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The United States Army has formed a sponsorship alliance with the Tri-Oswego 2012 Triathlon, scheduled for June 16th in Oswego. Shown pictured recently at the United States Army Recruiting Station in Oswego are, from left, Jamie Fancett, SSG, US Army; Station Commander Brian Gibson, SSG, US Army; and Shane Broadwell, Tri-Oswego race director. 

U.S. Army joins forces with second annual Tri-Oswego Triathlon

The United States Army has formed a sponsorship alliance with the Tri-Oswego 2012 Triathlon, scheduled for June 16th in Oswego. Shown pictured recently at the United States Army Recruiting Station in Oswego are, from left, Jamie Fancett, SSG, US Army; Station Commander Brian Gibson, SSG, US Army; and Shane Broadwell, Tri-Oswego race director.

The United States Army has formed a sponsorship alliance with the Tri-Oswego 2012 Triathlon, scheduled for June 16 in Oswego, New York, according to Shane Broadwell, Tri-Oswego race director.

The United States Army Recruiting Station, under the direction of Station Commander Brian Gibson, is taking the lead role in its plans for the Tri-Oswego event.

According to Staff Sergeant Gibson, the U.S. Army will be contributing transition towels for the Tri-Oswego athletes, and will also be providing a variety of fitness and health-related activities, displays including the United States Army H3 Hummer, as well as numerous United States Army recruits as volunteers for the event.

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Syracuse Shock to kick off season Saturday in Fulton

by Rob Tetro

The Syracuse Shock Minor League Football Team of the Empire Football League will be playing its home games at The Fulton Athletic Complex this summer.

The Shock will make its Fulton debut when the season kicks off Saturday against second ranked South Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. There is a general admission fee.

Syracuse Shock President and Head Coach Ken Anderson hopes to bring Fulton a different but fun summertime experience.

“We hope that the fans see a high level of football and enjoy doing something a little different on a Saturday night,” he said. “We hope to bring a fast and hard hitting team to the field.”

In minor league football, there is not a player draft nor can players be traded. Teams are put together by local athletes who simply have a strong passion for the game. However, if a player wants to play on a particular team, they must sign a one-year contact with that team.

Once the yearly contact is signed, a player is not allowed to play for another team in the league until the player is released. However, players are allowed to move to a team outside of the league without needing an official release.

At the end of the season, minor league football has a playoff scenario. The top six teams in the league standings move on to the playoffs. The teams who advance to the playoffs are seeded based upon their record with the top two seeds earning a first round bye.

During the first round, the third-seeded team plays the sixth-seeded team while the fourth-seeded team takes on the fifth-seeded team.

During the second round of the playoffs, the number-one seed takes on the highest remaining seed while the second seed plays the second highest remaining seed.

The league championship is decided during the third week of the playoffs when the winners of the previous weeks games’ play each other with the highest remaining seed earning home field advantage.

Once the playoffs have concluded, many teams are invited to play in post-season tournaments, which could set up a chance to play for a national championship.

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United Way Golf Classic to tee off July 16

The United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual Golf Classic will be held Monday, July 16 at the Oswego County Club.

Now in its 17th year, the United Way Golf Classic provides community members with an opportunity to enjoy a day of golf while supporting their local United Way.

According to United Way Resource Development Director Lois Luber, the new location has created a new level of excitement for the tournament.

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Oswego tops Fulton girls lacrosse in Class A championship

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team’s memorable season concluded with a loss to Oswego in Wednesday night’s Section III Class A championship game.

Oswego pulled away from The Lady Raiders during the second half en route to a 13-7 win. Fulton kept it close during the first half. Oswego led 6-4 at halftime.

During the second half, Oswego was more efficient on both sides of the ball. The Lady Bucs outscored the Lady Raiders by four goals to prevail with the six-goal win.

Leading the way for Oswego was Taylor Giglio, who had six goals. MiKayla Place added two goals and two assists and Becca Martin chipped in two goals.

Mackenzie Robinson had a goal and two assists while Sarah Stobener, Kaitlyn Armstrong, Libby Sherman and Alexa Healy combined to tally two goals and four assists for Oswego.

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The Sportsman’s World: June 2, 2012

Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

My usual Memorial Day vacation is usually spent relaxing around home with possibly a short stint of fishing thrown in as an afterthought, but 2012 was different.

Tim and Alicia have acquired a building lot that had belonged to her mom and dad for many years on Thirty Island Lake in Ontario, Canada. They have visited it numerous times and I had come to almost know it from their descriptions.

This year, Sweet Thing and I packed up our camping gear and joined Tim, Alicia, and our grandchildren, Nathaniel and Annaliese, for our first actual look  at the site.

The journey took us across the 1000 Islands Bridges into Canada and West on 401. Most of the driving was on very comfortable highways and even the last few miles after we left Godfrey were easy to navigate over well-manicured, crushed stone. Not until we were within shooting distance of our destination did the road give way to sort of a two lane cattle path under a velvety green canopy of oak, maple, cedar and pine, with a white birch thrown in here and there for artistic contrast.

The lot was larger than I had envisioned and the location and view of the lake was impressive. It was easy to understand how they had become so enamored with their little piece of Canada.

Even before we had set up camp, Sweet Thing and I got a guided tour of the property, the lake front, and the staked off area where a future cabin is slated to sit. I knew right away that, Lord willing, this would not be my last trip to Thirty Island Lake.

We unpacked four kayaks and before long they were skimming over the water as Sweet Thing and I watched our family from shore. Sporadically, a lazily moving boat would come by, the occupants trolling for pike or walleye, but other than the muted mutter of their outboard and the occasional squeals of Annaliese and Nathaniel, very little interrupted the soothing silence.

We had fishing rods and a cache of night crawlers that were begging to be used, but the first evening they were put on hold as we settled around a late dinner and afterward got our living quarters straightened out and beds made for the night.

After all the packing at home and the three hour drive to the lake, everyone was ready for a good night’s rest – and we got it.

As we snuggled between the sheets, the loons bathed us with their calls on the lake, and a couple owls hooted on the far shore.

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Lake Yacht Racing Association’s Regatta to be held in Oswego

This summer, for the first time since 1928, the 2012 Lake Yacht Racing Association Annual Regatta will be held in Oswego. The event will be hosted by the Oswego Yacht Club July 30 through Aug. 5.

The association was founded in 1884, making it the oldest association of yacht clubs in the nation. The group consists of 47 yacht clubs located around Lake Ontario with Oswego being one of the founding clubs.

The port city will host nearly 75 yachts from around Lake Ontario. The regatta is an annual event that features one week of intensive racing.

This includes “feeder” races, which are designed to bring yachts to the regatta site, the overnight Freeman Race, and three days of “around-the-buoy” course racing.

“With racers from both the U.S. and Canada, this is a great opportunity for sailors to compete as well as establish a strong camaraderie amongst each other,” said John Gary, chairman of the Oswego LYRA Organizing Committee.

Tuesday, July 31 will initiate the first day of competition with races beginning in Rochester and Henderson Harbor. The Centennial Cup race, sponsored by SUNY Oswego, is hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club.

Yachts from the west end of the lake will compete in a 45-nautical mile race that ends in Oswego. The other feeder race, the Founder’s Cup, is a 35-nautical mile race hosted by the Henderson Harbor Yacht Club.

All racers from the eastern end of the lake will converge in Henderson and race to Oswego.

Following the racing, participants will be treated to a barbecue and live music. Advance registration is required for these events.

The Freeman Cup, an overnight 73-nautical mile event, is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The race will take approximately 14 hours to complete.

Fulton softball season comes to an end with sectional loss

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team’s season concluded last week with an 7-6 loss to Oneida in the Class A Sectional quarterfinals.

Before playing Oneida, the Lady Raiders rallied from four runs down to come away with an 8-7 extra innings win over Camden.

Fulton got off to a decent start against Camden May 24. The Lady Raiders scored two runs in each of the games first two innings.

Camden responded with six unanswered runs of its own during the top of the third and fourth innings to take a 6-2 lead.

During the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, Fulton met Camden’s response by scoring four unanswered runs to tie the game at 6-6. The game went into extra innings tied at 7-7 following an seventh inning where each team scored a run a piece.

Following Camden’s scoreless at bat, The Lady Raiders scored during the bottom of the eighth inning to clinch the one-run win.

Fulton was led by Lindsey Larkin, who had three hits and an RBI against Camden. Maureen McCann  finished with two hits and four RBIs.

Keisha Pierce, Ciarra Chapman, Ashley Cummins and Falecia Coleman comibed to tally eight hits and three RBIs for the Lady Raiders.

Larkin earned another win for Fulton on the mound. Larkin struck out 13 Camden batters while giving up seven runs on 11 hits.

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Fulton lacrosse advances following overtime thriller

by Rob Tetro

Both teams proved to be effective when the Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team played Watertown in the Section Class A semifinals Thursday.

The Lady Raiders held off Watertown for an exciting 12-11 win in double overtime.

Fulton got it done on both sides of the ball during the first half. The Lady Raiders took a three-goal lead into halftime. However, the roles reversed during the second half.

Watertown rallied to tie the game at 10-10 to force overtime by outscoring Fulton by three goals.

During the first overtime session, each team scored once to force a second overtime session. The Lady Raiders did what they had to do during the second overtime session.

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