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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…

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ITHACA, NY -- When Taylor Knibb (Cornell class of 2020) made the Olymic team back in May, I asked the Big Red's head coach Mike Henderson if he was surprised.? Henderson offered, “Everyone who knows Taylor is aware of her motivation, her drive and her competitive spirit, so no, we are not su…

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ITHACA, NY -- Having watched numerous dragon boat races, and having seen the power and grace and synchronicity of the paddlers, and felt the thumping beat of the drums, it was quite a contrast.? A lone man sat in an empty boat, using a repurposed laundry detergent bottle to bail out a few in…

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ITHACA, NY -- After sharing photos on social media after her eight-day, 363-mile Buffalo-to- Albany bicycle trip wrapped up last week, Beth Orenstein was a bit puzzled when people kept calling her “amazing.”??

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ITHACA, NY -- As I watched 53 kids learning how to throw, catch and hit at the Total Baseball Summer Camp, I wondered if they would ever know how much baseball knowledge surrounded them. Tony Prudence (Ithaca High alum and former Ithaca College player) is the top dog at Total Baseball, and h…

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ITHACA, NY -- This is one of those summer smorgasbord columns that will provide some updates on some athletes recently featured, but first, I want to write about a young man whose passing last week hurt my heart more than anything has in a long time.? His parents are former colleagues and lo…

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ITHACA, NY -- Five Cornellians are set to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics that will take place in Tokyo in July. The athletes will seek to add to Cornell’s total of 61 Olympic medals — including 43 in the summer games and 18 in the winter games.?

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The New York Yankees acquired Ithaca College graduate and current professional outfielder from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Double-A pitcher Keegan Curtis on Thursday July 1.

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ITHACA, NY -- When Slotteo's Shoe Repair won the Ithaca City Men's Softball League championship led by 50-year-old pitcher Mike Richmond, I hoped someone would write about Richmond's remarkable durability and perseverance when he finally retired from the game.??

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ITHACA, NY -- Some people hear the word “summer,” and they envision a well-deserved slow-down.? Floating in a pool, pulling a cold beverage out of a cooler and settling into a chaise lounge...?

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This past Saturday’s Section IV Class C baseball championship was a game defined by two-out rallies from both squads with Trumansburg saving its best for last, scoring twice while down to its last out in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Lansing 4–3 at home on June 12.

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ITHACA, NY -- Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, famously told scouts to “try to leave this world a little better than you found it.”??

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ITHACA, NY -- Damn, I will miss him… When Sean Norman told me in 2017, regarding his umpiring, “I’ll do it as long as I can,” I had no idea that he would be gone four years later.?

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Coaching at the collegiate level has been a goal of Ed Dow’s for quite some time, and now he has his shot at it after receiving the reins of the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team on May 13.

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ITHACA, NY -- While most college students have put the 2020-21 collegiate year behind them, nine members of the Ithaca College Track and Field team are heading to North Carolina A&T University this week for the NCAA Championships.? Seven women and two men will put forth their best effort…