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Recent articles by Marquel:

Boilermaker perennials ‘can’t quit now’

Considering this year’s Boilermaker Road Race is much different than before, this would be a good time for one of the eight remaining perennial → Read More

Section III votes to begin fall season for low, moderate risk sports

The Section III fall sports season for low and moderate risk sports will begin on time.However, there will not be a postseason played on the sectional, → Read More

Cooperstown cancels fall sports season

Cooperstown Central School District announced that its upcoming fall sports season has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.The announcement came → Read More

Boilermaker honors former OD editor

Dave Dudajek, former opinion editor at the Observer-Dispatch, is the latest recipient of the Boilermaker’s Les Diven Media Award.The award, which has been around since 1996, recognizes exceptional coverage of the race and its unique connection and value to the community.The latest edition of the award was presented to Dudajek in August. Dudajek was alongside his grandson, Gavin Burgdoff, for a… → Read More

Local football teams ‘hope for the best’

Local high school football coaches are in limbo after the latest decision to authorize many interscholastic sports to begin on time next month.Sauquoit → Read More

Cuomo gives green light to ‘lower risk’ fall sports

On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo permitted "lower risk sports" to begin on time next month.The lower risk sports Cuomo named were tennis, soccer, cross-country, field hockey and swimming.The first day of fall practices is Monday, Sept. 21."The state has done a lot of research on youth sports, and the guidance we’ve come up with is this: what’s called lower risk sports — tennis, soccer,… → Read More

Waterville softball coach Clendennen: ‘Mudville saved us’

HERKIMER — Waterville softball coach Bob Clendennen could barely muster enough words of gratitude for Mudville’s Last Hurrah softball event. → Read More

COMMENTARY: Arrest Breonna Taylor’s killers

Did you know that Breonna Taylor’s murderers have not been arrested yet?This is why we’re screaming "BLACK LIVES MATTER!"Innocent Black people are dying at the hands of police, and the punishment — in many cases, what punishment? — rarely fits the crime.How is this OK?Save me with the "All Lives Matter" crap. As long as Black lives remain apparently disposable to the justice system, all lives… → Read More

UPDATE: NY high school fall sports delayed

New York state’s interscholastic sports season has been delayed because of COVID-19 concerns.The new official start of the high school fall 2020 → Read More

The year without a Boilermaker

Boilermaker Road Race founder Earle Reed planned on skipping his traditional Friday and Saturday walks this week to save his legs for Sunday. After all, → Read More

VIDEO: TVL softball’s senior salute

Camden senior Payge Granger may have lost her last season of varsity softball, but she’ll have a lifetime of memories. → Read More

Cooperstown AD Bertram makes ‘difficult decision’

Cooperstown junior Spencer Lewis can speak to athletic director David Bertram’s impact.Lewis was a freshman when Bertram, then the school’s boys basketball coach, pulled the short sharpshooter up from the junior varsity team to varsity at the end of the 2017-18 regular season.Bertram recently accepted the AD position at Section II Class A school Mohonasen, but not before touching many lives at… → Read More

COMMENTARY: Are you ready for the All-MV award show?

I was still shopping for an outfit the day of last year’s All-Mohawk Valley All-Stars banquet.In search of an outfit to go with my glitzy gold bowtie, I went to Sangertown Square, running into Nicole Failing and Olivia Langdon from the Little Falls girls soccer team while out shopping to get ready for the ceremony.That night, on stage at the banquet, Failing and I shared a quick laugh when she… → Read More

Commentary: Utica loses ‘family reunion’ in Boilermaker

Boilermaker perennial Joe Wilczynski of Marcy politely corrected me shortly after Tuesday morning’s announcement that Utica’s famed road race was canceled due to concerns of the novel coronavirus.I asked Wilczynski if this "would have been" his 43rd Boilermaker."This will be my 43rd Boilermaker," Wilczynski said. frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope;… → Read More

Whitesboro softball’s ‘last dance’ spoiled

Caitlin Reilly is “unshakable.”Whitesboro softball coach Aaron Cirasuolo described his senior pitcher that way, using an example of a postseason game from her sophomore season, when the Warriors’ three-run lead shrunk to a one-run advantage with no outs and the bases loaded.Cirasuolo went to the circle to check on Reilly. She told him, “Yeah, yeah. Go back to the dugout. The game is over.”Reilly… → Read More

‘Too early’ to flip-flop fall, spring seasons

Many hot button issues were discussed Wednesday, when the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) hosted its first COVID-19 task → Read More

RFA girls lacrosse losing program changers

Callie Ott played a huge part in turning around Rome Free Academy’s girls lacrosse program.“When we got her to step on board as a goalie, she really gave the kids … belief that we could win,” RFA coach Doug Rowe said.The girls lacrosse program at RFA hadn’t had a winning season until the likes of Ott, and fellow senior captains Hailey Millington and Jamie Fleck helped the team win nine games in… → Read More

Could fall sports be played in the spring?

Is there any chance that high school football will be played in the spring?What about softball in September?Section III executive director John Rathbun → Read More

Holland Patent’s Tolpa enters NYS record book

Jonathan Tolpa found out he was a New York State record holder by surprise.The Holland Patent boys soccer team’s junior goalkeeper set the record for most saves in a game when he stopped 31 shots against Thomas R. Proctor back in August, but he didn’t find out it was an official NYS mark until recently.The New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s record books are not always… → Read More

Commentary: Let’s start with a prayer

I prayed while writing this.The deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery — black men just like me — have been weighing heavily on my mind.What → Read More