Sports Editor’s Playbook, Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Patrick Newell

* If you’re a fan of local sports history, particularly Norwich sports history, you will enjoy our upcoming series of articles profiling the Norwich High School Sports Hall of Fame 2011 inductees. For athletes that played over the past 35 years, the time needed to research any one athlete pales in comparison to the voluminous amount of hours needed to look up any athlete pre-1960. And our first athlete, Tommy Manning, played at Norwich High School from his freshman year in 1921 to his senior year graduating in 1925. The primary source of research is our newspaper’s reporting of those sports events. We can presume that our researcher spent countless hours looking through old microfiche copies of the “Norwich Sun” at the Guernsey Memorial Library. Often, play-by-play of particular game achievements are paraphrased in an athlete’s summary. We begin our feature this Thursday, the first of eight weekly articles culminating with 2000 Norwich graduate, Katie Almeter.

* Unadilla Valley’s baseball team is now 2-0 after shutting out Bainbridge-Guilford Tuesday afternoon, 1-0. Two straight wins doesn’t sound like much, but for the Storm, winning games the previous two years was more the exception than the rule. In those two wins, UV has pitched back-to-back shutouts, and each game was a one-hitter. Travis Conklin and Brandon Miles have alternated starts with each pitcher relieving the other. “Going into the year, I was most worried about our offense scoring runs,” said UV coach Tom Locke. “Our pitching staff is pretty solid. They’re all returning guys, and we’re confident they’ll throw good games. We just need to score runs.”

* We’re still taking driver profiles for our 2011 Race Day publication that comes out in a special section Thursday, April 21. Profile forms are available on The Evening Sun’s Facebook page, almost daily in The Evening Sun sports section, and the form usually appears in the Norwich-Sidney Pennysaver. If you’re a competitive driver of anything that has motor, I invite you to send in your profile with a photo by Monday, April 18. The Race Day edition allows racers the opportunity to take the spotlight for a day, give proper credit to sponsors, and of course, it fills a page in your scrapbook. For those who are Internet savvy, e-mail your profile information and photo to me at

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