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Fulton baseball team begins season with doubleheader

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball team fell to Syracuse West and Central Square in a doubleheader played April 6.

The Red Raiders began the day with a 12-0 loss to Syracuse West. Syracuse West scored nine runs during the last four innings of the game to pull away for the win.

Fulton’s day concluded with an 18-8 loss to Central Square.

In the Syracuse West game, Syracuse West jumped out to a 2-0 lead during the second inning.

After scoring a run to make the score 3-0 during the third inning, Syracuse West erupted to put the game out of reach.

During the fourth and fifth innings, Syracuse West scored seven more runs to take a 10-0 lead. They added two more runs during the sixth inning to cap off the 12 run win.

Fulton was led by Adam Briggs, Cody Dick and Peter Ravesi. They all had a hit.

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Fund-raiser to support roller derby team

Port City Roller Derby will team up with Friendly’s Thursday, April 11 for a fund-raiser pairing food with the non-profit organization’s community activities.

Anyone interested in supporting the fund-raiser can bring the voucher to the Oswego Friendly’s and present it to the server before ordering and 15 percent of the purchase will support the county’s first roller derby league.

The voucher is good any time between 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on April 11 at the Oswego Friendly’s.

The voucher is available from any league member or online at

Currently entering its third season of competition, Port City Roller Derby is gearing up for five home dates, starting May 25 in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink.

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

The group always seeks skaters, refs and other volunteers for its adult (18 and over) and juniors (ages 10 to 17) teams and will provide training.

Those seeking more information may visit or email


Wharendorf and Sanford earn personal top scores for North Country Gymnastics

North Country Level 4, 5 and 7 gymnasts recently competed in the Girls Rock Invitational in Henrietta. Six area teams participated. Pictured is Level 4 gymnast Corinne Clarke. Clarke earned her top score of the season on floor exercises.
North Country Level 4, 5 and 7 gymnasts recently competed in the Girls Rock Invitational in Henrietta. Six area teams participated. Pictured is Level 4 gymnast Corinne Clarke. Clarke earned her top score of the season on floor exercises.

North Country Level 4, 5 and 7 gymnasts recently competed in the Girls Rock Invitational in Henrietta. Six area teams participated.

Level 4 gymnast Alyssa Wharendorf earned her best overall score of the season with a 32.05. Myah Sanford placed third overall with her top score of 34.7 at Level 5.

Level 4: In the 8-9 year old age group, Elena Ruzekowicz placed fifth on vault with a 9.0 and earned 10th all around with a 33.0. Corinne Clarke saw her top score of the season on floor with an 8.5 and took 11th all around with a 32.90.

Kiersten Abbott’s best performance this season on bars in the 10 and up age group earned her an 8.75, which was good for fourth place. Abbott placed 14th all around with a score of 33.05.

Alyssa Wahrendorf gave her best performance this year, with her top scores in all events. She placed 13th on vault with an 8.8, 14th on the uneven bars with a 7.4, 16th on beam with an 8.0 and 13th on floor with a 7.58.

Balance beam was Eliza Runeare’s top event, placing 13th with an 8.3 and placing 16th overall with a 31.6.

Julia Granato’s performance on vault ranked her seventh in her age group with a 9.1 and 17th over all with a 31.10.

Level 5: In the 10-11 year old division, Emma Sanford’s top event was floor, placing third with an 8.4 and placing third overall with a 33.0.

Samantha Perkins showed improvement on vault, coming in third with a 7.9 and taking sixth overall with a 29.9.

Myah Sanford gave her best performance on the season on floor, taking second in the 12 and up age group with a 9.3.  Sanford also took second on vault (8.5), third on uneven bars (8.1) and second on balance beam (8.8).

Sarah Perkins’ earned an 8.1 on beam to place fifth in her best event, also taking sixth overall with a 29.6.

Floor exercise was Madison Bartkowiak’s top event, placing seventh with a 7.5 and seventh overall with a 27.6.

Level 7: Ashley Rizzo earned her best score this season on vault, coming in seventh with an 8.2.  Rizzo’s performance on beam placed her third in her level with an 8.3 and sixth overall with a 30.6.

Fulton girls lacrosse splits first two games of the season

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team went 1-1 during its first two games of the season.

March 26, Christian Brothers Academy got off to a solid start while cruising to a convincing win over the Lady Raiders.

However, during its next game, Fulton showed that it is capable of, getting off to a hot start.

The Lady Raiders jumped out to a seven-goal lead during the first half of their March 29th game against Whitesboro en route to a solid win.

Christian Brothers Academy got off to an impressive start and didn’t look back. CBA built an 11-goal lead over Fulton during the first half.

Despite a couple of goals by Kate Rothrock during the second half, the Lady Raiders were unable to cut into the deficit they faced. Christian Brothers Academy coasted to a 16-2 win over Fulton.

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New coach seeks to change landscape of Hannibal softball

by Rob Tetro

This season, Krystal Ward will take over as coach of the Hannibal varsity softball team. The foundation of the goals Ward and her team have for the upcoming season are based on becoming both quicker and stronger.

In fact, how Ward describes her vision for the landscape of Hannibal softball can be compared to a mathematical equation.

She said that improving overall speed and strength results in better skills on both sides of the ball, which equals a more competitive output for The Lady Warriors.

Hannibal will be welcoming back five seniors for the upcoming season. Ward expects the abundance of experience that these seniors have to help them to have solid seasons.

She added that her group of seniors are primed to be leadership figures as well.

When season practices began in early March, Ward expected her players to be in solid physical condition.

With great enthusiasm, the Lady Warriors proved to be right on track with the physical conditioning expectations Ward had for them.

In fact, it seemed Hannibal had the benefit of being able to work towards improving both their physical and mental preparation as practice continued.

Currently, the Lady Warriors are still focused on making the improvements that Ward feels will change the tide for Hannibal softball this season and beyond. They are working hard to become quicker and stronger by the day.

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Fulton graduates star for Oswego State teams

Oswego State freshman Tori Troivato of Fulton fell a single shy of hitting a cycle during the Lakers’ 7-5 loss to Hope as the Oswego State softball team (3-7) closed out its spring break.

Trovato hit a double, a triple and a homerun in the game.

Prior to the loss to Hope, the Lakers topped the Lawrence Vikings 8-5.

The Lakers put together a three-run first inning with an RBI single by Dee Apps and a two-RBI triple from Nicole Ouellette. Oswego State tacked on another run in the second when Trovato scored following a Sammie Schroeter RBI single.

With the Lakers leading 4-1 through three frames, Oswego State turned in another three-run inning in the fourth. After Katie Bredin and Schroeter reached, Apps produced a key double to plate both players. Apps came around to score following Alexis Nasca’s single to put the Lakers ahead 7-2. Lawrence cut into the margin by scoring three runs, as it trailed 7-5 midway through the sixth inning. However, Schroeter halted the momentum with an RBI double in the next at-bat as Oswego State closed out the 8-5 win.

In the second game, both squads came out on fire as Hope held a 3-2 lead after the first inning when Alexandra McKay drove in Trovato and Schroeter.

Heading into the fifth inning, Oswego State trailed 6-2 until Trovato blasted a solo homerun and Apps registered a RBI hit to cut the deficit in half. Each team scored again before the end of the game, as Bredin brought around Trovato, who hit a double.

The Lakers have some time off before returning to the diamond on Friday, March 29 at Cortland for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.

Women’s lacrosse

The Oswego State women’s lacrosse team (2-2) bounced back from a three-goal loss the day before with a 22-5 victory over Centre College last Monday.

Thirteen different Lakers scored in the win as Erannan Shattuck paced the offense with four goals and two assists.

Oswego State stormed out to a 13-4 lead at halftime before closing out the game with nine goals in the second half.

Lindsey Eggers added a hat trick, while Courtney Cosentino  Mackenzie Kjerstad of Baldwinsville, Candace Tarana and Esther Gabriel tallied two goals each.

Other Laker goal scorers included Michelle Ruskey, Becky Guess, Shelly Bateman of Fulton, Corinne Marsh, Danielle Citro, Jayme McCreary and Brittany Koelmel.

Nikki Greco and Lauren Marois combined to make 10 saves in the victory.

Men’s baseball

The Oswego State baseball team (9-4, 2-1 SUNYAC) bounced back from an 8-7 walk-off loss to Brockport (10-5, 1-2 SUNYAC) by defeating the Golden Eagles 9-3 in the final game of a three-game series to close out spring break for both teams.

Saturday’s competition started with both squads picking up where they left off Friday afternoon in a game halted by rain.

When play resumed, Brockport had the bases loaded with one out, trailing 7-5, in its final at-bat. The Golden Eagles drew a walk to pull within one run before the game was tied following a wild pitch.

The next Brockport batter was walked as well to load the bases again. Kyle Tracy was then hit by a pitch to bring across the game winning run.

Miles Kelly suffered the loss despite working a third of an inning, while Bradley Westling picked up the win after 1.1. innings of work.

The loss did not dishearten Oswego State at the start of the third game. Tim Smith roped a triple to the gap in right center field to plate Mike Stark.

Smith scored during the next at-bat when Jordan Giller grounded out to the shortstop to put the Lakers ahead 2-0 at the end of one.

After Brockport scored an unearned run in the third, the Golden Eagles capitalized on a leadoff walk by Nick Bunce in the fourth. Dan Hurlimann hit a double to bring in Bunce from first, and later scored himself following back-to-back Laker defensive errors to put Brockport in front 3-2.

Oswego State’s Ed Charles fueled a four-run rally in the fifth when he started the stanza with a triple. He touched home when Scott Buniak delivered a shot into right field.

Two outs later, Giller and Michael Mascari were hit by pitches to load the bases before Brian Hamilton cleared them with a triple into left center as the Lakers went ahead 6-3.

Brockport nearly got a run back in its portion of the fifth, but Kyle Tracy was gunned down at home plate by Buniak.

Buniak followed up the play by scoring in the sixth and drove in Alex Jurczynski to give Oswego State an 8-3 advantage.

After the Lakers tacked on another run in the ninth courtesy of Hamilton’s fifth RBI of the game, Ryan Donovan sat the Golden Eagles down in order to seal the victory.

Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame announces newest class induction

The newest members of the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted Saturday, April 20.

This class continues to recognize those athletes and coaches who have contributed so much to the legacy of sports at the Oswego High School

The Oswego City School District and the Buccaneer Boosters have announced this year’s inductees.

For the first time, two teams from the same sport will be inducted as the 1995-96 and 1996-97 state runner up ice hockey teams will become the newest team members of the Hall of Fame.

Both teams earned a berth in the state finals only after performing solidly throughout the regular and post season.

The members of the 1995-96 team included Mark Donabella, Matt Vashaw, Mike Tucker, Matt Von Esch, Mike Foley, Steve Cook, Brendan Coliver, Phil Carroll, Chris Rinaldo, Ben Miller, Ben Perlman, Chris Ackley, Greg Parr, Mark DeSantis, Travis Doty, Pat DeBan, Nate Elliot, Josh Crannell, Erik Cole, Jeremy Knopp and Kevin Jung.

Members of the 1996-97 team included Chris Ackley, Kevin Jung, Phil Carroll, Matt Vashaw, Mark DeSantis, Mike Tucker, Nate Elliott, Greg Parr, Chris Rinaldo, Mike Foley, T.J. Barnes, Dan Farley, Chris Mathes, Derek Carr, Lou Iorizzo, Josh Molinari, Bob Haynes, Mike Fortier, Tris Gillen, Mark Donabella, Steve Cook, Ben Perlman, Travis Doty and Brian Gallagher.

Several outstanding individuals will also take their deserving place as part of this year’s inductees.

The first husband and wife will be inducted as multi-sport and multi-talented athletes Howie McCann and Sherry (Brown) McCann will be present for the induction ceremony.  They were stars in every varsity sport they have participated in with numerous all league honors.

Deb Miller made her mark in Oswego High School athletics and was widely recognized for her athletic prowess as she was yet another multi-sports athlete who made her mark on the Oswego High School sports legacy.

Erwin “Jeep” Dewey is currently in his 50th year of coaching at Oswego High School and his loyalty, dedication and achievements were recognized with his selection into this year’s hall of fame class.

The late Fran Carl was also chosen for this year’s class he was a forward-center for the basketball team and a football end from 1947-1950.

Inductees will be recognized during halftime of the Oswego High School girls’ varsity lacrosse game at approximately 2:45 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at Wilber Field.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for the Alexander’s on E. First Street in Oswego Saturday, April 20. Inductees will be guests of the Buccaneer Boosters.

It is hoped that a large crowd will be on hand to recognize the accomplishments of this year’s class. Ticket reservations may be made by calling the Athletic Office at 341-2019.


Fulton baseball team gearing up for challenging season

86490800by Rob Tetro

After the first days of practice, Fulton varsity baseball coach Kip Harvey was pleased with the effort his players displayed.

However, he is quick to point out that the Red Raiders still have a lot of work to do to be ready for the season.

According to Harvey, being ready for the season means that his players will be ready to work towards achieving its goals.

This season, Fulton will aim to play every team as competitively as possible. They also want to be in a position to be playing for a league championship while also qualifying for sectional play.

The Red Raiders appear to be a team that will lack varsity level experience in 2013. There are only five seniors on the roster, but four of them were starters a year ago. They are Cody Dick,  Jake Crucitti, Adam Briggs, Ron Smith and Shane Beauregard.

The team will feature four juniors who will be moving into starting positions this season. Those players are Jeremy Langdon, Nick Summerville, Dan Coant and Kirby LaBeef. Sophomores John Cummins, Peter Ravesi, Chris Jones and freshman Michael Bolster are all debuting at the varsity level this season.

Harvey appears to have a lot of confidence in Cummins, Ravesi, Jones and Bolster. He expects them to earn a lot of playing time this season.

At this point, the Red Raiders have not named any captains. However, Harvey pointed out that he expects Dick to pick up where he left off as captain in 2012. Harvey credited Dick for his leadership abilities, which include being a mature and responsible individual.

He suggested that maturity is the most important characteristic that he hopes to identify in someone who aims to be a captain on his team.

According to Harvey, a captain is a positive individual who encourages his teammates to be better rather than holding them back. He also pointed out that a captain is a trustworthy individual whose presence encourages teammates to follow and duplicate.

Harvey credited Dick for meeting nearly all of the expectations he has for a captain.

This season, Fulton will look to emphasize solid defensive execution. Harvey said that mistake free defensive play could allow them to be as consistently competitive as they hope to be.

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