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Cody Middaugh is a sophomore at Ithaca High School, and when I learned that he had just completed a 30-mile endurance race last month, it got my attention. I always knew he was a determined young man, but 30 miles? That’s quite a distance.

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One fine day in mid-September in 1992, I sat across the table from then-Managing Editor Claudia Montague, and she said, “You have done a nice job with the freelance assignments you have submitted to us, and given (then-sports columnist) John Ettinger is moving to Nashville, I’d like to ask t…

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For the Ithaca High football team, it could have been a bit daunting to go into the Johnson City (JC) Wildcats’ home stadium for the season opener on Friday night, Sept. 6. After all, JC. is a perennial STAC contender, they have a rich tradition (as do many of the Triple Cities schools), and…

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Twenty-one years ago, two Ithacans decided to take the “Think Globally, Act Locally” bumper sticker literally. They had seen the power of collective action in raising money and awareness, and they founded the “Ride for Life,” in support of AIDS Work. One of those guys, Jerry Dietz, told me t…

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When Ithaca College Athletics announced its 2019 Hall of Fame class, and Gary Bucci’s name was on the list, I was among those who said “It’s about time.” After graduating in 1976 as a standout two-sport athlete, Bucci has served as an assistant football coach and a broadcaster, and has now, …

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Okay, so this is a local newspaper and my column features stories about local people, so if a story takes place 3,000 miles away, and I happen to be one of the “athletes” involved, will it qualify as a local story? It will? Great.  

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Like so many who know Brenda Michaud, and who have seen the passion, dedication and intensity she brings to her workouts and the diligence she brings to her diet and maintaining a healthy mindset, I was among those who looked at her Facebook post last summer in disbelief. I am guessing that …

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Strolling onto the fields adjacent to Buttermilk Falls State Park, I experienced a bit of a disconnect. I was going there to cover the opening round of the playoffs for the Ithaca Kickball League, and thoughts of the great playground game of my youth drifted in, eliciting a sigh and a smile.…

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The Major League Lacrosse (MLL) All Star Game will be televised on ESPN 2 on Saturday, July 27, and once again, Cornell will be well represented. It is no surprise that Rob Pannell will take the field, as he is the MLL’s reigning MVP and has been an All Star many times during his seven-year …

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With high school schedules being so limited, and competition so often being marginal, many parents believe that getting their young athlete on a travel team will serve them well on many levels. Ideally, the kids learn time-management skills, see better competition and quality coaching, and m…

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With high school schedules being so limited, and competition so often being marginal, many parents believe that getting their young athlete on a travel team will serve them well on many levels. Ideally, the kids learn time-management skills, see better competition and quality coaching, and m…

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Cody Middaugh is a sophomore at Ithaca High School, and when I learned that he had just completed a 30-mile endurance race last month, it got my attention. I always knew he was a determined young man, but 30 miles? That’s quite a distance.

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One fine day in mid-September in 1992, I sat across the table from then-Managing Editor Claudia Montague, and she said, “You have done a nice job with the freelance assignments you have submitted to us, and given (then-sports columnist) John Ettinger is moving to Nashville, I’d like to ask t…

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For the Ithaca High football team, it could have been a bit daunting to go into the Johnson City (JC) Wildcats’ home stadium for the season opener on Friday night, Sept. 6. After all, JC. is a perennial STAC contender, they have a rich tradition (as do many of the Triple Cities schools), and…

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Twenty-one years ago, two Ithacans decided to take the “Think Globally, Act Locally” bumper sticker literally. They had seen the power of collective action in raising money and awareness, and they founded the “Ride for Life,” in support of AIDS Work. One of those guys, Jerry Dietz, told me t…

top story
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When Ithaca College Athletics announced its 2019 Hall of Fame class, and Gary Bucci’s name was on the list, I was among those who said “It’s about time.” After graduating in 1976 as a standout two-sport athlete, Bucci has served as an assistant football coach and a broadcaster, and has now, …

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Okay, so this is a local newspaper and my column features stories about local people, so if a story takes place 3,000 miles away, and I happen to be one of the “athletes” involved, will it qualify as a local story? It will? Great.  

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Like so many who know Brenda Michaud, and who have seen the passion, dedication and intensity she brings to her workouts and the diligence she brings to her diet and maintaining a healthy mindset, I was among those who looked at her Facebook post last summer in disbelief. I am guessing that …

  • 0

Strolling onto the fields adjacent to Buttermilk Falls State Park, I experienced a bit of a disconnect. I was going there to cover the opening round of the playoffs for the Ithaca Kickball League, and thoughts of the great playground game of my youth drifted in, eliciting a sigh and a smile.…

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The Major League Lacrosse (MLL) All Star Game will be televised on ESPN 2 on Saturday, July 27, and once again, Cornell will be well represented. It is no surprise that Rob Pannell will take the field, as he is the MLL’s reigning MVP and has been an All Star many times during his seven-year …

featured
  • 0

With high school schedules being so limited, and competition so often being marginal, many parents believe that getting their young athlete on a travel team will serve them well on many levels. Ideally, the kids learn time-management skills, see better competition and quality coaching, and m…

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With high school schedules being so limited, and competition so often being marginal, many parents believe that getting their young athlete on a travel team will serve them well on many levels. Ideally, the kids learn time-management skills, see better competition and quality coaching, and m…

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I recall walking around the Cornell campus one sultry July day about 20 years ago, when my two oldest daughters, who were four and seven at the time, stared wide-eyed at the huge mound of snow outside Lynah Rink. 

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It is no secret that teenagers like to “sleep in” during the summer, and Isabelle Zanen and Deborah Hoffstaetter, both rising seniors at Ithaca High School, are no exception. If one, however, were to ask most high school students if they would like to try Isabelle and Deborah’s “sleeping in”…

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Many Ithacans have driven along the Cayuga Inlet at 6 a.m. on a frosty morning, looked at the pretty snow falling, marveled at the beauty of the ice framing the water, and asked this question: “Who are those people in the rowing shells, and why are they out there before the sun rises in sub-…