ROCHESTER — The Keuka Wolves women’s soccer team finally kicked off their first game in the Empire 8 as they opened up their 2021 season on Wednesday afternoon when they traveled to take on Rochester Institute of Technology.

GENEVA — Hobart and William Smith Colleges Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation Deb Steward announced the new head coach of the William Smith ice hockey team. Matt Cunningham will serve as the third head coach in program history.

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GENEVA — It had been a real struggle for the WFL Panthers since their season opening win eight days prior to their meeting against Gates/Wayne/El/Wheatland on Thursday night at the Cooler.

GENEVA — High-risk winter sports began practice this week, with games set to begin next week. In less than a month, the winter season will ramp up and overlap with the Fall II sports season — a rare crossroads of football and basketball meeting before spring sports get underway.

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For 11 months, basketball courts have been bereft of shoe squeaks and dribbling balls. There have been no board-rattling checks or skate-induced ice showers in area rinks. And, wrestling mats haven’t been graced with tangled webs of arms and legs.

Whether you believe the rules and protocols surrounding the COVID-19 virus are either too relaxed or too strict is irrelevant. The rules are in place, and it’s time to play winter sports with the hand that has been dealt.

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GENEVA — With the conclusion of fall sports in the coming weeks, the attention would soon turn to local winter sports. A few weeks ago, SUNY Athletic Conference announced the cancellation of their winter sports season.

In the months of May, June and July, sports junkies like myself took to watching Korean baseball at 5:30 in the morning or even table tennis to get our sports fix. Even I struggled to find positivity in that.

Before Monday, the longest game I watched in any sport was Game 5 of the 2007-08 NHL Stanley Cup Finals featuring a young Sidney Crosby-led Pittsburgh Penguins against the veteran workhorses Detroit Red Wings led by Henrik Zetterberg. It remains one of my favorite games of all time.

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People react in different ways when I tell them I grew up in Florida and ended up in the “tundra” of Geneva, N.Y. The most typical reaction doesn’t vary much, and it usually goes something like, “Oh, my gosh, what the bleep did you come up here for?!”

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LATHAM — What players, coaches and fans feared for the last few weeks has come to fruition: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has announced the cancellation of the remaining winter state championship events.

GENEVA — The Hobart men’s ice hockey team (20-4-3) hosted New England College at the Cooler Saturday in the New England Hockey Conference semifinal and used a late shorthanded goal to seal a 4-2 victory and advance to the NEHC championship for the third consecutive year.

GENEVA — The WFL Panthers haven’t caught many breaks this season. Injuries have run rampant throughout the season and while the Panthers have enjoyed success against some teams, others seem to win solely on numbers.