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WATERVLIET — Haley and Ashley Ames combined for more than half of Ichabod Crane’s points as the Riders defeated Watervliet, 51-24, in their season opener on Saturday.

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Earlier this week, Columbia-Greene Media, Albany Times Union, and Nyup.com, ran stories about a squirrel hunt in Columbia County. It was in response to a letter from the NY Humane Association headquartered in Kingston, NY seeking to end the hunt. The planned hunt is the annual “Squirrel Scra…

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The Ichabod Crane girls basketball team opens the season on Saturday with a road game at Colonial Council rival Watervliet.

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The Berkshire League held its annual end of the year meet called Individuals on Friday, a non-scoring meet that is intended for the swimmers to be able to compete in their favorite races.

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New York State DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced that Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Darryl Lucas was recently honored with the Wildlife Officer of the Year Award from the Shikar-Safari Club International.

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The Taconic Hills girls posted an 87-64 victory over Wahconah, while the Titans’ boys team dropped an 84-63 decision in Friday’s Berkshire Swim League virtual action.

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After 32 years with DEC, Region 4 Wildlife Biologist, Larry Bifaro is retiring on February 4. Larry graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) with a bachelor of science in Environmental Forest Biology in 1988. He began his career with DEC as a fisheries technici…

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The NYS Conservation Council (NYSCC) has moved out of its office on Main Street in Ilion, NY. Their former office had been located within the Remington Arms complex where Remington had maintained a factory, headquarters, and museum until it declared bankruptcy in 2020. Remington closed its f…

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LATHAM – The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc., (NYSPHSAA) announces high risk sports have been authorized by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to begin practice and competition on February 1, 2021 if permitted by the respective local health authoriti…

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At what should have been the pinnacle of his long career in baseball, Henry Aaron was getting bags of hate mail -- many containing death threats -- and living in a storage room at the baseball stadium, accompanied by bodyguards when he ventured out.

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ABU DHABI — Former Cairo resident Mike Davis pounded out a three-round unanimous decision victory over Mason Jones at Fight Island 8 on Wednesday morning.

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HUDSON — Columbia-Greene Community College announced on Friday that it is canceling the baseball, softball and women's soccer seasons for the spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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I recently got an email from Catskill’s Joe Bulich. The subject line read, “Hunting Beats Video Games.” He attached a photo, and the picture told the story; kids having fun in the aftermath and glorious results of a great day hunting rabbits with Joe and his son Hunter’s beagle, “Remi.” 

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EAST GREENBUSH — Michael Laney fired a 299 single en route to an 808 triple as Maple Hill defeated Rensselaer, 5-0, in Tuesday’s Patroon Conference bowling match at the East Greenbush Bowling Center.

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HUDSON — Hudson will take on Taconic Hills in the Berkshire Swim League opener for both schools on Friday with a few modifications because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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CATSKILL — Matt Bowes rolled a 279 single en route to a 698 triple and Zach Porreca fired a 278 single with a 658 triple to power Hudson to a 5-0 victory over Taconic Hills in Thursday’s Patroon Conference bowling match at Hoe Bowl Lanes.

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The last zone to close in the upstate duck season did so last week. As the sun set on January 3 in the Western Zone, so did the last open season for ducks and coots. That wrapped up duck hunting upstate for 2020-2021. All other zones for ducks had closed in December except for Long Island, w…

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VALATIE — Victor “Ron” Gabriel, a former teacher and coach at Ichabod Crane who went on to become one of the most respected baseball umpires in the state, died on December 31 at the age of 73.

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The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announces the cancellation of all 2021 Winter State Championships and the postponement of all high-risk sports until authorization is granted by state officials. The NYSPHSAA Officers rendered these decisions with input fr…

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TROY — The Tri-City ValleyCats fell victim to Major League Baseball’s plan to restructure its minor league system and will no longer be affiliated with the Houston Astros.

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When I first became a NYS Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) with DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement 35 years ago, every ECO, lieutenant, and many captains in the Southern Zone worked opening day. It was unheard of to be granted or even request vacation during deer season. It was the bu…

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Congratulations are in order for Randy Plass who is marking his 40th year butchering deer at his shop in Columbiaville, NY. For a good number of those 40 years, Randy’s been participating in the “Hunters for the Hungry” venison donation program. 

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CATSKILL — The way Catskill boxer Fei Faiva’s professional career has started, it figured to be only a matter of time before the inevitable comparisons to former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson began.

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With deer season beginning at sunrise on Saturday, November 21 throughout much of the southern part of New York State, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos is encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to respectfully share the woods and follow some common-sense safe…

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HUDSON — After leading the Hudson Valley Community College women to three postseason appearances in four years, Robert Coleman has been hired as the men’s basketball coach at Columbia-Greene Community College.

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The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced on Tuesday that high-risk sports could start on Jan. 4, pending approval from state health officials.

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The Section II Executive Committee, with input from NYSDOH, NYSED, NYSPHSAA, School Administrators, Athletic Directors, Sport Coordinators and Section II Officials, has made the decision to begin the winter sports season on December 14 in accordance with the Governor and NYSDOH approvals. Th…

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Gun season for deer opens in the Southern Zone on Saturday, November 21. It promises to be a busy one. Back in September, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos reported his agency was,

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CASTLETON — Alayna Fletcher, the leading scorer on the Patroon Conference girls soccer champion Maple Hill Wildcats, was named the league’s Most Valuable Player.

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This year, DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement is NOT planning to have its Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) out in force on opening day of the gun season for deer in the Southern Zone. That’s good news for poachers, but bad news for the rest of us.

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CRARYVILLE — The Maple Hill Wildcats upset the Greenville Spartans 1-0 Monday night to win the Patroon Conference Girls Soccer Championship for the abridged 2020 fall season.

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Not long ago when I expressed concern over misguided gun legislation, a friend and retired police officer declared, “No one’s taken away our guns!” Intimating our right to bear arms may be increasingly regulated but will never be taken away.