“We want to finish races, have fun, and roll it on the trailer at the end of the night,” is how veteran supermodified driver Michael Barnes described what he is looking for out of his 2012 supermodified season at Oswego Speedway.
“That’s how we’re looking at it,” he continued. “Of course, we want to run well and win races, but we all get along and have fun. The way I’m looking at it is: this is my sophomore year of supermodified racing at Oswego Speedway.“
Barnes was tabbed by Pat and Terry Strong midway through the 2011 season to be the wheelman for the newer car out of the Plum Crazy stable. “I can’t thank Pat and Terry enough,” Barnes said with gratitude. “They gave me a chance to drive their second car, the newer car last year. They put the car together in ’09, but it didn’t see much track time.
Defense took center stage when the Fulton Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team took on Corcoran Saturday.
In a game where both keepers combined to save 22 out of 29 shots on goal, Fulton held on for a hard fought 4-3 win over Corcoran.
The Raiders did half of their scoring during the first quarter alone. They led Corcoran by a goal going into the second quarter.
During the second quarter, Fulton added to its lead. Following another goal, Fulton had a two-goal lead over Corcoran at 3-1.
Corcoran outscored the Raiders by a goal during the third quarter. With Fulton leading 4-3 going into the fourth quarter, neither team was able to score, which allowed The Red Raiders to hang on for the 1 goal win.
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The Fulton varsity softball team scored three late inning runs against Chittenango to ensure victory last Thursday.
With the game tied at 3-3 going into the sixth inning, The Lady Raiders outscored Chittenango by two runs during the game’s final two innings en route to a 6-4 win.
Chittenango scored first and took a 1-0 lead during the bottom of the first inning. During the top of the third and fourth innings, Fulton responded with three runs to take a 3-1 lead.
Chittenango tied the game with two runs during the bottom of the fourth inning. During the top of the sixth inning, Fulton scored to go ahead 4-3. The Lady Raiders added two more runs during the top of the seventh inning to extend their lead to 6-3. Chittenango attempted to rally during their final at bat. They scored to cut Fulton’s lead to 6-4, but were unable to get any closer as the Lady Raiders held on for the win.
Fulton was led by Keisha Pierce and Ciarra Chapman. They both had two hits and an RBI against Chittenango. Lauren Synder and Mikayla Guernsey combined to tally a hit and an RBI for the Lady Raiders.
Lindsey Larkin earned a win on the mound for Fulton. Larkin struck out six batters while giving up 4 runs on 10 hits.
It is hard to get interested in doing just about anything outdoors lately. The cold and the rain are not something I want to brave after coming back from the daily hot Florida weather.
I did manage to get 100 night crawlers before the weather turned nasty, but I haven’t sacrificed a one of them to the bullheads or even to the trout.
The rain was something we have really been needing and I’m actually glad it has come when it did. By that, I mean I would rather have it now than during the first week of turkey season.
I checked with my writer friend in Canton and he told me that the bullheads hadn’t come in yet on the St. Lawrence River bays and tributaries. He keeps pretty close track and his son is always prospecting for the first spot where they really begin biting.
Garages all around Central New York are in full thrash mode as racing season gets closer and closer.
Teams competing at Oswego Speedway have May 5 circled on their calendars as the gates to the Steel Palace swing open that day for its 62nd consecutive year of racing.
Teams, officials and fans alike are anxiously awaiting Opening Day No. 62 at Oswego Speedway as the supermodifieds and SBS classes headline a full summer of activity at the lakeside oval.
In those 62 years of racing, the Gioia family name has been around the speedway possibly more than any other family.
The Fulton varsity softball team got off a quick start against Syracuse West Friday.
The Lady Raiders scored four runs during the game’s first two innings en route to a 9-0 shutout of Syracuse West.
Fulton took a 1-0 lead during the bottom of the first inning. Following another scoreless at bat for Syracuse West, the Lady Raiders added three more runs during the bottom of the second inning. They added another run during the bottom of the fourth inning, which brought the score to 5-0.