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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…

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ITHACA, NY -- For those tuning into the coverage of the 2020 Olympic Games later this year, the chances of hearing “… an alumnus of Cornell University” just increased, as Taylor Knibb —  Cornell class of ’20 — just punched her ticket to Tokyo by winning the World Triathlon Championship Serie…

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ITHACA, NY -- Last year was the Year of the No Games, and this year is The Year of the No Hitter.  There have been an incredible four no-hitters thrown in the majors this season, and senior Beth Fleming of the Ithaca College softball team threw one of her own in beating Skidmore 9-0 in a Lib…

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ITHACA, NY -- When talking to high school athletes from different sports in Ithaca, it is sometimes prudent to ask two different questions. If you are talking to a softball player, for example, the question is likely “Do you play on a travel team?” If you are conversing with a lacrosse or ho…

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ITHACA, NY -- Ever since Karrie Moore was hired after the 2015 season as the head coach of women’s lacrosse at Ithaca College, the program has been on an upward arc. Coming into the 2020 season, coach Moore and the seniors that had been with her since they all started together were looking t…

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ITHACA, NY -- Rod Serling could have written a great opening sequence about fans feeling like they are in some parallel universe, going into a stadium to watch a football game, thinking about what they will wear to church on Easter Sunday and whether they will file their taxes the next day… …

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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…

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ITHACA, NY -- For those tuning into the coverage of the 2020 Olympic Games later this year, the chances of hearing “… an alumnus of Cornell University” just increased, as Taylor Knibb —  Cornell class of ’20 — just punched her ticket to Tokyo by winning the World Triathlon Championship Serie…

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ITHACA, NY -- Last year was the Year of the No Games, and this year is The Year of the No Hitter.  There have been an incredible four no-hitters thrown in the majors this season, and senior Beth Fleming of the Ithaca College softball team threw one of her own in beating Skidmore 9-0 in a Lib…

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ITHACA, NY -- When talking to high school athletes from different sports in Ithaca, it is sometimes prudent to ask two different questions. If you are talking to a softball player, for example, the question is likely “Do you play on a travel team?” If you are conversing with a lacrosse or ho…

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ITHACA, NY -- Ever since Karrie Moore was hired after the 2015 season as the head coach of women’s lacrosse at Ithaca College, the program has been on an upward arc. Coming into the 2020 season, coach Moore and the seniors that had been with her since they all started together were looking t…

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ITHACA, NY -- Rod Serling could have written a great opening sequence about fans feeling like they are in some parallel universe, going into a stadium to watch a football game, thinking about what they will wear to church on Easter Sunday and whether they will file their taxes the next day… …

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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 …