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June 10, 2014

In Our Opinion: Cheers

To three local teams that made it to the sectional finals.

Hancock baseball earned its fifth straight Section Four Class D baseball title with a 5-0 victory over Deposit.

Coached by Brandon Olbrys, the top-seeded team extended its sectional tournament winning streak to 18.

Two softball teams fell in their sectional finals.

Oneonta High lost, 9-1, to Windsor in the Section Four Class B final. OHS coach Randy Brockway steered the second-seeded Yellowjackets into a sectional final for the first time in program history. 

Seventh-seeded Richfield Springs lost to Deposit, 9-0, in the Section Four Class D final. It was the first time a Tri-Valley League team had made it to the finals.

Getting to play in the sectional finals takes hard work, dedication and teamwork. We applaud the teams for their accomplishments.


To Buddy Noorlander on his great attitude during the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Noorlander, an Oneonta eighth-grader, faced 280 other spellers at the contest, and although he was eliminated in Round 3, he kept cool, calm and collected during the event.

“He was having a great time,” said Stacie Haynes, Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego Board of Cooperative Educational Services enrichment coordinator and organizer of the regional spelling bee. “His poor mom was a nervous wreck, though.”

Keeping with his easygoing attitude, Noorlander cracked a joke before attempting to spell his third and final word, according to the official blog of the National Spelling Bee.

“I’d like my mom to take a deep breath,” Noorlander said, before pausing for a second. “I think she’s ready now.”

Although he didn’t make it the final rounds, he had a good time. It’s a great experience for a student to have, and having fun is an important part of it.


To the third annual Bark for Life for its effort to fight cancer.

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