{"HeadlineLight14"/}Local man hits first ace

Mount Vision resident Charley Fairchild, a 44-year golfer, hit his first hole-in-one Sept. 11 at the Colonial Ridge Golf Course in Laurens.

Fairchild, a 75-year-old lefty, won a $475 hole-in-one pot in the Thursday Morning Senior Fun League for sinking his tee shot on the par-3, 120-yard third hole with a 6-iron.

"He didn't see it go in, but they got up there and it was in the hole," Colonial Ridge's Mike Waffle said Tuesday of Fairchild and witnesses Howard Backus, Leo Dubreuil and Don Hall. "The hole-in-one pot is ongoing all year, and he won the first pot of the season for seniors."

{"HeadlineLight14"/}Six advance in football event

Oneonta resident Dillon Warner finished with the best total score at the City of Oneonta Department of Recreation's NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick competition this past Saturday at Damaschke Field in Neahwa Park.

Warner won the 14-15 boys age-group with an overall high of 240 feet, 8 inches. He and five other age-group winners advanced to sectional competition Oct. 11 in Ballston Spa. Sectional participants may qualify for the team championship competition, which will be held Nov. 16 at Giants Stadium in conjunction with an NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and the host New York Giants.

Other age-group winners are as follows: Boys 8-9, Keaton Mark, West Oneonta, 186-4; Boys 10-11, Eric Merwin, Davenport, 181-10; Boys 12-13, Kragh Delello, Oneonta, 193-1; Girls 12-13, Marissa Maney, Delhi, 136-5; Girls 14-15, Roxy Harrison, Oneonta, 218-8.

More than 50 competed. Scores were based on the combined distances of one punt, one pass and one kick.

{"HeadlineLight14"/}Baseball movies win awards

Fuera De Liga, a movie about the history of the most popular team in Cuban baseball, won the Award for Best Film during the National Baseball Hall of Fame's third annual Baseball Film Festival on Sunday.

NBC critic Jeffrey Lyons, professor and author Rob Edelman, Albany Times Union sportswriter Mark McGuire and Hall of Fame Library Associate Bill Francis voted Fuera De Liga (Dreaming in Blue) as the best overall entry. The film, by Ian Padron, also illustrates Cuba's obsession with baseball.

Two other movies won awards from the four-man panel. Base Ball Discovered, Sam Marchiano's documentary about the origins of baseball, won the Award for Baseball Excellence. Gandhi at the Bat, by Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm, won the Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. Based on an original short story by Chet Williamson, this short film revolves around Mahatma Gandhi pinch-hitting in a 1933 game at Yankee Stadium.

The Cooperstown shrine will celebrate baseball in film in 2009 with a 25th anniversary salute to The Natural. A date for the tribute has not been announced.

{"HeadlineLight14"/}Bowling league starts today

The Delhi Mercantile Bowling League begins its 2008-2009 season at 6:30 p.m. today at Holiday Lanes in Oneonta. For more information, call league secretary Tom Ballard at 607-435-0056 or Holiday Lanes at 607-432-2540.

{"HeadlineLight14"/}Davenport sets Alumni Weekend

The Charlotte Valley Central School Varsity Club/GAA and the Davenport Soccer Club will sponsor its soccer alumni weekend in conjunction with the Chic Walshe Tournament from Friday through Sunday.

Events include a bonfire/pep rally at 6:30 p.m. Friday with a student dance to follow. The 21st annual Chic Walshe Tournament begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, when South Kortright's girls play Morris. The Rams' boys follow against Cooperstown at noon. Davenport's girls play Worcester at 2 p.m., followed by a boys meeting between the same schools at 4 p.m.

The Davenport Soccer Club will hold a dinner/dance at the East Meredith Fish and Game Club at 7 p.m. Saturday. Reservations are not required for the dinner and walk-ups are welcome. Alumni soccer games will be held at the Harold Vroman Fields at Davenport at 11 a.m. Sunday with a picnic to follow.

For more information or to sign up for events, call Doug Calhoun at 607-278-5556 after 8 p.m. or leave a message at the school at 607-278-5511.

{"HeadlineLight14"/}FAM 5K set for Saturday

The 15th annual FAM 5K "Fund" Run/Walk begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds.

The event, which is sanctioned by the Adirondack Association of USA Track and Field, is expected to draw more than 800 participants and will benefit Catholic Charities of Schoharie County. For more information, call 1-800-932-3271 or visit the website FAM5K.com.

{"HeadlineLight14"/}Wambach to appear at Soccer Hall

U.S. Women's National Team forward Abby Wambach will appear at the National Soccer Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Saturday, the Oneonta shrine announced Wednesday. Pittsford native Wambach will discuss the gold medal the U.S. women won while she was sidelined with a broken left leg during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

Wambach ranks fifth on the all-time U.S. women's scoring list with 99 goals. She won an Olympic gold in 2004 (Athens), a Women's United Soccer Association title with the Washington Freedom in 2003 and an NCAA Division I crown with the University of Florida in 1998. Wambach has 99 goals in 127 games, marking the best strike rate in U.S. women's soccer history. She broke her leg in two places during the final pre-Olympics warm-up match for the U.S. this past June.

The Hall will be open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday. The Wambach event is included at no extra charge with a paid museum admission.

{"HeadlineLight14"/}Baseball Hall to host gala

The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown will host its 12th annual World Series Gala at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The family event features a live broadcast of Game 3 of the 104th World Series, which will be played at the home of the National League champion.

Museum visitors can watch the game on big-screen televisions in the Grandstand Theater or the Plaque Gallery. Tickets are required and cost $10 each for adults and $5 each for children younger than age 12.

Museum members, who receive free admission to the Hall, can reserve tickets beginning Sept. 29. The general public can purchase remaining tickets, if any, starting Oct. 20 by calling the Hall's membership department at 607-547-0397.

{"HeadlineLight14"/}UVSC to host races this weekend

The Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin will host the Can-Am Unadilla Grand National Cross Country races Saturday and Sunday.

The world's best off-road motorcycle and ATV riders will compete in the event, which marks Round 11 of the 13-stop Can-Am Grand National Cross Country tour. Nearly 1,500 competitors are expected to race.

High Falls resident Nathan Kanney is among those trying to spoil David Knight's quest to successfully defend his pro motorcycle GNCC championship. Knight is the points leader and has a chance to clinch the 2008 title at UVSC.

In the ATV division, Kentucky resident and points leader Bill Ballance will have a chance to clinch an unprecedented ninth title at UVSC. Bryan Cook and Adam McGill are the top threats to dethrone Ballance.

Series sponsor Can-Am will have its full lineup of ATVs on hand for free demo rides. New York's Ten Man Push will play concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The concerts are included with paid admission.

{"HeadlineLight14"/}Basketball shootouts start Sunday

The Knapp Basketball College Exposure Shootout at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill invites local boys and girls high school players and college coaches to attend its sessions this fall.

The girls shootout is slated for Sunday. The boys shootout follows Oct. 12.

For more information, call coach Knapp at 315-363-2625 or 315-264-0297, or visit the website www.knappbasketball.com.

{"HeadlineLight14"/}Big ball benefit set for Oct. 4

The Otego Rod & Gun Club will host a 16-inch big ball benefit tournament on Oct. 4 at the Otego Little League fields.

Cost is $150 per team. All proceeds will benefit the club. Men's, women's and co-ed teams are eligible to participate.

For more information or to enter a team, call Ira Utter at 607-369-4211 or Amber Emerson at 607-988-6372.

{"HeadlineLight14"/}Baseball Hall to offer VIP passes

The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown will offer the VIP Experience, a behind-the-scenes look at the shrine, on select dates from November through April.

The Hall of Fame VIP Experience begins with exclusive after-hours access to the Hall on Thursday evenings and ends Friday afternoons with private receptions. The package also includes a Hall of Fame Sustaining Membership ($100 value), a library archive tour and a museum collections artifact presentation.

Space is limited for the program, which will run on the following dates: Nov. 6-7; Nov. 13-14; Dec. 4-5; Jan. 8-9; Jan. 22-23; Feb. 5-6; Feb. 19-20; March 5-6; March 19-20; April 2-3; April 16-17; and April 23-24.

The Cooper Inn, The Inn at Cooperstown, The Phinney House, The Rose and Thistle Bed and Breakfast and The White House Inn will offer accommodations. The program should be booked through the local merchants. For more information, call the Hall's membership department at 607-547-0397.

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