Unatego graduate to vie in 'American Ninja Warrior'

John Cachero Unatego Central School graduate Anthony Eardley scales a wall while in training for 'American Ninja Warrior.' Eardley will appear on the 11th season of the show, which begins airing May 29 on NBC.  

The 11th season of the NBC show "American Ninja Warrior" will include a local competitor. 

Anthony Eardley, a 2008 graduate of Unatego Central School and a 2010 graduate on SUNY Delhi, will begin taping episodes Monday in Baltimore. 

The show, which is a spin-off of a Japanese television show, features contestants who try to complete various obstacle courses of increasing difficulty. According to the show's website, about 100 contestants were chosen from about 8,000 applicants. The competitors that do the best at the regional sites will move on to city finals and then national finals. 

The national finals take place in Las Vegas on a course known as "Mount Midoriyama."

Eardley also tried out for season 10, according to his mother, Angela Eardley. 

"It is very exciting," she said. "He started going to various competitions at various gyms, even before he got involved in the ninja stuff.

"No one in upstate N.Y. has ever made it on the show," she said, "until now. We can put Oneonta on the map." 

Eardley, who lives in Yonkers, is a ninja warrior trainer at a The Westchester Gym in Elmsford. 

Eardley did not return phone calls to The Daily Star this week, but he posted on his Facebook page that he is thrilled for the opportunity. 

"The journey has been a blessing and that is ALWAYS A WIN! Extremely humbled and focused as these once baby steps now Giant Strides are pushing in the right direction. Thankful for all the support, love, inspiration and well wishes, that has been my fuel. Keep up the prayers; your energy is always with me," he posted. 

American Ninja Warrior will premiere at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 29; Further episodes will be aired at 8 p.m. Mondays, beginning June 10.

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