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Firebirds beat Solvay, crushed by Westhill

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix boys’ varsity basketball team beat Solvay, 52-46 on Feb. 4, but were crushed by Westhill 78-48 on Jan. 29.

The Firebirds now have a 9-6 overall record.

Westhill proved why its ranked number 1 in the New York State Sports Writers Association state rankings in Class B when the Warriors jumped out to a 14-point lead over Phoenix during the first quarter.

Westhill then didn’t let up during the second quarter, outscoring the Firebirds by another 12 points for a 46-20 lead at the half.

The Firebirds proved to be far more competitive during the third quarter and were outscored by only 4 points as Westhill. Phoenix remained competitive in the fourth quarter but could not make up Westhill’s huge lead and the Warriors won by 30 points.

Leading the way for the Firebirds was Dylan Doupe with 17 points, followed by Zach Sisera with 10, Connor Haney with 9, Walker Connoly with 5 and Shaun Turner chipped in 4 points.

Against Solvay, the Firebirds jumped out to an 8-point lead, but then Solvay roared back to pull ahead during the second quarter, taking a 25-24 lead into the half.

Both teams scored 13 points each during a hard fought third quarter as Solvay maintained its 1-point lead at 38-37. But Phoenix pulled ahead down the stretch, outscoring Solvay by 7 points during the fourth quarter en route to a 52-46 win.

The Firebirds were led by Zach Sisera with 16 points, followed by Bryce Plante with 13, Dylan Doupe with 11, Brian Sawyer chipped in 7 and Connor Haney added 5 points.

Oswego Little League registration Feb. 11

The 2014 baseball season for Oswego Little League will kick off with the annual Spaghetti Dinner and Player Registration from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 11 at the Oswego Elks Lodge.

The season will be highlighted by Little League Baseball’s 75th Anniversary, which was established in 1939 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

It will be the 59th season for Oswego Little League.

“It’s great to think about the nice weather and the start of Oswego Little League baseball this upcoming spring,” said Tim Murphy, president of Oswego Little League.

“We are equally excited about our traditional spaghetti dinner and player registration on February 11th. We hope to have a great night out with new and returning players and their families,” he said.

Murphy said Oswego Little League offers six divisions of organized youth baseball for all boys and girls, ages 5 through 16, including the Challenger Division, for players with special needs.

Registration fees vary by age and can be found on the league’s website.

Children residing within the boundaries of the Oswego City School District are eligible to register with Oswego Little League.

Registrants are required to provide proof of age, verification of residence inside the League’s boundary, and provide a signed copy of the Medical Release form.

Volunteer forms are also available. Oswego Little League has a need for many new volunteers, to fill several positions of need. Managers, coaches and team parents are needed. League volunteers are also needed for concession, field maintenance, scorekeepers and umpires.

The required forms and instructions are available now at www.oswegolittleleague.com, and may be filled out in advance, or at the registration tables Feb. 11.

Spaghetti dinners will be available for eat in or take out. Delivery of dinners may be arranged for groups that have to work that evening.

Pre-sale tickets are available from the league’s board of directors and at Oswego Printing at 412 W. First St. and Murphy’s Automotive Solutions at 21 Fred Haynes Boulevard in Oswego.

There will be an additional opportunity to register in person from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at the Oswego YMCA Armory Building.

Oswego Little League is a fun and safe environment for your children to learn and play baseball. Register by March 1st to reserve a roster spot.

Further information and assistance is available by e-mailing coach@oswegolittleleague.com.

Little League, founded in 1939 in Williamsport, Pa., is the world’s largest youth sports program with more than 2.4 million children and 1 million volunteers in more than 83 countries and all 50 states.

The Sportsman’s World — Of Flounder and Sheepheads

By Leon Archer

I was just this week talking with a friend in Florida about fishing.

I was interested specifically in the fishing in the Indian River Lagoon, because it had been so poor the past couple of years. He told me it was still nothing to get excited about in the Sebastian area, but it was a little better than last year.

Apparently some sea grass has started to grow here and there on the sand flats. He said it is a red grass, but it must be better than nothing. Grass makes all the difference in the river fishing.

I can’t begin to remember the number of times I’ve grumbled about the grass back when it was thick, and I had to keep removing it from my lures or bait. How I wish it were that way again.

Most of the grass then was some shade of pale green depending on the species and area it was growing in. There were patches of the red grass even then, but not any great amount of it.

When I fished in and around the grassy patches, I caught fish and grass. When I avoided grassy areas, I came up with less grass, but I also caught a lot fewer fish.

The reasons are simple. The grass acts as a nursery for small fish and crabs, providing food and cover. Most people would not believe the huge number of organisms that can inhabit a relatively small patch of grass, many of them are the microscopic creatures that baby fish and crabs capture for their early meals.

Just as the grass provides food and cover for the smaller inhabitants, at the same time it provides cover for larger fish who prey on the smaller, and so it goes right up the old food chain. But without that first link made of grass, the chain never forms.

I sure hope the grass makes a strong comeback. Even though I am not in Florida this winter, I certainly plan to be back there next winter, and I’d like to find the fishing better than I did the last two years.

My friend was telling me that it had been a good winter for sheepshead and flounder. They aren’t the kind of fish that prowl the grass beds.

The sheepies hang around docks and pilings. They seldom eat fish. Their teeth are made for nipping barnacles and small oysters off pilings. They are also fond of crabs, shrimp and sand fleas. They aren’t the easiest things to hook, being probably the most proficient bait stealers I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.

They are well worth pursuing, because they rival snappers for their table qualities. They are yummy.

The flounder are occasionally found in the grass, but more likely, if they are there at all, they will lurk just outside the beds waiting for an unwary small fish to wander out to see what the big world outside the grass looks like.

Flounder are fast predators when they strike, and a small fish seldom gets a do-over. Flounder are more often found on the flats at the edge of channels and in inlets where the current constantly brings them small fish struggling to hold their place in the fast tide water.

Flounder are fun to fish for, and the greatest challenge is to keep from getting hung up on bottom as one fishes. Most fishing is done with mud minnows or finger mullet kept near the bottom with a sinker weighing two to four ounces.

The bait needs to move back with the current until it is right in front of the waiting flounder. If everything goes right, and one has a bit of luck, a tap and then a feeling of weight almost like being hung up, will be transmitted up the line to the rod. Sometimes it is a false signal and one is actually hung up on bottom, but when the rod responds with a throbbing bend when the hook is set, it becomes worth all the time and effort.

Flounder are wonderful table fare, and one that weighs seven or eight pounds will feed a family with some left over for a snack later. They are mild and do not have the delicate flavor of the sheepshead or snapper.

I have never caught a lot of southern flounder, but I have caught enough to appreciate everything about them. They are a great fish, and the lack of grass has not had as negative an effect on them as it has with fish like the spotted sea trout.

I have enjoyed my time in Washington with our grandson, but I sure have missed Florida. I haven’t missed the weather Fulton has been getting, however.

Stay warm. Spring is coming.

Oswego honors scholar-athletes

Submitted by the Oswego school district

A number of Buccaneer varsity teams who achieved New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Awards for fall sports.

All recognized fall varsity teams earned the academic honors.

Two of the teams accumulated an average above 96 percent while three other teams were above 95 percent.

The girls’ varsity tennis team achieved a 96.794 cumulative average and included Allison Moshier, Abigail Allen, Molly Malone, Brenna Sherman, Samantha Davis, Kelly Skinner, Kennedy Singletary, Emilee Anderson, Sydney Knight, Katie Knopp, Krysta Broeker and Meredith Chesare.

The other team earning a 96 percent plus average was the girls’ swimming and diving team with a 96.398. Team members are included Nina Alcasid, Elizabeth Baker, Mayra Lopez, Ayla Busch, Erin Delaney, Clare Donovan, Katie Volkomer, Magie Maas, Brooke Morrisseau, Caitlyn Daniels, Olivia DeLorenzo, Catie Geroux, Colleen Fraser, Elaina Rando, Hailey Ihlow, Carrie Gilbert and Mariah Metcalf.

A 95.973 percent average was accumulated by the girls’ varsity volleyball team and the members earning academic honors included Reilly Patrick, Sarah Fitzgibbons, Erica Atkins, Allie Henderson, Madison Collins, Shanell Meyers, Isabella Winklestine, Natasha Mezza, Kellie Gorman and Marguerite Dillon.

A 95.126 average was accomplished by the boys’ varsity soccer team and included were Jacob Gerber, Conner Sheffield, Alexander Kouthoofd, Kyle Collins, Leighton Smith, David DeLand, Sean Benjamin, Kyle Kemper, Craig Lawton, Mark Taormina, Santiago Orta, Liam Peterson, Jacob Gardner and Jonathan Buske.

The third team earning a 95 percent average was the girls’ varsity cross country team with a 95.011 percent average behind the academic work of Lainey Celeste, Mallory Gordon, Kyra O’Gorman, Megan Livoti, Vanessa Wiltsie and Chloe Patterson.

Earning a 94.299 percent average was the varsity football team and included Garrett Skinner, Ryan Kearns, Justin Canale, Cody Cheeley, Mitchell Schrader, Alex Makin, Zachary Bush, Garrett Dunsmoor, Kory McTague, Trey Love, Ryan Lavner, Andrew Osetek, Edward Sheridan and Brandon Foley.

The boys’ varsity cross country team achieved a 93.446 percent with Paul Oleyourryk, Patrick Baer, Dalton Babcock, Stephen Waite, Christian Davis, Evan James, Austin Attwood, Nathan Greene and Avery Croucher.

A 92.960 percent average was earned by the girls’ varsity soccer team with Claudia Chetney, Nora Culeton, Kerrigan Cummins, Caroline Dougherty, Olivia Dowdle, Hannah Fitzgerald, Sarah Hoefer, Michaela Moran, Morgan Mulkerin, Rachael Purtell, grace Gilbert and Claire Richardson.

The golf team had a 91.484 percent average due to the work of Alex Kunzwiler, Sam Oleyourryk, Alex Kemper, Sean Dain, Josh Dumas, Eric Demidowicz, Bryce Horigan, Noah Lee, Corey Stevens, Brandon Tracz and Donovan Roy.

The boys’ varsity volleyball team average of 90.854 percent was achieved by Joshua Carney, Zachary Gillard, Logan Krass, Trevor Bradshaw, Trey Clark, Patrick Dillon, Drazen Schrecengost and Michael Edwards.

Fulton girls’ hoops loses 2 of last 3

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity basketball team went 1-2 in its last 3 games and now have an overall record of 5-9.

On Jan. 24, Fulton rolled past Fowler, 50-29. Corcoran came away with a 48-40 win over the Lady Raiders Jan. 28. Chittenango held off Fulton, 43-41 Jan. 29.

Fulton got off to an impressive start in the Fowler game, outscoring their opponents by 14 points during the first quarter.

Even though Fowler cut into their lead during the second quarter, the Lady Raiders took a 23-10 lead into halftime.

Fulton added to its lead during the third quarter, outscoring Fowler by 7 points to push its lead to 20 points. The Lady Raiders outscored Fowler during the fourth quarter to cap off a 50-29 win.

Fulton was led by Nicole Hansen with 23 points, followed by Michaela Whiteman with 9, Sydney Gilmore with 7 and Courtney Parker added 5 points.

In the Corcoran game, the first period ended pretty even, with Corcoran leading by only 3. Then Corcoran added to its lead in the second quarter, outscoring Fulton to take a 25-21 halftime lead.

After both teams scored 12 points each during the third quarter, Corcoran had maintained its 4-point lead. But Corcoran was a little too much down the stretch, outscoring Fulton by 4 points to win by 8.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Sydney Gilmore with 10 points, followed by Nicole Hansen with 8, Michaela Whiteman with 6, Courtney Parker chipped in 5 and Jennah Lamb, Mallory Clark added 4 points each and Hunter Hartranft chipped in 3 points.

Fulton jumped out to a 6-point lead over Chittenango during the first quarter of their game. Chittenango outscored the Lady Raiders during the second quarter, but Fulton still had a 24-19 headed into halftime.

Chittenango pulled ahead during the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Raiders by 8 points to take a 3-point lead. Then the Chittenango scoring machine continued in the fourth quarter and they beat Fulton by 2 points.

Fulton was led by Nicole Hansen with 17 points, followed by Courtney Parker and Michaela Whiteman with 9 points each.

Local students earn master’s degrees at SUNY Oswego

Several local residents completed their graduate studies in December at SUNY Oswego and were recognized Dec. 14 at the college’s commencement.

Ashley Ackerman of Kaine Road in Altmar (Master of Science in Education, literacy education)

Marianne Hirsh of P.O. Box 55 in Cato (Master of Science in Education, special education)

Shannon Blumer of Shanty Creek Road in Central Square (Master of Science in Education, literacy education)

William DePaolo of Honey Hill Road in Fulton (Master of Science in Education, technology education)

Nicole Jackowski of Silk Road in Fulton (Master of Science in Education, special education)

Rachel Mocyk of County Route 3 in Fulton (Master of Science in Education, literacy education)

Lori Moreth of Kellogg Road in Hannibal (Master of Science, mental health counseling)

Bethany Simmons of State Route 104A in Hannibal (Master of Science in Education, literacy education)

Samantha Carioti of P.O. Box 236 in Phoenix (Master of Business Administration, management)

Jessica Schauer of Oswego River Road in Phoenix (Master of Business Administration, accounting)

Stacey Petersen of County Route 2 in Pulaski (Master of Science in Education, literacy education)

A 153-year-old comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, Oswego enrolls about 8,000 students in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education.

 

Cardiologist speaks during Heart Month

As part of Oswego Health’s heart-healthy activities during February, board-certified cardiologist Thomas Grady Jr., will be the guest speaker at an Ask the Doctor presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.

His presentation will be held in the lower level JPC conference room of the Oswego Health Services Center, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital.

During this latest Ask the Doctor program, Grady will discuss how to be heart healthy and the importance of a cardiac rehab program for those who have had a heart event.

Grady’s past programs on heart-related issues have been very informative and educational.

An accomplished physician in his specialty and affiliated with SJH Cardiology Associates, Grady is providing care to Oswego Hospital patients and has office hours for community members in suite 270 of the Oswego Health Services Center. He can be reached at 349-5752.

Grady earned his undergraduate degree from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine.

At Tufts, he was presented several major awards, including the Zarren Family Award for Excellence in Clinical Cardiology and the Hewlett Packard Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine.

He also served as president of Alpha Omega Alpha, an honor society for medical students and was the college’s representative to the American Heart Association.

Following medical school, he served in the U.S. Navy where he completed his first internship. After his honorable discharge, Grady completed his internship and residency training at Duke University Medical Center.

He fulfilled his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

“This was a great experience where I worked alongside cutting-edge technology and individuals who were the best in their fields,” Grady said.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

The Ask The Doctor Forum is a free presentation sponsored by the Oswego Health Community Development Office.

The Ask The Doctor Forum is designed to create an open dialogue between health care providers/professionals and interested members of the greater Oswego County community.

For more information on the forum,  call 349-5500.