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Think of Penn Yan Academy athletics in the 21st century, and boys lacrosse comes to mind. The Mustangs have won a Section V championship in all but one year since the 20th century ended.

New York state released guidelines for professional sports competitions as part of Phase 4 of reopening the state on Wednesday and it indicates that fans will not be permitted to attend Buffalo Bills games during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It’s human nature for a person who grows up playing sports to dream of a professional career. For so many, that rarely comes to fruition. However, for a select few, the dream of fulfilling that aspiration is so strong any obstacles only strengthen the drive and determination.

WATERLOO — Waterloo High School’s 54th annual sports award ceremony wasn’t the usual night of celebration it has been in years past. Nonetheless, the Athletic Department ensured the district’s student-athletes were honored for their hard work and dedication.

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GENEVA — The groundwork had been laid in the seasons leading up to 2006. That year, which ended with the Geneva Panthers winning the Class B state football championship, proved to be the culmination of a lengthy process. While the final scores in the Panthers’ run through the ’06 postseason,…

SENECA FALLS — Mynderse Academy still found a way to honor its athletes for the hard work put in during the fall and winter sports seasons.

PENN YAN — Area high schools continue to come up with clever ways to make sure their student-athletes receive recognition for their hard-fought fall and winter seasons.

GENEVA — Hobart College linebacker Emmett Forde was named to Street & Smith’s 2020 preseason All-America team. He’s the first Statesman recognized by the annual college football preview magazine since Shane Sweeney in 2017.

LATHAM — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has put together a task force to begin examining the potential impact of COVID-19 on the upcoming fall 2020 season — as well as the entire 2020-21 school year.

It was 2011. Our son Sean was loving his junior year of college in Philly; I was home in Waterloo, missing our father-son NFL Sundays. That fall, we got tickets to see the Giants host the Packers. Sean was a Packer Backer; having the chance to see Aaron Rodgers and our hometown’s hero, Giant…

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PHELPS — Dave Whitcomb may not have been sliding into retirement, but he couldn’t help but think his days of being a head football coach were behind him.

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While 2019 was a tough year for football-playing schools in the Finger Lakes High School Athletic Association, individual players shined all the brighter through the adversity of the new Federation-style schedule. That adversity included an ongoing struggle to fill rosters, resulting in numb…

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In football, judging the most impactful athletes on defense is an inexact science. Is the guy averaging double figures in tackles more important than the defender creating turnovers? How about the guys in the trenches disrupting what an offense is trying to do?

CORTLAND — Before training camp even started, Hobart football head coach Kevin DeWall preached that his young team was going to control what it could control.

CALEDONIA — Friday night’s temperatures were bone-chilling cold. Unfortunately, the Red Jacket offense, normally red hot, was much like the weather as the Indians squared off against Alexander in the Section V Class D football semifinals.

LIVONIA — Sectional football is an exciting time of year for any team that makes the tournament, because everyone has a fresh slate. On Friday night, No. 5 Geneva was looking to erase past memories over No. 4 Livonia in the first round of the Section V Class B Tournament.

SHORTSVILLE — Last year was a disappointing one for Red Jacket. The Indians finished 4-4 and were eliminated by Alexander in the first round of sectionals. This year has been much different with the team posting a 5-2 record heading into the Section V Class D Tournament.

CLYDE — Knocking your rival out of postseason contention is a very gratifying feeling. For Clyde-Savannah they experienced that gratifying feeling on a muddy Nicholas Dercola Field on Friday night as they blanked longtime rival Lyons 36-0, earning a berth in the Section V Class D tournament.

ITHACA — Playing at legendary Butterfield Field can be a daunting task for any visiting team. The Hobart football team learned that the hard way as the Statesmen were blanked by No. 9 Ithaca Saturday afternoon by a score of 34-0.

GENEVA — The coldest night of the 2019 high school football season so far left Geneva frozen against a deep and talented Honeoye Falls-Lima football team that spoiled the home team’s Senior Night.

BATH — The Waterloo Indians (3-3) traveled to Haverling to take on the Rams (4-4) on a Saturday showdown and were able to escape with a narrow, 9-7 victory to bring them their third victory of the season.

SCHENECTADY — After dominating the non-conference portion of its schedule, the Hobart football team struggled in its Liberty League opener against Union College on Saturday afternoon as the Statesmen fell by a score of 23-7.

SHORTSVILLE — Defensive battles can be some of the best games on the gridiron. That’s exactly what was provided in Saturday’s matchup between Alexander and Red Jacket. The result was a narrow 11-8 victory for the visitors.

GENEVA — Since getting blanked by Rochester by a score of 1-0, the Herons haven’t lost a game. On Saturday afternoon William Smith extended the ir winning streak to four as they blanked Liberty League foe Clarkson on Cozzens Field by a score of 5-0.

WATERLOO — Friday night’s matchup between two former Finger Lakes East foes proved to be one of the more exciting games in the Finger Lakes. After trailing 30-21 at halftime, Penn Yan shut out Waterloo in the second half to capture a 33-30 victory.

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GENEVA — The Hobart defense came through in the clutch once again on Saturday afternoon at David J. Urick Stadium at Boswell Field. The result was a 16-3 victory over Montclair State, improving the Statesmen’s record to 4-0 for the first time in Kevin DeWall’s young head coaching career at Hobart.

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GENEVA — Last year, when Geneva and Wayne Central squared off in the Finger Lakes East, the Panthers claimed an early 23-0 lead — only to see the Eagles rattle off 41 straight points and eventually claim a 48-31 victory.