All articles by M.F. Piraino

Face Time: Herm Card

Face Time: Herm Card

Herm Card, who will turn 68 in July, played and coached baseball at Syracuse University before becoming a respected baseball umpire for 48 years. Card, an Endicott native, has umpired thousands of baseball games. He taught English in the Marcellus School District for 32 years. He’s also a published poet, freelance writer, and photographer for the Syracuse Chiefs. Card resides in Syracuse with his wife, Dolores, and border collie, Molly.



The Right Kayak for the Right Job

T.J. Kitt shares his knowledge about kayaking and other paddle sports at his Camillus Kayak Shop.

T.J. Kitt will never forget his first kayak.



Release some stress with yoga

All styles can be modified for beginners and experienced students alike

Ahhh, Namaste.



Sweat, Power, Muscle

Intense CrossFit workouts focus on performance

Survival of the fittest. That’s pretty much sums up CrossFit, an extreme exercise program that has gained popularity nationally.



Group Makes it Easy to Hike the Adirondacks

Adirondack 46ers are hikers who have climbed all 46 of the peaks taller than 4,000 feet in the Adirondack Mountains. There are thousands of 46ers. However, there are far fewer (thousands less) who have completed the feat in the winter; Jim Wallace has done it twice. Never shying from a challenge, Wallace finds his happiness […]

Adirondack 46ers are hikers who have climbed all 46 of the peaks taller than 4,000 feet in the Adirondack Mountains. There are thousands of 46ers. However, there are far fewer (thousands less) who have completed the feat in the winter; Jim Wallace has done it twice.



Girls wears special lacrosse gear to prevent head injuries

WEEKEND WARRIOR: Concussions are a serious issue for school-age athletes

The Bishop Ludden/Bishop Grimes combined girls lacrosse varsity program is taking a head-on approach to concussion prevention.



OCC women’s basketball coach Mike Wheeler

Hoops coach Mike Wheeler leads OCC Lazer women to junior college tournament

Mike Wheeler never intended to become a basketball coach. Soccer was Wheeler’s passion back in the day, when he was a three-sport athlete at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in the early 1990s. He went on to star at Monroe Community College in soccer, but his promising career ended after he broke his leg on a slide tackle.



Lane Changes

Sackett Tract League has brought bowlers together for generations

Brian Langdon, of Syracuse, is the first to admit bowling isn’t what it used to be. The 58-year-old bowler has seen the number of league bowlers slowly drop year after year and the neighborhood bowling centers Langdon grew up in like the Ukrainian Club on Wilbur Ave. no longer exist.



State Special Olympics Feb. 21-23

Let the games begin!

Determined male and female athletes from all corners of the state will vie for medals in the Special Olympics New York State Winter Games on Friday, February 21 through Sunday, February 23, in Syracuse.



The Year Ahead in Races

A look at the 2014 race schedule

As we usher in a new year, it’s never too early to start thinking about the racing season. This year’s calendar is loaded with events that thousands of runners participate in annually, like the nationally renowned Utica Boilermaker.