---- — Roses to those who participated and contributed to this year’s Cooperstown/Otsego County Relay for Life. According to organizers, as of the closing ceremony, fundraising efforts were at the record-breaking benchmark of $112,000 set last year. Relay co-chairwoman Carla Eckler said there is still money to be handed in and additional fundraisers planned during the summer months. Final numbers will not be available until the Aug. 1 deadline, she said.
Roses to all the volunteers that showed up to help set up the new playground in Hartwick. We know of at least two children who cannot wait to go play on it.
“I’m excited to have a real playground, not just monkey bars and stuff,” Gareth Austin, 10, said.
He and his sister, Rylie, live at the end of Wells Avenue, the same street the playground is on. The siblings said they helped build the playground because they feel it will give them a better appreciation for it.
Roses to the Cherry Valley-Springfield boys track team, which won a Section Four Class D track title on May 22 at Marathon. The Patriots were so good they nearly doubled up in points on second place Notre Dame. Dustin Collins won a section title in the 400-meter hurdles while Rory Davis won the pole vault.
CV-S also received wins from its 400 and 1,600 relay teams. Denzel Heyliger, Isiah Montgomery, Nick Mills and Noah Russo won the 400 relay while Montgomery, Ben Drugatz, Kyle Jaquay and Mills won the 1,600 relay.
Additional roses go to Elijah Coley of Milford and Lucy Ford, Kristin Ratliff and Johnny Zhang of Cooperstown who also won sectional track titles last week. Coley won the 110 hurdles in Marathon. Ford won the high jump and Ratliff won the 400 hurdles at the Section Three Class C1 girls’ track meet at Sauquoit Valley on May 23. Zhang won the triple jump at the boys’ meet in Morrisville.
Roses to the Milford baseball and softball teams, which each won Tri-Valley League East Division titles this year. Although both teams lost to Edmeston in the crossover games, it has been several years since either Wildcat teams had won a division title and made the finals in spring sports.
In addition, it should be noted that Milford won four Tri-Valley East titles this school year. The girls also won the division in soccer while the boys won their division in basketball. Many of the players play more than one sport, and both the boys and girls teams are filled with young players, so we see several more titles in Milford’s future in the next few years.