Archive for February, 2011

Chad Noelle making a case as the best ever

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Patrick Newell

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt of a feature story on Greene senior Chad Noelle. The complete article will appear in the Wednesday, Feb. 2 edition of The Evening Sun.

Chenango County may not ever see another distance runner in the mold of Greene senior phenom Chad Noelle.
On top of an already sparkling track and field career, myriad accomplishments continue to pile up for the University of Oregon recruit. Noelle recently won the scholastic Millrose Games mile against the best competition in the country. Less than two months ago, he competed in the Foot Locker Cross Country nationals – a 3.1-mile race – finishing among the elite there as well. With little turnaround and training between the cross country season and the indoor season, Noelle broke the Section IV record in the 3,200 meters in his first race, and has the fastest scholastic times in the nation this year in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races.
“I think Chad is building a case as one of the most decorated high school distance runners in Section IV history,” said B-G/Afton track and field coach, who coaches Noelle during the winter indoor track and field season. “I think Brian Clas (Union-Endicott graduate) is the only other guy who did some of the things Chad is doing.”
Of course, Noelle is running faster than Clas, and it’s likely that Clas – as strong a runner as he was around 20-plus years ago – did not record national leading times in two events.
The only runners who have comparable track careers to Noelle’s are Elmira graduate Molly Huddle, who was a state champion and went on to have a distinguished career at Notre Dame. Huddle, now a professional, is regarded as perhaps the best 5,000-meter runner in the nation, and holds the American record.
Finnegan, a Sidney graduate like Munro, was a multiple high school state champion in the distance events, ran the Millrose mile, and ultimately won a national championship in college.
Those two girls padded their standout high school careers in college, but neither raced against the best in the nation in high school – and beat them. “I don’t like to make statements like, ‘the best ever’ or anything like that,” Munro said. “But there hasn’t been a guy in Section IV who is doing what Chad is doing.”

Editor’s Notebook: 2/1/11

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Jeff Genung

• So far, not a fan of February. Let’s start over.

• This is kind of hard to break to you this way, dear readers, but as of Wednesday, Feb. 2, The Evening Sun offices will be moving to Miami, Florida. It’s been a great 119 years in central New York, but enough is enough. We’ll send a postcard when we get there. May cost you a little more to get home delivery …

• Speaking of home delivery, seriously, please remember your friendly neighborhood newspaper carrier when keeping your sidewalks and front steps clear of snow and ice. Like the intrepid U.S. postal carriers, our newspaper delivery guys (and gals, girls and boys) are out in every kind of weather … neither snow nor sleet nor yadda yadda yadda. Kindly leave a safe path for them, and if you have one, keep your delivery tube unblocked by snow, too. And while we’re on the subject, please be understanding when they’re running a little late in this kind of weather!

• Today’s the last day to enter our “Progress Pursuit” contest and win a free year’s supply of Chobani yogurt. People really love this stuff, I guess! Entries have been coming in fast and furious.

Third time’s the charm

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Brian Golden

After reading fellow staff writer Melissa Stagnaro’s “Monday, Monday” blog this morning – not to mention our esteemed editor’s musings for the day – I must admit I’m feeling pretty lucky about my decision to extend my weekend into a little mini-vacation. And while I certainly couldn’t have contributed in any way to help with the craziness which cropped up in the office yesterday, I do feel bad.

However, I dealt with my own insanity Monday night, even if it was self-inflicted.

I had one thing and one thing only on my mind for Monday afternoon, once some old friends from out of town hit the road – relaxation. It’s not that I don’t get a chance to take it easy on the weekends, in fact I usually attempt to do just that. My problem, it seems, is that my plans seldom work out that way. Therefore, I was determined to lay low at the apartment, read a good book, cook up something tasty and try once again to watch (and this time understand) Christopher Nolan’s “Inception.”

Now don’t get me wrong, this is a great movie. Yet I can honestly say I’ll be forever grateful to myself for watching it on DVD and not in the theater. My reasoning for this? I would have been extremely upset if I’d been forced to dish out the cash for three trips to the movie house, just to see one film. Just imagine the cost if I’d taken a date along? Yikes.

Yes, you read that right, it took me three tries – once on Sunday evening and twice on Monday – to finally comprehend “Inception,” and that’s not even the worst part. That would be reserved for my obviously twisted subconscious and the nightmares it subsequently produced.

The problem is, I have what most people would call an over-active imagination. And any time that over-active imagination is spurred-on to even greater heights (watching a movie such as “Inception” was almost guaranteed to do this), I tend to have the most vivid and, at times, disturbing dreams (aka nightmares). And even though I have no idea just exactly what it was I dreamt on this occasion, I do know that whatever it was, it was enough to startle me awake a couple of dozen times over the course of the evening.

Of course, it certainly didn’t help matters that the movie I’d basically memorized focuses primarily on “professional” dreamers and those whose dreams they enter.

Now, of course, I’m the Grand Master of all things “Inception,” and why wouldn’t I be? I did watch the film three times in less than twenty-four hours. After a marathon like that, it’s no wonder it makes perfect sense to me why one would need an extremely talented architect, a chemist and an identity forger to successfully construct a third-level shared dream.

On that note, I think tonight’s feature film should be a little more mellow. Maybe I’ll call my mother and see if I can borrow “Bambi” or something similarly harmless. Then again, “Bambi” always makes me cry.

Decisions, decisions.

Norwich’s first Coaches Versus Cancer fundraiser a success

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Patrick Newell

Last Friday night, before the Norwich girls’ basketball game against Owego, public address announcer, Matt Clark, asked the crowd to observe a moment of silence to remember those who passed away due to cancer. It’s a safe bet to assume that everyone in the crowd had no problem thinking of someone they know (or knew) who has battled the deadly disease or died from it. The Tornado athletics program, led by cheerleading coach Marie DeSarro, held its first Coaches versus Cancer fundraiser last weekend. Norwich’s girls played on Friday night, and the Tornado boys hosted Owego on Saturday evening. Over the two days, DeSarro reported that $723 was collected through donations, gate receipts, and the booster clubs’ – boys and girls – donation of the 50/50 raffle. Additionally, 50/50 contest winner, Sue Carson-Ryan, donated her winnings back to the fundraiser. DeSarro thanked everyone who donated, and if anyone else still wishes to contribute to the Norwich Coaches Versus Cancer fund, they may contact DeSarro by e-mail at, or by phone at 607-316-0763.