Area man wins Crappie Derby
Oneonta resident Brian McMullen won the New York State Crappie Derby, which took place Saturday in Whitney Point.
McMullen won more than $1,000 of the $14,000-plus purse with a 12 1/4-inch catch, which matched crappies reeled in by Michael Townsend of Willet and Gary Billins of Marathon. As the first person to catch a 12 1/4-inch crappie, McMullen won the tiebreaker for the top prize.
Kole Schnierderl of Vestal caught the biggest fish overall, a 25 3/4-inch walleye. Chris Carle of Swedesboro, N.J., was a close second with a 23 3/4-inch fish that marked the largest northern pike/pickerel.
Brooklyn’s Joshua Ramzie earned “biggest fish” honors in two categories, with an 18 3/4-inch carp/sucker and a 15 1/4-inch bullhead. Lisle’s David Glezen rounded out the top winners with the biggest perch (13 5/8 inches).
McMullen also earned one of the 28 special prizes awarded for catching the biggest crappie every 15 minutes, as did local anglers Anthony Rotolo of Oneonta, Jim Heath of Laurens and Remington Parkman of Afton.
The derby drew 1,158 registered anglers and had a total attendance of 3,500.
Youth conditioning program set
The Oneonta Family YMCA will host a sports conditioning program for youths ages 11-14 on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 1.
Registration is required for the program, which runs from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Center Street School gymnasium. The program will not run during breaks for Oneonta High or Oneonta State.
A one-time application fee of $20 is also required. To sign up or for more information, visit the Oneonta Family YMCA or call 607-432-0010.
Pitching camp continues Sunday
The Oneonta Pitching Camp for softball players ages 8-18 continues Sundays through March 2 at the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club.
Session I is for advanced pitchers and runs from 1:30-3:30 p.m. To qualify, pitchers must know the fundamentals and mechanics of windmill pitching. The cost is $210.