Milford's Wolfe to meet Obama
Milford native Paul Wolfe and NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski will be honored by President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday.
Wolfe is Keselowski's crew chief and helped the driver of the No. 2 Dodge to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Points Championship last season. Obama will honor the team, including Penske Racing owner Roger Penske, at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The event will be streamed live on the website www.whitehouse.gov/live.
Six advance in Cobleskill P,H&R
Six Cobleskill-area youths won titles during the annual Scotts Turf/Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run local qualifier at SUNY Cobleskill on April 9.
All six earned the right to advance to sectional competition at noon May 19 at Damaschke Field in Oneonta's Neahwa Park.
Sectional winners qualify for Team Championships, which run across the country May 25-June 29 at all 30 major league ballparks.
The national finals will be held at the MLB Fan Fest during All-Star Summer from July 12-16 at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets.
Cobleskill's local qualifiers were as follows:
Boys 9-10: David Nicholas, Cobleskill.
Boys 11-12: Joseph DeChristopher, Richmondville.
Boys 13-14: Devin Lewis, Cobleskill.
Girls 7-8: Braelynn Sisson, Central Bridge.
Girls 11-12: Alyssa Pacatte, Cobleskill.
Girls 13-14: Alexandra Pacatte, Cobleskill.
Each contestant pitched into a major league strike zone, hit off of a tee for distance and accuracy, and were timed during a run from second base to home plate.
For more information on the sectional championships, call Steven Andrews or David Coury at 607-432-0680 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Softball tournament May 4
The Milford Booster Club and the Milford varsity softball team will host the Milford Softball Tournament and Chicken Barbecue on May 4.
Roxbury and Sharon Springs will play the tournament opener at 10 a.m. May 4, followed by Hunter-Tannersville and the Wildcats. The consolation game is scheduled for 2 p.m., followed by the championship game at 4 p.m.
Chicken dinner sales begin at noon. Dinners cost $9 each and include a half-chicken, two sides, roll, dessert and drink. Half-chickens alone cost $5 each.
Pre-sale tickets may be purchased from any Milford player or by calling 607-286-7212.
Umpires look to strike out cancer
The local Schohanna Baseball/Softball Umpire Board will hold its third annual "Umpires Striking Out Cancer" event May 6-11.
The umpires will donate a portion of their game fees to the American Cancer Society.
The board invites all the local baseball and softball programs to join in its fundraising efforts. For more information, call Mark Lamb at 607-432-0482 or email email@example.com.
Hall to offer Robinson special
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown will celebrate the Legendary Pictures release of "42" with a special buy-one, get-one-free admission offer to the museum for moviegoers.
Those with a ticket from the movie documenting the story of Jackie Robinson may receive two Hall admissions for the price of one during the entire month of April.
To redeem the offer, visitors must present a "42" ticket stub when purchasing admission to the museum at the Hall's Main Ticket Booth. There is a limit of one offer per ticket stub.
Robinson broke baseball's color barrier when he made his major league debut April 15, 1947. He went on to help Brooklyn win six pennants and the 1955 World Series during his 10 seasons as an infielder for the Dodgers.
The Hall also will hold special programming Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Jackie Robinson Day) to honor the 1962 Hall of Famer. The museum’s signature program each day will be performances of "Jackie: Cross the Line!" at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Bullpen Theater. This one-man show presented by Greg Kenney also tells the story of how Robinson broke the modern Major League Baseball color barrier. Admission to the show is free with a museum ticket. Seating is available on a first-come basis.
Robinson earned election to the Hall in his first year of eligibility. He was inducted with Bob Feller, Bill McKechnie and Edd Roush in 1962.
For more information, visit the website www.baseballhall.org.
3D Bow Shoot set for Sunday
The Gilbertsville Rod & Gun Club, Inc. will hold a 3D Bow Shoot on Sunday at 158 Gun Club Road in Gilbertsville. Sign-ins start at 7 a.m. and food will be available.
For more information, call 607-859-2526 or 607-859-2393 (day of event).
Wick to host biddy basketball
Hartwick College will hold its Biddy Basketball Program from 6-9 p.m. Friday.
The program is for youths in grades 1-8 and costs $15.
To register, call 607-431-4793 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration also will be accepted at the door.
SADD 5K event April 21
The 15th annual SADD Strides For Safety 5K Run/Walk and Health Fair is scheduled for April 21 at Oneonta High School.
Participants are encouraged to pre-register for the run/walk to be guaranteed an event shirt. Registration forms are available at schools in the Oneonta City, Franklin and Unatego districts and online at www.oneontacsd.org/news.cfm.
Registration and the health fair begin at 11:30 a.m. April 21 in the OHS gym, with the run/walk to follow at 1 p.m.
This event raises money for local SADD chapters. For more information, email Cathy Lynch at CLynch@oneontacsd.org.
Cycling event April 21
The Central New York Cyclists will host the annual "Check Your Legs" Spring Classic on April 21.
The race starts at 11 a.m. in Garrattsville and is open to experienced and beginning racers. Experienced racees ride 38 miles or three laps over a hilly course. Beginners ride 26 miles or 2 laps.
A USA Cycling racing license is required to compete. Beginners may buy a one-day license.
Pre-registration costs $15 and may be completed at the website www.bikereg.com/Net/18385. Raceday registration costs $20.
For more information, email Ad Stabel at email@example.com or visit the website www.centralnycycling.com.
Delhi to offer lifeguard training
SUNY Delhi's Waterfront Lifeguard Training runs from 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from April 22-May 22.
The training includes AED, First Aid and CPR-FPR. Attendance at all sessions is required, with no exceptions.
Pre-screening the first night includes a 550-yard non-stop swim, a brick swim and retrieval, and a ring retrieval.
Class size is limited. Cost is $270, which includes a non-refundable $45 deposit at registration. The remainder of the fee is due the second day of class.
Delhi also will run a water exercise class from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 16. Cost is $30 for one day per week, $60 for two per week and $80 for three per week. Participants also may pay one day at a time, at $6 per day.
For more information, call John E. Kolodziej III at 607-746-4263 or 607-287-1116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wrestling clinics underway
Oneonta State will host its annual wrestling clinic series Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 25 in the Chase PE Building Wrestling Room.
The clinic for elementary-school wrestlers runs from 6-7 p.m., followed by middle- and high-school wrestlers from 7-8 p.m. Cost is $45 per athlete.
For more information, call wrestling coach Duane Ritter at 607-436-2100 or email email@example.com.
City softball starts soon
The Oneonta Recreation Department will accept registrations for its men's and women's softball leagues through April 26.
Men will play Tuesdays and Thursdays starting May 21. Women will play Mondays and Wednesdays beginning May 20. Players must be age 18 or older. Each 14-game regular season will be followed by a postseason tournament for all teams.
Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Each manager must submit a completed registration form, a $400 entry fee and a $92 refundable forfeit bond to the recreation office. Checks or money orders must be made payable to the City of Oneonta. Cash will not be accepted.
Each team will pay its umpire $23 before each game. The forfeit bond will be used to pay an umpire if a team fails to show up for a scheduled game. Forfeit bond balances will be refunded at the end of the season.
Both leagues will hold preseason meetings April 24 at the Laskaris Skatehouse in Neahwa Park. Women will meet at 7 p.m., followed by men at 8 p.m.
Entry forms are available online at www.oneonta.ny.us/recreation or at the recreation office. For more information, call the Recreation Office at 607-432-0680.
Oneonta Pitch, Hit & Run is April 26
The City of Oneonta will host a local qualifier for the MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Competition from 5-7 p.m. April 26 at Ted Christman Field in Neahwa Park.
Children may compete at any time within this timeframe. Participation is free and open to all boys and girls ages 7-14 (as of 7/17/13).
To pre-register, a parent/guardian must submit an entry form/release of liability to the Recreation Department in Neahwa Park. A valid birth certificate must be presented.
Forms are available at the recreation office and at www.oneonta.ny.us/recreation. Event-day registrations will also be accepted.
Local winners advance to sectional competition May 19 at Damaschke Field on Oneonta. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 607-432-0680 during regular business hours.
Free baseball clinic April 27
Laurens Central will host a free baseball clinic for boys and girls in grades 1-6 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 27.
Pre-registration is recommended for the clinic, which will cover throwing, hitting, fielding, running, stretching and defense.
For more information, call Laurens varsity coach Josh Nelligan at 607-432-2050, ext. 1330, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hall to host Mars project April 27
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown will host the Imagine Mars Project, a workshop for students in grades 4-8, on April 27.
Imagine Mars is a national arts, sciences and technology education initiative sponsored by NASA and the National Endowment for the Arts that leads students to work together with scientists, engineers, artists and civic leaders to design and share a futuristic Mars community.
At the Hall workshop, students will work to create a baseball experience on Mars – factoring in the extreme Martian environment and the physical aspects of the red planet while imagining what life may be like on it.
Working with NASA educators, scientists and Hall staff, students will be asked to create uniforms, stadiums, marketing, concessions and new baseball rules. Within each category, students will work together to devise a way that baseball can be played on Mars.
Cost of the workshop is $10 per student, which includes materials, supplies and lunch and beverages provided by Price Chopper. The first 50 students to register will be accepted. A parent or guardian must be present to register and pick up the student April 27. Parents are welcome to attend the Imagine Mars Project Showcase from 3-5 p.m.
For more information or to register, call 607-547-0313.
SUNY Delhi sets pool schedule
SUNY Delhi's pool schedule through May 19 is as follows:
Monday-Friday: Lap Swim 7-8 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m, 5:30-7 p.m.; Open Swim 7-9 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Open Swim 1-5 p.m.
The pool will be closed for spring break from April 12-21.
Wick to offer swim lessons
Hartwick College will offer swimming lessons at Moyer Pool through May 19.
Lessons will be available during afternoon and evening hours Monday-Thursday and Sunday each week. Cost is $15 for each 30-minute lesson.
All proceeds support the Hartwick College Swimming & Diving Program and benefit the annual winter training trip.
For more information, call coach Dale Rothenberger at 607-431-4714 or email email@example.com.
Clinton Regatta adds new class
The General Clinton Canoe Regatta will offer a new class for the 70-mile Memorial Day race from Cooperstown to Bainbridge this year.
A competitive cruising class for adults and youths will be part of the Regatta, which is celebrating its 51st year. The class will leave Cooperstown at 7 a.m. May 27.
Entry forms and more information are online at www.canoeregatta.org. For more information, call Rodney and Judy Robinson at 607-434-2634.
UVSC announces 2013 schedule
The Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin will open its 2013 season May 11-12 with the District 3 MX.
The rest of its schedule is as follows:
May 31-June 2: Loretta Lynn’s NE Youth Regional.
June 14-16: MX Rewind Vintage Weekend.
July 12-14: ATV National Weekend.
Aug. 9-11: Pro National MX Weekend.
Sept. 7-8: Grand National Cross Country.
For more information, call 607-965-8450, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website unadillamx.com.
MX Rewind set for June 14-16
Unadilla Motocross in New Berlin will host the second MX Rewind weekend June 14-16.
MX Rewind will feature vintage and post-vintage cross country and motocross racing, appearances by motocross legends, a swap meet and bike shows, among other events.
For more information, call 607-965-8450 or visit the website www.mxrewind.com.
O-State to host wrestling camp
Oneonta State will host Ken Chertow Wrestling's Gold Medal Training Camp from July 12-15.
The camp is for wrestlers of all skill levels and ages. Group discounts are available.
The camp is also seeking a nurse to provide healthcare. In exchange for this service, the nurse may choose a wrestler to attend the camp for free. Nurse candidates also have the option of discussing wages and discounts instead.
For more information, call 814-466-3466 or visit the website www.kenchertow.com.
BASE Race set for Aug. 11
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown will host the second annual BASE Race on Aug. 11.
The event features a competitive 10K race at 8 a.m. and a family-style 5-kilometer run at 8:15 a.m. Both events start and finish at the CSC.
Registration is $25 for adults and $50 for families until race day, when registration will be $40 for individuals and $65 for families.
Proceeds support outreach for the “Be A Superior Example” program, which promotes the concepts of healthy lifestyle choices by educating students about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances.
Registration is underway online at www.baseballhall.org/BASERace and www.clarksportscenter.com.
The Hall also will hold a pre-race gathering for runners Aug. 10. Details will be released later this spring.
For more information, call the Hall at 607-547-0397 or the CSC at 607-547-2800.
Gun shows continue in August
The Midstate Arms Collectors and Shooters Club will host gun and knife shows from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the following dates.
Aug. 11: Unadilla Gun Show and Flea Market at Unadilla Rod & Gun Club (free admission)
Oct. 13: Lisle Gun Show at Lisle Fire Co. ($3 admission)
Nov. 3: Oneonta Gun Show at Holiday Inn ($2 admission)
Table reservations cost $15 and must be paid by cash in advance.
For more information, call 607-748-1010.
Junior golf clinics set
Catskill Mountains Junior Golf, a new organization, will offer a major junior golf programs at the Meadows Golf Center in Margaretville and Ouleout Creek Golf Course in North Franklin this year.
The courses will host junior golf clinic days, a championship day and a parent/junior tournament in July.
The main program will be followed by a season-ending banquet and awards day at Mine Kill State Park in North Blenheim.
The program is open to youths ages 5-17 and focuses on learning how to play, rules, etiquette and proper dress, among other things.
For more information, visit the website www.catskillmountainsjuniorgolf.com or email email@example.com.
Outlaws seeking host families
The Oneonta Outlaws are seeking families to host one or more players this summer.
Each host family will receive $300 per player, which will be paid by the Outlaws upon arrival. Host families also will receive a $100 voucher per player. Vouchers may be used to buy food and/or souvenirs at Damaschke Field.
The compensation package also includes one family season pass, which includes admission to all home games during the regular season and playoffs.
For more information, call Outlaws general manager Steve Pindar at 607-432-6326 (office) or 607-437-8779 (cell), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Golf leagues have openings
Colonial Ridge Golf in Laurens will offer the following public leagues this year: Monday Morning Ladies, Monday Night Ladies, Tuesday Morning Men, Tuesday Night Men, Wednesday Night Men, Thursday Night Men and Friday Night Couples.
The leagues feature two-person teams and are open to players of all skill levels. Colonial Ridge will pair those without partners. For more information, call 607-263-5291.
Hall accepting O'Neil nominations
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is accepting nominations for the Buck O'Neil Award, which will be presented next in 2014.
The award honors individuals who have enhanced baseball's positive impact on society, broadened the game's appeal, and whose character, integrity and dignity are comparable to the qualities exhibited by O'Neil. The Hall created the award in 2007 to honor former Negro leaguer O'Neil, who spent eight decades in baseball. O’Neil received the first award in 2008.
The Hall's Board of Directors present the award no more than once every three years. Longtime baseball executive Roland Hemond, now Special Assistant to the President and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, won in 2011.
Nominations must be submitted in writing and should detail how the proposed candidate carries O'Neil's extraordinary traits. Nominations are open from the general public, at any time, and may be submitted to: Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, 25 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Only submissions received by mail will be considered.