November 30, 2021

Virus forces more local, regional changes

Various sports balls/equipment stock

As the area continues to battle the COVID-19 virus, a number of local and regional sports events are being altered.

The high school sports season is on hold until April 29 per the orders of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the decision on when schools may reopen. The New York York State Public High School Athletic Association has an April 27 date to determine the fate of the spring sports championships.

Crown City Little League and Homer Little League are still on hold until May 11 per Little League International guidelines.

The start of softball leagues in the City of Cortland have been postponed with a possible start-up date in June.

A number of these local events are scheduled through the Cortland Youth Bureau.

“It has impacted us in a huge way,” Cortland Youth Bureau Director John McNerney said. “We are really in un- charted waters.”

McNerney and his staff help coordinate the use of the parks in the city of Cortland that have softball leagues and youth lacrosse leagues, plus activities at the Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex. Many of the league have their own people who draw up the schedules for their selected sports, McNerney and his staff really have a master calendar of everything that is scheduled.

“We had 10 events canceled at the Gutchess Complex involving Tompkins Cortland Community College, Cayuga Community College and Jefferson Community College baseball teams, plus Ithaca College Club Baseball in March. The Cortland High baseball team was just getting ready to use Gutchess to begin preparing for their season as well.”

There was also a 5K run for Access to Independence postponed and the Home-Cort Youth Lacrosse Spring Season is on hold.


OV Fishing and Heritage Day canceled

The membership of the Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association (OVF&HA) decided to cancel the annual Fishing & Heritage Day event in South Otselic for 2020. Scheduled for May 16 it was determined that, due to the persistent escalation of COVID-19 cases in Chenango County and throughout the general region, that it would be unsafe and impractical to reschedule this multifaceted family event this year.

OVF&HA chairman Tom Neal noted that “we regret having to cancel this year’s event following months of planning and securing financial support from the surrounding business communities. However, we wish to thank those sponsors, along with our neighboring fish hatchery, the South Otselic Fish Culture Station, operated by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and the many volunteers. Without this cooperation and partnering of businesses, government and private individuals, this event would not be possible, even in the absence of Covid-19. As we join in the necessary steps to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe, during this pandemic, we will begin to look ahead toward the preparation of this special event in 2021.”

For more information about Fishing & Heritage Day, please visit our website at or call 315-653-7490.


Utica Boilermaker postponed

The Boilermaker Road Race in Utica was officially rescheduled Monday and officials put out a series of options for runners that have already registered.

The race was scheduled for July 12 but has been postponed until Sept. 13. Race officials have announced options for runners already registered. You can find the information and any other questions you may have on the 2020 Boilermaker, check out the race website: