Sidney to hold meeting tonight
Sidney will hold a parent-athlete meeting at 6 p.m. today in the high school auditorium.
The meeting will include the passing out of athletic handbooks, watching a DVD on “Parenting your student-athlete,” a speaker who will talk about strategies for success and information on the field project.
Practices will start for the fall season Aug. 19.
Edmeston parents to meet Wednesday
Edmeston Central will hold its Fall Sports Parent Meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria.
For more information, email Mike Clark at mikeclark@Edmeston.net.
Section Four meetings set
Section Four will host its 2013 Fall Sports Rules Interpretation Meetings on the following dates:
Thursday: Football at Binghamton High, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: Soccer (boys & girls) at Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira, 7 p.m.
Aug. 19: Field hockey at Harpursville High, 6 p.m.
Aug. 20: Soccer (boys & girls) at Oneonta State’s Morris Conference Center, 7 p.m.
Aug. 20: Girls swimming at Owego Free Academy, 7 p.m.
Aug. 22: Soccer (boys & girls) at Tompkins Cortland CC in Dryden, 7 p.m.
Aug. 26: Soccer (boys & girls) at Seton Catholic Central, 7 p.m.
Aug. 27: Cross country at Chenango Valley High, 2 p.m.
Section Four coaches at all levels of these sports are encouraged to attend.
Youth fishing derby to be held Aug. 17
The Oneonta City Recreation Department and the Susquehanna Bass Association will host the City of Oneonta’s 56th annual Fishing Derby at 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at Hodges Pond in Neahwa Park.
The derby is a free catch-and-release competition open to youths ages 5-15. All participants must provide their own poles, bait/lures and a clean bucket.
Parents/guardians must complete a registration/release form for their children to be eligible to participate in the derby.
Parents may pre-register their children for the derby at the recreation office during regular business hours. Event-day registrations will be accepted from 3-3:45 p.m.
The Bass Association also will host activities during the sign-in/registration period. The derby will last for one hour. An awards ceremony will follow.
For more information, call the recreation office at 607-432-0680.
Polar Bear 5K is Saturday
The Goodyear Lake Polar Bears will sponsor a 5-kilometer run/walk on Aug. 17 at Krol Field on Lakeshore Drive South, which is off Route 35 in Maryland.
Registration will run from 9-10 a.m. The race will start at 10:15 a.m.
Entry fee is $20. Proceeds will benefit the Polar Bear Jump Fund, an organization dedicated to helping children, individuals and organizations in need.
The Polar Bear Run is part of the Goodyear Lake Festival, celebrating the 106th anniversary of Collier’s Dam and the creation of Goodyear Lake.
For more information, call Melissa at 607-286-9879.
Milford athletes to report Aug. 19
Milford Central students in grades 7-12 who are interested in playing soccer this fall should report to the nurse’s office with sports contracts and proof of physical Aug. 19.
Girls varsity soccer players should report at 7 a.m., followed by boys varsity soccer players at 7:30 a.m., and modified boys and girls at 8 a.m.
The first practices for modified boys and girls soccer will start on a date to be determined.
For more information, call Frank Spurchise at 607-286-9219.
OHS to start practice Aug. 19
The following is a list of start dates for Oneonta High fall sports programs:
Varsity/JV football: 4 p.m. Aug. 19 at OHS (equipment pick-up, 6 p.m. Friday).
Varsity/JV boys soccer: 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at OHS.
Varsity/JV girls soccer: 5:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at OHS.
Varsity/JV cross country: 9 a.m. Aug. 20 at OHS.
Varsity swimming: Noon Aug. 19 at OHS pool.
Varsity volleyball: 2 p.m. Aug. 19 at OHS.
JV volleyball: Noon Aug. 19 at OHS.
Modified football: 2:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at OHS.
Modified boys soccer: 2:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at OHS.
Modified girls soccer: 2:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at OHS.
Modified swimming: 2:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at OHS.
Modified volleyball: 2:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at Oneonta Middle.
Athletes must have a completed health-history questionnaire and an updated physical to participate. Forms can be picked up at the high school or middle school health office.
For more information, call 607-433-8251.
Unatego practices open Aug. 19
Unatego will start varsity practices for the fall sports season Aug. 19.
Varsity football will practice from 8 a.m.-noon at Unatego, which also will host the opening practices for varsity girls soccer (8-11 a.m.) and varsity volleyball (9-11 a.m.).
The first varsity boys soccer practice will run from 8-11 a.m. at Otego Elementary.
Modified practices start Aug. 26, with boys soccer from 3-5 p.m. at Unadilla Elementary; volleyball from 4-7 p.m. at Unatego; girls soccer from 5-7 p.m. at Otego Elementary; and football from 5-7:30 p.m. at Unatego.
For more information, email Matt Hafele at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Atchinson Cup set for Aug. 24-25
The Oneonta Country Club will host the Otsego County Amateur Golf Tournament from Aug. 24-25.
Known as the Atchinson Cup, the Otsego County Amateur is a 36-hole competition featuring championship and net flights that will be determined by handicaps.
There will be 10 players per flight for the tournament, which is open to all Otsego County residents and non-residents who are members of Otsego County golf courses.
Entry fee is $60.
For more information, call OCC head golf professional Matthew Schulte at 607-432-8950, ext. 2.
Youth football sign-ups Aug. 26
Oneonta Youth Football will hold sign-ups, check-in and equipment distribution Aug. 26 at the 6th Ward Booster Club Field on Scramling Ave., which is across from the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club.
Sign-ups and check-ins for players ages 8-10 will run from 5:15-6:15 p.m., followed by the same for players ages 11-12 from 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Players must be age 8 by Dec. 1 and cannot turn 13 before Sept. 1 to participate. Twelve-year-olds in grades 7 or higher are not eligible.
A copy of each player’s birth certificate and a $25 insurance fee is required. For more information, call Jason Neer at 607-353-7130.
Golf tournament set for Aug. 28
The fourth annual NOT Going Back-to-School Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Otsego and Delaware County Retired Teachers’ Associations, will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Aug. 28 at Colonial Ridge Golf in Laurens.
Cost to enter the captain-and-crew tournament is $40 and includes 18 holes, cart, prizes and a Brooks’ House of BBQ lunch. Cost for Colonial Ridge members is $30. Non-golfers may have lunch for $12.
The tournament is limited to the first 18 teams that register. Golfers may enter as individuals and will be placed on teams.
For more information, call Rebeca Byam at 607-432-3509 or email email@example.com by Aug. 18.
Checks should be made out to Colonial Ridge Golf and mailed to Byam at 247 County Highway 58, Oneonta, NY 13829.
Hall event to feature Fingers
Rollie Fingers will be the featured guest during a special Voices of the Game program at 10 a.m. Sept. 2 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Fingers, a 1992 Hall of Fame inductee who finished his career with 341 saves, will be in Cooperstown that week for the Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open Pro-Am.
Tickets for the one-hour roundtable program cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets may be reserved by Hall members from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. starting Monday by calling 607-547-0397. Remaining tickets, if any, will go on sale to the general public Aug. 26.
Fingers to host Seniors Open
National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers will serve as celebrity host for the 31st annual Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open and Pro-Am Golf Tournament, which runs Sept. 3-6 at the Leatherstocking Golf Course in Cooperstown.
Fingers will participate in the Sept. 3 Pro-Am, which begins with an 11:30 a.m. shotgun start. Fingers also will speak at the fundraiser dinner later that day.
Proceeds from the Pro-Am will benefit Pathfinder Village, a residential community in Edmeston dedicated to children and adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Proceeds also will benefit the Hall’s educational programs.
For more information on the Pro-Am or to register to play, visit the website www.pathfindervillage.org.
The Seniors Open follows Sept. 4-6 and will feature close to 100 of the top senior professionals in the country. Tom Eubank of Ellijay, Ga., shot a tournament record-tying 64 in the final round to win the 2012 Seniors Open.
For more information on the Seniors Open, call the Leatherstocking Golf Course at 607-547-9931.
O-State to host baseball clinic
The annual SUNY Oneonta Baseball Fall High School Clinic will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 8 at Red Dragon Baseball Field.
Registration runs from 8-9 a.m. Sept. 8. Entry fee is $75 and may be paid on the day of the clinic or by filling out a registration form and mailing it to SUNY Oneonta, Chase PE Building 102, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Each camper will receive a T-shirt and lunch. The camp is open to high school-aged players who’ll graduate between 2014-17.
The morning session will focus on hitting and position instruction. A live game will be played in the afternoon.
For more information, call O-State baseball coach Ben Grimm at 607-436-2661.
O-State dinner Sept. 14
Oneonta State’s athletics department will host its sixth annual “Dining for Champions” on Sept. 14 in the Hunt Union Ballroom.
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction. Dinner follows at 7 p.m.
All proceeds will support student-athlete travel initiatives and facility enhancements. The event has raised more than $90,000 over its first five years.
To reserve a seat before Sept. 2, visit the website www.oneontaathletics.com or call the athletics department office at 607-436-3494.
Norwich to host 5K run/walk
Norwich will host an inaugural 5K run/walk to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at East Park.
Registration is open on St. Baldrick’s website, www.stbaldricks.org/events/2013Norwich5K.
Pre-registration is $20 for adults and $15 for students. Registration on the day of the event will be $25 for adults and $20 for students.
The top three men and women in the adult (18-and-older), student (17-and-under) and senior (50-and-older) categories will receive awards for the 5K run. The top three men and women in the 5K walk also will receive awards.
For more information, call Tracy Chawgo at 607-334-1214 or A. Wesley Jones at 607-226-1299.
Gun shows continue in October
The Midstate Arms Collectors and Shooters Club will host gun and knife shows from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the following dates.
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.
Youth football league seeks teams
The Boys of Fall Football League is seeking teams to join its full-contact league for the 2013 season.
The Tri-Valley Colts and the Richfield Indians play in the league, which started in 2011 and held its first season in 2012. Players ages 8-18 are eligible to participate.
Those who are interested in joining the league or who may need help fundraising to start a team should call Mindy at 607-437-9450.