Sports Editor’s Playbook, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011

Patrick Newell

The first big wrestling tournament of the 2010-2011 season begins tonight at Oxford with the 49th Annual Clyde Cole Tournament. Last year, just like every other year, the final results were a pretty good indicator of future success at sectionals. A total of 13 wrestlers at last year’s Clyde Cole tournament – all of whom finished among the top three in their respective weight class – qualified for the Section IV finals. Returning champions are Joe Nelson, Oxford; Tyler Ponte, Wyoming Seminary; Evan Botwin, Wyoming Seminary; Dom Malone, Wyoming Seminary; Connor Sutton, LaSalle Institute; Eric Morris, Wyoming Seminary; Matt Lashway, Queensbury; and Kyle Stanton, Greene.

It’s hard to believe we’re entering the 15th year of the Tom Schwan Memorial Basketball Tournament. I had just a few months to glean as much knowledge from Tom as possible before his untimely passing in January of 1996. The lessons I learned have shaped the way I have written articles for 16-plus years…. Oxford and Norwich remain as longtime participants of the tourney, while Sidney and Greene are new editions this year. Before it was named the Schwan Tournament, the NHS-hosted tourney was an annual season tip-off tournament that Schwan regularly covered for us. My first year at the newspaper was also the lone year I was able to trek north to Sherburne-Earlville for its boys’ basketball tournament. Tom was expertly handling things in Norwich. S-E’s tourney runs concurrently with Norwich’s, and this weekend’s tourney is the 29th annual invitational hosted by the Marauders. Also participating in the S-E tournament is Unadilla Valley. If you’re the slightest bit curious about the prospects for this year’s local basketball teams, I invite you to click on the sports link on our home page. Today we have brief capsules of each area basketball team. For the girls, check out Thursday’s articles.

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