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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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I am writing this story in three parts, wearing three different hats.  First, I will share my thoughts as an objective sportswriter, having watched 21 of the Spencer-Van Etten softball team's 22 games this season. My next hat will be that of a former SVEYA coach, and that part gets a bit les…

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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…

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ITHACA, NY -- Trekking up to Newman Arena to watch the Cornell men's basketball team play during the homestretch of their Ivy League schedule is always fun, but when the Big Red is playing to keep their season's dream alive, it ramps up the excitement. 

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It is always interesting – and often sad – to see a young athlete walk off the field at the end of his or her high school career and see that wistful realization that they might never suit up again. Some athletes – basketball players, baseball and softball players, basketball players, tennis…

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I am writing this story in three parts, wearing three different hats.  First, I will share my thoughts as an objective sportswriter, having watched 21 of the Spencer-Van Etten softball team's 22 games this season. My next hat will be that of a former SVEYA coach, and that part gets a bit les…

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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…

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ITHACA, NY -- Trekking up to Newman Arena to watch the Cornell men's basketball team play during the homestretch of their Ivy League schedule is always fun, but when the Big Red is playing to keep their season's dream alive, it ramps up the excitement. 

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ITHACA, NY -- I recall being approached by an editor in 1995 — three years into my Ithaca Times gig — and asked if I had heard that Cornell had hired a new hockey coach. “You might want to make an appointment to meet this guy,” I was told.

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ITHACA, NY -- When Dan Swanstrom submitted his sudden resignation a few weeks ago, the football coach's departure rattled some Ithaca College sports fans. After all, Swanstrom was at IC for a mere four years, and the Bombers are accustomed to continuity and consistency, as evidenced by two w…

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The fact that my back is killing me after a prolonged wrestling match with my snowblower makes it somewhat amusing to write about the upcoming spring sports season. That said, I assure you that my wrestling match is not the topic of this week's story.

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ITHACA, NY -- When the Ithaca High girls’ basketball team takes the floor, opposing coaches can be forgiven if they see the Little Red's head coach and mistakenly assume that she is a player that is not suited up for the game. Or, if they think that she looks familiar, but they can't quite r…

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My good friend John Murphy passed on last week — three months shy of celebrating his 100th birthday — and it is a big loss to all who knew him. Last April, when I asked him if I could write a timeline of his 99 years as a sports fan, I did not get a hard “no,” but John made it clear that he …

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ITHACA, NY -- Had I reached out to Melanie Hall when she started working as an assistant gymnastics coach, our phone conversation would not have been possible, given it was 1994, and cell phones were not yet ubiquitous.

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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, …