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Scenes from the Eighth Annual Fremont Benefit Tournament (clockwise): Repeat champion Fitness Factory players include Derwin Rivera, front left, Serafin “Pete” Rodriguez, Edwin “Flaco” Rodriguez, Mike Weiner, Shane Conner, Wayne Kaiser, top left, Julian Dawson, Denny Rivera, Aaron “Red” Dinkel, Desmond Gonzalez, Steve Rivera, Alex Salazar and Jay Falasca. Josh Lowitz of Ratner and Sons Paving goes aloft as Matthew’s on Main’s Billy Nordenhold slides underneath him. Tim Martin of Matthew’s on Main connects for a base hit. Big Steve Knapp of Waymart Hotel had a homer against Fitness Factory in the championship game. Fitness Factory’s Jojo Vankeuren fires a strike against Stone Arch Inn. Sutphen East players celebrate their win over Matthew’s on Main as they hug Des Williams who scored the winning run on a hit by Chris Marston at left. Rob Hubert of Stone Arch Inn had a pair of homers against Fitness Factory and Corey Hornicek of Darder’s Stone Works fires a strike in the early going of the tournament.

Eighth Annual Fremont Benefit Tournament

Glory road

Jay Falasca’s walk-off homer against Waymart Hotel hands Fitness Factory its second consecutive Fremont title


FREMONT CENTER, NY - The majesty and allure of sports is in its reflection of life, a blend of celebration and jubilation with times of abject grief and sadness. Most of the time, we live internally between the lines of those extremes. Sometimes it is right in front of us. Both were evident this weekend as the eighth annual Fremont Tournament unfolded with more teams and more drama than ever before in its eight-year history.

This year’s tournament was a benefit for Long Eddy sportsman Ernie Ross, who had suffered for more than a year with a degenerative vascular disease known as Calciphlaxis. After undergoing 19 surgeries that included amputations, Ross passed away on July 31, just days before the tournament, which became a fundraiser for his grieving family.

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Nation’s best to play in 26th Annual Edward M. Collins Tourney

12 teams vie for title at Collins Park, August 10-12


MONGAUP VALLEY, NY - Softball tournaments are certainly in no short supply as summer moves on apace. And if you want to see games at their best, the place to be is at Collins Park from Friday evening, August 10 through Sunday, August 12. For that is the venue for the 26th Annual Edward M. Collins Men’s Major Modified Softball Tournament.

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Meet Amanda Irwin and Ally McCarthy of Cooper Paint


MONGAUP VALLEY, NY - What do you get when you mix a Little Debbie cake and a Drake’s brand snack cake together? Sounds like something delicious and it is. The answer: two of the biggest hitters in the Sullivan County Women’s Softball League (SCWSL). That’s right. Amanda “Swiss Roll” Irwin and Ally “Ring Ding” McCarthy, as they call themselves, have had a combined nine out-of-the-park home runs–eight by Amanda and one by Ally.

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