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ITHACA, NY -- When I got the word that Krislyn “Krissy” Manwaring passed on at the age of 27 the day after Christmas, I took some time to pull myself together before opening my Facebook page and looking back at our many exchanges over the course of her four-year battle with a cruel disease k…

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These “Year in Review” columns — of which I have written 28 — normally follow a predictable arc.  In January, February and March, winter sports are in full swing, and finding basketball, wrestling, gymnastics or hockey stories about which to write presents little challenge.  April, May and J…

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ITHACA, NY -- Any longtime Ithaca sports fan will read the following statement by Dave Wohlheuter and know that truer words were never spoken:  “I’m not afraid of anyone.”  

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ITHACA, NY -- Given that Ithaca tends to trend “younger” demographically, many sports fans are likely unaware that the NBA was not always the cultural phenomenon it is today. For many basketball fans of my vintage (watching Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain do battle was our version of “The …

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ITHACA, NY -- In a year where “surreal” feels more real than “real,” a science-fiction-like term is making the rounds in the sports world. That term — “entering the transfer portal” — found its way into the local lexicon recently when it was announced that three Cornell basketball players ha…

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ITHACA, NY -- “If thousands of Cornellians and Big Red fans around the country were a little bleary-eyed on Monday, March 22, 2010, from excessive television viewing during the weekend, you could hardly fault them.” (From “Making History: March 18-21, 2010, The Greatest Cornell Sports Weeken…

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It is not unusual for a story to generate a fair amount of feedback, but I rarely write a column that generates its own string of follow-up stories. Once again, thank you Michaela and Vicki Brew, as the story about your bicycle adventures around all 11 Finger Lakes has spawned yet another column.

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Two columns back, I highlighted the impressive mother/daughter effort put forth by Michaela and Vicki Brew, the Ithaca duo that rode their bicycles around all eleven Finger Lakes. This week, I will share another such collective effort, and again, the mother/daughter adventure theme will be f…

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The year 2020 has made many of us think back to simpler times, and when thinking about local fall sports teams — football, soccer, field hockey and the like — I was drawn back to a sunny day somewhere around 1964. 

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Like it did for many people, March of 2020 threw the proverbial monkey wrench into Michaela Brew’s plans. The 2018 Cornell grad (and Ithaca native) was living in Manhattan, working for Capital One, planning to run a marathon and hoping to carve out some time to spend with her parents, Kevin …

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This story won’t be published until 5 days from now, but I must write it now, on Friday, September 11th. Having just returned from the Cornell campus, and having been a part of Richie Moran’s annual 9/11 remembrance ritual, the words are pushing their way out, so I will move aside and let th…

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ITHACA, NY -- When I got the word that Krislyn “Krissy” Manwaring passed on at the age of 27 the day after Christmas, I took some time to pull myself together before opening my Facebook page and looking back at our many exchanges over the course of her four-year battle with a cruel disease k…

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These “Year in Review” columns — of which I have written 28 — normally follow a predictable arc.  In January, February and March, winter sports are in full swing, and finding basketball, wrestling, gymnastics or hockey stories about which to write presents little challenge.  April, May and J…

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ITHACA, NY -- Any longtime Ithaca sports fan will read the following statement by Dave Wohlheuter and know that truer words were never spoken:  “I’m not afraid of anyone.”  

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ITHACA, NY -- Given that Ithaca tends to trend “younger” demographically, many sports fans are likely unaware that the NBA was not always the cultural phenomenon it is today. For many basketball fans of my vintage (watching Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain do battle was our version of “The …

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ITHACA, NY -- In a year where “surreal” feels more real than “real,” a science-fiction-like term is making the rounds in the sports world. That term — “entering the transfer portal” — found its way into the local lexicon recently when it was announced that three Cornell basketball players ha…

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ITHACA, NY -- “If thousands of Cornellians and Big Red fans around the country were a little bleary-eyed on Monday, March 22, 2010, from excessive television viewing during the weekend, you could hardly fault them.” (From “Making History: March 18-21, 2010, The Greatest Cornell Sports Weeken…

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It is not unusual for a story to generate a fair amount of feedback, but I rarely write a column that generates its own string of follow-up stories. Once again, thank you Michaela and Vicki Brew, as the story about your bicycle adventures around all 11 Finger Lakes has spawned yet another column.

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Two columns back, I highlighted the impressive mother/daughter effort put forth by Michaela and Vicki Brew, the Ithaca duo that rode their bicycles around all eleven Finger Lakes. This week, I will share another such collective effort, and again, the mother/daughter adventure theme will be f…

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The year 2020 has made many of us think back to simpler times, and when thinking about local fall sports teams — football, soccer, field hockey and the like — I was drawn back to a sunny day somewhere around 1964. 

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Like it did for many people, March of 2020 threw the proverbial monkey wrench into Michaela Brew’s plans. The 2018 Cornell grad (and Ithaca native) was living in Manhattan, working for Capital One, planning to run a marathon and hoping to carve out some time to spend with her parents, Kevin …

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This story won’t be published until 5 days from now, but I must write it now, on Friday, September 11th. Having just returned from the Cornell campus, and having been a part of Richie Moran’s annual 9/11 remembrance ritual, the words are pushing their way out, so I will move aside and let th…

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How strange it must feel in these strange times to be a TC3 Panther cross-country runner.   While all other fall sports are on hold, the Panthers are gearing up to host their first-ever intercollegiate meet on the Dryden campus.  The Tompkins-Cortland Invite will be held this Saturday (Septe…

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At 73, Jim Hovanec knows that he should make wise decisions regarding face coverings and social distancing.  So, on a typical weekend, he will put on a helmet (and full leathers), stay about 6 feet away from his fellow motorcyclists, and enjoy himself at 140 miles per hour.

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Some of Ithaca’s most popular and successful fundraising events also double as interesting sports stories, and it has been a pleasure to provide coverage. Women Swimmin’, Pud’s Run, numerous golf tournaments, Walk-a-Thons and, of course, the Ride for Life. 

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It was quite possibly the most interesting and heart-warming parade this town has seen in some time. An 8 year-old girl was sitting at the front of a sailboat as it cruised up the Cayuga Inlet, joined by her family and her schoolteacher, who owns the boat. The girl was smiling and waving lik…

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Most parents I know can relate to the frustration we have felt over the past few months, wishing we could give our children something as uncomplicated and inexpensive as a dose of normalcy.  Watching our daughters and sons struggle through these uncertain times has been frustrating and stres…

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Last October, I accompanied some friends to the pumpkin farm in Candor, and as always, it was packed. I pointed out a guy that looked like a few hundred other guys there, as he was trying to balance a basket of fries, and keep his glasses from sliding down his nose. I said to one of my frien…

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Using the “Is the glass half empty or half full?” question in regard to local sports, it is too easy to look at the empty stands at unused baseball fields, the rimless backboards at basketball courts, or the cavernous crescent at Schoellkopf Field that will not host football games this fall …