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A year ago, we ran a column about a group of local runners that were working on balancing careers and family lives and training demands to travel to Atlanta for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Feb. 29. Here we are, a week and a half away, and marathoners Chelsea Benson, Ellie Pell and B…

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Back in 2000 or thereabouts, I went to cover an Ithaca High boys’ basketball game, and I enjoyed watching a kid named Lester McNair. Lester played hard, he hustled on both ends of the court, and he was not shy about pulling up from long range and launching threes. I said to the person sittin…

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Once upon a time – around the turn of the century – I was contacted by a woman named Jessica Ryan, who asked if I would be interested in writing a story about an upstart women’s basketball league in Ithaca. The Ithaca Women’s Recreational Basketball Association was in its second season, I wa…

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Year in Review columns are fun to write, except for the fact that 7-800 words is barely enough to capture even a glimpse of all the cool stuff that took place in the past 12 months. Here is a snapshot…

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When faced with a loss of control over their life, a loss of their sense of purpose, a bout with depression, call it what you will, many people curl up on a couch and lose much of their motivation. Others say, “I think I’ll hike the Appalachian Trail.”

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I recall perusing the Ithaca College Athletics website a couple of weeks ago, reading about the upcoming NCAA championships, and I wondered what it would be like for cross country runners to compete in a pack of over 200 runners, possibly navigating all manner of precipitation and lousy trac…

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A year ago, we ran a column about a group of local runners that were working on balancing careers and family lives and training demands to travel to Atlanta for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Feb. 29. Here we are, a week and a half away, and marathoners Chelsea Benson, Ellie Pell and B…

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Back in 2000 or thereabouts, I went to cover an Ithaca High boys’ basketball game, and I enjoyed watching a kid named Lester McNair. Lester played hard, he hustled on both ends of the court, and he was not shy about pulling up from long range and launching threes. I said to the person sittin…

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Once upon a time – around the turn of the century – I was contacted by a woman named Jessica Ryan, who asked if I would be interested in writing a story about an upstart women’s basketball league in Ithaca. The Ithaca Women’s Recreational Basketball Association was in its second season, I wa…

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Year in Review columns are fun to write, except for the fact that 7-800 words is barely enough to capture even a glimpse of all the cool stuff that took place in the past 12 months. Here is a snapshot…

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When faced with a loss of control over their life, a loss of their sense of purpose, a bout with depression, call it what you will, many people curl up on a couch and lose much of their motivation. Others say, “I think I’ll hike the Appalachian Trail.”

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I recall perusing the Ithaca College Athletics website a couple of weeks ago, reading about the upcoming NCAA championships, and I wondered what it would be like for cross country runners to compete in a pack of over 200 runners, possibly navigating all manner of precipitation and lousy trac…

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Cornell dropped a couple of closely-contested key Ivy League games early on, and when Ithaca College lost to Union a few weeks ago, their hopes for a Liberty League title vanished, but neither team gave up on their quest to make the most of their season, and last weekend, both stepped up wit…

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We’re in the thick of football season, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to write about the Bills. No, not the Buffalo Bills... Bill White and Bill Bryant.

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It is safe to say that as a rule, if someone has a building named after them at Cornell, you won’t be getting any Facebook messages from them. That is not always the case, as evidenced by the FB message I received last week from David Moriah, for whom Moriah Hall is named.

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As usual, the Ithaca High soccer teams – both of them – have taken care of business to the point where they will both play in the Sectionals. While the boys won the STAC title and the girls fell short of that goal, both teams have a clean slate heading into the postseason. 

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When seeing the headline “Venuto Joins Big Red Football Staff,” I did a double-take, unsure if I had stumbled on some “throwback” website. I recalled when Jay Venuto joined the Big Red staff in 1990 – after a great run as a quarterback at Wake Forest, which earned him the 1979 A.C.C. Player …