When the Hannibal girls varsity basketball team exited Jim Boeheim Court at the Carrier Dome March 2 following its season-ending loss to South Jefferson, it did so while having everyone who had just watched them play paraphrasing the same opinion.
The Lady Warriors earned respect tonight.
Hannibal began the season with one goal — to take the next step as a program and qualify for sectional play. Despite having a rough patch against some quality teams in the middle of the season, Hannibal earned the right to play in the postseason.
With its win against Solvay, the team finished the regular season at 11-7 and 7-6 in league play.
According to Coach Justin Enright, this was the Lady Warriors’ first winning season in many years.
Enright could not have been more happier for his seven seniors. He is quick to credit the leadership of the seniors who played integral roles in the team’s success this season. However, the ambition of the team didn’t cease when it earned the right to play in the postseason.
There was an old apple tree that stood in the empty field at the corner of Porter and North Seventh streets. It grew silently there guarding the pathway that led to the abandoned playground at the end of Manhattan Avenue.
Someone told us it was a crab apple tree. It made everyone smile as we said the words: crab apple tree. “How can a tree be “crabby?” we would all laugh.
But the name stuck and the old crab apple tree became a gathering place for us kids when we were going to plan a game or go on a hike together. “We’ll all meet at the crab apple tree, after supper,” someone would shout.
It was likely on some rainy 1960s weekend afternoon when, hearing the pronouncement that I was bored, my mother presented me with a dog-earred copy of Reader’s Digest and then declared, “Somewhere in there, you’ll find a cure to that horrible boredom problem.”
Over-dramatically at first, I perused the publication with all the sarcastic vigor a sixth grader could muster, but soon hit upon a compelling feature called “My Most Memorable Character.” I’ve no recollection of whom the essay touted, though vividly remember it sending me in search of additional Reader’s Digest editions in order to see how other fascinating folks lived their lives.
There are many things we look forward to when we are in Florida and one of them is the people who come to visit us.
Most years some of our kids and grandchildren get down during school breaks and we have a number of friends who enjoy sharing our warm weather and outdoor activities for a few days almost every winter.
It has proved to be one of those things we treasure about Florida. I get to show off our fishing, visit some sights, and do some things that I probably wouldn’t do otherwise.
That’s been the case this week as Donna and Jack Kulle from Baldwinsville have been visiting us. As you probably know, Jack and I do quite a bit of hunting and fishing together around home and we continue the fishing saga here in Barefoot Bay.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events at SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center Food Court Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. where more than 75 anticipated “shavees” will shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money for life-saving children’s cancer research.
With only 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s Foundation grant funds are critical to continue the battle against this devastating disease.
I was wondering recently what I would write my next column about. I was thinking that during 33 years of writing this column I may have covered just about everything.
So I started down the list that my wife made for me when she re-typed every column and put them in order.
I didn’t have to go far before one listed column grabbed my attention. March 4, 1980, I wrote about “Fannies.” I guess I really have covered every subject from the bottom up. I have gotten to the bottom of things, or maybe I have bottomed out.
Operation Oswego County Director L. Michael Treadwell reported to the Oswego County Legislature’s Economic Development and Planning Committee that there is a new restaurant at the Oswego County Airport.
Puddle Jumpers opened Thursday, March 1 at the facility on County Route 176.
“The Oswego County Airport is a vital gateway for Oswego County,” said Legislator Louella LeClair, chairwoman of the Oswego County Legislature’s Economic Development and Planning Committee. “By making the most of this significant asset, we will attract more recreational flight pilots as well as encourage more business travel to our county.”