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January 3, 2013

Champions dominate 2012 sports highlights

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Summer:

The summer of 2012 will be remembered locally for the London Olympics and former CCS student Sarah Groff.

Groff, or Groffy as she is known, the daughter of Dr. Gerald Groff and Jeannine Groff, qualified for the Olympic triathalon. Qualifying, however, was just the beginning for Groffy.

On Aug. 4, Groff competed in her event. She did well in the swimming and even better on the bike. Although the running portion of the event is not her greatest strength, she persevered. In the final lap, she was still in the lead pack of four runners.

In the final minute of the race, Groff fell off the lead pack. She finished fourth. Cooperstown and the region celebrated her success at making the Olympics and at coming close to a medal.

Groff, who attended CCS through 10th grade, finished seventh in the world in the women’s triathalon in 2012. She has stated her goal of competing in the Rio Olympics in 2016 and coming home with a medal.

An annual event in Cooperstown is the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum inductions. In July, the Baseball Hall of Fame added two more members when Barry Larkin and Ron Santo were enshrined.

Larkin, a shortstop with the Cincinnati Reds for 19 seasons, made the Hall of Fame in his third time on the ballot with 86.4 percent of the vote. He won a World Series in 1990 with the Reds and was a 12-time All Star.

The Golden Era Veterans Committee elected Santo, the Chicago Cubs’ third baseman and announcer, almost one year to the day after his death in December of 2010. He made nine All-Star teams and won five Golden Gloves.

The induction weekend in late July, according to organizers, had about 18,000 fans attend — a slightly above-average number.

Fall:

Another former resident made his mark in a very different type of race. Paul Wolfe, a 1995 Milford graduate, found himself in the middle of the NASCAR Chase for the Spring Cup. Wolfe, who was known for his love of racing even in his school days, worked his way up through the pits of NASCAR.

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