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April 18, 2013

Cutting Deerslayers was the right choice


The other options included Hawkeyes, Pioneers and Pathfinders. Hawkeyes, Pioneers and Pathfinders come from James Fenimore Cooper’s five-novel Leatherstocking Tales, two of which are titled “The Pathfinders” and “The Pioneers.”

For or against changing the nickname, at least all of the choices have local and historical connections. 

The only one that might not make sense to use is Hawkeyes. That is the name the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League team that plays in Cooperstown. Although the team has indicated to CCS board members that they would share the nickname as long as it was marketed differently, it could get confusing.

According to school officials, the name “Redskins” dates to the mid-1920s. The decision to retire the name, effective June 30, was made at a school board meeting in March by a 6-1 vote. Anthony Scalici voted against changing the nickname. The board also voted unanimously to honor all history previous to June 30 as being for the Cooperstown Redskins.

Designation of a new nickname was on the agenda of Wednesday’s board meeting, but it had not been completed by deadline. We will keep people informed as soon as we can on our website,, and will have a more detailed article in next week’s Crier. Until then, we hope to get our readers’ opinions through letters to the editor that we can share. 

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