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Westhill cruises past Hannibal softball

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal varsity softball team trailed Westhill 6-1 following four innings of play Wednesday.

Though the Lady Warriors were by no means out of it, Westhill quickly blew the game wide open. A sixth-inning rally crushed any hopes of a Hannibal comeback as Westhill cruised to a 20-1 win.

Westhill got off to a decent start. Westhill led 1-0 following the first inning. Hannibal scored during the top of the second inning to tie the game at 1-1.

During the bottom of the second inning, Westhill scored three more runs to take a 4-1 lead. Following a scoreless third inning, Westhill made the score 6-1 following two runs during the bottom of the fourth inning.

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Around The Asphalt: May 19, 2012

by Dan Johnson

Kenny Rogers may have put it best when he sang, “You’ve got to know when to hold them, and know when to fold them”.

In the thousands of columns I have written, this will be undoubtedly be one of the toughest. Within the last week or so, I sent my “retirement” letter to Oswego Speedway.

I am one of the lucky ones. Growing up in Oswego, all I ever wanted to do was write about Oswego Speedway. Yeah, I know that’s pretty boring by today’s standards, but that’s 100 percent true.

As a kid, I couldn’t wait until Thursday, so I could spend my allowance and go to Garafalo’s and get the Eagle program, read it cover to cover, especially the Iver the Driver column.

From the Buccaneer Bulletin to the Oswego County Messenger to Auto Rac’r Magazine, those outlets gave me the opportunity to get my feet wet and see if that’s what I really wanted to do. Bill Foley took me under his wing and showed me the do’s and don’ts of race reporting. I always wanted to be like Bill and hoped he approved of how I put to use what he taught me.

My break came in 1990 when Carol Haynes suggested to the Caravan family to take a chance on this unproven guy to write about Oswego Speedway for The Valley News. My first night as a writer was the night we lost AJ Michaels. Talk about baptism by fire. It was game on from there, and the rest, they say, is history.

For over 20 years, twice a week, it was off to the computer to write about the people, machines, and stories from Oswego Speedway.

Even though it started with a typewriter and twice a week trips to Fulton to drop off copy before the days of computers, fax machines and e-mails, I was living the dream, never missing a deadline.

I cant thank the Caravan family nearly enough for the chance they took and the belief they had in a guy that grew up blocks from the racetrack.

Still writing for the Valley News, the next step came about in 1997 when Carol again took a chance and hired me to write for the Eagle program. How cool was that? To receive the chance to write the same column that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on as a kid was unbelievable.

Carol, George, John, and everyone at Speedway Press, and Mitchell’s Speedway Press, thank you so much for letting me live out my dream. Honestly, I couldn’t believe I’ve written for the Eagle for 15 years. That time has flown by.

The next step in the progression came days into the Pat Furlong-Steve Gioia ownership of the speedway, when again, the administration in control took a wild chance.

I still may have the e-mail I received from Steve Pryor asking me to be the infield announcer.  Really? Never thought of doing that, but, like I told my kids, take a chance and try things, you never know what may happen.

It was a great ride and had the time of my life with the best seat in the house. Doing the walk through Classic Weekend was both terrifying and satisfying. I can’t tell you how cool it is when the drivers, buckled up in their cars minutes before the start of their biggest race of the year, either give me a smile and the thumbs up or try to mess me up and get me to laugh. That journey every year was priceless.

Everyone knows the drivers at Oswego and all the fans have their favorites. All the drivers there are my favorites. They are an incredible bunch to work with, and to a man, they went out of their way to help me.

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Fulton comes up short against ES-M

by Rob Tetro

The fifth inning proved to be pivotal during the Fulton Varsity softball team’s game against East Syracuse-Minoa Wednesday.

The Lady Raiders scored five runs to rally ahead for a brief lead. Unfortunately for Fulton, East Syracuse-Minoa tacked on a late run to escape with a 7-6 win.

East Syracuse-Minoa jumped out to a quick lead on Fulton. By the end of the second inning, East Syracuse-Minoa led 3-0. During the top of the fourth inning, the Lady Raiders got onto the scoreboard, which cut East Syracuse-Minoa’s lead down to 2 runs at 3-1.

Fulton kept it going during the fifth inning. The Lady Raiders exploded for a five runs for a 6-3 lead.

by Rob Tetro

The fifth inning proved to be pivotal during the Fulton Varsity softball team’s game against East Syracuse-Minoa Wednesday.

The Lady Raiders scored five runs to rally ahead for a brief lead. Unfortunately for Fulton, East Syracuse-Minoa tacked on a late run to escape with a 7-6 win.

East Syracuse-Minoa jumped out to a quick lead on Fulton. By the end of the second inning, East Syracuse-Minoa led 3-0. During the top of the fourth inning, the Lady Raiders got onto the scoreboard, which cut East Syracuse-Minoa’s lead down to 2 runs at 3-1.

Fulton kept it going during the fifth inning. The Lady Raiders exploded for a five runs for a 6-3 lead.

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Pat Ward claims win at Fulton Speedway

After Saturday night’s Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature, Pat Ward said that the young guys are getting tougher and tougher to beat on a weekly basis.

When the checkers flew at the end of 35 laps, Ward showed he has no signs of slowing down anytime soon as he parked his Gypsum Express, Stadium International Trucks/LJL Kevlar Race Engines/ Bicknell/No.42p in victory lane.

Ward took the lead on lap 20 from Matt Hulsizer and never looked back in the caution free feature.

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Fulton baseball team loses 15-1

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball team struggled during its game against Syracuse West Friday.

The Raiders gave up nine unanswered runs as Syracuse West rolled to a 15-1 win.

Syracuse West scored six unanswered runs during the game’s first two innings. Fulton scored during the top of the third inning to cut the lead to 6-1.

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Hannibal baseball team rallies for win

by Rob Tetro

After four innings of play Saturday, the Hannibal baseball team trailed Marcellus by four runs.

The fifth inning proved to be pivotal, however. The Warriors exploded for seven runs during the top half of the inning to take a three-run lead.

Though Marcellus didn’t go down without a fight, Hannibal withstood the Mustangs’ response to hang on for a 10-8 win.

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Fulton girls lacrosse tops Chittenango 14-5

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls lacrosse team was impressive against Chittenango during the first half of last Thursday’s game.

The league-leading Lady Raiders scored 10 of its 14 total goals during the first half en route to a 14-5 win.

Fulton quickly set the tone for its solid performance. The Lady Raiders had a 10-3 lead over Chittenango at halftime. Despite trailing by a considerable margin, Chittenango played until the final whistle was blown.

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Steeple chase – Fulton’s Hannah Geitner competes in the 2000mm steeple chase during the Fulton Athletic Booster Club Invitational held Friday. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

Annual Fulton Athletic Booster Club Invitational held

Steeple chase – Fulton’s Hannah Geitner competes in the 2000m steeple chase during the Fulton Athletic Booster Club Invitational held Friday. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

The Fulton track and field team held its annual  Fulton Athletic Booster Club Invitational last week

The invitational was held at the Fulton Athletic Complex and featured several teams.