wrestler Jonathan Loew and volleyball player Sydney Moore did their university—and their programs—proud.

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In October of 2019, I wrote a column featuring two young boys trapped in the bodies of 60-something men. In “Rose Colored Oasis,” I wrote about David Moriah and Buck Briggs—Cornell grads who have been pals for a half century—bonded by their shared wide-eyed love for all things baseball.

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Okay, friends and readers...this is a call to action. I would be very grateful if you would go to the Caring Bridge link I am providing and send a message of support to Sivasangari “Sivi” Subramaniam, the Cornell student featured in this column in March after winning the NCAA Division 1 indi…

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When looking at the results of last weekend's Finger Lakes 50, I saw the name “Diboun,” and I had a flashback.  In 2008, I wrote a story about Yassine Diboun, an Ithacan who was a rising star in the world of Ultra-Marathon running. Now, 14 years later, I am writing about Jamal, Yassine's you…