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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 …

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Given my closer-than-many connection with coaches, athletes and administrators, I am?asked about 10 times per week for updates on whether the high school fall sports season will?proceed as usual. Given my propensity for resourcefulness, I picked up the phone and called a?guy who fields such …

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Even though she was wearing a mask, there was no doubt that the person in line ahead of me in the supermarket was my friend (and former Ithaca Times colleague) Deborah Bliss, and her eyes conveyed that she was happy. I asked her what she had been doing to pass the time during the pandemic an…

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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.?

top story
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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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  • 0

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 …

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Given my closer-than-many connection with coaches, athletes and administrators, I am?asked about 10 times per week for updates on whether the high school fall sports season will?proceed as usual. Given my propensity for resourcefulness, I picked up the phone and called a?guy who fields such …

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Even though she was wearing a mask, there was no doubt that the person in line ahead of me in the supermarket was my friend (and former Ithaca Times colleague) Deborah Bliss, and her eyes conveyed that she was happy. I asked her what she had been doing to pass the time during the pandemic an…

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Most of us over—let’s use 50 as a benchmark—are well aware that it is easy to feel our age. I recently squatted for a few minutes to drive in a tent stake, and my meniscus popped like an over-cranked guitar string, and I felt every one of my years.?

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The Ithaca sports community lost one of its most remarkable individuals early this month. When people heard that Dan Wood had passed on May 7, they might have asked, Dan Wood, the golfer? Dan Wood, the soccer player? Dan Wood, the college and professional coach? Dan Wood, the four-sport lett…

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I have interacted with athletic trainers in quite a few capacities—athlete, parent of an athlete, sports fan, sportswriter—and I have seen them ply their trade in oppressive heat, in bitter cold and in driving rain.?

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After the news came down that NY schools would not reopen, I was a bit confused when my friend Ellice Switzer expressed—through social media—her deep disappointment that the Ithaca High girl’s lacrosse team would not have an opportunity to try to win their third consecutive sectional title. …

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Knowing how many health clubs, yoga studios and other “traditional” exercise facilities are temporarily closed, I reached out to my friend Ian Golden to discuss the shifts this health crisis has brought to our community’s collective exercise habits and to ask him for his take on the alternat…