This weekend feature offers a recap of the week’s top local stories:
Area officials whose organizations might be affected by possible Washington budget cuts said they were largely uncertain about the impact
In sports: Rocky Balboa and The Karate Kid have nothing on Kevin Thayer.
Unatego senior Thayer starred in perhaps the biggest underdog story of the high school wrestling season, winning New York’s award for best 152-pounder in Division II on Saturday at the Times Union Center in Albany.
A third body has been found at another location in the aftermath of a Walton fire where two sets of remains were found last week, state police said Monday. They also identified the second set of remains found at the fire scene.
In sports: Hartwick College’s women are headed to a postseason basketball tournament, but it’s not the one they wanted.
The Hawks (19-8) were not among the 64 teams selected for the NCAA Division III tournament. Instead, they’ll play in an eight-team ECAC Metro Region tournament that starts Wednesday.
Police located the body of a woman Tuesday in the Chenango County town of Pharsalia on Tuesday, not far from where a cell phone belonging to missing mother of three Jennifer Ramsaran was found shortly after she disappeared last December, authorities told The Daily Star.
Also: Dominick L. Bosco had been dead for “several days” when his body was found in the ashes of a Walton house, state police said Tuesday.
The 51-year-old man’s death, along with the death of Randy L. Sundstrom, 49, whose body was found Friday at another Walton property, have been ruled homicides, state police Lt. Erik Dauber said during a briefing at the Troop C headquarters in Unadilla.
In sports: Casey Manzanero had nothing to lose at the foul line with 3 seconds left Tuesday night.
That’s because 18 seconds earlier, she made the free throws that mattered most.
“I guess I need to have that little, ‘OK you need to make this or you have a chance of losing,’” said senior swing player Manzanero, who hit both ends of a 1-and-1 opportunity at the foul line with 21 seconds left to cap the scoring in Unatego’s 48-44 Section Four Class C girls basketball semifinal win over Newfield.
A body found off Center Road in the town of Pharsalia on Tuesday has been positively identified as being that of Jennifer Renz Ramsaran, a 36-year-old Chenango County mother who was last seen alive on Dec. 11, Chenango Sheriff Ernest Cutting Jr. confirmed today.
In sports: Reserve forward Brandon Shelly wheeled the ball from the top of the key to the left side, where junior varsity call-up Cameron Hill calmly swished a three-point field goal at the buzzer.
It was just that kind of night for the Morris boys basketball team, which had everything go its way in a 77-39 Section Four Class D semifinal rout of Hunter-Tannersville on Wednesday at Oneonta State.
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the rights of law-abiding citizens were the chief themes Thursday as thousands of gun supporters rallied at the Capitol against the recently enacted NY SAFE law, including some local officials who spoke during the event.
Also: A bus monitor accused of using a seat-belt buckle to hit a 5-year-old boy on an Oneonta school bus was arrested Thursday and has been fired from her job, city police said.
In sports: One run was more than enough for the Cooperstown girls basketball team Thursday night.
Sumer Murdock scored a game-high 21 points and Alannah Haggerty contributed 17 for Cooperstown, which rode a huge fourth-quarter run to a 59-44 victory over Weedsport in the Section Three Class C championship game at the Carrier Dome.
Also: Adam Hoover’s future does not include the Oneonta High football program, and vice-versa. Hoover, 32, said Thursday he will not coach the 2013 varsity football season at OHS, which went 24-36 during his seven years as head coach.