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Hannibal boys’ varsity basketball team wants to play in the sectionals

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal boys’ varsity basketball team will take the court with just a few goals for the upcoming season.

Coach Mat Burridge said his team wants to be a team that has scholar athletes, shows improvement on a daily basis and is in position to qualify for Sectional Play at the end of the regular season.

This season, the Warriors will be without many of the players who produced offensively for them a year ago. Hannibal will feature only two starters from last years’ team.

However, both players have two years of experience playing at the varsity level and will be assisted by the presence of two others who played for the Warriors last season.

In-season practice began for Hannibal Nov. 11. Many players had recently concluded fall sports such as football and cross country. But Burridge points out that just because his players were physically capable of playing one sport doesn’t mean that they will be immediately prepared for basketball season.

In fact, such was the case for his team when practices began. During the first few days of practice, his team was not in very good physical condition. Since then, the Warriors have spent a lot of time developing their physical condition with a lot of running in order to be ready for what can be a long and vigorous season.

Burridge suggests his team’s overall physical conditioning isn’t quite where he expects it to be. However, he does feel that his team’s physical conditioning is coming along. “We are not where we want to be but we are progressing.”, Burridge said.

Burridge is yet to name captains for the upcoming season.  However, he makes it known that he expects his captains to be players who lead by example on and off the court.

He also suggests that leadership isn’t defined by what grade a player is in or how much skill he has. “You don’t have to be a senior or the best player to be a captain but a leader.”, Burridge said.

Hannibal plays in Class B, Section 3 which is considered one of the toughest leagues in all of New York State Basketball. Burridge expects to see his team challenged to the max every time they take the court this season. “Every game (will be) difficult and any team can win in our league on any given night.”, he said.

The Warriors are expected to be one of the taller teams in their league this season. Burridge hopes having a height advantage in most games will help Hannibal develop its defensive abilities into a pivotal strength.

“We are hoping our defense can be our anchor this year and be our strong point.”, he said. “Defense will keep us in every game this year.”

Fulton girls’ basketball young this year

By Rob Tetro

Fulton girls’ varsity basketball coach Derek Lyons knew he had his hands full when practices began Nov. 11.

A year ago, Fulton bid farewell to five experienced seniors. This season, the Lady Raiders will have 11 players on the team, many of them have yet to play a minute at the varsity level.

Lyons said with so many new faces to the team, part of his job has been to have the team in a bit of a reloading mode. However, there is also a part of Lyons’ job that has been business as usual as he builds a winning girls’ basketball program.

The most important goal Lyons and his team have this season is to show improvement on a daily basis. Yet, it’s the second goal he and his team have for this season that shows just how important it is to Lyons that the program continues to move in the right direction.

He feels it’s also important for his team to work hard to have a chance to play in the sectional playoffs this season. Lyons points out a trip to postseason play would allow his team to expand on its goals for the season.

Fulton appears to have a very young team headed into the 2013-14 season. Lyons said his team returns only one starter from last year’s team. Two freshmen are expected to earn starting positions.

The other players on the team are making the transition from JV to varsity basketball this season.

Lyons made it known he expected his players to be in solid physical condition when practices began. Given how physically challenging he knew his practices were, Lyons would be able to tell who was physically prepared and who still needed work.

Fulton begins practice by doing 35-40 minutes of nonstop full court conditioning work. The reasoning behind Lyons wanting his players to do these drills goes beyond wanting them to be in the best physical condition they can be in.

He knows if his young team is going to be competitive this season, it will have to be able to beat their opponents up and down the court.

The teams’ physical conditioning is currently improving. In fact, following a recent scrimmage, the Lady Raiders had little conflicts related to fatigue which Lyons considers to be a very positive sign.

“If they can go through a game and say, man, this is easy compared to what we do in practice, I think we are doing something right.”, he said.

Lyons has named Michaela Whiteman, Nicole Hansen and Sydney Gilmore team captains for the upcoming season. Lyons said the players who display a strong work ethic, earn the respect of her teammates with positive encouragement  and succeed in the classroom are players who had the best chance at being named a captain.

Fulton will face some pretty impressive opponents throughout the season. The Lady Raiders will play the likes of Class B powerhouses Skaneateles and Cazenovia and Corcoran from Class AA. Of course, they also will face Class A powerhouses Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy.

Yet, Lyons suggests his team is excited to be taking on the challenges that await them. As Lyons works to continue to build his program, he feels playing teams that appear in sectional playoffs year after year is a great opportunity for his younger players.

The Lady Raiders have a chance to come away from this potentially daunting schedule with a better understanding of what needs to be done for the program to grow.

Lyons suggests feels his team’s youth and energy could play to Fulton’s advantage. While previous teams have lost to the likes of J-D and CBA, Lyons young team hasn’t had those experiences yet.

“Who knows, they might just come out and be all over the place (and play well).”, Lyons said.

Granby students study ancient Egypt

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

A social studies unit on ancient civilizations culminated with presentations and a hallway display of projects for Granby Elementary School sixth-graders.

Students in Joe McNamara’s class studied ancient Egypt and spent nearly three weeks creating projects that depicted various aspects of Egyptian culture. They learned about pyramids, mummification, religion and geography.

“My hope is that they took away a better understanding of how ancient Egyptians lived their daily life and what their cultural beliefs were,” McNamara said. “I was also happy to see the interest they took in understanding this ancient civilization.”

As for the actual projects, students made pyramids, maps and canopic jars. “Many projects met and exceeded my expectations,” McNamara said. “Many students and staff were impressed as they came by to view them. I could not be more proud of my students.”

For McNamara, the projects – which incorporated a research component and an oral presentation – were crucial in educating students about the evolution of society.

“I think it is extremely important to learn about history because there is a connection to the world we live in today,” McNamara said. “The students are making connections from ancient cultures and how it is represented in present-day living.”

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and had lots to eat.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is time to get into the Christmas spirit!

The annual Fulton Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place tomorrow at City Hall. Attendees should look forward to performances from school choruses and other fun events.

It is hard to believe, but the five-week period for this quarter ends next Friday. Make sure to check up on your grades and speak with your teachers if you have any questions.

We recently had a few celebrations rewarding those on honor roll, high honor roll, and those who are “VIPs.”

Students receiving an 84.5 average or higher received certificates for honor roll, and those who received an 89.5 or higher received certificates for high honor roll.

VIPs, students who have 95 percent attendance, who are on time to school 95 percent of the time, have no major referrals, and have no grades below a 70, were also rewarded. The students enjoyed a breakfast with juice, breakfast pizza, and doughnuts.

Congratulations to all of our students, it is well-deserved. If your goal is to receive honor roll or high honor roll but you just need a little more help, do not forget that National Honor Society tutors are available for every subject during GSH Tuesday through Thursday.

Have a great week and don’t forget to check the school website often for upcoming athletic and academic events.

Hannibal cross country runners receive awards

The Hannibal cross country program held its annual end of season celebration Nov. 18.

At the event, several awards were handed out. For the varsity cross country teams, athletes were honored with boys and girls most valuable player awards, the boys and girls coaches award and the 2013 Ryan Perry Achievement Award.

There also were awards given for Hannibal’s modified cross country teams, namely the boys and girls modified MVP award.

Sophomore Jason McFarland was named MVP of the 2013 boys varsity cross country team. This season, McFarland came away with a sixth place finish at The Class C, Section 3 Championships. He also represented the Warriors at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association State Championships held at Queensbury High School Nov. 9.

For the second year in a row, the 2013 varsity girls cross country MVP award went to eighth-grader McKenzie Mattison.

Senior captain of the boys’ varsity team, Zane Pointon, was the recipient of the 2013 varsity boys coaches awards. The 2013 varsity girls coaches award went to junior Micheala Sheldon, who was captain of Hannibal’s girls’ varsity cross country team.

Senior team captain Ben Slate was the recipient of the 2013 Ryan Perry Achievement Award.

The 2013 Hannibal boys modified cross country MVP is Austin Cooper, while Emily Weaver was the recipient of the girls modified MVP award.

Hannibal wrestlers work on conditioning

Year after year, the Hannibal varsity wrestling team works for the same goals.

They want to show daily improvement and focus more on technique development rather than how many wins or losses a wrestler has. But the Warriors main goal is a league championship and an impressive showing in the sectionals.

This season, Hannibal returns many wrestlers from last season’s injury plagued team. A lot of these wrestlers gained their first experience at the varsity level last season as a result of all teammate injuries. However, Coach Mike Kitts expects those wrestlers to be better off for learning about varsity wrestling through trial by fire.

Hannibal will be led by an impressive group of seniors including senior captain Dennis Spaulding. The Warriors could feature a team that has a rare accomplishment –  three of its seniors could reach 100 career wins this season.

The team began practice Nov. 11 in what Kitts believed was not the best physical condition. Hannibal spent the better part of the first two weeks developing its physical conditioning. Kitts preached to his wrestlers about the importance of maintaining a solid physical regimen in the event they need extra energy during a longer lasting match.

The Warriors are fortunate enough there are no newcomers to the sport on their roster this season. Kitts’ grapplers were either on Hannibal’s modified, junior varsity or varsity teams a year ago and needed little technique work while physical conditioning developing was the main priority.

To date, Kitts feels the team is not quite yet where they need to be. He believes conditioning development is a slow process that slows down even more as teams begin to develop their techniques.

Greg Hadcock, Dustin Ouellette, Dennis Spaulding and Derek Hilton have been named captains for the upcoming season. Kitts said he chooses a captain based on a person who works hard during the season, maintains his physical conditioning during the offseason and is a good role model for his peers socially.

The Warriors schedule hits them fast and furiously during the early portion of the season. Hannibal begins the season with a league match against Skaneateles. They are seeking redemption after falling to Skaneateles a year ago. The Warriors will then take part in The Valley Duals which traditionally features the best teams in the eastern part of Section 3.

The host school, Ilion, combined with Mohawk to form Central Valley Academy, which is expected to be very challenging for Hannibal. The Warriors will end December by participating in The Ken Haynes Tournament at SUNY Oswego. Year after year, this event features the best individual talent Section 3 has to offer.

The Warriors have an opportunity to be quite battle tested heading into January. “The month of December (will be) a good test for us, we will know where we stand by Christmas.”, Kitts said.

Fulton wrestlers ‘Pay It Forward’

“The Great Turkey RUN” has always been a Fulton wrestling tradition on Thanksgiving Day.

Some suspect this was the coaches’ way of making sure the boys worked off a few of those fattening turkey day treats!

Starting this year, the traditional run has grown to become so much more.

The Fulton community has always been known for showing its tremendous love and support for these hard working , dedicated kids and the wrestlers wanted to show their appreciation for this loyalty by “Paying It Forward.” On Thanksgiving morning, the boys ran their traditional 3-mile run around the city while passing around a frozen turkey.

Meanwhile, the wrestlers’ parents collected donated frozen turkeys at Price Chopper in Fulton. These turkeys would be donated to he local food pantry for use in Christmas baskets and emergency food support programs.

The wrestlers felt this was one small way they could give back to all of their loyal Fulton supporters who may be struggling this year to provide a joyful holiday for their families. The Fulton wrestlers want to express their sincere thanks to all those wonderful people who donated turkeys for this event.

It’s holiday concert time in Fulton schools

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle to enjoy the beautiful sounds of the season at one of the following Fulton City School District holiday concerts:

Dec. 3: Volney concert – 6:30 p.m. at the GRB Auditorium

Dec. 3: Lanigan concert – 6:30 p.m. at the Lanigan Cafeteria

Dec. 4: Granby concert – 6:30 p.m. at the Granby Cafeteria

Dec. 11: Fulton Junior High School concerts – Seventh Grade at 6:30 p.m.; Eighth Grade 8 p.m. at the FJHS

Dec. 12: Fairgrieve concert – 6:30 p.m. in the Fairgrieve Gymnasium

Dec. 12: G. Ray Bodley High School Choruses concert – 7:30 p.m. at the GRB Auditorium

Dec. 16: Bodley High School Bands Concert – 7:30 p.m. at the GRB Auditorium

Dec. 17: Bodley High School Orchestras Concert – 7:30 p.m. at the GRB Auditorium

The concerts are open to the public and admission is free.