He stood just 5-5, but his height never mattered to Falconer native Joe Mistretta.
As a three-sport star at Falconer Central School during the mid-1970s, Mistretta left a legacy that any athlete would be proud of. Despite his small stature, he played with incredible tenacity and his talents in football, basketball and baseball earned him 11 letters through his time at FCS.
His athletic ability came to light in the Falconer Little League from 1968 to 1970 where he was a starter at second base and earned all-star honors. In 1969-1970, he was selected to the Moose All-Star team both years, Later, he moved on to Falconer Babe Ruth as a second baseman and a pitcher and was a three-time all-star from 1971-73, Mistretta also played in the state championship game in Albany in 1973.
As for football, from 1968 to 1971, he was an all-star halfback in midget football, played on three undefeated teams and led his team in scoring in 1970-71.