Local athletes making it big at college, pro level
Section III’s athletes are going after state championships this week, from boys lacrosse in Pittsford to baseball in Binghamton to girls lacrosse at Cortland to softball at Queensbury to track and field at Middletown to girls golf at Delhi. They do so amid a year where, everywhere you look, from the college to professional ranks, local athletes are seizing their moments in the spotlight and shining brightly.
Long-time Buffalo sports journalist served as my role model
Something really stopped me last week. Not the occasion of a birthday, for there’s one of those every year and it always happens to fall during a busy time where there’s little chance to really kick back and enjoy things, not with the deluge of games, tournaments and meets to keep up with.
“History repeats itself” is a phrase we have all heard, and it is true. Recently, Madison County is experiencing a rebirth of hops growing. Drive south along Route 46 in the late summer or early fall and you will see the bines climbing at a number of farms. Growth of the crop is expanding to Sullivan and Cazenovia, meaning all ends of the county can experience a rebirth of the industry.
SU basketball reflects best, worst parts of college game
So what is Syracuse University basketball, circa 2013? The Orange’s run to the Final Four in Atlanta has evoked a whole lot of examination of what’s gone right and what’s gone wrong here. It’s also evoked the usual amount of journalistic opportunism - some of it legitimate, some of it not.
Tougher for HS coaches in era of increased scrutiny
When New York Mills boys basketball coach Mike Adey picked up career win no. 500 last Sunday as his Marauders won yet another Section III Class D title at the Carrier Dome, he entered a territory few might ever trod upon again.
College hoops, NCAAs could be crazier than normal
More than 35,000 souls gathered under the Carrier Dome top to fete Carmelo Anthony and the championship team from 10 years ago (10 years already?), and to see the current Syracuse lot battle Georgetown one more time as a Big East rival. Only one other basketball crowd will be bigger this season – the one on the first Saturday and Monday in April, under another dome roof, this one in Atlanta.
The end of football leaves an awful void in many people’s lives. There is no better way to fill the void than to go to the movies on a Sunday afternoon, particularly if the movie is “Silver Linings Playbook.” “Playbook” is exceptional for its script and execution. It is a love movie, a talking movie, set in real world circumstances where the dialogue grabs the audience and won’t release them.
Baltimore run to Super Bowl title one full of twists, drama
Look here, as the clock hit zero in New Orleans, and you see John Harbaugh, subdued when greeting his younger brother at midfield, but happier when greeted by his boss and family.
As most of you know, the town board has been investigating the costs and feasibility of extending sewers into areas of the Cazenovia Lake shoreline as a part of the overall work of the town, the village and the lake association to improve the health of the lake and the watershed. My purpose here is to describe the process of forming a sewer district and constructing sewers.
Super Bowl XLVII has plenty of stories beyond coaching brothers
Harbaugh brothers, and let’s call it Ravens 24, 49ers 21. Or Harbaugh brothers, and let’s say 49ers 27, Ravens 24. There, I’ve spared you a vast majority of the cliché pieces that will spring up in the days leading up to that rather consequential football game they’ll play in New Orleans Sunday night.
The past few weeks have been a transitional period at the Cazenovia Republican, as we said goodbye to previous editor Pierce Smith and the managing editor of Eagle Newspapers (the parent company of the Republican), Jen Wing, briefly took charge until I was able to come on board full time. I am pleased to tell everyone that last week I officially took over duties as editor of the Republican, and this is my first issue. I also wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to the community.
Marrone to Bills, Shafer at SU great for both teams
Just as soon as the word got out early Sunday morning that Doug Marrone was trading Syracuse Orange for Buffalo Bills blue, the negativity began. From this corner in Central New York, it was fury at Marrone for having the nerve to leave the program he helped resuscitate. From that corner in Western New York, it was griping about missing the big name and settling for something smaller.
Why do we celebrate the New Year? I don’t know what it is but we all seem so pleased to have out with the old and in with the new.
From the editor
And so it is the New Year, and this Cazenovia Republican is my final issue as editor.
I discovered Jack Reacher in the Cazenovia Public Library. He is a quirky, wonderfully existential character — the invention of author Lee Child.