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Mayfield downs Fonda-Fultonville

Fonda-Fultonville’s Travis Geniti (1) gains control of the ball after falling to the ground against Mayfield’s Trevon Gifford during the game on Friday, January 6, at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (Alex Cooper/Recorder staff) FONDA — Trevon Gifford and Garrett Delaney scored 13 points apiece, leading the Mayfield Panthers to a hard-fought 43-35 win over the Fonda-Fultonville Braves in Western Athletic Conference boys basketball action Friday night. Down 24-12 at the half, Mayfield surged in the second half, outscoring Fonda-Fultonville 31-11 in the final two quarters. Delaney and Brian Bentley had critical 3-pointers for the Panthers during their charge to victory....

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Reidell sets new career scoring mark at Northville

SCHOHARIE — Mitchell Barton poured in 28 points and Steve Alescio added 23 points to propel Schoharie to an 80-46 victory over Northville in a Western Athletic Conference boys basketball game on Friday night. In the loss, Northville’s Danny Reidell scored 15 points to become the Falcons all-time leading boys basketball scorer with 1,360 points. He surpassed Chip Gandy who had 1,371 career points. Heidi Gifford is the school’s all-time leading scorer on the girls side with 1,546 career...

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Trio of scorers lead Tartans to 73-50 win over Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s Robbie Spagnola (5) attempts shot against Scotia-Glenville’s Dan Clune (5) during the game on Friday, January 6, at Scotia-Glenville High School. (Alex Cooper/Recorder staff) By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder SCOTIA — The shots kept falling, and it seemed like there was nothing the Amsterdam Running Rams could do to stop it. From the early moments of Friday night’s Foothills Council boys basketball contest, the Scotia-Glenville Tartans’ trio of Trevor Martin, Christian Corker and Sean Degraffenreid showed off their impressive shooting touch and, unfortunately for coach Tim Jones and the Rams, they never seemed to lose it. The Tartans’ three...

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Fond memories of hunting for snowshoe rabbits

By ED NOONAN For The Recorder As an avid hunter since 1965 I had hunted just about anything in the state, and really hadn’t given much thought about hunting the Varying Hare. I was quite content on jumping on brush piles, walking hedgerows and tramping my way through heavy bush busting cottontail rabbits. It wasn’t until 1998 while looking for a new rabbit gun in the Instant Replay Sports gun shop in Warren County that the subject and offer came up. During my conversation with owner Gary DeCesare, he mentioned snowshoe rabbits and he was surprised when I told him I had never hunted them. After he twisted my arm and made me buy a pretty little 20-gauge pump Ithaca he invited me to hunt snowshoe rabbits that weekend with his group. It didn’t take me long to say yes and to ask how they locate and bust snowshoe rabbit. He smiled and politely said, “Our way of finding rabbits is letting Sheila, Ben and Rocky’s noses find and rouse them out for us. These are our beagles.” Now I was really excited since it would be the first time I hunted any rabbit with a dog. THE HUNT It was just getting light when we pulled into DeCesare’s Pizzeria in the village of Schroon Lake where Gary’s bother Al joined our hunt and we headed up into state...

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Giants-Packers playoffs lore is more than red-faced Coughlin

New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo talks to players during NFL football practice in East Rutherford, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) By TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — There’s a lot more to the playoff history between the Giants and Packers than a scarlet-faced Tom Coughlin standing on a frigid sideline in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Jan. 20, 2008, in New York’s numbing overtime win in the NFC championship game. The win in temperatures that felt like minus-23 with the wind-chill factor catapulted the Giants to their third Super Bowl title two...

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’Bama’s Foster leaving mark much bigger than that Auburn tat

Washington wide receiver John Ross (1) is tackled by Alabama defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson (54) and Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster (10) during the first half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football playoff game, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Reuben Foster arrived at Alabama as a coveted prospect with an Auburn tattoo. He’ll leave having made another kind of mark. The top-ranked Crimson Tide middle linebacker worked his way up gradually from hard-hitting special teamer to starting inside linebacker and now to a unanimous All-American , Butkus Award winner and highly...

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Tide-Tigers II: The matchups that will decide title

FILE – In this Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 file photo, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) throws against Ohio State during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal in Glendale, Ariz. For the second straight season, the Clemson and Alabama will meet for the College Football Playoff championship.  While it’s safe to assume quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Jalen Hurts will play pivotal roles in the game Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, you never know who will emerge as a star on the big stage, especially with the most talented...

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To bye or not to bye in NFL playoffs? Let’s take a look

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Teams pursue byes like they are precious jewels. Are they really? Or does the road to the Super Bowl not particularly come with a rest stop? History tells us that reaching the Super Bowl, let alone winning it, after playing in a wild-card game is anything but ideal. Not impossible — just ask, in recent years, the 2005 Steelers, 2007 Giants and 2010 Packers. But it’s certainly the most difficult way of doing things, particularly how those three teams managed it, as sixth seeds with no home games. All of them are in this postseason. Not one of them went into this weekend wishing it didn’t own a bye. Yet there are advantages — yes, really — to being active in the wild-card round. For one, the opponent shouldn’t be as formidable as either of the top two seeds in each conference that is enjoying a mini-vacation. Secondly, the momentum gathered from an opening win can carry teams a long way. Again, look up what those Pittsburgh, New York and Green Bay clubs above did. “I think we’re battle tested,” Giants receiver Victor Cruz says, speaking not only of an early season loss at Lambeau Field, but of the team’s general psyche. “I think we’ve been through some things after that game that really set the standard and the focus for this...

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Spelling bee

  Students competed in the Greater Amsterdam School District’s Spelling Bee on Thursday at the Wilbur H. Lynch Literacy Academy. Alex Cooper / Recorder staff Barkley student Tafari Martin points while waiting before the start of the Greater Amsterdam School District-Wide Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 5, at Lynch Literacy Academy. Alex Cooper / Recorder staff Tecler student Gabriel Zeno listens for his word during the Greater Amsterdam School District-Wide Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 5, at Lynch Literacy Academy. Alex Cooper / Recorder staff Students wait anxiously for their turn during the Greater Amsterdam School District-Wide Spelling Bee...

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Montgomery County, Amsterdam partner in hazmat response

By JOHN PURCELL Recorder News Staff Hazmat response efforts were strengthened through an inter-municipal agreement between Montgomery County and the city of Amsterdam, which includes funding to support city firefighters. County Executive Matthew Ossenfort announced the agreement Thursday, which requires the Amsterdam Fire Department to respond to any hazmat incident within the Montgomery County. The county hazmat response team had been comprised solely of volunteers prior to the commitment from city firefighters. Montgomery County’s 2017 budget allocated $10,000 to support the fire department, which will be used toward training, equipment and other efforts to support the fire department’s hazmat preparedness and response. County Emergency Services Director Jeffery Smith said volunteers will continue staffing the county hazmat team, but numbers have dwindled over the years. When there is a hazmat incident during the typical workday, Smith said relying only on volunteers can be tough. Staying up to date with training can also be difficult. Smith said city firefighters through the partnership are helping stabilize the county’s ability to handle hazmat incidents. “Now if we have a hazardous materials, they respond immediately,” Smith said of city firefighters. “They’re still supported by the volunteers and will work together as one cohesive unit, but we know for sure we have at least four firefighters that are certified and trained responding immediately.” Ossenfort said the agreement was another positive partnership between the county and...

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