A lot of big names in the sports world come from the Mohawk Valley and the Utica-Rome area. Check out our gallery below to find some of the biggest names in the sporting world who hail from our backyard.

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15 Sports Figures from the Utica-Rome Area

A lot of big names in the sports world come from the Mohawk Valley and the Utica-Rome area.

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Derek Jeter's Magical Waterfront Castle

Take a tour of Derek Jeter's magical $13 million lakefront castle built in 1915.

Northern Lights In Old Forge

It's not really common to see northern lights in Central New York, but photographer Kurt Gardner captured the beautiful conformation of them near Old Forge. We're usually too far south of the North Pole, but sometimes we get lucky.
Auroras are caused by the Sun. The Sun is not only hot and bright, but it's also full of energy and small particles that fall toward Earth. NASA says the protective magnetic field around Earth shields us from most of the energy and particles, and we don't even notice them.
The amount of energy the Sun sends, depends on the streaming solar wind and solar storms. During one kind of solar storm called a coronal mass ejection, the Sun expels a huge bubble of electrified gas that can travel through space at high speeds.
When a solar storm comes toward us, some of the energy and small particles can travel down the magnetic field lines at the north and south poles into Earth's atmosphere. There, the particles interact with gases in our atmosphere resulting in beautiful displays of light in the sky. Oxygen gives off green and red light. Nitrogen glows blue and purple. [NASA]

10 Breweries in Central New York You Need To Visit At Least Once

Have a little brouhaha with a locally made brew! Central New York is pretty blessed to have some amazing breweries in our back yard. Here's ten different options you need to visit at least once.

What Famous People Allegedly Own Homes In Upstate New York?

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Take A Peek at the Utica Bakery in North Carolina

Did you know there's a little bit of Utica down south? It's all thanks to Vincent DeSimone, who created Utica Bakery in Apex, North Carolina.

10 Utica and Rome Area Pizza Places That Deserve Way More Attention

There's no secret around Central New York- The Utica and Rome area has some of the best pizza in the world. There are dozens of pizza places in CNY that deserve way more credit. The ones diehard fans go to on a weekly basis, but sometimes aren't getting more attention from others.

CHECK OUT THESE PHOTOS: Severe Thunderstorms Crash Their Way Through The Utica/Rome Area

How crazy were those storms yesterday? It left a lot of damage in the area to homes, roadways, etc. These photos were submitted by our listeners. If you have any, send them to us inside the station app.


Rob Manfred was born in Rome, NY and graduated from Rome Free Academy. Manfred served as Major League Baseball’s Chief Operating Office before succeeding Bud Selig as MLB Commissioner in 2015.

Dave Cash is a graduate of Utica’s Proctor High School. Cash played in the Major Leagues from 1969 to 1980 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres. He was a member of the Pirates 1971 World Series Championship team.

Andy Van Slyke is a graduate of New Hartford High School. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates and was the first-round pick of the Cardinals in 1979.

Mark Lemke grew up in Whitesboro and attended Utica’s Notre Dame High School. He played with the Atlanta Braves from 1988 to 1997. Lemke won a World Series with the Braves in 1995.

Charles “Boots” Day of Ilion played for all or part of six MLB seasons from 1969 to 1974, with the bulk of the time spent with the Montreal Expos. Day is currently the bench coach for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League.

Pat Riley was born in Rome, NY in 1945. Riley is considered one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time. He won five NBA tie, four with the Los Angeles Lakers. Riley was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

Briana Kiesel played for Proctor High School and the University of Pittsburgh and played three seasons in the WNBA. She was recently named Assistant Women's Basketball Coach for her alma mater, Pitt.

Will Smith was a graduate of Utica’s Proctor High School and played college football at Ohio State. Smith drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft and played his entire career there. He won a Super Bowl with the Saints in 2010, Smith was shot and killed during a traffic altercation in 2016.

Mark Mowers Signed as a free agent in 1998 to the Nashville Predators, Mowers made his NHL debut in the 1998-99 season. In 2002, Mowers was signed by the Detroit Red Wings before being traded in 2006 to the Boston Bruins. Mowers completed his NHL career with the Anaheim Ducks. Mowers is currently a pro scout for the Minnesota Wild.

Rob Esche is a Whitesboro native who played eight season sin the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers and phoenix Coyotes. he's currently the President of the Utica Comets of the AHL.

Tom Sestito was drafted 85th overall in 2006 to the Columbus Blue Jackets. In 2011, Sestito was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. A year later Sestito signed for EIHL team Sheffield Steelers. Returning to the NHL in 2013 for the Canucks, Sestito led the league in penalty minutes with 213 total. Sestito finished his career with the Penguins before retiring from hockey in 2018.

Beginning his professional career in 1973, Levi scored his first PGA tour victory in 1978. Levi was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year in 1990, finishing the tour with 4 total wins. Levi retired from golf with a total 12 PGA tour victories, PGA playoff record of 2-1 and 2 Champions Tour victories.

Going pro in 1994, Dunn was LPGA’s 1995 Rookie of the Year Award winner. She holds 5 amateur wins, a single LPGA Tour Victory, and 23 LPGA Tour top ten finishes. Dunn is still competing in the LPGA.

Billy Backus is a former professional boxer and former World Welterweight Champion. He’s the nephew of boxing legend and former world champion Carmen Basilio.

Carmen Basilio was the world champion in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions, beating Sugar Ray Robinson for the latter title. In 1957, “The Ring Magazine” named Basilio Fighter of the Year. Basilio was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in his hometown of Canastota in 1990.

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