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Fulton tennis team earns first win of the season

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity tennis team earned its first win of the season when it defeated East Syracuse-Minoa Tuesday.

Fulton won three out of the four doubles matches to clinch the victory.

In singles play, East Syracuse-Minoa’s Samantha LoBello defeated Fulton’s Katelyn Billings, 6-0, 6-1. The Lady Raiders answered when Savannah Bray defeated East Syracuse-Minoa’s Jenna Wright-Rihinen, 6-1, 6-3.

East Syracuse-Minoa went on to win the rubber singles match when Wan Ying Zhang defeated Fulton’s Jasmine Denson, 6-3,7-6.

Though East Syracuse-Minoa took two out of three singles matches, the Lady Raiders were poised to rally during doubles play.

Fulton’s Anna Guernsey and Kassidy Kearns defeated East Syracuse-Minoa’s Jeanine Koehler and Caitlin Underwood, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. East Syracuse-Minoa got its only win in doubles play when Adisa Husijnovic and Jackie Moshier defeated Fulton’s Julia Ludington and Casey Shannon, 6-3, 7-6.

Fulton struck back when Sophia Giovannetti and Maureen McCann defeated East Syracuse-Minoa’s Kim Donato and Ashley Downey, 6-4, 2-6, 6-0.

The Lady Raiders clinched the win when Audrey Proto and Krista Vann defeated East Syracuse-Minoa’s Linh Lam and Y Lam, 6-2, 6-3.

With the win, Fulton improves to 1-10 for the season but remains winless in league play. As of today, the Lady Raiders have only one more event left in regular season play.

In Fulton’s season finale, the girls will travel to Christian Brothers Academy for a contest on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Fulton boys soccer

The Fulton boys varsity soccer team came up short against East Syracuse-Minoa last Thursday. East Syracuse-Minoa scored three goals during the first half which proved to be an insurmountable lead.

East Syracuse-Minoa came away with a 3-1 win.

The Red Raiders were led by Carson Vono, who scored Fulton’s lone goal. An assist was credited to Austin Wilde. Fulton Keeper Robert Borrow saved six shots on goal.

The Red Raiders got back on track when they took on Mexico Tuesday. Fulton jumped out to a 3-0 lead to set the tone for its 6-0 shutout win.

The win marked the Red Raiders second win of the season.

To read the rest of the story, pick up the latest copy of The Valley News. You may also subscribe to the paper by calling 598-6397


Broadwell to run unopposed for vacant legislature seat

by Carol Thompson

Oswego businessman Shane Broadwell will run unopposed for the Oswego County Legislature’s District 17 seat.

Broadwell, a Republican, will replace Mary Flett, who died August 17.

Broadwell’s name will be on the ballot in the Nov. 6 general election. Due to the passing of the allowed time for petitioning, the Republican committee representing the district  selected a candidate.

Oswego County Democrat Chairman Mike Kunzwiler said there was not enough time for his committee to select a candidate.

Finding someone sincerely interested in serving the legislature and having such a short time to campaign for the seat made it difficult to find a candidate.

The minority caucus holds only five of the 25 seats in the legislature and that number will remain unchanged for next year.

The District 17 seat had long been held by a Democrat with Flett being the first Republican to serve in many years. Prior to Flett’s appointment, her seat was held by her brother, Leonard Ponzi, a Democrat.

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County sheriff will need to keep asking for more jail funding

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd did not receive approval for the full amount of funds requested to address the costs of jail overcrowding.

During a recent meeting, the legislature considered a resolution to transfer $900,000 from the appropriated fund balance to cover the cost of housing inmates in other county facilities.

Legislator Dan LeClair made a motion to amend the resolution to reduce the amount to $400,000.

“The reason is I believe there are other alternatives and we need to investigate those alternatives,” he said.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said the legislature is aware of the cost of housing the inmates in other facilities and added that the reduction may make state lawmakers more aware of the growing problem.

Legislator Shawn Doyle said he would echo what LeClair and Kunzwiler stated. He added that the sheriff is doing a very good job in attempting to find alternate means.

“We need to support our sheriff but doing this keeps it public,” Doyle said.

Legislator Art Ospelt noted that by making the budget transfer requests more frequent, there is more publicity shone on the jail overcrowding problem. “We get more bang for our buck,” he said.

Majority Leader Jack Proud said the implications are that the money requested is for current expenses and agreed that by trickling the money, it give more attention to the problem.

“We have state closing prisons and many of their parole violators are returned to the county,” he said. “This problem is not going to go away. This problem is only going to grow and grow. We need help from New York state.”

He added that state lawmakers need to take a serious look at the problem.

Legislator Doug Malone said the sheriff needs the money. “You spent money on more foolish stuff than this,” he said. “Why go back every month to do this?”

The bill has to be paid, Malone noted.

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Hannibal loses heartbreaker

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal varsity Football team faced an early 14-point deficit against Syracuse-IT during its game Saturday afternoon.

Yet, the Warriors maintained their resolve. They batted back to cut Syracuse-IT’s lead down to six points going into halftime.

As the battle continued into the second half, Hannibal rallied to take the lead. Unfortunately for the Warriors, a late score by Syracuse-IT helped them to come away with a 34-31 win over Hannibal.

The first quarter belonged to Syracuse-IT. The Eagles took a 7-0 lead when Manny Flowers found Wayne Jones for a touchdown pass from 25 yards out. Before the first quarter ended, Syracuse-IT struck again. Josh Thomas scored on a five-yard run to give Syracuse-IT a 14-0 lead.

The Warriors responded during the second quarter. They cut the lead to eight points at 14-6 when Brandon Burnett scored on a run from six yards out. Hannibal briefly tied the game at 14-following a 9 yard touchdown run by Tim Webber.

However, Syracuse-IT struck the final blow of the first half. The Eagles made the score 20-14 when Jones caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Flowers.

An exciting third quarter set the tone for what proved to be an electrifying conclusion to the contest.

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Poetry Corner: Nearly

by Jim Farfaglia



Just shy of full

you turn your face from me

to the deeper darkness.


Some nights the whole of life

is just too much

for even you to illuminate.


A mourning dove calls out,

coming to your defense.

Its well-rounded wisdom travels to you


then back to me:

We try so hard to be all.

Every now and then, let yourself be less.

Fulton’s Pat Fink knocks the ball away from Jamesville-DeWitt’s Rasheed Baker during Friday’s game at Jamesville-DeWitt. The Rams defeated the Red Raiders 42-0.

Second quarter outburst leads J-D past Fulton

Fulton’s Pat Fink knocks the ball away from Jamesville-DeWitt’s Rasheed Baker during Friday’s game at Jamesville-DeWitt. The Rams defeated the Red Raiders 42-0.

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity football team had an opportunity to make a statement when it took on Jamesville-DeWitt Sep. 21.

In front of a regional audience with television coverage provided Time Warner Cable, the Red Raiders found out that Jamesville-DeWitt is one of the premiere teams in the Class A American Division of Section 3.

After a scoreless first quarter, Jamesville-DeWitt erupted for 28 second quarter points en route to a 42-0 win over Fulton.

After a scoreless first quarter, Jamesville-DeWitt quickly seized command of the game.

Early in the second quarter, Jamesville-Dewitt took a 6-0 lead when freshmen quarterback Jack Brotzki threw a 44-yard play action pass to Josiah Williams along the right side of the field for the score.

Soon after, Jamesville-DeWitt added to its lead. The Rams took a 14-0 lead when Rasheed Baker took a counter up the middle to score from five yards out. Baker then struck again. This time, he scored on a 22-yard touchdown run to give Jamesville-DeWitt a 21-0 lead.

Unfortunately for Fulton, Jamesville-Dewitt wasn’t done. Just before halftime, the Rams made the score 28-0 when Brotzki took the snap and rolled to his left and found Josiah Williams for the 23-yard touchdown pass.

Jamesville-Dewitt’s second quarter enslought left the Red Raiders shaking their heads in frustration. While Fulton was trying to regroup and find something to build off of during the second half, Jamesville-DeWitt added a couple of more scores to pad its lead.

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National Expert on prevention of falls to train RSVP instructors

SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will hold a falls-prevention workshop Tuesday, Oct. 2 for volunteers interested in providing instruction for a better-balance exercise regimen.

Dr. Betty Perkins-Carpenter, a national expert on prevention of falls, will conduct the six-hour train-the-trainer session at First United Methodist Church, 5306 Church St. in Mexico.

Prerequisite for the training is a background in physical education or experience with senior fitness and exercise. Class size is limited and registration should be made by Tuesday, Sept. 25 by contacting 312-2317 or

Perkins-Carpenter has made a career of teaching people to stay physically fit, safe and secure in their daily activities.

Author of “How to Prevent Falls: Better Balance, Independence and Energy in 6 Simple Steps,” Perkins-Carpenter focuses on helping older adults maintain and reclaim their balance through a series of fun and easy-to-do activities.

She teaches her Six-Step Balance System to health care professionals, adult caregivers and interested older adults.

In the train-the-trainer course, RSVP volunteers will learn each of the steps and associated activities: exercises for stretching in bed, balance, ball handling, walking, talking on the phone, “The Slump” and “Dancing with a Pillow.”

Once trained, instructors will receive follow-up from RSVP to hear about their success stories and any needed help.

RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, locally sponsored by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.

Those seeking more information may contact RSVP at 312-2317 or


Bodley Bulletins: September 26, 2012

by Kate Rothrock

It’s open house night! It is a chance for your family to get to know your teachers and for you to show them your classes and all you have done this year.

It will start at 6:30 p.m. and there will be a lot to see and do.

This Friday is collaboration day and is an early dismissal with school ending for students at 10:30 a.m. I hope everyone gets the chance to enjoy the fall weather!

Also this Friday, the varsity football team will travel to East Syracuse-Minoa. After a tough loss last week against Jamesville-DeWitt, the team is hoping to bring home a win against the tough Spartans.

The game will start at 6:30 p.m.; come support the boys as they hope to improve their record!

Another way you can support the varsity football team is by going to their chicken barbecue Oct. 7 at the Polish Home.

The boys golf team has a home match today against ES-M at 3:30 p.m. at Battle Island. The JV football team also plays today at home against ESM at 6 p.m.

Boys and girls cross country teams are taking a short trip to Mexico today for a meet at 4:30.

Tomorrow, the varsity boys soccer team will play on the turf at 7 p.m. where they hope to defeat Jamesville-DeWitt, who beat them earlier in the season.

Also playing at home is the girls tennis team, who have a match against Mexico at 4:30 p.m. while the girls varsity soccer team travels to Jamesville-DeWitt.

To read the rest of the story, pick up the latest copy of The Valley News. You may also subscribe to the paper by calling 598-6397