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March 11, 2014

This winter proved that sometimes life isn't all fun and games


Then three days ago, shortly after Oneonta High’s girls lost a state quarterfinal to Utica Notre Dame, OHS junior Madison Miller’s mom had to be taken to a local hospital after suffering seizures at Binghamton University’s Events Center.

That one really hit home for me. About three weeks before Christmas, my wife found our 14-year-old daughter on the floor of her room, suffering seizures. We called 911, she was rushed to the hospital and shortly thereafter was hooked up to a ventilator.

A couple hours later, she was sent to Syracuse, where she spent nearly two weeks, the first seven days in intensive care.

Since then, we’ve been back to Syracuse, to Rochester and we’ll be making our third trip to Philadelphia later this week, trying to find out what triggered that initial episode.

To see my daughter, who’d never had any serious health issues, hooked up to a breathing machine for two days, that’s real life.

Fortunately, my job requires me to cover games. It’s been a nice release and I’ve seen some good ones this postseason.

There was OHS’ Albert Odero’s 70-foot dash to beat the buzzer and Waverly in a sectional quarterfinal, Skylar Thompson’s four-point play that helped OHS top Susquehanna Valley in the semifinals and the overall grit the Yellowjackets showed in a sectional final loss to a quality outfit from Norwich.

I hope Mackey’s watched the tape from that one. I’m sure he’d be proud of how his boys competed that night.

That Edmeston-SC game was a keeper, a baseline-to-baseline treat that the Panthers lost in overtime. I’ve only covered Edmeston senior guard Logan Vibbard twice, but I love the way that kid plays basketball. Some years ago a friend of mine at the Binghamton paper, Kevin Stevens, annually put together a team of hustlers that he called the All-Janik Team. It was named after Maine-Endwell and Hartwick College graduate Tom Janik, who I believe played with Mackey in college. Vibbard, who would pursue a loose ball into rush-hour traffic, would have been a perfect fit for that team.

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