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I recall writing a piece a while back detailing a reply I put forth when I was asked what makes for a perfect sports story. I said I loved a story that featured a local athlete that works hard enough in high school to be named — let’s say — All-Conference. The story gets better when that loc…

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The U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials will take place this weekend, and once again, Kyle Dake, a Lansing native and four-time NCAA champ as a Cornell wrestler, will be in the thick of the action. Before we talk about Dake, here’s a bit more info on other Big Red wrestlers taking part. 

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I recall interviewing my buddy Sean Norman when he realized his ambition of umpiring collegiate softball after working high school games for 15 years. Sean was proud to be climbing the ladder, he was gearing up for the increased travel and he really enjoyed it. Then… well, you know. He invol…

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ITHACA, NY -- As one might imagine, 12 months of cancelations can create a very jammed-up story pipeline, and I recall looking at a headline from February of 2020 and thinking how much fun it would be to follow up. The headline stated, “Pole Vault Coach Builds Powerhouse Program at Ithaca Co…

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Choosing to embrace a “the cup is half full” perspective, I will say that I am grateful for the opportunity to watch livestreamed high school basketball games.  Given I still have a daughter playing high school basketball,  I would so much rather be in the gym — as would nearly every fan I k…

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ITHACA, NY -- Over the past 17 years, local sports fans have seen many photos of George Boiardi, the Cornell lacrosse player who died on the field after being struck in the chest during a game against Binghamton on March 17, 2004. Of course, George’s image is frozen in time — a handsome and …

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Having just completed my first month as a Medicare recipient, I have an affinity for older people still doing what they love to do.    

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Having just completed my first month as a Medicare recipient, I have an affinity for older people still doing what they love to do.    

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Every “girl dad” out there can relate to emotions I experienced when my daughter called me — sounding very stressed — and told me that a guy had come into the dorm in which she was an R.A., pushed his girlfriend around and threatened my daughter when she told him to leave.  

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Sometimes it feels as if the ability to peer into the future would be a real gift.  Other times, it feels as if it would be a curse.

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ITHACA, NY -- It’s no secret that my four decade history with Cornell Athletics — 10 years as an employee, 30 years covering them as a sports writer — has given me an abiding fondness for Big Red athletes, and I love watching them do big things in venues great and small. 

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ITHACA, NY -- When I got the word that Krislyn “Krissy” Manwaring passed on at the age of 27 the day after Christmas, I took some time to pull myself together before opening my Facebook page and looking back at our many exchanges over the course of her four-year battle with a cruel disease k…

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These “Year in Review” columns — of which I have written 28 — normally follow a predictable arc.  In January, February and March, winter sports are in full swing, and finding basketball, wrestling, gymnastics or hockey stories about which to write presents little challenge.  April, May and J…

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I recall writing a piece a while back detailing a reply I put forth when I was asked what makes for a perfect sports story. I said I loved a story that featured a local athlete that works hard enough in high school to be named — let’s say — All-Conference. The story gets better when that loc…

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The U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials will take place this weekend, and once again, Kyle Dake, a Lansing native and four-time NCAA champ as a Cornell wrestler, will be in the thick of the action. Before we talk about Dake, here’s a bit more info on other Big Red wrestlers taking part. 

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I recall interviewing my buddy Sean Norman when he realized his ambition of umpiring collegiate softball after working high school games for 15 years. Sean was proud to be climbing the ladder, he was gearing up for the increased travel and he really enjoyed it. Then… well, you know. He invol…

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ITHACA, NY -- As one might imagine, 12 months of cancelations can create a very jammed-up story pipeline, and I recall looking at a headline from February of 2020 and thinking how much fun it would be to follow up. The headline stated, “Pole Vault Coach Builds Powerhouse Program at Ithaca Co…

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Choosing to embrace a “the cup is half full” perspective, I will say that I am grateful for the opportunity to watch livestreamed high school basketball games.  Given I still have a daughter playing high school basketball,  I would so much rather be in the gym — as would nearly every fan I k…

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ITHACA, NY -- Over the past 17 years, local sports fans have seen many photos of George Boiardi, the Cornell lacrosse player who died on the field after being struck in the chest during a game against Binghamton on March 17, 2004. Of course, George’s image is frozen in time — a handsome and …

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Having just completed my first month as a Medicare recipient, I have an affinity for older people still doing what they love to do.    

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Having just completed my first month as a Medicare recipient, I have an affinity for older people still doing what they love to do.    

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Every “girl dad” out there can relate to emotions I experienced when my daughter called me — sounding very stressed — and told me that a guy had come into the dorm in which she was an R.A., pushed his girlfriend around and threatened my daughter when she told him to leave.  

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Sometimes it feels as if the ability to peer into the future would be a real gift.  Other times, it feels as if it would be a curse.

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ITHACA, NY -- It’s no secret that my four decade history with Cornell Athletics — 10 years as an employee, 30 years covering them as a sports writer — has given me an abiding fondness for Big Red athletes, and I love watching them do big things in venues great and small. 

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ITHACA, NY -- When I got the word that Krislyn “Krissy” Manwaring passed on at the age of 27 the day after Christmas, I took some time to pull myself together before opening my Facebook page and looking back at our many exchanges over the course of her four-year battle with a cruel disease k…

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These “Year in Review” columns — of which I have written 28 — normally follow a predictable arc.  In January, February and March, winter sports are in full swing, and finding basketball, wrestling, gymnastics or hockey stories about which to write presents little challenge.  April, May and J…

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ITHACA, NY -- Any longtime Ithaca sports fan will read the following statement by Dave Wohlheuter and know that truer words were never spoken:  “I’m not afraid of anyone.”  

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ITHACA, NY -- Given that Ithaca tends to trend “younger” demographically, many sports fans are likely unaware that the NBA was not always the cultural phenomenon it is today. For many basketball fans of my vintage (watching Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain do battle was our version of “The …

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ITHACA, NY -- In a year where “surreal” feels more real than “real,” a science-fiction-like term is making the rounds in the sports world. That term — “entering the transfer portal” — found its way into the local lexicon recently when it was announced that three Cornell basketball players ha…

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ITHACA, NY -- “If thousands of Cornellians and Big Red fans around the country were a little bleary-eyed on Monday, March 22, 2010, from excessive television viewing during the weekend, you could hardly fault them.” (From “Making History: March 18-21, 2010, The Greatest Cornell Sports Weeken…

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It is not unusual for a story to generate a fair amount of feedback, but I rarely write a column that generates its own string of follow-up stories. Once again, thank you Michaela and Vicki Brew, as the story about your bicycle adventures around all 11 Finger Lakes has spawned yet another column.

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Two columns back, I highlighted the impressive mother/daughter effort put forth by Michaela and Vicki Brew, the Ithaca duo that rode their bicycles around all eleven Finger Lakes. This week, I will share another such collective effort, and again, the mother/daughter adventure theme will be f…