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The other day I got an email from an old friend of mine in the Adirondacks. He was a student of mine when I taught in Wells many years ago. He sent me a picture of a five-pound brook trout that he caught when the ice went out of a wilderness lake this spring.

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New York State Public High School Athletic Association Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas unveiled six potential scenarios for interscholastic sports for the 2020-2021 school year, Wednesday, July 1.

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The New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s COVID-19 Task Force discussed a range of options regarding the state of fall interscholastic athletics during its second meeting, Tuesday, June 30.

There isn’t really an Opening Day at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which is open every day of the year with the exceptions of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. But much of the Hall’s ongoing schedule of events is in conjunction with the Major League Baseball season.

When I was young – you know – many, many years ago, we spent our free time during the hot summer days up the creek. Well, that doesn’t sound quite right. It wasn’t “up the creek without a paddle.” Heck, the Harrison Creek that flows down our valley wasn’t big enough to float a toy boat. But …


The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown announced Wednesday it is preparing to reopen its doors on Friday, June 26, "in accordance with New York state’s regionally-focused phased reopening plan and with many enhanced health and safety procedures."

Four area wrestlers were in action Sunday, June 21, with Milford’s Avery Leonard leading the way with a first-place finish at the Cheesehead Apocalypse tournament held in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Longtime Cooperstown Central School coach and athletic director Dave Bertram announced Monday, June 22, that he would be leaving the district to become the athletic director at Mohonasen Central School.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association softball state championships were scheduled to take place last weekend on June 13. Of course, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, that did not happen.

The State University of New York Athletic Conference will split its 10-team conference in half for the upcoming fall season for men’s and women’s soccer as well as volleyball, per a decision from the SUNYAC Board of Directors on Monday, June 15.


With Gov. Andrew Cuomo announcing Sunday, June 14, that low-risk youth sports could begin July 6 in regions of the state that are in Phase Three, it appears that some of the area’s boys and girls of summer still may grace their respective fields.

An author with local connections is taking the mask off Cooperstown’s often-anonymous, always-necessary men in blue.


In the era of social distancing, finding ways to stay busy while also maintaining healthy boundaries from others is the name of the game.


NYSPHSAA took a small step toward staging a fall sports season jeopardized by the COVID-19 pandemic Friday, June 12, by releasing guidelines for summer conditioning programs.

Last winter, friends that we ski with suggested going on a hike with us this summer. Last Monday, we decided to climb Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain, which have some great views of the Catskill Mountains. Besides, Mondays are good days to hike because we usually have the trails to ourselve…

The NCAA Division III Administrative Committee announced Thursday, June 11, that the first day of practice for Division III fall sports will be Aug. 10 or the first day of classes at an institution, whichever comes first.

As protests against systemic racism continue across the country, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum bolstered its educational offerings centered around the history of baseball and the civil rights movement Thursday, June 12.

NYSPHSAA took a first step in addressing this fall’s interscholastic sports season Wednesday, June 11, as the organization’s COVID-19 Task Force met for the first time.

June typically marks the beginning of the New York-Penn League season, and while minor league baseball’s status is up in the air, the Auburn Doubledays are still preparing to host ballgames and fans in 2020.

I started out writing about the magnificent waterfalls that dot the landscape of this beautiful state, but realized that most of you will never walk three or four miles back into the wilderness just to see some water flow over the rocks above. Still, I didn’t want to cover those famous ones …

My dad liked to walk up the hill on our farm. Even in his late 80s and 90s he did it almost every day. I used to joke with him, as he said so many times, “I think that hill gets steeper every year.”

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Executive Committee unanimously approved a new football proposal for the 2020 season, Wednesday, May 27.

With the weather taking a turn toward summer conditions and the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to loom over the region, one area golf course is hoping to say thanks to those directly addressing the public health crisis.

SUNY Cobleskill announced Wednesday, May 22, that esports will be offered as a varsity sport beginning with the 2020-21 academic year.

SUNY Oneonta indoor track and field athlete Norberto Cervantes earned Division III All-America status Tuesday, May 19, from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.


The Otsenango Pony League will not have a summer baseball program for the first time in more than 50 years as it announced the cancellation of the 2020 summer season, Wednesday, May 20.

A hole-in-one is among the most difficult feats to accomplish in golf, and in all of sports. The amount of precision, accuracy and — let’s face it — luck needed to drain an ace is incredibly high.

We in The Daily Star’s sports department do not have the luxury of rooting for the home team when, say, the Dragons come over from Glens Falls or the Blue Sox drive south from Utica to play the Outlaws.


With the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League canceling its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oneonta Outlaws owner Gary Laing has a new goal, one that isn’t played out between the foul lines: making sure the Outlaws are around for an 11th season in 2021.


Senior athletes took the brunt of the cancellation of the spring sports season as the COVID-19 pandemic took away the opportunity to close out their careers on their own terms.

Ken Kendrick has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, bringing the total number of directors to 17 for the nonprofit educational institution.

During this pandemic, people are getting sick and tired of staying inside. They binge watch the television, argue with their kids and spouses and maybe even start cocktail hour earlier than normal.

With the NCAA’s Board of Governors accepting recommendations for rule changes regarding how athletes can be compensated for their names, images and likenesses (NIL) in late April, it appears real change is coming to college athletics.


The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced the formation of a COVID-19 task force to examine potential impacts of the coronavirus crisis on the fall sports season as well as the entire 2020-21 school year, Tuesday, May 12.

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