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Oswego man honored for years of softball service

Robert Farrell, of Oswego, New York State Amateur Softball Association commissioner, was recognized recently for his 25 years of service to the association.

The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, and USA Softball recognized members and tournament hosts during the Wilson Sporting Goods sponsored luncheon at the 82nd Annual Governing Council Meeting Nov. 13 in Oklahoma City.

Forty association members were given  awards for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40 and 50 years of service to the organization.

Farrell is a current NCAA umpire and served as district commissioner in the Central New York region. As state commisioner, he is responsible for administration of amateur softball in New York, including registering and insuring adult and youth teams and overseeing volunteers.

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations.

Step One Peewees win 2, tie 1 and lose 1

The Step One Creative Peewee Independent Hockey Team of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association was in action recently in Rochester and Oswego, losing 4-3 against the Rochester Amerks Blue Minor travel team, winning and tying against the Rochester Amerks Red Minor travel team (3-1 and 2-2), and then shutting out Fulton at home 7-0.

Rochester Amerks Blue 4 Step One 3

In their lone loss over the past two weekends, the Step One Creative Peewees battled in Rochester against the Amerks Blue team.

After Oswego jumped out to an early 1-0 lead off a goal by Tyler Eckert from Nick Burnett, the Amerks Blue team scored four unanswered goals heading into the third period.

Oswego would score the next two on goals by Christian Talamo and Monica Cahill, both coming off assists by Derek Morgia. Despite a flurry of shots late in the period by Oswego, the Amerks held off the Oswego team to capture the win.

Oswego goalie Tyler Wallace had 22 saves in the loss.

Step One 3 Rochester Amerks Red 1

On home ice at Crisafulli Rink, the Step One Creative Peewees played strong throughout against the Rochester Amerks Red Minor travel team.

Eckert got the scoring started at 9:40 of the first period, and would later pick up an assist on one of two Morgia goals in the third.

Despite a number of shorthanded opportunities for the Amerks Red team, Oswego’s strong penalty killing and defense led by Cahill, Burnett, Brandon Graham, Drake Morgia, Bryson Bush, Jack Rice and Isaiah Raby helped with the win.

Wallace played strong in the net stopping 18 of the 19 shots.

“What a great effort,” said Step One Creative Peewee Head Coach Dave Morgia. “Tyler made some incredible stops in net, and all of our kids contributed in this win.”

Step One 2 Rochester Amerks Red 2

Oswego once again played strong against Amerks Red, picking up a tie after being behind throughout most of the matchup.

After Derek Morgia picked up Step One Creative’s initial goal in the second period, Gavin Neuland scored late in the third period on a power play to secure the tie.

“This was a good, aggressive hockey game,” said Morgia. “I was proud of the way our players battled throughout and came back to get the tie.”

Step One 7 Fulton 0

After a scoreless first period against Fulton of the Snowbelt Hockey League, Step One Creative tallied three goals in the second and added another four in the final period to pick up the big win.

Wallace captured his first shutout of the season, playing strong and stopping all 15 Fulton shots.

Cahill got the Bucs on the board early in the second, and then assisted Morgia just minutes later to make it 2-0. Spencer Stepien then scored on a top shelf goal past the Fulton blocker at 10:11 of the period, off a feed from Neuland.

In the third period, Dylan Reitz delivered a slap shot from the blue line, off assists from Morgia and Neuland. Graham and Burnett would each follow with their own goals minutes later, before Morgia finished the scoring off an assist from Reitz.

“It was a strong performance offensively for us with the seven goals,” said Morgia. “But the defense and the net minding were equally strong in the win.”

Step One is now 3-2-1 on the season.

Coaching staff includes head coach Dave Morgia and assistants Bill Cahill, Bob Graham and Rob Raby.

Fulton senior signs to play lacrosse at Binghamton University

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Fulton varsity girls’ lacrosse player, Amelia Coakley, signed her letter of intent to play Division I lacrosse at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

District officials, teammates and friends joined with Coakley and her family in the G. Ray Bodley High School library media center for the prestigious ceremony.

“Less than 1 percent of all high school athletes get a Division I scholarship,” said Fulton Athletic Director Chris Ells. “This is a huge honor.”

Coakley is the daughter of Jeff and Gretchen Coakley and her interest in lacrosse began early.

“My father played lacrosse in high school and in college,” she said. “I started in seventh grade and it went from there.”

Coakley played competitively on club teams and has played on the Fulton varsity lacrosse team since her freshman year.

That year she was all-league honorable mention, in her sophomore season she earned first team all-league honors, and last year she was second team all-league and also an Academic All-American.

A two-year captain for the Raiders, Coakley has been a leader on and off the field.

“She is a very focused student as well as athlete,” said her coach, Drew White. “She’s a hard worker. She puts in more time than anybody else I know. She’s got a bright future ahead of her.”

At Binghamton, Coakley thinks she will play midfield or defensive middy based on her excellent foot skills, which she feels is one of her better qualities.

She considered other schools, including Albany and Cornell, before deciding upon Binghamton, which she said was the right fit for her.

Coakley will study biology while attending Binghamton University and plans to attend the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse physician assistant program following her undergraduate graduation.

Hannibal girls’ varsity basketball hopes to return to playoffs

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal girls’ varsity basketball team has two goals for the 2013-14 season.

Hannibal will be looking to build off of last season’s five wins effort and achieve their ultimate goal — returning to The Sectional Playoffs.

Hannibal comes into the season with a very experienced team, with eight returning players and seven of which are seniors. Coach Justin Enirght said senior leadership will provide the Lady Warriors with the stability any team needs to endure the ups and downs of a long season.

Enright compares the high school basketball season to a marathon. With this in mind, when practice begins, he expects his players to be physically prepared for what can be a long, strenuous season. Nearly all of Enright’s players took part in fall sports such as soccer or cross country, so most of his players begin the season in solid physical condition.

Seniors Gabby Griffin and Devin Sorell have been named team captains. This is the first time in Enright’s tenure as coach that he has named captains for the season. Usually, he names captains for each game while rotating captains throughout the season based on performance and leadership.

But, he considers Griffin and Sorell natural leaders as they have experienced the ups and downs the program has endured during the past few seasons. Griffin and Sorell also were also key parts to Hannibal’s sectional championship team two seasons ago.

“They know what it takes to make a run this year,” Enright said.

While assessing the schedule that awaits his team, Enright doesn’t pull any punches. He considers the Lady Warriors slate of opponents to be quite challenging. “The Class B girls’ basketball league is extremely competitive, but we look forward to the challenge.”, Enright said.

The most exciting aspect to Hannibal’s girls’ varsity basketball team is its depth. Enright said this is one of the deepest teams he’s ever had at Hannibal. However, he also likes how his younger players compliment his eight seniors.

One drawback is the Lady Warriors appear to lack height, which is a conflict Enright has dealt with before. “Like we have in past years, we will have to rely on our speed, quickness and good guard play to make up for our overall lack of height.”, he said.

Fulton modified football ends season at 3-3

 By Rob Tetro

After losing to Cortland and Cazenovia to begin the season, the Fulton modified football team went 3-1 to close out the seaon.

Coach Jeff Waldron said Fulton showed steady improvement throughout the season. After Cazenovia rolled past the Red Raiders, Fulton made a lot of adjustments.

Defensive coordinator Joe Meeks installed a new defense while offensive coordinator Harry Meeker made a few adjustments on offense.

Fulton’s adjustments quickly paid off. After starting 0-2, the Red Raiders earned wins over Jamesville-DeWitt, Chittenango and East Syracuse Minoa and then lost a heartbreaker to Christian Brothers Academy in their last game of the season. The Red Raiders scored what would have been the game winning touchdown with just a little time remaining. However, a block to the back penalty nullified Fulton’s touchdown allowing Christian Brothers Academy to hold on for the win.

The Red Raiders finished the season with a 3-3 record.

Coaches said  there were 46 players on the team this season, all of whom showed great work ethic. Overall, Fulton was a young, inexperienced team with only a handful of returning eighth-graders.

It was quite the opposite a season ago. Waldron came into the season with the tough task of replacing numerous eighth-graders who went on to have great seasons at the junior varsity level this season. In fact, players such as Travis Rice and Jarred Crucitti were a few freshmen that ended up playing at the varsity level this season.

Looking ahead, Waldron said if his team can remain as cohesive of a unit as they were this season, a bright future lies ahead.

Waldron points out that many coaching changes have been made within the program during the last few seasons. However, he feels very strongly that these coaches are determined to improving the program from top to bottom.

Waldron said Fulton Pop Warner Football is now on the same page with the schematics that are being developed with modified, junior varsity and varsity players. He suggests that connecting concepts with Fulton football players, Pop Warner on up, can lead only to good things down the road.

“I think that when all of the levels are working toward the same goal, it can only strengthen the program.”, Waldron said. “There is still a lot of work to do, but we are moving in the right direction.”

A Sportsman’s World, by Leon Archer

By Leon Archer

I couldn’t help myself; after writing last week about my memories of the deer camp itself, I had to follow up with the other things that flooded into my mind.

While the physical deer camp itself was a part of the lure for me and my friends to hunt in Deposit, N.Y., one has to remember the overarching purpose was to hunt deer.

We were young and inexperienced and we expected we would see a deer behind every tree and come home with a big buck at the end of our stay.

It seldom worked out that way even though we hunted long and hard from morning until the last light of day. We spent a lot of time walking and not much time sitting.

It’s hard for a boy of 16 or 17 to sit for very long hoping for a deer to walk by; our system just isn’t wired that way. Fifteen to 20 minutes always seemed to be sufficient to convince us we were sitting in the wrong place, and a better hunting spot was probably one more hill or valley away.

I spent a lot of time looking for that perfect location.

We actually got a little better with time. We learned to efficiently drive a section of woods with watchers placed in logical spots for deer to use when fleeing the drivers.

The amazing thing is that sometimes we got it right. Dale got a spike horn buck one morning on his watch, and Rex got a nice 8-point one afternoon. He always had the patience to sit for hours at a time, and if you were driving towards his stand, you could be confident that he would be there when you arrived.

The first year I hunted at the camp, I blew a chance at a 4-point one afternoon when I was still hunting by myself.

I had just reached the top of one of the Catskill foothills, and looking at a steep angle into the ravine below I saw this magnificent deer, and he had no idea I was there. I was hunting with a 35 Remington lever action. I was sure that deer was dead meat.

I drew the bead into the rear crotch sight and placed it on his shoulder. I expected that when I pulled the trigger, he would drop like a rock.

The woods reverberated with the blast, but the deer still stood unharmed. I racked another shell into the chamber and aimed even more carefully if that was possible.

When I fired the second shot, the deer began looking around, no doubt wondering where those shots were coming from, but he was none the worse for my efforts.

As a relatively new hunter, I figured the deer was too far away and that I should raise my sights. My next shot was aimed about two inches above his shoulder, the next about 6 inches and the fifth and final shot was launched with my aiming point about a foot above his body.

He finally realized that he might possibly be in danger and trotted out of sight. I couldn’t believe what had just transpired. I reloaded my rifle, and walked down to where the deer had been standing in hopes of finding blood, but it was in vain. I had missed five shots at a standing target.

Later that evening as I recounted my tail of woe back at the camp, three things happened.

First, Rex took out his knife and cut off the bottom of my shirt tail and nailed the piece on the wall. Next he asked me what I had the rifle sighted in at. I told him a hundred yards. Third, he asked me where I had held on the deer. I described my efforts in detail and as I did, a smile grew on his face.

Rex explained what I had done wrong. Basically it was this; when one shoots uphill or downhill over a fair distance he needs to hold low. Shooting more closely to parallel with the pull of gravity has a much different effect on the flight of a bullet than when shooting perpendicular to the pull.

In recognition of gravity, a rifle is sighted in so the barrel is actually pointed at a spot above where the sight is pointed. The bullet ends up dropping over the distance of its travel in order to arrive at the aiming point of the sights.

I guess I had a blank look on my face when he was talking, because he finally tore up a paper bag and drew an illustration to show what he meant. It took a little while for that to sink in, but learning it has helped me put venison in the freezer a number of times over the years.

I didn’t get a deer that year, but I could hardly wait for the next season to roll around and give me another chance. I knew the deer camp would be waiting.

Fulton Midgets hockeys tops Salmon River, falls to Valley

The Fulton Midget hockey team, sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts and B&T Sports, beat Salmon River 6-1 in dual contests but came up short against Valley in a 5-3 loss on the road.

In game one against Salmon River, A.J. Pendell got scoring started for the Raiders late in the first period. Fulton tallied two in a row early in the second stanza, first with Trae Sheldon scoring off a feed from Nick Meyer, then with Matt Billion scoring off the face off.

Salmon River spoiled a shut out with a goal soon after. Pendell picked up a rebound from Billion before Fulton’s Bryce Knight took the puck through the Storm defense, and set up teammate Adam Croteau for a point.

Early in the third period, Sheldon sunk a shot from the boards, Meyer assisting, to tally the final for Fulton.

Goalie Brandon Ladd shut out two periods and stopped 23 shots for the Raiders.

On the road versus Valley, Fulton’s opponents came up with two goals in the first and one goal in the second period.

The Raiders rallied in period three, first with Pendell scoring off a passing play between Billion and Seth DeLisle, then with Croteau netting a shot, Mike Keller and Will Fruce assisting.

Ross accepted a pass from DeLisle to score the equalizer. Valley netted their go-ahead goal plus one in the final minutes of the game, handing the Raiders their first loss of the season.

Fulton’s Keagan Murphy had a stellar performance in net, making 47 saves.

In Fulton’s second contest with Salmon River, neither Fulton nor Salmon River scored. Fulton took control mid-second period, first with an upper corner shot from Croteau, then with Mike Keller’s puck finding the back of the net, Kaiden Hotchkiss assisting.

Knight then scored two in a row for the Raiders, one at the close of the period off a feed from Croteau, and another to open the third stanza, Pendell assisting.

The Storm scored a single goal before DeLisle sealed a win for Fulton with two points for his team, one off a rebound from Croteau and another assisted by Sheldon.

Fulton goalies split duties in net with Murphy stopping 13 shots and Ladd blocking 10.

The Fulton Midget hockey team is coached by Larry King and assistants R.J. DeLisle, Steve Walker and John Murphy.