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Allan L. Button Jr., loved Taekwondo, racing, camping, spending time with family, friends

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Allan L. Button, Jr., 40, of Fulton passed away Friday, April 11, 2014.

Born in Oswego, Allan had been a life resident of the area.

He had worked at Reymore Chevrolet in Central Square and was currently enrolled in college for business management.

Allan enjoyed Tae Kwon Do, working out, racing, camping, music concerts, and spending time with his family and many, many friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Allan L. Button, Sr., and brother, Todd Button.

Allan will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife, Faith Seeber Button; son, Logan Button; his mother, Bettyjean Reynolds; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 Tuesday April 15 with a service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. Contributions may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241.

Fulton Storm girls’ hoops finish season with 107 wins

Mallori Kitts goes up for a layup in a Fulton Storm game. the other Fulton girls in the photo are No. 24, Mackenzie Smith, and the girl on the left with her number blocked is Madison Gilmore.
Mallori Kitts goes up for a layup in a Fulton Storm game. the other Fulton girls in the photo are No. 24, Mackenzie Smith, and the girl on the left with her number blocked is Madison Gilmore.

Submitted by Dan Gilmore

The Fulton Storm girls’ basketball teams officially started practice in September after a lot of summer work preparing for the long season ahead.

There was great interest in the program this year. There were two fifth-sixth grade teams, three seventh-eighth grade teams and even one third-fourth-grade team that played in games and tournaments.

All the Fulton teams focused on the basic fundamentals of basketball, such as shooting, ball-handling, passing and defense. These along with basic offensive and defensive concepts will give the student athlete the skills and knowledge necessary to be competitive at the high school level.

All the Fulton teams combined earned a record of 107-38. Fulton won 13 tournaments and had good showings at all of the tournaments the teams entered.

The girls showed steady improvement as the travel season went on, even though the girls had to balance school, school basketball and other activities. The Fulton Storm is proud of all the girls for working hard, being dedicated and being team players.

A special thanks to all the coaches, parents, sponsors, and Jerry Schremp for making this season and the Fulton Tournament a success.

Fulton’s home tournament had 15 teams participate this year, up from last year. It hopes to grow again next year.

Fulton took home first place in the fifth-sixth and seventh-eighth divisions.

The Fulton Storm always is looking to grow and is focused on the development of each individual player.

Once again some talented eighth-graders will be moving on next year. Those players are Mckenna Chesbro, Mallori Kitts, Alexandra Mosquesda, Erin Nicholson, Cara Smith and Brianna Squier.

Fulton girls’ young lacrosse team faces tough schedule

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity lacrosse team has the tough task of developing newer players after losing several players to graduation over the last couple of seasons.

With this in mind, coach Drew White said allowing players to gain quality experience on this field this season will be a key goal for his team.

If The Lady Raiders are to succeed in 2014, their younger players will have to grow and develop into contributors throughout the course of the season.

Fulton will have six seniors on the team this season, all of which are returning players. Seniors Casey Shannon, Julia Ludington, Julia Lee, Isabela Gonzalez, Jenna Hudson and Alexis Lastra will be relied upon to be key contributors this season.

When practices began in early March, White expected his players to be physically prepared to handle the work ahead of them. Players were encouraged to take part in off-season weight lifting programs. To White’s approval, most of his players were able to actively participate in these workouts and had the physical conditioning to show for it.

Unfortunately, the Lady Raiders have had limited time preparing outdoors for the season. White said in their quest to continue developing their conditioning, his players will benefit from the challenges they face while adjusting to outdoor preparation and competition.

White said his newer players still continue to adjust to the speed of varsity lacrosse. However, not only does he expect his younger players to make the necessary adjustments, White also believes they will be physically able to play more and more as the season goes on.

Amelia Coakley, Casey Shannon and Julia Ludington will serve as team captains for the Lady Raiders this season.

The schedule Fulton will face this season is a tough one. White said the league they play in is challenging and gets stronger every year.

He expects perennial power Christian Brothers Academy to be just as impressive as they have been in the past. Rival East Syracuse Minoa is expected to have a solid season as well.

The Lady Raiders tough league schedule aside, White also expects the non-league opponents his team will face this season will be equally as challenging.

Despite trying to fill many voids due to graduation, Fulton expects to have numerous strengths this season. One of the most notable strengths is in the middle of the field.

Captains Coakley, Shannon and Ludington all return for their fourth season starting at Midfield. Led by them, Fulton expects to be able to successfully control the middle of the field on the offensive end.

White also points out that expectations are high for sophomore Goalie Kaylin Pafumi headed into the season.

Fulton girls’ track looks for depth

 

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity track and field team for 2014 is looking to improve this season and Coach Gary LaGrou wants all of its athletes to be ready to contribute from the start.

He also wants the Lady Raiders to improve their times and distances and become an even more challenging opponent.  His hope is to have athletes competing in some of the season ending events such as Sectional and state Qualifying Meets.

This season, Fulton has the tough task of replacing 12 seniors from last year’s team.

Led by just a few seniors, the Lady Raiders are expected to be an inexperienced team in 2014. LaGrou said the younger athletes on the team come with a lot of potential.

With most of its players competing on the varsity indoor track team this winter, Fulton was in pretty good physical condition when practices began in early March.

LaGrou said the team worked hard to develop its endurance during the first few days of practice. He said it’s important for his athletes to be on pace to be in their best physical condition during the mid to late portion of the season with the hope of being even more successful down the stretch.

LaGrou said his team still has adjustments to make, especially when it comes to competing outdoors. The climate has kept Fulton’s preparation mostly indoors.

Instead of naming captains formally, LaGrou usually allows senior athletes for each event to serve as leadership figures. He hopes his senior athletes will be a source of encouragement for younger athletes in their events.

LaGrou said Fulton will be challenged in almost every meet this season.

The Lady Raiders traveled to Cortland April 9 for a double dual meet against Cortland and Fowler. On April 16, Fulton will host a double dual meet against Chittenango and Jamesville-DeWitt and then have a double dual meet against Mexico and Homer April 30 at Mexico.

This season, Fulton will have to replace a few distance runners lost to graduation. However, the Lady Raiders will still have a number of strengths.

LaGrou said there are many impressive younger distance runners joining the team, making Fulton stronger in distance events this season.

LaGrou said the younger hurdlers who joined the team have lot of potential. The Lady Raiders are expected to have a new high jumper at one point in the season. Now, she is recovering from an injury.

LaGrou said his team will feature a few throwers from last year’s team. He’s  hopeful his throwers can build off of the experiences they had last season.

Fulton will also welcome Jessica Race back to the team at shotput following a brief hiatus. What excites LaGrou the most is the number of athletes he has and working to help all of these athletes contribute to give the team more depth for every event of a meet this season.

Fulton boys’ tennis in rebuilding year

By Rob Tetro

Fulton boys’ varsity tennis coach Matt Goodnaugh said admits that he expects the 2014 season to be somewhat of a rebuilding season.

The Red Raiders added many new players to the roster this season and aim to develop these newer players into contributors with the hope of being a .500 team by the end of the season.

The Red Raiders come into the season as a relatively inexperienced team. They will have many new players emerging into starting vacancies hit hard by graduation. Goodnaugh said he expects many of his younger players to be in starting spots at the bottom of the lineup.

Players have been encouraged throughout the school year to be physically prepared to fully participate once the first day of practice came around. Goodnaugh said many of his players were in solid physical condition when practices began in early March.

However, Goodnaugh said his players still have work to do in order to be where they want to be physically with the season just beginning. He said his team’s physical condition is about 75 percent of what he expects.

Goodnaugh also said his team will be challenged when it’s time for them to continue preparing outdoors. By the end of the season, Fulton hopes to be a team that is physically prepared to play three sets if needed.

Brad Crofoot and Jacob Strauss will serve as team captains for the Red Raiders this season. Goodnaugh points out that captains are voted upon by their teammates.

Fulton expects every event the team takes part in to be challenging.

Goodnaugh said there will be a couple of really experienced teams in the Red Raiders league that will be a step or two ahead of everyone else this season. However, there could be a significant amount of middle of the pack teams.

Fulton will also face a couple of lower tier league opponents. By season’s end, Goodnaugh hopes the Red Raiders will be in a position to play their middle of the pack league opponents competitively.

Fulton will take on a lower tier, higher tier and middle of the pack teams during the early portion of their season. Goodnaugh said these matches could set the tone for the remainder of the season.

Goodnaugh said his team will have many strengths this season. He expects his team to play as a unified and cohesive unit. Even though the Red Raiders may take a few lumps this season, Goodnaugh said his young team displays the characteristics needed to develop into a competitive team over the next few seasons.

He mentions that not only does his team have respect for one another, but they show him a lot of respect as well. They listen closely to his instruction, which already seems to have paid off for them.

As preparation for the season winds down, Goodnaugh is pleased with what his young team has been able to accomplish in practice so far.

Fulton varsity spring sports rosters

Here are the varsity spring sports rosters in the Fulton school district. Information is courtesy of the Fulton school district.

 

Baseball

Jon Cummins, junior, catcher/third base

Cody Green, sophomore, infield

Nicholas Summerville, senior, outfield/pitcher

Michael Bolster, sophomore, outfield/pticher

Charles Alton III, sophomore, infield/pitcher

Kirby LaBeef, senior, outfield

Cameron Clark, sophomore, infield/pitcher

Jeremy Langdon, senior, utility

George Lewis IV, senior, pitcher/third base

Chris Jones, junior, outfield/catcher

Jovinario Rivera, junior, outfield/catcher

Pete Ravesi, junior, pitcher/outfield

Daniel Coant, senior, pitcher/first base

Keyshon Carver, junior, outfield

Dillon Guernsey, junior, pitcher/third base

Jake Seymour,  junior, first base/outfield/pitcher

Coach: Kip Harvey

 

Softball

Mikayla Guernsey, senior, second base/pitcher

Maureen McCann, senior, catcher

Jessica Marvin, junior, infield/outfield

Caitlyn Chrisman, senior, third base/outfield

Cheyenne Laun, junior, pitcher/outfield

Kassidy Kearns, senior, shortstop

Hannah Jones, senior, outfield

Courtney Parker, senior, first base

Keisha Pierce, senior, outfield

Casey Jones, sophomore, catcher/outfield

Katelyn Ely, junior, infield/outfield

Anna Guernsey, senior, outfield

Coach: Derek Jones

 

Boys Lacrosse

Derek Ballard, junior, defense

Brandon Batstone, sophomore, goalie

RJ Borow, junior, attack

Seth Britton, senior, defense

Brett Campolieta, junior, midfield

Adam Caza, senior, attack

Seth Delisle, senior, midfield

Scott Hughes, senior, goalie

David Hursh, junior, LP

Bryce Knight, junior, attack

Matt Nelson, senior, m/a

Mark Pollock, senior, defense

Robbie Pollock, sophomore, defense

Derek Prosser, senior, midfield

Paul Reynoso, senior, midfield

Troy Richardson, senior, defense

Noah Sorbello, senior, defense

Mitch Towsley, senior, attack

Carson Vono, senior, midfield

Spencer Vono, sophomore, m/a

Shawn Walberger, junior, midfield

Kyle Ware, sophomore, midfield

Austin Wilde, sophomore, attack

Coach: Craig Halladay

 

Girls Lacrosse

Amelia Coakley, eighth grade; Jordan Coulon, eighth grade; Cassey Shannon, senior; Gina Babcock, sophomore; Domonique Lockwood, junior; Keara Paterson, seventh grade; Julia Ludington, senior; Julia Lee, senior; Isabela Gonzalez, senior; Lauren Gaido, junior; Althea Henderson, sophomore; Olivia Coakley, sophomore; Jenna Hudson, senior; Julia Velasquez, junior; Mckenna Chesbro, eighth grade; Madden Rowlee, junior; Alexis Lastra, senior; Kaylin Pafumi, sophomore.

Coach: Drew White

 

Boys Tennis

Seniors — Brad Crofoot, Carlos Feliciano, Mark Parry, Jacob Strauss; juniors — Thomas Distin, Austin Nairn, Zach Parry; sophomores — Joshua Hotaling, Benjamin McKay, Bayley Raponi, Dakota Stoutenger,  Evan Waugh; freshmen — Danny Davis, Joel Feliciano, Seith Reidy, Zach Vaccaro

Coach: Matt Goodnaugh

 

Boys Track & Field

Seniors — Conner Aldasch, Augusto Mendes Siego, Logan Carvey, Tony Paulich, James Bailey, Chance Porter, Mike Holcomb, Chase Halstead, Matt Holden, Dawson Samson, Travis Kemp, Brandon Ladd, Jimmy Martin; juniors — Bailey Lutz, Michael Lewchanin, Geoffry Michaels, Jacob Belcher,  Jacob Cuyler, Nick Reitz, Nick Kenyon, Logan Diefenbacher, Shelby Drake, Brandon Webb, Quinton Jackson, Bailey Lutz, Nick McIntyre; sophomores — Lorcan Murphy, Keegan Condon, Collin Flynn, Garet Roik, Jake LeVea, Tim Holden, Scott Littleton; freshmen — Tyler Allen, Jared Miller, Marc Benavidez, Dennis Parker, Ethan Cimino, Dan Phillips,  Matt Coleman, Canyon Raley, Kenneth Delof, Cody Rhinehart, Troy Rogers, Cameron Gray, Brandon Tice, Trey LaRock.

Coach: Joel Carroll

Girls Track & Field

Seniors — angela Paul, Elizabeth DeSantis, Laura Hamdan, Erin Hayden, Yusra Humayun; juniors — Jessica Race, Kara Bricker, Erica Pawlewicz, Karli Bricker, Breanna St. Onge, Abby Field, Hannah Stanski, Samantha Fox, Miki Iijima, Chelsea Knopp, Johnna Lamie, Makenzie Loomis; sophomores — Callie Beckwith, Keisha Brooks, Tatiana Pierce, Keysha Rojas-Polo, Amber DeStevens, Faith Ross, Victoria Eckhard, Brianna Hartle, Kristeen Hess, Shakeemah Hordge, KimIngersoll, Jenna Lee, Nicolette Lefler, Marissa LiVoti, Kendyl Lutz; freshmen — Mackenzie Phelps, Miwa Burdic, Emily Bush, Alysa Rosenbarker, Sarah Tallents, Taylor Zupancic, Hannah Halstead, Shannon Zych, Sydnie Harrington, Willow Painter; eighth grade — Meredith Grimshaw, Erin Nicholson.

Coach: Gary LaGrou

FCT holds auditions

Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its June production, “The First Time,” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 21 and 22 at Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

The play “The First Time” consists of two one-act plays: “Take Five” a comedy by Westley M. Pederson, to be directed by Donald Crowe; and “Who Am I This Time?” by Christopher Sergel, based on the short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., to be directed by Valeri Roscoe Dedich.

No preparation is necessary for the auditions. Those auditioning will read scenes from the scripts. Entry to the building will be through the old parochial school doors on Buffalo Street. Auditions will be upstairs in the theater’s rehearsal space on the top floor of the school.

Both plays have a theatrical theme. “Take Five” take places on an opening night where the set isn’t ready, part of the cast hasn’t shown up, and a member of the audience is having a heated phone call with his wife on a phone sitting onstage. The play calls for a cast of four men and two women.

“Who Am I This Time?” tells the tale of Harry Nash, an insecure hardware store clerk who only ever really comes to life as the leading man for a local community theatre’s annual productions. When a new actress, Helene, falls in love with Harry’s stage persona, she fights to keep him from retreating back into his quiet shell. The play calls for a cast of three men and seven women.

For more information, including upcoming auditions for the season, please contact FCT at its website, www.fultoncommunitytheatre.org, or by emailing at fultoncommunitytheatre@gmail.com.

Fulton Park of the Day, Sunday April 13 — Recreation Park

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Recreation Park.

 

Find one and begin your collection of stones from the various parks in Fulton. Each day a different park will be highlighted on this Valley News website — find out what the park of the day is and go there to find a stone.

 

By April 19, folks should have collected 10 stones. Bring them to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.