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Oswego coaches, athletes enter hall of fame

The Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony was conducted on Saturday, April 26 at the Oswego Country Club.  In front (left to right) are Howard Mulcahey, Maggie Lester, Alice Reardon and Debbie Mann. In back are representatives of the 1991 OHS boys’ tennis team including Brian Mitchell, Steve Babcock, Nate Morey, Matt Saltalamachia, Bryan Brustch, Jason Walbourn and Coach Bill Fatiga.
The Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony was conducted on Saturday, April 26 at the Oswego Country Club. In front (left to right) are Howard Mulcahey, Maggie Lester, Alice Reardon and Debbie Mann. In back are representatives of the 1991 OHS boys’ tennis team including Brian Mitchell, Steve Babcock, Nate Morey, Matt Saltalamachia, Bryan Brustch, Jason Walbourn and Coach Bill Fatiga.

Submitted by Oswego schools

The “Class of 2013” was inducted into the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, April 26 at the Oswego County Club.

 This year’s class included athletes Maggie Lester and Howard Mulcahey with veteran coach and contributor Alice Reardon and swimming coach Debbie Mann.  

Also inducted was the 1991 Section 3 Class A championship tennis team coached by Bill Fatiga. The team consisted of Brian Mitchell, Jason Walbourn, Dan Lapus, Brian Cole, Anuj Agrawal, Bryan Brutsch, Matt Saltalamachia, Matte Lindgren, Anders Dalmean, Drew Narayan, Kevin Moore, Jeff DeSantis, Matt Weber, Steve Babcock, Nate Morey and Joe Deal..

Nearly 100 people were present at the event that was marked by emotional and sincere speeches from the newest  inductees.

The Oswego Buccaneer Boosters Club continues its support of the Hall of Fame as the sixth class will be introduced and inducted as members will have their plaques placed on the “Wall of Fame” in the Oswego High School lobby.

 Since its inception the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame has recognized deserving teams, athletes, coaches and contributors.

Maggie Lester was an outstanding Buc golfer who went to continue her success at Penn state and in competition.  She is a 2003 graduate of OHS and was first team all league five times as well as a five time team most valuable player.

Alice Reardon was instrumental in the implementation of Title IX within the Oswego City School District. She started the Girls Athletic Association which fostered fair competition, fellowship and sportsmanship and provided clinics to teach skills and rules. She made substantial contributions to the growth of women’s sports in the district.

Debbie Mann guided the Bucs in the late 1990s through 2003.  Her teams accounted for tremendous success including a 45 meet winning streak.

 Howard Mulcahey was a 1974 graduate of OHS and was most accomplished in football and wrestling.  His honors included the 1974 Onondaga League Tournament championships and he was a two way lineman on the gridiron as he played four seasons of football.

 The 1991 boys’ varsity tennis team is the only Oswego squad that won the tournament and Section 3 titles. 

Deer harvest on par with previous year

Hunters harvested about 243,550 deer during the 2013-14 hunting seasons, nearly equivalent to the statewide take last year, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said last week.

The 2013 deer take included about 128,850 antlerless deer (adult females and fawns) and about 114,700 adult bucks (1.5 years or older), both estimates being within 4 percent of the 2012 take.

Hunters in the Northern Zone walked out of the woods with roughly 32,300 deer, including 19,500 adult bucks. In the Southern Zone, excluding Long Island, hunters took 208,300 deer, including about 94,200 adult bucks.

Martens said hunters took a record number of bucks (about 55,300) aged 2.5 years or older in 2013. These older bucks, which many hunters desire, accounted for 48 percent of harvested adult bucks statewide in 2013, compared to only 33 percent (45,350) in 2000 when New York’s deer population peaked, and only 28 percent (about 33,000) in the early 1990s.

In part, this is influenced by the overall size of the deer population, which in much of the state is larger than desired.

Martens also said the 2013 harvest shows a continuing trend of concern to DEC deer managers.

In many Wildlife Management Units,  including portions of southeastern New York and the Lake Plains region of western New York, harvest trends indicate deer populations are too high — above levels recommended by local stakeholder groups who live, hunt or manage land in those areas.

He said even with very liberal opportunities for take of antlerless deer, not enough females are being taken to reduce populations to desired levels.

Fulton to honor lacrosse seniors

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Saturday May 10, the Fulton Varsity Boys Lacrosse team will honor its 12 seniors at the Fulton Athletic Complex. It will be a day of lacrosse, starting at 10 a.m. with the modified boys, followed by JV boys at noon, and varsity boys at 2 p.m. The teams will face visiting Central Square. Come out and support these great teams and coaches, and cheer on the boys. Shown are seniors, bottom row left to right, Noah Sorbello, Scott Hughes, Matthew Nelson, Troy Richardson, Adam Caza and Mitchell Towsley. Top left to right, Carson Vono, Seth Britton, Derek Prosser, Paul Reynoso, Seth DeLisle, and Mark Pollock.
Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

Phoenix softball goes 3-3 in last 6 games

 By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity softball team won 3 out of its last 6 games and now has a 3-7 overall record.

The Lady Firebirds cruised past Hannibal in both games of an April 17 doubleheader. Weedsport knocked off Phoenix, 7-0 April 21. On April 22, the Lady Firebirds held off Skaneateles, 10-8.

Jordan-Elbridge topped Phoenix, 13-7 in Game 1 of an April 26 tournament. In Game 2, county foe Mexico tripped up the Lady Firebirds, 8-3.

In the first Hannibal game, the Lady Firebirds jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and the pulled ahead in the second inning, scoring 15 unanswered run en route to a 16-0 win.

The Lady Firebirds rolled past Hannibal in Game 2, 25-2.

Hannibal was led by Malana Scott with  a hit against Phoenix. Kurstin Hammond led the Lady Warriors on the mound, allowing 16 runs off 8 hits in 2 innings of work.

Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds were Megan Brown and Cheyenne Wilson with 2 hits and 2 RBI each, followed by Skyler Mace with 2 hits and an RBI and  Alicia Midlar and Jada Jackowski with a hit and RBI each. On the mound, the Lady Firebirds were led by Megan Brown, who had 7 strikeouts and allowed 1 hit in 3 innings of play.

In the Weedsport game, Weedsport jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. After a scoreless second inning, Weedsport scored during the third inning to take a 2-0 lead.

The score remained the same until the sixth inning, when Weedsport scored 5 runs to cap off a 7-0 win.

The Lady Firebirds were led by Megan Brown and Jada Jackowski with a hit each. Cheyenne Wilson pitched 3 innings, striking out 2 while allowing 2 runs off 4 hits. In relief, Megan Brown threw 5 strikeouts while allowing 5 runs in 3 innings of work.

The Lady Firebirds took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning against Skaneateles.  After Skaneateles stormed ahead, Phoenix scored to cut the lead to 4-2 during the bottom of the third inning. Skaneateles maintained a 2-run lead after both teams scored 3 runs each during the fourth inning.

The Lady Firebirds pulled ahead during the fifth inning, scoring 3 runs to take a 9-7 lead over Skaneateles. Both teams scored a run each during the sixth inning but Skaneateles was unable to get any closer as Phoenix escaped with a 10-8 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds was Megan Brown with 3 hits and an RBI.  Following Brown was Jada Jackowski with 2 hits and an RBI, Cheyenne Wilson had 3 hits, Shannon Dolan chipped in 2 hits and Taylor Chesbro, Gabrielle Esposito and Skyler Mace combined for 2 hits and an RBI.

Megan Brown pitched a complete game for the Lady Firebirds, throwing 17 strikeouts while allowing 8 runs (4 earned) off 2 hits.

In the Jordan-Elbridge game, the teams were scoreless after the first inning. The the Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second.

After a scoreless third inning, Phoenix answered back, outscoring J-E 4-1 during the fourth inning to cut the lead to 5-4.  The Lady Firebirds went on to tie the game at 5 during the fifth inning.

Then J-E put the game out of reach in the sixth inning, outscoring Phoenix 8-1 to take a 13-6 lead. Phoenix was able to score once more during the seventh inning but that was as close as they could get as J-E won 13-7.

The Lady Firebirds were led by Shannon Dolan with 2 hits and 2 RBI, followed by Megan Brown with 2 hits and an RBI,  Skyler Mace with a hit and an RBI, Isabella Garofalo with 2 hits and Alicia Midlar and Kimberly Holbrook with 1 hit each.

On the mound, Phoenix was led by Cheyenne Wilson who threw 7 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings pitched, while allowing 9 runs (4 earned) off 9 hits.

Megan Brown pitched in relief of Wilson with 2 strikeouts while allowing 4 runs (3 earned) off 1 hit in 1 2/3 innings of work.

In the Mexico game,  the Lady Tigers took a 2-0 lead over Phoenix in the second inning. Following a scoreless third inning, Mexico added to its lead in the fourth,  scoring 3 more runs to take a 5-0 lead.

Phoenix cut into Mexico’s lead during the fifth, outscoring Mexico 2-1 to cut the lead to 6-2. But Mexico put the game away down the stretch, outscoring Phoenix 2-1 during the sixth to come away with a 8-3 win.

Leading the way for Mexico was Kendra Harter with 2 hit, followed by Victoria Lee, Brooke Wills and Brianne Jessmore with a hit each. Kennedy Lamb pitched a complete game for Mexico with 3 strikeouts while allowing 5 runs off 3 hits.

Phoenix was led by Jada Jackowski with a hit and an RBI, followed by Megan Brown, Taylor Chesbro, Skyler Mace and Alicia Midlar with a hit each. On the mound, Megan Brown pitched a complete game, throwing 10 strikeouts while allowing 8 runs off 5 hits.

Phoenix began its season 0-4, with losses to Solvay 19-0, Westhill 20-9, Bishop Ludden 8-4 and Skaneateles 5-1.

In the Solvay game, Solvay jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and then kept piling it on for the 19-0 win. Kimberly Holbrook, Garbrielle Esposito and Megan Brown led Phoenix with a hit each. Megan Brown and Cheyenne Wilson pitched.

Westhill already was leading by 11-0 in the third inning in its game against Phoenix. The Lady Firebirds began to battle back in the fifth and sixth innings, but could not overcome Westhill.

Leading Phoenix were Jada Jackowski, Cheyenne Wilson and Skyler Mace. Wilson also pitched.

The Lady Firebirds built an early lead over Ludden, but then Ludden scored 8 unanswered runs and Phoenix couldn’t overcome the lead. Taylor Chesbro, Skyler Mace, Shannon Dolan, Kimberly Holbrook and Jada Jackowski led the Lady Firebirds while Megan Brown threw a complete game.

Against Skaneateles, the Lakers led after four innings and didn’t look back. Megan Brown had the lone hit against the Lakers and she also pitched a complete game, with 17 strikeouts.

Special needs soccer set to begin

Shown from left to right are Oswego Youth Soccer Association Board Member Gary Mace; volunteer Matt Mace; participants Madalyn and Evelyn Rupert; and volunteer Claudia Chetney.
Shown from left to right are Oswego Youth Soccer Association Board Member Gary Mace; volunteer Matt Mace; participants Madalyn and Evelyn Rupert; and volunteer Claudia Chetney.

As the spring soccer season is underway for many area youth, so begins the second season for children with special needs at the Richard Benjamin Soccer Complex in Oswego.

What started out last year as a Girl Scout Silver Project by then seventh-grader Claudia Chetney, has now taken off under the direction of Chetney, many other young soccer players and coaches affiliated with Oswego Youth Soccer Association.

“Giving these kids the opportunity to enjoy the game of soccer was the plan when I started this last year,” Chetney said. “But what I realized was that my teammates, friends and adults who helped each week were having as much fun as the participants so that it was just easy to say let’s keep this program going.”

The same rules apply to this year’s soccer session. “We don’t worry so much about rules, regulations, penalties, winning or losing, we just have fun,” Chetney said.

Last year’s program saw about 30-40 children each week, where they participated in small scrimmages, fun soccer games and even wheelchair soccer play.

The soccer session is just one part of a program called “Doing it Our Way,” organized out of the Parents of Special Children Office in Fulton.

The program was developed to allow special needs individuals tp participate in sports and other organized activities.

“Doing it Our Way” also provides opportunities for kids of all ages and abilities to play basketball, baseball, dance and be a cheerleader.

With the continued support of the Oswego Youth Soccer Association board of directors, which has made its facilities available, and the help of many adult coaches, and youth soccer players, children of all ages and abilities will be able to participate once again in soccer this spring.

The six-week session begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Richard Benjamin Sports complex located behind the Oswego Middle School.

Anyone interested in signing their child up for the upcoming soccer session may contact the Parents of Special Children office at 598-7672.

Volunteers are still needed to help with coaching and providing help to children on the field. Email Chetney at cchetney@oswego.org if you can help.

Fulton girls’ lacrosse wins 2, loses 3

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity lacrosse team went 2-3 in its first five games of the season.

East Syracuse Minoa cruised past Fulton, 20-8 March 29. On April 1, Jamesville-DeWitt held off the Lady Raiders, 13-11.

LaFayette knocked off Fulton, 12-6 April 9. On April 14, the Lady Raiders rolled past Whitesboro, 16-4 for their first win of the season and then Fulton topped Chittenango, 16-5 April 16.

In the ESM game, the Spartans jumped out to a 12-5 lead over Fulton during the first half. ESM didn’t let up in the second half, outscoring Fulton, 8-3 to secure the 20-8 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Amelia Coakley with 3 goals and an assist, followed by Casey Shannon and Julia Ludington with 2 goals each. Keara Patterson chipped in a goal. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 3 of ESM’s 23 shots on goal.

In the JD game, the Rams built a 9-3 lead over Fulton during the first half. However, the Lady Raiders battled back, outscoring JD 8-4 during the second half to make things interesting.

But the JD lead proved to be too much to overcome as JD came away with a 13-11 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Keara Patterson with 2 goals and 2 assists, followed by Amelia Coakley with 2 goals and an assist, Julia Ludington and Casey Shannon scored 3 goals each while McKenna Chesbro and Jordan Coulon combined for a goal and an assist. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 10 of JD’s 23 shots on goal.

Against LaFayette, the Lady Raiders again saw an opponent get off to a solid start as the Lancers jumped out to 7-2 lead during the first half.

Fulton was unable to cut into LaFayette’s lead despite a more competitive second half. LaFayette outscored Fulton 5-4 to cruise to a 12-6 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Amelia Coakley with 2 goals and an assist against LaFayette, followed by Casey Shannon with a goal and 3 assists. Gina Babcock had a goal and an assist and McKenna Chesbro and Keara Patterson scored a goal each. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 6 of LaFayette’s 18 shots on goal.

For their first win of the season against Whitesboro, the Lady Raiders built an 8-2 first half lead. Whitesboro has no answers for Fulton down the stretch and Fulton outscored Whitesboro 8-2 during the second half to cap off a 16-4 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders were McKenna Chesbro and Casey Shannon with 4 goals and an assist each. Following Chesbro and Shannon was Julia Ludington with 3 goals and an assist. Gina Babcock had 2 goals and an assist. Jordan Coulon chipped in a goal and an assist. Keara Patterson and Amelia Coakley combined for 2 goals and an assist. Fulton Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 4 of Whitesboro’s 8 shots on goal.

Against Chittenango, Fulton jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first half. The Lady Raiders put the game out of reach during the second half, outscoring Chittenango, 10-3 down the stretch to come away with a 16-5 win.

Fulton was led by Amelia Coakley with  4 goals and 3 assists, followed by McKenna Chesbro with 4 goals, Keara Patterson with 2 goals and an assist, Gina Babcock and Julia Ludington with a goal and an assist each, Casey Shannon with 3 goals.

Olivia Coakley, Althea Henderson and Julia Velasquez combined for a goal and 2 assists. Goalie Kaylin Pafumi saved 7 of Chittenango’s 12 shots on goal.

Sign up now for golf tournament

The fourth annual Brian Dick Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 14.

People can sign up now to participate. All proceeds go towards the Brian Dick Memorial Scholarship at John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix.

The tournament is captain and crew format with four-person teams. The cost is $75 a person or $300 a team. This includes green fees, cart, hot dog, beverage at the turn, dinner after at Tavern on the Lock, skins, red tee, mulligan and extra putt (each player gets one extra putt to use during the round).

The event will be at Emerald Crest Golf Course, Palermo.

For information, call Nicole “Coco” Doty at 532-8489 or Gordy Dick at 561-9046  by June 1.

Boys’ tennis scores

 

Liverpool 6, Fulton 1

2nd singles player from Liverpool was defaulted

Singles:

1S: Evan Maestri (Liverpool) defeated Brad Crofoot (Fulton) 6-0, 6-0

2S: Zach Perry (Fulton) d. Aaron Laviolette (Liverpool) 0-1

3S: Ian Szczesniak (Liverpool) d. Mark Parry (Fulton) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles:

1D: Jeff Fensken and Daniel Muehlemann (Liverpool) d. Jacob Strauss and Benjamin McKay (Fulton) 6-1, 6-3

2D: Mike Fensken and Evan Vogue (Liverpool) d. Thomas Distin and Bayley Raponi (Fulton) 6-0, 6-3

3D: Adam Donle and Keaton Thiel (Liverpool) d. Seth Reidy and Dakota Stoutenger (Fulton) 6-3, 6-0

4D: Anthony Arcaro and Mitchell Virkler (Liverpool) d. Austin Nairn and Carlos Feliciano (Fulton) 6-0, 6-1

Fulton 1, Oswego 6

April 26

Alex Haessig was the Oswego player announced at 3rd doubles prior to the match for the forfeit, but his name does not appear on the Oswego roster. I substituted Nick Hurlbutt’s name instead in order to be able to submit the scores. The record should be changed when the roster is updated.

Singles:

1S: Benjamin McKay (Fulton) d. Kyle Kemper (Oswego) 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 7-6 (7-3)

2S: Alex Kemper (Oswego) d. Brad Crofoot (Fulton) 6-2, 6-2

3S: Jacobb Gerber (Oswego) d. Jacob Strauss (Fulton) 6-3, 6-2

4S: Drazen Schrecengost (Oswego) d. Carlos Feliciano (Fulton) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles:

1D: Kyle McCauley and Jacob Cary (Oswego) d. Thomas Distin and Austin Nairn (Fulton) 6-0, 6-1

2D: Jake Jones and Michael Chetney (Oswego) d. Seth Reidy and Joel Feliciano (Fulton) 6-3, 6-3

3D: Christopher Van Gorder and Nicholas Hurlbutt (Oswego) d. Forfeit and Forfeit (Fulton) 6-0, 6-0

Fulton 4, Phoenix 1

April 25 

Singles:

1S: Brad Crofoot (Fulton) d. Billy Stone (Phoenix) 6-0, 6-1

2S: Carlos Feliciano (Fulton) d. Kadin May (Phoenix) 6-1, 6-4

3S: Zack VanGorder (Phoenix) d. Evan Waugh (Fulton) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles:

1D: Benjamin McKay and Jacob Strauss (Fulton) d. Ben Bulgrien and Brandon Mironti (Phoenix) 6-0, 6-0

2D: Joel Feliciano and Seth Reidy (Fulton) d. Forfeit and Forfeit (Phoenix) 6-0, 6-0