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Go online to sign petition about UTVs

State Sen. Patricia Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, is urging sportsmen, seniors and every New Yorker who enjoys the great outdoors to sign her online petition to allow side-by-side UTVs to be legally registered in the state.

The petition can be found at

More than 2,000 members of the public — from across New York state and as far away as Tennessee, Florida and California — have already signed the petition calling on the Assembly to pass Ritchie’s bill (S.1946).

Most signers indicated that they were ATV owners.

Ritchie’s bill cleared a key legislative hurdle Tuesday when it was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. The full Senate is expected to act on the bill in the next few weeks.

New York is the only state in the nation that does not allow UTVs to be legally registered and, while the Senate has approved Ritchie’s bill each year for the past three years, the Assembly has failed to act even once.

“Side-by-sides, or UTVs, are increasingly popular among seniors, families and outdoor enthusiasts, and prohibiting their use is hurting our tourism industry, cheating us of an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, and depriving state and local governments of millions of dollars in registration and tax revenues,” Ritchie said.

“I’ve heard from thousands of outdoors enthusiasts who are travelling outside the state to get around New York’s outdated rules,” she said.

“I’m pleased that the Transportation Committee has shown its support for this measure and am hopeful that the Assembly will act on this common-sense reform,” Ritchie said.

State law allows only ATVs up to 1,000 pounds to be registered for use in New York. That limit excludes virtually all side-by-side models, which have become increasingly popular especially among families and seniors.

Dealers in other states say the side-by-side models now account for more than 40 percent of sales — meaning the state is losing out on significant registration revenue, taxes from the sales of these vehicles, and hundreds of millions of dollars in increased tourism spending by UTV enthusiasts.


Fulton boys’ lacrosse nears winning record

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity lacrosse team went 2-1 in its last three games and now has a record of 4-5.

On April 16, Fulton cruised past Chittenango 11-3 and then they held off  Homer 8-7 on April 17. Its loss was to East Syracuse Minoa on April 22 by a score of 11-4.

Fulton built a 2-0 lead over Chittenango in the first quarter, but then Chittenango began battling back. They outscored the Red Raiders, 2-1 during the second quarter to come within a goal at 3-2 headed into halftime.

But then Fulton began to pull away, outscoring Chittenango by two goals during the third quarter to extend its lead to three goals at 6-3. The Red Raiders put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter, scoring five unanswered goals down the stretch to cap off an 11-3 win.

Fulton was led by Carson Vono with three goals and two assists, followed by Brett Campolieta and Matt Nelson with two goals and an assist each. Bryce Knight had two goals. Seth DeLisle and RJ Borrow each added a goal and an assist. Derek Prosser was credited with an assist.

Red Raider goalie Scott Hughes saved 10 of Chittenango’s 13 shots on goal.

The Red Raiders came away with a hard fought one-goal win over Homer. Fulton took a 1-0 lead in the first quarter, but Homer quickly evened the score. The teams exchanged goals in the second quarter and went into halftime tied at 2.

The second half proved to be just as competitive. Fulton outscored Homer by a goal during the third quarter to take a 5-4 lead. Both teams scored three goals during the fourth quarter as the Red Raiders escaped with an 8-7 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Carson Vono with three goals and two assists, followed by Matt Nelson with two goals, Seth DeLisle with a goal and an assist and Bryce Knight and Shawn Walberger with a goal each.

Red Raider goalie Scott Hughes saved 18 of Homer’s 25 shots on goal.

ESM jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter of its game against Fulton. Both teams scored three goals during the second quarter as ESM took an 8-3 lead into halftime.

The Spartans added to their lead during the second half, scoring three unanswered goals during the third to take an 11-3 lead. However, the Red Raiders didn’t quit. They scored during the fourth quarter to cut ESM’s lead to seven goals but that was as close as they could get as ESM won 11-4.

 The Red Raiders were led by Seth DeLisle and Carson Vono with a goal and an assist each, followed by RJ Borrow and Matt Nelson with a goal each. Mark Pollock is credited with an assist. Fulton goalies Brandon Batstone and Scott Hughes combined to save 10 of ESM’s 21 shots on goal.

Phoenix softball beats Caz

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity softball team has a 4-12 overall record after going 1-2 in its last three games.

On May 7, Solvay rolled past Phoenix 19-0. The Lady Firebirds cruised past Cazenovia 15-5 on May 8 while Phoenix lost to Marcellus 9-2 on May 12.

Solvay jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Phoenix in the first inning. After the two following innings, Solvay expanded its lead, scoring five unanswered runs during the fourth and fifth innings to take an 8-0 lead.

Solvay didn’t stop there. They scored 11 more runs during the sixth and seventh innings to cap off a 19-0 win.

Phoenix was led by Skyler Mace and Jada Jackowski with a hit each. Cheyenne Wilson pitched the entire game for the Lady Firebirds, throwing five strikeouts while allowing 19 runs off 19 hits in seven innings of work.

Against the Lakers, Phoenix took the early lead 1-0 in the first, but then Caz evened the score in the third.

Then the Lady Firebirds stormed ahead. They scored four unanswered runs during the fourth inning to take a 6-2 lead. Phoenix maintained its four-run lead at 7-3 after both teams scored a run in the fifth inning.

Then the Lady Firebirds soon put the game out of reach, outscoring red Caz 8-2 in the sixth inning en route to a 15-5 win.

Leading the way for Phoenix were Isabella Garofalo and Jada Jackowski with two hits and two RBIs each. Following them were Skyler Mace and Alicia Midlar with two hits each. Megan Brown had a hit and two RBIs. Kaitlyn Stenoski is credited with an RBI.

Megan Brown pitched a complete game for Phoenix, throwing eight strikeouts while allowing five runs off six hits.

Marcellus wasted little time building a lead in its game against Phoenix. By the end of the second inning, Marcellus had a 4-0 lead.

But the Lady Firebirds quickly cut into the lead. They scored during the third inning to bring the lead down to three runs at 4-1.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Marcellus added to its lead. They scored five unanswered runs during the fifth and sixth innings to extend the lead to 9-1.

Phoenix wasn’t about back off, though. They scored during the seventh inning to bring the deficit down to seven runs. But  the lead they faced proved to be insurmountable as Marcellus came away with a 9-2 win.

Phoenix was led by Isabella Garofalo and Jada Jackowski with two hits each, followed by Megan Brown with a hit and an RBI and Alicia Midlar with a hit.

Megan Brown pitched the entire game for the Lady Firebirds, throwing four strikeouts while allowing nine runs off 11 hits in six innings pitched.

Oswego softball camp June 30-July 2

The 24th annual Lady Buccaneer Softball Mini Camp will be held June 30 through July 2 at the Oswego High School fields.

The camp is for girls ages 9-16 who want to sharpen their skills and have some softball fun.

There will be nine hours of quality instruction throughout the three-day camp. Activities will include throwing, position play, base running, team defense, hitting, bunting, sliding and mini-games. 

The camp will run daily from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 9-12, and from 1 to 4 p.m. for players ages 13-16. The camp has a rain date of July 3.

The cost is $50 per player. There is a sibling discount available, where additional players from the same family can enroll for $40 each. Enrollment is limited to the first 60 players.

All players will receive a commemorative Oswego softball souvenir as well as a player’s report card.

Mike McCrobie, the Oswego High School varsity softball coach, will lead the group of instructors. He has guided the Lady Buccaneers to three Section III championships, six league titles and six times has been named league Coach of the Year. He was named New York State Coach of the Year in 1995.

Also providing instruction will be veteran coaches Ron Ahart and Brad Shannon. They have coached a variety of sports in the Oswego High athletic department for decades, and are currently coaching the successful JV and middle school softball teams respectively. 

The rest of the staff will be comprised of current and former Oswego High School players, including SUNY Cortland assistant coach and 2007 Oswego High grad Abby Martin.

In the past, the camp staff has consisted of Oswego High alumni who have gone on to play college softball and/or coach at various levels from youth to college. 

In past camps, returning alumni have included Erika Lazzaro and Emily Kolenda (Brockport State), Allie Yule (Mercyhurst College), Devynn Wilder (SUNY Cortland), Mollie Schneible (St. John Fisher), Samantha Todd (Cazenovia College), Jenna Wyman (Barry University), Susan Sugar (Le Moyne College), Katie Frawley (Illinois Wesleyan), Nikki Taylor (R.I.T.), Kelly Owings (Union College) and others.

Proceeds from the camp help defray the cost of the high school team’s bi-annual  spring trip south.

To receive an application or more information, contact Mike McCrobie at or 343-8749.