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The Ithaca sports community lost one of its most remarkable individuals early this month. When people heard that Dan Wood had passed on May 7, they might have asked, Dan Wood, the golfer? Dan Wood, the soccer player? Dan Wood, the college and professional coach? Dan Wood, the four-sport lett…

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I have interacted with athletic trainers in quite a few capacities—athlete, parent of an athlete, sports fan, sportswriter—and I have seen them ply their trade in oppressive heat, in bitter cold and in driving rain. 

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After the news came down that NY schools would not reopen, I was a bit confused when my friend Ellice Switzer expressed—through social media—her deep disappointment that the Ithaca High girl’s lacrosse team would not have an opportunity to try to win their third consecutive sectional title. …

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Knowing how many health clubs, yoga studios and other “traditional” exercise facilities are temporarily closed, I reached out to my friend Ian Golden to discuss the shifts this health crisis has brought to our community’s collective exercise habits and to ask him for his take on the alternat…

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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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The Ithaca sports community lost one of its most remarkable individuals early this month. When people heard that Dan Wood had passed on May 7, they might have asked, Dan Wood, the golfer? Dan Wood, the soccer player? Dan Wood, the college and professional coach? Dan Wood, the four-sport lett…

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I have interacted with athletic trainers in quite a few capacities—athlete, parent of an athlete, sports fan, sportswriter—and I have seen them ply their trade in oppressive heat, in bitter cold and in driving rain. 

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After the news came down that NY schools would not reopen, I was a bit confused when my friend Ellice Switzer expressed—through social media—her deep disappointment that the Ithaca High girl’s lacrosse team would not have an opportunity to try to win their third consecutive sectional title. …

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Knowing how many health clubs, yoga studios and other “traditional” exercise facilities are temporarily closed, I reached out to my friend Ian Golden to discuss the shifts this health crisis has brought to our community’s collective exercise habits and to ask him for his take on the alternat…

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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…