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Dec. 1, 2012

Fall Color Welcomes Northeast to Syracuse

Ross McCulligan
SYRACUSE, N.Y. Ė The Northeast Championships relocated to the Hopkins Road Softball Complex here in September and the beautiful fall scenery provided an excellent backdrop for some great, competitive softball.

Twenty-eight teams from seven states participated in the tournament. Seeding games on Saturday of Session 2 were called due to inclement weather but teams were able to squeeze in bracket play on Sunday.

National Director Cal Allison had the challenging task of ensuring that the tournament was played to completion. All division winners earned a spot in the Tournament of Champions in February 2013.

Jeff Mickle and Syracuse Events teamed up with Allison, National Director Michael Boone and New York Director Chuck Sharkey to bring the sixth annual Northeast Championships to Syracuse ion excellent fashion.

The Menís 50 Major division was won by the Northeast Storm which defeated the Combat Bandits, 24-17 in the championship game.

The 50 AAA division was taken by Phoenix Tube, 21-17 over Custom Logo.

Omega QSE Construction claimed the 55 Major division beating Pace/Mendon Collision 23-20 in the championship game.

In the 55 AAA division Fat Nancyís/Gubiotti defeated New York Motion in two straight games to claim the two-team division title.

The 55 AA division was won by Stefco Silver Stix, 22-10 over Roc City.

Syracuse Merchants ran away with the title 18-10 against Pace 60ís in the 60 Major division.

In the 60 AAA division, Athletic Outlet crushed Stahl Post 30 in two straight games, 23-10 and 16-10, respectively for the title.

New York Capitals lost in a possible championship game, 20-18, against the Syracuse Cyclones but hung on in the ďIFĒ game, 29-21, for the championship.

Four teams comprised the 65 Major division and Marian Maitland ended up taking the championship, 27-16, over the Syracuse Cyclones.

The 70 AAA was claimed by Monkey Joeís Big Nut Co. 15-14, over the Syracuse Cyclones.

Here are the results:

MENíS 50 MAJOR Ė 1. Northeast Storm (NY), 2. Combat Bandits (ON), 3. Sports Center (RI)

MENíS 50 AAA Ė 1. Phoenix Tube (NJ), 2. Custom Logo (NY), 3. First National Bank of Wyoming (DE)

MENíS 55 MAJOR Ė 1. Omega QSE Construction (MD), 2. Pace/Mendon Collision (NY), 3. Sweet Construction 55ís (NJ)

MENíS 55 AAA Ė Fat Nancyís/Gubiotti (NY), 2. New York Motion (NY)

MENíS 55 AA Ė 1. Stefco Silver Stix (ON), 2. Roc City 55ís (NY)

MENíS 60 MAJOR Ė 1. Syracuse Merchants (NY), 2. Pace 60ís (NY), 3. New York Streak (NY)

MENíS 60 AAA Ė 1. Athletic Outlet/Travato Ins (NY), 2. Stahl Post #30 60ís (NJ)

MENíS 60 AA Ė 1. New York Capitals (NY), 2. Syracuse Cyclones (NY), 3. Southern Tier Express (NY)

MENíS 65 Ė 1. Marian Maitland/Boys of Summer (MI), 2. Syracuse Cyclones (NY), 3. Rochester Classics (NY)

MENíS 70 Ė 1. Monkey Joeís Big Nut Co. (NJ), 2. Syracuse Cyclones (NY)

Northeast Championships 2012 all tournament players

Menís 50AAA-Phoenix Tube- Dennis Lake, Mike Krochta, Mike Colangelo, Tim Gamberzky, Jim Jimenez. Custom Logo- Rich Irvine, Mike Scanlon, Howard Johnson.

Menís 50 Major- Northeast Storm- Dave Hawkins, Dave Norval, Ron Hargrove, Bill Linnehan, Jeff Labounty.

Menís 55AAA- Fat Nancyís/Gubiotti- John Corcoran, Pat Kelly, Dave Thomson, Jack Durant, Dave Sprague.

Menís 55 Major- Omega QSE- Wade Ellegood,Charles Clark, Verdell Blackston, Tony Marlowe, Rupert Curry. Pace/Mendon Collision- Dale Furlong, Al Roderiques, Al Drechsler.

Menís 60AA-New York Capitals- Jerry Smith, Joe DiFabio, Gino Mullaney, Joe Romeo, Stuart Kaplan. Syracuse Cyclones- Bob Darnell, Roger Merritt, Joe Versace, Rip Colesante, Jim Ranucci. Southern Tier Express- Kenneth Elston, Bob Yacubic.

Menís 60AAA- Stahl Post- Mike Episcopo, Don Natale, Billy Swanson.

Menís 60 Major- Syracuse Merchants- Sal Rizzo, Mike Muldoon, Done Kune, Bob Petrucci, Mike Murphy.Pace Electronics- Jerry Richter, Sandy Denicker, Roger Boroway.

Menís 65- Marian Maitland/Boys of Summer- Gordy Ferguson, Charles Hrobowski, Don Kitson, Dan Dawson, Mike Norred. Syracuse Cyclones- Allan Dragomani, Joe Broun, Dan Glum. Rochester Classics, Jerry Schiffhauer, Arthur Barrett.

Menís 70AAA- Monkey Joe Big Nut- Frank Deramo, Alan Schulman, Ron Johnson, Frank Truitt, Jerry Keller. Syracuse Cyclones- Harold White, Ken Moses, Bob Wood.
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