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St. Patrick’s Day celebration – Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward recently proclaimed Sunday, March 18 as a day of remembrance, celebration and appropriate recognition of Saint Patrick. The Ancient Order of Hibernians will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Fulton Polish Home March 18 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be music from The Flying Column Irish Show Band and entertainment from the Kinlough Academy and Butler-Sheehan Academy of Irish Dance. Pictured are Hibernians James Brannan, Dan Mahaney, Bob Jennings and Woodward (front). -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

Hibernians to hold annual St. Patrick’s Day party March 18

St. Patrick’s Day celebration – Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward recently proclaimed Sunday, March 18 as a day of remembrance, celebration and appropriate recognition of Saint Patrick. The Ancient Order of Hibernians will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Fulton Polish Home March 18 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be music from The Flying Column Irish Show Band and entertainment from the Kinlough Academy and Butler-Sheehan Academy of Irish Dance. Pictured are Hibernians James Brannan, Dan Mahaney, Bob Jennings and Woodward (front). -Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

by Nicole Reitz

The Ancient Order of Hibernians in America formed in 1836 to promote national unity and Christian charity in Ireland.

The Fulton Division 2 Ancient Order of Hibernians was founded in 1971 and early charter members include Bud Shinnick and Charlie and Bob Callen.

The goal of the Hibernians is to promote the ideals of the people who gave their lives for the cause of Irish freedom.

Fulton’s Harold J. Flynn Division requires two traits from its members. “We are the most unique fraternal organization in the country in that you have to be both Irish or of Irish decent and be a Roman Catholic,” said Hibernian Bob Jennings, who is also the group’s public relations chairman.

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Fulton's Nick Woodworth received the Division One Exceptional Senior Award for this past season. Woodworth finished his final year with a record of 34-4.

Fulton, Phoenix wrestlers honored during banquet

Fulton's Nick Woodworth received the Division One Exceptional Senior Award for this past season. Woodworth finished his final year with a record of 34-4.

Last weekend, the Friends of Section 3 Wrestling held its fourth annual banquet honoring the best wrestlers in Central New York for the 2011-2012 year.

Fulton Senior Nick Woodworth (160 pounds) was selected as the recipient for the Division One Exceptional Senior Award for this past season.

Woodworth finished his final year with a record of 34-4.

Overall, he was 107-37 for his high school career with 63 pins. He was also a two-time Section 3 champion.

Senior Tyler Button (145 pounds), senior Austyn Hayes (195 pounds) and junior Nick Tighe (126 pounds) of the Phoenix Firebirds were also honored at the Friends of Section 3 Wrestling Banquet for their outstanding accomplishments this past season.

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Jump shot – Hannibal’s Tayler Sorell takes a jump shot while being guarded by South Jefferson’s Clarissa Perry during the Section III Class B championship game at the Carrier Dome Friday night. She scored six points in the loss. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

Hannibal girls accomplished season goal — and then some

Jump shot – Hannibal’s Tayler Sorell takes a jump shot while being guarded by South Jefferson’s Clarissa Perry during the Section III Class B championship game at the Carrier Dome Friday night. She scored six points in the loss. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

by Rob Tetro

When the Hannibal girls varsity basketball team exited Jim Boeheim Court at the Carrier Dome March 2  following its season-ending loss to South Jefferson, it did so while having everyone who had just watched them play paraphrasing the same opinion.

The Lady Warriors earned respect tonight.

Hannibal began the season with one goal — to take the next step as a program and qualify for sectional play. Despite having a rough patch against some quality teams in the middle of the season, Hannibal earned the right to play in the postseason.

With its win against Solvay, the team finished the regular season at 11-7 and 7-6 in league play.

According to Coach Justin Enright, this was the Lady Warriors’ first winning season in many years.

Enright could not have been more happier for his seven seniors. He is quick to credit the leadership of the seniors who played integral roles in the team’s success this season. However, the ambition of the team didn’t cease when it earned the right to play in the postseason.

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Paul McKinney

A Little Of This And A Little Of That: March 10, 2012

Paul McKinney

by Paul Mckinney

There was an old apple tree that stood in the empty field at the corner of Porter and North Seventh streets. It grew silently there guarding the pathway that led to the abandoned playground at the end of Manhattan Avenue.

Someone told us it was a crab apple tree. It made everyone smile as we said the words: crab apple tree. “How can a tree be “crabby?” we would all laugh.

But the name stuck and the old crab apple tree became a gathering place for us kids when we were going to plan a game or go on a hike together. “We’ll all meet at the crab apple tree, after supper,” someone would shout.

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Two points – Hannibal’s Allie Taylor goes in for two points over South Jefferson’s Brooke Vancoughnett and Amanda Roberts during the Section III Class B championship game at the Carrier Dome Friday night. Taylor scored 15 points in the loss. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

Hannibal girls basketball team falls to South Jefferson

by Rob Tetro

Two points – Hannibal’s Allie Taylor goes in for two points over South Jefferson’s Brooke Vancoughnett and Amanda Roberts during the Section III Class B championship game at the Carrier Dome Friday night. Taylor scored 15 points in the loss. –Valley News photo by Hal Henty

The Hannibal girls varsity basketball team gave heavily favored South Jefferson all it could handle and then some when the teams met March 2 at the Carrier Dome for the Section III Class B overall championship.

Heading into the game, many figured South Jefferson, which is undefeated, had the ability to dismantle the Lady Warriors. Instead, Hannibal was not intimated and rolled with the punches as the game went on.

When it seemed as if the game was getting away from the Lady Warriors, they rallied from 17 points down to cut South Jefferson’s lead to five points with a minute left in the game.

Unfortunately for Hannibal, time ran out on both their valiant comeback efforts and its dream season as South Jefferson escaped with a 63-56 win.

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‘Damn Yankees’ – Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School will present the musical comedy “Damn Yankees” this weekend. A modern retelling of the Faust legend, “Damn Yankees” is based on Douglass Wallop’s novel, “The Year The Yankees Lost the Pennant” and features memorable songs. Pictured is sports reporter Gloria Thorpe, played by Alexis Pawlewicz, as she is trying to get the “scoop” on the Senators’ new recruit, Joe Hardy. Kneeling from left are Mark Parry and Alex Bawarski. Standing  from left are Logan Carvey, Markus Harter, Cody Hockey, Brad Crofoot, Stephen Heywood, Mitch Lalik, Joe Medico and Nathan Hawthorne.  “Damn Yankees” will be presented March 8-10 in the Bodley Auditorium and is under the direction of Fulton teachers Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau with dances choreographed by Doreen Forbes. –Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

‘Damn Yankees’ to be staged this week at G. Ray Bodley High School

‘Damn Yankees’ – Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School will present the musical comedy “Damn Yankees” this weekend. A modern retelling of the Faust legend, “Damn Yankees” is based on Douglass Wallop’s novel, “The Year The Yankees Lost the Pennant” and features memorable songs. Pictured is sports reporter Gloria Thorpe, played by Alexis Pawlewicz, as she is trying to get the “scoop” on the Senators’ new recruit, Joe Hardy. Kneeling from left are Mark Parry and Alex Bawarski. Standing from left are Logan Carvey, Markus Harter, Cody Hockey, Brad Crofoot, Stephen Heywood, Mitch Lalik, Joe Medico and Nathan Hawthorne. “Damn Yankees” will be presented March 8-10 in the Bodley Auditorium and is under the direction of Fulton teachers Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau with dances choreographed by Doreen Forbes. –Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School will present its 2012 Broadway musical, “Damn Yankees,” this week.
Performances are scheduled for Thursday, March 8; Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 in the high-school auditorium. Curtain time is set for 7:30 P.M. each evening. Additionally, there will be a 2:00 P.M. matinee Saturday as well.

“‘Damn Yankees’ is a great story with wonderful music,” explained Tom Briggs, theatre director at G. Ray Bodley High School. “It is a story of love, self-discovery and baseball. Set in the nostalgic 195’s, ‘Damn Yankees’ is thought provoking and moving.”

Briggs explained that the story centers around middle-aged real estate agent Joe Boyd who has two great loves in his life – his devoted wife Meg and his favorite baseball team, the Washington Senators.

Joe never loses faith in his Senators even though they are in last place and they are always crushed by the New York Yankees.  Furious after another loss, Joe says he would, “sell his soul” for one long ball hitter.  Coincidentally at that moment, an ominous character appears and offers Joe an opportunity of a lifetime. Joe is given a chance to become the one to lead the Senators to victory – but it comes at a huge price.

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CCC brings Samite to serve as Visiting Scholar

Samite

The late Robert H. Brunell witnessed firsthand the devastation and loss that emerge from war as a U.S. Army soldier and interpreter who participated in the D-Day invasion, he saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and served on a reconstruction team in Paris. Following his military service during World War II, Brunell turned his life path toward education, earning a bachelor’s from Colby College and a master’s from Middlebury College, and conducting postgraduate studies at Syracuse University. He then went on to become one of the longest-serving teachers, not only at Cayuga Community College but also within the New York State University system, devoting 57 years to teaching before dying unexpectedly in 2004.

But his legacy of bridging communication gaps continues today through Cayuga’s Brunell Visiting Scholar in the Humanities program, established through an estate gift from the professor. This year’s Brunell Visiting Scholar — the world-renowned musician, humanitarian, and photographer Samite Mulondo — shares several experiences and traits of Brunell himself. Continue reading

Syracuse Orange forward C.J. Fair (#5) attempts to steal the ball from Connecticut Huskies' center Andre Drummond (#12) while Syracuse Orange center Fab Melo (#51) defends on the play during a recent matchup at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

Orange draw 33,000+

Syracuse Orange forward C.J. Fair (#5) attempts to steal the ball from Connecticut Huskies' center Andre Drummond (#12) while Syracuse Orange center Fab Melo (#51) defends on the play during a recent matchup at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine (#11) scored a game-high 21 points and dished out six assists to lead the Orange to a 85-67 win over the Connecticut Huskies on Saturday. C.J. Fair also posted his second ever double double with the Orange, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

33,430 fans turned out for the victory, marking the largest crowd in college basketball this season and the fourth-largest in Carrier Dome basketball history.

The Orange go on the road for a matchup against Louisville at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 and against Rutgers at 1 p.m. Feb. 19 then return to the Carrier Dome for a matchup against South Florida at 7 p.m. Feb. 22.