CHEERS to the Beekmantown Central School Athletic Department for the steps it took to ensure that a female student could play football for the school. Desire Sydnor played football at Beekmantown for six years, having just finished her senior year on varsity. Legally, it would have been difficult to deny her the chance, but, let’s face it, school officials, coaches and teammates could have made it a rough sports career. Instead, they did what they could to help make Sydnor’s years in uniform safe and successful. She participated in 125 varsity football practices — never missing one — and varsity coach Jamie Lozier credits her conditioning and their efforts, such as careful pairings during drills, with the fact that she made it through without serious injury. The school made sure she had a separate place to change for games and practices. And while Sydnor was not used in every game, she actually played more than 12 other players and was considered by the Athletic Department to be a “great team player.” Lozier told her a number of times that she wasn’t a girl during football; she was a player. “She earned every bit of playing time with her dedication and hard work,” Lozier said. “She also earned the respect of her coaches and teammates via her constant hard work and great attitude. She never complained and was a great role model for our team. .. In my opinion, she was one of the toughest players on our team. Day in and day out, she took our physical practices with a smile. She is fine young lady with football in her heart. She has earned my respect. And respect lasts forever.” The Press-Republican salutes Desire Sydnor for her grit, dedication and determination. We think that she and Beekmantown have been a winning combination.
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Cheers and Jeers: July 21, 2014
CHEERS to Olivia Benjamin for capitalizing on a busy day in her community to do some service. JEERS to people who dump unwanted cats.
Cheers and Jeers: July 14, 2014
CHEERS to the downtown Plattsburgh businesses who painted their windows for the Mayor's Cup Festival; JEERS to organizations that don't remove their signs after their benefit events are held.
Cheers and Jeers: July 7, 2014
CHEERS to everyone who helped make this past Fourth of July memorable; JEERS to people who leave garbage in shopping carts.
Cheers and Jeers: June 30, 2014
CHEERS to savvy pedestrians and people who give away unwanted items; JEERS to inattentive drivers and to medical offices that play loud music.
Cheers and Jeers: June 23, 2014
CHEERS to Clinton County Attorney James Coffey for his detailed explanations before executive sessions. CHEERS to organizations that set specific times and dates for events but then alter them without warning.
Cheers and Jeers: June 16, 2014
JEERS to adults who smoke around children and to people who spit in public; JEERS to people who spit on the ground in public places.
- Cheers and Jeers: June 9, 2014 Jeers to freeloaders who show up to public events for the free food; Cheers to Brian and Candy Major for administrating the Plattsburgh PAL football league since 1998.
- Cheers and Jeers: May 30, 2014 CHEERS to Dave Werner of Malone, who has devoted a great deal of his time over the years to making sure members of the public are properly informed on roadway safety issues.
- Cheers and Jeers: May 26, 2014 CHEERS to Keeseville residents who continue to put their hearts into the village even though it will dissolve at year's end. And JEERS to people who don't RSVP to invitations.
Cheers and Jeers: May 19, 2014
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