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I was talking to a friend about a sports rivalry that is really gaining some traction, and he said, “Yankees/Red Sox?”  I replied, “No, the Sox suck.  That rivalry's going backward.”  He scratched his head... “Cortaca Jug?  That's not until November.”  

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I thought the algorithm goblins were at work. Last week's column pointed out that I am 30 years into my tenure as the Ithaca Times sports guy, and when I was looking for a story idea for this week, who should pop up, but Bob Congdon, about whom I started writing...you guessed it...30 years ago.  

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In this piece of my life's mosaic—the sports guy at the Ithaca Times—September is always a sentimental month for me. I think back to a day in September of 1993, when I settled into my seat in the press box at Schoellkopf Field to watch a Cornell football game. I greeted the fellow next to me…

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When it came across our Ithaca Times radar that GIAC would be reviving the Friday Night Fights program, and that the upcoming event (September 16, at 7 pm) would be recognizing the 50-year anniversary of the founding of the Chet Cashman Boxing Program, I knew who to call.

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I’ve had the pleasure to watch Jeff Foote evolve from an awkward and marginal high school basketball player at Spencer-Van Etten to a dominant Division 1 center that led Cornell to the Sweet 16 and go on to play professionally in Europe (in addition to a couple of 10-day NBA stints). I’ve of…

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Two Cornell student athletes stepped onto much larger stages last week, and wrestler Jonathan Loew and volleyball player Sydney Moore did their university—and their programs—proud.

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In October of 2019, I wrote a column featuring two young boys trapped in the bodies of 60-something men. In “Rose Colored Oasis,” I wrote about David Moriah and Buck Briggs—Cornell grads who have been pals for a half century—bonded by their shared wide-eyed love for all things baseball.

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Okay, friends and readers...this is a call to action. I would be very grateful if you would go to the Caring Bridge link I am providing and send a message of support to Sivasangari “Sivi” Subramaniam, the Cornell student featured in this column in March after winning the NCAA Division 1 indi…

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When looking at the results of last weekend's Finger Lakes 50, I saw the name “Diboun,” and I had a flashback.  In 2008, I wrote a story about Yassine Diboun, an Ithacan who was a rising star in the world of Ultra-Marathon running. Now, 14 years later, I am writing about Jamal, Yassine's you…

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[Editor's Note: Ithaca Times sports columnist Steve Lawrence gave a eulogy for the late Cornell lacrosse coach Richie Moran at his funeral this past weekend. He has shared it in full below.]

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When the pandemic was ramping up in 2020, I—like virtually every sports fan—was frustrated to see so many lost opportunities. High school and college athletes had worked so hard, for so long, knowing they had a fleeting window of opportunity to compete, and to see a season—or two—be stripped…

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I was talking to a friend about a sports rivalry that is really gaining some traction, and he said, “Yankees/Red Sox?”  I replied, “No, the Sox suck.  That rivalry's going backward.”  He scratched his head... “Cortaca Jug?  That's not until November.”  

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I thought the algorithm goblins were at work. Last week's column pointed out that I am 30 years into my tenure as the Ithaca Times sports guy, and when I was looking for a story idea for this week, who should pop up, but Bob Congdon, about whom I started writing...you guessed it...30 years ago.  

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In this piece of my life's mosaic—the sports guy at the Ithaca Times—September is always a sentimental month for me. I think back to a day in September of 1993, when I settled into my seat in the press box at Schoellkopf Field to watch a Cornell football game. I greeted the fellow next to me…

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When it came across our Ithaca Times radar that GIAC would be reviving the Friday Night Fights program, and that the upcoming event (September 16, at 7 pm) would be recognizing the 50-year anniversary of the founding of the Chet Cashman Boxing Program, I knew who to call.

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I’ve had the pleasure to watch Jeff Foote evolve from an awkward and marginal high school basketball player at Spencer-Van Etten to a dominant Division 1 center that led Cornell to the Sweet 16 and go on to play professionally in Europe (in addition to a couple of 10-day NBA stints). I’ve of…

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Two Cornell student athletes stepped onto much larger stages last week, and wrestler Jonathan Loew and volleyball player Sydney Moore did their university—and their programs—proud.

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In October of 2019, I wrote a column featuring two young boys trapped in the bodies of 60-something men. In “Rose Colored Oasis,” I wrote about David Moriah and Buck Briggs—Cornell grads who have been pals for a half century—bonded by their shared wide-eyed love for all things baseball.

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Okay, friends and readers...this is a call to action. I would be very grateful if you would go to the Caring Bridge link I am providing and send a message of support to Sivasangari “Sivi” Subramaniam, the Cornell student featured in this column in March after winning the NCAA Division 1 indi…

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When looking at the results of last weekend's Finger Lakes 50, I saw the name “Diboun,” and I had a flashback.  In 2008, I wrote a story about Yassine Diboun, an Ithacan who was a rising star in the world of Ultra-Marathon running. Now, 14 years later, I am writing about Jamal, Yassine's you…

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[Editor's Note: Ithaca Times sports columnist Steve Lawrence gave a eulogy for the late Cornell lacrosse coach Richie Moran at his funeral this past weekend. He has shared it in full below.]

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First, let's get the sentimental story lines and cliches out of the way, then talk about the fact that the Big Red lacrosse team is going to the Final Four...

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ITHACA, NY -- Up on South Hill, two coaches are going in different directions, as David Valesente — the Ithaca College baseball coach — just picked up his first Liberty League title while the men's crew coach, Dan Robinson, is retiring after 47 years. Yes, you read that correctly — 47 years at IC.

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ITHACA, NY -- Despite dropping a 14-11 decision to Yale in the Ivy League tournament over the weekend, the Cornell men's lacrosse team will live to fight another day. It was announced on Sunday that the Big Red would host Ohio State in the NCAA tournament.

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ITHACA, NY -- Were I ever to try my hand at writing a screenplay for the Feel Good Sports Story of the Year, the trailer would say something like this: “It was a cold, wet and gray April day in Ithaca, New York... A small crowd of lacrosse fans huddled under ponchos and umbrellas, and while …

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ITHACA, NY -- Given Frank Welch led the Ithaca High boy's lacrosse team for over 40 years, fans of the program are accustomed to having an “insider” at the helm. After Welch left, Patrick Hovey took over for three years, and now the torch has been passed to Clayton Fickenscher. While that na…