Volney students pack trees

Deborah Arden’s fifth-graders at Volney Elementary School in the Fulton school district recently helped package Norway spruce tree seedlings for their school. Jesse Weber (left) and Anthony Bennett work together to place one seedling in each brown paper bag so their classmates can transport the trees home. The trees, along with educational materials, are part of the annual Plant-a-Tree program, which is open to 5,000 county youth in grades kindergarten through five. The program is coordinated by Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County.  It is funded by Entergy Nuclear Northeast and The Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.
Deborah Arden’s fifth-graders at Volney Elementary School in the Fulton school district recently helped package Norway spruce tree seedlings for their school. Jesse Weber (left) and Anthony Bennett work together to place one seedling in each brown paper bag so their classmates can transport the trees home. The trees, along with educational materials, are part of the annual Plant-a-Tree program, which is open to 5,000 county youth in grades kindergarten through five. The program is coordinated by Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County. It is funded by Entergy Nuclear Northeast and The Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.

Fulton boys’ lacrosse nears winning record

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity lacrosse team went 2-1 in its last three games and now has a record of 4-5.

On April 16, Fulton cruised past Chittenango 11-3 and then they held off  Homer 8-7 on April 17. Its loss was to East Syracuse Minoa on April 22 by a score of 11-4.

Fulton built a 2-0 lead over Chittenango in the first quarter, but then Chittenango began battling back. They outscored the Red Raiders, 2-1 during the second quarter to come within a goal at 3-2 headed into halftime.

But then Fulton began to pull away, outscoring Chittenango by two goals during the third quarter to extend its lead to three goals at 6-3. The Red Raiders put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter, scoring five unanswered goals down the stretch to cap off an 11-3 win.

Fulton was led by Carson Vono with three goals and two assists, followed by Brett Campolieta and Matt Nelson with two goals and an assist each. Bryce Knight had two goals. Seth DeLisle and RJ Borrow each added a goal and an assist. Derek Prosser was credited with an assist.

Red Raider goalie Scott Hughes saved 10 of Chittenango’s 13 shots on goal.

The Red Raiders came away with a hard fought one-goal win over Homer. Fulton took a 1-0 lead in the first quarter, but Homer quickly evened the score. The teams exchanged goals in the second quarter and went into halftime tied at 2.

The second half proved to be just as competitive. Fulton outscored Homer by a goal during the third quarter to take a 5-4 lead. Both teams scored three goals during the fourth quarter as the Red Raiders escaped with an 8-7 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Carson Vono with three goals and two assists, followed by Matt Nelson with two goals, Seth DeLisle with a goal and an assist and Bryce Knight and Shawn Walberger with a goal each.

Red Raider goalie Scott Hughes saved 18 of Homer’s 25 shots on goal.

ESM jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter of its game against Fulton. Both teams scored three goals during the second quarter as ESM took an 8-3 lead into halftime.

The Spartans added to their lead during the second half, scoring three unanswered goals during the third to take an 11-3 lead. However, the Red Raiders didn’t quit. They scored during the fourth quarter to cut ESM’s lead to seven goals but that was as close as they could get as ESM won 11-4.

 The Red Raiders were led by Seth DeLisle and Carson Vono with a goal and an assist each, followed by RJ Borrow and Matt Nelson with a goal each. Mark Pollock is credited with an assist. Fulton goalies Brandon Batstone and Scott Hughes combined to save 10 of ESM’s 21 shots on goal.

Phoenix softball beats Caz

By Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity softball team has a 4-12 overall record after going 1-2 in its last three games.

On May 7, Solvay rolled past Phoenix 19-0. The Lady Firebirds cruised past Cazenovia 15-5 on May 8 while Phoenix lost to Marcellus 9-2 on May 12.

Solvay jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Phoenix in the first inning. After the two following innings, Solvay expanded its lead, scoring five unanswered runs during the fourth and fifth innings to take an 8-0 lead.

Solvay didn’t stop there. They scored 11 more runs during the sixth and seventh innings to cap off a 19-0 win.

Phoenix was led by Skyler Mace and Jada Jackowski with a hit each. Cheyenne Wilson pitched the entire game for the Lady Firebirds, throwing five strikeouts while allowing 19 runs off 19 hits in seven innings of work.

Against the Lakers, Phoenix took the early lead 1-0 in the first, but then Caz evened the score in the third.

Then the Lady Firebirds stormed ahead. They scored four unanswered runs during the fourth inning to take a 6-2 lead. Phoenix maintained its four-run lead at 7-3 after both teams scored a run in the fifth inning.

Then the Lady Firebirds soon put the game out of reach, outscoring red Caz 8-2 in the sixth inning en route to a 15-5 win.

Leading the way for Phoenix were Isabella Garofalo and Jada Jackowski with two hits and two RBIs each. Following them were Skyler Mace and Alicia Midlar with two hits each. Megan Brown had a hit and two RBIs. Kaitlyn Stenoski is credited with an RBI.

Megan Brown pitched a complete game for Phoenix, throwing eight strikeouts while allowing five runs off six hits.

Marcellus wasted little time building a lead in its game against Phoenix. By the end of the second inning, Marcellus had a 4-0 lead.

But the Lady Firebirds quickly cut into the lead. They scored during the third inning to bring the lead down to three runs at 4-1.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Marcellus added to its lead. They scored five unanswered runs during the fifth and sixth innings to extend the lead to 9-1.

Phoenix wasn’t about back off, though. They scored during the seventh inning to bring the deficit down to seven runs. But  the lead they faced proved to be insurmountable as Marcellus came away with a 9-2 win.

Phoenix was led by Isabella Garofalo and Jada Jackowski with two hits each, followed by Megan Brown with a hit and an RBI and Alicia Midlar with a hit.

Megan Brown pitched the entire game for the Lady Firebirds, throwing four strikeouts while allowing nine runs off 11 hits in six innings pitched.

Oswego softball camp June 30-July 2

The 24th annual Lady Buccaneer Softball Mini Camp will be held June 30 through July 2 at the Oswego High School fields.

The camp is for girls ages 9-16 who want to sharpen their skills and have some softball fun.

There will be nine hours of quality instruction throughout the three-day camp. Activities will include throwing, position play, base running, team defense, hitting, bunting, sliding and mini-games. 

The camp will run daily from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 9-12, and from 1 to 4 p.m. for players ages 13-16. The camp has a rain date of July 3.

The cost is $50 per player. There is a sibling discount available, where additional players from the same family can enroll for $40 each. Enrollment is limited to the first 60 players.

All players will receive a commemorative Oswego softball souvenir as well as a player’s report card.

Mike McCrobie, the Oswego High School varsity softball coach, will lead the group of instructors. He has guided the Lady Buccaneers to three Section III championships, six league titles and six times has been named league Coach of the Year. He was named New York State Coach of the Year in 1995.

Also providing instruction will be veteran coaches Ron Ahart and Brad Shannon. They have coached a variety of sports in the Oswego High athletic department for decades, and are currently coaching the successful JV and middle school softball teams respectively. 

The rest of the staff will be comprised of current and former Oswego High School players, including SUNY Cortland assistant coach and 2007 Oswego High grad Abby Martin.

In the past, the camp staff has consisted of Oswego High alumni who have gone on to play college softball and/or coach at various levels from youth to college. 

In past camps, returning alumni have included Erika Lazzaro and Emily Kolenda (Brockport State), Allie Yule (Mercyhurst College), Devynn Wilder (SUNY Cortland), Mollie Schneible (St. John Fisher), Samantha Todd (Cazenovia College), Jenna Wyman (Barry University), Susan Sugar (Le Moyne College), Katie Frawley (Illinois Wesleyan), Nikki Taylor (R.I.T.), Kelly Owings (Union College) and others.

Proceeds from the camp help defray the cost of the high school team’s bi-annual  spring trip south.

To receive an application or more information, contact Mike McCrobie at coachmccrobie@gmail.com or 343-8749.

Woes continue for Hannibal baseball

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal varsity baseball team now has a record of 1-12 after losing its last three games.

Hannibal fell to county foe Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 11-3 in Game 1 of a May 7 doubleheader and then lost to APW again 11-3 in Game 2. Skaneateles beat the Warriors 9-4 on May 9.

In Game 1 of their doubleheader. APW jumped out to a 2-1 lead over Hannibal in the first inning. Then the Rebels added to their lead, outscoring Hannibal by three runs in the second for a score of 7-3.

Then APW finished the Warriors off by scoring four more runs in the third and fourth to cap off an 11-3 win.

The Rebels were led by Austin Appleby with two hits and an RBI, followed by Jason Bristol, Justin Bristol, Liam Dolan and Tim Kellogg with a hit each. Ty Christian is credited with an RBI. Justin Scott earned the win on the mound, throwing four strikeouts while allowing three runs off of two hits in 3 1/3 innings pitched. In relief, James Corey threw a strikeout while allowing one hit in 1 2/3 innings of work.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Sam McCraith with a hit and an RBI, followed by Jorge Padua with a hit and Jon Combes with an RBI.

On the mound, the Warriors were led by Jorge Padua, who allowed seven runs off four hits in two innings of work. In relief of Padua, Taber Carter threw two strikeouts while allowing four runs off of two hits in two innings pitched.

APW had a 2-1 lead over the Warriors in the first inning of Game 2 and then quickly expanded its lead, outscoring Hannibal 5-2 in the second inning for a 7-3 lead.

The Warriors were unable to get any closer. APW added four more runs during the third and fourth innings en route to an 11-3 win.

The Rebels were led by Justin Bristol with three hits, followed by Tim Kellogg and Austin Appleby with two hits. Coty Mattison and Liam Dolan each chipped in a hit.

Justin Scott earned the win on the mound, throwing five strikeouts while allowing two runs off two hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. In relief of Scott, Austin Appleby threw a strikeout while allowing one hit hit and a run in 2/3 of an inning pitched.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Jon Combes with two hits, followed by  Austin Mattison and Ethan Straub with a hit and an RBI each.

Colton Cannova and Kenny Maynes split time on the mound for the Warriors, combining to throw three strikeouts while allowing 11 runs off nine hits in four innings of work.

Your hometown. Your news.