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In 2001, Newark softball came within a game of reaching the Class B state finals. Two years later, the Reds solved that semifinal riddle on the way to earning a state championship.

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Randy Grenier has coached several sports in the Geneva City School District, most notably football. However, his time in charge of the Panthers’ varsity softball program was marked by a trailblazing piece of school history.

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.

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.

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LATHAM — The announcement that many suspected came down from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Monday morning: There will be no state championships for spring sports in 2020.

CANANDAIGUA — The Finger Lakes Community College softball team was on its way to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to start the season when their spring trip was cut short — abruptly — due to COVID-19.

In 1999, I played second base for the New York state Class B champion Geneva High Softball team. I vividly remember suiting up for a Class B vs. Class BB game against Waterloo after we had each won our respective Section V titles.

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PHELPS — Not too often are fans treated to two heavyweights clashing in a championship or state qualifying game. There is often too much parity in a sport like softball for that to happen.