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I recall writing a piece a while back detailing a reply I put forth when I was asked what makes for a perfect sports story. I said I loved a story that featured a local athlete that works hard enough in high school to be named — let’s say — All-Conference. The story gets better when that loc…

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The U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials will take place this weekend, and once again, Kyle Dake, a Lansing native and four-time NCAA champ as a Cornell wrestler, will be in the thick of the action. Before we talk about Dake, here’s a bit more info on other Big Red wrestlers taking part.?

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I recall interviewing my buddy Sean Norman when he realized his ambition of umpiring collegiate softball after working high school games for 15 years. Sean was proud to be climbing the ladder, he was gearing up for the increased travel and he really enjoyed it. Then… well, you know. He invol…

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After social distancing regulations limited crowd size for Ithaca Youth Hockey League’s games, the league turned to internet video. Volunteers (players’ parents) in the nearly empty stands stepped up to record the action on their phones so that those safely at home could still follow the games.?

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Alexandra Ackerman is a teacher in the South Seneca Central School District. She can still recall her first Syracuse Crunch game back in 2004. That is when she started going to watch the local AHL affiliate, starting a lifelong journey from fan, to sportswriter, to podcaster.

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As March Madness gets underway, the hockey world is preparing for the Frozen Four. In the absence of Cornell and seven other teams — five Ivies and Union and Rensselaer — this season saw limited competition for the ECAC’s coveted Championship and automatic bid to the men’s hockey national to…

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ITHACA, NY -- As one might imagine, 12 months of cancelations can create a very jammed-up story pipeline, and I recall looking at a headline from February of 2020 and thinking how much fun it would be to follow up. The headline stated, “Pole Vault Coach Builds Powerhouse Program at Ithaca Co…

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Groton basketball fans will have the opportunity to watch one of its players take his game to the collegiate level next winter with senior James Lucey committing to play basketball at Hartwick College in recent weeks.

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A previous version of this article stated that the Newfield girls basketball team finished the season 10–1 and Katie Moravec reached the 1,000-point mark. The Trojans finished with a record of 5–1 and Kelly Moravec was the one to eclipse the 1,000-point mark. The Finger Lakes Community Newsp…

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Choosing to embrace a “the cup is half full” perspective, I will say that I am grateful for the opportunity to watch livestreamed high school basketball games.? Given I still have a daughter playing high school basketball,? I would so much rather be in the gym — as would nearly every fan I k…

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ITHACA, NY -- Over the past 17 years, local sports fans have seen many photos of George Boiardi, the Cornell lacrosse player who died on the field after being struck in the chest during a game against Binghamton on March 17, 2004. Of course, George’s image is frozen in time — a handsome and …

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Having just completed my first month as a Medicare recipient, I have an affinity for older people still doing what they love to do.????

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Having just completed my first month as a Medicare recipient, I have an affinity for older people still doing what they love to do.????

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Every “girl dad” out there can relate to emotions I experienced when my daughter called me — sounding very stressed — and told me that a guy had come into the dorm in which she was an R.A., pushed his girlfriend around and threatened my daughter when she told him to leave.??

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Sometimes it feels as if the ability to peer into the future would be a real gift.? Other times, it feels as if it would be a curse.

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ITHACA, NY -- On Friday, Jan. 22, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he would allow higher risk sports to resume in New York effective Feb. 1, subject to local health department approval. The Tompkins County Health Department is announcing that the Public Health Director, Frank Kruppa, is approving…

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ITHACA, NY -- It’s no secret that my four decade history with Cornell Athletics — 10 years as an employee, 30 years covering them as a sports writer — has given me an abiding fondness for Big Red athletes, and I love watching them do big things in venues great and small.?

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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.”??