Area youths advance in Elks Shoot

Six area youths will compete in the next stage of the annual Elks Club Youth Hoop Shoot after qualifying Nov. 17 at the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club.

The following youths advanced to the Jan. 19 districts at Clayton Avenue Elementary in Vestal:

Gaylen Thompson (girls ages 8-9); Brieanna Baker (girls 10-11); Amelia Spaziani (girls 12-13); Damian Hill (boys 8-9); Jordan Gutierrez (boys 10-11); and Michael Calkins (boys 12-13).

District winners will advance to the Feb. 2 state semifinals in Herkimer. Semifinal winners will compete in the state championships, which are set for Feb. 16 in Homer. The national finals run April 24-27 in Springfield, Mass.

Youth wrestlers win tournament

The BGA youth wrestling team won the annual JC Pee-Wee Tournament on Dec. 9 in Johnson City.

The Bears took 32 wrestlers to compete in their season-opening tournament, which featured more than 400 athletes. BGA earned 21 top-two finishes en route to the team championship and a 5-foot-tall trophy.

The Bears will wrestle this Saturday at Union-Endicott.

Frostbite 5K registration set

The Oneonta Family YMCA will host the annual Frostbite 5K at 1 p.m. Dec. 31.

Pre-registration will be accepted until Sunday. Race-day registration will run from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The race will begin across from the Sidney Federal Credit Union on Market Street in Oneonta and finish at the Oneonta YMCA.

Applications are available at Alpine Ski Hut, Sport Tech and the Oneonta Family YMCA. They also can be downloaded on the Internet at the website

For more information, call the YMCA at 607-432-0010.

Cobleskill to feature Stickman

SUNY Cobleskill will feature Tom "The Stickman" Carter during its last men's basketball game of the semester, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday against North Country Community College.

Carter has performed his "Long Stick Basketball Show" _ which includes dribbling and shooting basketballs on the end of a long stick _ more than 200 times in front of college and professional basketball audiences for more than 20 years. He also has had national television exposure as part of ESPN's Plays of the Week segment.

The Fighting Tigers also will have giveaways and contests throughout the game, which is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Cobleskill's athletic department between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 518-255-5127.

H-T to host basketball event

The Hunter-Tannersville Booster Club will host its annual boys basketball tournament from Dec. 27-28. The schedule is as follows:

Dec 27: JV _ Pine Plains vs. Hunter-Tannersville, 3 p.m.; Rhinebeck vs. Loudonville Christian, 4:30 p.m. Varsity _ Rhinebeck vs. Loudonville Christian, 6 p.m.; Pine Plains vs. Hunter-Tannersville, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 28: JV _ Consolation, 3 p.m.; Championship, 4:30 p.m. Varsity _ Consolation, 6 p.m.; Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students.

Biathlon slated for Jan. 20

The Shandaken Primitive Biathlon is set for Jan. 20 at Shandaken's Oliverea Valley on the grounds of the Upper Esopus Fish and Game Association in the Catskill Mountains.

The wooded course over mountainous terrain is about 1 mile in length and includes four shooting stations that feature two targets at varying distances apiece. The competition will be divided into four age-groups, 12-16, 17-40, 41-59 and 60-and-older.

Pre-registration cost is $12 (before Jan. 9) and $17 on the day of the event. For more information, call Larry at 845-331-5201 or e-mail

Perch Derby set for Feb. 2

The Oxford Lions Club will host its annual Perch Derby on Feb. 2 on Chenango Lake in Norwich.

Proceeds will help provide eye examinations and eyeglasses for those in need and also benefit the Oxford Food Pantry, the Oxford Memorial Library and many other local groups.

Pre-registration forms will be available at Mayhood's Sporting Goods Store in Norwich and online at

The club is also holding a raffle in conjunction with the derby. Tickets can be purchased from any club member and also will be on sale during the derby.

The Oxford Lions Club has 41 members and meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Fred's Inn in Norwich. For more information or to get involved with the club, call Ron Charles at 607-336-3729.

Baseball club to host series

The Blue Jays Baseball Club will hold its seventh annual exhibition series near Cooperstown for high school varsity teams in late April and mid-May.

The club also will host three-game tournaments for summer teams ages 13, 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U. Trophies and medallions are awarded.

For more information, call Harvey Sandig at 631-650-5759 or e-mail

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