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Having been around the Ithaca High wrestling team since he was a Little Red grappler (class of '95), head coach Eric Parker knows a favorable convergence of circumstances when he sees one.

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ITHACA, NY -- Thanks to my longtime readers for another year (#29) of story ideas, feedback, suggestions and “you're full of it” comments. It was a year of seeing local athletes performing in Big Time events, some retirements (coaches Maureen Whitehead-McCarville and Bill Austin), reunions, …

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ITHACA, NY -- Back in 2017, I wrote a story entitled “Higher Ground,” in which I profiled Nick John, a high school pole vaulter attempting to make a comeback after a hip injury. I wrote that Nick – then a senior at Ithaca High – came from an athletic family that had provided me with plenty o…

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ITHACA, NY -- The basketball season is well underway for both of the Tompkins Cortland Community College Panther basketball teams, and several local players are putting the “community” in community college.

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ITHACA, NY -- There was a sigh of collective disappointment among Cornell basketball fans when Jimmy Boeheim decided to leave Cornell and enter the transfer portal last year and play his final season for the Syracuse Orange, but I believe it is safe to say that everyone understood. After all…

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ITHACA, NY -- Cornell's athletic complex was buzzing on Saturday — there was a football game, a highly-anticipated wrestling match that saw longtime coach Rob Koll return as the new coach of Stanford, and there were also two hockey games. The women shut out Princeton 2-0 in the afternoon, an…

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ITHACA, NY -- A sports story — any story, for that matter — needs “a good set of bones.” In some stories, the bones consist of a great game, a great rivalry, or great athletic ability. This story's bones are made of one guy's refusal to quit, no matter how many times he got blindsided — not …

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If memory serves, the first time I told Michael Huyghue that I would meet him at Schoellkopf Hall was 40 years and four months ago. I was working as the associate director of the Cornell Summer Sports School and Mike was a rising senior and wide receiver on the Big Red football team working …

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ITHACA, NY -- And then there were two... Two “W's” in the win column for Cornell football, that is. One for the Big Red varsity, and one for the Sprint team. The Sprint team has all the same rules as the varsity team, except there’s a weight limit, putting the focus on speed rather than size.

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ITHACA, NY -- There have been many seasons during which the Ithaca High boys’ soccer team would be less than upbeat when looking at a 6-4 record. However, in the words of head coach Gilbert Antoine, “Things are very different.”

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ITHACA, NY -- The week did not unfold as Ithaca High football coach Clarence Welch III would have scripted it. His Little Red team was about to play its first game on its brand new field — with its shiny new press box and sparkling new turf — and, in the coach's words, “Let's just say that w…

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ITHACA, NY -- I remember the interview I did with Rich Bernstein of Ithaca when he was chosen to be part of the U.S. delegation to Israel to participate in the Maccabiah Games in 2017 (the Maccabiah Games are often referred to as the Jewish Olympics).  Rich was still working for the Ithaca C…

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Having been around the Ithaca High wrestling team since he was a Little Red grappler (class of '95), head coach Eric Parker knows a favorable convergence of circumstances when he sees one.

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ITHACA, NY -- Thanks to my longtime readers for another year (#29) of story ideas, feedback, suggestions and “you're full of it” comments. It was a year of seeing local athletes performing in Big Time events, some retirements (coaches Maureen Whitehead-McCarville and Bill Austin), reunions, …

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ITHACA, NY -- Back in 2017, I wrote a story entitled “Higher Ground,” in which I profiled Nick John, a high school pole vaulter attempting to make a comeback after a hip injury. I wrote that Nick – then a senior at Ithaca High – came from an athletic family that had provided me with plenty o…

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ITHACA, NY -- The basketball season is well underway for both of the Tompkins Cortland Community College Panther basketball teams, and several local players are putting the “community” in community college.

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ITHACA, NY -- There was a sigh of collective disappointment among Cornell basketball fans when Jimmy Boeheim decided to leave Cornell and enter the transfer portal last year and play his final season for the Syracuse Orange, but I believe it is safe to say that everyone understood. After all…

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ITHACA, NY -- Cornell's athletic complex was buzzing on Saturday — there was a football game, a highly-anticipated wrestling match that saw longtime coach Rob Koll return as the new coach of Stanford, and there were also two hockey games. The women shut out Princeton 2-0 in the afternoon, an…

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ITHACA, NY -- A sports story — any story, for that matter — needs “a good set of bones.” In some stories, the bones consist of a great game, a great rivalry, or great athletic ability. This story's bones are made of one guy's refusal to quit, no matter how many times he got blindsided — not …

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If memory serves, the first time I told Michael Huyghue that I would meet him at Schoellkopf Hall was 40 years and four months ago. I was working as the associate director of the Cornell Summer Sports School and Mike was a rising senior and wide receiver on the Big Red football team working …

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ITHACA, NY -- And then there were two... Two “W's” in the win column for Cornell football, that is. One for the Big Red varsity, and one for the Sprint team. The Sprint team has all the same rules as the varsity team, except there’s a weight limit, putting the focus on speed rather than size.

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ITHACA, NY -- There have been many seasons during which the Ithaca High boys’ soccer team would be less than upbeat when looking at a 6-4 record. However, in the words of head coach Gilbert Antoine, “Things are very different.”

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ITHACA, NY -- The week did not unfold as Ithaca High football coach Clarence Welch III would have scripted it. His Little Red team was about to play its first game on its brand new field — with its shiny new press box and sparkling new turf — and, in the coach's words, “Let's just say that w…

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ITHACA, NY -- I remember the interview I did with Rich Bernstein of Ithaca when he was chosen to be part of the U.S. delegation to Israel to participate in the Maccabiah Games in 2017 (the Maccabiah Games are often referred to as the Jewish Olympics).  Rich was still working for the Ithaca C…

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ITHACA, NY -- For the past two decades on Sept. 11, Richie Moran — the coach who led Cornell to three national championships over the course of his 29-year Hall of Fame career — has made a pilgrimage to the campus to hang a wreath at the plaque honoring Eamon McEneaney. 

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If an old pair of shoes could talk, I am guessing that the shoes in Ray Wall's attic would tell you that they never expected to once again see the light of day...

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I hope Jonathan Donville — the Cornell lacrosse player who just went #1 in the 2021 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Entry Draft — will not object to sharing column space with a guy who plays Division III lacrosse (at St. John Fisher) and was drafted in the fourth round, but the fact that Nick…

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ITHACA, NY -- Customarily, I talk to a coach when I write a season preview. This preview will offer a slight departure, as I spoke with a young man who has been connected to Cornell football since he was old enough to walk. In fact, when head coach Dave Archer stepped onto Schoellkopf Field …

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ITHACA, NY -- One of my most memorable interviews of 2020 was with Dan Swanstrom, the head football coach at Ithaca College. We talked about the fact that while some of the players he had recruited as a rookie coach would be able to adjust their lives and schedules and come back to play in 2…

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ITHACA, NY -- Knowing that I am a “community newspaper” kind of guy, Stephanie Valletta — the coordinator of student wellness and athletics the for the Ithaca City School District — recently reached out to me and conveyed that the ICSD was really proud that several of their own alumni have r…

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ITHACA, NY -- I recall interviewing Jim Butterfield — the legendary Ithaca College football coach — when he announced his retirement. Butterfield and I walked out into the football stadium, looked at the sign that read “Jim Butterfield Stadium,” and the beloved mentor told me, "When I saw th…