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Hannibal girls’ track team wants Sectional championship

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal girls’ varsity track and field team comes into the 2014 season hoping to build off of its third place finish in last season’s Section 3, B-2 Meet.

This season, Hannibal has its sights set on winning the sectional championship. However, that’s not the only goal the Lady Warriors want to accomplish this season.

Coach Dan Pawlewicz said his athletes want to see 95 percent of the Hannibal runners improve on their times. Hannibal team members also are striving to be a team recognized for what they accomplish in the classroom.

It’s also important that the Lady Warriors have solid efforts in each invitational they participate in.

A year ago, the Lady Warriors sent two athletes to the New York State Qualifying Meet. This season, Hannibal also hopes to match or expand on the number of athletes who are invited to the state qualifying meet.

However, it all goes back to being the top team in Section 3, Class B-2 for the Lady Warriors. Pawlewicz said if his team can avoid injuries and maintain its impressive work ethic, sectional supremacy may be in the cards for Hannibal.

The Lady Warriors will feature a handful of both experienced and inexperienced athletes this season. In fact, 21 of the 31 athletes are in 10th grade or younger including four eighth-graders.

However, Hannibal has two juniors and two seniors who are expected to play key roles this season. Many of these athletes have the benefit of taking part in cross country and indoor track with Pawlewicz this year.

Some of the athletes have participated in all three sports for a number of seasons under Pawlewicz and have great familiarity with him. He feels his experienced athletes have a solid understanding of the expectations he has for them.

Yet, the future is now for two of the Lady Warriors eighth-graders.

McKenzie Mattison and Reilly Harris have already completed two seasons on Hannibal’s girls’ varsity cross country team and are embarking on their second season on the schools girls’ varsity track and field team.

Many Lady Warrior athletes who were part of Hannibal’s varsity cross country and/or varsity indoor track teams are also a part of their track and field team.

Pawlewicz said his athletes took part in an active but rather laid back summer program with the hope of peaking towards the end of last fall’s cross country season.

During indoor track season, varsity track and field athletes were prepared throughout the winter. They worked at a steady pace to build momentum throughout the winter.

These athletes have a chance to peak later on in the track and field season. For the athletes that did both varsity cross country and indoor track, they were in decent physical condition.

The athletes who didn’t take part in indoor track weren’t as physically prepared to begin practices. However, Pawlewicz is impressed with how hard these athletes are working to prepare themselves for the season. He is confident the physical conditioning of these athletes will develop as the season goes on.

The Lady Warriors will be led by seniors (Clarkson University bound) Devin Sorell and Gabby Griffin and juniors Micheala Sheldon and Kristen D’Angelo.

Pawlewicz points out the basic traits of a captain is leadership on and off the track and being a great role model for teammates and peers. Taking it a step farther, Pawlewicz feels a captain is someone who dedicates him or herself to working as hard to be a student as he or she does to being an athlete.

Not only does Pawlewicz believe his captains personify the expectations he has for his captains, but he also mentions his captains have so much familiarity with him that they could almost serve as secondary coaches.

The road to a Sectional Championship will be challenging one for the Lady Warriors.

This season, Hannibal takes on the likes of Cazenovia and Skaneateles. Pawlewicz considers those to be among the best teams in the state.

Jordan-Elbridge will also be a challenging meet for the Lady Warriors. Pawlewicz goes on to mention that meets against Westhill and Tully won’t come easily either.

Perhaps Hannibal will be tested the most when they compete in the numerous dual meets that have been scheduled.

First off, the Lady Warriors will host the Hannibal Sports Boosters Invitational April 26. Along with Jordan-Elbridge, Hannibal will face perennial powers Christian Brothers Academy and Holland Patent.

The Lady Warriors will also be competing in the Tully Invitational and the Fulton Athletic Boosters Invitational. Perhaps one of the more challenging events Hannibal will be taking part in this season will be the Oswego County Invitational. In this meet, the Lady Warriors will face the likes of Mexico, Fulton, Phoenix and Oswego.

If Hannibal is to achieve its goals this season, it will need to be a team with many strengths. The Lady Warriors are expected to have many.

Pawlewicz said athletes taking part in the shot put event have a lot of potential. Expectations are high for Micheala Sheldon in the 3000-meters and Mckenzie Mattison is expected to be solid in the steeplechase.

Pawlewicz said Reily Harris has what it takes to be a strong contender in the 1,500-meters and Hannibal’s 4×100 meter team could be one of the toughest in Section 3.

Tayler Dence might be in for an impressive season in the 100 meter and hurdles events. Senior Captain Devin Sorell is striving to return to the State Qualifiers in the long jump and fellow senior Gabby Griffin is expected to have a solid season in the 400-meters.

Pawlewicz said freshmen Sydney Alton, Callie Cacchione and Janejira Cooper and others have the potential to provide depth for the 4×100 meters team. He also  expects athletes participating in the pole vault and high jump to improve as the season goes on.

Marie E. Oeinck Myers, volunteered at Oswego County Humane Society

Marie E. Oeinck Myers, 49, of Hannibal, passed away Sunday April 13.

Born in Syracuse, she had lived in the Hannibal area for many years.

Marie enjoyed the time she volunteered for the Oswego County Humane Society and listening to music.

She was predeceased by her mother, Ida Myers.

Marie’s memory will forever be cherished by her wife, Laurie F. Oeinck Myers; children, Jessica Myers and Kassie Myers; sisters, Theresa and Kim; brothers, Chuck and Johnny; aunt Gladys Harris; grandchildren Nathaniel and Zachary; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Monday, April 21 Assumption Cemetery, Court Street, Syracuse.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal.

Raymond “Skip” Abrams, NASCAR fan, construction foreman

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Raymond “Skip” Abrams, Sr., 63, of Sterling, passed away Tuesday, April 15 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

He was a life resident of the Sterling-Martville area. Skip worked as a construction foreman for Fastrak Services, Inc. in Liverpool for many years and previously for Truax & Hovey in Liverpool.

He was an avid NASCAR race fan attending the races at Dover and Bristol. Skip was a devoted family man who held annual pool parties at his home.

Surviving are his three children, Raymond (Laurie) Abrams, Jr. of Sterling, George Abrams of Lyons and Lisa (Michael) Granieri of Fayetteville; longtime companion, Paula Seymour of Sterling; 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; siblings Linda Parrow, Lorrie Welsh, Trudy Abrams and Murray Abrams all of Martville, Dottie Sage of Volney, Terry Catchpaw of Palermo, Rusty Abrams of Sterling and Debbie Dishaw of Penn.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth “Punk” Parsons.

Calling hours were Friday April 18 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St.,  Hannibal with services immediately following with Rev. Dean Flemming officiating.

Burial will be at a later date in Martville Cemetery.

Hannibal girls’ softball ready to tackle tough season

By Rob Tetro

David Meeker inherited a relatively inexperienced team when he was named interim Hannibal girls’ varsity softball coach.

Fully grasping the state of his team, Meeker feels it’s important for his team to have simple goals for the upcoming season.

A key goal the Lady Warriors have this season is to become more of a fundamentally sound team, especially when it comes to base running. It’s also important to Meeker and his team to learn how to play together.

Perhaps most importantly, Hannibal hopes to be a team that benefits from a strong work ethic in 2014.

The Lady Warriors are a young team this season, with only a few players returning from last season’s team. However, Meeker said the younger players on his team have a lot of potential.

Hannibal’s softball team features numerous multi-sport athletes. Given how active his team has been throughout the school year, Meeker feels that his team was in decent physical condition when practices began in early March.

He wanted to dedicate a lot of time developing softball related skills in preparation for the season. Meeker was pleased his players were physically able to handle all the developmental work that was expected of them.

Meeker said his team did a nice job of handling some of the adjustments that come with being an athlete who competes in winter and spring sports. Developing softball fundamentals often involves the development of arm strength and hand-eye coordination for hitting.

Though his team needed to work on each area at the beginning of practices, Meeker credits his team for being able to handle the adjustments that come with going from a sport such as basketball to softball.

Currently, most of the players are physically prepared to begin the season. Meeker does point out that a few of his younger players aren’t as physically prepared for the season as his more experienced players.

Seniors Samantha Bowers, Malana Scott and sophomore Megan Norris will serve as the Lady Warriors team captains this season.

Hannibal softball will have a challenging time of it this season, playing in a league with powerhouse teams from like Westhill and Solvay. Also, Meeker expects to see many weeks throughout the season where his team plays three or four games a week.

The Lady Warriors return an impressive pitcher in junior Hailey Dunsmoor, but Meeker suggests she won’t be able to do it all alone. It will be key for Hannibal to build depth behind Dunsmoor in order to handle such a challenging workload.

It is possible the Lady Warriors could take a few lumps this season, but Meeker feels the experiences they have in 2014 will be good for them in the long run.

Meeker expects to have a team that will have many strengths to build off of. First and foremost, his team is dedicated to developing its fundamental skills. Led by Dunsmoor, Meeker feels his teams’ pitchers and catchers have a lot of potential.

He also said he expects the top of the lineup to do a decent job at getting on base and into scoring position this season.

Hannibal Democrats plan chicken barbecue

The Hannibal Democratic Committee’s annual chicken barbecue will be held from noon to 3 p.m. (or until the chicken is gone) Sunday May 4  at the Hannibal American Legion on Rochester Street in Hannibal. Take outs are available. Advance sale tickets are available and recommended. For information or tickets call: 564-5658 or 564-5630. Preparing for the upcoming chicken barbecue in Hannibal are, pictured from left to right, standing Dan Mahaney, town highway superintendent and Gordon Prosser, committee chair;  seated Rita Hooper, Judy Prosser and Becky Corvick.
The Hannibal Democratic Committee’s annual chicken barbecue will be held from noon to 3 p.m. (or until the chicken is gone) Sunday May 4 at the Hannibal American Legion on Rochester Street in Hannibal. Take outs are available. Advance sale tickets are available and recommended. For information or tickets call: 564-5658 or 564-5630. Preparing for the upcoming chicken barbecue in Hannibal are, pictured from left to right, standing Dan Mahaney, town highway superintendent and Gordon Prosser, committee chair; seated Rita Hooper, Judy Prosser and Becky Corvick.

Hannibal Dollars for Scholars to have pulled pork barbecue dinner

Kathy Gilbert, Sue Bartoszewski and Louis Gilbert prepare for barbecue to raise money for the Hannibal Dollars for Scholars
Kathy Gilbert, Sue Bartoszewski and Louis Gilbert prepare for the barbecue to raise money for the Hannibal Dollars for Scholars
Hannibal Dollars for Scholars is hosting a pulled pork barbecue from noon to 3:30 p.m. (or until sold out) Saturday May 10 at the Hannibal American Legion on Rochester Street in Hannibal.  
The barbecue will include pulled pork with a kaiser roll, cole slaw, salt potatoes, baked beans and dessert.  Take-out dinners will be available.  Pre-sale tickets are available. Visit the chapter website at hannibal.dollarsforscholars.org and email one of the chapter contacts, or phone 564-5630.
 
All proceeds from the dinner will be used to provide scholarships to graduating seniors from Hannibal High School.  In 2013 the chapter provided thirteen scholarships of $500 each to Hannibal students.  
 
Hannibal Dollars for Scholars is a chapter of the national organization Dollars for Scholars. Dollars for Scholars, a program of Scholarship America, is a national umbrella program that includes over 1,100 locally-based, volunteer-driven chapters in nearly 3,500 communities across the United States. Dollars for Scholars partners with nearly 500 colleges, universities and technical schools to help maximize the impact of financial aid from our organization.  Many have matching fund agreements, allowing our locally raised dollars to be doubled for students attending these schools.

 

 

In And Around Hannibal, by Rita Hooper

The Hannibal Sports Boosters is conducting a lottery ticket drawing to raise funds to support the Hannibal athletics program.

The group anticipates selling 1,000 tickets. Each ticket sold will then be eligible to win $50 a day for the month of May using the New York State daily lottery number drawn each evening.

An individual who purchases a $5 ticket will have 31 chances of winning during the month of May.

Their will be four bonus days — Wednesdays during May. The winning ticket on those days will receive an additional bonus of $50.

Only those over 18 are permitted to sell the tickets. Tickets will be sold at the IGA/Village Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Mark Lafurney at 374-8806 or email: mark.lafurney@eaglebev.com

April 21 at 4 p.m. is the deadline to submit petitions to run by the Hannibal Board of Education.

The Senior Meals Program meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch at the Senior Center promptly at noon.  The center opens at 10 for those who like to work on puzzles, read the paper or just have a chat over coffee.

The center is located in the Library across from the Hannibal Fire Hall on Oswego Street.

This week’s menu features:

Monday, April 21 —  Swedish meatballs over egg noodles, vegetable blend, juice, pudding.

Wednesday — Turkey sloppy Joe, baked beans, cole slaw, mixed fruit

Friday — Chicken breast with mushroom sauce, rice pilaf, vegetable blend, cookie

Activities: Monday — Wii bowling and other games; Wednesday — games, bingo after lunch; Friday — shuffleboard, games

Voting for the Hannibal Free Library trustees will take place April 21 during the day and prior to the library’s annual meeting at 6:15 p.m. April 21. There are three trustee seats open on the library board.

Hannibal Elderberries, Hannibal’s première Senior Citizen group, will meet at 6 p.m. this Tuesday at the Community Center (Library) on Oswego Street for a covered dish dinner. They expect to see an influx of snowbirds!  Please bring your own table service and dish to pass.  If you’ve never been before, this just might be the time.

Speaking of snowbirds, I imagine the Jammers will be starting up soon…haven’t heard an exact date yet, but my guess will be the first Monday in May at the Legion.  As soon as I know, I’ll confirm the date!

Music Boosters will meet at 7:30 p.m. April 24 in the high school library.

The Hannibal Fire Company Auxiliary will be holding their last Breakfast Buffet until September from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, April 27 at the Hannibal Fire House, Oswego Street.

There will be a Community-wide Yard Sale in the Hannibal area beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 3.

Last year we had 27 sales – all offering many bargains! If you wish to participate and would like your sale placed on the master list, call 564-6410 and provide your street address and phone number by Sunday, April 27.

If you will have ‘special’ sale content like tools, antiques, sports equipment, or if multiple-families are participating, please note that also. (There is no need to provide your name.) Multiple copies of the master list will be available for the buying public at the Community Center (library) at 8 a.m. the day of the sale.

Presbyterian Women of Cayuga-Syracuse will meet at 9:45 a.m. May 3 at First United Church in Fulton. Rita Hooper will be presenting a program on her Mission trip to Appalachia last year. In the afternoon there will be a ‘hands on’ project for the gals to work on while viewing a CD on the Brethren Center including SERVV and Church World Service. For luncheon reservations, call 706-3564.

The Oswego Association of American Baptist Women will meetifor dinner May 5 at the Baptist Church in Pulaski. Registration is 6:15, dinner at 6:30. For reservations, call Colleen at 298-5265 by May 1.

Home and School will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 6 at Fairley School room 30.

From 1 to 3 p.m. May 10, North Volley Methodist Church, (corner of County Routes 4 and 6 in Volney) will host a gospel concert featuring the Misfits and Lake Effect Bluegrass. They will also have a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a plant sale, bake sale and lunch will be available too! The concert is free; a free will offering will be received to pay the musicians.

The public hearing for the 2014-15 Hannibal school board will be at 6:30 p.m. May 12 in the board room in the high school.

The Friends of the Library have a new drawing basket called Just Frogin’ Around, all things frog. Includes a fountain, garden ornament, calculator, wrapping paper and more. The drawing is May 13.

Rita Hooper  706-3564

Twohoops2@juno.com

Chiropractors help out United Way

Area chiropractors will offer Patient Appreciation Day April 26 in support of the United Way. Shown getting ready for the event are Dr. Richard Falanga, Dr. Brent Tallents, Dr. Beth Dubois, Lois Luber, Dr. Richard Tesoriero, Dr. Casey McCaffrey, Dr. Dustin Wahrendorf, and Dr. Jason Cunningham.  Absent from photo are; Dr. Franklin Perkins II, Dr. Michael Soucy, Dr. Ryan Barker, Dr. Anthony Licatese. All proceeds go to the United Way.
Area chiropractors will offer Patient Appreciation Day April 26 in support of the United Way. Shown getting ready for the event are Dr. Richard Falanga, Dr. Brent Tallents, Dr. Beth Dubois, Lois Luber, Dr. Richard Tesoriero, Dr. Casey McCaffrey, Dr. Dustin Wahrendorf, and Dr. Jason Cunningham. Absent from photo are; Dr. Franklin Perkins II, Dr. Michael Soucy, Dr. Ryan Barker, Dr. Anthony Licatese. All proceeds go to the United Way.

Chiropractors throughout Oswego County will host a special Patient Appreciation Day in support of the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

On Saturday, April 26, participating chiropractors will offer chiropractic treatments for current and former patients, as well as examinations for new patients in exchange for a $20 donation to the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

“Patient Appreciation Day is a wonderful opportunity for health conscious individuals to receive an important examination and valuable information at a very affordable price,” said Melanies Trexler, executive director of the United Way. “You really can’t afford not to take advantage of this rare opportunity.”

All proceeds from the day will benefit United Way of Greater Oswego County and the many member agency programs that the United Way supports.

Chiropractors participating in Patient Appreciation Day include:

Falanga Family Chiropractic 

Oswego – 343-2961

Dr. Beth Dubois

Dr. Richard F. Falanga

 Family Chiropractic Office

Fulton – (315) 593-7555

Dr. Brett R. Tallents

McCaffrey Chiropractic

Oswego – (315) 342-3877

Dr. Casey McCaffrey

Perkins Chiropractic

Hannibal – (315) 564-7022

Dr. Franklin L. Perkins II

Tesoriero Chiropractic

Oswego – (315) 343-5713

Dr. Richard Tesoriero

Licatese Chiropractic

Oswego – (315) 342-6300

Dr. Anthony Licatese

Dr. Ryan Barker

Active Chiropractic – Oswego 

Dr. Jason Cunningham (315) 383-9614

Dr. Dustin Wahrendorf (315) 591-1091

Advanced Wellness Chiropractic 

Mexico – (315) 963-8700

Dr. Michael Soucy

Those interested in Patient Appreciation Day are urged to call the participating chiropractor of their choice and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

For more information, call one of the chiropractors or the United Way at 593-1900.