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Phoenix girls varsity soccer needs to replace key seniors

By Rob Tetro

This season, the Phoenix Girls Varsity Soccer Team aims to have a .500 record or above at the end of the season with the hope of qualifying for sectional play.

Unfortunately for Coach Bill Conklin, he knows this endeavor won’t come easily. His team will have to fill the void created by the loss of six senior starters from last year’s team.

However, the Lady Firebirds have begun the season on a positive note. In preseason competition, Phoenix played Onondaga Central School to a 5-5 tie.

Like their male counterparts, the team will be quite inexperienced. Conklin has 20 players currently on his roster. However, 12 of those players are freshmen and sophomores, which means only eight players have experience in varsity level soccer.

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Softball tryouts are Sept. 8 in Oswego

The Pride Travel softball program will have a tryout/commitment day from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Oswego High School varsity softball field for any girl interested in playing next summer.

In case of rain, the session will be held at the YMCA Armory on West First Street.

The session will consist of skill work and a scrimmage conducted by Ron Ahart and Mike McCrobie. All coaches will be on hand to evaluate players for the 2014 season.

In 2014, Pride will attempt to field three teams based on the amount of interest: 12-under (players born after 1/1/01); 14-under (players born after 1/1/99); and 16-under (players born after 1/1/97).

Pride is in its 18th year of competing in the Amateur Softball Association’s Junior Olympic softball program.

Pride has won numerous tournaments throughout Central New York, as well as two New York State Class B 16U championships.

“We’d like any girl who is passionate about softball to come on out to find out what Pride Travel softball is all about,” stated Pride organizer Mike McCrobie. “It’s important for coaches to establish a roster this fall and get a commitment for next summer, so we’re hoping for a big turnout.”

Players from throughout Central New York are welcome, as Pride softball is not limited to Oswego County participants.

For more information, contact McCrobie at 343-8749 or by e-mail at

Junior roller derby recruits players

Girls ages 10 to 17 interested in playing one of the fastest-growing sports in the country are invited to Port City Roller Derby’s junior derby recruitment events Sept. 8 and 13.

Two open house and recruitment events will take place in the Oswego YMCA Armory, West First and Utica streets — noon on Sept. 8 and 7 p.m. on Sept. 13. Kids are encouraged to bring any parents or guardians with questions.

Port City’s Lagoon Squad Junior Derby team started competition this year, offering fun, fitness and friendship to those who joined.

The organization is planning its next season of bouts starting this fall, with practices geared toward all levels, including those who have never skated.

Port City Roller Derby is produced by Oz Roller Girls Inc., a member-run nonprofit organization dedicated to athletic competition, empowerment and supporting its community.

PCRD always seeks skaters, referees and other volunteers for its adult (18 and older) and juniors (ages 10 to 17) teams, and will provide training.

For more information, visit or email

Inexperienced Phoenix boys soccer team prepares for tough schedule

Phoenix Boys Varsity Soccer Coach Chris Prenoveau has his work cut out for him this season.

Out of the 20 to 25 players he expects to see on the roster, only six of them have significant experience at the varsity level.

One Prenoveau’s goals is for the boys to learn how to play as a cohesive unit. However, he points out that his team’s lack of experience could make this goal difficult.

It’s also important that the players understand and buy into the style of play that Prenoveau wants to establish.

He wants his team to develop a consistently impressive work ethic. No matter what the score is, Prenoveau expects his team to battle until the final whistle.

Prenoveau expects 75 percent of the possible players to be either freshmen or sophomores. Prenoveau hopes that his four seniors and two juniors will emerge as leaders on and off the field.

As fall practice begins, Prenoveau expects his players to show up in the best physical condition possible.

He suggests that most of his coaching colleagues anticipate a lot of conditioning work will be needed for any fall sport.

Prenoveau expects his players to be physically ready for the season by the opening game.

Currently, the team’s overall physical conditioning is improving. However, Prenoveau insists that his players have a long way to go until they reach the level of fitness that he expects.

As of Aug. 24, Prenoveau had not yet selected team captains.

According to Prenoveau, a potential captain is a player who works hard regardless of the situation.

He is also someone who doesn’t complain and is willing to support a teammate when needed. Prenoveau also pointed out that an unselfish player who works hard and encourages others to improve their efforts is someone who could be a team captain.

Many tough opponents await Phoenix this season. They play in Class B, which means just about every team will be impressive.

The Firebirds will take on the likes of Westhill, Cazenovia and Skaneateles. Prenoveau points out that Marcellus is a perennial power and expects that team to be just as competitive this season.

He suggests that Jordan-Elbridge and Solvay could be entering trap games when they take on Phoenix. Perhaps those teams might look past the Firebirds because the Phoenix players aren’t considered a top-heavy team.

Prenoveau feels that this seasons’ team could be successful when it comes to learning how to play soccer with the ability to make smart passes while maintaining possession of the ball.

He expects that his team’s inexperience will lead to a few growing pains on the field.

However, Prenoveau is quick to mention that his team is picking up the concepts he is teaching at a solid pace. He is excited about having the opportunity to develop many young players as they take a few bumps in the road but then learn from their mistakes.

Prenoveau and his upperclassmen understand that this season they will have to be patient leadership figures.

He feels it will be important for them to be ready to help their younger teammates maintain both a positive attitude and work ethic.

Crunch aids Child Advocacy Center

Brandon Wrobel, account executive with the Syracuse Crunch, presented Karrie Damm, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, with an official hockey stick signed by team members of the 2013 Calder Cup finalist Syracuse Crunch.

The autographed hockey stick will be available as part of the drawings during the post Blue Ribbon Ride celebration at Lighthouse Lanes on Shampine Drive in Oswego.

The celebration, in honor of the CAC’s 10th annual Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse, includes a family bowling event from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., with a chicken barbecue, drawings for themed gift baskets and other items, and live music with F5, beginning at 5 p.m.

The after ride celebration is open to the public.

Proceeds from the event support the Child Advocacy Center’s Blue Ribbon Campaign that focuses on child abuse awareness and prevention.

The ride will take place Sept. 7 beginning at 3 p.m. at Wheel-A-Way Motorsports, 947 S. First St. (Route 57) in Fulton and ending at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.

Registration begins at 2 p.m.

For more information, contact the CAC at 592-4453, or visit

Wildlife guide available at state fair

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will once again have a strong presence at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse through Sept.2, showcasing a new 248-page New York Wildlife Viewing Guide and hosting an exhibit on the  progress to restore Onondaga Lake.

“DEC and its partners are pleased to highlight activities and programs that provide exciting opportunities for people to enjoy New York’s magnificent natural resources,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said.

“New York has some of the best recreational and wildlife viewing sites in the Northeast, and we continue to advance Governor Cuomo’s commitment to enhancing tourism and promoting regional business growth and job creation across New York state,” he said.

The new Wildlife Viewing Guide features maps and information on more than 110 sites across the state that offer bird watching, nature walks, viewing of unique and rare species and the spectacular landscapes where they live.

How to get a copy

Fairgoers can obtain a free copy by subscribing to the Conservationist, DEC’s award-winning magazine about New York’s natural resources and the environment.

Fairgoers can pick up their copy of the New York Wildlife Viewing Guide at the DEC Aquarium Building or the New York State Parks Visitors Center, both adjacent to the Chevy Court.

Also new at the Fair this year will be a major exhibit on the progress to restore and revitalize Onondaga Lake.

“Onondaga Lake: A Fresh Gateway to a New New York” will explain how cleanup efforts by DEC and state and local partners are benefiting the entire region and providing for future economic vitality.

The exhibit, which includes more than 3,000 square feet, will be located in the Center of Progress Building.

DEC will continue to operate popular exhibits from years past at both the Aquarium Building and the Log Cabin Building, which will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Invasive species information

Fairgoers can obtain information regarding the emerald ash borer and other invasive species that pose a threat to New York.

Staff will be available throughout the day to educate the public about DEC’s efforts to control these invasive insects and what people should do if they discover these pests.

DEC Releases Draft Sauger Conservation Management Plan

Plan To Help Rebuild the Sauger Fish Populations in New York State 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the release of a draft sauger conservation management plan for public review and comment.  The goal of the plan is to establish and maintain self-sustaining sauger populations in all suitable waters of native watersheds by 2030.

“Sauger are a fascinating species uniquely adapted to thrive in large turbid rivers and lakes,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “They once were prominent in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Lake Champlain, but have declined to the point where they are now one of New York’s most imperiled fish species. This plan will start the process of restoring sauger to its native range in New York waters.”

Sauger are North American members of the true perch family, Percidae, and closely resemble walleye in both appearance and function. The draft conservation management plan is available on the DEC website at

The three objectives of the plan include:

  • Establishing a self-sustaining sauger population in the upper Allegheny River watershed.
  • Determining sauger population status and documenting and improving habitat suitability in Lake Champlain.
  • Determining the suitability of Lake Erie’s eastern basin watershed for sauger restoration.

These objectives are designed to be implemented through 2020. Progress made towards meeting these objectives will serve as guidance in the development of new objectives and management recommendations for the period 2021 – 2030. Additional waters will be considered for sauger population establishment during this time.

Comments may be submitted in writing through September 15, 2013 to NYSDEC Bureau of Fisheries, Sauger Management Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753 or by emailing (with “Sauger Plan” in the subject line).

The Sportsman’s World

 By Leon Archer

Two Harbors, Minn., is an important iron ore port on the north shore of Lake Superior about 30 miles east of Duluth. The majority of the iron from the mines situated about 65 miles northeast of town is processed up on the iron range before being brought to Two Harbors by train and shipped out as taconite ready to go into the blast furnaces in places like Detroit Mich., Toledo, Ohio, and Conneaut and Gary, Ind.

It often leaves port 70,000 tons at a rip inside huge 1,000 foot lakers like the Edwin H. Gott  and  Edgar B. Speer  heading for the down lakeports to offload. It was this same trade that found the Edmund Fitzgerald leaving Superior, Wis., on Nov. 9, 1975, loaded with 26,535 tons of taconite, about to sail sadly into history as the largest ship ever to sink on the Great Lakes.

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